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5 Minute Ergonomic Tune Up

5 Minute Ergonomic Tune Up

    Healthbolt.net posted 5-minute ergonomic instructions on how to tune up your workstation. As Healthbolt describes, “Your body was made to run and jump, not point and click. While the latter may seem much ‘easier’ than the former, it’s not any easier on your body. Give your workstation a 5-minute tune up to make it more body-friendly. Spending this short amount of time to occasionally set things right can make you more efficient as well as save you money and years of pain down the road.”

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    Monitor – Realize that your head, supported by your neck and shoulders, follows your eyes. This spells trouble for everyone who’s monitor is too low, which, coincidentally, is almost all of us. We all still use desks that were made for writing on, except now we put computers on them.

    Wrist Rest – This unfortunately named item is ubiquitous in the modern office. Problem is, it’s not a rest for your wrists. Your wrists contain all kinds of important stuff to make your hands work packed into a very small area. Look at the bottom of your wrist right now; you can practically see all that stuff. You know why? There’s no fat pad to protect it. Don’t rest your wrists for an extended period of time on anything.

    Angles – Old and busted: back and elbows at 90°. New hotness: open angles and butts in seats. Elbows at 110°, sit all the way back in your chair with your sacrum against the back rest. No-nos are “perching” and “slouching”. Women tend to be perchers, men tend to be slouchers.

    Mouse – Clean it. Laser, infrared, or rubber ball, pick it up and get the gunk off the bottom. Do it now and do it frequently in the future. That gunk can make your mouse less responsive, which will make you instinctively grip it harder in an effort to be more precise. Over time this can lead to nasty repetitive stress injuries.

    Levels – The keyboard-only tray was invented by a chiropractor, I’m sure. Having your mouse up and away from your keyboard might be the worst possible thing you could do to your body while sitting in front of a computer.

    5-Minute Work Station Tune Up – [Healthbolt]

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2020

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

    Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

    Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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    Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

    However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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    The leap happens when we realize two things:

    1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
    2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

    Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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    Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

    My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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    In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

    “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

    Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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