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The Amazing Moment When A Weasel Flies On The Back Of A Woodpecker

The Amazing Moment When A Weasel Flies On The Back Of A Woodpecker

If you missed the worldwide sensation of a woodpecker riding a weasel, please take a moment and acquaint yourself with this epic event. Flying High as reported by the BBC in the United Kingdom, weasels and ground feeding woodpeckers are rather common place. Here in the US though, our minds began to froth with the notion that weasels and woodpeckers actually make each other’s acquaintance.

We are the land of enchantment (theme park anyone), magic is reality (what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas), and Photo Shop is on deck to become an Oscar category. Enchantment holds no borders though and the story was heralded in all corners of the earth via social media and internet news sources. The fairy tale grew with its own Mobile Game. If Kim Kardashian can have one, why not a weasel? Memes suggested many others might want to catch the next woodpecker flight.

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    And undoubtedly, the trendsetting hashtag #weaselpecker will continue to be a Twitter favorite. Lest you think it hasn’t been set to song, you’d be wrong. Take a listen and enjoy these toe tapping Impromptu Weasel Songs.

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    Our world news cycle is rife with upheaval. The fact that we were distracted with a real-life Lewis Carroll character speaks to our need for levity. The woodpecker escaped with its life, the weasel was celebrated for its sheer audacity and quite a few us enjoyed the reminder that Mother Nature’s creativity eclipses even the best internet gurus. Let it live in infamy, the amazing moment when a weasel flies on the back of a woodpecker.

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    Featured photo credit: Martin Le-May via cnn.com

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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