Standing Desks-The Fad and the Facts
Standing desks continue to gain popularity as studies have shown that sitting at work can increase a general feeling of overall sluggishness, a higher risk in disease and if that isn’t enough an increase in mortality.
The research on the effects of a standing desk are still in the works. Here are the pros of a standing desk. Researchers have found there is an overall increase in:
- Alertness and mood
- Weight loss (Hello! You can burn up to 320 calories by standing at your desk!)
- Good cholesterol
- Overall health
Some technology I can handle and sometimes I leave it to the experts. One support person I have in place is my technology guru-Peter Adams of Ping! Development. Whether someone just hacked into my blog post (did you get a blog from me in Polish a few months ago--yep, a hacker, that wasn't me) or there is a glitch, Peter is the guy I call for the tech issues that go beyond my tech knowledge. He wrote a great blog on productivity apps that work well for him. I wanted to pass along his great advice to you.--Margo Brown Productivity Coach and Professional Organizer
Five Productivity Apps That Save My Bacon
By Peter Adams
These days, nobody leaves their house without their smart phone and technology drives everything. Personally, I rely on it to make sure I know what my plans are for the day and what I need to get done. Here are a few of the apps where I spend the most time.
I'm a bit of a news junkie, but I don't like have to go into five or six apps or twenty different Web sites to look at the news of the world, geek culture, or the latest alerts. I use Feedly to bring all my news feeds into one spot. They have a number of news feeds in their directory, but if you know the RSS feed address for anything, you can add it. From there, I can keep track of what's happening in the world and share the great stories with my friends or through my business social media pages. Which brings me to my next app..
A short video on organizing your space with bins from The Container Store.
The bullet journal was created by Ryder Carroll. His system for a calendar and a way to capturing actions is an interesting one. Many of my clients have bits of paper that pile on their desks and as Carroll puts it " it gets out of control." Over time he created a system that worked for him called the Bullet Journal.
For those of us who gravitate to pen and paper, this way of gathering next actions is great. I tried the system and loved certain parts of it. The indexing in the front of my moleskin notebook worked superbly. I also loved the legends he created-a checkbox for action, an arrow to forward actions from a previous month. You can check out more note legends on the Wave Productivity Pinterest board.