Pommodoro and productivity

During the 5 minute break,  practice the art of doing nothing. Or at least during the f first 5 minute break.  Otherwise it’s far too easy to get blown off course.  My system is to use the 3 mindful alignments. I have a paper explaining the alignments trapped to my wall,  but from what I can remember:

1. Sit up straight or stand,
2. Breathe deeply (I also recommend a “whispered exhale”)
3. Focus on something simple, eg. Clouds

At the end it suggests smiling inwardly to yourself,  which is supposed to engage the limbic system.

Anyway,  so far this pommodoro technique has been pretty revolutionary for me,  but clearly I’m struggling to organize my thoughts about it. As I continue to write about it in small chunks,  hopefully some themes will emerge.

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Behind the Scenes

Things are getting a little crazy. A week or two ago I went to a talk about what to expect from a trump presidency.  That seems to be everybody’s shtick lately, which is strange because he’s nothing if not unpredictable. Anyway, one of the interesting points was not about trump but Vladimir Putin.

According to the speaker, there was a video that went viral showing Isis burning two people alive. While this video was viral, Putin used it as cover to bomb an airport. (Note: I tried to fact-check this, but my memory of the details isn’t good enough to run thorough searches in the amount of time I had).  All of this makes me wonder what Russia was up to over the weekend while everyone in the West was focused on trumps executive orders. It turns out Russia was moving its military into the arctic. Alarming, right?

Business Insider Ignorer

Every time I see a headline for business insider I know without reading any further that it’s a waste of time. First, no true insiders ostensibly hold themselves out as insiders.  Second, it’s the most pain in the ass website I’ve ever encountered. And third the writing is garbage. Even if business insider ever truly had an interesting story, it’s worth waiting for it to be covered elsewhere.