7 Point Saturday 5/16/2020

Good afternoon to you all! Got your 7 Point for today. I was really eclectic with this past week’s reads. They’re probably won’t be a part that you will find sticks out as a rhyme or reason. I have been doing a bit of research as I work through my English Comp I course. Maybe we can call that a pattern from the researching I’ve been doing in some weird way. Enjoy your favorite beverage. Pick one article to break up the “shelter at home”, Groundhog Day you may find yourself in. Take it outside! Just enjoy fun even. Let’s go!

  1. (14 min) I’m always looking for ways to get more out of my entire stinking day I can. Squeezing it like a tube of lotion on my over sanitized, cracked, and dried out hands. Gross. Even stuck inside I still feel like I don’t have enough time for things. Or, maybe I am just really bad at managing my time. I like science. Sometimes it just works. Sometimes it’s bunk. Here’s 10 scientifically proven ways to be more productive: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/want-to-work-smarter-not-harder-10-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be-incredibly-productive
  2. (8 min) Anyone have pandemic burn out? Never heard of it? Not you, you say? Interesting. I didn’t think I had it either on day 61 of shelter in place/WFH. But, as I read I identified there were some things there I was not aware of. Here’s the learns from the article I found interesting: https://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-to-avoid-burnout-in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic-1843322169?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
  3. (5 min) As a runner I have a lot of friends/family/co-workers that ask how long shoes should last before they need replacing. Everyone is different based on pace or type of runner they are. It even matters the type of terrain you subject your running sneaks to. So, that in mind it is not easy to just say a number. For me it is between 300-400 miles. I run 5 times a week on average logging between 25-30+ miles each week. The math on that says every 3-4 months I should be replacing my shoes. Great article from my friends at Fleet Feet whom I trust has some things to consider as you ponder whether it is time or not to chuck the shoes for a new pair: https://www.fleetfeet.com/blog/how-long-do-running-shoes-last?store=fleetfeetmishawaka&utm_source=mishawaka&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=spring2020howlongrunningshoeslast
  4. (30 min) This one is long. It’s also unlike anything I’ve ever taken on before. But, curiosity reigns. I couldn’t help getting into this dive. It reads like a movie or TV series. I couldn’t believe it was real. It’s about a hacker. It was fascinating. I don’t want or desire to ever learn how to hack, but I am fascinated by the way coders work their craft as well as why. Take it as you will. It is a great story from Wired. It has a lesson, enjoy: https://www.wired.com/story/confessions-marcus-hutchins-hacker-who-saved-the-internet/?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
  5. (4 min) After reading that long story above about Hutchison the whitehat hacker, you may need to stand to get some blood back in your legs. Here’s 5 exercises that can help with that. But, I think they can help you any time. I have found taking breaks like this to do some of these exercises helps my creativity. They help not only to get the blood flowing, but to get the ideas flowing. Enjoy: https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/12/health/too-much-sitting-exercise-workout-wellness/index.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
  6. (5 min – but you have to watch it, and cannot read it.) I needed to learn something more about better habits in the morning as I try to deconstruct where I can get more time for me. I found this one from a guy I’ve read about that seemed legit. I’ve been hearing more and more about Jim Kwik. Bit of a productivity guru of sorts. Maybe one day I’ll be that guy helping millions. Take the dive. Maybe he can be your guru too, take a watch: https://m.youtube.com/watch?utm_campaign=Intelligent-Tuesday+-+5%2F12%2F2020+%28RffLa6%29&utm_source=Klaviyo&utm_medium=campaign-email&v=1sGyNx44Xw4&_ke=eyJrbF9lbWFpbCI6ICJzaGF3bjU3NjdAc2JjZ2xvYmFsLm5ldCIsICJrbF9jb21wYW55X2lkIjogIm5GRWUzUiJ9
  7. (5 min) Four pillars: Storytelling, belonging, transcendence, and purpose. These four the author believes, above any others, can empower meaning in your work/life. With these four, you can become highly resilient. Resiliency isn’t just something we talk about with viruses, its a skill that is indispensable today in any well-being circle. Here’s your last dive and the idea: https://mariashriver.com/the-4-pillars-of-meaning-that-will-help-us-emerge-from-the-pandemic-better-than-before/?utm_source=Heleo+Newsletters&utm_campaign=6dcafa344d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_lift_2020_5_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_85eb2ca8d0-6dcafa344d-217416749&mc_cid=6dcafa344d&mc_eid=090cce7857

Hope you like the choices this week. Like I said, all over the place. But, if you look carefully enough, there is something of a pattern there. Let’s stop just getting by. We can find our own empowerment. You just have take a time out long enough to see your own patterns or the ones you need. Take care!

✌🏻 Shawn

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