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The secret to optimizing your productivity and keeping your team organized is the same as the answer to “How do you eat a computer?”  The answer is “One byte at a time!”

With software applications taking up increasing amounts of hard drive space and people using multiple applications simultaneously, it is easier than ever to  have your work crawling along slowly.

BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP: Backing up your work on a regular basis gives you the security of knowing that even if you do toss something before its time – you can retrieve it. Make sure IT actually has backups of your system.

This makes optimizing your computing  a worry free activity. You may be amazed at how much you never refer to again.

Remember, 80 percent of what we e-file never gets referred to again!

7 Optimizing  Your Computing Tips:

  1. Put an underscore (_) in front of any folder and an exclamation point (!) in front of any file name that you use most frequently.
  2. Review temporary (.tmp) files before deleting.
  3. Back up large unused files (or when finishing a project) onto media of choice (Memory stick, CD, DVD, External hard drive).
  4. Make an Archive folder in each major directory and/or in each major folder for outdated files and compress these folders.
  5. Empty the recycle bin.
  6. In Explore, Windows, Delete all files in Temp folder.
  7. At Start Pearl, select Explore, Search (magnifying glass icon), Files or Folders, Key in .tmp, Do a FIND ALL and  delete.

Your computer will thank you and run faster. Your team will thank you and run smoother. Any executive will thank themselves for being so smart as to use my easy brain-based performance tips to save time and overcome overload!

Excerpts from: “A Brain New Way to Work: Using your brain at work for better results with less stress” Copyright 2010 Eve Abbott All rights reserved.

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If not, why not? What a great tool to boost your productivity and give your brain the best opportunity to help you work at your personal best. If you can’t close your office door for privacy while you exercise, you can even do it a bathroom stall!

Plus, it’s useful for any kind of brain fog or dullness, and for promoting emotional stability. It has been demonstrated to improve memory and focus in children, adults and elders.

Instructions on how to do this 3-minute simple exercise:

  • Standing with your feet pointing straight ahead, spread them apart about shoulder width.
  • Gently grab your right earlobe with the thumb and finger of your left hand.
  • Cross over your left arm and do the same using your right hand on the left earlobe.
  • Then squat as fully as you can comfortably, while breathing in.

(Inhaling as you squat may seem counter intuitive, but that’s what works.)

  • Then breathe out as you stand upright.

(Your breathing needs to be synchronized with the squats.)

  • Continue to repeat this movement/breath cycle while holding both earlobes for three minutes.

That may be too much at first, so start with one minute. One can go up to five minutes, but three is enough to produce results. This can be done by anyone at any age and is recommended on a daily basis until the brain fog lifts.

How It Works: Los Angeles physician Dr. Eric Robins says that the brain cells and neurons (connectors) are energized with this simple exercise.  It seems that combining a mildly aerobic exercise also helps flood the brain cells with oxygen. He prescribes it to his patients and has had excellent results.

According to Yale neurobiologist Dr. Eugenius Ang, the earlobes are acupuncture points that stimulate neural pathways in the brain. Using opposite hands for gently pinching the earlobes creates activity on both sides of the brain’s hemispheres simultaneously.

Ang showed the results from EEG (electroencephalography) readings after doing this exercise indicate that the right and left hemispheres of the brain had become synchronized. (EEG readings measure the neuron firings in the brain via electrodes on the scalp.) Dr. Ang also does this exercise daily in the morning and when he feels tired.

 How It Started: This easy and inexpensive way to improve memory, mental clarity and focus was introduced by pranic (breathing) yoga Master Koa Chok Sui’s book SuperBrain Yoga and taught by him personally on lecture tours.

It was also featured in a Los Angeles CBS News report that had an MD, a Yale neurobiologist, an occupational therapist, educators, and parents endorsing it.

 What have you got to lose? Just three minutes for mental clarity, improved focus and emotional resilience!

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A true story from my book: “When I was working as a lawyer in a windowless office, I got hellacious headaches and thought I was going crazy.  I went to a neurologist who told me the ‘flickering’ from the computer and fluorescent lights were slightly off—so my brain couldn’t handle the different flickerings. 

“I got full spectrum lights and the headaches disappeared.  Once I got an office with a window, I was able to have God-given ‘full spectrum’ light. I’ll never go back to no windows.”         Sandra Shepard, Esquire

 You don’t have to wait for a corner office with windows to improve your mental ability and energy levels!

Full spectrum light will change the way you work and reduce visual fatigue as well as lifting your energy levels. Our eyes are designed to work with sunlight and won’t tire as quickly with this energy-efficient light source.

It is scientifically proven that the quantity and quality of light plays a significant role in mood and work performance. Young people are more affected than elders but everyone responds positively to higher light levels.

Women are affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder) four times more than men. Female brains are not tricked by blue TV or orange bulb light into thinking it is summer all year long. 

I recommend full spectrum light for everywhere you read, write, do computing or close work of any kind. Just install the bulbs  in your office task-lamps. Quality light makes a difference in your attention span and helps keep your brain performing at your personal best!

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This one-minute video introduces Eve Abbott with A Brain New Way to Work. Achieving peak performance with a 50,000 year old brain is bound to be challenging. Overcoming Information Overload is crucial to professional success in any industry. That’s why Eve called her book A Brain New Way to Worktm.

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