4 Ways To Increase Productivity on Your Computer

Do you spend more than a couple hours a day on your computer?

Are you a coach, entrepreneur or CrossFitter who has a lot going on?

Are you constantly multi-tasking when you’re on the computer (switching your music, checking social media, answering messages, working on a project, and clicking on all sorts of hyperlinks)?

Do you want to be more efficient with your time?

Occasionally, you’ll get on your computer to just “browse” or do some research with no particular goal in mind. That’s perfectly fine. Other times, you’ll want to put all of your energy into particular tasks, and get things done quickly. Regardless, I’d suggest that you know exactly why you’re opening your computer and exactly how long you want to spend on there.

As a full-time performance coach and owner of this website, I do a lot of my “work” from my laptop. I try to be very efficient with my time so that I’m not attached to this thing. I normally spend 3-6 hours a day on the computer – blogging, checking in or Skyping with clients, programming, creating new products, putting in my own workouts and nutrition on MyFitnessPal and Google Drive, answering emails, and reading or watching CrossFit-related content. If I’m not doing work tasks, I’m likely looking up travel ideas and plans….on my computer.

I LOVE what I do, but I also love to do other things that have nothing to do with a computer. I’m sure you’d like to have more time to hang with your loved ones, give back, be outside, train more, play, and travel too…right? So, I hope some of these tips will help you be more focused and waste less time when you’re behind the computer.

 

4 Strategies To Increase Productivity & Be More Efficient On The Computer

1. Before you even open your computer (or immediately upon sitting down), create a list of what you want to accomplish. Put the list in order of priority and jot down how long you want to spend on each task, ideally.

2. Set a timer with the “timer tab” / http://www.timer-tab.com for the amount of time you’re going to be working on your first task, or for the amount of time you’ll spend getting as much done as possible before you take a break.

3. Make sure to only keep tabs open that are related to the ONE thing you’re focused on. Turn off your “incoming messages,” and close all other applications or windows that are not related to the one thing you’re doing. Sure, multitasking might have a time and a place, but it definitely won’t help you do your best work.

4. Put your phone away. You may turn it off, or put it somewhere you can’t see or touch it. Make sure the sound is off as well so you don’t hear calls or messages.

To continue to improve your focus, eliminate as many distractions as you can and implement the four strategies above.  When I’m working on the computer, I prefer to be in a clean, minimalist space. I put one of my Spotify playlists (so I don’t have to fidget with it) on low volume, or I work in silence. I normally don’t spend more than 30 minutes at a task before I take a break, and I use the timer-tab when I’m really getting serious…which has already expired, so it’s time for this post to go live!

 

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Ice Climbing World Cup: HanNaRai Song extends her lead, Mohammadreza Safdarian Korouyeh claims Iran’s first victory

On Saturday 27 January 2018 HanNaRai Song won Lead category in the Ice Climbing World Cup in Corvara in Val Passiria for the third consecutive time. In the men’s competition there was a maiden victory when Mohammadreza Safdarian Korouyeh became the first Iranian ever to clinch a stage victory. The Speed discipline was won by Russia’s Anton Nemov and Nadezda Gallyamova.

Nanga Parbat, rescue operation in full swing for Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol

This morning the rescue operation began to try and save Tomek Mackiewicz and Elisabeth Revol on Nanga Parbat. Two helikopters transported Adam Bielecki, Denis Urubko, Jarek Botor and Piotr Tomala from K2 to Nanga Parbat, dropping them off at circa 6400 meters; the rescuers are currently climbing up towards the Frenchwoman and Pole.

Chasing The Impossible: Running A 50-Mile Race

Occasionally I feature thoughts from individuals who have strong input about the mental side of fitness, training and life. All the other posts on this site are written by me, so I like to highlight other viewpoints and suggestions to keep it varied. I select witty and honest posts, that give you practical tips and advice.

Enjoy this post by George Briones III from Soflete.

Chasing the Impossible

At some point in our lives, we look back and begin to question if we are following the path that we had envisioned. Introspection is a normal and necessary part of growth, and the answers it uncovers often lead to new questions. 

Have you challenged yourself to prove that you are capable of more than what you thought possible?

Most people are comfortable with who they are and what they are doing in life, as a result of complacency rather than self actualization. I am not one to criticize who or what a person does with their life. However, I think it’s with examining our own existence and pushing through self-imposed barriers. I think we could all use that as we move into the new year.

Comfort Zone? What Comfort Zone?

Hi, I’m George Briones.  If you had asked me last year if I would have seen myself out there running 50 miles, I would have laughed and said “Ya, OK!!” I had 5 athletes competing at the American Open in Weightlifting. I had even qualified for the National event myself. I was a firm believer that running bred cowardice and that the relentless pursuit of strength was life. 

This isn’t a blog convincing you to go out and run 50 miles. I get it: some don’t have the will or mindset to endure that kind of pain. I can’t even explain the pain that comes with running, let alone being on your feet for almost 14 hours.

Most Western humans don’t care to walk, much less run. I look at it like this: we were given a survival skill in running. If you look back, our ancestors used to run for miles and it was an everyday thing for them. As time has passed, we have lost that skill, and in some ways it’s leading us to our very death. I realized that I was preaching to people as a coach about health, but I wasn’t certain that I was even BEING healthy myself.

Fast forward a year later and I am lacing up my Altra Lone Peaks 3.0 getting ready for my first 50-mile race. These became my first trail running shoes since I started running again. I hadn’t ran more than 400 meters in almost 4 years. Wait, I am lying, I did a 10k Ruck Run the year prior to prove to myself I was still mentally tough. It’s funny how all this comes full circle, because we ran constantly in Recon, and once I got out I just chose not to run as part of my fitness regime.

But this time around, I wasn’t looking to see if I was mentally tough. I was resolved, but I hadn’t ever been challenged in this kind of way. The last time I had done something even remotely close to this distance was back in 2013 when I ran the Recon Challenge, which consisted of a 2k open ocean fin with all your gear, a 24-mile ruck run, and had eleven combat skill oriented events throughout the course. Note, there was no 50 mile run in there.

My prep for the 50-mile race was only 6 weeks long. I had completed a sprint triathlon 3 weeks prior to the 50-miler. It was actually really fun. I also recorded a podcast with Lion Heart Radio about my training process leading up to it. But I still just had to get miles under my feet. I approached this with guidance from my buddy Rick, as he had just completed his first ever 200 mile race, along with additional help from my mentor/coach, Dennis.

We have the ability to push our bodies to places it has never been and that we have never imagine for it to go. If we stop listening to our bodies and resolve to push our limits, we can discover amazing things, as each new experience is just another opportunity to explore the undiscovered you!

Enduring Pain In Order To Succeed

3…2..1…GO!

And boom, I’ve started the clock that I can’t influence, because it doesn’t stop for anyone or anything. It just keeps going until I cross the finish line. It doesn’t care what my body feels like. I knew that I had 14 hours to complete 50 miles that was on an unmarked and unsupported course. You had to use whatever you had on your person to get from mile zero to mile 50.

If running a race like this is something that interests you, develop some map reading skills. There were 35 of us registered to run the race, 20 of them were doing 100 miles, and I was the only one doing 50 miles. The other 14 had either ran the shorter course or pulled out due to cut off times.

Honestly, the first 32 miles felt great. Yes, my feet hurt a bit, but nothing I hadn’t felt during training. And I won’t lie, I had no idea what time I wanted to finish. All I knew is that I wanted to complete it under the cut off time, to not die or get hurt, to remain present, and to have fun doing it. I was on that track, and I knew it.

Then the pain cave appeared. The last 18 miles dragged on and the suffering just kept increasing. This is where it goes back to why I wanted to do this, because I wasn’t sure that I could. That uncertainty left me addicted to this unexplainable pain that I was enduring in those last 18 miles.Call it masochism, but it made me happy, it was my way to unplug, and it was therapy for me mentally and physically to know that every step forward took me closer to this uncertain goal I had set.

With six miles remaining in the race, I knew that this was no longer about me. I had used up most of my internal motivation that helped me along the last 44 miles. I had set up some external motivation by raising money to help buy bikes for Christmas for kids under Project Motivate. I knew that if I was wanting to quit each footfall would remind me that I was delivering bikes to those kids.  I used the motivation of the thought of letting those kids down to bring me to that finishing point. I wasn’t going to fail no matter what.

 

Motivation to Achieve Our Life’s Goals

This is a small look into my mind and what motivates me to keep waking up every morning, climbing that mountain of life that is never ending. It comes with lows and highs, sometimes with the lows lasting a lot longer, but it is all about how we process that low and turn it into a high by not wallowing in our trials. We let it build up our next effort; guiding accomplishments in life that we never thought were possible.

So why did I run 50 miles?

To have the ability to be present in an experience like this.

To be able to speak personally as a coach to those who want to tackle a goal bigger than they can imagine.

To be an example for those who have told themselves they can’t do something. Leading from the front is not always easy. 

My why isn’t just a self-congratulatory personal victory, but a quest for the unknown experiences that we get to learn and grow from on a deeper level. I will continue to chase the impossible, till my last breath! I would love it if you joined me in 2018. Pick something you aren’t good at and develop a plan to get better at it, then challenge yourself to test that in the crucible of competition. It’s going to be a kick ass year! 

#DIELIVING

 

Article originally posted on The SOflete Website here

It was written by George Briones III, Head of Human Performance

Ice Climbing World Cup 2018, Han Na Rai Song, Alexey Dengin win in Saas Fee

South Korea’s Han Na Rai Song and Russia’s Alexey Dengin won the Lead discipline of the first stage of the Ice Climbing World Cup 2018 that took place last weekend at Saas Fee in Switzerland. The Speed discipline was won by the Russians Nikolai Kuzovlev and Ekaterina Feoktistova. During the competition, Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) donated £25.000 to the Swiss Cancer Research Foundation.