Since I have been working for myself I have been trying to make sure I get more exercise by walking more. The problem though is that I then go to an office and sit down for 8 hours which is not good for you. To remedy this I decided to invest in an electric sit-stand desk so that I can make sure I stay more active during the day.
In this video, I talk about my new desk and the reasons for getting it.
If you are interested in the desk I got, then the details are here.
For my job, I tend to travel a lot to conferences. When I am away I like to get as much work done as I can, but sometimes it isn’t really appropriate to get my laptop out, for example on a smaller airplane, train or in a restaurant; but in those times I like to get some work done like answering emails or drafting blog posts. To make these times more efficient, I have developed my little wiring rig that uses my phone, a copy of the Ulysses Writing App and the excellent Microsoft Universal Folding Keyboard which allows me to be productive, yet more discreet or in smaller spaces when traveling.
The keyboard itself is very thin, even when folded which means it takes up hardly any space when packed in my laptop bag. It’s not the best typing experience as it takes a little getting used too, but it is indeed very workable. You can pair the keyboard with Windows, Android and Apple IOS devices which gives you a lot of flexibility. I pair it with an iPhone and an iPad. I don’t usually take the Apple Keyboard with me for the iPad when I travel as it makes the device quite thick in my bag, so I think this is a better solution for occasional typing; this setup has helped me remain productive when using a laptop isn’t easy to do.
May 25th was a day that went down in privacy history as the new European GDPR regulations came into force for everyone in Europe and any company in another country that does business with European companies or citizens.
Companies have spent years trying to make sure they are going to comply, but now that date has passed, it doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels; GDPR is something that needs constant attention and understanding for people working in organizations that deal with peoples personal data.
In my latest book, A Gentle Introduction to GDPR – Resolving Compliance Challenges in Business, I had the aim to try and make the GDPR regulations easily understandable for ordinary people by cutting through a lot of the legal jargon. By the time you finish this short guide, you will have an excellent understanding of what GDPR is and how it applies to companies and individuals. Regulations should not be feared, and you can reduce this fear and uncertainty by fulling understanding them.
A Gentle Introduction to GDPR is available both as a Kindle eBook and as a paperback directly from Amazon. Don’t let the GDPR regulations confuse you; let me help guide you through the jargon.
In this book, I explore what social engineering is, and take the reader through the basic framework to launch an attack against someone including Information gathering, Pretexting, Elicitation, and Manipulation. Once I have taken the reader through these steps, I then talk about different ways to protect yourself and your companies so that you don’t become a victim of Social Engineering.
This book is aimed at anyone who works in a professional environment from office workers through to high-level executives. Everyone can potentially be a target as criminals will target multiple people in an organization, so this book will help you be prepared to recognise the signs.
Being creative in the workplace is not rocket science; it’s an achievable feat. Creativity in the workplace does more good to you than harm. It helps you make progressive flows in your work, enhances outputs and brings fulfillment to your work. As profitable as creativity in workplaces is, some forces will readily prevent you from being creative in your work. These forces are called mental roadblocks.
Mental roadblocks make it impossible for you to explore your creativity to the fullest, thereby hindering your optimum performance at the workplace. They also hinder your brain from making the right-thinking connections necessary for creativity. For you to have increased productivity through creativity, you have to deal with mental roadblocks. Dealing with mental roadblocks goes beyond the daily performance of routine tasks. In squarely dealing with mental roadblocks, you must face both the external and internal aspects of productive creativity. If you neglect the internal aspects in pursuits of the external aspects, you stay in the same spot of non-performance for a very long time. Productive creativity entails you deal with the internal issues – the mental roadblocks.
We shall travel this journey of dealing with mental roadblocks that hamper your productivity and creativity at work. When you deal with these mental roadblocks, nothing will ever slow you down from putting in your all and getting the best in your workplace.
I had an interesting conversation with someone recently about introversion where I mentioned that I am very introverted. The person I was talking too sounded quite shocked, and their reaction was, “You speak at loads of conferences on stage, surely you are not shy?”. I found this interesting that the concept of being shy is perceived to be a trait of being introverted.
I don’t consider myself shy at all. I will quite happily get up on stage in front of several hundred or a thousand people to deliver a technical talk. I will also mingle and talk with people at social gatherings, but when I do, I find this exhausting, and all I want to do afterward is hideaway by myself for several hours and recharge. This is especially true after delivering a talk; I want to be alone afterward when I have packed up and finished answering questions. The thing that makes me an introvert is that I require solitude to recharge my batteries whereas extroverts recharge in the presence of others.
This all got me thinking, and I decided to research the topic a little more. I hope you find this post interesting.
Feeling happy that you connected with an old friend on Facebook? That’s oxytocin.
Feeling excited that your Instagram posts are better than those of your circle? That’s serotonin.
Did those ten new followers on twitter make your day? That’s dopamine.
Your brain is full of neurotransmitters that continuously change and regulate how you feel. Engaging in social media may seem innocuous and straightforward, but these activities affect certain neurotransmitters – making you feel happy, sad, or a combination of both.
Once being engaged in social media becomes a regular activity – these seemingly normal activities could cause a downward spiral into sadness or depression.
Neurotransmitters and Social Media
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a major role in the brain’s reward reinforcement and pleasure centers. The pleasant feeling that you get when dopamine levels are elevated motivates you to continue performing the action that brought about the surge of dopamine.
Eating, sex, and most other things necessary to our survival increase dopamine levels. Actions that benefit you, or your community, also increase dopamine levels. Dopamine conditions us to perform operations or activities necessary for survival, or for a better life.
Posting on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and getting likes elevates the dopamine in your system. It makes you want to keep posting, in the hopes of getting acknowledged or rewarded (likes). You had your first taste – now you’re hooked!