Maximising Your Productivity with a Great Working Environment


For most people, work is a daily part of life; but it can become a treadmill to the point that it is demotivating. So how will you make your workplace a great environment? Moreover, how will you maximise your productivity and maintain interest?

Despite the length of your stay in your current job, there's still a desire to get more things done as the feeling of accomplishment is always satisfying. Luckily, there are several do's and don'ts that you can to increase your productivity.

Do's

Arrive Early

Getting up early and going to work before everyone else saves time.

Instead of dealing with traffic, travel earlier to avoid rush hours. This will save you from feeling frustrated and at the same time, giving you adequate time to accomplish your most important tasks right away.

Plan Ahead

Spend at least 15 minutes every night writing down the important tasks you need to achieve at work. Highlight the most important ones to ensure that it will be prioritised. This way, you can push yourself to move forward. This also helps you avoid forgetting any vital job that needs to be done.

Take Regular Breaks

Make it a habit to step out of your workplace every lunch time. You may also take quick breaks and walk outside to clear your mind. This way, you can reduce the level of your stress and refresh your head.

Reduce Distractions

Unfortunately, there are so many distractions nowadays. When you use computer or laptop for work, there's a huge temptation of checking your social media accounts.

The same thing with your mobile phones as it contains games and other apps. To resolve this, be sure to stay committed to your work. Resist temptations, avoid guilt and use your working hours wisely.

Don'ts

Ignore Deadlines

You may think deadlines as a number one source of stress but sometimes, such stress can help you focus on your job. As you consistently watch the clock and remind yourself to finish the job, you are giving yourself a huge favor. You may even be surprised that you've accomplished more than what you've expected.

Focus On Perfection

For sure, everybody wants to produce a perfect job; however, there's no such thing as perfect. Excellent is usually good enough so, instead of burning yourself out and chasing perfection, move on and give out your best instead.

After all, completing a task is more important than achieving nothing at all.

Forget Exercise

While it's ideal to put your entire attention to work alone, taking quick exercise activities can actually help clear your head up. Take a walk or perform exercise suitable for a working environment; this will not only make you fit and healthy but also, it will bring your focus back.

Work More Than 90 Minutes

Of course, you want to finish as many tasks as possible within the day. However, working straight for long hours will only exhaust your mind and body.

Instead of pushing yourself too hard, work in intervals of 90 minutes or less. A study of elite performers (musicians, athletes, chess players, etc.) at the Florida State University suggested that those who work less than 90 minutes are more productive.

Simple Summary.

Work Smarter, Not Harder.

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Global health 2017 scorecard: what have we achieved so far?



The beginning of every New Year comes with a promise of hope and concern.

 It was no different for 2017. New threats and new regimes promised to tug the world of global health in different and unknown directions. In fact, everyone is already feeling the road of change among us.

As the year wears on, the global health sector is filled with measured hope for progress and a huge air of uncertainty. Climate change, refugee crises, and global migration are also in the list of the things affecting the global state of health. If you come to think of it, the course of these three will come to affect the state of global health for many coming decades or centuries.

Three quarters of the way through the year is an appropriate moment to reflect on what 2017 has done to the state of health; have we achieved anything?

Alternatively, has complacency taken centre stage allowing apathy to set it? We look at some of the outstanding health issues that would objectively show the highs and lows facing the health sector in 2017.

The era of superbug

A Nevada woman visited India where she broke her thigh and got a bacterial infection. That was last summer. Back in Nevada, she went in for treatment. As the world knows it, antibiotics would stop the infection. But this time they did not.

 

Not just one type of antibiotics but rather the 26 of them available in the world today could not stop the bacterial infection.

As it came to be called in the medical corridors, this was a superbug. It could not be stopped by the extensive medicine arsenal the world has today. Sadly, these incurable infections are claiming 700,000 lives each year.

After the UN General Assembly recommended some ways to deal with the threat last September, this is yet to be put into action.

The perilous complacency around HIV

If it was possible for fatigue and progress to reproduce then they would surely call it Complacency?

The world has come far with HIV. You can now comfortably say treatment and management of the virus are at a better place. Dealing with stigma is no longer a big problem among victims and their families. The world has come to understand HIV. Great achievement you would say.

However, that is how far the good news goes about HIV. In a place like Namibia, HIV infection rate among women stand at 31%.

People no longer see HIV as a threat: they perceive it as a normal life condition. That is dangerous. Complacency has set it and the results are new infections that in a single swipe could take to drain all the achievement the world has had all these years.

Zika has settled in

Approximately a year ago, the World Health Organization declared a state of emergency for Zika virus. Surprisingly, 10 months later the emergency was lifted. Why? It is no longer a threat. No vaccine for Zika yet. The virus is not going away. Just like yellow fever and malaria, Zika is not going anywhere.

The world had better prepare because it is far from over with Zika.

A dead end for reproductive health

With new world leaders taking office in the last 12 months, reproductive health funding took a turn for the worse.

Bodies under the umbrella of better reproductive health have had to deal with constrained funding and bureaucracy in getting projects approved. The world is at a better place with very few maternal death rates, teen births and abortions. But the politics around reproductive health threatens to bring down all the achievements.

In summary

In terms of health, the world is at a better place in 2017 than the years before. New vaccines, continued research and societies that are more informed are some of the things to be proud of. However, complacency and bad politics threaten to wash away all that has been achieved. It is time humanity puts its best interests first and health is one of them.

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Gluten Free Diet: Is it Just a Fashion Fad or There Is Something More?

It’s often rare for a serious medical condition to spark a dieting fad. However, such is the case with the latest gluten-free craze that has got a good majority ditching all gluten containing foods.

In fact, the gluten free diet market is booming and is estimated to be worth over 200 million pounds.

So what’s this entire craze about? Is there scientific evidence behind this hype?

First things first, let’s get some facts on the gluten-free diet.

Over the past years, gluten has been getting a bad reputation due to its serious complications especially in people with autoimmune disorders such as Celiac Disease as well as those with gluten intolerance and gluten insensitivity.

People afflicted with Celiac Disease experience autoimmune responses after ingesting gluten. Symptoms include stomach pain, bloating, excessive gas, constipation, nausea diarrhoea, increased or decreased appetite, anaemia, depression joint pain, including others.

Those with gluten intolerance and sensitivity can also face similar symptoms.

This means that people with these conditions should not eat foods containing gluten such as bread and pasta.

Does a Gluten-Free Diet Have Direct Effect on Your Health?

Before you stop eating bread, pasta, and cereals, you might want to know whether a gluten-free diet really has a direct effect on your health.

If you have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, a gluten-free diet may not have a direct effect on your health at all.

In other words, removing gluten from your diet will be no healthier than eating food containing gluten.

However, there is a possibility of obtaining certain benefits but indirectly.

Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of a gluten-free diet.

Gluten-Free Diet Pros

Gluten-Free Diet and Weight Loss

The truth is, many foods that are processed contain a lot of gluten and unhealthy carbohydrates and are mainly found in bread products like doughnuts and pastries. They also contain lots of unhealthy oils, chemicals, sugar, artificial flavours, and preservatives.

Ideally, this makes gluten containing foods unhealthy, and leads to weight gain in many people.

Most gluten-free foods on the other hand may help promote healthy weight loss especially if you consume a balanced diet containing essential carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

Improved Digestive Health

As stated earlier, most processed foods contain gluten and large amounts of sugar.

Processed foods in general cause various stomach complications such as bloating and excessive acidity, which all interfere with the digestion process.

By eliminating gluten from your diet, you will be promoting good digestive health.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease and Other Conditions

By going gluten-free, it means that high-fat and high-sugar foods such as doughnuts and pastries would be completely off limits.

This would greatly reduce your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other serious dietary conditions like diabetes.

Gluten-Free Diet Cons

You don’t receive enough fibre.

By cutting gluten from your diet, you are also reducing your intake of whole grains such as wheat, which is a key source of fibre and something that most of us don’t get enough of.

Your diet will lack essential nutrients.

A gluten free diet contain less of the essential nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, selenium and folate.

Supplements.

In many cases of people on gluten free diets it is sensible to take nutritional supplements but always check with your doctor first.

Expensive and restricting.

Most gluten free foods are more expensive than regular alternatives and in spite of their growing popularity, there is still a relatively narrow range of options in the supermarkets. Eating out can be difficult as well and it is always best to phone in advance to check that gluten free meals are on the menu.

Conclusion

While a gluten-free diet could be considered to be fashionable in many cases apart from diagnosed medical need, evidence would suggest that there are many health benefits.

However, please remember that while eliminating or reducing your gluten intake may have a positive impact on your health; this will only be true if you follow a healthy, well-balanced diet.

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