February 14th, 2007

talk nerdy to me

black tea benefits, and other health tidbits

yesterday i read a little blurb about some research on drinking black tea. participants in the study drank either 4 cups of tea for six weeks, or four cups of another drink (i don't know what). the tea-drinkers were found to have 20% lower levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, than the non-tea-drinkers, at the end. i'm going to try it out on myself. i thought i'd post this information, too, since i can't think of anyone on my flist who wouldn't benefit from a reduction in stress. this message is especially for you, you, you, and you, and you all know who you are. you can get decaf black tea, if caffeine is an issue for you, and btw, tea is also good for heart health.

i also read that people who were trying to quit smoking had a much higher success rate if they did cardio exercise four times a week during the period that they were quitting, compared to non-exercisers. these were people who were using a gradually tapering nicotine-replacement system, so i'm not sure how this would apply for all of the smoking-quitters i know, but i thought i'd throw it out there.

and, in general, always taper off gradually when quitting anything physically, or even psychologically, addictive! it's easier and much more comfortable to make gradual changes.
ariel happy

2007 Books #9: Getting Things Done: The art of stress-free productivity, by David Allen

first of all, wow!

i rarely ever say that someone is a genius, but i'm going to seriously claim that david allen is a genius, at least in the realms of organization and increasing productivity. i've never read a more useful book. the method he promotes for accomplishing whatever you want to do is by far the most potentially effective thing of its kind i've ever seen. it requires work to set up and maintain, but what doesn't? what you get for the effort is the important thing, and within the last week, without even fully implementing the suggestions in the book, i've made some easy changes that are already making my life work more smoothly.

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bust a move


here's a short section from Getting Things Done, by david allen, that goes right along with what i've been thinking about people needing to take responsibility for the direction of their lives:

"Is there too much complaining in your culture? The next time someone moans about something, try asking, 'So what's the next action?' People will complain only about something that they assume could be better than it currently is. The action question forces the issue. If it can be changed, there's some action that will change it. If it can't, it must be considered part of the landscape to be incorporated in strategy and tactics. Complaining is a sign that someone isn't willing to risk moving on a changeable situation, or won't consider the immutatble circumstance in his or her plans. This is a temporary and hollow form of self-validation."

that's all i'm saying. it takes energy to think about what to do next and make a decision, but it takes energy to complain, too, and complaining gets you nothing. maybe some attention, but no progress, and i don't know about you, but i'd take progress over sympathy any day.