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How to Create Systems that Boost Productivity

How to Create Systems that Boost Productivity
Excerpted from The Productive Me

Last time you learned about using tools to boost your productivity. Now this time you’ll learn about using systems. Let’s jump right in…

Using Systems

First, let’s define what a system is: It’s simply a method you devise or learn to do a process more quickly. It doesn’t have to be a complex system – indeed, basic systems often work the best. But your system does need to give you some benefit.

Let me give you an example of an extremely simple system. Let’s say you’re trying to lose weight. Instead of taking the time to create healthy meals every day, you devise a system where you do all your grocery shopping and cooking for the entire week at one time. You may even do it in an assembly line style, where you line up food containers and put the meat in first, then the starch (like rice) and then the vegetable. Then you label the containers and put them in the fridge.

Again, that’s just a simple example, but it…

Science to Back Meditation Up!

There are some people who readily accept the idea of meditation. There are others who dismiss it as some “airy fairy” New Age junk. No matter which camp you put yourself in right now, it can really help to know that there is some science behind meditation.

It’s very interesting. Meditation has been around for thousands of years, but we’ve only recently developed the technology that makes it possible to study it. We are now finding what the monks and yogi’s knew all along — meditation works!

Neuroscientists have found that meditation affects the way our brain reacts — the way it is wired, so to speak. Dr. James Austin, author of “Zen and the Brain: Toward an Understanding of Meditation and Consciousness” states that meditation can sculpt the brain. He is a neurologist, and knows what he’s talking about!

He’s not the only one. There have been more than a thousand peer-reviewed research studies and articles published on this topic. Some of these are correlation studies, but we now have h…

Beer Brewing at Home

There are basically two types of beers you can create: Ales and lagers. What differentiates these two main styles of beer is the type of yeast you use to ferment your wort to turn it into beer:

Ales: This beer type is created using “warm fermenting” yeast that does its work on the top of the fermenter. This type of yeast ferments when it’s 60-75 degrees (F), so you can basically ferment your brew at room temperature. What’s more, ale yeast can consume the sugars in your wort in a matter of a few days.

The reason why we’re starting with a simple ale beer in this course is simply because it’s so easy to create these conditions. If you keep your house thermostat set at typical room temperate, then you have the perfect conditions to make a good ale. It’s easy.

Now compare this simple ale to lager…

Lagers: This beer type is created using yeast that goes to work on the bottom of the fermenter. Lager yeast requires cooler fermenting temperatures, somewhere in the range of 45 to 55 degrees (F…

John Steinbeck on Teachers

"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit."

John Steinbeck

Bio-Replenishment: Taking Anti-aging to the Bone

Bio-Replenishment: Taking Anti-aging to the Bone
- By John Jackson, M.D.

Everybody needs healthy bones and joints. Bones store 99% of the body’s
calcium. All body organs depend on a supply of calcium from bone – the brain
150 mg., the heart 100 mg., intestines 600 mg. and kidneys 150 mg. of bone
calcium each day. This mineral management system is vital to such body
functions as conduction of nerve impulses, hearing, heartbeat and blood flow,
bowel movements, liver and kidney performance, acid-base balance and

In childhood, we remake the entire skeleton every 4 years, 5 times on average by
age 20. With advancing age the process slows considerably, due to a decline in
production of the mineral managing molecule we made in abundance when younger.
This is the reason, despite eating well and exercising regularly, we can start
to suffer with bone and joint problems.

Osteoporosis has been diagnosed in 10-12 million, borderline bone density or
osteopenia in…