How to Improve Poor Workplace Social Skills

How to Improve Poor Workplace Social Skills

There's a work proverb that may hit a tender spot and it goes like this: "anytime means no time". It lowers workplace social skills with an easy out to reply 'anytime' rather than committing a task to a specific day or time. Another is "tell me and I'll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I'll understand." The later is most often heard in the workplace today, yet both are equally true and universally applicable. Social determinants of health are a root to performance, that is according to organizations including the University of Michigan, Michigan Primary Care Association, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Work, live, learn, and play environments effect numerous health risks and outcomes. How might businesses create social determinants that lead to best performance outcomes? Global Human Capital Trends is an annual Deloitte report. In 2017 they challenged report readers to improve survey results with better organized, managed, developed, and united people at work. A...
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How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

Last week over 50% of attendees bailed on a workshop. The subject was meeting and managing stress. Employees didn't have the time due to reported demanding deadlines. Additional reports were feelings of stress. So, how do we motivate a stressed-out work force into meaningful work activities through reduced stress and improved performance? There are numerous industries in our country's work force offering an array of roles and tasks to fit diverse desires of job-seekers. The act of work becomes a big problem when it exchanges the initial outcome-oriented fulfillment for daily boredom or unmanageable stress. Research offers directive, evidence-based strategies to be satisfied with and at work. One result of research is The Self-Determination Theory. It exposes satisfaction of our psychological needs and the relationship between what we do and how happy we are. The paper how trait and state personality predict daily wellbeing shared research on the ability to control being extraverted, agreeable, conscientious, emotionally stable, and with an openness to experiences. Participants were partially mediating...
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Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

While scrolling through LinkedIn, I came across Simon Sinek's post of a quote from Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick. An image of a mosquito was paired with the quote: "If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." Can the literal size of the mosquito compared to a human be similar to the figurative idea of how small things can become big problems? Let's use the mosquito in the bedroom metaphorically to sizably destructive things occurring within principally necessary circumstances. Recently, someone mentioned an ongoing issue of teeth-grinding while sleeping. A specialist recommended a mouth guard but they continuously wear down while costly replacements, joint pain, and dental care rises. The underlying issue is that the grinding persists. Another person shared a perceived victory over the recent onset of disabling hand pain. Unfortunately, it came back the day after peeling and dicing vegetables. It crippled the ability to do all computer-related work. That same day...
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How To Thrive When You Are Hypersensitive to Environments

How To Thrive When You Are Hypersensitive to Environments

Often simply thinking about being in a certain place at a certain time is exhausting. When this is most often the case then it there may be a hypersensitive tendency. Awareness of sensory needs simplifies solving the connect between design factors and excelling performance. When a person is hypersensitive to an environment the most noticeable response will be avoidance. Interior design factors effecting the hypersensitive, including furnishing placement and object purposes, often may be modified. Also, there are tactics to mentally or physically prepare for these circumstances. Our hypersensitive community can reduce their anxiety and thrive once they understand how to manage their sensitivities. This feasibility study is specific to children's reaction to a dentist office. It builds the foundational understanding an environment contributes to what seems like an uncontrollable behavior. Wired.com shared dentist offices also have very similar issues for adults. Specific commonalities include anxiety and dreaded behaviors, lighting, plus sounds. Evidence-based practice identifies the integrity of design's effect on performance to move towards best solution. This is fairly...
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Why Inhaling Lavender or Coffee Effects Work

Why Inhaling Lavender or Coffee Effects Work

Inhaling scents directly effects moodiness. A scent like coffee may become a game changer in the workplace. Yet, which scents are truly helping or hindering work? Unity, health, and confidence may be produced by just one scent. We may create a common place by using external factors because they effect each of our internal factors. This second annual bean report in celebration of Easter reveals inhaled effects from the scents of lavender and coffee. A bean and a bud captures the essence of Easter in a variety of ways. The emphasis here is the need to do: plant it to produce. Did you know 'GIG' is the acronym for 'Good Is Ground'? Similar to beans and buds, when the terrain is fitting the crop produces. Scent aids in changing behaviors. A drafted scent can produce improved performance. Within your office are scents producing something in each person. Exactly what? Find out with a workplace study. Use half ounce or larger glass jars and fill one with coffee beans and...
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Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Across generations, creating meaning at work is key to being. We use Being here to capture identity, self-awareness, and tolerance. Talent management practices that engage a multi-generational workforce are informed by an understanding of the influences and values of each generation.  Incorporating trends such as: Baby Boomers crave contributing. Generation Xers seek clear logic for their work tasks. Millennials want to make a tangible difference. Optimal talent management transforms work into being meaningful.  Employees sharpen talent as they value being their whole-being. So, this includes use of their time, talent, and relationships. Also, they feel safe and supported in both relationships and surroundings. Reverse-mentoring, the corporate break place, and role-sharing are three strategies to support a strong multi-generational workforce. Established support network Mentoring is increasingly becoming structured and strategic, as organizations are noting its essential role in all aspects of talent management. A natural relationship exists between Baby Boomers, who value teamwork and want respect from their younger coworkers, and Millennials who value training and mentorship. Moreover, both generations value teamwork...
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How To Recognize Which Skills Make Life Harder

How To Recognize Which Skills Make Life Harder

Every day we are naturally a part of stories revealing the best or worst skills. Activities, including storytelling, share which skill sharpened in lieu of another. Do you know which skills make life harder for you? When we experience unhappiness, frequent illness or other life hardening conditions we are likely sharpening the culprits.  cer] When in doubt, probably a quick measure could be Google or peer opinions. Google's loyalties are your search history. Ask a peer? Might be a white lie! More so, what if they are...WRONG? Christine Porath studied nearly 20,000 employees and 54% said they don't get regular respect from their leaders. Which pipeline do you believe is the most genuine resource here: the leader, the employees, or the researcher? Pick a skill that's not your healthiest. On a scale from 1 (least) to 10 (most) where does it rank in terms of a healthy resource? Something that betters the health of yourself and others is a health resource. Every culture endorses resources by modeled habits and routines. One health resource is our daily...
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These Benchmarking Tools Unify Employees

These Benchmarking Tools Unify Employees

When the weather is hot then work attire naturally accommodates. There are other factors that change, too, when weather changes. Climate influences behaviors including the type of outdoor activities and also moodiness. Much as everyone benefits from being prepared for weather adversities, businesses are learning the climate of the workplace is somewhat similar. Benchmarking tools unify a preparedness for what is to come. Employee's also become more aware when engaged in benchmarking. It is a tool to become the vision, protect quality of work, and support healthy behaviors. Benchmarking is similar to becoming prepared for weather conditions. Fahrenheit, barometer, humidity, wind velocity are evidence-based measurements. Consequently, the reward is clarity. As a result, behaviors change or reward the becoming phase. Another is asset protection because humans, buildings, and land are valuable. Evidence-based measurements of being and doing prepare employees to becoming productive assets. In conclusion, benchmarking is one process to becoming transformative and tolerant of adverse behaviors. Becoming Assessments, questionnaires, and surveys are three forms used to measure employee...
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How To Be An Effective Multigenerational Workforce

How To Be An Effective Multigenerational Workforce

Managing an effective multigenerational workforce requires tolerance and transformative thinking. Our generation membership is a contextual factor that affects our communication and work styles, and also our values and perceptions. The Doing, Being, Becoming Model from occupational therapy offers an effective managerial approach. This model establishes a collaborative work environment that harnesses the strengths of each generation. Doing is observable. The act of doing includes a person's work ethic, work style, habits and routines. An especially relevant 'doing' action is communication. Baby Boomers tend to prefer face-to-face and telephone chatter, Generation Xers generally favor email and texting, and Millennials trend towards texts and instant messaging. When we observe others doing we have the opportunity to learn as well as judge our colleagues. So, at its best, understanding the doing of others can: strengthen team-based performance, and improve company-wide inclusivity and diversity. While, at its worst, misunderstanding the doing of others is a vehicle for discrimination. Being happens when we consciously exist as our...
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Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Gallup reported 68% of United States employees in 2015 were not engaged. As a result employees are not doing their work. Workforces creating value do strengthening activities. So, their work ethic, work style, habits and routines are naturally creating organizational values. Observing others doing brings opportunities to understand their values. Therefore, it strengthens team-based performance, and also company-wide inclusivity and diversity. Thakor’s Competing Values Model describes four strategies for creating value: control, compete, create, and collaborate. These are all active processes; and, described respectively as doing things right, doing things fast, doing things first, and doing things together. As much as possible, do with an upstream focus. “Upstream” is a concept from public health. It means starting at the source. Getting things right from the start and preventing problems from arising later, downstream. On-site Health Clinics and mono tasking are two strategies ripe for Doing Upstream. On-site Health Clinics “We’ll keep you well, and, by the way, if you get sick we’ll take care...
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How An Organization Changes Employee Behaviors

How An Organization Changes Employee Behaviors

A multi-generational workplace is naturally diverse with good and maybe not-so-good behaviors. Organizations that unify the people, environment, and brand with their mission and vision provide behavioral direction. Where clarity exists there's also a notion of rewarding conditions. Consequently, constancy of circumstances lead affective working conditions. Jocelyn Goldfein along with her executive team became haunted by experiencing this fact. They learned the valuable elements of how to be an effective multigenerational workforce. Furthermore, they united to become consistent in communication and surroundings because they desire rewarding work conditions. A determinant of how successful business will be is how successful each employee is. Following quarterly polls of 90,000 Americans, researchers conclude multi-generations want the same things: interesting work, opportunities to be rewarded and excel. The resulted feelings are the change agents, hence what motivates people in meaningful, new directions. People either show up to work or don't because they desire to feel and be a success. Each individualistic feeling is unique and situational. Unite those feelings with clear and constant elements...
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Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Holiday's are here! To support the cause of avoiding ditching healthy me-time, play-time, and we-time we're dishing eighteen tips to be remarkably resilient. RAINY DAYS MAKES WAY FOR INDOOR PLAY Who said it has to be sunny to move and shake over the holiday? Holidays aren't an every day thing so be inventive. Turn up the music, look at your furniture with beginners mind, and let the laughter begin! If being indoors makes you want to eat more check this out to undo that mode of operation. WORK MAY BE FAMILY TIME Maybe its siblings or perhaps a foe but seeing that person an opportunity to put on your bravest coat of grace. Put on their shoes for a moment to empathize they have relationship demons just like everyone else. Check out these six ways to come out as the survivor.   FLYING SOLO IS OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH We get it. Not everyone has a party or people to share the holiday with. See this as an ultimate reward...
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18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

Eating habits may often lead to being bloated or feeling depleted of energy. Doctor Norman Boeve has witnessed the strain obesity contributes to a person's skeletal system and overall health. "Everything you put in your mouth works toward either health or disease. Think 'Is this bad for me'?" Doctor Boeve is a retired orthopedic surgeon who now publishes and presents the importance of choosing to perform for the prevention of disease and injury. Below are 18 diet books and websites Boeve recommends.   The best "Starter Book"   How Not to Die (Prematurely) by Michael Gregor Excellent General Book    Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman MD For those seeking information regarding significant heart disease Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn MD Dangers of fructose and added sugars   Fat Chance by Robert Lustig MD A huge epidemiological study, this is research results on the incidence, distribution, and control of disease in the Chinese...
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Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

It's difficult to convey an important message or inquiry with someone who doesn't speak the same language, as James McAvoy demonstrates. Sensations are similar to languages. Sight, sound, odor, body movement, taste, body exertion, touch, and instinct each speak and respond to specific details within surroundings. Sensation communicates then body responds. When laying with a book sleepiness occurs. The aroma of coffee activates saliva glands. Steady running to breathing rhythm encourages confidence. Each body has a unique inner-dialogue. Sense and perception interdependently create body responses. In the foreign language example one scenario will provide different sensations and perceptions because of bias in interpretation. People conclude knowledge on the basis of their sensory interpretation. Some become averse to certain 'normal' sensations because there is a sensation barrier as the mind processes it. Those with sensory processing barriers have difficulty identifying why there's adversity. Yet, cultural norms identify there is an issue. Fidgeting fingers through team-building...
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The High Cost Of Work Burdening The Basic Need For Sleep

The High Cost Of Work Burdening The Basic Need For Sleep

Imagine what your lifestyle will be like when you are ninety years old. Older adults ability to feel satisfied and participate in meaningful activities or engage in social activities are protected by poor sleep. Their daytime inactivity, and poor health are contributors to poor sleep. Habits protect the basic need for sleep. Physical and mental responses differ with little sleep. Adhering to sleep basics within younger years sets a foundation to the aging progression. Actively listening to the body's call for sleep will rear habits that reduce the need for large doses of stimulants or shifting blame.  Mindfulness, physical activity, and establishing routines enhances sleep. The sleeping environment is a necessary factor to gaining healthy and. Performance habits that cost sleep.  Michael Hyatt redundantly addresses sleep as a resource to high performance. Arianna Huffington is on a crusade and sharing her rude awakening to the value of sleep within her roles. Mark Bertolini is paying his employees to sleep. Scientists and health professionals are challenging that the 40+ hour work...
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Employee, Task, Environment Satisfaction For Best Performance

Employee, Task, Environment Satisfaction For Best Performance

The fabric of performance outcomes is interdependent on employee, task, and environment. Quality performance is the result of an environment supporting employees engaged in roles that are meaningful to them through work tasks that satisfy both their and the employer mission. PERSON There are two overarching roles in the workplace: the leader and the employee. Gallup's How Millenials Want To Work And Live shared the "Big Six" changes workplace leadership needs to make. The adjustment is from an 'old will' culture to one with a 'new will'.   The 'new will' or future culture is one that meets contextual factors, including customs, beliefs, activity patterns, and behavior standards. Additionally, expectations is a factor that involves being accepted by the culture, so workplace or society. Personal context thrives with design thinking. In 2008 this study estimated that 15% of college students were hypersensitive. These students are under workplace leaders today. Those leaders who encourage a beginner mind provide a 'new will' culture that meets the needs of hypersensitive individuals. Beginner mind initiates...
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What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

Severe future health issues may occur if there pain or numbness is presently ignored in the hand, arm, leg or foot. Temporary pain remedies may cause transference of the core issue. Listed below are three safe remedies to stop persisting pain. Seek multiple opinions with an interdisciplinary team. A variety of specialized professionals provide alternative perspectives that may be missed with one. The value of a team approach reduces error. A team may include a chiropractor, occupational therapist, ergonomist, physical therapist, doctor, and massage therapist. Seek referrals and weigh out opinions with a trusted source. Personally log daily activities and behaviors over a 3 to 6 weeks.  Record keeping assists to manage budget and time. Awareness of body responses through attention to cause and effect may reduce costly appointments, medications, and products used to treat or reduce pain symptoms. Refrain from impulsive or persuasive purchasing before understanding the core issue. Clarity improves consumerism and reduces waste, money, and time. Confirm what sensations are fueling the pain.  Awareness of potential...
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These Three Fuels Improve Performance Abilities

These Three Fuels Improve Performance Abilities

It's the start of one of those Monday's that requires concerted effort to do things. There's the smell of coffee lingering mixed with the aroma of fresh bagels beside the buffet of several cream cheeses. Noise levels heighten as peers huddle to collaborate. The smartphone chimes with each email and text message. Recently we did an experiment with octane types used to fuel an SUV. Every vehicle manufacturer identifies what octane is optimal for vehicle performance. The SUV's manufacturer recommended 91 octane. With 89 Octane the fuel burned faster then what 93 provided. The recommended premium octane proved to save in gas efficiency at four more miles per gallon. Certain body fuels have greater performance efficiency. Our body fuels on fiber, protein, fat, physical activity, and sleep but it also desires alternatives. Choosing fuel for the body is energy delegated towards hormone, neuron, and cell production. Different blood types, DNA, and genes require fuel knowledge for which products energize and maintain body performance. PHYSICAL MOVEMENT There...
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Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Those creeping internal sensations of doing too much of something begs for occupational literacy. Occupational therapist Elizabeth Townsend defines it as "a source of language and skills for persons at any age to adapt to diverse contexts and purposes." Internal sensations may be difficult to identify with words. Feelings are often confused with a need. For example, suppression by activity consumption including shopping, food or alcohol intake. Silencing truth is another example by way of gossiping, lying, or holding unrealistic perspectives. This Globis 2013 survey identified how 200 leaders lacked language and skills by avoiding necessary conversations by an alarming 97%. Leaders believed they might cause employee stress. 80% believed angry behaviors were a necessary part of their role with "difficult conversations." Occupational justice commits rights, responsibilities, and liberties for quality performance and health. Three sub-categories identify the justice of occupied time: OCCUPATIONAL IMBALANCE This happens when feeling overwhelmed OR underwhelmed with occupations (activities that occupy your time). What work tasks do you feel like...
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Three Elements Directly Effecting Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Three Elements Directly Effecting Absenteeism and Presenteeism

Each workplace has cultural norms including expectations and commonalities. One example is in certain seasons or holidays productivity slows. Managers might reduce work expectations because they anticipate employee's performance to change. Productive employees anticipate performance changes because they are skilled managers of their behaviors. Performance is interdependent on six behaviors: physical, occupational, intellectual, spiritual, social, and emotional aspects. When behavior management is performance outcomes weaken through presenteeism and absenteeism. Presenteeism The result of an employee showing up to work despite a condition like illness, injury, or anxiety is loss in productivity, workplace epidemics, poor health management, and exhaustion. A cultural norm of open and frequent manager-employee dialogue will reduce presenteeism's effect on productivity. In 2003 the total cost of presenteeism in the US was $150 billion per year. Pain and depression are two conditions raising costs above that of employee absences. Self-advocacy is a skill categorized as an emotional behavior. Body knowledge advances one's ability to apply and advocate health needs which significantly reduces the severity of illness....
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Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Science has been slowly revealing how to retrain the brain. Day-to-day there are moments when something isn't so pleasant. Consistent moodiness may trigger with an overly optimistic peer. Frequent disruptions are common with high-traffic noise in the walkway. A foggy brain after lunch disengages attention to detail. Cognitive science is linking biological responses like those listed above with cultural experiences. Performance improves by changing daily experiences. Sound, taste, and visual responses are three biological initiatives for retraining the brain. Here Is What You Hear A new part of the brain was revealed through auditory testing. Scientists confirms the brain has neuroplasticity. This means the brain is capable to change patterns with thinking, feeling, and behaving. According to most recent research frequency-following responses is one way to improve  audible sensitivities and functioning. Auditory processing really is improves active listening functionality including comprehension and problem solving. It also sifts through noisy environments to engage listening to a singular voice or instrument. Questions to Ask: ...
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Agonizing Meetings Could Be Due to Presence Disparity

Agonizing Meetings Could Be Due to Presence Disparity

Finished projects bring moments of exhilaration for all involved. Those involved that were engaged empowered the productivity of the project. When all employees on a team are present by actively listening, creating, and collaborating there is consistently powerful, innovative outcomes that increase revenue. The alternative is a phenomenon identified as presence disparity, which compromises innovative workflow and timely productivity. Presence disparity is when telecommuters physically experience a compromising difference when virtually collaborating. Missing verbal and visual content due to background noises or poor quality live stream video strains the body. This mentally, physically, and emotionally taxing effect loses productive opportunities. Collaborative moments lose empowered creativity and revenue-building strategies. Full engagement requires all senses prepared to mentally interpret content. Presence Disparity is a macro-sensory productivity issue. High-quality video is one solution to improving engagement in virtual collaboration. There’s no universal 5-step fix because every body is unique, therefore may prepare through different strategies. Also, environments are unique. One example of this is virtually plugging-in on the fly. Environments are...
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A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace

A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace

GIG Design's team discussed observations of a seamstress exhibiting stress in the workplace. Observations of the work environment included details of the lighting, noise, temperature, and peer engagement. The work space is an open area of approximately thirty seamstresses, all sitting at a sewing station actively engaging in production of a product. Observations of the seamstress were noted to be signs of distress as exhibited by facial expressions, frequent posturing with head tilted into hand through elbow support, uncharacteristic pauses of production. Following a lifestyle profile and sensory assessment she identified as under-responsive to sensations. Hyposensitivities This form of regulating the nervous system is categorized by muted, delayed responses, and low sensory registration. This individual passively regulates their nervous system, has a high threshold to sensory stimuli, and passively reacts to sensations. They may appear uninterested, apathetic, or self-absorbed but it's likely their nervous system isn't picking up on tactile, posture, audible, and pressure sensations. Generally this person misses cues and directions. A hyposensitive nervous system is under-responsive. A...
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20 Questions For Sleep Awareness

20 Questions For Sleep Awareness

In response to the statement "employers can educate shift workers about how to improve sleep" in the NBC Health's reveal we aren't getting enough sleep, here are 20 questions to get started. Answers are provided at the end. How many hours of sleep per night do you suspect the average American gets during the week? How do you think this ranked with the other countries: Japan, UK, Germany, Canada, Mexico? How about on the weekend: U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, Canada, Mexico? Questionnaire respondents were asked: How much sleep do you need to function best? What do you suspect they answered: U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany, Canada, Mexico? What do you think differences existed amongst different countries? How does culture effect sleep? How many hours of sleep are recommended for adults ages 18-64? How about older adults ages 65+? In discussion about sleep,...
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Five Steps To Engage In A Healthy Lifestyle

Five Steps To Engage In A Healthy Lifestyle

How do your thoughts articulate each moment you experience? “I'm confidently griping the handle of this heavy meeting-room door, stepping into this meeting that will shape and sharpen feelings of fulfillment in my life.” Thoughts vividly characterize the body's experience. Our body senses every tiny thing before describing it with words. This phenomenon directs behaviors. The brain encodes then decodes sensory stimuli then informs the nervous system how to respond. It then links to our subjective frame of mind. Since we're creatures of habit everything we currently avoid was first formulated through an unpleasant past experience. Behaviors demonstrate how the body stores then processes sensations into action. Awareness of your unique sensory response, understanding metaphors, your internal dialogue, and an abstract representation of your self mediates behavior response. How do you discover your unique sensory response? Step One: Be intimately involved with your body.  Awareness of the level of sensitivity you have is significant to understanding your behaviors. For example, you can’t stand tags on your shirts....
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Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

Prosperity and safety in the workplace are necessary for best performance outcomes. Prosperity breathes comfort that survival is possible for driving competitive advantages and teamwork capabilities. It reduces presenteeism. Safe practices reduce absences and turnover. Productivity results from workplaces filled with attitudes of prosperity and safety. Employees instinctually seek feeling safe but stretching outside of comfortable practices may compromise quality of life. Experiences of prosperity through novel practices offers the ability to be vulnerable towards what appears as ambiguous. The anonymous quote, "If you're comfortable in life then you're not maturing," is true. Maturing performance standards results in employee discomfort. A workplace may reduce discomfort with B.E.I.N.G strategies resulting in employee's boldly existing in necessary growth. B.E.I.N.G. Boldly Existing in Necessary Growth is an acronym to set up the ability to successfully manage the potential stress of improving performance. Boldly Occupational Justice is the rights, responsibilities, and liberties that enable us to commit to occupations (activities) for health and quality of life needs. When overwhelmed, underwhelmed,...
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Bedtime Strategies for 3 Different Sleep Issues

Bedtime Strategies for 3 Different Sleep Issues

Sleep hygiene a significant contributor to performance behaviors. Achieving optimal hygiene requires effort and perseverance. To illustrate how one might achieve sleep below are three stories about three different characters struggling with sleep: C. Want, C. Fear, and C. Loathe. “I want to sleep more.”  C. Want follows trends. Routines include variations of: caffeine to wake or to keep aroused, sugar for quick surges of energy, social media avenues to distract feelings, and typically saying ‘yes’ to everything. The body works naturally by following a biological clock that organizes by daylight patterns. Want an energetic rhythm. Set up necessary sleep hygiene for daytime napping and body-inspired bedtime cues. “I fear over-sleeping.” C. Fear delays going to bed. Routines include variations of: denying fatigue during evening hours, working more after dinner, laying in bed with the laptop or smartphone, and falls asleep on the...
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The 40 Hour Work Week Disrupts the Natural Work Flow

The 40 Hour Work Week Disrupts the Natural Work Flow

“I used to be exhausted all the time, I would come home from work and pass out on the sofa, but not now. I am much more alert: I have much more energy for my work, and also for family life.” These are the words of Lise-Lotte Pettersson, an assistant nurse and participant in a controlled trial of shorter work hours in Sweden. The results will be published in 2016, but so far results indicate nurses are less fatigued and more efficient (Crouch, 2015). A 2014 Gallup survey of 1,200 American adults discovered that the average full time US employee works 47 hours per week and 18% work 60 hours or more (Green, 2015). The workplace is a community I'm passionate about. Work demands are conditions part of my mission. Occupational justice is vague to most, yet sticks to my bones like muscles. Too many people understand occupation to mean career or job instead of a way of spending time. According to occupational science,...
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Key Aspects to Achieving These Seven Leadership Values

Key Aspects to Achieving These Seven Leadership Values

Occupational therapy practitioners are found in a variety of industries outside of health care, including automotive, architecture and non-profit sectors. Jim Burns is a major in the U.S. Army as well as chief of O.T. at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado. He quoted Max Depree to support his opinion of what the key aspect of leadership is: selfless service. "The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality; the last is to say ‘Thank you.’ In between the two, the leader must become a servant." Burns integrates an abridged version of the U.S. Army's leadership development philosophy in his philosophy of these seven values: Discipline, Motivation, Altruism, Physical Fitness, Continuing Education, Creativity, and being Respectful. Values emphasize behavior patterns, goal setting, and communication. Each requires an internal force or the will to act. Collaboration and connection builds achievement. Social-being cues senses to form opinions. Design...
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Seven Screen-time Strategies to Reduce Health Conditions

Seven Screen-time Strategies to Reduce Health Conditions

For many working people, staring at a computer for several hours is the norm in the workplace. That means, hours of screen time not including late night television binges, texts to friends, or surfing the net for recipes. Some side effects of all this time spent with our eyes on screens include: eye strain, headaches, or vision changes. If continued long term it may lead to health conditions type-2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality. Screen time usage strategies: Meet in an environment that supports active listening in place of texting; be certain all screens are at least 20-40 inches away; invest in anti-glare screens; observe routines to identify if a screen is even necessary; use an app, like Moment, to track your phone usage; take eye breaks...walk away from your screen for at least 20 second breaks every...
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How Design Sensibility Impacts Performance Outcomes

How Design Sensibility Impacts Performance Outcomes

Dancing without music may appear as silly or odd. Dancing needs guided rhythm and music ignites an internal rhythm that may be expressed with movement. Design Sensibility unites mediums with sensations for best performance. The ability to improve performance through responses to sensations, complex emotional or aesthetic influences through the use of context, occupation and sense factors is design sensibility. Performance barriers may exist and misguide behavior responses including attention or situational discernment. Design sensibility offers the ability to detect an issue, identify an issue, then solve the issue. When athletes strengthen skill they first recognize their weakness. Scientists identify that when performance focused attention is externally rather than internally then performance is enhanced. If a sprinter's speed weakness then with design sensibility they may ignite a mindset to 'imagine the ground as a hotplate' in place of 'striking with your forefoot'. In parallel, an example to strengthen performance skill may be a mindset 'imagining words are ten dollars a piece' in...
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Three Tips For Embracing Uncertainty to Improve Performance

Three Tips For Embracing Uncertainty to Improve Performance

Being open to the messiness of uncertainty is often difficult. Performance behaviors are patterns, routines, and habits. With challenges a natural course of reaction is common. An issue may be some behaviors are causing breaks in relationships, purpose, and health. With time and effort behaviors may change to repair and support teamwork, productivity, and competitive advantages. Performance sharpens by accepting ambiguity. Embracing mystery will build relationships, enhance purpose, and improve skills. Sensations following feelings to what may appear as a fuzzy or messy issue are often uncomfortable. Fear or doubt causes periods of rationalizing perceived risk factors. Sociology and psychologist author Malcolm Gladwell, psychologist Daniel Kahneman, and business woman Arianna Huffington revealed how sensations effect rational. Build Relationships "Good teaching is interactive. It engages the child individually. " Gladwell coined the Stickiness Factor towards a tipping point. Here he identifies building relationships to a child's learning process, which also mimics adult learning styles. "It uses all the senses. It responds to the child...once the advice became...
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Gestalt Principles in Daily Life

Gestalt Principles in Daily Life

Gestalt isn't a regularly used term. Out WholeBeSM method repeatedly engages design sensibility to enable stress management. The following definitions explain why gestalt is so important and meaningful in your everyday life. The universal root + definition of Gestalt GERMAN | gestalt {form, shape} In 1920, German psychologists used this term when describing something that is greater or different than the sum of it's parts. Something that is unexplainable through depiction of it's parts. Unified in physical, psychological or symbolic elements to create a whole Charlotte Bunch once said, "Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women's issues." Artists and designers trigger "gestalt sightings" of something that isn't finished. However, your mind still connects it.  An example is: conn_ct_d   Your mind fills in the blanks. Our mind identifies a missing link and then completes it. This is something our  senses naturally do. Gestalt principles in daily life include continually filling in those blanks through being aware of...
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Integrity in our Daily Life

Integrity in our Daily Life

Integrity is used to describe a person, place or thing. The WholebeSM process teaches integrity to act as a catalyst to design sensibility. The universal root + definition of Integrity LATIN | integer {intact} being morally upright the state of unity consistent in principal Zig Ziglar said, With integrity you have nothing to fear, nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt." Integrity in our daily life At some point in our lives we are tested.  In these moments our integrity is measured.  Integrity in our daily lives can be offensive to others. Examples of this are seen when activists stand by their principal, or artists remain sincere to their mission and are shunned. Our actions are based on our morals and determine our internal integrity. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-60245206-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); ...
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Wall Alerts

Wall Alerts

I don't know about you but when I need to change without waiver I need the end goal to be on repeat in my mind. To do this I surround myself with what will inspire change. The first time I knowingly created wall alerts was when I was in middle school. Every inch of my walls were covered with images and words that inspired me to be more creative, to be more healthy.  Perhaps,  not the most glamorous work of art at the time but I genuinely reached my heart through various mediums to gain loving self-support towards change. Thirty years later I still do this because it works! Creative wall alerts may be designed unique to your need and style while exploring the use of a variety of mediums. Below are examples used over the past ten years that effectively changed personal behaviors. GIG Design | Physical Lifestyle CONTEXT OCCUPATION SENSE ...
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Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

Work behaviors are a distinct part of you. We may have control over our home environments but our work environments are a collaboration of peers. The workplace has a culture of unwritten values creating its community. Regardless of who or what sets the cultural tone, there will be things that trigger you out of your control into an unhealthy zone  (CompPsych 2013). There are strategies to prepare for this. Its those other ways you occupy your time that directly effect your behaviors. Sleep is one statistically proven strategy (Foster 2013). What other ways do you occupy your time? Play, the commute to work, or self-care routines are some.  When we walk over the threshold into the workplace we bring all of life's current events with us. This is natural with health consequences if avoided (Duke 2006). Relief to exist in the workplace includes evolving and creating strategies unique to your needs. The body functions to take in information, process it, then...
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Smoking and Anxiety

Smoking and Anxiety

When I overlooked health to discover the joy of smoking there was an immediate bond. Not only did I have no desire to quit but it was a behavior that integrated into every one of my day-to-day functions. Habits may be useful, dominating, or impoverished. They may also interfere with performance in areas of occupation.* To support smoking I would dwell or create environments for it. Specific products suited for the behaviors of smoking were also in my surroundings. And that exceeds just ashtrays. I could smoke anywhere but the ideal experiences were in the comfort of it's suited intention: to distress, to relax, to problem-solve. A space, plus its surroundings - people included - supported my performance needs of smoking and anxiety. Alternatively to smoking and anxiety are those healthy-habit seeking reasons to create intentional environments in effort to achieve lifestyle goals. Our behaviors seek support in surrounding products, environments, and relationships. Identify one unhealthy lifestyle habit that may be domineering your performance. What's...
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Focus and Conquer Those Daily Intentions

Focus and Conquer Those Daily Intentions

During occupational therapy sessions this last week at the preschool we created a “Determine Your Session” game. The student was given a ball and had to throw it at one of the numbers located on the therapy mat. Once the number was determined, then that child had to do the activity that many times. For example, trace you name in four different colors, jump seven times on the trampoline or roll eight play dough snowballs. This got me thinking – how often does this realistically happen in life? Sometimes we are given several choices throughout our day or faced with daily options that are not too enjoyable. This tactic can help focus and conquer those great intentions. Recently, I was working with kids that have oral defensiveness and the thought of trying new foods was completely adversive. By giving control to the child and working for something motivating, it made the task less overwhelming. For example: take x amount of bites of...
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The Best Way to Achieve Competitive Advantage

The Best Way to Achieve Competitive Advantage

A Psychology Today report offered a new perspective on the much talked about Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The idea of 'Workplace' is shifting across all possibilities to support telecommuters plus lower work space costs. With this shift is less physical interface with colleagues. Steve Jobs and Harmut Esslinger kept working together in one space for their purpose. This is what Steve Denning, contributor to Forbes shares on the topic of working together to  collaborate: "In reality, Rutledge’s rewired version of psychological needs suggests a more realistic set of multiple paths, through social connection, to meet our varying psychology needs. What it implies, and the experience of radical management confirms, is that getting work done by people working together in self-organizing teams can meet most people’s psychological needs without positing unrealistic goals of self-actualization as the be-all and end-all of life." In the wellness industry, self-actualization is identified by industry terms like 'mindfulness', 'deep emotional work', 'letting go', or 'believe in the power within'. When terms are unfamiliar then initial...
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Body Mechanics to Better Your Health

Body Mechanics to Better Your Health

Form and function are two basic principles to designing objects. Function may include the dimensions for an intended space or the comfort to sit for long periods of time.  Examples of form include drawer pulls, scissors, or a chair. Each of these examples beg for both a formula perspective: form + function. Buying furniture or interior decorating is like dating. One may think an object is the perfect partner but it may not last.  A chair that fits perfectly with an heirloom desk may cause back discomfort. Relationships are desirable when unity is present. Aging and routine resistance training cause muscles to build and weaken unevenly (Degens and Erkins 2009). Disturbances in the skeletal system may be caused by disproportionate muscle strength.  This may lead to joint, tendon, nerve, and tissue damage. Often this leads to financial and time costs for surgical repair or joint replacements. In essence, our body has its own relational complexities. Yet, it strives for unity form birth to death. Questions to...
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The Wellbeing Tactic of Conserving Energy

The Wellbeing Tactic of Conserving Energy

Last night my brother-in-law asked my opinion on the blueprint for their kitchen. It's naked to the studs with an open map to plan task paths. We moved the location of light switches, refrigerator, dishwasher and talked through the ergonomics of a built-in nook. The emphasis here wasn't only ergonomics but their lifestyle, functionality and how to best conserve body energy . Built-in environments benefit from incorporating the wellbeing tactic of conserving energy.  This strategy reduces the onset of fatigue. Energy Conservation Techniques (ECT) prevent illness and injury. This occupational science study shares successful outcomes for a group who implemented ECT through occupational therapy guidance. Below are four principles the UofM Inpatient Acute Care team endorses: PACE Stop. Rest before you get fatigued.  It is easier to recover your energy by avoiding to work until fatigued.  Practice abdominal breathing during rest breaks.  Inhale through your nose while expanding your belly and exhale through your mouth while relaxing your belly. PLAN Before initiating an activity develop a plan. Include every detail. Include how much...
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Pilates Workout

Pilates Workout

The pilates workout was developed by Mr. Joseph Pilates. Legend says that he called his method "contrology." Sound familiar? You are correct. It means "control." The instructors are usually hyper aware of body mechanics, body awareness, and very well versed with their musculatures. Although, all the minuscule movements are often very precise and slow moving, it's actually engaging muscles that people often dismiss. Pilates focus on a lot of core work and spinal alignment. With dedication, people who practice Pilates on regular basis can achieve long lean muscles instead of bulky muscles. There's definitely a lot of isotonic movements and/or resistance as much as it is needed. You can do a lot of core work (AKA "powerhouse" with Pilates jargon), strengthening, stretching, and coordination. The "core" is engaged with majority of the exercises. HERE ARE SOME BENEFITS FROM CORE STRENTHENING: -Spinal protection -Improve posture for sitting and standing -Minimize injuries for lifting and other various physical activities -Enhances balance and stability -Improve physical physique (this is secondary) People...
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Design For Ergonomic Positioning, Pacing, Creativity

Design For Ergonomic Positioning, Pacing, Creativity

A task that we all do, all too often, is email and texting. Before smartphones and laptops occupational therapists were steadily treating carpal tunnel. We still are, yet smaller devices increased rehab needs for Repetitive Strain Injury's or De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis diagnosis. Carol Leynse Harpold offers Ergonomics and Texting Thumbs interventions. Design for ergonomic positioning and pacing with one or more of these creative techniques:   Eclectic Home Office design by San Francisco Architect Nick Noyes Architecture   Pacing: a work setting that provides various spaces to take a break, change body position. Pacing: reduce text time by setting a timer Pacing: If limiting time or taking a break isn't an option consider using a keyboard Position: to accommodate back and neck posture in task with arms rested at a height suitable to view, Aeron provides swift armrest adjusting as posture changes between tasks Technique: cut key input and go with your voice Exercises: OTS With Apps offer good resources...I highly recommend you add a tattoo   (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ...
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12 Posture Tips To Energize, Add Grace, Ease Aging

12 Posture Tips To Energize, Add Grace, Ease Aging

Growing up I always remember my mother saying “Stand up straight!” or “Sit up!”  I certainly always tried to be conscious of this – especially since I only reached a maximum of only 5’ 4”.  My sister who hit an early growth spurt was a little more defiant. She hunched, slouched and bent over to be the height of her friends in photos and to meet classmates eye-to-eye. Now that wisdom has set in, I understand my posture will energize, add grace, and ease my aging process. Posture portrays a lot. Postures often are circumstantial. Playing with kids versus meeting a new business partner secures a difference. Centering yourself during meditation is genuine posturing. Physical body appearance may portray confidence, a state of relaxation and a certain amount of poise. Posture is a habit. Standing brings postural rebellion. Here are 12 posture tips I share with my clients: Practice habitual 'check-ins' to spinal alignment. Posture prevents back pain, arthritis and stress on muscles...
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People, Places, Things: Be Exposed to the Vibrant

People, Places, Things: Be Exposed to the Vibrant

A good friend of mine called me to recite her new health goals.  As suspected, they were the the same ones I've heard over the past few years: lose weight, save more, be nicer to her boyfriend. I completely support her in all of these but I had to wonder, why is it that we (certainly myself included!) focus intently on the same things and seemingly end up right where we started? Life is filled with several natural new beginnings. Feelings of renewal and focus, a chance to start anew and have a sense of a fresh clean slate occur often. We are creatures of habit. Many of the things we are interested in changing are engrained within our environment we surround ourselves in. What happens around us becomes a critical piece of the puzzle. Change occurs within the dynamic system we live in not in a simple concern-then-solution vacuum. Rag-to-riches poster child Jim Rohn once stated "You are the average of the 5...
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How Sounds Reclaim Life, Boosts Performance, and Surrenders Agony

How Sounds Reclaim Life, Boosts Performance, and Surrenders Agony

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.  BOB MARLEY Our inner ear provides us with a lot of information about the world around us. This sound travels through the ear by means of the auditory nerve, then to be processed by our brain. Even if we were blindfolded, we would be able to identify if we were in a large stadium versus a small confined room based on the sounds and how that sound travels through space. Music has the ability to produce an orienting response. Sounds reclaim life, boosts performance, and energizes perception. Picture grandma dropping a pan and automatically everyone in the room turns to see what it is - they orient towards that sound. Although we usually view loud noises as environmental noise pollution other types of more organized music have the ability to provide us with an orienting response in a more subtle way. When feeling sluggish, anxious, or overwhelmed it is common to go into...
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Undo Cruel Food Obsession. Seize Life With These Five Tactics.

Undo Cruel Food Obsession. Seize Life With These Five Tactics.

The day began with a mess of disorganization. Our team was out of synch and it cost valuable time. Every hour that morning another issue arose. The climax was financial catastrophe! This stress lead the team to emotional behaviors which created a different kind of work. Internal body regulating and mind work. The challenge was to remain calm through it all. Being overwhelmed with stressful feelings causes confusion. Emotions are a vital part of us to sort through problem-solving.  Suffering rears emotions from childhood experiences then initiates personal boundaries - healthy or unhealthy. Our primal instinct is to act for safety in seeking feelings of comfort. Feelings are stimulated by our senses. Our behavior is the reaction. Often people express a reaction by being "full of" an overwhelming feeling. "I'm full of excitement!" or "I'm filled with sadness." Feelings fill bodies in the same way food fills the stomach. In 1863 Americans attested that soulful meant they were 'full of feeling'. A half decade later it meant...
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How To Stop Pathetic Future Meltdowns From Stress

How To Stop Pathetic Future Meltdowns From Stress

She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. -ELIZABETH EDWARDS Spreading newspapers and pulling out handfuls of goopy seeds are the welcomed precursors to carving a pumpkin.  Next, time will be spent together at a large table, calling dibs on a favored leg or wing to eat while simultaneously someone slowly carves the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The next two months holds such focus on others: giving presents, cooking and creating New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, the community and the organizations we believe in.  Carving time in our schedules for ourselves quickly goes by the wayside. It is easy to schedule a massage or a hair appointment and denote that time as “me time.” Often it is spread out, forgotten or squeezed between errands. Hindsight is always twenty-twenty; therefore it is best to plan ahead.  This is certainly easier said than done but taking ten minutes right now may save some future meltdowns. What time...
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Connect the Dots to Relief

Connect the Dots to Relief

This past week, I attended a course that focuses on preventing and managing undesirable behaviors.  As part of the exercise it stated: Connect all dots using two lines: . . .   Fairly easy. It creates a line.  Next was connecting two rows of dots, for a total of six dots.  The instructions read: Connect using 4 lines: .             . .             . .             .   It created a square.  Not too challenging just yet.  The last challenge was to still only: Use four lines to connect 9 circles: .        .        .  .        .        .  .        .        .  I am a very literal person so I assumed the idea was to have every dot connecting to every other dot.  Therefore it made this equation impossible. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened. Over thinking.  Sometimes we complicate things to the...
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