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Pszichofitness – book review

This book is written by Emőke Bagdy, who is a Hungarian psychologist. I’ve actually listened to the audio book rather than read it. I usually don’t listen to audio books however this adds an extra layer of efficient communication and it was quite fun to listen to her while driving.
Goal of the book:
Have a clear understanding of stress, know how your mind and body functions and how to reduce / deal with stress.
So what is stress? Basically anything that you consider as stress. However as per definition stress is a reaction of your mind to some action where you can’t or don’t want to react in your preferred way. Simple example is that you don’t hit someone even when they said something rude.
Distress is the bad kind of stress, eustress is the good kind of stress. The good kind occurs when your work goals are aligned with your capacity and you set yourself to solve a problem. For a while you’ll feel stress, however soon you’ll think the situation though and you’ll see the steps to solve the problem. If you don’t see the steps, then you’ll know this thing will cause distress.

How to be efficient – my tools

Introduction
Being efficient is crucial for your everyday life regardless if it’s about how you spent life with your family members or if you’re working on projects. Below I’m listing my favorite tools which help with efficient work. I truly believe in these products and I’m using all of them for at least two years. For a more detailed description on how I use these tools please check the getting things done method, however I suggest to read this article first, so you have a better understanding what tool is what for.

Notes (Evernote)
By far my favorite tool is Evernote. I have it on my mac / phone / table. You could log in in any browser. This application has the possibility to create and share notebooks and notes with #tags. You can even group notebooks. All notes on your devices will be synchronized, conflicting edits will be shown, although best to avoid any conflicts. It has a great user interface with many feature, and it could be used as part of business and share notes within a team take meeting notes. And of course it supports including photos, links, attachments, lists, basic formatting in your notes. Best moment: when I took a photo of a business card, it read the data on it and pasted in the note as text. It doesn?t always work, however a nice feature.

Inspirational Music #1

My choice of music really depends on my mood, I really like to listen to almost every kind of music. Now let’s move onto the recommendations:

1. David Gilmour – On an Island

I’ve always liked Pink Floyd, I think I’ve listened to the wall album a couple of times, before actually watching the wall movie. I got my hands on this record, and it became one of my favorites from the beginning. This one is the third solo album from David Gilmour, who was the lead guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd.

Evening routine

Work
Bike home from work
I bike home from work, occasionally I visit the nearby lake on the way back and stop for about 30 to 60 minutes to swim and relax.
Dinner
Healthy dinner. Ideally not later than 1 hour before sleeping time.
Work on my actions
I get rid of some more actions. I’ll chose based on priority and energy level. I usually review my action organizer too (Trello).

Morning routine

Wake up

I wake up now between 5:30 and 6:00. This gives me plenty of time to do my morning routine, have a healthy breakfast, do the most important tasks of the day (only one or two).

Wim Hof breathing exercise

Every morning the first step is to do the Wim Hof breathing exercise. I do 4 repetition of this. It helps me energize, gets more oxygen to the body, and also reminds me to pay attention to my posture throughout the day regardless if I’m walking, sitting in the office or driving. The correct posture helps with proper, deep breathing, which leads to a more relax body and mind and gives better focus. The breathing also helps to prepare for the cold show.

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— Mahatma Gandhi