E L S U A ~ A KM Blog by Luis Suarez

Work Life Integration

That Time of the Year Again

Indeed, folks, it is that time of the year again. I know I will be going off topic with this particular weblog post but I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all readers of this weblog (At least, for those who would be celebrating it) a very

Merry Christmas and a Happy, and Prosperous, New Year 2006 !!!

With lots of health and peace for us all !

Weblog posts at elsua will be back during the course of next week so until then have a wonderful one and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones !

Peace & Prosperity !

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5 Minute Yoga Stretches for the Office

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

A couple of months back I created a weblog post related to something which, even today, I still consider a key item that we need to keep in our minds specially when we may be working on a computer for an extensive amount of hours per day: How To Sit at a Computer. That is right, how to sit correctly at a computer was a post I created to share some tricks and techniques on what folks could do to try to avoid RSI, one of those issues that we all face at some point or another.

And if back then, I shared a couple of interesting web links on the subject I would like to point you today towards another web link that I have found myself very useful from the perspective that it has allowed me to take much more control about the time I am spending in front of the computer by doing a number of Yoga stretches that help me ease out whatever signals there may be related to RSI. The web link itself is called 5 Minute Yoga Stretches for the Office and you can find it here.

It provides you with a unique opportunity to execute a number of very useful Yoga stretches without you having to leave the computer, so that you do not have that sensation that you are wasting your time doing something else. There are a number of twists, bends, some more information about eyestrain and wrist and arm tension. And although at the very beginning it may seem to be a little complicated as you actually get along to practice those stretches you eventually feel quite comfortable and after no time you end up doing them just as if they were part of your daily work routine. Very very helpful indeed. And remember that in cases like RSI the main person who should take the first steps to prevent further issues with it is yourselves, so the sooner you get down to business with those stretches the sooner your body would be grateful for it. So next time you start feeling the itch get ready to do some stretches.

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Power Napping for Improved Productivity

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

Up to not long ago, everybody thought that a well established custom like the Spanish siesta was just made up for lazy people so that they would have a good excuse with which they could avoid work or the heat during the course of the day. However, that preconception may have changed already. At least, that is what can be read in this interesting article: Power Napping for Improved Productivity.

According to the article researchers have found that it is actually quite a productive task taking an afternoon nap of between 20 to 30 minutes in order to then improve your alertness for the rest of the day. And although I actually never thought about it I am glad to hear we will finally be able to get rid of that negative connotation for something that could well be very beneficial all along.

Here in Spain the siesta has always been popular not only to avoid the high temperatures during the course of the early afternoon, specially in summer times, but also as a way to unwind from whatever is happening around yourself so that you can gain focus again whenever you try to come back to your daily tasks. And although I must say that during the course of the week I do not make much use of the siestas I find them really comforting over the weekend, so I eventually take one or two throughout.

And since we always seem to be looking out for scientific proof of almost everything Power Napping for Improved Productivity actually provides us with some kind of certainty that many other cultures have already been enjoying for quite a few years now. About time ! 😉

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Finding Your Work Life Balance – You Decide!

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

One of my colleagues at work weblogged earlier on today about the continuous struggle to achieve a good work / life balance and suggested some interesting reading to go ahead with it: Brad Feld‘s Discovering Work Life Balance. After having read through the weblog post I just cannot help but feel very much identified with how Brad reached that balance.

And that is also probably the main reason why I relocated back to my home country in an effort to regain control of my priorities in life and why I particularly chose to come to live in such a place as Gran Canaria. There is always something new to do, new people to meet up in a weekly basis, friends who come over on holidays year in year out, a new restaurant to check out, some very friendly people, some amazing country side and some of the most beautiful small villages and beaches you can think of. Basically, the perfect vacation spot in a mini-continent on its own.

If you have been following the pictures that I have been sharing in my Flickr account you will know exactly what I mean, and, even better, if you have ever been over here then you know exactly what it is like. I bet you would agree with me that you wouldn’t change it for anything. However, while I do realise that this may not be the perfect way to reach your work / life balance -there may be other interesting things and activities you would want to get involved with- it does work for me.

And that is the key important message, I guess. For Brad his set of rules worked out just fine for him. For myself, although with slightly different rules / habits, they have all worked out incredibly well, and still going strong. Thus at the end of the day it is actually up to you to reach that work / life balance. It is not going to be an easy task, I can tell you that, but once you achieve it I bet it will be difficult for you to let it go. So what are you doing to strike that balance ? Does it really work with you ? Or is the struggle still taking place day in day out ?

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How To Sit at a Computer

(Migrated weblog post from LSR)

If you are one of those folks who is sitting in front of the computer more than what you would want, rather be it for work or just in your own personal time, I am sure you are very well aware of the risks you are taking w.r.t. your health and been able to sit down in the right position while you are having fun with your computer(s) or not. Throughout the years I have come across a few of my friends having encountered numerous problems with RSI or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to a degree where some of them, specially the ones who have been using a computer quite heavily, are no longer able to play with it for longer periods than 15 to 20 minutes before having to take a break.

I am sure you may have seen or read about it already and how serious it can get. However, and before that happens, that is why web sites like this one (How to sit at a computer) are really handy to have a look at and do some checks about how we are currently sitting in front of our computer(s). With this web site and in just 4 easy steps:

  • Your Chair
  • Your Keyboard
  • Monitor, Document and Telephone
  • Pause and Breaks

    you will be able to find out if you are using your computer in the right way or not so that you can prevent future cases of RSI. If you have never paid attention to such issues I can only recommend it even more that you check out the web site and see how well you are keeping yourself healthy by something so important as knowing how to sit at a computer. So if you value your health enough spend the next 10 minutes going through the site and make adjustments as you may see fit. Your body and later on, yourself, will be grateful you did stop over. At least, mine did.

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