Been doing a lot of online collaboration lately.
With particularly tough problems, it's easy to start to burn out even even after only 70 to 90 minutes of work...
...so we noticed that, and started implementing 10 minute breaks. I've got a couple music playlists that go 10 minutes exactly, I put one on, and when it ends get back into work.
It's working really well. If you find yourself grinding at the computer, try it out. If you're collaborating via Skype, definitely try it out. It's been a boon to productivity and quality of life.
One of my favorite foods is oatmeal. It's a complex carb with a high amount of fiber, so you feel full all morning after eating it. It's dirt cheap. It's incredibly easy to make - you stir some boiling water into it. Thus, you can make it even without a full kitchen, like if you're in a hotel. The taste is kind of bland, nothing special, but you get used to it pretty quickly. If you want to spice it up more, any kind of fruit mixes well into it. If you're training, you can stir in flax seed for higher calories and protein, and then it takes on roughly the taste and texture of soft pretzels.
I love the stuff. I eat it whenever I can, which is pretty often. However, there's one downside of oatmeal - it's brutal to clean if you let it dry on a plate.
It's trivially easy to clean if you clean it while it's hot. Run a sponge over it once, or even just rinse a few times with very hot water. But after the stuff dries, it becomes a nightmare to scrape off.
I try to clean up immediately after breakfast, but sometimes I read, or write, or work on spec'ing something out with breakfast, and I might get lost in thought.
The time needed to clean up the oatmeal goes up drastically the longer you let pass. Clean up right after eating? 20 seconds or so. Three hours later? A few minutes. And if you let a whole day pass? You're going to be scrubbing that bowl in the sink for 10+ minutes.
Leo tasked us with doing 10 minutes of unprocrastionation daily. Ideally, 2-3 small items that take just a few minutes each. I've long had a personal policy of taking care of things that take such a small amount of time right away so I couldn't think of anything that fit the bill and instead just worked on my paper pile each day. Until today. When I remembered that my little cat is overdue for her vet appointment (and her seizures have been getting worse).
So I picked up the phone and made the appointment. Easy peasy. I'd been putting it off because I hate putting her in her carrier (though I suspect she hates it more) and she really doesn't deal well with going to the vet. Also I wanted my husband to go with me when I take her and it's been hard to get him to commit to a time. If you have tips on getting a feral born cat into a carrier I'd love to hear them!
Since I had more time left in my 10 minutes I tried to schedule my family's annual physical exams but after holding for 10 minutes twice and having their system hang up on me (apparently 10 minutes is the max hold time?) I decided to try another day and added it to my to do list for next week.
Some of the things this week's mission made me realize: