Archives for October 7, 2017

7 Reasons to Take Breaks at Work

My job in Chicago began with three months of probation.

I was petrified to leave my desk.

The company provided us with two 15-minute breaks and a half hour

for lunch, but I wasn’t having any of it. I researched, wrote and edited at

full throttle, without interruption, eager to prove my capacity to produce.

After six weeks, my supervisor said my probation period was done, in

half the normal time. I was in!

But my body wasn’t happy. I had developed severe eyestrain. I had

constant headaches, and the muscles in my neck and upper back were

perpetually clenched. My stomach hurt from all the stress.

My heart wasn’t happy either, since I had never really spoken to any

of my colleagues for any length of time. The whole social dimension of

the job was missing.

But I had been too afraid take care of myself until I felt that my job was

secure.

Sound familiar? Fear is just one of the factors chain us to our desks.

Some of us have absorbed an ethic of overwork. Or, we feel pressure to

work efficiently so we can get home to our families.

But experts say taking breaks can improve health and AND make us

more effective on the job. Here are seven reasons to get up, stretch and

walk during working hours:

1. YOUR BODY WILL THANK YOU.

The human body wasn’t designed for sitting at a desk for hours on end.

Eyes, backs, necks, shoulders and wrists benefit when we get up and

move.

2. YOU’LL OPEN THE WAY FOR CREATIVITY.

Very, very few good ideas have ever come to me while I’m at my desk,

pushing myself to finish a project. Many ideas have come during walks

with my dogs, or while doing light housework. Other people get flashes

of inspiration while showering.

Something about physical activity seems to free the mind to create.

3. YOU’LL FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND YOU.

It’s amazing what you can learn about your workplace while chatting

with colleagues over coffee.

4. YOU’LL WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY.

“Work to Live” author Joe Robinson cites several studies showing

that breaks improve productivity. Short intervals for relaxation allow us to

sustain high levels of effort more of the time.

5. YOU’LL LIKE YOUR JOB MORE.

If we never pause to take stock, savor accomplishments, and maintain a

sense of fun, it’s hard to experience job satisfaction. Intense,

prolonged time on task can squeeze the joy out work.

“One of the downsides of being eternal action figures is that we never

arrive anywhere,” Robinson writes.

6. YOU’LL REAP THE BENEFITS OF BUILDING COMMUNITY.

Many of us were raised to think the workplace would reward hard work.

Then we were surprised to find that the workplace rewards people who

are well liked — regardless of whether they work the hardest.

When we take breaks for small talk, we give others a chance to know

and like us — and we can get to know and like them, too.

7. YOU’LL FEEL BETTER AT THE END OF THE DAY.

It’s a lot easier to enjoy family time when we come home with a reserve

of energy and without headaches or pent-up stress.

Sound too radical? It’s okay to start small. You might add a five-

minute break to your workday for a week or two and see what happens.

You may be surprised at the power of stopping to get you where you

want to go.

(c) Norma Schmidt, LLC



Source by Norma Schmidt

In Review: Bosch’s SN350-20F Full Head Framing Nailer

It is no secret that there are a lot of high-quality guns to choose from in the world of pneumatic power tools. It is also well known that Bosch is a really cool manufacturer that builds tools with a concrete and unwavering standard of superiority. When these two worlds merge, those of Bosch coolness and pneumatic high-quality, we run straight into Bosch pneumatics, one of the most impressive additions to the power tool industry in a long time.

Building some of the most promising new pneumatic machines, Bosch certainly hasn’t been stingy with innovation. In fact, their new SN350-20F full head framing nailer is one of the most compelling tools presently on the market.

Built with a surplus of Bosch’s standard greatness, the SN350-20F is a nailer designed to pretty much nail all others to the wall. Being sleek, smart, and boasting an unbeatable toughness, the tool is built to deliver both the smoothest shots and the best overall results. Additionally, despite weighing only 8.4 lbs, the gun flaunts Bosch’s Full Force technology, a brilliant little addition designed to ensure the nailer delivers all 100% of its energy directly into each fastener; this means your end result is an infinitely more secure fastener and a gun that is simultaneously a more compact and more powerful tool.

The gun also incorporates a toothed work contact element to keep a tight grip on your workpieces as you nail the day away, and with a metal strike plate designed to keep the nailer’s exterior protected from the rigors and ricochets of pneumatic life, the tool is durable and efficient. Additionally, an in-line, self-cleaning air filter similarly protects the tool’s interior valve and o-ring from dust and debris, perhaps the most pesty of pests, to altogether ensure the tool has a long and healthy life-span.

The gun shoots 2″ – 3-1/2″ nails at 60 – 120 psi and because the tool’s tool-less selectable trigger allows operators to easily move between bump fire and sequential firing methods, it also offers the most complete and convenient framing experience. A single action follower lock back additionally renders the nail loading and unloading process pretty much as easy as pie, and with a quick release magazine, you can easily remove jams without the hassle of disassembling the tool. A tool-less adjustable depth of drive system is also incorporated to ensure any adjustments and fine-tuning procedures are both fast and easy as well.



Source by Mallory Kramer