Stress Is Good For You !


Believe it not … small amounts of stress is actually good for you. Having said that, Cortisol (The Stress Chemical) is released from your adrenal gland for physical protection. If you were in a burning building and the stress level spiked, releasing the cortisol in your system would give you the burst of energy you need to get out of harms way. The benefit are two fold, one being the burst of energy, the second being the physical exercise that should proceed from the cortisol spike. The danger comes when we have mental stress, and worry about things that we can’t control. The cortisol gets released into system, increasing our heart rate, blood sugars levels spike and blood pressure rises. This can trigger a host of problems from depression, over eating, and a lack of energy. The excess cortisol will also make you crave unhealthy carbs, whichtriggers a fat storing function in the body.

The effects of higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Suppressed thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Decrease in muscle tissue
  • Higher blood pressure 
  • Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences.
  • Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, stokes, the development of metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems.

Bear in mind that an appropriate stress response is a healthy and necessary part of life. One of the things stress does is release norepinephrine, one of the principal excitatory eurotransmitters. Norepinephrine is needed to create new memories. It improves your mood. Problems feel more like challenges, which encourages creative thinking, that stimulates your brain to grow new connections within itself. Stress management is the key, not stress elimination. The challenge in this day and age is to not let the sympathetic nervous system stay chronically aroused. This may require knowledge of techniques that work to activate your relaxation response.

Coming soon to Opus Workspace is Gary Parks; “Opus Maximize your Personal Performance” life Manual. Understand how to use Stress as your personal motivator, managing this could be the the one thing that has held you back.

Don’t Forget to Remember


Memory is a fought for resource. How many things in our lives are trying to get our attention, the media spends billions a year in marketing to get into our memory. So here are a few practical tips to remember the important things in our lives.

  1. Tie a piece of string around your finger :)
  2. Tell people to call you or remind you. *hint* Make sure these people are good at remembering.
  3. Write it down (sticky notes)
  4. Say what you need to do over and over out loud.
  5. Setup a Reminder in Opus


Reminders inside Opus Workspace


Reminders are located inside your task in the right menu.

Reminders are a great way to remind you about a task by sending yourself an email at a selected time and date. You can also use reminders as a start date. All your reminders show up in your calendar.


The Differences Between Goals and Dreams


Don’t confuse your dreams with goals. Dreams occupy your mind, but goals change your reality.

Here is the differenece between Dreams and Goals:

  1. Goals are something you are acting on. Dreams are something you are just thinking about.
  2. Goals have deadlines. Dreams are just, well, dreams.
  3. Dreams are free. Goals have a cost.
  4. Goals produce results. Dreams don’t.
  5. Goals have a finish line. Dreams never have to end.
  6. Goals require hard work. Dreams just require your imagination.

Setting Goals with Due Dates in Opus


Due dates are located inside your Workspace or Task in the right menu.

If at all possible, it’s always a good idea to assign due dates to tasks or workspaces.

Here are some advantages:

  1. The Task or Workspace shows up in your calendar.
  2. Easier to manage your commitments.
  3. Increases your chances of finishing.

“A Goal without a due date is only a wish”.

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Your Email Is Not Your To-Do List

Most of us if we are honest feel the need to be more efficient and better organized at work. A common mistake people make when they are making changes to becoming a better worker is to use the same tools they already use for other new things.

Using a tool for the purpose other than it was originally designed for entails a very high cost in terms of efficiency and time, especially for the demand in daily maintenance.

There is an endless number of great software to help you be more organized and remain more efficient. Evernote, Google Calendar, Email, and the list goes on and on.

One of the most common practices, especially in the corporate world, is to use the email as a to-do list. If it is your case, let me give you some reasons why you should stop doing it now:

  1. In your email there are only tasks imposed by others. You do not control your email, other people do. You just react to the things coming. Where are the actions coming out from your side?

  2. Email is a huge source of distraction. Having it opened with notifications turned on, opens your up to a world of distractions, replying and deleting emails.

  3. In your email, tasks are never well defined. An email arrives with information includng the subject that you cannot change. When you check your email list for things you need to work on, subjects named “Re: Re: Re: Can you help?”  Can become confusing and overwhelming for your brain.

  4. One Email Doesn’t = One Task. In fact an email can lead to several tasks, some not even related to each other. You can never have a clear sequence of what you need to do, and you cannot delete or move the email until all the work is complete.

  5. You cannot prioritize, organize or easily search through email. Except for creating a slew of folders, your email is all in one folder, your inbox that keeps growing and growing. Setting deadlines, priorities, are complicated through email.

Separate your email from your task management. When you are checking your inbox, just capture the necessary actions in your task manager.