The Future Of Work – “You Snooze, You Lose”

Posted on March 5, 2007. Filed under: Drugs, Future, Stimulants, Work |

Want to keep pace with the competition? Forget coffee—a new class of FDA-approved stimulants will keep you working harder, better, faster and stronger.

  As a species, we’ve hit the bedtime barrier. You can eat at your desk, socialize in the break room, and answer text messages on a date, but sooner or later, you’re going to have to sleep. “After 18, 19 hours awake, your brain function starts to fail,” says Dallas, Texas, sleep-medicine specialist Andrew O. Jamieson. Coffee might keep you up, “but you’re not going to be focused.

  Coffee? You might as well be commuting by buggy. Old-school stimulants like caffeine, amphetamines and the drug Ritalin are about to be marginalized by eugeroics. This emerging breed of “wakefulness” pills promises to keep the workers of tomorrow not just awake, but alert, on-task and feeling fine through the night and well into the next day. Remember these names, because they’re your future: Modafinil, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1998 for the treatment of narcolepsy and marketed in the U.S. as Provigil, is already giving a competitive edge to everyone from Air Force pilots on 40-hour missions to (less legally) college students cramming for exams. The drug’s maker, Cephalon in Frazer, Pennsylvania, is awaiting FDA approval for armodafinil, which promises even longer periods of wakefulness on a single dose, and Irvine, California–based Cortex is working on its own drug, code-named CX717 and developed with funding from the military. The drugs are targeted at sleep disorders like narcolepsy, but it’s their dramatic potential influence on the workplace that has researchers and efficiency experts buzzing.

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The Four Best Ways to Sit at Your Computer

Posted on February 21, 2007. Filed under: Health, Injury, Office, Posture, Work |

The reality of modern day information work is that most of us spend a good chunk of our time each day seated in front of a computer.  I’m big on time maximization so my feeling is that if we’re going to be on a computer all day why not make the best of it.  The problem with poor posture is that eventually over time it leads to injury.

Part of my reason for writing this is personal.  My Dad has been a computer programmer all his life and when he was in his early 40s he started having major back spasms which pretty much ended any athletic activity for him.  And he is just one of many…did you know that there are over 200,000 hip replacement surgeries each year in the U.S. alone?

So if you’re interested in not going down with a back/hip/whatever injury later I encourage you to continue reading…

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