Tips for Eliminating Distractions and Improving Creativity

Trying to focus to work done can be challenging. Anything extraneous is mental clutter – the icons on your desktop, the five other windows that are open, notifications on you laptop, notifications on your phone, etc. When you get distracted, your brain loses it’s train of thought and it must start over resulting in lost time and depth of thought.

To really do your work and think deeply, you need to eliminate distractions. Distractions drain your mental resources and suck away your creativity.

Before you work, here are a few things to help you be productive.

1) Turn off all notifications on all nearby devices. On a MacBook, you can open the Notification Center on the right of screen, swipe down, and turn on the Do Not Disturb mode.

2) Add an event to your calendar to block off the time. This will discourage other people from taking your time and create a mental space for the work.

3) Define what work you are about to do. Don’t decide what work you are going to do in the time slot – define and decide beforehand so you can immediately get to work. Answer the question: what work am I about to do? What tasks does it involve? Jot down your answers and get to work.

4) Create a distraction free workspace. On a Mac, open a new Desktop with only the files or windows you need to get the work done. Next, open the Think app (link to download) to further eliminate distractions. The Think app creates a black background behind your apps to hide the desktop image, files, and folders, etc. which can be distracting. It’s a handy little app I’ve been using for years.

Hope that helps!

What tools or methods do you use to increase your focus or creativity?

Why I’m not giving my 8 month old son any more vaccines

Yes, I’ve joined the camp of crazies that don’t support vaccines.

I was recently in the doctor’s office with the binder of information on vaccines in front of me. My wife and I deliberating after asking the doctor to leave to give us a minute. It’s a tough decision.

The doctor basically said if you don’t do the vaccines then you’ll need to take your son to another clinic. I quickly retorted that I have no problem taking him elsewhere.

Ultimately, we decided to spread out the first round of vaccines more than the standard schedule – over 6 visits instead of 3. As for the 9 month and 12 month vaccines, we will NOT be doing them and we will be finding a new doctor.

My number one reason for not supporting vaccines

Other than the obvious reason of protecting the health of my boy: the vaccine companies cannot be sued!

That’s right. They have complete legal immunity. I don’t trust an industry that cannot be sued. That’s a HUGE RED FLAG.

If you make good, beneficial, safe products then why do you need the government to protect you from lawsuits?

Yes, there are public safety and national security rationals to support the legal immunity. I get it. But I don’t buy it.

In 1986, the federal government limited the liability of the vaccine industry and created the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). VICP is an alternative to filing a lawsuit – so it is a sort of remedy at least.

You could still sue the vaccine companies in limited circumstances until 2011. In 2011, the Supreme Court shut off the last bit of partial liability the vaccine companies had and stated that vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe.” Thus ending all liability for vaccine companies.

A rational person would see an unavoidably unsafe product and not use it. Our government thought a good response would be to protect the makers of the unsafe product from lawsuits and have the CDC recommend that everyone use their product. Bravo.

Question: if vaccines do not cause injury, then why has the VICP paid out over $3.5 billion as of 2016?

If an industry needs legal immunity to survive. There’s something wrong. Lawsuits can serve a good purpose: correcting bad behavior and providing remedies for those injured.

If a child hurts another, you spank them. If a company hurts another, you sue them. They pay a bunch of money and hopefully change their behavior. Or, they may go out of business – which may also be a good thing.

The point is without the threat of lawsuits vaccines companies lack an incentive to do right and make safe, effective products except for their moral conscious. While I’m sure their are many good people working for those companies who have a good moral conscious, I tend to trust the threat of losing millions or billions of dollars in a lawsuit as a stronger incentive to do right.

But, you’re going to cause the next small pox outbreak?!

Maybe. There is evidence that the containment of the small pox outbreak in England in the late 1800’s was due to better quarantines and that vaccines actually caused an increase in outbreaks.

The point here is that there seems to be evidence that vaccinating to create immunity is not as good a solution as first thought – I suggest you do some research on it.

Want to learn more about vaccines?

Vaxxed is a good documentary – albeit a bit on the dramatic side with ominous music and graphics. The story is compelling though. The scenes of the children with autism are heart-wrenching.

The Truth About Vaccines is a good docu-series. It presents information in a straightforward and factual manner with many interviews with MD’s which I appreciated.

How can I protect my child?

First, get informed. Do your own research. I’m not a doctor. This is not medical advice. You must decide for yourself.

Second, say no to your doctor. You have the authority and the right to refuse vaccinating your child. It’s not easy though. You’re doctor may pressure you or ask you to leave their clinic if you don’t comply. We ended up leaving our doctor over this issue.


Third, there are exemptions in most states to the requirement for vaccinations in order to attend school or day care facilities. The exemptions are for medical reasons, religious reasons, and “reasons of conscience.”

In Texas, thank you Jesus, we have all three types of exemptions. To get an exemption you’ll need an affidavit.

Learn about Texas vaccine requirements here.

Learn about the exemptions here.

Request an affidavit here. 





So what do you think? Will you vaccinate your child?

Photo by CDC Global Health

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Now that phrase brings back memories. For those who are not nerds, “hello world” is the phrase that you always have a program spit out when you first learn it. So when I first learned Java back in 1999, the first thing I did was write a program that printed “hello world” on the screen.

There is no master plan with this blog other than to share what I’ve learned, things I’m experimenting with and a hope that someone will benefit from it.

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