Like everyone else the majority of my time these days is filled with conference calls in my Pajamas and frequent trips to the refrigerator for a morning, late morning, early afternoon, mid-day, early evening, evening, post dinner, and before bed snack. As you know none of this is good for keeping your desired weight and feeling your best day in and day out. Obviously a lot of that depends on what you’re snacking on but if you’re like me it tends to be on the sweet or fried side. I think one of the many changes that will come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is a second rush of “New Year new me” people who snacked too much while working from home and put on the “Corona 15”. While I have definitely snacked too much I have actually been able to work out more than ever so here are a few pointers that have helped me maintain and even better my current health.
First off just needing fresh air is motivation enough for me, I’ll wake up and put on gym clothes so when there is a break in meetings or the day is just slow I can toss on my shoes grab my headphones and head outside for a run. Secondly I bought a few weights that I leave directly behind my work from home desk. This way there is no avoiding them and they scream my name every time I stand up. Think about it, how many times do you stand up during the day to grab a drink, a snack, or use the bathroom? If you did a few sets of curls, shoulder presses, pushups, or tricep dips every time you stood up you’d be doing more sets in one day then you typically do a full week at the gym. Lastly instead of stocking up on toilet paper and paper towels I have stocked up on frozen veggies and fruit. Nothing like not being able to leave your house to force yourself to eat healthy, right? I am forced to make a stir fry every night or eat a few dates when I want a snack instead of chocolate. This time, more so than any most of us have ever experienced, will feed our temptations and enhance our stress eating. If the unhealthy snacks aren’t there then you won’t eat them and if you’re willing to risk contracting a deadly respiratory illness to go get chocolate down the street and the local mini market then it’s time to look in the mirror.
A main trend in today’s business landscape is flexibility at work, melding the corporate office with the luxuries of your home. While I am a very strong supporter of this movement and would advise all corporations, no matter how big or small, to offer this choice to their employees is the downfall productivity?
In general I think each person is different. Some people enjoy the structure given to them by a corporate office while others are distracted by the distractions and need a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of the cube farm. But how can anyone be sure that work will not suffer?
In my opinion productivity and maintaining it is the major road block companies are hitting on the work from home front. Will we get taken advantage of? Can we trust our employees? Will we get the same level of work and productivity? If yes, how do we measure this and how can we formulize this data into tangible real life results? All very relevant questions and while these can all be built out in various shapes and forms what will the cost be?
It’s easy to see both sides of this argument right? From a corporate perspective people have kids, pets, TV’s, phones, tablets, couches, and beds that all scream out to them. On the flip side people have the luxury of sneaking in a couple hours on the weekend or late at night and can argue they will work more hours without losing productivity. It does not matter what point I bring up there is a strong counter argument from the other side. How then is one supposed to approach this growing trend that is quickly becoming a reality?
What do you think? Will productivity suffer? Could you carry out your daily tasks just as effectively from a home office?
Obviously when it comes to Bob Quinn there are going to be mixed reviews, the Lions are seemingly more talented than in years past however the results are still the same. Is that his fault, is that the coaching, is that a result of trying to get players to buy into a changing culture? I don’t know, what I do know is that he should be afforded more than a “make or break” year to prove his vision. We cannot allow ourselves to become the Browns and fire people before they even get time to see their own rosters compete. It’s easy to look at the 49ers and think “why can’t we do the same” but the 9ers rebuild was a long process that just happened to come to fruition quickly and see players blossom at the same time. With that being said, Quinn entering his 5th year, should be able to prove himself as a franchise leader. If anything at this point we can say the book on Quinn is out and we can reasonably expect what he will do next. We can look at his drafts and his free agent signings and see what his tendencies are. The one thing that pops out at me and what I think is his Achilles heel is that Bon Quinn doesn’t take the sexy draft pick and similar to the Patriots he drafts for need and depth. Does this work for the Patriots? Obviously yes, can this work for a team starving for talent at multiple levels with a history of losing? No. The Lions are not the Patriots and we do not have a system that works with a head coach that knows the winning formula that has proven year in and year out to draft players that fail elsewhere but excel in his system. Wont happen, will never happen for the Lions. With that being said I think Quinn has drafted relatively well. The Lions are more talented than they have been in years past and before all the injuries hit last year were one of the most competitive teams in the league and could hang with anyone. So while Depth is a great foundation for this team and this roster it’s not going to win you games. How do you add to depth to make a competitive team a winning team? Make a splash in free agency. This is where Quinn has failed miserably. In 4 years I can honestly say Quinn has only made 1 good signing, Marvin Jones. The jury is still out on Flowers, Coleman, Wagner and TJ Lang was never himself and at this point in time those are not looking favorable on the field or for the salary cap. How do we sum this up? Quinn is going to make the unsexy pick in this year’s draft, or draft down to acquire picks to continue to build depth. I personally prefer the latter, especially with the buzz around some of the top picks in this year’s draft. Does he feel the pressure of the Ford family and really make a play in free agency? I say yes, he needs to win and win now even if he is afforded a few more years. Entering his 5th year this roster can rightfully be called his so we should see, if anything, major improvements with a healthy Stafford. The only caveat to that is will his splash in free agency pan out and be a difference maker off the edge or in the secondary where we need it most? History says otherwise. Oh also, please god don’t trade Slay.
It’s always fun to see a young athlete come into any league and shatter expectation, what is even better is when those special few take those expectations which are already blown out of proportion and surpass the bar that has been set for them. Zion seems to be doing that right before our eyes and the media hype machine is already turning at a record pace. Let’s get the obvious out of the way, Zion is already the most explosive player in the NBA and he is shooting something like 80% from the paint which shows you he is already a man who can bang with the bigs at only 19 years old. CJ McCollum said on his podcast Zion already has the best second bounce in the league, meaning he is getting off the floor faster and more explosively than everyone else on second chance opportunities. His per 36 minute stats on the season are 30.1 PTS 8.5 RB 2.7 AST and 1 STL. There is no argument over the course of an entire season those stats, if maintained, would be elite. Honestly with how big he is and how quick his bounce is its surprising he is grabbing less than 10 rebounds but with more seasoning and coaching and really learning of the game he will average closer to 12 rebounds per in his sleep. In other words we are looking at a potential 25/12/5 guy as quickly as next year. Kid is the real deal; imagine if he can develop a mid-range game? Yikes it’s scary.
To me Zions ceiling as being some sort of cyborg hybrid of Charles Barkley and Blake Griffin. Someone who is extremely powerful in the mold of Chuck who can run the floor and be the best athlete on the court but also whose explosiveness and jumping ability for his size is unmatched. This makes Zions ceiling through the roof, if I told you in 5 years Zion would be averaging 28 PTS 13.5 RB and 5 AST would you be surprised? I wouldn’t, those are pushing Shaq-type numbers. What worries me however is while he is listed at 6’6” 285 (he is definitely more than 6’6”) without the proper conditioning and diet all the sudden he is pushing 300 lbs and he starts to lose that explosiveness and worse his knees start to take on more pressure and weight than they are used to and the injuries start to creep up on him. In other words let’s hope he starts to chisel out like a mid-80s Barkley and not fill out like a mid-90s version. Fame and fortune is coming and its coming quick so I hope the Pelicans have begun to surround him with a good team that will successfully manage both his on and off the court responsibilities and treatment. They have something special with Zion and that young core so it’s going to be fun to watch in the decade to come, I’d be buying every share of that team that I could get my hands on.