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Poll: What's your favourite way to recover your "intellectual acuity" after working for several hours?
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This forum topic is for the discussion of the poll question "What's your favourite way to recover your "intellectual acuity" after working for several hours?".

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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
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a mixed bag Sep 22, 2011

sleeping if working non-stop to help a client with a very tight deadline

sport activity to reoxygenate my tired neurons to perk up my mental performance

and once a big project is finished, and I've seen the cash - a bit of shopping for something I've been longing for months

[Edited at 2011-09-22 08:35 GMT]


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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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I might hop into the bath tub Sep 22, 2011

What is it with all the ado about keeping up your "acuity"? Is anyone afraid of losing precious IQ-points by not doing anything for a couple of hours? Do we have to drop down instantly and take a power-nap to be prepared and ready for the next rush job?

Edited for typo

[Edited at 2011-09-22 09:14 GMT]


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Patricia Prevost  Identity Verified
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Sleeping / Social or family interaction / Maybe even doing the housework Sep 22, 2011

And the order really depends on how exhausted I feel.

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Samantha Payn  Identity Verified
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Playing a musical instrument or Sep 22, 2011

knitting, or reading, or social network.
A mixture of things, really!


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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No one particular favorite. Depends. Sep 22, 2011

As Patricia says, sleep if I've been working non-stop to meet a very tight deadline, or in fine weather, gardening. One activity missing from the list is housework: nothing like some soothing dish washing or stimulating hoovering after a bit of intense intellectual activity at the computer.

And then, for the occasions when only a mini-break is possible, there's always: http://www.flashbynight.com/drench/ (Warning: May be habit-forming for some people.)





[Edited at 2011-09-22 09:55 GMT]


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Dave Bindon  Identity Verified
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! Sep 22, 2011

Suzan Hamer wrote:
: nothing like some soothing dish washing or stimulating hoovering after a bit of intense intellectual activity at the computer.


Do you fancy popping over to Athens occasionally for some 'soothing' or 'stimulating' activities? I'll just relax with a glass of ouzo while watching you wash the dishes


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Nothing particular Sep 22, 2011

playing with the children as you cant get away from them, then they are off to bed and try to get other "stuff" finished.

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Marjolein Keyer  Identity Verified
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Combination Sep 22, 2011

Apart from all quoted activities I do some gardening, cooking, playing with the kids...

Suzan Hamer wrote:

As Patricia says, sleep if I've been working non-stop to meet a very tight deadline, or in fine weather, gardening. One activity missing from the list is housework: nothing like some soothing dish washing or stimulating hoovering after a bit of intense intellectual activity at the computer.

And then, for the occasions when only a mini-break is possible, there's always: http://www.flashbynight.com/drench/ (Warning: May be habit-forming for some people.)





[Edited at 2011-09-22 09:55 GMT]


and just discovered drenching... Thanks (I think) Suzan!


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
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Oh oh Sep 22, 2011

Suzan Hamer wrote:

http://www.flashbynight.com/drench/ (Warning: May be habit-forming for some people.)





[Edited at 2011-09-22 09:55 GMT]


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Sorry Mike and Marjolein, Sep 22, 2011

but I warned you.

Dave, be right over.


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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Not in any particular order... Sep 22, 2011

The best one for me is a short nap. It's sort of like rebooting my brain.

Others include tea, exercise, cooking (more of an obligation, but does the trick anyway), and TV helps sometimes.


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Ivana Kahle  Identity Verified
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Yoga Sep 22, 2011

It works miracles!

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#JuliaC#  Identity Verified
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It depends on how tired I am Sep 22, 2011

A good book... a long walk... but when I finish a very long and complex project the thing I usually do is taking a long relaxing bath with a glass of a wonderful Chardonnay:)

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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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depends on time of day! Sep 22, 2011

if it's late at night, watch tv and relax.
During the day, i'll head to the gym or a bike ride/run and get out!

Or i'll go shopping- grocery shopping or do errands, or if I have some cash, shopping for things like shoes, etc, fun stuff that I need!


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