The Power of an Hourly Beep

I was getting my daily news on Twitter today and came across an article posted by the infamous Daniel Pink, Author of “A Whole New Mind” and others. The article explained how Peter Bregman, consultant to some big shot CEO’s, has increased his productivity and decreased his frustration with his daily work.

Though it might seem like some behaviorist technique for rats, he suggests that there is power in setting an hourly “beep” alarm during the workday. When the beep happens, he suggests taking a deep breath and asking yourself “Am I doing what I should be doing right now to make the most of this day?” and “Am I being the person I want to be today?”.

I think I might have to experiment with this technique, and as long as I don’t let myself eat a candy bar every time it  beeps, I don’t think my mouth will start to water every time that alarm goes off.

Here’s the article if you’d like to read for yourself and comment on this post. 🙂

Happy Tuesday.

About npiasecki

Instructor of Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Colorado Denver, specializing in 21st century skills, research, and creative nonfiction. Director of the Denver Writing Project, a local site of the National Writing Project's professional network for K through College educators.
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