How To Be More Productive, Feel Calmer, And Learn To Paint Happy Little Trees

Jason English

Here's the stat of the day: "An average worker's functioning IQ falls ten points when distracted by ringing telephones and incoming emails. This drop in IQ is more than double the four-point drop seen following studies on the impact of smoking marijuana." [Via IT Sneak]

In an effort to fight headspace invaders like instant messages, BlackBerry devices and invitations to joined your network on LinkedIn, I've found the ultimate relaxation tool: Bob Ross videos on YouTube.

If you're not familiar with Bob Ross, read Mangesh's backgrounder from December. If you want to hear his soothing voice "“ Bob Ross' voice, not Mango's "“ watch the videos below. I just let these play in another browser window.

I can feel my blood pressure dropping "“ in a relaxed way, not hypotension. If you have your own strange relaxation ritual, let us hear it.