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While severing in the Marine Corps, I became  familiarized with repetition. Yes, very familiarized with repetition, not only of pull-ups and push-ups, but also with using the ideology of repetition as a tool. It can be integrated into any external environment including the business environment as well as incorporated into eco-friendly ideologies to steam-line inefficiencies. Overall, not only is it a great to tool to apply to time management, but it is also extremely powerful when applied to simple tasks.

Since I was unable to  finish this blog yesterday, I luckily had the idea of repetition fresh in my mind while driving. Through repetition I have built muscle memory to look both ways at an intersection, even when I have a green light.  I used the word lucky for a reason, as a bicyclist decided to cross the intersection while I was driving–even though he didn’t have the right-of-way.  Nearly missing each other,  my heart pounded nearly out of my chest as I had reacted to the situation merely through instinct and muscle memory.  I had  gained a new heightened sense of awareness.  Not even five minutes later, a fuzzy little cotton-tailed rabbit decided to cross the road.  Because I was more aware of my surroundings due to the prior incident, I slowed to give the rabbit the right-of-way–but don’t worry, I chastised him for not using the cross walk.  After my eventful car drive, I was reminded of the power of repetition and how applicable it was  in heightening my own personal awareness while driving.

My Challenge to You

At every street light, I challenge you to look left and right even if you have a green light so as to build your own muscle memory.  Why? “ Intersections are the center of most accidents”( I hope this fact will increase awareness as a useful tool in your life–although it is one I hope you rarely have to use.  

So, how can this be applied to efficiency in management? In the business environment, there are many tasks that become repetitive. As professionals, we become numb to the importance these daily tasks hold. However, by using muscle memory to practice efficient and correct methodologies, we can assure that the mundane task be never overlooked. Think of this as more of  a mind challenge than a game in time management.  Repetition builds muscle memory. Overall, it’s a tool to stream-line  inefficiencies, advance learning, and improve time management.

What’s following me? Sustainability via LED’s 1

As I was walking to my car tonight on the top floor of the Brian J. Whalen parking complex at the University of Nevada Reno, I couldn’t help but feel like I was being followed. Well, not in the sense that someone creepy was stalking me.  I got off the elevator and started walking to my car. I took a few steps and it got brighter, but the parking structure lights were already on. I took a few more steps and it got brighter again…Hmmm, I squinted my eyes and continued walking; the lights were the one’s following me!

The University of Nevada Reno  recently received a grant in early October taking action focusing the funds on three sustainability projects in lighting, renewable energy and recycling (Jessica Fryman). The lights that had been following me were motion censored light-emitting diodes (LED’s). LED lights last up to 10 to 15 times longer than other lights and technological innovation is making them more and more cost effective  (Jessica Fryman).  Accordingly, this is not UNR’s first action towards environmental sustainability, as they have implemented similar projects across the campus.  Most notability, the construction of the Joe Crowley Student Union was executed as a low-impact development project (University of Nevada Reno).

The Nevada State Office of Energy (NSOE) has been taking similar actions launching “a program to retrofit 4534 street lights with LEDs in multiple areas across the state” (LEDs Magazine). Conservation  can be brought main stream, improving energy efficiencies and sustainability.
Although fairly simple, these examples display the use of using conservation to move forward.

Sources & Additional Information

Jessica Fryman

LEDs Magazine

The Nevada Sagebrush

The Nevada State Office of Energy

University of Nevada Reno