Thursday, July 13, 2017

Your Messy Desk Could be a Sign of Genius

Messy Desk?

What does your work spACE SAY ABOUT YOU?

 Is your desk overflowing with scraps of paper, coffee cups, envelopes and wilted plants? Well, far from being idle, it turns out you might just be a creative genius. 
In world where ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is a well-valued idiom, being a messy person can often be mistaken as a hallmark of laziness. But thanks to a recent study, researchers have found there is a method to this madness.
Proving that sometimes working in mess is much more productive than precision and order, researchers at the University of Minnesota found that creative geniuses favor a chaotic workspace.
After testing how well participants came up with new ideas when working in both tidy and disorderly work areas, it revealed that while those in the messy room generated the same number of ideas as their clean-room counterparts, their ideas were considered as far more interesting and creative when evaluated by impartial judges.
Furthermore, the data also found that people with a messy desk are more prone to risk taking while those at cleaner desks tend to follow strict rules and are less likely to try new things.
“Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” researchers said.
But why? Perhaps geniuses have far more important things to do than stewing over complicated filing systems, instead, under that mass of papers there is a sense of organization that only they can operate through. 
Just look at Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and even Steve Jobs, they all had messy workspaces.
In fact, the idea that a clean desk creates a productive worker is very much a construct of the mid-20th century. 
Historically, geniuses were always pictured with an unkempt desk with Einstein famously pointing out that, ““If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” 
So, if your work space, like many of ours, is usually a mess, stop agonizing over how you look to your colleagues and embrace your untidiness for what it is – genius. 
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Monday, June 26, 2017

7 Local Outstanding Golf Courses as Rated by Golf Digest

Here are seven of the best golf courses in California. Please note all seven are in our geographic area.

The Quarry at La Quinta

Stone Eagle G.C., Palm Desert

The Madison Club, La Quinta

Tradition G.C., La Quinta

Bighorn G.C. (Mountains), Palm Desert

Bighorn G.C. (Canyons), Palm Desert

PGA West (TPC Stadium), La Quinta

The Palm Springs Guru joins the people in Palm Springs, the greater Palm Springs area and the entire Coachella Valley in thanking our friends at Golf Digest for this amazing report.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Life Lessons - 27 Things I've Learned; shared by Palm Springs Guru

1.  I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.

2.  I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

3.  I've learned that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.

4.  I've learned that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.

5.  I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.

6.  I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

7.  I've learned that you should always leave loved ones with loving words.

8.  I've learned that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

9.  I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

10. I've learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

11. I've learned that when the light turns green, you had better look both ways before proceeding.

12. I've learned that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.

13. I've learned that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and still have the best time.

14. I've learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.

15. I've learned that you should never tell a child his dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if he believed it.

16. I've learned that families aren't always biological.

17. I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

18. I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

19. I've learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

20. I've learned that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other.

21. I've learned that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.

22. I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.

23. I've learned that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

24. I've learned that it's not what you have in your life but whom you have in your life that counts.

25. I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

26. I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing up for what you believe.

27. I've learned that heroes are the people who do what has to be done, when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

~Author Unknown

Saturday, May 27, 2017

12 Tips for Bicycle Safety - Celebrate Bicycle Month May, 2017

12 Tips for Bicycle Safety

1. Maintain and Regularly Inspect Your Equipment: Be safe and keep your bike tuned up. Take it to a bike shop at least twice a year for professional inspection. Secure any loads tightly to a rack or trailer.

2. Wear a Helmet Correctly: Always wear your helmet to prevent head injury. You want your helmet to fit correctly. It should be level and snug. You should be able to see the helmet brim.

3. Be Visible and Predictable: Plan ahead to avoid obstacles and hazards. Wear bright colors. Ride straight in a predictable manner. Signal before changing directions.

4. Ride with Traffic: Always ride on the right side of the road. Do not pass motorists on the right. If you approach an intersection with a right turn lane and intend to continue straight, ride with through traffic. When a road is too narrow for cars and bikes to ride side by side, “take the travel lane,” which means riding in or near the center.

5. Watch for Potential Hazards: Think win-win and always negotiate with traffic.  Scan the road 100 feet ahead for hazards—drains, potholes, rail road tracks or broken glass and other debris. Allow time to maneuver around these hazards. Avoid riding into open car doors by giving yourself 3 or 4 feet.

6. Signal All Turns: Look back before you make a lane change or turn. Signal safely in advance.

7. Making Left Hand Turns: Experienced bicyclists may prefer to turn left as a vehicle by moving into the left side of the travel lane (or left turn lane). An option, for the less experienced, is to cross like a pedestrian by stopping, dismounting, and walking across crosswalks.

8. Be Prepared for Conditions: Always carry plenty of water and appropriate supplies, clothing, when bicycling. Remember to allow yourself extra distance to stop when you use your brakes in the rain.

 9. Obey All Traffic Laws: Remember, you are part of traffic. Ride with traffic. Obey stop signs, traffic lights, and other traffic controls. Bicyclists fare best when they act and are treated as drivers of vehicles.

10. Ride Single File in Traffic: Ride single file in traffic except when passing others. Also, notify other bicyclists of approaching cars.

11. Warn Others When Approaching: Bicyclists must yield to pedestrians. Be courteous by warning others with a ring of your bell or a friendly greeting. Always allow plenty of space when passing.

12. Always Ride with Lights at Night: Bicycle reflectors are not sufficient for safety. Bicycle Blog USA recommends a headlight visible from at least 500 feet when riding at night and a flashing red tail light visible from 600 feet. Wear reflective clothing. Remember this important fact; we use lights and reflective clothing not to see, but to be seen.

Thank you to the Capitol Region Council of Governments Connecticut Bicycle Coalition for providing important and life saving information for this article.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May is Bicycle Month! It is important to know:

What to Consider When Choosing the Right Bike.

As winter gives way to spring, many decide that it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. For a lower-impact workout or even for more mobility and chances for scenery, the purchase of a new bicycle can be just the thing. Today however, there’s a bike type and a raft of accessories to fit every purpose imaginable, which can be confusing. Furthermore, an increase in bike accidents ( over the past couple of decades has led to increased regulation on cycling in many areas. We have therefore developed the below guide to help answer some common questions you may have when getting ready to hit the road.
How ( & Where) Do You Ride?
Are you looking to enter road events, try downhill racing, commute, or just casually pedal your neighborhood looking for a better cup of coffee? Whatever your intended use, there is a type of bike that will be a good fit for you. Some broad categories of bikes are:
●      Road bikes: Best for pavement, these bikes are good for fitness, long distance rides, touring, and racing. Usually lightweight, they typically have drop-bar handlebars that put you in an aerodynamic position for going fast.
●      Mountain bikes: Rugged bikes with shock-absorbing features and strong brakes, these bikes are made for dirt trails and off-road riding. Typically with straight handlebars, they may come specialized as downhill racers or simply as fun bikes for the trail.
●      Hybrid bikes: These bikes combine aspects of both road and mountain bikes to create well-rounded bikes that do it all. Usually thin tires and lighter frames of road bikes mixed with straight handlebars and more comfortable seats of mountain bikes, they will have options that lean more one way or another so you can really find a style that suits you.
●      Specialty bikes: An extremely broad category encompassing folding, recumbent, electric, cargo, cruisers, and many other bikes. If none of the broader categories above work for you, consider specialty bikes to see if there’s one that is a fit.
Decide on Your Helmet
Most jurisdictions in the US have some form of laws on helmets for bike riding – be sure and check with your local state, county, or municipality for the laws in your area. In 2014, bike riders accounted for 2% of all traffic deaths, ( which should be sufficient encouragement to choose your helmet carefully. Mountain bike helmets typically feature visors, enhanced rear-head coverage, a firm fit and may even include full face masks, while road bike helmets generally don’t have visors but focus more on aerodynamics and minimizing weight. Recreational helmets usually have visors, are less expensive, and more generic.
Accessories are even more varied and complex than are bike types. At a minimum, consider a lock, reflectors (usually built in), ( reflective clothing, and lights, particularly if you plan to bike at night or in the early morning. Repair kits, pumps, water bottle holders and/or hydration backpacks, and saddle bags can be essential if you plan on long distance rides. Child seats, baskets, fenders, bike racks, mirrors (crucial for city riders), are other accessories that depend on specifically how you plan to use your bike.
Get out there!
Whatever your intended use, there’s no time like the present to get started riding. The biking community needs you: studies have found that the more people there are riding bikes, the safer it is for everyone and that cities with lots of bike riders have lower crash rates for all road users. Hope to see you out there soon! 

The Palm Springs Guru says “Thank you, Christiana Scott
Community Liaison & Blog Manager
Dunkley Injury Law Attorneys at for writing this valuable and important article.”

Dunkley Law Personal Injury Lawyers have spent the last ten years successfully representing clients in Henderson, Nevada and Salt Lake City, Utah. (702) 413-6565