Focus already!

During my current quest to reduce my social media consumption, I have noticed a general urge in myself to improve my focus skills. I feel like I am easily distracted and I want to change that.

To help myself to stay on track, I have started using the Pomodoro technique (again). Basically, the Pomodoro technique helps you to focus on getting one task done, concentrating on it for 25 minutes. After that period, you can take a short break of 5 minutes. When you have completed four cycles, you get to take a longer break.
Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the Pomodoro technique: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique

I am using an extension for Google Chrome called „Block & Focus“, which helps me to stay on track.

Sometimes I also manage to turn off all notifications for a period of time, but sometimes I am also too weak for that ;)

So far, I feel that using this technique is helpful for me. I find it hard to grant myself the right to take a break, although breaks are needed to stay mentally fresh. The breaks are what make a work process sustainable after all! Still I feel guilty from time to time for taking breaks.

I have extended the focus timespan to 60 minutes today, because 25 minutes seem just a bit too short for the tasks I need to complete. Maybe I will go down to 45 minutes of focus, so I don‘t overlook my need for breaks.

I will try to incorporate the Pomodoro technique as often as possible!

Reduce social media consumption in September #unplug

A female hiker sitting on a bench on a summit, overlooking a valley filled with green trees and meadows

During the last weeks, I have felt more and more uncomfortable and unhappy with my social media consumption. Multiple times I was aggravated after reading articles and comments on social media. My biggest issue is with Facebook. I am aware that there is a strategy behind which postings get washed into my feed. The more it triggers me, the more likely I am to interact with it, the longer I will stay online on Facebook.

Fear of missing out, hate-reading, looking for validation are some of the factors that make us open up that social media app time and time again. Stuff like comparing ones life with the seemingly perfect lives of others makes us feel bad about ourselves.

I don’t want to sound like I think I am a zen guru now, I am not claiming I will never open up Facebook again, in fact, I still want to keep running the Mizzi Facebook page (however I am going to handle that) and sometimes check my feed, but I wish to reduce the time that I spend on social networks.

I have already attempted that once, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone which somehow was a scary experience, telling myself that I could always just sign in via the website if I needed to. My experiment went well for some time, until I got annoyed by all the detours I had to take. I even reinstalled the Facebook messenger because Facebook made it harder to respond to messages without the app.

We will see how my experiment goes this time. I deleted the Facebook app yesterday, I kept the messenger because I hardly get messages there and it’s not dragging me back into the rabbit hole of social media anyway.
I will not delete Instagram or any of the messengers I use, because I feel like those apps are not having a big negative effect on my life. I do of course compare myself with others, but I am aware that most pictures on Instagram are not “real”. I, myself, also use a good angle when taking pictures, I try to cut out disturbing elements, I play around with filters… I think that’s fine, as long as I am aware that Instagram is an app for posting “nice pictures” and not authentic, real life stills.

I have turned on the screen time statistics on my phone to collect a bit of info, I am curious to see how often I pick up the phone… I guess I should have started that before I deleted the Facebook app, but oh well ;)

Do you have any issues with your social media usage? Have you tried to reduce your social media consumption or your screen time? Do you have any recommendations for me? Please feel free to write a comment or e-mail me!

Avoid plastic challenge in september #reduceplastic

Stephanie Jagl-Posch standing at the beach with a pile of collected trash

Inspired by a posting by a fellow surfer, I will try my best to reduce my plastic consumption this september (and hopefully stick to it for the rest of my life).

Here is the posting I am referring to:

I can relate to the experience that the awareness for how much we litter our earth has grown due to surfing. I have reduced my plastic consumption over the years already, but I still have lots of room for improvement.

I really had to think for a while what items packaged in plastic I am buying constantly, then I noticed that our beloved noodles come in plastic wrapping. I don‘t know why, because I guess that dry durum wheat noodles could easily be packaged without using plastic, but then again, I‘m not a food engineer, so what do I know, really? ;)

Another item that always is wrapped in plastic is chocolate. There is of course chocolate that is wrapped in aluminium foil, but that‘s probably not better.

My personal challenge for september will be to find an alternative for the noodles that come in a plastic bag, I am optimistic that this will be possible.

More of a mystery to me is my second challenge task – don‘t buy chocolate wrapped in plastic or aluminium. Will it work? I have no idea. But I want to educate myself, so I can make more conscious decisions in the future.

I will continue to buy less plastic, stick to fruits & veggies that are sold unwrapped (ideally locally, organically grown stuff directly at the market) and look for other alternatives to single use plastic.

If you have any recommendations for me, please feel free to post a comment or send me an e-mail!

Lots of Accessibility News

A lot has happened in the world of Web/Mobile Accessibility in the last month:

– Microsoft and Deque Systems (makers of Axe, one of the best automated Accessibility Testingtools) got together and produced Accessibility Insights – a Testingtool, that guides you step by step through the testing process. There is both a version for website testing, as well as a version for testing Windows applications!
https://accessibilityinsights.io/

– Google released a Tool called Accessibility Scanner for iOS, that lets you test the Accessibility of iOS Apps:
https://github.com/google/GSCXScanner

– Deque Systems published Axe for Android, this WCAG Accessibility Scanner is available in the Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.deque.axe.android&rdid=com.deque.axe.android

All those tools are for free!

 

– Marcus Herrmann documented the process of making an inclusive app/web app and also included some helpful links on this website:
https://accessible-app.com/

Girls Park Attack – 16.03.2019 Snowpark Stuhleck

Girls Can Do Flyer

On the 16th of March 2019, the first Girls Park Attack will take place. Organized by the GCD Crew (GCD meaning “Girls Can Do”) in cooperation with Blue Tomato, the day will focus on girls and women who want to get better at riding the snowpark or who even want to try it out for the first time. The GCD Crew is a group of women who have found together through their love for snowboarding. They will help others to grow their bag of tricks and to better their skills at park riding. Besides the costs for the lift ticket, the whole session is for free, so don’t miss this chance to get to know others and to up the ante!

For more info, check out the Facebook event:
-> https://www.facebook.com/events/2225803570774351/

Girls Can Do on Facebook:
-> https://www.facebook.com/gcdcrewvienna/

Girls Can Do on Instagram:
-> https://www.instagram.com/gcd.crew/

FEEL THE FLOW

“Die Freireiter”, Andreas Prielmaier and Thomas Mayer, met up with Sonnia Höffken, who is an avid yogini and freerider, in La Grave. The guys were skeptical at first, but after sharing some incredible runs with Sonnia (SkiYo – feel the flow! ®), they found the positive effects of yoga for skiers intriguing.

Can you “Feel The Flow” as well?

-> https://skiyo.de/
-> https://www.diefreireiter.de/

Nordstau

During the Nordstau days, we spent some lovely hours freeriding with friends, playing it safe in flat terrain.
Freeriding at the Veitsch with friends
Riding the t-bar at the Veitsch

Snowboarding at out local resort in Lower Austria
Even our local resort in Lower Austria opened for two days!

Other than that, some things didn’t go as planned…
The FWQ** Grossglockner had to be postponed due to grim weather, I got sick in the meantime… but now I’m healthy again & looking forward to the next shredventures.

First thing on the list is a trip to sweet Fuerteventura for some surfing with Mellowmove.
Here’s a throwback to our last time on the island in 2016 ;)

Empty beach in Fuerteventura

The Uninvited

“The Uninvited” is an all-girls snowboard movie by the very talented snowboarder Jess Kimura. Jess produced, directed and funded this video, showcasing the great skills of snowboarders that she believes are the future of snowboarding.

The riders are:

Maria Thomsen, Miyon Yamaguchi, Kennedi Deck, Taylor Elliott, Darrah Reid, Alexa McCarty, Ylfa Runars, Karin Onozaki, Ivika Jurgenson, Laura Munro, Melissa Riitano, Anniina Perhovaara, & Madison Blackley.

First winter camping fun trip for this season

Last weekend, we finally made it to the mountains with Burli! We met up with our friends “Pacher’s on tour” (check them out on Instagram, Facebook and visit their website!) for some winter camping days. First, we visited the Gemeindealpe in Lower Austria (or, as us Lower Austrians call it, the “Gmoa Oim”) where we did some fun laps and enjoyed the view to the Ötscher, one of the most characteristic and highest mountains in Lower Austria.

Stephanie Jagl-Posch in front of a view of the Ötscher in Lower Austria
The Ötscher is incredible!

After that, we continued our trip to the Planneralm, which is always a safe bet for a good amount of natural snow. We have visited this rather small resort a lot of times already, because we dig the fact that they only have natural snow on the slopes. Also, the feeling up there is very raw and rural – after all day skiing guests have left and the lights in the few houses up there are on, it feels like winter wonderland straight from some kitschy fairy tale. Besides of riding on the slopes, the resort also offers a freeride area and out of bounds lots of terrain for freeriding and touring is available.

We indulged in snowboarding in the resort, freeriding, a splitboard tour up the Karlspitze and also went ninepin bowling – my first time, so far, I have only played tenpin bowling. Ninepin bowling was much harder for some reason, haha.
Then, the Pacher’s left in direction of Fetzy’s World for some ice bathing and running through fire (yes, the Pacher’s ARE a bit wild ;)), whereas Roman and I went for the softer version and visited the Grimming Therme for a decent after-ride-chill.

Roman Jagl walking in a snowy forest on his splitboard
Roman hiking towards Karlspitze on his splitboard.

A wintertime view of the Planneralm
Looking back towards the Planneralm ski resort on our way to the Karlspitze.