Clear Design, Introduction to Carlos Platero

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Welcome to Clear Design!

I have created an introduction podcast to our show.  Listen in to find out more about designer Carlos Platero.

A true designer at heart & mind. Helping you design a better lifestyle #AllThingsPositive

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You At Your Desk for 8-12 Hours a Day Like Me? … 8 Tips to lose weight.

I will follow these tips as I sit for about 12 hours a day at my desk.  My goal is be healthier but as well lose weight and get fit!  So I (like you) need to worry about sitting for 8 to 12 hours a day!.   Simple great tips, and trust me it works.

Carlos Platero Jr.


8 ways to lose weight at your desk

10 Simple Ways to Success in Life

Succeeding in life or anything you point your mind to isn’t typically difficult. Very successful people don’t just get lucky, but they actually keep winner mentality attitude on all the time.  Be true to who you are and  your goals.  You may be surprise that you can too, have what you want.  Others may believe in you, its about time you do too. Here are steps to achieving your success.

This is a great list.

Carlos Platero Jr.



1. Have a vision.

Champions get what they want because they know what they want. They have a vision that keeps them motivated and efficiently on track. They see it, feel it, and experience it in their minds and hearts. What is success for you? You won’t get there without knowing what it feels and looks like.

2. Plan a strategy.
People who consistently win have a clear and thoughtful strategy; they have a map and a timeline. Know what you need to do and when you need to do it. Write down your plan so you stay on course and avoid any alternative that does not get you closer to the finish line.

3. Find a passion.
Are you excited to get up in the morning? People with a passion are because they’re energized about what they are doing. You need to live and breathe what it is that you want, and be passionately invested in both the journey and the goal

4. Live the truth.
Successful people leave no room in their lives for denial, fantasy or fiction. They “tell it like it is” to themselves and others. They are self-critical rather than self-deluding, and they hold themselves to high but realistic standards. They are not defensive when they get input and feedback, and they’re able to find value in all information. Deal with the truth and recognize that nothing else will make your vision attainable.

5. Be flexible.
Life is not a success-only journey. Even the best-laid plans sometimes must be altered and changed. Be open to input and consider any potentially viable alternative. Be willing to be wrong and be willing to start over.

6. Take risks.
Winners are willing to get out of their comfort zone and try new things. Be willing to plunge into the unknown if necessary, and leave behind the safe, unchallenging and familiar existence in order to have more.

7. Create a strong nucleus.
Surround yourself with a group of people who want you to succeed. They will move with you toward your goal. Choose and bond with people who have skills, talents and abilities that you do not. Winners give and receive by being part of other people’s nuclear groups.

8. Take action.
Do it! People who succeed don’t just sit and think about what they want to do; they take meaningful, purposeful, directional action consistently and persistently. Every step they take puts them toward the outcome they’re looking for.

9. Set priorities.
Winners manage their challenges in hierarchical fashion. Commit to managing your time in such a way that does not allow you to keep grinding along on priority number two or three if priority number one needs your attention.

10. Take care of yourself.
People who accomplish their goals are consciously committed to self-management because they are the most important resource they have. Actively manage your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health to maximize your results and also avoid burnout.

Coffee is Perfect Before a Nap!

I personally believe that Coffee can stimulate all of your body, senses and get you going. Healthiness power drink out there! I drink coffee at night and it may actually help my alertness in the morning. Or at least I know I may be completely alert in my dreams.   What dreams may come right?  You all agree?   Read this story posted and the facts that follow.


Tired? Maybe it’s time for a “coffee nap.”

Though it sounds paradoxical, scientific evidence suggests that consuming caffeine just before taking a short siesta does a better job of restoring your alertness than does simply having a cup of coffee or tea or taking a nap without a caffeine appetizer.

What explains the power of the coffee nap? It all boils down to body chemistry — specifically, to the competing effects of caffeine and adenosine, a drowsiness-inducing chemical compound that accumulates in your brain when you’re awake and dissipates as you sleep.

Caffeine’s alertness-boosting effect typically peaks about 30 minutes after the stimulant is consumed. So by sleeping for 20 or so minutes of those 30, you can reduce the amount of adenosine the caffeine has to compete with. And voila, the caffeine has a greater effect.

“If you can fall asleep in your nap before caffeine does that, when it’s time to wake up, you’re getting the benefits of the caffeine perfectly timed with the nap sleep benefit,” sleep researcher Dr. David Dinges, a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, told The Huffington Post.

Dinges recalled a 2001 study in which 28 men and women were given either a low-dose caffeine pill or a placebo during the latter stages of an 88-hour period during which the sleep they got came only in the form of seven two-hour naps. In that experiment, the caffeine was successful in overcoming so-called sleep inertia. That’s a term scientists use to describe the grogginess you feel immediately after waking up.

“We were surprised,” Dinges said.

That’s not the only evidence of the curious relationship between caffeine and napping. In a series of studies conducted in the 1990s, researchers at Loughborough Universityin England found that drinking a cup of coffee and then immediately taking a 15-minute nap was better at curbing drowsiness in motorists than simply having a cup of coffee or taking a short nap (the motorists’ alertness was measured not on the road but in a driving simulator).

But if you want to try boosting your naps with caffeine, be sure not to overdo it. As Dinges said, caffeine is disruptive for longer periods of sleep.

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-Coffee is The Biggest Source of Antioxidants in The Western Diet

-Coffee May Help You Live Longer

-Coffee Does Not Cause Heart Disease and May Lower The Risk of Stroke

-Coffee Drinkers Have a Lower Risk of Some Types of Cancer

-Coffee Can Fight Depression and Make You Happier

-Coffee Appears to Have Protective Effects on The Liver

-Caffeine May Lower The Risk of Parkinson’s

-Coffee May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

-Coffee May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

-There Are Essential Nutrients in Coffee

-The Caffeine Can Drastically Improve Physical Performance

-Coffee Can Help You Burn Fat

-Coffee Can Improve Energy Levels and Make You Smarter

Coffee is more than just black water. Many of the nutrients in the coffee beans do make it into the final drink.

Bottom Line: Caffeine can increase adrenaline levels and release fatty acids from the fat tissues. It also leads to significant improvements in physical performance.



10 Simples Ways to being a Productive Dynamo

Check Out this piece from Time.  I agree with this completely.  Productivity is all in your mind. You need the drive.

I saw JUST GET IT DONE!   Power through anything and you are amazed what can get done.


You’re only productive at work three days out of the week. How can you improve that?

  • The secret to getting more done is to make things automatic. Control over your schedule stops you from getting tired at work. Progressmotivates us more than anything else. Your mind moves you, but how you move also affects your mind. Superstition canimprove performance and when people wish you luck you do better.
  • Mood matters. Happiness and overconfidence both boost productivity. Think positive by imagining the happiest day of your life. Use positive self-talk and positive mental imagery.
  • Know the rules your brain works by, the things that really motivate us, what increases teamwork and how to improve yourself.
  • How the office is decorated makes a difference. Might want to avoid the color red and make sure to buy some plants.Checklists help. So docalendars. Clean your desk. Chew some gum. Stop multitasking and don’t bother sorting your email into folders.
  • Does managing your free time with a schedule sound awful? A study shows it actually improves life satisfaction.Talking to yourself might make you look crazy but it can improve performance. Here‘s what you should say. (Trash talk helps too.)
  • Get enough sleep. Your mood in the morning affects your entire day. If you’re a night owl, shift your schedule later and if you’re a morning larkget to work earlier. Naps help.
  • Rivals increase performance but they also make us more likely to cheat. Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to give it to someone else.Self-deception helps too.
  • Thinking about the stereotype of someone who excels at what you’re attempting can improve your performance.
  • Web breaks make you more productive. But whether you need a break at all is dependent on how you see willpower.
  • Chill out. You’re happier when you’re busy anyway.




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