What a time to be alive, am I right? We live in an incredible day and age where unlimited information is at our very fingertips, billions of people are connected through the internet and innovative technologies are advancing at an unprecedented rate. Technology has truly affected every corner the world, and has drastically impacted life as we’ve all come to understand it.
With great access to information and the age of global connectivity, humans are bombarded with more stimuli and information that we could ever hope to process and make sense of. It is for this reason that so many of us find ourselves constantly distracted and engaging in multiple technologies at once. Think about it: how often do you find yourself studying with multiple entertainment browsers open and periodically flipping through various social media platforms? How about listening to music or absentmindedly watching Netflix while studying? Sure, we still get work done, but is it truly our best work? Are we maximizing our time and productivity? Most likely not, and there’s a lot of research that proves quite the opposite.
There’s a whole science of learning, concentration and productivity that seeks to prove that humans fundamentally are not built to multitask, and cannot maximize efficiency while doing so. And in a world filled with distractions and noise, the reality is that we live in a time where it is harder to focus now than perhaps ever before. Which is why I’d like to write about the true value of deep work – the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. With graduation just around the corner in a few weeks, I couldn’t think of a better time to write about the value of working in a deep state of concentration. I believe everyone should take steps to learn this skill, because no matter who you are, you’ll benefit from it. I promise.
Deep work is, fundamentally, a very valuable skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Working in a state of deep mental focus free of distraction helps cultivate many of the core capabilities that we need to survive in the world today. So why is this important? Why is working in this deep state of mental concentration more valuable than working in a state of constant noise and distraction? Because people who possess certain skills and characteristics in this new digital age are fundamentally more equipped for success and prosperity
What does it take to be successful? The theory of deep work outlines two core abilities that people need in order to thrive in our new economy.
The ability to quickly master hard things.
The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.
Let’s face it, our world is getting damn competitive. Where many technologies used to provide a competitive advantage to organizations and individuals who possessed them, we’re steadily moving in a direction where they playing field is leveling and ultimately the world is demanding other sources of differentiation and value. And where is the world demanding this added value from? That’s right, the individual. It is more important than ever to build our personal skill sets, work habits and abilities as we enter a world that puts a tremendous pressure on us to be outstanding performers in everything we do. So how does this relate to deep work?
There is a lot of research that shows that when we work in a deep, uninterrupted state, we are more likely to optimize our time and productivity. When we are 100% mentally engaged and focused, we are able to more quickly learn and master harder tasks. When we are completely mentally engaged, we are able to produce higher quality work, faster.
As a young gal quickly making my way into the real world, I know that our bodies and our body happiness become even farther than the back burner priority in the midst of school, work, social time and the rest of life’s callings. Don’t mistake this as a way to get fit in 24 hours. As I have had to remind myself in the past, and still do to this day, body happiness should be a lifelong priority. No matter the order of your day or the necessities that make up your day, loving your body is for EVERY body. The root of happiness in all things is starting with how happy you feel about yourself. Try incorporating these few things into your daily chaos and watch every aspect of your days become happier.
DRINK WATER. Seeing this tip used to send my blood into a steaming boil. This is typically one of the first things that pops up on any list of changing anything about your body. But here’s the proven truth: water helps kick false hunger cravings, it clears skin all over your body and not just your face, it flushes your body of things it does not need, and it helps prevent headaches and poor digestion. Invest in a big water bottle that holds at least 32oz and plan on drinking half of your body weight in ounces (the bathroom visits will become less frequent very quickly, I promise).
SLEEP. This would seem like a no brainer, but many people convince themselves that sleep is of lesser importance than other things happening in the day. I am definitely not suggesting 10-11 hours of sleep a night. Too much sleep is a thing and can work in the exact same way as no sleep. Try and bring your night to a close just 30 minutes earlier than normal. You may get those 30 minutes back the next morning to do anything you may not have gotten to the day before. 7-8 hours a night I promise you will increase your productivity and have much more energy, minus the purply black bags under your eyes.
BE ACTIVE. Do not try and throw in a two hour sweat session. Being active is so much more than having a gym membership and forcing yourself to pretend like you know what you’re doing. Being active is making time each hour or two to move your legs and get your blood flowing. If it is possible, get up a little earlier and get in a 30 minute walk/jog/strength training. The point of being active goes beyond the six pack and sculpted arms and triggers endorphins that generate positive and happy energy throughout your body.
DO IT ALL…IN MODERATION. Add some greens into your meals and subtract something processed. Taking extreme measures to “be healthy” leads to relapses and frustration. 80% of what you eat effects not only your physical appearance, but how your body feels on the inside. Look to options that have little, pronounceable, or even no ingredients to guarantee pureness and freshness. But remember to treat yourself to that guilty pleasure just enough to satisfy that craving.
SOCIALIZE. Even if it’s grabbing a coffee in the morning as you fly to work or class, surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good will encourage good choices and positive energy. If loving your body is tough, talk through your struggles without sounding like a broken record. Help yourself and others will find helping you much easier. Removing yourself from the stress of life’s chaotic priorities will help reinforce the importance of doing things that make you feel good.
Loving your body doesn’t mean it has to be in perfect shape or look better than everyone else. Loving your body breaks the outer appearance and reaches into appreciating the machine that carries you through each day. You only get one, let’s try and make it last until it just can’t stand the happiness any longer.
With only 1,023,579 (2014) people in the 4th largest state in the U.S., it’s hard to imagine that in a place like San Francisco, with 852,469 people (2014), there are some bazillion coffee houses pulsing throughout the peninsula. This guide examines the top 15 coffee houses in the treasure state.
Let’s take into account of the space of Montana for a second. It’s pretty big-meaning that if everyone got their own piece of land, it would be 6.8 miles square. So it is difficult to navigate a coffee scene that is divided by this much space and not buildings.
We also gave brownie points to brew spots where they had roasted their own coffee. Montana has a small intimate economic environment and so it’s no surprise that the roastery business seems like nurturing a relationship rather than performing business. A lot of coffee shops examined were using similar beans and similar espresso machines. The key diffferences between coffee shops then become softer and less factual than geography and roastery. In researching our sample size, which included 70+ coffee shops around the state, the cheeky question of ‘on average, what quantity of espresso beans do you use each day for crafting espresso drinks to drink on site?’ was asked. Some were reluctant to reveal this number, others felt no pressure, and for some it is difficult to estimate. However the specificity of this question can be referenced to provide a general inference for how much revenue is made with those beans, kind of like through-put in a manufacturing plant.
“To recognize, develop and promote specialty coffee.”
After accounting for the coffee shops location, and the to roast or not to roast question, the ability and efforts of the cafe to include the community and share coffee knowledge was taken into consideration. Some cafes or roasters do not have the capacity to utilize traditional coffee engagements, but other forms of community involvement were taken into account based on the audience of each individual organization and their geography, again.
The Best of the Last Best Place
This cafe is a weird one. It is a jack of all trades by far. Nestled over the river and through the woods, literally, this little shack is the place of gathering over a good espresso for many. There are plenty of specialty coffee spots around the state but this one tops the list for being geographically located right next to Glacier/Waterton National Park. Canadians and Montanans enjoy lattes and, the local favorite, a bear claw whilst gazing at the iconic scenery. The espresso machine is a bit old, like the character of the building, and the town, and the park, but that is what makes it so infinitely beautiful. Give the latte a try and breathe in the freshest air in the state and try and tell me you hate it. Just try.
Coffee Factory Roasters-Redlodge
This tiny ski town is similar to those trickled along the continental divide. The powder falls and the mountaineers crowd the area. This little roastery becomes a port to skiers and boarders alike, fueling them for the day’s new runs. The tourists that arrive in the summer for the idyllic drive up the mountain and nearby pig racing attraction often stop and chatter about with the locals. In the winter, after the mountain warms and the ice melts and the lifts stop, the crowd slowly and sometimes sorely, saunters back to the coffee shop for a warm up.
Rock Creek Coffee Roasters-Billings
Rock Creek Coffee Roasters is one of the older roasters in the area. It has a perfect location in the heart of the downtown of Montana’s largest city. Inside, the roasting is done right next to where the drinks are served. Bags of beans, roasted and not, are scattered throughout the cafe making a meaningful impression on those who visit. The company has stayed true to its italian roots in keeping drinks simple and not adding all the ‘loaded extras.’ If coffee isn’t your best friend, but after this place it might be, they offer a small selection of bottled beverages and light snacks. If anything, stop by, grab a latte, and shmooze with the barista over that week’s upcoming concert next door.
Rockford Coffee Bar and Roasters-Bozeman
Cyclists and coffee experts gather at this local watering hole. Rockford coffee bar is a mecca for integration of roasts and espresso drinks. The roaster boasts the nickname ‘Bozeman’s coffee of choice.’ This is a true statement based on the number of people in the coffee bar at any given time of day. The roaster sells their beans online so those traveling or those who stopped in and fell in love with their techniques-like I did-can have the fresh roasts delivered straight to their door just after roasting has ended.
Wild Joe’s Coffee Spot-Bozeman
Wild Joe’s sounds like a safari or something not related to coffee other than the word Joe. But do not be fooled by the name. WJ’s is spot in the heart of downtown Bozeman and is sure to ignite a curiosity for coffee in anyone. The interior features a coffee bar structure as you order from the barista and further along the cafe are a wide variety of seats expanding all the way to the back of the building. In the back, is the best area. The cafe features local coffee information and new updates on brew methods and where their coffee source is currently. I read a fascinating article about the history of coffee from 1974 while waiting for my latte. While the store doesn’t roast their own beans, their impeccable coffee knowledge and adoration are something to be admired. I highly suggest stopping in after a snowy day on the mountain.
While this coffee picture wasn’t from the actual cafe it still represents the attention to detail at Sunrise Coffee. Pat, the owner, and coffee specialist has dedicated a day once a month to sharing coffee expertise. The Coffee Lab, as he calls it, is a workshop like orientation to explore variations and brew methods of coffee. This cafe is a hidden gem and rightly so for the treasure state. Not too many locals know about it, but the cafe is slowly joining the local coffee hype.
Off The Leaf Coffee Company-Billings
Anyone and everyone seems to know of Off The Leaf in Billings. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t gathered at the 819 location. Started in 2008 and still going strong, the company uses profits to help fund nonprofits, both local and those pertaining to coffee growing. The bar is also home to a pay it forward board on which locals pay in advance for others drinks. Thus many firemen and policemen can be found reading the newspaper with their morning cup. If you ever have time, try out their new location just down the street for a more intimate feel. This new location also has a drive through, so if you’re on your way out of town it’s a quick minute for one of the best coffees around.
Morning Glory Coffee-West Yellowstone
When I spoke to the owner of this wayside cafe located just feet from the oldest National Park in the country I was enamored with his affection for the industry. In such a rural area, but also highly trafficked during seasonal periods, it is rare to find such a commodity. The owner was extremely aware of the coffee scene nationally and has been in past years a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The coffee house also features Montana Made goods and Teas. It is the ultimate spot for Yellowstone visitors, souvenir hunting, and coffee lovers.
International Coffee Traders-Bozeman
International Coffee Traders is the perfect study sanctuary. Located less than a block away from Montana State University, this roaster and cafe is a picturesque sample for any prospective student magazine or publication. But don’t let their demographic fool you, their coffee is just as in top-notch as any Blue Bottle-esque cafe. While they don’t offer any cupping classes they do encourage coffee passions and anything related to the nearest ski hill.
Gil’s goods is a one part to a menage a trois of entrepreneurial endeavours. The coffee part comes from the restaurant slash bakery. The building is part of an old hotel, The Murray, and is definitely a must see if you’re ever in Livingston. The small town encourages tourism and travel, especially being on the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. This shop provides the perfect pick me up and one of the best lattes in the area. You might even be lucky enough to bump into Kesha or Leonardo, like some of the locals have.
Colter Coffee is the epitomy of western when it comes to a cup of Joe. The coffee collective of Kalispell knows too well that Colter Coffee is the center for good coffee. If you’re looking for a true western experience and happen to be near Glacier National Park, I highly encourage going here. The company was one of the firsts in the area to integrate light roast coffee. The friendly barista’s will always tell you about the weather, what activities are going on that weekend, and always, always share their love of coffee.
Montana Coffee Traders-Whitefish
Montana Coffee Traders roasts their own beans making it a highlight of the Whitefish downtown scene. The company has locations across the northwest region of the state. Since 1981 the company has been roasting beans out of its iconic farmhouse. A fact the company likes to share is that the beans are roasted at the same altitude as they are grown. The company also sells to multiple coffee houses and retail organizations across the state. Polebridge Mercantile, a middle-of-no-where-place we will see later, is a recipient of the beans.
Black Coffee Roasting-Missoula
Quonset huts are corrugated galvanized steel structures that usually aren’t utilized as coffee houses. But when Black Coffee Roasting Company expanded it seemed like the perfect design for a unique experience in sharing coffee. The shop now features other beverages other than their homemade beans but with local ingredients. The simplicity and minimalism is the perfect interior to harbor a specialty coffee crowd. The shop does not offer wifi to explicitly create a more meaningful and intimate environment.
Revel Coffee Roasters-Billings
The most hipster of the selection of coffee shops in the state. You’ll be fortunate to find this one if you have time in Billings, MT. The craft coffee connoisseur and owner of the biz is Gary Theisen. He’s been featured in Sprudge and noted in numerous local publications. His goal is to change the perception of coffee and roasting strategies. He began roasting when he was fifteen and continues to share his passion and insatiable curiousity with customers frequently. His operation is small but no less in quality. His coffees are featured around the community in various restaurants, retail locations, and other coffee houses.
Cold Smoke Coffee-Bozeman
Fairly new into the coffee scene, Cold Smoke arrived in Bozeman, MT in 2011. The coffee house was started from a passion to share coffee. The roaster and cafe promotes awareness of where the sources come from. The roastery is off site, but I’m sure with a nice smile and little conversing about the love of coffee, owners Caleb and Laura would let any coffee aficionado in for a tour. With regular cuppings and various other community engagements this little cafe can easily boast being, if not number one, in the top five coffee house around the state.
While this coffee shop list is not exhaustive, the shops in here were specifically looked at for the three above engagements. This survey was conducted only on studies basis and was not paid for by any organization. Photos taken from Instagram accounts of businesses or related location tags.
James Rahr is a Marketing Major at the University of Montana. He anticipates graduating in the Fall of 2016. Coffee is a passion of his.
Look, exchange semester/year is just like a life, accelerated on a whole new speed! You never cry about yesterday, you never plan tomorrow and as for today – you just live it! To the fullest! Everything happens with the speed of light and sometimes people do not pay attention how they change while on exchange. They don’t appreciate all the “perks” of it. I as an “experienced” exchange student, will try to give you 18+ reasons why you should go on exchange.
So here we go:
You get to explore new culture. Who cares – ‘Murica!
You live with a host family. But you always wanted to move away from your family, well now you have 2 families to move out from.
You get to learn and practice new language! Eurekaaa! – now “uno” has a whole new meaning!
You get to experience different education standards, as well as different learning techniques – no more flashcards.
You start being concerned about global issues. As if any of those were up to you to decide.
You travel! Ok, that really is exciting…
You get out of your comfort zone. Dude, it’s called COMFORT zone because it’s comfortable, why would you get out of it?
You become more responsible. Now you feel even more concerned about global issues, but still none of them are up to you to decide.
You get to try traditional food. Don’t go to Italy, it is not too different from food back home.
You make life-long friends! Exchange ends soon, but your friendship stands strong – in skype.
You learn about awesome career opportunities and you start planning your life accordingly. But then you find out that 99% of the jobs are restricted to national citizens.
Now your friends back home have new inside jokes. And no, they will not share them with you, instead they will laugh at you after you go back.
You drink a lot of beer, but not too much. But unfortunately, you can never accurately measure how much is “too much”.
Semester abroad will look great on your resume, but 99% of the jobs are still restricted to national citizens.
You fall in love.
Everything is so much cheaper. So now you buy expensive stuff.
You make memories that matter. You will tell about them to your friends, family, kids, dogs and cats back home. They will all hate you for talking about exchange all the time. ALL THE TIME.
You get to go to your favorite band’s concert. But they never show up(that’s what happened to me).
You get to have a new roommate. Of course you love each other.
On exchange you stop judging the book by its cover and realize that 18+ in the title above is just another way of saying “more than 18.”
P.S University of Montana is where I am doing my exchange. It has shortly become my favorite place. I enjoy every single day here and try to get as much out of my exchange as possible. In fact, I work at the international center specifically in study abroad department. I strongly recommend every student to go on exchange and use this incredible opportunity of finding himself/herself through the adventures of living in a foreign country.
My little piece of advice: Go to American University in Bulgaria – Great school with great people!
Post by Omari Lomiashvili, Junior at University of Montana, School of Business Administration
We’ve all been there, continuing to click the mouse in attempt to load the application faster or unfreeze a program. Unfortunately this does not work 99% of the time and often leads to more frustration and wasted time waiting on your computer. If you’re in the same position as me you’ve had your computer for a few years now and it’s starting to become slower and applications freezing up are becoming more frequent. I decided that I was done putting up with my slow computer and you should too.
The good news is… YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A BRAND NEW COMPUTER TO HAVE IT RUN LIKE A NEW COMPUTER!
If you’re on your last straw with your computer there’s still hope.
Below are four tips from a Missoula computer repair expert Justin Ovenell, owner of TechNellogic that will increase your computer’s speed.
1. Update your computer
Having an updated system cuts down other system errors and compatibility problems. A vast majority of user’s problems with computers can be solved by simply updating the computer, which will also increase its speed. Keep in mind the biggest reason to update your computer besides speed is for SECURITY! Think of it as “preventative maintenance.” The typical update only takes about 20
minutes. By staying on top of these updates you won’t have to spend hours of your time in the future.
Having a virus not only slows down your computer but it can completely shut off usability. Whether you get a paid version or free version it’s important to have some kind of antivirus protection. In my experience, I’ve used Panda and Avast antivirus software. These are both free programs with excellent customer reviews. I would highly recommend either of these to my clients. In addition I recommend running a full scan every one to two weeks. It takes about an hour to complete and well worth the time and money it could save you later on.
3. Clear out cookies and cache in web browser
4. Organize your files
It’s important to periodically sort through what you have saved on your desktop and throw away what you don’t need. Remember to empty out your trash bin/ recycling twice monthly. Keeping up with file management will cleanup excess files on your internal hard-drive which will increase your computers speed. I know this sounds obvious but save things where they should be saved. For example, if you have a weekend trip save the photos in the designated photo section instead of having a few saved in documents, downloads, desktop, etc., to avoid creating duplicates. Spending a little time in the beginning organizing files will save you lots of time later on when your looking for that file you saved a year previous.
About TechNellogic At TechNellogic, they strive to provide the best computer repair service to the Missoula area through efficient repairs, genuine customer care, and service that fits your needs. They specialize in repairs for both Mac’s and PC’s providing you with the technical support you need at home, for school, or to run your small business. They know that you are busy enough each day as it is, and you don’t want to deal with the hassle of finding a fix on your own for your desktop, laptop, printer or home network. TechNellogic takes care of the hassle for you by providing fast, friendly and professional solutions to the technical problems you face.