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Ex-NFL quarterback Jake Plummer rolls out ‘Rosetta Stone’ for football playbooks
Mark J. Burns SportTechie.com

Former NFL quarterback Jake Plummer is rolling out the “Rosetta Stone” for football playbooks, as he and his co-founder of ReadyList PRO like to describe their new digital software.

“There had to be a better way to digest a four-inch playbook,” Plummer said of football players having to study hundreds of plays through the old pen-and-paper model, sometimes in a matter of a few days if they were traded and added to a NFL roster last minute or had to make an emergency start at the college level.

Even players who had a high football IQ struggled to digest dozens of plays in a limited amount of time. Enter ReadyList PRO, a cloud-based, subscription resource is the brainchild of Chad Friehauf, former standout quarterback at Colorado School of Mines and top NCAA Division II player in 2004.
 
About three years ago, Friehauf started the digital playbook concept. Through pooling together some cash with Plummer and close family friends, they now have a patent-pending software that they’re introducing into the marketplace with NFL teams, college programs and even some elite high schools.

The software acts as both an offensive football playbook but also a testing tool for coaches to quiz players’ understanding of the plays. When a player leaves a practice facility following a coach’s chalk talk session, he’ll have the playbook in tow, as ReadyList PRO is compatible with any device including tablets, iPads, smartphones and desktops. Coaches can upload highlights of practices and games into the cloud for players to review along with recorded film studies, too.
This past season, a handful of college teams such as Arizona State, Montana and Colorado School of Mines,“dabbled” with the software, according to Plummer, but didn’t fully integrate it into the entire coaching and film strategy.
 
For this season, Plummer and Friehauf — who are currently going through a capital raise — are hoping some of the colleges utilize the software more during spring ball and realize how beneficial the product could be for them, leading to “better performance, less mental errors and more wins.” Additionally, they’re still in the market to land their first NFL client, too.
 
“It can help a lot of these players compete at a higher level, play faster and hold them accountable because the coaches know who are the ones taking the time to study the playbook and get better,” Plummer said.

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Tim Irwin, Ron McCartney, Tony Johnson and Bruce Wilkerson fed the homeless at Knoxville Area Rescue Mission on March 31, 2017
 
Knoxville Chapter of the NFLPA served breakfast to about 250 of the homeless at the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission on March 31, 2017.
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Can This Time Management Technique Stop You from Procrastinating?

by Isabel Sperry | March 15, 2017

At one point or another, we’ve all struggled with time management. Whether it be staying late at the office to put the final touches on a presentation or pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper, working under a time crunch is never fun. Yet it can be hard to motivate yourself to begin a project well before the due date, especially if you’re surrounded by a million distractions. What if there were a technique guaranteed to make you stop procrastinating and help you effectively budget your time? Well, there is—it’s called the Pomodoro Technique.

Invented in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo, the Pomodoro Technique is a time management strategy proven to help people maximize efficiency when working. The technique involves working for set intervals of time and taking scheduled breaks, which teaches you to work with time instead of against it. Not only will it make you more productive, but it can help you manage distractions effectively and make you less susceptible to burnout.

So how exactly does it work? The technique comprises six easy steps:
 
1. Select a task
Choose a project you’d like to complete, whether it be finishing a deck at work or writing a term paper for class. Jot the task down on a piece of paper.

2. Set a timer for 25 minutes
This will be your first “pomodoro,” or interval of 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. (In developing a name for this technique, Cirillo decided on “pomodoro” because it means “tomato” in Italian; the original kitchen timer he used as a university student was shaped like a tomato.)

3. Work on the task until the timer rings
Focus all your attention on the task at hand for the next 25 minutes. If something important distracts you during that time, write it down on a piece of paper, but keep working.

4. Place a checkmark next to the task
Once the 25 minutes is up, put a mark next to the task you worked on during that pomodoro.

5. Take a short break (3–5 minutes)
Give your brain a rest and grab a cup of coffee, answer a text, or chat with a coworker. Now is a great time to follow up on any quick, pressing tasks that popped up during the 25 minutes.

6. After every 4 pomodoros, take a longer break (15–30 minutes)
Two hours of concentrated work is significant, and it’s important to take a break so your brain can assimilate the new information and rest before the next round of Pomodoros.
 
Using the Pomodoro Technique can help you in the short term and long term. By handling distractions during break periods, you effectively “schedule” them and cut down on wasted time. And in checking off all your pomodoros each day, you will gain not only a sense of accomplishment, but also a physical list of all the items you worked on that day.

This list can prove helpful in showing you exactly how much time you spend on certain types of assignments. It can help you better predict the time required for you to complete future projects, so you can allocate your time accordingly. In this respect, the Pomodoro Technique is a key tool that will not only help you manage your responsibilities now, but also help you set and achieve goals in the future.

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HEALTH
This Is the Biggest Strain On Relationships, Survey Finds ?

Every couple fights about this at least once
BY ALISA HRUSTIC April 3, 2017

You’re not a bad boyfriend when you nag your girlfriend for leaving bits of her hair in the shower. Or her dirty dishes in the sink. Or her laundry scattered all over the floor. When you’ve been with a person for long enough, bickering over the little things is kind of inevitable.

But some fights are bigger than others, and can complicate your relationship if you don’t address the issue before things get out of hand.

The problem that typically tops the list? You guessed it. Money is the number one relationship stressor, according to a survey of 5,000 people by U.K. couples counseling centers Relate, Relationships Scotland, and Marriage Care.

Of the people surveyed, 26 percent reported money worries as their biggest relationship woe, followed by not understanding each other, sex drive differences, and a lack of work-life balance.

What’s more, the longer you’ve been together, the more likely you are to argue, the survey found.

Fighting about how you spend your cash is common. Good news is, it’s not always a deal breaker if you can’t see eye to eye right away. (In fact, here’s why you should fight about money at least once.)

“Usually, when couples argue over money, it is because both individuals have very different spending habits," explains Marriage Care counselor Jenny Porter in a press release. “For example, one person may be more risk-averse and want to put more money away for retirement, while the other person may be more focused on spending for today. Although many couples find it awkward to talk about finances, it is essential to talk things through together to ensure both partners are on the same wavelength and to prevent problems from escalating.”

Sound like you? Resolving your differences is a team effort: Try these four ways stop fighting about money before you separate your bank accounts for good.

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