Don't call us SMALL
A single digit firm of fewer than ten. Most a force of one!
The MicroForce Alliance
Joule opened the first Minneapolis coworking venue in 2010 and a decade later the first cyber coworking space. Both selfish attempts to overcome my main frustrations with a work alone at home lifestyle — isolation, resources and new business. Over the past ten years Joule has become a community for Micros – the Force of Ones. A power strip you can plug into anytime, anywhere. A MicroForce.
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Spanning 5 generations – we’re an inclusive group – of race and religion – gender and geography – ethnicity and economic status – size and sexual orientation – political persuasion, profession and philosophy.
Joule University hosts classes and events on topics that are of interest and importance to our Microbusiness community whether startup or sustainer. Combined courses leading to a Masters in Juggling. Wearer of Many Hats. Doing It yourself or knowing what to ask when not. On Live or On Demand. Both currently OnLine.
Work @ Home
Livelihood + Lifestyle
Some work a split shift, I sleep that way.
Whatever the reason my nights are often filled with what I've come to call "sleep working". It's that time when you wake up and almost unconsciously get up and sit zombie-like in front of your computer, keystroking away on to do lists and emails.
It used to be a time when you could dash off an email and feel a bit ahead of the game—but lately when I hit the send button at 3:00a.m. there's a reply at 3:02. What! Someone else is up in the middle of the night?
Apparently the answer is a big YES.
For a variety of reasons we've become split-shift sleepers. Instead of playing catch with our kids, we play catch-up with our laptops.
Okay, I know I'm not a vampire—I love the sun and can see my reflection in a mirror. What was that secret tip for getting rid of racoon eyes?
But wait, there's hope!
Listening to MPR the other day I heard about a study that said it's the total amount of time we sleep in a day that counts.
And the Wall Street Journal had an article about midday napping being a good thing, that counting sleep (rather than sheep) during daylight hours is healthy.
So nodding off in a meeting is a good thing?
Here's a few pros and cons to help you decide what's your best option for getting the right amount of R&R.
Sleep Working Options--
PROS: Rested and ready for another day.
CONS: Another day of trying to find the bottom of your inbox.
PROS: Sleeping mid-day (a staple of hot places and spaces) is a great way to refresh.
CONS: Moving to below the frostline isn't an option.
PROS: Helps overcome sleep deficits.
CONS: Seriously? 20 minutes won't make a dent in my deficit.
PROS: Time to unwind and energize.
CONS: Vacation? I'm not familiar with that word.
If getting a good night's sleep is a challenge, at least now you know you're not alone. Dust off your math skills and start adding up your zzzzz's in a day--
"One, two, three, four... when I'm alone, I count myself. One count!"
Song of The Count . Sesame Street
Inspired by psych-pop and bubblegum acts of the 1960s (and especially by bands like the Yellow Balloon and the Left Banke), Cleveland, Ohio based musicians Tom Dechristofaro (vocals, guitar) and Leia Hohenfeld (vocals, keyboards) teamed up to form the Afternoon Naps in 2006.
Data thanks to: Vista Print . August 2019
joule | joōl | noun
A unit of work or energy
by a force of one.
mi·cro·busi·ness | ˈmīkrōˌbiznəs/ | noun
A business, startup, coop or nonprofit of fewer than ten. Most a force of one.
na·tion | ˈnāSH(ə)n/| noun
group of people united by common lifestyle and livelihood
The Force of Ones
Spanning 5 generations –
we’re an inclusive group – of race and religion – gender and geography
ethnicity and economic status – size and sexual orientation
political persuasion, profession and philosophy.
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