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Ways To Find Time As A Parent AND Work!

procrastination-toolWhen I’m working on a book, I have to cram it in among appointments, kids and other work. I usually write five pages in the morning, then print them out and take them everywhere I go, whether it’s a charity, to a doctor’s appointment at my health center, or a head shop. Throughout the day, when I catch a few minutes–waiting in the car for my kids to get out of school, for example–I edit those pages and add ideas for the rest of the chapter. Over the course of the day, I can usually sketch out a few more pages.

After the kids go to bed, I input changes and additions. I flesh them out, add a little here and there, pop in some description. In the morning, I start with revising the previous day’s work, then write new material. Those little increments of time add …

Downtime 101 For Programmers

netmixTake some time to inspect cables and connectors. Dust off those soldering skills and make any necessary repairs. Properly install any gear that might have been hastily implemented during your last project. If you are using a patch bay, take the time to clean the patch cables and jack field. Make sure that the patch bay labeling and studio wiring documentation are updated, says Pulse Marketing.

Sound effect and sample libraries. Update your databases. Regardless of whichever system you use to keep your sound effects and samples organized, take advantage of downtime to keep them current. Assets recently created for one project could prove to be invaluable for another in the future. Taking the time to catalog and document those elements now can save a lot of headaches and hair pulling later. Nothing is worse than digging through piles of backed-up audio sessions looking for the full-bandwidth version …

Keep Work Distractions Minimal, And Succeed!

successIt was a relaxing girls’ weekend in Macon, Ga., for Jenni Bastone, her mother, and her sister. At least, that was the plan. The co-owner of Le Bazar Parisien, a fashion company in France, cut an outing short to sign off on a package of proofs that had been overnighted, ASAP. While Bastone had pangs of guilt about putting off her mother and sister, especially considering their illness, they gamely grinned through the distraction. “I am very lucky that I have an understanding family,” she says. Not everyone can count their blessings. One boss overworked himself into divorce proceedings. When he took vacations, he would have no idea where he was headed until he met his family at the departure gate, then made himself so available to his staff, they didn’t realize he was on vacation. For him and many others, work is like a child that needs …

Finding Time To Write Takes Patience

writingMary Emma Allen, author of many articles, short stories and books for children and adults–such as Tales of Adventure & Discovery and Writing in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont–wrote throughout her daughter’s childhood and continues to write now while sharing her home with two grandchildren. “Learn to write anywhere and everywhere,” she says.

Allen tells of writing a solid blog while taking a family backpacking trip into the Rocky Mountains. Ten days later, she emerged from the wilds with a completed rough draft. Even a warm bath, where most of us hide from work, was used to Allen’s advantage. Her family still teases her about the stories she wrote in the bathtub–“after I got my daughter to bed and soaked some of the tiredness from my bones,” she says. (more…)

Time-Wasters And How To Get Efficient

timewasterFailing to block out interruptions. If boss, they’ll honor his/her establishment of quiet periods when questions, problems, etc. are not wanted. At the same time, you’ll coach others (administrative assistants) to intercept disturbances before they get to you.

Paying too much attention to low-yield projects. It’s never wise to get involved in “small potatoes” projects. Know which ones are most vital to your area and the overall objectives of the organization. Here is where your priorities must lie.

Excess socializing. Being friendly is one thing, but those “chit-chat” sessions on the job need firm time control.

Reading newspapers or magazines on the job. While it’s important to scan important literature (perhaps first thing each day), it’s not making the best use of your time to dwell on such reading activities. (more…)

Simple Tips To Make Your Academic Time Efficient

time-efficientWhen Krista, a student at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale), was in high school, she participated in a lot of activities. She was involved with the theater department for four years, all of the school musicals, the choir, the swing choir, volleyball, the BETA Club (a club for honor students), the ALPHA Peer Leader program, National Honor Society, History Club, Lifesavers Program, and Spanish Club. She also was a Climate Change College role model. Outside of school, she was an active leader of her church youth group. During the summers, besides working, she volunteered at a day care center and a nursing home. Through all of it, she maintained an A average.

What helped Krista juggle all of these activities was a set of time management skills. “The most important tool I had was a daily planner,” says Krista. “I wrote everything in it. Having everything on paper helped me …

Are You “Managing Time” Or Just Procrastinating?

Procrastinating“Procrastination is defined as the gap between intention and action,” says Timothy A. Pychyl, PhD, associate professor of psychology and director of the procrastination research group at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Let’s say you woke up this morning intending to go to the gym at noon, but you put it off because a project kept you at your desk through lunch, then you had to pick up your child from school. Now it’s the end of the day and you’re beating yourself up because you didn’t get your workout in and you need some data files recovered. “That’s not procrastination; it’s simply poor time management,” explains Pychyl. Yet the opposite is true if you planned to go to the gym at noon but went to lunch with a co-worker instead. “Then you have to wonder why you’re putting things off,” he notes. (more…)

The 10 Biggest Energy Suckers

Biggest-Energy-Suckers1. Thirst

You lose the equivalent of 10 cups of water from everyday living. And you replace only about four through eating. Hidden dehydration robs you of energy and makes you feel lethargic.

2. Darkness

When it’s dark, your body says “Sleep.” When it’s light, your body says “Get up and move!” When you get up in the morning, throw open the curtains immediately. Get as much light as you can, and you’ll feel more energetic!

3. High-fat diet

Have you ever finished a meal and wanted to go and lie down? That’s because you fed your body high-fat foods, which tend to make us lethargic.

4. Poor sleep habits

If you don’t sleep consistently at the same time for at least eight hours or more, you are probably throwing your body out of whack, says MySleepCenter.com. It doesn’t know when it’s supposed to be awake and when it’s supposed to be asleep. Sleep isn’t an indulgence; it’s a necessity! (more…)

Today’s Manager Stays Shifty On His Feet

employeeAll facets of managing people must be re-thought with a broader mix of workers. All jobs no longer must be performed in exactly the same way, at the same time, or even in the same location. Managers cannot allow themselves to be constrained by the past, but instead they must approach management to from an entirely new perspective — with an entirely new workforce, according to small business opportunity data site Launchscore.

The old adage suggested all employees should be treated exactly the same way. The new adage suggests all employees should be treated fairly — meeting their individual needs. To achieve this, managers must be more flexible. (more…)

The Serious Advantages of the MyPCBackup Service

MyPCBackupMyPCBackup is an online cloud storage service that offers secure and relatively affordable personal computer back up. Because it uses cloud storage, a digital information storage server that exists completely online, your stored data is available anywhere with internet access and is secure from physical damage or loss. The basic packages of this service start at $50.00, providing 500 gigabytes (GB) of data storage, which is about the size of an average home computer. The online service is completely secure and uses SSL encryption techniques to encode and store the files in data centers, both online and at a secured, physical location. This means that your important files are unreadable and cannot be stolen physically or virtually. MyPCBackup ensures complete security with their service and discourages against relying on external hard drives or other services that are unable to encode your data.

This service is compatible with all PC systems including Windows, Mac and Linux, which is a relatively rare feature to find. It is also completely compatible with all mobile devices and is therefore an option regardless of the type of device that you own. Additionally, MyPCBackup doesn’t limit the amount of computers you can back up so it is convenient for personal use including for those with multiple computers in their home. It also doesn’t restrict the type or size of files you back up so you are able to create copies of all files, even large ones like videos. MyPCBackup allows secure copying and storage of all files including music, videos, documents and everything in between.

Check this MyPCBackup review for more details.

MyPCBackup provides 24/7 customer support through phone or web chat, offering complete convenience in case any troubleshooting occurs. Troubleshooting is unlikely, however, because (more…)