Wednesday, September 1, 2010
The Secret to Work-Life Balance,
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Record Deficit to Surpass $1.4 Trillion in 2010,
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The Secret to Work-Life Balance
The American Thoracic Society, the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing clinical and scientific understanding of pulmonary diseases, wants Americans to know the secret to work-life balance. They surveyed some experts in thoracic medicine to find out what they do, personally, to manage their career and balance their personal lives. Their top responses included being present, exercising, leaving the office at a “decent” time, making it to their children’s activities, eating dinner with their families, and even music and artistic endeavors.
The Center for Work-Life Policy which undertakes research and works with employers to “design, promote, and implement workplace policies that increase productivity and enhance personal/family well-being,” released, “Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Work Week,” (by authors Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Carolyn Buck Luce) in Harvard Business Review (December 2006). In it, the authors include the following survey results regarding American workers:
• 69% say their extreme jobs undermine their health;
• 46% say work gets in the way of a good relationship;
• 58% say work gets in the way of strong relationships with children;
• 36% of extreme workers aged 25-34 say they’ll likely leave their jobs within a year; and
• 65% or respondents say they’d decline a promotion if it demanded more of their energy.
To better manage work-life balance, experts agree on the following tips:
1. Protect your private time.
2. Make time to spend on socializing (family, friends, etc).
3. Eat right and exercise.
4. Accept help when it is needed to manage your life (at work and at home).
5. Focus on productivity (don’t waste time on unnecessary things and make the time you are at work count).
The best thing to do to determine if you are managing your work-life balance properly is to take a personal inventory. Ask yourself if you have time for yourself and your family? Do you have time for a hobby? Is your partner/spouse happy with the amount of time you spend at the office? Answering no to any of these questions can indicate a work-life imbalance that deserves critical attention.
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Record Deficit to Surpass $1.4 Trillion in 2010
The White House has released the federal budget deficit forecast and it is ringing in at an astounding $1.47 trillion for 2010/2011. This means the U.S. is borrowing 41 cents of every dollar it spends. This number is, however, slightly better than the previous forecast in February due in part to a drop in expected tax receipts from capital gains.
Peter Orzag, White House budget director, told reporters, "the economy remains weaker than we would like, and the unemployment rate remains higher than we would like." However, he emphasized it was better than the "outright economic collapse" that the administration was presented with in January 2009.
The estimated deficit also includes a bad picture for future unemployment, which is forecast to average 9% in the coming year. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad issued a statement saying, "Although the economy remains fragile and the unemployment rate is still far too high, economic and job growth have begun to return."
President Obama has proposed three key areas for deficit reduction for next year:
• A three-year freeze on some domestic spending;
• Ending subsidies for oil, gas and coal companies;
• An expiration to the 2001 & 2003 tax cuts for those whose annual income is more than $250,000; and
• Eliminated or reducing 126 programs.
These items are currently pending in Congress. Regardless, the deficit is certain to be controversial and divide party lines.
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Practically everyone today is searching for ways to earn additional income. Blogging is one way some creative “go-getters” have found to close their income gaps. What exactly is blogging? According to Wikipedia, “A blog is a type of website or part of a website. Blogs are usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order.”
Blogs generally contain information on a certain subject (i.e. cooking, homemaking, sports, childcare, fashion, etc.) or serve as a journal or online diary. Blogs also contain links to other websites, pictures, and links to other blogs and audio that pertain to the subject at hand. An important part of a blog is the ability for readers to comment on the blog’s content. This adds to the interactive flavor and excitement of a blog and is what makes some blogs better than others. Blogs are also used as an important marketing tool for politicians, corporations, and civic organizations.
Setting up a blog is fairly easy and there are many tools to start one. A simple Google search will yield hundreds of sites that will help you “build” your blog. Also, visiting a site such as www.problogger.com will provide helpful tips on avoiding scams and establishing yourself in the blogging community. There are also many books such as Blogging For Dummies by Brad Hill that can provide guidance for establishing your online presence and tips for earning income by blogging.
Of course, there are things to remember while blogging like protecting your personal safety and remembering that what you blog can effect your “daytime” job. In addition, it is important to remember not to “defame” or say inappropriate things about another business or individual. Saying these things can result in liability for a defamation suit. In general, always be sure to use common sense when blogging, and, if in doubt, don’t write it.
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