Category: life experience


I was listening to the radio during my morning routing this morning, and heard some interesting information.  According to a recent study performed by a British research company, employee productivity is at its highest at 11:33 am on Tuesday.  Since today is Tuesday, I found it fitting. . . .guess I better hurry up and get productive!!

The full article is by Lisa Johnson Mandell

The Magic Hour: 11:33 Tuesday

It makes perfect sense: Mondays are spent recovering from the weekend, catching up, and organizing the week to come. By Tuesday you’re ready to dig in and get things done, before you start losing steam. Believe it or not, the majority of the workers surveyed said that energy and enthusiasm begin to flag as soon as Wednesday.

A poll of 3,000 employees revealed that on Tuesday, 93 percent of workers mean business: They’re at their peak, organized and rarin’ to go. Efficiency and communications skills are at their apex, and workers feel fresh, competent and confident. That’s the best day to schedule productivity evaluations and important pitches with clients; not only do employees give their best presentations, but clients are more enthusiastic and receptive.

Tuesday is also the best day for staff meetings, as the energy and focus of that day bring up the best ideas. Four of 10 people said they schedule Tuesday meetings for this very reason.

On Monday, workers are busy revving themselves up, battling hangovers or exhaustion from an active weekend, catching up on gossip, answering emails and preparing for all those Tuesday meetings and presentations.

It seems a bit odd that things start to take a dip by Wednesday, but that’s what more than half of those surveyed admitted. While they take shorter breaks, including lunch, on Monday and Tuesday, by Wednesday they start lengthening their break periods. Twenty-four percent admitted that they’re already looking forward to and planning for weekend activities by hump day.

The majority of workers surveyed say they purposely plan a lighter workload for Thursday and Friday. Some say it’s because they don’t want to leave things hanging over the weekend, while others admit that they lack professional focus at the end of the week. Thirty percent of the workers surveyed say that Friday is the worst day of the week for them.

Overall, Tuesday, seems to be the favorite of both employers and employees, with performance peaking just prior to lunch. Just watch: Slackers will use this information to goof around even more during the rest of the week, but the savvy employee will use it to get a leg up on everyone else on the other days. What’s your first impulse?

I’m not saying I’m not religious, but this article is one of my main problems with religion……..JUDGEMENT OF OTHERS!

From the Huffington Post

‘Women and Girls’ Religious Pamphlet Claims ‘Ungodly’ Dressed Women Provoke Rape

This pamphlet surfaced in Bristol, Virginia and was signed “anonymous”……..go figure.  If you are going to have such a strong opinion…..OWN IT!  This pamphlet makes the claim that women are responsible for the crime perpetrated against them because of the way they dress.  A recipient of the pamphlet was informed that, “Even though nothing is showing, you’re being ungodly.  You MAKE men want to be sinful.”

I mean, REALLY??!! If I were walking around my yard naked, I would most likely expect to be arrested for indecent exposure, but NOT raped.  This pamphlet (piece of garbage) is implying that perpetrators of rape are not to blame because they can’t control it.  That’s like saying “I raped her because she was good looking.”

i love my momma

As I was watching 16 and Pregnant last night, I started thinking.  Now, sometimes this thinking thing can get me in trouble.  I had a revelation…..my mom is pretty freakin’ awesome.  She was 18 when I was born.  WOW, I literally cannot imagine having another person to take care of right now….let alone at 18.  At 18, most people don’t even have a clear sense of who they are as individuals and though society declares them adults, that is far from the truth.  My mom has made the statement, “we grew up together” when talking about my childhood.  This statement could not be more truthful!  I think of how much I have changed from 18 until now…..significantly.  Not only have I matured, I have also had a chance to discover the philosophical question, “who am I?”

My mom was a single mother.  She went to college, worked, and took care of me.  I specifically remember watch MTV with my mom when they actually still played music videos.  I could masterfully sing all the words to “Dude Looks Like a Lady” by Aerosmith!  All in all, I think I turned out pretty good.  So, thanks mom!

On my iGoogle page I have a box that gives me a “How To” of the day.  Usually I just glance at them and go on my way, but the title “How to Start Barefoot Running” grabbed my attention immediately!  Do people really do this?? Apparently they do.  According to Sports Science Magazine, Running barefoot decreases the risk of acute injuries of the ankle and chronic injuries to the knee.  It also takes less energy to run barefoot.

Steps to Start Running Barefoot from wikiHow:

1) Start with thirty minutes of barefoot activity a day for 3-4 weeks.

2) Make minimalist running shoes if it’s cold outside, or you’re concerned about your feet getting cut, but really it is best if you don’t have to use these minimalist shoes.

3) Watch ahead, but don’t look down.

4) Pay attention to your form.

5) Take shorter strides.

6) Lift your feet more quickly, and earlier than regular running.

7) Don’t stop abruptly, the way most do when they are wearing shoes.

Interesting…..but I don’t know that I will be barefoot running anytime soon!

 

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I have come to understand the concept of death: it’s just a natural part of life.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t still think it’s stupid!  My step-father, who I looked to as my father, was taken 8 years ago.  Rest in peace my father, Larry, I still miss you like a fat kid misses cake!  I remember you dropping me off at my first high school basketball game, and blaring the horn uncontrollably so that everyone was staring at me as I walked into the gym!!  Only now do I appreciate your sense of humor…..then, I was filled with embarrassment begging you to drop me off at grandma Helen’s instead so I could walk up quietly to the dreaded high school.  So, today on Veteran’s Day I thank you for your service to my country, and more importantly, thank you for being my best friend and father.

8 years ago you were taken

and I have to say my heart is still breakin’

Though you’re not here

I can still feel you near

I hope your watching

‘Cause the thought keeps me smiling

I dedicate this song to you!

Love,

Your little girl

80/20 rule…I agree!

The Mama Bee, a blog about working mothers, gives a great tip on fostering creativity, happiness, and productivity in the workplace.  This particular post discusses Google’s 80/20 rule as related to the workplace.  This rule states that a person should spend 80% of their time on core business projects, and 20% (roughly one day a week) on “innovation” activities that reflect their personal interests.

FINALLY, an MBA class I took entitled “The Management of Change” makes sense.  (It’s getting bright in here because a light bulb just turned on in my head).  Point blank, this rule allows for happier and more creative employees.  Imagine how much harder you would work 80% of the time when you were allowed to spend 20% of your time on things you are passionate about.  From an employee perspective and in theory, this rule sounds FANTASTIC!  I’m just not sure all employers would take kindly to the idea of their employees being allowed to explore personal interests on company time…. aka “goof off”??!!

Thinking of implementing an innovation policy in your workplace?  Here are some thoughts according to The Mama Bee:

1. Create a formal process for project selection, monitoring, and evaluation. At Google they track innovation time and know exactly which projects are being pursued.  Employees who want to take advantage of innovation time off should submit a brief proposal and timeline, and be able to articulate how they will measure success.    

2. Don’t worry about failure. In some ways innovation, like so many other things, is a numbers game.  You throw up 50 projects, and maybe one or two stick.  Most will fail, but you can’t know which will work unless you try.  Failure is a critical p[art of true innovation.

3. Start small. Successful pilot projects help to leverage support and build awareness.  Encourage your employees to create scalable projects that can be launched with relatively little investment.

4. Let your staff shine. Champion good ideas by facilitating and advocating, but let your employee present directly to senior management.  Managers benefit when CEOs see that they have recruited intelligent and insightful staff. 

5. Manage expectations. Not every project can be seen to fruition – in fact 95% of projects generated by your innovation policy won’t go anywhere.  You don’t want disappointed, disillusioned employees, so manage their expectations.

More links on to 80/20 rule:

http://smartstorming-blog.com/googles-8020-formula-it-can-work-for-you/

http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/80-20principle.html

 

I saw this video yesterday.  It is so terribly sad.  I know that there is a very slim chance for this side effect, but kind of makes me think about not getting the vaccine!

Beautiful Cheerleader Develops Dystonia After Receiving Vaccine

happy light

It’s that time of year, AGAIN.  The time of year that I, personally, dread.  The days are getting shorter, meaning less sunlight.  Not to mention, it’s getting colder!!  This is a time when many individuals (a huge percent of which are women) suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.  Though there are many happenings around this time of year that I absolutely love, SAD can suck the life right out of them if you’re not paying attention.

SAD is recognized as a subtype of major depressive episode.  The most typical symptoms include an increased lack of energy, feeling depressed, weight gain, and increased need for sleep.  On a slightly more positive note,  I’m just glad I don’t live in Iceland!  In Iceland, there are perhaps 2 hours of daylight in certain parts of the island during the Winter season.  Hence, the reason they call it the suicide season!

So, in order to curb some of my SAD symptoms, I like to use what is called a “Lite Book”.  It is part of my light therapy, which I call my happy light.  Using, my “happy light” helps me feel more alert and less “Debbie Downer” during the Winter season.  I am able to get all of the light which I normally get in the summer, and put all those happy rays to good use!  Light therapy is just like exercise, it takes a while to work and you have to be somewhat consistent, but I swear by it!

Happy Light 🙂

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New homeless American Girl Doll

New homeless American Girl Doll

The new addition to the American Girl Doll collection is Gwen Thompson.  If you aren’t familiar with American Girl dolls, they all com with their own “storyline”. Gwen is homeless.  Her father ran out, and her mother lost her job.  Soon, they were living out of their car.

I understand that this “storyline” can be a true reality for some, but I thought dolls were used to play make believe about happy things like being a princess and meeting prince charming!  Plus, the $95 for this doll goes to the American Girl  Company not to any homeless charity or organization!

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Chicago is lobbying for the honor of hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics, and many people have jumped in to support this cause, including President Obama.  I don’t necessarily have an opinion either way.  Being Southern Illinois, Chicago seems like another state all its own.  I heard on the news today about the tragic, unnecessary death of a 16 yr. old teen due to gang violence.  He was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Violence happens everywhere, I understand that.  But, I think being from a small town I forget just how gang violence is more common than uncommon.  This brutal beating was caught on video, which greatly helped the police.

Chicago Police Seek 3 more in Teen’s Death

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) — Chicago police asked the public for help Tuesday in finding three more people believed connected to last week’s videotaped fatal beating of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.

We need the public’s help, your help,” Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis told reporters.

With four teens already arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the killing, “we are continuing to look for three additional people in connection with Derrion’s murder,” Weis said.

Weis said he has asked the U.S. Secret Service to try to enhance the video of the beating so that others can be identified.

Weis pleaded with anyone who may have information not to withhold it.

“The culture of ‘no-snitch’ is unacceptable,” he said. “A young man with a promising future lost his life to senseless violence, yet few have come forward.”

Authorities are considering charging people who participated in the fight but did not come into contact with Albert, he said.  Prosecutors said Albert was a bystander who ended up in the middle of a street fight Thursday between two factions of students from Christian Fenger Academy High School, on Chicago‘s South Side.

A video recorded by a witness, which has been broadcast widely, showed the attack unfolding. A local TV station that received the video turned it over to police. Video Watch graphic video of the attack »

When school let out at 2:50 p.m. Thursday, Albert was nearly six blocks away — on his way to a bus stop — when two groups of students converged on the street, Tandra Simonton, spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney, said Monday.

The factions, one that lived near the Altgeld Gardens housing development and one in an area known as “The Ville,” began fighting after a shooting earlier that day that police called gang-related.

Albert was approached by a person later identified as 16-year-old Eric Carson and an unidentified person, both members of the “The Ville” faction, Simonton said. Carson struck Albert in the head with a piece of a wooden railroad tie, and the second person punched him in the face, Simonton said.

After being knocked unconscious briefly, Albert regained consciousness and tried to move from the fight but was then attacked by a second group, Simonton said.

That group, composed of five members from the opposing faction, then took their shots at Albert, Simonton said.

He was struck in the head by Eugene Riley, 18, with the piece of railroad tie, a rectangular piece of wood used as a base for railroad tracks, Simonton said.

Once Albert was on the ground again, 19-year-old Silvanus Shannon was seen “stomping on his head repeatedly,” Simonton said.

Albert was taken to Roseland Community Hospital and then to Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Simonton said the first three suspects arrested in Albert’s death — Shannon, Carson and Riley — were seen on the videotape attacking Albert and were charged with first-degree murder and held without bail. All three were charged as adults, she said.

A fourth person, Eugene Bailey, 17, was arrested Monday and faces the same charge, authorities said.

“We have the four most egregious offenders,” Weis said.

Weis said Chicago police will beef up their presence around the school before and after classes.