Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Does it seem like doing only one thing at a time isn't enough anymore? For multitasking to save you time, it has to be done with a little care and attention.

Establish your goals. The old saying, "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there" is just as true even if you are following multiple tasks.
Schedule a time to give intense or complex tasks your full focus. Let it be known that you prefer to have time to yourself for an hour or two each day, and use that time for intense tasks that require your full concentration.
Work on one thing at a time, but alternate. A juggler may have many objects in the air, but she usually manipulates only one at a time.
Eliminate unnecessary tasks. If you're multitasking to be more efficient, don't spend time doing extra things. The exception is a background activity to help pass the time. For instance, if listening to the radio or a book on tape helps with the tedium of painting a wall, go for it.
Choose compatible tasks. For instance, you may find that reading and listening to speech both use the same type of focus. Instead, try pairing a physical task, such as ironing clothes, with a mental task, such as listening to the radio.
Choose interruptible tasks. Especially if the multitasking consists of dealing with frequent interruptions (such as a ringing telephone), choose tasks that can be easily paused to do concurrently.
Keep a selection of smaller projects or simpler tasks around to fill gaps in a larger project. That is, do the larger project as a priority, but do basic, filler tasks any time you find yourself waiting for information or inspiration on a larger project.
Use wait time efficiently. Have something with you to do, especially in places you anticipate waiting (the airport, post office, or dentist's office). Reading is an easy, portable task. Carrying note cards or a notebook to jot ideas is also a good idea.

Take the time to plan a bit. Even though planning is not doing, a good plan can make the doing more complete.
Take along something else to do in a meeting, especially if you expect it to include topics that don't involve you. If a meeting will include enough topics that don't involve you, arrange to attend only the relevant parts, or don't attend at all.
Notice what works and what doesn't. If homework in front of the TV takes twice as long as doing homework and watching a show separately would, don't pair those tasks in the future.

Don't overdo it. Don't do so many things at once that none gets done. Also, don't take on so much that you burn out.
Always give your full concentration to tasks that might have safety consequences

Avoid Skin Problem At Work

If you are being bothered by skin conditions, it is quite possible that your work environment is a principal source of dryness, lack of sunlight and stress that manifests in poor skin. This article discusses the things to consider in your work environment that will help to maintain healthier skin. Not only will the suggestions in this article benefit your skin but will also improve your general health and well-being in the work environment.
Assess your workspace. Do you work in an environment that involves air-conditioning and heating for long periods of time? Do you work in a place where you cannot open the windows or where there are no windows in close proximity? The lack of fresh air and sunlight can have a detrimental impact on your skin. If your environment is lacking in good ventilation and is high on artificial cooling and heat, it is highly likely that your skin is suffering as a result of the environment.
Moisturise. It is important to moisturise skin no matter what; keep a moisturiser in the desk drawer or top shelf at work and use it regularly during the day. This will help to prevent the dry air from robbing it of moisture.
Use water as a humidifer. If you don't have access to a humidifer, try a simple handmade solution of filling a bowl with water and leaving it on your desk or in a tucked-away corner. In addition, drink water regularly throughout the day. Avoid having too many caffeinated drinks, preferring water for most of your hydration.
Take breaks. It is important to take regular breaks from working at the desk, till or counter. When it is possible, schedule regular breaks to stretch and exercise. Maintaining your body weight is an important step to keeping healthy skin.

Go outside. Get some fresh air where you can. Getting outside will give your skin a break from the artificial air environment and gives your skin a break. Not only do your skin cells get a refresher from the outside air but it will lower your body temperature, which helps improve your skin.
Take computer breaks. Sitting at a computer all day is not only a source of problems for posture and mind exhaustion but it can also impact the health of your skin. If your skin is red, blotchy and puffy, it may be as a result of sitting for too long and being faced with the computer visuals and radiation. Take regular breaks and use screen covers on your monitor.
De-stress. Stress can manifestly outwardly in the skin. It can lead to break-outs in the form of acne, dry skin, eczema, and other skin problems. If stress is a regular part of your job and you find that your skin is reflecting this, it is a sign that you need to manage stress better and learn coping techniques that don't result in your body being ravaged. Listen to your body and make the changes needed; maybe even leaving the current job you're in, whether it be a change of career or a promotion or change of company, perhaps your skin is trying to tell you what your conscious mind will not.
Keep active. There is nothing better than exercise for healthy results. Use work as a gym of sorts - take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk or cycle to work instead of driving (if you cannot do so, park further away and walk or get off the bus a couple of stops earlier), walk your documents to a client in another department instead of asking someone to collect them and take a few stretches at the water cooler.
Have the air-conditioning or heating inspected. If the artificial air feels uncomfortable for any reason, e.g., too hot, too cold or blowing too hard etc., have the system inspected. Most workplaces have occupational health and safety procedures in place to enable staff to request such inspections. If not, seek a response from upper management, building management or another source of support that might be able to intervene. It is important that cooling and heating are set at an appropriate temperature to enable comfortable working.
Open windows and doors where possible. If you work in an environment that does have windows that can be opened, open them! Encourage your workplace to consider replacing sealed windows with ones that can be opened. Scientific studies have shown many times that indoor air is a lot unhealthier than external air, so if you can get a good exchange of healthier air coming in and less healthy air passing out, this can only be a good outcome!

Add a reminder post-it note to your computer screen or work pile to take a break now and then and to moisturise your skin!
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Appear Noraml in Front of Your Enemy or Competitor

Do you find it really difficult to appear normal and unaffected whenever your enemy appears? How many times have you made a fool of yourself publicly by behaving abnormally or viciously in front of your enemy or competitor? Here are some easy to follow steps to remain cool as a cucumber - even when the most hated person on your list pops up in front of you.

As soon as you see the enemy, start counting from one to ten under your breath to ease any anger, tension or frustration caused by seeing him or her.
Think of a situation in the past, where your competitor did something embarrassing. Having the person in mind as he/she behaved in this situation helps you to feel superior to him/her.
Flash your best and widest smile. A smile baffles the enemy further because they wonder why you are smiling at them.
If possible, go to the enemy, and shake hands with them, inquiring very confidently about their health, life and work.
Shower them with some praise about their appearance or any other trait you dislike most, making the trait appear to be their best point.
Be as sweet as possible in extending any sort of help, advice, guidance or support you are capable of offering them.
Don't repeat this whenever you see your enemy, sometimes just ignore him/her, that's to avoid being turned into a joke, especially if the enemy is amongst friends.
Bid them good-bye, leaving them flabbergasted and shocked by your behavior.

Don't smile so much that the sides of your mouth crack up and your true devilish self becomes obvious.
Subtlety is the key here. Be very subtle in showering praises on them. Too much praise may appear to be an insult.
Don't spend a lot of time with the contact. Your impatience may get the better of your good sense.
Don't go crazy with the flattering. It will make you look foolish.
Kill them with kindness.

Observe the reactions of the enemy to your changed behavior.
If the enemy doesn't appear to be very keen on listening to you, it is advisable to leave without uttering another word.
Don't be fooled by their sweet response to you. Remember, they may be putting up the same pretense as you are.
If flattered too much, they may mistake it as flirting.

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