The time of our lives

first_imgNEW YORK – Pity the guy who lost his job. But also pity the guy who kept his. As companies run leaner operations with fewer workers, more is expected from those still employed. While the increased productivity makes companies more profitable, the greater demands on workers can leave many feeling overwhelmed, burned out and losing any work-life balance they may have had. It’s no wonder, then, that there is increasing demand for time-management training, both in and out of the workplace. “A lot of companies don’t have as many people as they used to,” said Sheila Adler, who teaches time management for the New York-based American Management Association. “But there are many other time challenges that can be stressful.” Adler ticks them off on her fingers: Information overload, thanks to barrages of e-mails, voice mails, letters and faxes. Changing priorities as companies reposition themselves. Stress from working long hours and missing family activities. “We need to teach people to work smarter, not harder,” Adler said. That’s what drew Tammy Overcash to a recent time-management course taught by Adler. Overcash, 36, the mother of two, works as a senior manager of finance for Merz Pharmaceuticals LLC in Greensboro, N.C., and is also four courses away from earning a master’s in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. “The company has grown, and my responsibilities have grown,” Overcash said. “I need to be more organized and meet deadlines by working efficiently and not stressing about it.” Already she has collected suggestions for organizing her paperwork because “now it’s organized in piles,” for avoiding interruptions from colleagues and others when she’s working on a big project, and for better delegating tasks. David Fagiano, chief operating officer of Dale Carnegie Training based in Hauppauge, N.Y., said he believes there has been a permanent shift in the business world toward higher worker productivity. “You could say that’s a hardhearted way to look at it, but in the bloated 1980s, companies put so many people on payroll – added people willy-nilly – that they went under or couldn’t compete with foreign companies.” At the same time, he added, some workers are making things more difficult for themselves than they need to be. “Most people, including me, do a lot of stuff that doesn’t really make an impact,” Fagiano said. “It’s kind of there, and you feel you have to do it, maybe because you’ve always done it.” His advice is for people periodically to examine how they spend their time and purge tasks that are no longer necessary. At the same time, workers have to be willing to adapt to changing demands. “Anybody who is inflexible in today’s work force should forget it,” Fagiano said. “Everything changes so fast that midcourse corrections are necessary. You have to be prepared to go with the flow.” Julie Morgenstern, a time-management expert and author of “Never Check E-Mail in the Morning,” said that both companies and workers benefit when employees have good strategies for managing their workloads. “Companies are conscious that people can’t work this relentlessly and be effective,” she said. “And some are focusing on work-life balance – insisting that their people take vacations, get home to have dinner with their families, things like that – because it helps them retain good employees.” Morgenstern says that technological advances such as e-mail have pushed workers into what she calls the “instant-response culture.” As they work in staccato mode, they don’t ever slow down to legato and set aside time blocks to do the thoughtful, complicated projects that companies want. In training sessions and in her book, she recommends that workers not check e-mail first thing in the morning and, instead, use those hours when they feel fresh to tackle their most important projects. Workers also can create more time for important work by “controlling the nibblers.” This can be as simple as discouraging colleagues from dropping in to chat by closing the office door or activating phone-answering machines to capture calls. The return calls can be bunched at set times, such as late morning or late afternoon, she said. Still have too much to do? Morgenstern suggests subjecting every demand for the four Ds: delete, delay, delegate, diminish. Does it need to be done at all? Can it be rescheduled at a later, better time? Can it be delegated to another worker? Are there shortcuts to streamline the job? Erin Brennan, 29, a vice president of Hunter Public Relations in New York, said that adopting some of Morgenstern’s time management tips has given her a greater sense of control over her work day. “I’ll tell myself I’m in staccato mode now; slow down and focus,” she said. “Then I can get into the mind-set of, ‘I’m going to really concentrate on this now.’ After all, it’s the long-term projects that are the reason your company has you on board.” She also said that learning to map her time – that is, assigning specific time slots on her calendar for each day’s tasks – helps ensure that priority projects get the attention they need. “It’s like, these are the three things I need to get done today, and these are the three hours I’m going to do them in,” Brennan said. “You can even give yourself a certain percentage of the day for unplanned tasks so that when things happen, you can handle them.” She has also learned to schedule in some leisure time, including an exercise class after work. “I’ll say, OK, let’s get to this at 3 so I can leave at 6 p.m.,” she said. “If you say it out loud enough times, people will say, ‘Oh, Erin has her spin class on Wednesday nights so we’ll have to get to this earlier.”‘ The added benefit, she said, is that “even people who didn’t take the class figure out that they can do it, too.” Some tips for better managing time at work. Sheila Adler, time-management instructor with the American Management Association: Before you go home each day, write down the six most important things you need to do tomorrow. Schedule the most important things first. Be realistic about how long things take. Allow time for the unexpected. Don’t waste the first hour of the day, when you’re freshest. David Fagiano, chief operating officer of Dale Carnegie Training: Keep a time log of your activities for a week. Look at what can be eliminated or streamlined. Sit down with your boss and make sure what you’re doing is in line with his or her needs and company goals. Julie Morgenstern, author of “Never Check E-Mail in the Morning”: Review your to-do list and delete unnecessary tasks. Reschedule or delay some tasks so they don’t interfere with major projects. Delegate tasks to others, especially if they can do them better or faster. Create shortcuts, such as templates for client reports, to diminish the time needed for repetitive tasks. 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Coutinho and Mane star as Liverpool thrash Spartak Moscow in Champions League

first_img1 Coutinho scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in a game where he started as captain A scintillating display of football from Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ saw Jurgen Klopp’s side blaze their way into the Champions League knockout phase with a 7-0 victory over Spartak Moscow.A first Reds hat-trick for Philippe Coutinho stole the show but the quality of all the goals – particularly Sadio Mane’s volley for the fourth – proved once again when this team click into gear they are irrepressible.Needing only a draw to progress the Reds, who last time out blew a three-goal half-time lead to draw against Sevilla, left no room for doubt with the damage done by Coutinho (two) and Roberto Firmino inside 20 minutes.Mane produced a superb volley and tumbling tap-in to sandwich Coutinho’s deflected shot for his treble – the first by a Liverpool player in the Champions League since Yossi Benayoun in 2007 – before top scorer Mohamed Salah scored his 18th of the season late on.Finishing as Group E winners means avoiding the likes of Paris St Germain – the only team to outscore them in the pool stage – Barcelona and Roma.However, with Bayern Munich and Juventus potential last-16 opponents, the hard work has yet to begin but reaching the knockout phase for the first time since 2009 is a significant milestone after two previous failed attempts.Liverpool’s fastest Champions League goal at Anfield after just three minutes and 51 seconds meant there were none of the nerves of Olympiacos, almost 13 years to the day, when Steven Gerrard set the Reds on their way to a fifth European Cup with his screamer in front of the Kop.Coutinho’s cross was sailing well over Salah until Georgi Dzhikiya pulled the Egyptian down for the softest of penalties.Liverpool’s captain for the night Coutinho scored his first penalty for the club which was not in a shoot-out and the systematic dismantling of Spartak began.Mane, Salah and Firmino combined with the Brazil international having the vision to delay his cut-back for Coutinho to run in for his 50th Liverpool goal.Anfield screamed for another penalty when Mane’s cross hit the arm of Serdar Tasci but Firmino rammed home the loose ball before referee Szymon Marciniak had a chance to make a decision.It was his sixth goal in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage, and the fourth time this season Liverpool had scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes of a European game.Mane (twice) and Coutinho scored after the break but still the hosts were not sated and after substitute Daniel Sturridge missed from close range, Salah took the Reds’ tally for the campaign to 23, comfortably beating their previous best of 18 in 2007-08 and second only to the tournament record set this season by Paris St Germain (25).Liverpool have now scored 32 goals in a nine-match unbeaten run since losing to Tottenham in late October and next host rivals Everton and their new manager Sam Allardyce on Sunday.last_img read more

Four Officers Named in Police Involved Shooting

first_imgThe Indiana State Police has released the names of four police officers who were involved in an incident that took place in Dyer on August 10, 2017.  The officers involved are as follows:1) Victor Zamora, 37, Lake County Sheriff’s Department, 13 years of service2)  Luke Schreiber, 41, St. John Police Department, 10 years of service (18 total) 3)  Jacob Patzschke, 25, St. John Police Department, 1 year of service (3 total)4)  Daniel Kolodziej, 31, Dyer Police Department, 1 year of service (5 total)The officers remain on paid administrative leave per their respective departments policies.This incident remains under investigation by the Indiana State Police. Upon completion of the investigation, the results will be turned over to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office for review. On August 10, 2017, at approximately 5:38 a.m., officers with the Dyer Police Department, St. John Police Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Department were involved in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car in the area of 9300 Sheffield Ave. in Dyer.  During the initial pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a pedestrian in Saulk Village and continued to flee.  Indiana officers were able to locate the vehicle in Indiana and pursued the vehicle north into the gas station at the intersection of 81st and Hart Street where it struck another white vehicle before coming to rest on Hart Street, north of 81st Ave.  What occurred between the suspect and the officers is under investigation, but the interaction resulted in multiple shots being fired.  The suspect died at the scene.  The suspect has been identified as Mark P. Coffey, 33, of South Chicago Heights, IL.  Coffey had an active warrant for Battery/Robbery and was considered to be armed and dangerous.  Coffey also had an ankle monitoring bracelet on his person issued by the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The Indiana State Police is being assisted by the Northwest Indiana Major Crime Task Force.  The Indiana State Police Crime Scene investigators processed the scene.last_img read more

Marshfield volleyball dominates Wisconsin Rapids

first_imgTigers improve to 5-3 in ValleyBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — With matches looming against the top two teams in the Wisconsin Valley Conference on Saturday, the Marshfield volleyball team wanted to make sure it took care of the business at hand Thursday.The Tigers started all three games strong and went on to beat Wisconsin Rapids 25-14, 25-11, 25-10 in a WVC match Oct. 6 at Marshfield High School.Marshfield is now 5-3 heading into the second conference tournament on Saturday at D.C. Everest. The Tigers will play first-place Everest and second-place Merrill as they look to make a push up the standings with only one week remaining in the regular season.Marshfield senior Stephanie Rhodes had eight kills in the victory, pushing her career total to 1,001, a milestone that coach Dawn Sadowska said was well-earned.“She’s been on varsity since she was a freshman, and year after year she’s been getting better,” Sadowska said. “We’ve asked more and more of her. She’s such a versatile hitter, and this year her blocking has been better than it ever has been for us.”Anna Ripp, who passed the 2,000-assist mark in her career last week, started the first game by serving six points in a row — three were aces — to push Marshfield out to a quick 7-1 lead.The Tigers finished just as strong, scoring the final eight points of the set, the final point coming on a Jamila Ougayour kill.Ripp had two aces to help Marshfield build a 5-0 lead to start Game 2 and served eight-straight points to begin the third set as the Tigers ran out to a 9-0 advantage. Marshfield was never challenged in either game.Ripp finished with 28 assists and six service aces, Alexa Aumann had a team-high 11 kills, and Maureen Cassidy had 15 digs to top Marshfield. The Tigers finished with 11 service aces overall.“Our plan was to serve aggressive, and we’ve been working on trying to run things faster,” Sadowska said. “I said every free ball, ‘We have to go quick because that’s our plan for this weekend,’ and they did a really good job of that.”(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)last_img read more

Donations to LP Benevolent Fund Will Be Made by Checkpoint for NRF Protect Demos

first_imgCheckpoint Systems will make a donation to the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund for each of the first 200 product demonstrations it provides to retailers from June 12-13 at NRF Protect conference in Anaheim, CA. The Loss Prevention Foundation established the LP Benevolent Fund to aid the families of LP professionals who have lost their lives while conducting the duties of their profession.According to Stuart Rosenthal, vice president of sales and marketing for Checkpoint’s Alpha High-Theft Solutions, “We are honored to continue our support and contribution to this memorial fund as we understand the service LP professionals provide retailers and the consumers who visit their stores. Please stop by our booth for a demo of our products and help us continue our support of the LPBF.”Some of the products to be demonstrated at Checkpoint’s booth 701 include:- Sponsor – S20: Driven by design, this revolutionary antenna rewrites convention, bringing to the market for the first time an attractive, customizable, feature rich antenna contained within a sleek 3.5-inch footprint. Ideal for Apparel stores or other retailers wishing to maximize trading space and to keep store entrances clear and inviting. Powered by Checkpoint’s proven and respected EVOLVE electronics, the new configuration delivers full system connectivity for remote servicing and consolidated management reporting.HALO software platform delivers powerful, modular, data driven performance that transforms data into efficient actionable insights for day-to-day retail operational successes. Provides detailed intelligence about the state of retail business through easy to use dashboards, graphs and charts. Focuses on real-time inventory visibility,optimized production and supply chain fulfillment areas.NEO is an innovative electronics platform that delivers enhanced detection and connectivity to retailers, enabling them to improve store operations. The powerful new electronics represent a seismic shift in the way radio frequency-based (RF) EAS solutions perform in store and enable the sensors to become a key part of the connected store.Mass Personalization: Checkpoint’s design service team works with a retailer’s own store designers to develop personalized antennas that complement the store design. The individual creations are powered by Checkpoint’s market-leading connected electronics platform, delivering beautiful designs with best-in-class performance without compromise.Super Flag Tag: A dual-function RF label that not only safeguards against theft, but also product tampering — enabling retailers and brands to protect a variety of products without obscuring messaging. There is no other RF label on the market that combines all these benefits, enabling clear visible source tagging without obscuring legal wording or branding.ShoeLok offers a small size with big protection on shoes where traditional protection devices don’t work. Our unique design allows for easy application, easy removal at POS, and does not inhibit customer try-on — all without damage to the shoe.S3vx is your key to advanced product protection. Our unique S3Vx platform associates the store to the key and the key to the security device. S3Vx solutions stop defeats in its tracks. This innovative and cost-effective platform takes your product protection program to a whole new level.Enforcer is the only solution that effectively disrupts ORC. Our innovative patent-pending solutions, when activated through your EAS system, destroy the resell value of the stolen merchandise and dissuade future thefts. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Cartoon: A Thicker Skin

first_imgrob cottingham 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts So it’s happened again: a company comes under fire for some misdeed — perceived or actual — and gets a few critical comments on their Facebook Page. And their crisis communications strategy is to pour gasoline on that little flame by deleting those comments.The latest folks to do this are the people at ChapStick, who ran a print ad that offended a few folks. Those critics posted their complaints on ChapStick’s Facebook page (most of them quite civil). ChapStick’s page administrators then deleted the comments; this case adds an ironic new wrinkle because of the ad copy pointing people to their Facebook presence, which reads “Be heard.”After enduring a torrent of criticism for deleting the criticism, ChapStick posted an apology for the ad and a sort-of explanation for deleting the comments, saying they follow Facebook guidelines and “remove posts that use foul language, have repetitive messaging, those that are considered spam-like (multiple posts from a person within a short period of time) and are menacing to fans and employees.” Which, with most of the comments, wasn’t the case.It seems to bear repeating: brands, learn to take some criticism on your social web presences. Why? Because…Accusations of suppressing those comments are often more damaging than the original criticisms themselves.The presence of critical comments gives the conversation happening on your Facebook Page, blog or other presence a sense of authenticity. That means the positive user comments carry more weight than they would if your site had nothing but obsequious flattery.A critical comment can be an opportunity for engagement on your part. It’s your chance to answer a criticism, resolve a complaint, correct some misinformation. And you may be catching a little issue before it becomes a much bigger one.A critical comment can be an spur to participation and conversation by your community. Let’s face it; for most brands and organizations, excess participation usually isn’t the problem with their Facebook pages.So maybe it’s time to learn to love the negative. A thicker skin not only saves you from the sting of a little criticism; it can let you realize from genuine benefit… and keep you from becoming the latest high-profile case study in why comment deletion can backfire.See more of Rob’s Noise to Signal cartoons herecenter_img Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

ISL: Santos’ late goal gives Delhi Dynamos 1-0 win over Pune City

first_imgBrazilian winger Gustavo dos Santos’ magical left-foot kept Delhi Dynamos in contention for a semifinal berth as they defeated Pune City FC by a solitary goal in the 13th round encounter of the Indian Super League.Dos Santos, who scored his fifth goal in the tournament, broke the deadlock in the 88th minute to take Dynamos to 17 points and upto the fourth position in the league table. A win in their last away encounter against Chennayin FC will be enough to take Dynamos to the knock-out stages while Pune at 16 points and in sixth place will now have to win their last game and look forward towards favourable results.Dos Santos, who probably has been only second to countryman Elano Blumer in terms of exhibiting brilliant individual skills weaved past a couple of defenders before slotting it from a narrow angle beating Pune FC custodian Arindam Bhattacharya.What makes his goal special was the move initiated from the right flank and Dos Santos again did all the spadework with his left-foot. Alessandro del Piero got some 22 minutes of match time but didn’t look like bothering the Pune defence.Pune should have got the equalizer in the dying moments when their Nigerian striker Dudu Omagbemi had a free header from a cross essayed by Saidou Panandetiguiri. But Dudu failed to direct his nod with Kristof Van Hout at his mercy.The closest that Dudu came to scoring was in the 77th minute when a misdirected header from Jermaine Penant left Dudu with an opportunity to score from a sniffing distance but his shot went booming over the horizontal.advertisementEven Greek World Cup Kostas Katsouranis was guilty of not able to head home a perfect cross from Korean Park.last_img read more

AP makes one million minutes of historical footage available on YouTube

first_imgThe Associated Press and British Movietone, one of the world’s most comprehensive newsreel archives, are together bringing more than 1 million minutes of digitized film footage to YouTube. Showcasing the moments, people and events that shape the world, it will be the largest upload of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date.The two channels will act as a view-on-demand visual encyclopedia, offering a unique perspective on the most significant moments of modern history. Available for all to explore, the channels will also be powerful educational tools and a source of inspiration for history enthusiasts and documentary filmmakers.The YouTube channels will include more than 550,000 video stories dating from 1895 to the present day. For example, viewers can see video from the San Francisco earthquake in 1906, exclusive footage of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, Marilyn Monroe captured on film in London in the 1950s and Twiggy modeling the fashions of the 1960s.”The AP archive footage, combined with the British Movietone collection, creates an incredible visual journey of the people and events that have shaped our history,” said Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of international archive. “At AP we are always astonished at the sheer breadth of footage that we have access to, and the upload to YouTube means that, for the first time, the public can enjoy some of the oldest and most remarkable moments in history.”Stephen Nuttall, the director of YouTube in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, comments: “Making this content available on YouTube is a wonderful initiative from AP and British Movietone that will breathe new life into their footage and no doubt delight our global community – from students researching history projects to curious culture-vultures and the billions in between. It’s an historical treasure trove that will give YouTube users around the world a moving window into the past and I can’t wait to explore it.”advertisementContent on the channels will also include surprising videos from different regions across the UK, fashion through the ages, sporting coups, entertainment, extreme weather, technological innovations, the evolution of eating and drinking habits, political milestones and historical moments. They will be continually refreshed with up-to-date contemporary footage.last_img read more