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    Tools to Help You Stop Procrastinating

    Many people procrastinate on some level, whether it’s doing laundry, running an errand, or going to the gym. In the office, however, procrastination has a different set of consequences, and time wasted in completing a task costs not only your productivity but also company money. Understanding the reasons why people procrastinate is key to cutting down or weeding out this vice. Luckily, there are a number project management tools available that help fight the symptoms of stalling, and allow you to overcome procrastination.

    Fotolia 20486213 XS 300x200 How Project Management Tools Can Help You Stop ProcrastinatingWhy People Procrastinate

    There’s an endless list of excuses as to why people put off items on their to-do lists. According to Mindtools, procrastination happens when there is a lag in time between when you intend to do something and when it actually gets done. Fine-tuning broad or vague goals and breaking them down into smaller steps is an essential element in hacking procrastination. Making your workload more manageable with sub-tasks that take little effort or time helps make the overall goal less daunting. If the assignment is to plan a company retreat, for instance, all the related tasks can seem overwhelming. While in total, you might take 10 hours to plan everything, breaking the project down into a set number of tasks that each take 10 to 15 minutes to complete makes it seem less intimidating.

    Amy Miron wrote a Forbes article that highlights a recent study by the Journal of Consumer Research, which shows we have a “natural inclination to categorize time … in terms of ‘present’ and ‘future.’” When a deadline is more urgent and listed under “present,” it’s addressed right away, whereas a deadline filed under “future” is easily put off and ignored. The study also emphasized the human tendency to postpone any project we think we can delay until later. Changing the way you think about time and creating a sense of urgency can help you complete tasks ahead of schedule, so you don’t find yourself actually facing a hard deadline.

    Recognizing the four pillars of procrastination — low task value, personality, expectations, and goal failure — will allow you to customize your “plan of attack” to combat procrastination. Assigning a low task value entails giving little priority to a given assignment; if you think it’s not important, it’s easy to postpone. Personality is harder to control, as you can’t change how you’re wired. However, you can change your surroundings to be more conducive to productivity. Expectations often drive a person’s ability to get a task done on time. If you believe an assignment is difficult, it’s simple to psyche yourself out and delay starting. Fear of failure is always a roadblock that perpetuates procrastination. Having confidence in your skills is important for completing any goal.

    Project Management Tools Can Help

    Tackling procrastination can be difficult to do in itself, but luckily, there are many project management tools that have built-in features to help increase productivity. Prioritization and management of your tasks can go a long way towards achieving your goals, and solutions such as Gantt allow users to set up their own to-do lists, create schedules, and establish milestones. Each task can be color-coded and assigned a priority level, and labeled with its cost. Organizing tasks in a work-breakdown format and highlighting inter-dependent tasks, can help motivate you to get the job done. Being able to set time-based goals and manage your workload in an organized way can help you hit your milestones without the stress of looming deadlines and uncertainty about where things stand.

    Keeping yourself and your teammates accountable for their work also helps overcome postponing tasks, and tools such as LeanKit enable users to create and visualize workflows for themselves and their team. Keeping track of your progress and the time it takes to complete a task can help you use your time more efficiently. Collaboration between members of your department or your company can also decrease the time lag in between projects.

    Stray thoughts and distractions are often the biggest reason why tasks are delayed. Lisa Evans points out in a recent Fast Company article, “Employees with the highest levels of productivity worked for 52 minutes with intense purpose,” and then took a 17-minute break to recharge. Solutions like Asana also offer a resource like Focus Mode in order to eliminate distractions and enhance an employee’s work environment.

    So whether you’re writing an article, planning a campaign, or producing a video, understanding the reasons behind why people procrastinate and utilizing project management tools to combat the symptoms can not only help you check more things off your to-do list, but also save you time and money in the long run.

    Author bio:

    Jacel Egan is a media relations coordinator at TechnologyAdvice , a Nashville, Tenn.-based company that researches and analyzes a variety of business technology options. Connect with her on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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    Keeping Older Women in Mind

    Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you—they might have different tastes.

    George Bernard Shaw

    This past week began with rain in Phoenix, so much rain that for the first time since I emigrated here, the weather forced me to stay home from work and my daughter to miss school. Even my mother called from her sunny kitchen in rural Derry, where the weather is cooperating and will hopefully stay dry for the On Home Ground Festival in honor of our Seamus Heaney.

    Transformed by flash-flood warnings, power outages, cars abandoned on lakes that were freeways the day, the valley of the sun was in a state of emergency, making it into the record books as the 100 Year Flood.  As for the rain, it was bucketing down for most of the day – a solid 10 on The 11 Levels of Irish Rain

     Keeping a Menopausal Woman in MInd

    Typically, Phoenicians welcome the rain, as you would if you only get five inches of the wet stuff each year. Myself, I can’t stand it. It reminds me of why I left Northern Ireland and the grey skies that weighed heavily on me at twenty-one – unemployed, restless, always waiting for the sun to shine.

    But on Monday, I was grateful for the rain, all the more so when an e-mail came from work, letting me know we could work from home. Don’t get me wrong. I love my job and my co-workers, many of whom have held me up on the darkest days over the past year and a half. And if you know me at all, you know there have been dark days indeed since the death of my husband last November.  Of course there have. After all, “death of a spouse” is at the top of the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory. Still, I find myself making jokes about it, playing “the widow card” (when I’m not playing “the cancer card”).  Let’s face it. Laughter is much more acceptable in the workplace than crying.

    But I have felt like crying.

    A week before the Monday monsoon action, a familiar fear moved in again. Since January 2012, I have tried not to worry that the cancer that first showed up in the breast will reintroduce itself in my bones or my brain or my liver.  I have tried not to think that it will sneakily take up residence in a vital organ, but over the past couple of years, every little headache has been a warning bell, every little twinge in my left hip, a harbinger of disease. (Number 6 on the Holmes Rahe Stress Inventory). I should know that living in fear is no way to live.  Growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, I learned early on that you can’t not go outside for fear of being blown up by terrorists. You can’t succumb to that fear otherwise you’ll never go outside.

    Mostly, I have told myself I’m doing just fine. I have even allowed people to cajole me and tell me – with authority – that my cancer “is cured” or “in remission” even though I know it has not even been three years since the diagnosis. I have allowed people to tell me that God would never give me more than I can handle, and I refrained from biting her head off when someone admonished me to put “my big girl pants on.”  But when the blood appeared a week before the storm, I was mad at God for giving me more, because I’m not sure I can handle it.  Even God knows that stress, by definition, is when “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” It didn’t help – and I knew it wouldn’t – that I immediately consulted Google, eventually convincing myself that I must have endometrial cancer. 

    Somehow in spite of the shock in November 2011 when I first heard, “You have cancer.” and the shock in November 2013 when I heard my best friend tell me on the phone, “Ken is gone” I  have managed to reserve a little space inside to be shocked again.

    Naturally, the bleeding began on a weekend. Labor Day weekend. Who wants to go the Emergency Room on a holiday weekend?  So I didn’t. I waited until the Tuesday to make an appointment with the best gynecologist in the world. She cared for me 16 years ago, when I was pregnant with Sophie.  Of course I couldn’t remember when I had last been to see her. (Menopausal women are not known for their ability to recall details). As it turns out, I have been a bit negligent, so much so that I had to complete all the paperwork of a new patient.  Still, she saw me as soon as she could. We were hoping it would be a little polyp that she could just pluck off, but no. That would have been too convenient.

    Because she knew I would spend the entire weekend Googling, she tried to schedule a hysterosonogram for that afternoon. No such luck.  It would be another week before that happened with another doctor and another three days before she would tell me that yes, the uterine lining is abnormally thick, there are polyps in the uterus, and we need to do a “mega biospy” next week.

    And then there will be more waiting.

    (Meanwhile, what if I bleed to death?)  Oh, and by the way, does this have anything to do with the Tamoxifen I took? Possibly. Possibly.  Was I wrong to have said no to chemo? Did I bring all of this on myself?  Did I?

    Yes. I’m stressed. And even though menopause is not explicitly called out on the Holmes Rahe Stress Inventory, I still score over 300 points which has stressed me out even more this morning.   Keeping a Menopausal Woman in MInd

    Come to think of it, why isn’t menopause on the list? It bloody well should be. Looking at items 34 – 40. I could check every one of those because of menopause, but I don’t want to score even more points thereby increasing my odds of developing a stress-induced health breakdown. It’s not quite a “major personal injury or illness,” but menopause is definitely a major change, and we don’t do a very good job talking about it or supporting women through it. And we really should think about this because of the numbers of women over fifty who are now in the workplace.

    According to an AARP article:

    “The rate for workers 55 and older … in 2013 was 40.3 percent. Although female workers still trail men in sheer numbers, look how far they’ve come. In 1975, the proportion of women 55 and older in the workforce stood at 23 percent, while the rate for men was more than double, at 49.4 percent. Last year, the labor force participation rate was 35.1 percent for older women.”

    Yes. We’ve come a long way, baby. So much so that in its  Job Tips for 50+ Workersarticle, the nice folks at AARP used a Getty image of a man in a suit with the obligatory briefcase. He’s not quite Don Draper – he looks a tad too nervous. Still, he doesn’t have to worry about bleeding on that nice white couch, does he?  Keeping a Menopausal Woman in MIndIt is difficult to appear poised and professional, confident and competent, when you are dealing with the symptoms of menopause and holding down a full-time job. So we who suffer try to conceal it and those who don’t might tend to consider it a “normal” part of the aging process. Thus the symptoms of menopause are often “under-recognized as a disruptive health condition” (Kleinman et al).  If men went through menopause, I imagine things might be a little different.

    So what do should we do? For a start, we should talk about it. When we design our workspaces, we should also consider them from the perspective of a menopausal woman drenched in sweat, with boiling hot flashes, unpredictable heavy bleeding, pain, fatigue, memory loss, and mood swings. Consider temperature and ventilation, and the availability of feminine hygiene products – like a tampon machine in the restroom.

     Keeping a Menopausal Woman in MIndI’m ashamed to admit that until it happened to me, I relegated all the complexities of menopause – blithely unaware of chemical menopause brought on by breast cancer treatment – to a vague category of “female problems.”  It never even occurred to me to consider whether menopause “counted” or was covered by the law that requires employes to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all employees.

    Citing research conducted by Amanda Griffiths of Nottingham University (Women’s Experience of Working through the Menopause), Michael Rubinstein offers the following tips for employers:

      • Raising awareness of menopause in an occupational setting through health promotion programs and awareness training for managers.
      • Organizing social support within the work place.  This could include information packs, mentoring schemes and lunch time support.
      • Offer flexible working hours, job sharing, and opportunities to work from home.  Many women experience tiredness.
      • The temperature of the work environment can be an issue, especially in refined spaces. Fans and temperature controls could be implemented.
      • A “rest” room where women can relax, just to have some space.
      • Cold drinking water – many organizations do not provide this.
      • Prioritize work life balance and maintain firm boundaries in working life and non-working life. Adopt buffer zones so that women feel in control more effectively. Many menopausal women experience feelings of ‘not coping’. If work becomes an issue encourage a specific time each day so that worries can be written down and then discarded.
      • Remain hopeful and optimistic – women experiencing the menopause often go through different types of emotions such as anxiety and depression. Remember these feelings do subside. Encourage women to discuss how they feel as these feelings are very normal.
      • Become a supportive manager –  women are more likely to discuss menopausal issues with somebody they feel able to talk to. This also encourages organizational loyalty and less absenteism which can only be a good thing for all companies.

      Until then, this menopausal woman will “stay strong.” While I may not remember exactly what you have said or done over the past couple of years, I will never forget how you made me feel – mostly loved.

      For strong women” Marge Piercy

      A strong woman is a woman who is straining.
      A strong woman is a woman standing
      on tiptoe and lifting a barbell
      while trying to sing Boris Godunov.
      A strong woman is a woman at work
      cleaning out the cesspool of the ages,
      and while she shovels, she talks about
      how she doesn’t mind crying, it opens
      the ducts of the eyes, and throwing up
      develops the stomach muscles, and
      she goes on shoveling with tears
      in her nose.

      A strong woman is a woman in whose head
      a voice is repeating, I told you so,
      ugly, bad girl, bitch, nag, shrill, witch,
      ballbuster, nobody will ever love you back,
      why aren’t you feminine, why aren’t
      you soft, why aren’t you quiet, why
      aren’t you dead?

      A strong woman is a woman determined
      to do something others are determined
      not be done. She is pushing up on the bottom
      of a lead coffin lid. She is trying to raise
      a manhole cover with her head, she is trying
      to butt her way through a steel wall.
      Her head hurts. People waiting for the hole
      to be made say, hurry, you’re so strong.

      A strong woman is a woman bleeding
      inside. A strong woman is a woman making
      herself strong every morning while her teeth
      loosen and her back throbs. Every baby,
      a tooth, midwives used to say, and now
      every battle a scar. A strong woman
      is a mass of scar tissue that aches
      when it rains and wounds that bleed
      when you bump them and memories that get up
      in the night and pace in boots to and fro.

      A strong woman is a woman who craves love
      like oxygen or she turns blue choking.
      A strong woman is a woman who loves
      strongly and weeps strongly and is strongly
      terrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strong
      in words, in action, in connection, in feeling;
      she is not strong as a stone but as a wolf
      suckling her young. Strength is not in her, but she
      enacts it as the wind fills a sail.

      What comforts her is others loving
      her equally for the strength and for the weakness
      from which it issues, lightning from a cloud.
      Lightning stuns. In rain, the clouds disperse.
      Only water of connection remains,
      flowing through us. Strong is what we make
      each other. Until we are all strong together,
      a strong woman is a woman strongly afraid.

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      Stop Blaming the Victims of Domestic Abuse

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      Why did Janay Palmer marry ex-Raven Ray Rice, even after the elevator incident? Dude, let’s talk.

      Excuse me? I don’t think I heard you correctly.

      Because it sounded like you just said, “Well, I don’t get why she married him! How stupid …”

      As you’re nodding your head, let’s just sit down for a quick spell while I explain something to you, and yes, you’re going to listen.

      While all the sports announcers and analysts are debating about who knew what and when they knew it – as if that really makes a difference – I’m going to let you in on some secrets. And I say secrets, because it seems like so many of you don’t have a clue when it comes to abuse.trans Hey Stupid! Im Talking to You

      Yes. Let’s call it what it is. It’s not a bad temper. It’s not a problem with “anger management,” but that sure sounds more palatable, doesn’t it? It’s abuse. Mental … physical … psychological … emotional. It’s Intimate Partner Violence, and it’s everywhere.

      So let’s get back to your question, shall we? Why would a woman stay with the very man who knocks her out in an elevator and drags her out like a dollar-store toy? She’s weak, right? She’s just after his money. She lacks intelligence … street smarts … and it’s easy to blame her, right? It’s easier to blame her than to look at ourselves in the mirror and stare at that reflection – you know the one – where men with the right kind of muscle memory and play-making abilities are treated like kings, regardless of their character? Where most kinds of abuse are shoved in the closet, as long as the scores and impressive stats are there at the end of the game?

      No, don’t get up. You need to stay seated for this. Look in my eyes. Are you ready? Are you paying attention? Yes, this gets uncomfortable.

      You see, abusers are cowards. They don’t have the balls … athletic or otherwise … to deal with the world as it is. So they need somebody to dominate. They need to make their targets feel helpless … useless … less than. They chip away at their target’s self-esteem little by little, until there’s nothing threatening left.

      You are nothing without me.

      You tell anybody and you’re dead. I will turn you out on the street. I will hurt your family.

      But I love you baby … I’ll get better.

      And that’s only the beginning. The victim gets confused. She – and yes, sometimes it’s a man – but let’s stick to women for today. She gets used to her version of normal. Her reality becomes the cycle of hurt, then loving adoration and hope for a better future. Then hurt.

      Victims lose sight of their own strengths, and the reality that you and I know is but a distant dream to them. They feel helpless, with no idea of how to get out. They believe it when they’re told, “That’s the last time, I swear!”

      Victims feel isolated and alone. They feel confused. They lack resources, or options. They don’t know what to do. Some victims were abused themselves, or they watched loved ones endure the same things. They feel like they don’t deserve any better. They think it’s normal. They are afraid.

      No wait … don’t get up … just one more thing I need to make sure you understand. Did you know that one in twenty people per minute are victims of physical violence by an intimate partner in the U.S.? Here’s a flyer that tells you more about it … you are able to read, right? Because I’m beginning to wonder.

      When you blame the victim … when you question her judgment or point the finger at her instead of the perpetrator, you are part of the problem. You need to get educated, my friend. Can you do that? Can you shut your misinformed lips for just a minute, and learn before you speak?

      You can? That’s good … and once you know what you’re talking about, please go share with your friends who are saying the same things. You need to talk to your sons and nephews and buddies at the bar. Don’t be silent.

      Yes, I’m about done … just one more thing. If you know of someone being abused, you have a responsibility to get involved. Don’t look the other way. Reach out to the victim. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Contact authorities. Be a part of the solution.

      I’m glad we had this talk, aren’t you?

      ©2014 Michelle Freed

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      Warehouse Basics: Keeping Your Workers Safe

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      Warehouse accidents are still a major problem in some parts of Australia. Over 90 Australians were killed while at work as of July, 2014. If this trend continues, almost 200 will die this year. That’s a staggering figure, considering the improved safety standards and modern industrial safety technologies. Still, something more can be done – perhaps something low-tech.

      Identify All Major Risks

      Identifying all of the major safety risks sounds like a difficult job, but it doesn’t have to be. Yes, you need to be thorough, but often times the major risks will jump out at you pretty quickly if you’re paying attention to what’s happening in your workplace. Injury records are a good place to start looking. Isolate where most of the accidents appear to be happening and then work to figure out a commonality between all of them.

      For example, if you notice that a lot of employees are getting injured on the loading docks of your warehouse, you have evidence that something is happening. You could further investigate and discover the details of the accident. Perhaps there’s an uneven loading surface where people are tripping. That’s an easy fix.

      Perhaps there’s a discrepancy between the height of the truck and the loading platform. That is also an easy fix.

      Assess How Risky It Is

      Not all risks are equal. If there’s a shortage of signage in your janitorial department, they may not be able to put down enough signs to warn people of wet floors. Someone could slip and fall and injure themselves. However, the solution to a problem like this might be to get more signage or have the janitorial staff slow down their work schedule so that they aren’t cleaning such a large territory.

      If a work area is inherently dangerous, however, then you might need to take more drastic measures like moving workers out of the area, redesigning entire systems or even the building itself.

      Implement Basic Safety Protocols

      Basic safety protocols will go a long way towards ensuring worker safety. Using safety mirrors in combination with bollards, for example, can make a huge difference – especially in high-traffic areas or areas where visibility is severely limited.

      Bollards are fixed pillars or beams that are typically grounded in cement. Usually, there are arranged in a series and act as a sort of open barrier to prevent machines from moving into certain designated areas.

      They are designed to protect workers from things like forklifts, trucks and other heavy machinery where machines and humans must work together in the same area.

      Mirrors, a low-tech solution, can provide significant safety for workers working inside and in areas where visibility is low.

      For example, if workers must work outside, near buildings, and there is heavy machinery nearby, an angles or quarter mirror can help you spot trucks or heavy machines around the corner.

      Mirrors can also alert individuals to oncoming machines that they may not see inside, around corners, or in areas where walls and dividers block visibility. The low cost of these safety devices should incentives any employer to invest in them. There’s just no reason not to.

      Control The Risks

      This is sometimes easier said than done. However, there are several ways to effective control risks that will not compromise worker efficiency. One way is to modify the risk. For example, you could change the shape of bulky objects so that they are easier to hold onto. You could also modify equipment so that it is easier to use.

      Yet another way to modify risks is to change the workstation setup – move the physical arrangement of the workspace. Change from sitting desks to stand-up desks, for example. Offer workers multiple ways to work so that they’re not stuck standing or sitting all day long. This will reduce repetitive motion injuries and sprains.

      Change lifting dynamics, reduce bending requirements, make lifting things easier with straps or machinery, and continue to evaluate how workers use the tools available to them in the workplace.

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