Weekly links: Infographs

This week, I wanted to share some very interesting inforgraphs (mostly by Visual.ly)

Is your mobile phone killing you? 

How technology affects your sleep

How human beings learn

3 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Depression

The Science of Happiness 

Facing Mental Illness

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Should you bring your work home?

Hit me like a light bulb!

I was in class today and my professor was telling me that he intentionally will leave his laptop in his car or office when he gets home from work. He does this so he intentionally has time to enjoy life away from work and to have time with his wife.

I left class that day thinking about this comment. This really is a  great statement about life-balance and self-care. He admitted that he loves his job and it is not “stressful” to him but his wife, family and colleagues tell him to work less and relax. For my professor, his work is fun. He enjoys it. So just stopping to spend time with his wife away from his work has been a challenge to him.

After class, I was still thinking about what he said, as I ate dinner, I had a topic worthy of more research:
Has having internet access been ruining our marriages? Just because we have access to our work and the internet 24/7 with Wi-Fi and data plans and hot-spots, does not mean that we should be on it all the time, at least not on our work and research. A recent popular internet meme is Maslow’s hierarchy of needs with “Wi-Fi” tacked onto it at the bottom and most essential need. It is hilarious but sadly seems true to many of us.

The principles of self-care and life balance are not new. And the problem of bringing work home is nothing new either. The solution is also the same as before. Time management and priority setting skills are still essential.

What has changed with technology is access to the internet and our work or studies. Just the mere ease and convenience of having this access is an amazing thing. We can be more productive and get more things done more quickly. Along with the advantages come some problems.

Again, we have to have balance and boundaries in our life. To build and create healthy marriages, we have to have time alone with our spouses in communication, intimacy, passion and in honest commitment to each other. If work and.or technology is getting in the way of this, it is time to create boundaries to protect what is most important in our lives, especially our marriages.

email is for old people…

Something that is a little upsetting, because it makes me “old”
But now that I think about it is a little funny
It is so strange how fast times change
some “old people” still haven’t figured out email

And now texting is the new email

want to make ringtones from your music, but don’t want to pay for it?

You can, really for free! Why pay when it is free?

Hint: Use freeware software like Audacity to open non-DRM and non -protected music files
then cut the part of the song you want
then export it as mp3
send it to your phone via email or bluetooth or cable hock-up

If the file is DRM or protected you still can do this put first you have to convert the file to a non-protected format
There are legal and illegal ways to do this
I will mention a legal way:
Purchase (or download the free trail version) of Sound Taxi.
*With the free version you can only convert the first minuet or two of each song, but for ringtones at the beginning of a song, this is fine!)

I am impressed by Microsoft Search 4.0

I am impressed by Microsoft Search 4.0.
It is very good.
It searches faster than every before AND
it searches deeper than ever before.

Not only does it search titles but it searches content with in files!
Really nice.

The only annoying thing, but it is reasonable is that fact that it slows down the computer at first, when you first install it, because it indexes all the files for faster and better. I like it!