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Entries from August 2007

Dividing Sick Leave and Vacation Days: Using or Losing Earned Time

August 31st, 2007 · No Comments

There is a movement afloat, sponsored in part by the Take Back Your Time organization, that is calling for legislation to block companies from not allowing separate sick days and vacation leave. These companies instead combine the days and simply give you x number of days per year to take. The Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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Tags: Stress Management

Planning for a Stress Free Return from Your Vacation

August 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

As the summer wraps up, you may want to take one last vacation from work. While the actual vacation is a stress-reliever, the plan to leave and return is sure to cause some chaos in your life. You have to line up your work so that someone else can do it, or work ahead yourself […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance

Traveling: Managing Time vs. Managing Money

August 27th, 2007 · No Comments

The battle between increased productivity and decreased costs is now entering the area of business travel. If you are a frequent business traveler, you may notice that more companies are imposing limitations on spending. Hotel choices may be narrowed, along with flight options. No longer is time management the most important aspect. Yet is that […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance

How to Protect Your Corporate Finances

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

In a recent posting about vacation deprivation in the United States, one area that we addressed was the importance of having anyone who works with the company’s financial data take at least a straight week off for vacation. If an employee in this position refuses to take time off, that can be a danger signal […]

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Tags: Changing Times

How to Get Your Child Organized for a New School Year

August 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

Since you communicate so much to your child by example, why not demonstrate the use of good organizing tools in helping your child get ready for a new school year? Set up one family calendar in a central location. Encourage everyone to fill in their activities and keep the schedules up-to-date so that at a […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips

Teaching Work Life Balance to Our Children Through Example

August 21st, 2007 · No Comments

You are an example to your children in everything you do. Your example teaches them how to be responsible, how to treat others, and how to eat and exercise. What are you teaching them about your work life balance?

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Tags: Changing Times

Handling Phone Calls for Better Time Management

August 17th, 2007 · No Comments

Picture this: you get to work on time (because you’ve followed a well-thought-out morning routine!), you have fresh coffee just the way you like it, your computer is completely booted up and ready to get some work done, and you look over to see your neatly stacked pile of projects for the day…already prioritized because […]

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Tags: Time Management

Work/Life Balance – Not Just a Current Issue

August 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The question of achieving a work/life balance surfaces frequently with today’s hectic pace. In my article on “Redefining Normal Business Hours” I commented on the fact that we may be putting too much emphasis on a concept that is relatively new insofar as we try to separate the two into distinct blocks. I recently read […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance

How to Manage your Time in the Mornings

August 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Are your time management skills put to the test every morning? Does your early routine cause you and your family stress? Just a few simple steps can help you begin your day in an organized and efficient way! Every good morning begins the night before. Doing some prep work can really cut down on the […]

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Tags: Time Management · Work Life Balance

Shorter Work Week – Is It Possible?

August 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Is a shorter workweek in the United States possible? I was recently contacted by Jeanette Watkins, founder of “People for a Shorter Workweek” (www.shorterworkweek.com). She had seen my appearance on the NBC Nightly News broadcast about vacation deprivation in America, and she wanted to share some of their site’s resources.They feel that we can all […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance