Update On Fukushima | BE INFORMED

A very serious update to the conditions at Fukushima, which in my opinion, need to be more widely publicized.  Check out the blog post here:  http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/fukushima-could-be-15000-times-worse-than-hiroshima-with-removal-of-fuel-rods/

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‘Under the skin’ Blood-testing Device

BBC News – ‘Under the skin’ blood-testing device developed.

I’m not so sure this is a good thing.  Medically speaking, I’m sure it will help many many people.  However, there’s a downside that comes to mind and I’m not sure I’d be willing to adopt or adapt.

The Swiss team say the wireless prototype – half an inch (14mm) long – can simultaneously check for up to five different substances in the blood.

The data is sent to the doctor using radiowaves and Bluetooth technology.

I think it’s the idea of ‘tracking’ that bothers me.  Keeping this technology strictly for ‘patients’ would have to prove itself to me before I would consider.

Interesting technology but I’m not thrilled about being micro-chipped.  Are you?

Distractions on the Job

When thinking about “on the job distractions,” I reflect back to a couple of companies I worked with where email was heavily relied upon to communicate with other co-workers and especially the boss.  There’s nothing quite so stressful as having numerous conversations taking place within email and having to make the decision to ignore it for awhile to get back to the “real work” at hand.  I’m not suggesting that email isn’t “real work.”  However, if it isn’t making the company money and I have more demanding project deadlines at hand, my email can wait.

In my personal opinion, there are simply some positions that do not require you to focus on emails or make them a priority as part of your daily routine.  Yes, checking email is important.  Do it during a break, in between projects, first thing in the morning and 1/2 hour before leaving for the day.  Structure the time you spend on email to suit your needs and time, and the rest of the work will get done.  If it’s something so important that demands an immediate answer, a co-worker or boss can call you or step into your office to deal with the issue at hand and you can do the same.

The expectation that all your communications in the workplace take place via email is an unrealistic one of yourself and of your employer.  Take control, set your boundaries and structure the time you spend on email, and don’t hesitate to let them know.  Put an auto-responder in place that lets people know you’ve received their email, when you will reply and how to reach you if it’s an urgent matter needing immediate direction.

If you have a position where email is in whole or part of your work, then this might not apply to you.  I’m writing mainly to those with positions where a company’s income is not reliant on whether an email is answered immediately, and have the ability to structure it into a daily routine as opposed to allowing it to become so overwhelming that prioritized projects suffer delays, more time is spent on email and less on day to day projects, and stress sets in.

If you are ADHD, there’s an excellent article on how to “Diminish Digital Distractions to Maintain Attention.”

How To Know When the Pink Slip Is Coming

I’m willing to bet that each of us has experienced ‘the boot’ at least once in our career for whatever reason.  Most employment is ‘at will’ so you can fire your boss ‘at will’ just as easily as they can fire you ‘at will.’  However, their way of doing it is an attempt to avoid law suit and unemployment benefit payout.  So use caution.

Great article – check it out at Reader’s Digest online:  What Your HR Person Won’t Tell You About Being Fired

Mother’s Day Thoughts

I use to be a mother.  Then, everyone including my lovebird, a faithful companion, left me … empty-nested.  Kids in college, and my little lovie bird recently passed away.  A lonely day today, except for my one constant and forever companion, my loving husband.  Love you and thank you for coffee this morning.