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January 13, 2012
No I do not mean being well rounded physically, but meant it more so as being well rounded mentally. This means knowing a small amount about many different things in life. These things can be something you encounter everyday and want to learn a little about in order to improve your daily life; or you may choose something that is more rare and doesn’t happen everyday but is something you have always wondered about. No matter what thing or things you start to study and learn about, whether they are daily things or odd side notes, you will become a more rounded person and will be able to reap the benefits of being so.
The whole point of being well rounded is to broaden your knowledge to relate to more people and find new interests. The more people you relate to can lead to new friends or can add more depth to existing friendships. The possible new interests you find can lead to many different things, this includes a new hobby, joining a group in your community that has a relations to your new found interest, or even starting your own at home business that can start out as a hobby and possibly flourish into something more.
To get started on your mission of being well rounded you should start by making a list of things you have always wondered about. This can be a broad topic such as gardening, or can be more specific like how airplanes fly. Just make a list of things that come to your mind and actually write them down. After you have done this read over your list and pick a starting spot. If you are wanting to learn about something that can be a possible business start up then make sure to check out this Research Article. Otherwise you can start out by doing a basic internet search if you have a specific easily answered question. If you have more of a broad topic that is going to take time learning about then look in your community for different groups, seminars, or classes that focus on your topic.
If you don’t have the time commitment for groups or classes in your area, then consider going to a local library and checking out books on the topic you want to learn more about. Books are a great way to learn new things and the reading can even lead you down the road of another topic you want to learn about.
The purpose of high school and college general education classes that students are forced to take, is to make them more well rounded and introduce them to new things that they might be interested in and pursue a career in. After leaving high school and college however, we are no longer forced to take classes or learn about new things outside of our job or career. The plus side to this is that instead of being told what you have to learn, you now have the power to learn what you want and when you want to.
January 2, 2012
Everyone eventually gets overworked, the key to minimize the negative effects of being overworked is to remember to take a break. You can over exert yourself in many different ways, this can happen through working too hard at your job and becoming stressed, or it can also come from manual labor you do around the house. One way of overworking yourself is mental, while the other way is physical, the main point though is that you realize when you are being overworked and remember to take a break and relax every once in awhile.
After coming off this Holiday Break which included Christmas and New Year’s I’m sure you are rested up and ready to return to work. Remember this feeling and think about how taking your own break every few months would benefit you and get you in the mood to work again when your own mini vacation is over. You can do this by taking two days off on your own, and then having the weekend off like normal and turn it into a 4 day break in which you will relax and not worry about anything just like you did over this Holiday Season.
To make it seem like even more of a break from work you can even leave your house and take a vacation somewhere. Now while doing this a few times a year may not be financialy responsible, your vacation doesn’t always have to be somewhere far away and expensive. You can take a vacation to a place within driving distance that you have never been to before and stay in a hotel for a few nights and just explore.
Many top companies have realized that productivity is at its highest when employees are recharged and take time away from work in order to relax. There are countless research experiments behind their method to force employees to take time off in order to raise productivity. For most people though they don’t have the luxury or forced time off, they instead need to take the initiative and take their own time off with their PTO and find a way to really relax and make it feel like a vacation. Just remember, you deserve a break, so take one.