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December 2017

Working From Home : Tips And Tools

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Tips And Tools To Improve Working From HomeAh yes, working from home. Many have done it: responding to emails in a fuzzy robe, rolling out of bed to take a call, finishing up a presentation while boiling some pasta. Google chat, Trello, Slack, Basecamp — all at the convenience of your own home.

And yet, while working from home can save you loads of money, it has its drawbacks. Research has found working from home can leave employees feeling lonely, unhealthy, and unproductive. So, here are a few tips and tools to get you back in the zone:

Don’t work where you sleep

Like church and state, separate the bedroom and the office. This could mean heading out to a coffee shop, library, or setting up a personal work space in your home.

Services like ShareDeskWeWork or Croissant help you rent an office space and sit among freelancers and other professionals, giving you a chance to meet new people will working under a more conventional work space.

Put on some pants

No, you don’t have to wear a suit.

However, getting dressed to prepare for the day can optimize your potential for the day. This means taking the time out of your morning to shower, eat breakfast, and get dressed. This can help set the tempo for the day, and give the you the stability of a morning routine.

Make to-do lists

Understand what you want to accomplish each day to stop yourself from burning out. Make sure your to-do list for the day includes goals that are clear, precise, obtainable, feasible and time-bound.

Those who work from home have lauded Pomodoro productivity technique as an effective way to tackle both big and small projects, by helping you stay focused for 25-minute intervals with 5-minute breaks in between. Or, try The TomatoTimer as an alternative trick. This simpler and cheaper option that can help you get started and stay focused.

“Go home” at the end of the day

Most people get to go home after a long day of work. You’re already home.

Maintaining a work-life balance is crucial to keeping a healthy mind, and increasing productivity during “office” hours. So, at the end of the day log off, and say goodbye to your “office,” and enter home mode.

Tools like Timesheet, and Inboxwhenready, can help you set boundaries between your work and personal life.

More than 10 percent of U.S. employees now regularly work from home. As the number of people working from increases, make sure you are implementing the right tools and strategies to stay productive and healthy.

 

Take a look at 5 Productivity Tools To Help You Get Stuff Done!

Myths About Dyslexia It’s About Time We Debunked

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Dyslexia can mean having trouble with reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, or even math. Pretty broad, right? Our society has a pretty strict set of rules about what we think it means to be dyslexic , especially for a term that has been used in so many different ways during just this past century.

Let’s talk about some of these “rules” and how we can go about debunking these preconceived notions of what it means to be dyslexic:

Myth number one: If you have dyslexia, you should probably exercise more

Everyone should probably exercise more. But don’t expect it to make reading easier.

Students with dyslexia may need strategies for developing their vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing.  According to Dr. Pierson, many people make claims as to how to treat dyslexia, but according to her, the only way is through a structured literary approach.

Myth number two: If you have dyslexia, you are probably a boy

Boys’ reading disabilities are indeed identified more often than girls’, but studies indicate that such identification is biased.

So what explains the difference diagnosed by professionals? A unfair interpretation of what one expects it to look like. Largely, it’s because of their behavior. It seems when boys in first, second, or third grade can’t do classroom assignments or homework, they get frustrated and act out their frustration. Researchers found that girls tend to quietly muddle through challenges while boys become more rowdy. Therefore, more boys tend to be recognized and diagnosed.

Myth number three: If you have dyslexia, you probably read backwards.

For many, this is a textbook definition for dyslexia.

But, while reversing certain letters like b’s and d’s can be a sign, it’s not accurate that all kids who reverse letters are dyslexic. Dyslexics do not see things backwards because it is not a problem with the eyes. New research has demonstrated that letter reversals of kindergarten children predicted spelling at 2nd grade. While, typical learners can reverse letters when initially learning. 

Myth number four: If you have dyslexia, you probably have a low IQ

There is absolutely no relation between dyslexia and IQ. Dyslexics can have high, middle, or low IQ’s just like the rest of the population.

In fact, many dyslexic students perform very well in school. These students are usually highly motivated and work extremely hard. In many cases they have been identified early and have received evidence-based interventions and accommodations, such as extra time on tests. Theses accommodations allows them to demonstrate their knowledge. Dyslexic students have completed rigorous programs at highly selective colleges, graduate and professional schools.

Need proof? Here’s 7 people with dyslexia who are extremely successful.

Myth number five: If you have dyslexia, it is probably a medical diagnosis

Actually, Dyslexia is neurological, not medical. It’s not characterized as a medical problem and is not typically diagnosed by doctors because they don’t have training in oral language, reading, writing, or spelling assessment and diagnosis.

Rather, dyslexia is typically diagnosed by a neuropsychologist, psychologist, or someone with advanced training in language and learning disorders.

“Because dyslexia involves reading and writing, it’s not typically identified until people go to school and have to learn and write” Dr. Pierson, from the University of Michigan, says.

There is no pill or medication that can heal dyslexia, and nothing to do with it is covered by medical insurance because it is not a medical problem.

There are far too many myths and stereotypes to cover in one blog post, but understanding these top five legends, is a good start.

In the United States, dyslexia affects 20%, or 1 in every 5 people. Some people may have more mild forms, while others may experience it more severely. It is imperative for schools and parents to take action. To do so, we must eradicate unfair preconceived notions about this neurological difficulty.

 

5 Tricks To Help You Read Faster

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Even when we aren’t reading for pleasure, we’re still perpetually reading. This Article. An unanswered email. Another document. We are constantly consuming obligatory information. So, regardless of how fast you do it, here are five tricks that will help you read more efficiently without compromising on comprehension:

1. Choose each text like it’s your last

It is impossible to read everything out there; be picky.

Glance through the text before deciding to dedicate a whole thirty minutes to it in order to save time and effort. Go through the headings, key points, and phrases of a text to obtain a more comprehensive and holistic summary of what the material is about and then decide whether it’s worth your time to read the text with more precision.

2. To re-read or to not re-read?

That is the question. Unless you’re on vacation or retired, you probably don’t have time to go back and re-read a whole chapter.

Unnecessarily re-reading passages, also known as regression, can increase reading time and decrease interpretation. Instead, developing questions like “what is this chapter about” or “how is this knowledge going to be beneficial to me” is a more efficient way to read rather than revisiting old sections of the text. Asking these questions for simple texts can save you a plethora of time by preventing you from having to go back and to some passages.

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff

As with most things in life, don’t sweat the small print.

On average we tend to linger over each word we read for approximately .25 seconds. Those of us who are slower can fixate on a single word for up to a whole .6 seconds. This is because of subvocalization.

Often referred to as auditory reassurance, subvocalization involves saying words in your head while reading. It is one of the main proven reasons why people read slowly. The fact is, you don’t have to say every word in your head to understand what the text is saying. One of the best ways to minimize subvocalization is to practice being conscious of it when you read. Minimizing subvocalization can increase your productivity when trying to cram out last minute documents, emails, or essays.

4. Get your head out of the clouds

Rumor has it libraries can lead to a chronic case of daydreaming and boredom. Sometimes you are able to focus the best outside whilst sitting on a bench, or after a long hot shower. Take the time to find the perfect environment, free of distractions, where you can get through long emails and chapter readings.

5. Start listening — with Speechify

One of the most productive ways to read faster, is to have someone read to you at a convenient pace for you, while you do other things. The app Speechify does just that. This doesn’t just apply to English majors who have yet to finish Ulysses or Middlemarch but also to working professionals who have articles to read before a big presentation.

Reading can be an appallingly all-consuming process.

So be strategic by monitoring what, how and why you’re reading.

 

To know more about how Speechify can improve your reading, you might be interest by this article.