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6 Keys To Striking A Balance Between Business And Family


There’s an ongoing battle that most entrepreneurs and high-flying business professionals wage within themselves. And that’s how to balance their time between their personal and professional lives.

When you’re building your own business or passionately pursuing the career of your dreams it’s all too easy to throw yourself into it all hours of the day and night, seven days a week. You become married to your work, often to the detriment of your home life—your relationships with your significant other, your family and your friends.

Let’s face it. While you obviously love your family the truth of the matter is that you also really love your work. But don’t forget the old adage that nobody goes to their grave saying, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.”

Later in life most executives look back ruefully on the times they missed a wedding anniversary or a special event at their child’s school because they were traveling on business or just “couldn’t get away” from a meeting or conference. Yes, you can convince yourself that you’re putting in all of those extra hours to support your family, but don’t forget that whatever sacrifices you make, your family makes also.

So what can you do to try and strike the right balance between business demands and family?

Schedule Time

Set aside some time every week that is “sacrosanct.” This is family time, no matter what. Maybe it’s all day Sunday. Maybe it’s a Friday night dinner at a neighborhood restaurant. Maybe it’s the kids’ soccer game Saturday morning followed by pizza. This is time that is a weekly event that all members of the family put on their calendar.

Plan ahead to avoid conflicts as much as possible (bearing in mind if you’re an entrepreneur that the life you have chosen—by its very nature—means there is no such thing as a routine schedule).

Make Up For Lost Time

Inevitably, there will be occasions when something business related crops up that is so critical it just has to take priority. Anyone with a commitment to success knows that there are times when your time is not your own and that you have to seize an opportunity when it presents itself.

But don’t just cancel the family get-together. Make sure you reschedule it. You can always make more money, but you can’t make more time.

No Distractions

Have you ever been sitting down with a group of people for lunch and half of your companions—if not more—are texting or emailing? It happens at home, too. In this digital age we’re all multi-tasking and staying connected. I sometimes joke when I see this and say, “You know there is an app for that, and it’s called Respect.”

Is it really necessary to have the phone in your hand when you’re sitting down for dinner with your loved ones? Agreed, there are certainly times when you might be expecting an urgent message that just can’t wait. But, by and large, when you’re with your family why not establish a phone-free time? All of our phones, believe it or not, can be turned off. You and the kids (if you have kids and if they’re old enough to have phones) should do just that. And have an old-fashioned conversation. Time is your most valuable asset. Go unplugged.

Be Honest With Yourself

As I mentioned earlier, many times the busy executive rationalizes cancelled family get-togethers, trips (and even vacations) by saying to himself that he’s only really doing it for them and their future—so it is OK. You can rationalize all you want, but deep down those of us who are driven to make it to the top know that it’s our passion. We have a work ethic that leads to long hours. We believe in what we’re doing and we want to be the best at what we’re doing.

So let’s not kid ourselves. We do it because we enjoy it. We thrive on it. But at the same time let’s see if we can make a commitment to ease up on those extra hours that aren’t absolutely necessary and devote them to our families instead. They refuel our will to win.

Share The Journey

Open up to those closest to you about your work life. If you’re pursuing a lifelong dream explain it to them so they have a better appreciation of what drives you and what keeps you away from them. Significant others may well be on different but equally challenging career paths—so date nights are essential.

If you have young children, nephews, nieces, talk to them in terms they will understand to explain your absence—and then make it up to them with surprise appearances and surprise treats.

Leave Work At Work

Today’s technology enables us to work anywhere anytime. In the car. On the train. At home. The boundary between work and home is fuzzier than ever. More people than ever actually work from home. So try to bring the curtain down on the business day. Keep the computer turned off and the laptop in your briefcase. It’s up to you to recreate the boundary.

Finally, just go ahead and give it a shot. You probably already feel guilty about lost family time. So make a commitment to adjust your business-family balance. Chances are you’ll feel refreshed and reinvigorated and your work will benefit as much as your home relationships.

And, if you just finished reading this, you can do something now. Go tell them how much they mean to you and how much you love them. You’ll be surprised how much energy you gain back just from that response.

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Britney Spears Steps Out In Denim Short Shorts With Boyfriend In LA !!! (PHOTOS)


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Source Huffington Post!

 

Britney Spears has been keeping busy with dance rehearsals for her upcoming turn at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, but she managed to find time to grab a cool drink with her man.

On Thursday, photographers snapped photos of the 31-year-old, who was wearing denim cutoffs with a tight white T-shirt, as she and boyfriend David Lucado grabbed an iced tea in Westlake, Calif.

 

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RG III feels fully recovered !!! (REPORT)


SOURCE ESPN!

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III spent the summer telling everyone how good his surgically repaired knee felt, how he’d be ready to play in the season opener and how he always thought he could be doing more. But he never claimed his knee was 100 percent, only close to it.

But in a sit-down interview with ESPN980 radio in Washington, Griffin said for the first time that he felt completely recovered.

“I would say I’m 100 percent, but you can’t put a number on it,” he told 980’s Kevin Sheehan. “No one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they’re playing at. The biggest thing is, I’m not below 100 percent.”

Griffin also said he remains just as fast after tearing multiple ligaments in his right knee late last season.

“If I had to run a 40 today at the combine in my underwear, I feel like I could run a 4.3-something,” said Griffin, speaking in advance of a documentary airing on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday detailing his rehabilitation.

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Hacker Exposes Big Facebook Security Flaw — By Posting On Mark Zuckerberg’s Private Wall !!!


The following excerpt is from the Huffington Post!

A Palestinian hacker took matters into his own hands late last week when he discovered a Facebook bug and was rebuffed by the company’s official engineers.

Khalil Shreateh, a computer programmer in the West Bank, discovered a flaw that allowed him to post on anyone’s wall on the site, even if that user had strict privacy settings. Shreateh initially submitted his find to Facebook’s “white-hat” program, a system that lets benevolent computer hackers tell Facebook about security flaws. Facebook pays a minimum of $500 for each bug, as long as the hacker doesn’t disclose the loophole before the company has time to address it.

But when the engineering team didn’t seem to think the problem was real, Shreateh decided to prove that the bug he found did indeed exist. So, he simply posted on the private wall of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

As he tells it on his blog, Shreateh, who has limited proficiency in English, submitted details of the bug twice. He writes that he was told “I am sorry this is not a bug” by a Facebook engineer after the second notification.

That’s when, for better or worse, Shreateh exploited the loophole to post a video on the Timeline of Sarah Goodin, one of Zuckerberg’s college friends, and on Zuckerberg’s page itself.

Minutes after the post on Zuckerberg’s Timeline appeared, Facebook engineer Ola Okelola asked Shreateh to describe the exploit by email. Facebook briefly disabled Shreateh’s account as a precaution while the loophole was patched on Thursday. Another member of Facebook’s security wrote that the lack of complete information and Shreateh’s limited English made responding to the request difficult.

We’ve reached out to Shreateh for comment. In response to the incident, Facebook pointed to an “official comment” posted on Hacker News, where engineer manager Matt Jones wrote that the company “should have pushed back asking for more details here.”

But, Jones wrote, that doesn’t mean Shreateh will be getting a reward for exposing the bug. By posting on the accounts of two people he wasn’t friends with, Shreateh violated Facebook’s rules — disqualifying him from any bounty for the security flaw. Shreateh should have instead created test accounts to try out his discoveries, Jones wrote.

Only a few tech companies — like Facebook, Google and PayPal — employ outside white hats to discover security flaws on their sites. But Facebook attracts some of the best outside programmers by paying the highest rewards, a sign of how seriously the company takes security flaws and the likelihood they could cause people to flee the social network.

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Raz B In Coma: Former B2K Member Reportedly On Life Support In China !!!! (QUICK READ)


Former B2K member Raz-B is in a coma and is currently on life support at a hospital in China, according to TMZ. His condition is said to be serious, and doctors are testing for brain activity.

The 28-year-old R&B singer was hospitalized Thursday after he was hit in the face with a glass bottle during a nightclub performance, but released shortly after. He was taken back Friday morning after he could not be woken up.

Raz-B, whose real name is De’Mario Monte Thornton, was apparently trying to break up a fight that erupted during his show when he was struck in the face with a bottle. He suffered a deep cut on his lip, along with several grazes on his face.

After the incident, Chinese police detained both Raz-B and his attacker, taking them to a local police station for questioning. Raz-B was released and transported to a hospital so doctors could stitch up his lip. He underwent minor surgery.

Raz-B is most well known for being a founding member of B2K. The R&B group, which included Omarion, Lil’ Fizz and J-Boog, produced hits like “Uh Huh” and “Bump, Bump, Bump” before splitting in 2004.

Since B2K disbanded, Raz-B has produced music on his own. He released a mixtape in 2010 and has been touring China while he works on his first solo album.

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5 Mobile Apps With a Human Touch !!! (MUST READ)


Cell phones and tablets make your life more efficient by changing the way you stay in touch, pay for items, and schedule your day. Odds are good that you use lots of apps in your daily life, but are you using the right ones? With helpful apps, you can easily use your phone to lead a happier, healthier, more centered life.
Lose Weight with MyNetDiary’s Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker

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The dieting industry is huge. People always want to lose weight, but staying up on how much water you’re drinking and how many calories you’ve consumed is difficult. Many people stop dieting because they simply don’t have time to devote to their health. The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker from MyNetDiary takes care of that. With a few simple thumb strokes, you submit your information and it lets you know how many calories you can safely consume the rest of the day, how much more water you should drink, and how your diet is generally progressing.
Get Fit with Endomondo Sports Tracker

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You can’t lose weight with diet alone, so why not include an app that helps you stay fit? Exercise is incredibly important, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not. In addition to keeping track of your distance, the amount you’ve exercised from running, swimming, or aerobics, and outlining your progress, Sports Tracker motivates you. Your friends can actually send you helpful messages that keep you going.
Monitor Your Moods Using T2 Mood Tracker

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If you suffer from depression, anxiety, or even PTSD, you know how hard it is to cope sometimes. When you need support, however, reaching out is often just as difficult. Mood Tracker helps with that. You can actually keep an eye on your moods, discover when you get hit with your worst bouts, and even figure out the situations that trigger your feelings. An app like this is helpful at all times, whether you’re in a fugue or feeling good, because it helps you anticipate your moods.

Save Big with Money Lover

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Keeping up with personal finances takes a lot of time—but there’s an app for that, and it makes money management much more efficient. Money Lover tracks everything, from the amount you have in the bank to every single penny you spend. This is the kind of app you want to have before a visit to Jackpot City, where there are tons of games that make you love your money even more. Plus, this way you can easily budget money for luxuries and fun.

Meditate More with Simply Being

Simply Being

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Do you have time to meditate? Can you ever make your mind get quiet enough to do it? Many people have trouble quieting their minds; some aren’t even sure how to meditate. Simply Being is a quiet, calming, and helpful app that teaches you how to meditate and even offers inspirational messages to uplift you.

With the right apps and programs, your mobile devices can seriously improve your life. Which apps do you turn to when you need a boost?

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Selena Gomez Seen Wearing Incredibly Short Shorts In Hollywood California!


Selena Gomez turned twenty one on Monday and perhaps she felt the need to wear a ridiculously short pair of shorts to show o her new Twenty One Year Old figure.

On Sunday, Gomez stepped out in what was probably her shortest pair of shorts yet. The former Disney star, who turns 21 Monday, was photographed leaving a studio in Burbank, Calif., wearing teeny denim shorts with a white sleeveless shirt and gladiator sandals.

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Kobe Bryant Auctions Off Merchandise


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An auction for Kobe Bryant Memorabilia consisted of a few championship rings and a few game worn high school jerseys which all sold for over fifty thousand dollars each. The auction was not Kobe Bryant’s idea and ninety percent of the items which were supposed to be sold at the auction were pulled out last minute due to a legal battle in which Kobe Bryant took the upper hand.

The items, consigned by his parents, turned into a legal battle when Bryant found out they were selling the nearly 100 items that he said were not theirs to sell. Documents provided to the auction company by the Bryant’s had said otherwise. Eventually, a settlement was reached that resulted in about 90 percent of the items being pulled out of the auction.

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Monta Ellis Will Sign With Dallas, Three Years, Twenty Five Million Dollar Contract


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Shooting Guard Monta Ellis is the biggest addition to the Dallas Mavericks this off season as Dallas looks to improve their already impressive backcourt.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said in an email Saturday that Ellis has agreed to a three-year deal worth at least $25 million, according to sources close to the process.