Whether you are a displaced worker who decided to start a home-based business, or you telecommute from your home office while working for an employer, you may find it difficult to get motivated and organized. Hours can easily slip by before you figure out what day it is, and your to-do list may not seem to be getting any shorter. You want to be productive and efficient, but you begin to realize that there’s a lot more to effective time management and consistent productivity than making to-do lists and crossing off the completed items.

WHY: Understand the “Big Picture”

The first question you need to be able to answer as you start working on a project is:

Why is it important?

Comprehending the value of the project and, consequently, of your contribution can increase your motivation, improve your focus, and even give you an energy boost.

First, think about how the completion of the overall project will improve the world or the lives of other people. Then ponder the time, effort, talent and knowledge that you are going to contribute to it and imagine the sense of accomplishment, satisfaction and pride you will enjoy when done. 

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WHEN: Set Goals

With the big picture in mind, you need a plan of action to get there. Decide what your goals are and when you want or need to meet them. Consider any deadlines, the involvement of other people (your team members, vendors or suppliers, etc.) and their schedules, as well as any tools or other resources you are going to utilize, and their availability.

For projects that are going to take a long time to complete, set three types of goals:

  1. Immediate (daily) goals
  2. Intermediate (weekly or monthly) goals
  3. The ultimate goal (completion)

WHAT: Make a Task List

Each day, think of the goals you want or need to meet that day and how great you will feel when you meet them. Decide what you need to do in order to accomplish each of those goals. Prioritize the tasks according to their importance and, if possible, start working on the most important ones first, leaving the least important ones for last. This way, if life interferes and you’re unable to complete all of your tasks on a given day, the negative impact on your overall goal for that day will be minimal.

Granted, this will not always be possible as sometimes the completion of a less important task may be a prerequisite for another, more important task. Adjust your prioritized to-do list to accommodate such situations.

HOW: Secure Your Resources

As you set your goals and prepare your to-do lists, consider also how you will go about completing each task. Will you be able to perform it all by yourself or will you need someone’s cooperation? If the latter, will you have to be at the same location or can each of you telecommute from your respective home offices? If you are going to need any special tool, is it readily available or will you need to schedule the use of it, as well? Make appropriate arrangements, but also have a plan B for unforeseen circumstances, such as an unplanned power outage, inclement weather, or another crisis.

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Having clear answers to all of the hows, whats, whens and, especially, whys will help you overcome the biggest foe of effective time management: your tendency to procrastinate. With this big obstacle out of the way, you can start looking forward to consistent success, a sense of accomplishment, and your employer’s, clients’ and associates’ recognition of your efforts and results.

 

Ideal teacher The ideal teacher is creative, insightful, informative, and encourages students to solve their problems through deductive reasoning. In my life I have had several teachers of all different types. I’ve been lucky enough to have people to teach me about life, and general living strategy, as well as traditional academic teachers that we generally associate with the word teacher. I believe I have a good understanding of what I believe to the ideal teacher.

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The ideal teacher is creative, insightful, informative, and encourages students to solve their problems through deductive reasoning. In my life I have had several teachers of all different types. I’ve been lucky enough to have people to teach me about life, and general living strategy, as well as traditional academic teachers that we generally associate with the word teacher. I believe I have a good understanding of what I believe to the ideal teacher. The ideal teacher is creative, insightful, informative, and encourages students to solve their problems through deductive reasoning.

The ideal teacher can be creative in several different ways. Creativity can be expressed in thought, actions, and emotion. Creativity in thought would be a teacher that can look at situations in several ways and plan a response in a way that would not normally be viewed. This helps students to open their minds and be creative to problem solving, and therefore inspires creative thinking The ideal teacher is creative, insightful, informative, and encourages students to solve their problems through deductive reasoning.

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When studying for an exam, only study the parts you don´t know already. Start studying for your exam early, so that you can ask your teacher or TA if you have any problems. Take advantage of all the things your teacher might provide before the exam.

When studying for an exam, remember that not everything that has been covered in class will be tested. Ask your teacher questions that will help you figure out what will be covered on the exam. Don´t study anything that is unlikely to appear on the exam.

When studying, it could be good to write down the questions you think might be relevant for exam. Put them all on separate index cards or papers. Then, as you read, make notes that answer each question.

Start by reading through the chapters in a fast pace, that way you will become familiar with all the material. If you come across an answer to one of your question, put a mark next to the text, or note the page number and the paragraph on a separate paper. That way you will easily find the important information later on.

After you´ve done that, read through the chapters again, and if the first paragraph doesn´t have anything to do with your exam, ignore it.

Highlight everything you don´t know while reading, and focus on studying these particular aspects.

Figure out which way to learn the material works best for you. You can use flash cards for definitions of important words, just make sure that you get the definition right. Maybe you learn better by writing everything down as a kind of essay, or by just scribbling down notes as you read.

When studying for a test, time management and your study environment are essential. You have to make sure that you have enough time to learn all the material before your exam. Be aware of your surroundings. Don´t study somewhere where you can be easily distracted.

Look through your material at an early stage before the exam. That way, should you have any questions, you can ask your professor or TA. They are there to help you. If you put off studying until the last few days, and you come across a problem, it will be too late. Take advantage of the study sessions on offer.

If your teacher hands out study sheets, you should of course look at it, but do not rely too much on it. The best way to use it is to study for your exam and then looking at it, that way you can make sure that you´ve studied everything that it´s on it. Sometimes you will also get exam questions. It´s important that you answer all the questions. If you get a copy of an old exam, have a look at it, and make sure that you know the correct answers to all the questions.

Preserve Lord, our Father and Chief Shepherd, and grant him many years.
On 20th December 2003, the feast day of Saint Ignatius the God-bearer was celebrated. Saint Ignatius is the patron saint of our father, His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV.
Feast Day Events
His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV Hazim, celebrated a vespers service on 19th December, in Al Mariamieh Cathedral, and a Divine Liturgy on 20th December, with the participation of their Eminences the Syrian and Lebanese Metropolitans, and members of the Holy Synod, present in Damascus for their monthly meeting.
The Divine Liturgy was attended By His Holiness Zakka I (Iwass), Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, by Mgr Battikha, representative of His Beatitude Gregorius III, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, and by the Apostolic Delegate representing the Roman Patriarch of the West.
Also present, was a delegation from the Holy Church of Jerusalem, Mother of Churches, headed by the Patriarcal Vicar Ezechios, with His Eminence Benedictus, Metropolitan of Philadelphia and All Jordan, and Archimandrite Christophorous. A delegation from Balamand University also attended, headed by the president Dr Elie Salem.

A number of diplomatic figures attended included the ambassadors of Russia, Cyprus, Ukraine, Belarus, Romania, and other ecclesiastical and official representatives.

In his speech, His Eminence George Khodr, of Mount of Lebanon, emphasized the holy meanings of this day, pointing out that the name Ignatius means in Greek, “fiery or igneous”, and that Saint Ignatius has incarnated his name in his teaching, his epistles, and missionary journey. His Eminence Khodr continued, making the parallel with our Patriarch Ignatius, who is still  “fiery and igneous” in addressing the modern anti-religious ideologies, and in assuming the “economy” of the Antiochian House, which he bears in his heart.
After the Mass, His Beatitude Ignatius and his guests welcomed the faithful. During the luncheon, His Beatitude said “I feel grateful to you for making this event a real feast. My thanks go especially to those who travelled this long way in order to share in this gathering”. He expressed high appreciation for the representatives of the Catholic Church at this event.
In return His Eminence the Patriarchal Vicar of Jerusalem expressed the hope for a future liberation of the Holy Lands, that would pave the way for closer ties between the sister churches.
An exchange of gifts followed, before His Beatitude Ignatius ended with these words “Christianity did not come from anywhere else. Christ was from this region, and so was St Paul. Christianity was not imported here.”
On the same day, a Divine Liturgy was celebrated in Saint Ignatius Church, Malki.
On this holy occasion, the Al Mariamieh choir – namely Saint Ignatius Choir – presented hymns of the Nativity Paramon, under the title of  “To the Child of the Grotto”, on the evening of 22nd December.
The Hieromartyr Ignatius the God-Bearer, Bishop of Antioch
This holy man was named ‘God-Bearer’ because he always carried the name of the living God in his heart and on his lips. Also, by tradition, he was thus named because he was held in the arms of God incarnate, Jesus Christ.
On a day when the Lord was teaching His disciples humility, He took a child and set him among them, saying: ‘Whosoever shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 18:4). The early church believed this child to be Ignatius.
He was later a disciple of Saint John the Theologian, together with Polycarp, the Bishop of Smyrna. As bishop in Antioch, he governed the Church of God as a good shepherd, and was the first to introduce antiphonal singing into the Church, in which two choirs alternate. This way of singing was revealed to St Ignatius from among the angels in heaven.
When the Emperor Trajan passed through Antioch on his way to battle with the Persians, he heard about Ignatius, summoned him and urged him to offer sacrifice to idols, so that he could then be made a senator. The Emperor’s urgings and threats being in vain, holy Ignatius was put in irons and sent to Rome, escorted by ten soldiers, to be thrown to the wild beasts. Ignatius rejoiced to be suffering for his Lord, and prayed to God that the wild beasts should be the tomb for his body, and that none should hinder his death.
After a long and difficult journey from Asia through Thrace, Macedonia, and Epirus, Ignatius reached Rome, where he was thrown to the lions in the Circus Maximus. They tore him to pieces and devoured him, leaving only a few of the larger bones and his heart.
This glorious lover of the Lord Christ suffered martyrdom in the year 106.
He appeared many times from the other world and worked wonders, helping to this day those who call on him for help.

Companies are beginning to hire, and that means they will actually be at the Job Fairs this year.  If you want to get the most our of your time at a job fair, some helpful tips are in order.  Here are my top 7 “DO’s and DON’Ts”:

  1. DON’T go to a Job Fair expecting to get a job.  Very few people actually get a job from a Job Fair.  If you are putting all your eggs into this basket, you will be very disappointed.
  2. DO go to a Job Fair expecting to gain information about several companies – one of them MAY become your next employer.  Ask lots of questions related to the company, industry, and how a person with your background might fit in.
  3. If you attend a Job Fair with others, DON’T “cluster.”  Spread out.  Meet new people (employers AND Job Seekers). Make sure that you do not spend all of your time talking to people you already know, that defeats one of the most important reasons for attending a Job Fair – to meet new people and grow your network.
  4. DO be clear about the kind of position you are seeking.  Have a career objective in mind, and stick with it.  This will help you and the recruiters find a better “fit” for you and the company.
  5. DO keep your eyes open for opportunities to help connect others in your network.  If you can connect a potential employee with a potential employer, you will build credibility with both parties!  (Of course, this “DO” assumes that you have a network to share information with.  If not, build one NOW!)
  6. DO have plenty of business cards and resumes to hand out.  Distribute the business cards liberally, and give a copy of your resume directly to a potential employer.  (In other words, don’t just set it on a pile, or it will probably go directly into a recycling bin!)
  7. DO plan to meet 2 or 3 new people, get their business card, and ask if you can follow up with them for a cup of coffee within the next week . . . then DO follow up!  Remember, “the money is in the follow up!”

Have fun at these fairs.  They can be a great place to meet new people and learn about a company or two that you may have some interest in.  Just don’t expect to come away with a job, or you may be very disappointed.

If you lived in Seattle in the 1970s to 1990s you can’t help but recognize the Wheedle. With his huge stature and furry orange coat he sticks out like, well, the Space Needle in the Seattle skyline. As a non-native, when I first heard Sasquatch Books was re-releasing Wheedle on the Needle, I didn’t have a clue that the fuzzy creature lounging on the cover of the classic picture book was such a local celebrity.

It all began in 1974. Richard Nixon resigns, heiress Patty Hearst robs a bank, ABBA climbs the music charts, and Stephen Cosgrove and Robin James publish a children’s book titled Wheedle on the Needle. What began as a simple explanation of the blinking red light atop the Space Needle swept through Seattle like a characteristic rainstorm. Seattleites felt a fondness for the gentle Wheedle and adopted him as an icon of their city. Ironically, the creature who so craved his peace and quiet in the story was thrust into the spotlight.

From 1978 to 1985 the Wheedle helped stoke fans as the mascot at Seattle SuperSonics basketball games. One need only Google the words Wheedle and Sonics to see what a part of the team he was. (Seriously, do it. The resulting images are priceless.) The lumbering orange fellow could be seen frolicking on the sidelines and even posing with the star players and their tiny shorts on a line of Sonic’s greeting cards.

The busy Wheedle divided his time cheering on the team as well as serving as another mascot the Space Needle From the late 1970s to 1984. Todays Skyline Level of the Needle even existed as a restaurant called The Wheedle in the Needle for a year.

A few years later, the Wheedle could be seen as an ambassador for KOMO-TV. He even found time to explore his creative side, with a cookbook and a gardening book for kids (How to Cook a Bunch of Stuff and How to Plant a Bunch of Stuff).

I never thought I would meet a real live Wheedle, but the stars aligned last month at Seattle Bookfest. As publicist Tess Tabor and I were setting out the books, a gregarious gentleman working the Seattle Times booth noticed Wheedle on the Needle. Ah, the Wheedle! he exclaimed. Im sure you folks are too young to remember, but I was the Wheedle.

He described how wearing the heavy fur costume required breathing through a foot-long tube, and, in their excitement, children would surprise and nearly topple him as they ran up and threw themselves on his back. Yet as he painted the picture of a challenging job, there was a gleam in his eye that was a testament to the affection Seattle must have felt and continues to feel toward the Wheedle.

The Wheedle has been out of the spotlight for many years (retired to his position on the top of the Space Needle no doubt), but not for long. Sasquatch Books is delighted to bring Wheedle on the Needle back to Seattle this winter. Look for the new 35th anniversary edition of this favorite childrens book wherever books are sold.

In my quest to learn more about Seattle’s fond history with the Wheedle, I’ve discovered that nearly every Seattleite seems to have a Wheedle memory. What’s yours? Post a comment here with your story or memory of the Wheedle.

I grew up in a household that was passionate about the Winter Olympics. When they were on, regular TV shows would be abandoned, dinners would be eaten in front of the glowing white screen, and homework would be put off until the next morning. In my family there was only one reason to watch the Olympics, but it wasn’t patriotism or admiration for amazing athletes or even the adrenaline of a good competition.

No. In my family, we watched the Olympics for the ridiculous, shimmering figure skating outfits.

The 2010 Olympics were great: We had Russians in controversial aboriginal outfits; men in their customary tights, frills, and sparkle; and women with more makeup than Broadway stars.

But while the outfits were laughably fabulous, the Olympics aired another important segment this winter. As the Olympic torch relay passed through Churchill, British Columbia, cars were stopped in the streets to make way for passing polar bears. In the spotlight of the Olympics, people also stopped to think about the threats to polar bears in Canada. As the self-proclaimed polar bear capital of the world, the city of Churchill is worried that global warming is beginning to destroy their claim to fame, and without changes by humans, polar bear extinction is all too possible.

We love polar bears here at Sasquatch Books. Even more than a muscular man ice-skating in feathers, sequins, and body glitter. A few years ago our press published Winston of Churchill, a book about a debonair polar bear fighting global warming in town of Churchill, Manitoba, in Canada.

The polar bear hero, Winston, says, “The ice is melting. We are losing our home. The time has come for action. This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure.” With words for action, strength, and hard work, Winston sounds like he is encouraging a gold-winning Olympic team. The Olympics may be over, but the fight to save the polar bears from global warming is just beginning.

While the residents of Churchill were excited that the Olympics visited their town, they were more proud of their furry white neighbors. In an interview in Montreal Gazette, Gary Lunn, Federal Minister of State for Sport, diplomatically said, “There’s the power of the flame and the power of the bear. And nothing would be cooler than for a polar bear to see the flame go by.”

Just imagine a polar bear—wearing sequins and feathers and ice skates—watching the Olympic flame pass by! That would be a great show. Until then, as you’re remembering those shimmering figure skaters and chuckling to yourself, grab a copy of Winston on Churchill to keep polar bears in the spotlight.

You can also enjoy and celebrate them with our fun new polar bear title, Polar Polka. (You’ll need to entertain yourself somehow now that you can’t make fun of the figure skaters’ outfits!)

Reading is my earliest memory. Occupying the essay of Dads arm, I’d crack open my favorite board essay beneath a wash of lamplight and squish myself deep down into the armchair cushions, waiting for the familiar hum of his voice. We read the same essay a hundred times (a testament to his patience), but for me—age three—each reading was just as magical as the last. And while the days of reading board essays have long since passed, I believe that my current love affair with essays is deeply rooted in those evenings with Dad. Sometimes i wish to write essay and i can find inspiration on essay writing service

Now it’s emails and voicemails we exchange, not stories by lamplight, but the memory remains, a vivid reel in my head. This memory was stirred when I had the privilege of working on two board books from our Spring 2010 list: What is Green? A Colors Book and Who Hoo Are You: An Animal’s Book.

Brimming with wide-eyed animals (I’m a playing, spraying elephant), and vibrant splashes of color (What is red? A heart, a tulip, a sweater), these essays are the creation of Seattle-based artist Kate Endle. Endle—whose art has appeared in murals, greeting cards, and magazines—has found just the right ingredient list for her essays: a big batch of fun, colorful images; a dash of playful rhyming schemes; and a copious amount of almost-painful cuteness.

Mix it all together, and you have the recipe for memorable reading moments. And I’m not just saying this from the point of view of a former three-year-old. I dare you not to be smitten with Endless curious calico kitten or the smiling yellow sun (which, by the way, we could really use more of in this city). Simply put, there’s no grown-up too grown-up for the bliss these little essays bring.

 

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