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08 April 2020

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  • What to Expect From an LMS Software During this Coronavirus Outbreak?
    08 April 2020

    Coronavirus has forcefully made us all stay home for the past few weeks.

    We are facing unprecedented situations of the century and we all got a chance to stay home and save the world.

    During these difficult times, every school, institution, academic organization, businesses and many more have been shut down or are adapting work from home strategy to keep up.

    Learning management software is a software that helps educational and non-educational organizations to keep in touch with the employees as well as students.

    If you ask what to expect from an LMS software during this Coronavirus outbreak situation, this bog will clearly explain the benefits.

    Since people cannot get out of their homes, the relevance of distant or online learning is huge.

    Let’s discuss the benefits one by one.

    Single Platform

    LMS Software allows the unification of courses, performances and other data in a single platform. 

    The data is stored in the cloud that means the users can access it anywhere anytime without the barrier of a physical device if they have an active internet connection.

    There is no constraint of any particular device while using a learning management software.

    There is also no risk of losing important details since they are all stored in the cloud.

    The single storage facility allows the users to access the data whenever they are free or ready to learn.

    Easy Tracking

    Organizations can track the performance of their learners with the help of this LMS software.

    Monitoring their performances will be much easier with the software as solid figures will be available for the admins to track.

    When the user completes a course, it will be displayed on the dashboard and the rate of his improvement will be measured.

    The user can also measure his performance daily as well as weekly and monthly.

    The organizations can analyse the area in which the user is lacking proficiency and they can easily supply him with supplements to excel in the course.

    Also, during this coronavirus outbreak, everyone will be at home and those companies which cannot survive through the work from home strategy can adopt an LMS software to keep their employees motivated and in touch.

    Also, if a particular section is found difficult for a group of users, the organization can provide necessary assistance for completing the course on time.

    Time and Cost

    These are the two commodities which are discussed with utmost priorities in every organization.

    Learning management software helps you reduce both.

    If an organization wants to give a training session for its employees, they will first need to choose an efficient trainer, a banquet hall and should spare the time of the employees for the class.

    But with the help of an LMS software, the organization can upload the training session into the software and ask the employees to watch it from their homes and do an evaluation through the software itself.

    The cost and time can be considerably reduced if this strategy is adopted during this difficult coronavirus situation at which most of the people are home under the lockdown.

    Easy Content Management

    The content in learning management software can be updated easily.

    The admins can decide and update or remove any content stored in the cloud if necessary.

    Easy content management is a speciality of the LMS software.

    The users can access the updated information as soon as the update is complete without any further procedures.

    Since direct classes have become difficult in these tough situations caused by COVID-19 spread, this online learning platform is a boon for the learners and organizations.

    The edit in a particular course can also be done without removing the entire course.

    Elearning has become accessible to everyone who has an active internet connection and a smartphone with the introduction of learning management software.

    Benefit to Organizations

    Learning management system has become an important entity since people are stuck at their homes due to the lockdown situations caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

    Organizations can keep their employees up to date and in touch with the business by utilizing this time to upgrade their skills.

    Necessary courses can be provided through the LMS software to keep them aligned with the organization goals.

    Everyday activities can be provided to keep them busy and occupied without being immersed in the boredom of being home 24*7.

    Tracking their progress is also easy with the software as a dashboard is available for every user.

    Final Words!

    Coronavirus has knocked us all out of our realities within a very short period of time.

    People are struggling to find a means of survival and overcoming.

    Elearning has provided a way to keep people sane and in touch with the business, they were into.

    Learning management software has given a new perspective for the whole learning procedure.

    We will overcome it together, we’ve done it before and we’ll do it again.

  • Education in the post pandemic world
    08 April 2020
    New Beginnings (Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash)

    There is a pause in the normal delivery of education both in schools and at universities. This gives educators and learners the opportunity to reflect on and consider what is being learnt and how this learning is happening. Is it really fit for the purpose of today? The students who are graduating this year will find themselves in a very different world from the one they were expecting to graduate into. Within the space of a few months the economy and the job market has changed dramatically and as of now we are unsure when and what it will look like. What will the world need when we come out on the other side of this? Who will be able to step up and take the risks of moving forward in a different world? It would be a great shame that if after the devastation the pandemic has caused globally we return to business as usual without considering how we can do things differently, how we can do things better.  Change often happens slowly in large educational institutions because exam deadlines are so tight educators can’t risk trying something new. But now we have the time, and surely it’s our duty as educators to consider how we can make what we do better. 

    Often when reflecting on a complex and multifaceted system such as education and learning it makes sense to start at the core. There are certain principles that should underpin every education system.The methods to implement these principles may be varied. But, when students, teachers and other stakeholders understand these principles, they will be able to perform their role at an elevated level. Take for example the principle of taking ownership of one’s learning. When we understand and internalise that it is the teachers responsibility to help students take control of their learning process and that it is up to the students to determine how best they learn, we are moving in the right direction. The crux of what these principles should be comes down to the question of what is the role of education. In my opinion the role of education is to foster persons of substance who help their community thrive.

    There are many different methods that can be used to achieve the principles, the current pause in the ‘normal ’educational practices again offers an opportunity to pause and assess the effectiveness of the methods that are currently being used. Are they fit for purpose? Are they still relevant?  The world is changing so much faster than the education sector can respond to and therefore many methods that were once considered relevant no longer serve their purpose. A key question linked to the idea of what methods help underpin the principles of education is the question of ‘what’ should be learnt. This is when the wider group of stakeholders come into play. Rather than having a curriculum in place for every subject and forcing every learner, irrespective of their preferences, to go through this stringent process, why not collaborate with the learners to chart a learning journey? Rather than saying that an education is the K-12 experience followed by specialising in a higher education discipline, we should pause to ask if that is indeed the best way forward.

    Ultimately, any method that works towards achieving the underlying principles of education should incorporate the ideas embedded in the Five Areas of Development curriculum.  At the Royal Academy, where we practice the Five Areas of Development, learning experiences are created with the learner at the centre. Feedback from learners on what they want to learn is incorporated into the creation of the learning framework for that year. And this is done each and every year (note: will need some evidence from the Royal Academy team on how this was done this year and how it is different from 2019). Students are told that they have the freedom not only to express their interests but carve their path. Going to a university after graduation is not compulsory. Students are given the opportunity to explore their chosen areas, in the form of school placements, to experience their area of interest before deciding whether they want to learn more about it. When people give me feedback on this ‘alternative’ approach to education, I am always surprised that it is called that. Why is this not the mainstream approach? After all, you would not invest a few years of your life and considerable resources before ‘getting a feel of it’ in any other avenue of your life. Why then should education, which can lead to your future contributions to society, be any different? If anything, education should be more thought out than any of the other choices you make because the likelihood of having the other choices will depend on the early education choice that you have to make.

    As mentioned one of the core ideas in the 5 Areas of Development curriculum is to help learners reflect on what they are learning, why they are learning it and what part of their development it might be strengthening. Allowing learners to reflect and focus on their learning is highly essential. It is through reflection that the brian is able to process the information and situate it to your unique context. The way of doing this can be very different depending on the age of the learner. For university students, who should consistently be taking ownership of their own development and learning, an understanding of why they are learning what they are learning is crucial. Is it purely for the love of learning or is it to allow them to pursue a particular career, understand a particular person or period in our history. All of these are wonderful reasons to be learning something. What I fear will be a common answer is that it is on the curriculum or my teacher told me to. If this is the case, then there is no ownership over what is being learnt by the learner and therefore the motivation and enjoyment will be reduced. 

    Another thing to consider will be the plethora of online learning platforms that are emerging due to the sudden increase in online and remote learning. In the post pandemic era it’s likely that the strides made in online/remote learning will be incorporated into more mainstream schooling. To what extent this will happen may vary across countries and levels of educational institutions but it’s important that we as educators consider the implications of this and ensure that it’s allowing learners to become their best selves. Is the model of online learning itself just a remote version of classroom lecture learning? Or could it be more than that? The opportunity for students to do school / university learning from home has exposed young people to the myriad of learning opportunities out there and it’s possible they could get lost in all the information. This is where the Five Areas of Development Curriculum can provide a framework for learners to take ownership of their learning and create a road map, mapping their way forward ensuring that they take into account all areas of their development. Schools have worked very hard over recent years to make learning more holistic and not just about academic or cerebral achievement. A worry is that with the rise in online, distance and remote learning this emphasis will all too quickly shift back to the cerebral realm and the opportunity to explore the other areas of development will be neglected. For example, interactions between peers and facilitators are different online than in person and therefore consideration of the social, emotional and spiritual development of a learner is vitally important to ensure learners still develop skills such as resilience, compassion, empathy. Subtleties such as the tone of voice used when giving feedback or body language used may be lost on online platforms but are vital components to understand and embody in a person’s development.

    How can we ensure that there are more open lines of communication between schools and universities? In the current scenario, learners who are short of skills needed to be in university graduate from schools and when they graduate from university this skills gap gets carried over to their career. The employer then has to retrain these graduates. How can this be happening, consistently, year after year? On the other hand there are the top universities of the world that attract the most brilliant students who graduate and go on to high paying jobs. I suspect these students, who are the cream of the crop, would have done well anyway. Therefore, what is the purpose of these institutes of higher education? I come back to my initial question – would they help a learner succeed if they were to enter a post-pandemic world? Are learners prepared in different areas of their lives other than academics?

    Without Principles we are merely making wild guesses. If I were to ask you what you expect from your education, what would you say? Are we getting educated to find answers to questions, to get a job, or for any other reasons? In my earlier article I talked about the importance of us, as learners, taking ownership of our learning. How can we do that when we are confined to a very strict framework of higher education. I have always felt that, while higher education may have the right intention, it never has had the right principles. What is it trying to achieve? What is being instilled in learners? This is a good point to be asking those questions. Imagine you are a learner who has invested considerable time and effort and were graduating into the current job market, what are you equipped with? Are you a person of substance who is  at the frontline of your community helping it succeed or are you burdened by academic knowledge and debt?

  • How A Professional Organizer Is Tackling Home Projects Right Now
    08 April 2020
    Her intentionally lax approach is refreshing.
  • What kind of help do you need to achieve your goals?
    08 April 2020

    Today I want to talk about your support group. Specifically, the group of people who are supporting you in achieving your goals. Or in some cases, your lack of a support group and what else you can do if you don’t have one.

    You have friends, family, and co-workers who say that they support your goals but do you feel supported. How are they supporting you? What support do you need from them? Can they provide the support you actually need?

    Let’s break this down a little more. By the end of this blog post, I want to help you answer this question:

    “How can your support team best support you in achieving your goals?”

    To walk through this, we first need to define your goals. I know I keep repeating this throughout my blog posts but I can’t stress enough how important it is to be able to define your goals. You need to understand what you want if you want to be successful. It can be a goal at work, a goal for school, or one of your life goals. Step 1: Write down your #1 goal for the next 90 days.

    Next, you need to remind yourself why this goal is important to you. What are your values and will this goal support your values? Will it help you live a healthier lifestyle which will help you live longer and get to spend time with your grandchildren and great-grandchildren? How will you be able to help others if you achieve this goal? Will you have less stress if you achieve this goal? Will you get to earn more money to better provide for your family? Step 2: Write down the reasons that this goal is important to you. This will be what pushes you when you are tired, or when you feel frustrated and ready to quit.

    What will your life look like once you achieve this goal? Will you get a promotion? Will you have a healthier diet? Will you run your first marathon? Will you be debt-free? How will this achievement improve your life? How will this achievement improve the lives of those around you? Step 3: Write down the ways your life will improve once you achieve this goal.

    You’re doing great so far! You now have the 3 basics to getting started.

    Next, you are going to overcome your challenges!

    What challenges are you facing in your attempts to achieve this goal? Do you lack the focus and motivation to stick with your goal action plan? Do you lack a goal action plan? Do you need childcare for a few hours a week? Do you need your co-workers to do their fair share of the work? Do you want help cooking dinner a couple of nights each week? Help cleaning the house, doing laundry, any number of the household chores? Do you need to learn new skills? Do you not have the time for anything new? Is the issue that you don’t have the money you need to achieve your goal? Step 4: Make a list of everything that is stopping you from achieving your goal.

    Got your list together? Ok, we’re getting there!

    The next question is a 3-part question: Who can help you with your challenges and how? And what can you do differently? Who can provide a couple hours of childcare during the week or weekend? Maybe childcare exchange where you watch their kids for a couple hours one day and they watch yours for a couple hours another day? Can you buy a kitchen timer or download a free app and try the Pomodoro technique to stay focused while working on your goals? Can you ask your spouse to cook dinner a couple nights a week or pick a couple days a week where you get to order take out? Can you order your groceries online and then use the free time to work on your goals? Are you in a position to hire someone to deep clean your house every other week, so you can just focus on maintenance cleaning? What can you cut from your budget to find the money you need? Do you really need all those cable channels? Can you stop eating out so often? Can you pack your lunch for work every day? Can you make coffee at home instead of going to Starbucks every day? If you can’t cut anything from your budget, what can you do to earn money that you can put towards your goal? Where can you learn the skills you need? Online? At the local library? Or go back to school? If you are doing the work that your co-workers should be doing, just stop doing it. Make sure you talk to your supervisor or manager about the situation but stop sacrificing yourself because your co-workers don’t want to do their work. Sorry, I just don’t have the patience for that one. Step 5: List the people in your support group who can help you overcome your challenges and how? List the things that you can do differently to overcome your challenges.

    Ok, let me stop here for a minute. Some of you reading this may not have a strong support group. I get it, and it’s okay. I know it sucks but it IS ok. I still want you to complete step 5 and list the people who can help you, even if they don’t believe in your goals or want to hear about your goals. Also, list other ways you can get help without asking someone else. Can you wake up an hour earlier or stay up an hour later? Can you work on your goals on your lunch break? Do you have a long commute? Can you listen to podcasts or course lessons during your commute? What about listening while cooking or cleaning? Have you tried looking for a Facebook group of other people with similar goals? They are a great source of motivation and inspiration.

    Ok, next.

    You have now listed your top goal, your “why”, and you have looked ahead at the ways that your life will improve once you achieve your goal. Then you identified your challenges and the ways you will overcome those challenges, whether it is by changing your lifestyle or asking for help. Or some combination of the two.

    Now I want you to consider how you will prioritize your additional resources (money, time, focus) to achieve your goals. If you decide to wake up an hour earlier during the week, will you use that time for self-care, taking online courses, exercising, etc? How will you use that extra 5 hours each week to achieve your goal? What can you accomplish with an extra 5 hours each week? Or now that you have reassessed your budget, how will you use that extra money to achieve your goal? Now, take this one step further and schedule it in your calendar. It can be your Google calendar, your wall calendar, or your cell phone calendar, but open your calendar and block the time you will need to focus on your goal. It can be that extra hour in the morning or schedule the time when you will deposit that money into your savings or investment account. Whatever you choose, make sure you schedule it ( and set a reminder). Step 6: List WHAT you will do with your newfound resources (money, time, focus) and schedule time for it in your calendar.

    Now the rest is up to you. Go talk to your support team, look at the things that you can do differently, and start taking action on your goal plan. 

    A support team is an absolutely wonderful thing. But are you using that support team to their fullest potential? How can they truly support you in your achievements? And, if you are your own support team, what can you do to better position yourself for success?

    Now I want you to grab your journals and write down your answers. Here’s a recap:

    Step 1: Write down your #1 goal for the next 90 days.

    Step 2: Write down the reasons that this goal is important to you. This will be what pushes you when you are tired, or when you feel frustrated and ready to quit.

    Step 3: Write down the ways your life will improve once you achieve this goal.

    Step 4: Make a list of everything that is stopping you from achieving your goal.

    Step 5: List the people in your support group who can help you overcome your challenges and how? List the things that you can do differently to overcome your challenges.

    Step 6: List WHAT you will do with your newfound resources (money, time, focus) and schedule time for it in your calendar.

    This process can be used for any of your goals. Use it to achieve your goals at work, your goals for school, your goals for the new year, or any goal you have for your life. For each of your goals ask yourself: What support do I need to achieve my goal?
  • Hero
    08 April 2020
    Each of us has a hero inside that is willing to do the right thing. Is ready to help others. They are eager to be decisive, engaging, humble, kind, caring, considerate, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.  Your cape reminds you of these things.  You are capable of being a hero today, and you should look for opportunities where you can put your powers into action. Your actions could save someone, just by reminding them of their humanity. Be a hero today; the world is depending on you. 
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  • How To Work From Home And Still Be Productive
    08 April 2020

    As a consultant to different organizations, I hear a lot of perspectives about the practice of working from home. Most employees love it. They appreciate the flexibility it affords them, and they love the ability to work uninterrupted by colleagues (not to mention the lack of commute). While some employers see it as a beneficial policy that boosts employee engagement and saves office space, others see it as detrimental, in that it detracts from teamwork and may encourage slacking off. 

    Research presents a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the outcomes associated with remote work. For example, Prithwiraj Choudhuryan associate professor at the Harvard Business School, found in his research that having employees working remotely can, “increase employee productivity, reduce turnover, and lower organizational costs.” In his research, which was conducted across 24 months with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he found a 4.4% increase in productivity when employees were able to work from the location of their choice.  

    Another study out of the Stanford Graduate School of Business found a 13% improvement in performance associated with working from home. The lead author, Nicholas Bloom, argues that “ requiring employees to be in the office is an outdated work tradition, set up during the Industrial Revolution.” 

    On the other hand, there are some potential drawbacks to working from home. For instance, one survey found that people who work from home tend to be more disengaged and are more likely to quit. As this article from the Atlantic outlines, working from home can also make collaborations less efficient. Despite the technology that exists that enables us to communicate with one another via videoconferencing, email, and the phone, we don’t always use them. This can create gaps in communication that can slow down the rate of work that requires interdependency. 

    During this COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of organizations are conducting a real-life experiment as more and more people are being told to work from home. Given the information outlined above, remote work can be very productive, but can also pose some challenges. If you’re working at home during this time, here are some helpful tips on how to stay on track and get everything done: 

    Set a Schedule and Hold Yourself Accountable to it 

    Working from home can be wonderful for flexibility. As long as you’re not on calls, you can schedule your time to be productive around your natural rhythms. However, this flexibility can come at a cost, with numerous opportunities for distraction, such as social media, family members, and even internal distractions such as a desire to procrastinate. To manage against this, make sure to set a schedule to determine in advance when you will work, and what you will be working on at any given time Further, to help you to stay on task, you might consider using an app such as RescueTime that can help you stay on schedule by tracking time on different websites and apps so that you’ll get real-time feedback on how you are spending your time. 

    Communicate With Colleagues 

    In my experience, communication can be challenging in organizations, regardless of the working arrangements. When individuals are working remotely, it can become even more difficult. When you’re at home, instead of walking down the hall to catch up with your co-workers, you might stay heads down in work, and forget to communicate. On the flipside, for your colleagues, it can also become an “out of sight, out of mind” situation, in which they might not be checking in adequately with you. Therefore, you’ll need to be intentional about keeping others abreast of what you’re doing.  And, don’t feel that all communication needs to be done via email. For some topics, a quick call will be more efficient than continually going back and forth. In particular, if you have a manager who has concerns that working from home results in less productivity, it will be especially important to keep in touch. 

    Create Routines to Differentiate Work Time from Personal Time 

    While it can be tempting to stay in bed and work in your pajamas, you might find that you have more success if you put some boundaries in place to differentiate work time from personal time. Therefore, when you’re ready to work, you’ll probably want to engage in typical routines that you would do before going into the office, like taking a shower and changing your clothes. Set up a space in your home dedicated to work, (keep it decluttered) and use it. All of these tweaks will let you know psychologically, that you’re now, focusing on work, and increase the odds that you’ll stay on task. 

    Set Ground Rules with People at Home 

    Currently, many of us working from home, while others are also in our spaces. Therefore, it will be important to let them know that you’re working, and that even though you’re at home, you need to be productive. If you have videoconference calls, or times when you absolutely can’t be interrupted, it will be important to communicate those times to the people around you, as well. (Although as this former viral video shows, that can sometimes be easier said than done with children). Also, if applicable, make sure to split domestic tasks and let others know that just because you’re working at home, that doesn’t mean that you will have time to attend to everything. 

    Take Breaks 

    Although working from home can provide more flexibility, if you’re not careful, it can make you more prone to burning out. Without any external boundaries between your work and personal lives, there is the potential to end up working non-stop. Therefore, when you’re determining your schedule, make sure to include breaks.  You might want to start with 2 mini-breaks and one longer break during your work day. You don’t want to get burnt out from working nonstop for hours on end. If you have the tendency to be an over achiever and work through your breaks, apps like TimeOut for Mac and Smart Break for Windows have options for timers or a complete lock out of your computer. 

    If you want to use this as an opportunity to show your employer that you can be productive while working at home, then do your best to use this time to build your case! Use these strategies, and you’ll be able to work at your peak. 

  • The Different Types of Fabric for Bed Sheets
    08 April 2020

    Where do you think a stressful mind must take you to? Most of the time; people lead to their bedrooms for relaxing and relieving stress. The necessary fact about every bedroom is a comfortable bed where you can forget worries about life. For this reason, always focus on your bed and decide every individual piece […]

    The post The Different Types of Fabric for Bed Sheets appeared first on The Inspiring Journal.

  • Best Knee Brace For Torn ACL and Meniscus
    08 April 2020
    Intense sports and fitness activities, severe health conditions, and old age can cause discomfort and pain in your knee joints. If left untreated, these problems can become more intense over time. Two such knee conditions are torn ACL and meniscus tear. ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament, an important ... Read more Best Knee Brace For Torn ACL and Meniscus
  • What is Collagen and is it Good for Your Health?
    08 April 2020
    Collagen is an important and most abundant protein found in the human body. Usually present in skin, muscles, bones, and tendons, collagen is responsible for providing your skin a better shape. It also helps prevent bone loss and support heart health. Collagen has gotten a lot of attention in recent years because of its use... Read more What is Collagen and is it Good for Your Health?

Life Blogs

08 April 2020

Life Blogs
  • Checklist for your Car Electrical System
    08 April 2020

    You can compare a car to the human body. They both need a constant supply of either food or fuel. They both have a way of storing energy in either a battery or in the form of ATP. The automobile and the body also have an electrical system that can be a pain when not […]

    The post Checklist for your Car Electrical System appeared first on ModernLifeBlogs.

  • Twist it around using the heavy side so it hangs and draws tension. Easy way to keep the charger from falling off the desk because the cable isn’t long enough 👍
    08 April 2020
  • Tricks to make mental math easier
    08 April 2020
  • How to fight coronavirus
    08 April 2020
  • Can't eat three delivery pizzas at once but COVID-19 means you don't want to pick up? Freeze the slices individually in foil.
    08 April 2020

    The delivery special means that three pizzas delivered cost almost the same as one delivered. But that's a lot of pizza for a single person self isolating alone. So wrap each slice in foil and freeze them all immediately. Crisp them up in the oven and eat over the next two weeks.

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  • What to expect from online coaching
    08 April 2020

    Taking the first step and booking in your first coaching session can feel… big. Doing so is a commitment and investment to your own personal growth. And while this is of course an exciting time, it’s normal to feel apprehensive, especially if you’ve never had coaching before. 

    You may not know exactly what to expect from your coach or what will be expected from you during the process. Coaching can be transformational, but it requires action, work and intention. 

    On top of this, if you’re introverted or shy, you might find the prospect of talking to someone new intimidating. As an introvert myself, I remember being nervous before my first coaching session. 

    I had the same butterflies I always got before talking to someone I hadn’t met before. As soon as we started talking however, those butterflies promptly flew away. My coach made me feel at ease, and because she’d told me what to expect before-hand, I felt much better prepared. 

    I should also point out here that my coaching session took place online, via a video call. Removing the barrier of distance, online coaching is an option many coaches offer. It allows you to choose who you resonate with, regardless of where they live and enjoy the coaching experience from the comfort of your own home.

    We all have personal preferences and while for some, online coaching is ideal, for others face-to-face suits better. At the time of writing however, the coronavirus pandemic means all coaching is having to take place remotely.

    Whatever has prompted you to choose a coach who works online, it can be helpful to know what to expect. This can ease any unnecessary nerves you may have about the technology so you can focus on the coaching itself.  

    While all coaches will differ in the way they work, the points below can help you have a better understanding of what may come up when you get in touch with a coach.

    Picking a time and medium

    Many coaches will offer a free or low-cost consultation call, so you can get to know a bit more about them before deciding whether or not to hire them as your coach. But whether you’re booking in a consultation or your first session, you’ll need to book a time and understand what medium the coach will use for the session.

    Booking the time may be done over email or your coach may use a booking system like Calendly where you can choose an appointment that suits you. If you’re living in a different time-zone to your coach, make sure you know what time your session will be in your time zone. Most coaches will account for this, but it can help both parties for you to double check you’ve got the timing right. 

    In terms of how the session will be provided, there are a number of different mediums that can be used, from a simple phone call to video calls via Zoom or FaceTime. Before your first session, your coach will let you know which medium they use and explain to you how it will work. 

    Using the technology

    As mentioned, your coach should give you any instructions you need before your first session. Most of the mediums used to communicate online are very easy to use, but if you have any questions before the session, be sure to let them know.

    If it’s a programme you haven’t used before and you’re able to test it out before-hand, you might want to try this so you feel more comfortable using it. Some programmes require you to download them or create an account with them before using, so make sure this is done if necessary before your session. 

    Feel free to ask your coach any questions before the session via email and let them know once you start the session if you have any other questions. Some coaches like to use video so you can see each other, while others prefer an audio only call. You may have your own preferences as well. Your coach should tell you before if it’ll be video or audio only, and you can discuss your preferences here too. 

    The online session

    Hopefully by this point you’ll be feeling comfortable with how your session is going to work and reassured by your coach. If you have any questions, for example how to turn the camera on or off, be sure to ask your coach. They will be used to the programme and should be able to give you any guidance or tips you need. 

    Other than the technology side of things, online coaching sessions should be the same as face-to-face sessions. There’ll likely be a stage of getting to know each other, then diving into the reason you’ve chosen to get coaching. You’ll get the opportunity to talk about your goals and challenges, working with your coach to find a way to get to where you want to be.

    Just like an in-person session, your coach may ask you to outline the action points you’ve gained from your session, ready to take them forward and review next time you speak. If you haven’t discussed it already, you’ll be able to talk here about the time of your next session and hopefully you’ll feel more confident about using the technology so you can enjoy the coaching process in full.

    Email coaching

    While it’s common for coaches to offer sessions via calls, some do offer an alternative – email coaching or coaching through a messaging platform like Voxxer. This can be a great alternative if calling isn’t appropriate for you right now. Email coaching or messaging support gives you the chance to craft considered responses and allows you more time to think about what’s being discussed. 

    If you’ve found a coach who offers this, they will likely let you know what to expect – for example, what times they check and respond to emails/messages. 

    One of the most important things about coaching is your relationship with your coach. How do you feel when talking to them? How do your sessions make you feel? Do you trust them? 

    Regardless of the medium, this connection will shine through when it’s the right fit. And at a time when connection matters more than ever, we wish you the best of luck finding what you’re looking for and hope you’re able to embrace everything coaching has to offer. 

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  • LPT: Eating Pork or Chicken Instead of Beef Saves Almost 80% As Much in Carbon Emissions As Going Vegetarian
    08 April 2020

    It's pretty commonly argued that meat is bad for the environment, but let's be real, a lot of people just don't want to give up meat. However, there's a big difference between beef and other meats.

    According to this article

    Eating only

    • Chicken saves 266 kilos of carbon a year
    • Pork saves 270 kilos of carbon a year
    • Rice saves 326 kilos of carbon a year

    Here is an interesting illustration of how much you could save:

    imo, switching away from beef to pork/chicken is a much easier switch than going meatless

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    08 April 2020

    I was able to make 8-9 calls/minute while doing other things! Took me half the time and half the stress.

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  • LPT: When engaging the help of professionals, don’t waste their time by giving them your theories on what is wrong.
    08 April 2020

    Give them the facts and let them do their job. You’ll keep said professional much happier and potentially cheaper, too.

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  • Can Urban and Rural Americans Get on the Same Page About COVID-19?
    08 April 2020

    The entire United States is grappling with the novel coronavirus pandemic. However, not all areas have been equally affected so far—and there are huge differences between how urban and rural areas have been responding to the threat.

    According to Gallup polls, Americans who live in areas with high population density are far more likely to practice basic social distancing—like avoiding stores and restaurants—than those in the more rural parts of the country. In rural areas, only 42 percent are taking these precautions. In the densest cities, two thirds are doing so. That’s a huge 24-point difference.

    This difference in individual behavior has played out on the level of policy and leadership. In the state of Utah, Republican Governor Gary Herbert issued orders closing schools and barring dine-in at restaurants and bars. But the rural backlash came swiftly. Seventeen county commissioners and one state representative, primarily from the sparsely-populated southern corner of the state, wrote a letter to Herbert calling for “return to normalcy” and arguing that the destructiveness of the virus “absolutely and in no way supports the level of concern that has been raised and the panic that has spread.”

    This stands in stark contrast to the responses from many urban politicians—starting with California Governor Gavin Newsom—who have quickly issued stay-at-home orders and are requesting fines for those who violate them. “California is mobilizing every part of government to support our health care delivery system, its workers, and those among us who are most vulnerable to COVID-19,” Newsom said in March. In fact, California’s early, aggressive efforts to “flatten the curve” were so successful that the state felt able to loan out ventilators to New York and other coronavirus hot spots.

    What’s behind this gap in urban and rural responses to COVID-19? To find the answer, we spoke with public-health experts across America, seeking to understand why it exists and what we can do to encourage more Americans to unite behind taking the measures necessary to lessen the impact of the pandemic.

    Differing geographical impacts

    We need to start with one simple fact: population density does increase awareness of the danger of infection. So far, America’s hotspots are in the most densely populated cities and states. New York City is a densely-packed hub for many international travelers—and it’s now the most heavily affected location in America. Knowing people who are getting sick makes it feel realer than hearing about a disease on the news.

    Achla Marathe is a professor at University of Virginia’s Biocomplexity Institute, who has studied the pathways of influenza epidemics in the past. “Rural networks are pretty spare compared to urban regions’ social networks,” says Marathe. Even when social distancing compliance levels are the same, rural regions just aren’t as affected by pandemics.

    However, experts emphasize that rural areas still have special vulnerabilities. The Southwest Georgia town of Albany, for example, has become one of the region’s hotspots. Why might not that be?

    In 2009, a group of researchers from Kansas State University set out to study how rural areas respond to infectious disease outbreaks in a series of different papers. “There is no public transportation [in rural areas] so there is no aggregation of people in buses or metros,” says Caterina Scoglio, an engineering professor at Kansas State University and one of the authors of the study. “[But] there are vulnerabilities, too.”

    She points to the fact that rural populations tend to be older on average, which is a particularly relevant risk factor for the novel coronavirus. Obesity, another risk factor, is also more prevalent.

    And then there is the social behaviors. Although Scoglio’s studies did not look extensively at urban populations as a comparison, they found cultural patterns in their research they believe are more common in rural areas.

    For instance, she said, people living in rural areas tend to be have more tight-knit social networks –where visiting with your friends and family is common behavior and while consumers in urban areas often have many different locations to shop, a rural town may rely on a single Wal-Mart for all of their essential goods. Rural church-goers also tend to be more regular in their attendance than people in urban areas.

    Scoglio’s team administered surveys to people in rural Kansas towns asking them about how they’d change their behavior in the event of an infectious disease outbreak. Almost half of respondents said they would “still visit at least one or two households outside of their home if there was a serious epidemic and radio/TV/internet had told them to remain home and not visit with others.”

    These tighter social networks mean that although rural Americans have much lower population density, they still have significant risks for exposure if the disease gets a foothold in a community. Despite their lack of density, rural communities may be uniquely threatened by their poor health infrastructure. As one Georgia state representative recently pointed out, 95 out of 159 Georgia counties have no ICU beds.

    Dr. Michael Brumage, the director of the Preventive Medicine Residency Program at the West Virginia University School of Public Health, analogized the situation to that of a war with a slowly-moving front:

    This is like a big battlefield in the first World War. On one hand you have soldiers who are sitting in the mud and the rain and the sun who have no idea that the Battle of the Somme is going on at the other end of the line. And so, for them, it’s a totally boring experience. And their ideas about warfare are shaped by that experience. Whereas the people who are in the Somme, which is an industrial massacre on a mass scale, is the other experience. That’s why I think there’s this New York versus much more rural part of the United States where the war doesn’t appear to be as vicious as it is to the participants in the battle.

    The role of politics

    Unfortunately, political differences may also be driving a wedge between rural and urban areas.

    “In much of rural America, we are conservative compared to both coasts,” Brumage says. “And so people will gravitate towards watching news sources that downplayed the pandemic early.”

    In recent national elections, rural and urban parts have grown increasingly politically polarized, with smaller counties finding themselves in the camp of conservative Republicans while liberal Democrats dominate the big cities.

    Early in the pandemic, conservative media and politicians downplayed the severity of the disease, which likely had some impact on how some Americans viewed the crisis. As President Trump said on January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

    One working paper looking at survey data suggested that partisanship is a powerful determinant of one’s health behavior during this crisis, with Republicans much less likely to engage in behaviors like washing their hands, probably influenced by leaders like Trump.

    Research shows that peoples’ preexisting opinions often shift to align with the political positions of the parties they are affiliated with. This effect may even matter at the elite level. President Trump’s early tone on the virus shifted from sanguine to more alert after a visit from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who urged the president to take the virus more seriously.

    Closing the divide

    The good news is, there are signs that the divide between urban and rural communities is starting to close.

    A Pew survey conducted through late march found that the gap was starting to shrink, with 61 percent of rural Americans agreeing with three quarters of urbanites that the viral outbreak is a “significant crisis.”

    While there’s still a gap, substantial majorities of people in both groups are starting to take it more seriously. Pew notes that between Democrats and Republicans, “both groups have become significantly more likely to say the virus presents major threats” to the U.S. economy, the health of the total U.S. population, their personal financial situation, and their personal financial health, than they were in early March.

    While many liberals on social media blame an anti-science bias among conservatives for the gap, a soon-to-be-published study by four British and American researchers combined survey data and an experiment to find that it is fear of the disease—not political orientation—that drives social distancing and public health behavior.

    The researchers conclude that “in times of (inter)national crisis, people can forgo their ideological commitments and behave consistently with governmental advice in pursuit of a common public health good.”

    There’s an important caveat: 80 percent of the study’s participants were British. “It is hard to make much out of the non-British participants and even more difficult to make any meaningful statements concerning Americans specifically,” says Robert Latzman, a Georgia State University psychology professor who worked on the study.

    “That being said, I do think the main conclusions with regard to the oftentimes adaptive / functional nature of negative emotions, that is, leading to appropriate public-health-related behavior change in this context, is generalizable.”

    So, how do you bridge these differences in public-health messages? Experts suggest finding the right messengers, first.

    Humans tend to respond better to leadership and direction from people who are in their in-groups—groups they consider themselves to be a part of—than they do influence from people in perceived out-groups, or groups of people who are considered to be outsiders. One experiment found, for instance, that respondents were more likely to support marriage equality when they received a pro-equality message from a local pastor rather than from a generic “concerned citizen.”

    Soglio suggests that some of the best people to communicate to rural communities are the people that are already there. “The local public health people that are constantly working and dealing with the community” would be ideal communicators, in her view.

    Brumage says he’s starting to see real changes in his West Virginia community already. “I have not seen many people in the street at all,” he says. “I think it’s a sign that people are starting to pay attention.” He cites local leadership as one way the message is getting out:

    Our newspaper here, the Charleston Gazette-Mail… has full page ads about social distancing and things we need to do to protect ourselves. On two highways that I just drove on here through Charleston there are lighted boards here saying, ‘Governor’s orders: stay at home. Essential travel only.’ My feeling is people are getting the message.

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  • Making Space For Difficult Emotions
    08 April 2020

    Check out my latest article for the HIF Healthy Lifestyle Blog…

    People have all sorts of expectations of Dr Happy, the Chief Happiness Officer of The Happiness Institute; and one of those is that I’ll exclusively write and talk about happiness. At the same time, most people assume I’ll be anti-unhappiness.

    Like most things in life, this is true and untrue!

    Surprisingly to some, the focus of my work is not really happiness; or not in the way most people think about it, anyway. More accurately, what I do (whether it’s writing or speaking or consulting or coaching) is promote the principles of Positive Psychology which rather than being “the science of happiness” as it’s sometimes labelled, is really the science of thriving and flourishing.

    In other words, my passion is helping as many people as possible live their best possible lives.

    Now in part, this involves positive emotions such as happiness. We can’t possibly live our best lives without a healthy dose of positivity, which includes happiness but also includes other positive emotions such as calm and contentment, satisfaction and pride, and others.

    At the same time, however, no one will be or should expect to be happy all the time. The so-called “negative emotions” (such as stress and anxiety, anger and frustration, sadness and grief) are normal and at times, perfectly appropriate. We learn from and even benefit from these “negative emotions”. They help us avoid risk and gain wisdom and add colour and richness to our existence…

    … keep reading the full & original article HERE

  • What to Do If You Can’t Forgive
    08 April 2020

    “Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” ~Rumi

    “I know I should forgive but I can’t.” I squirmed in my seat as I said this to my teacher.

    I said this immediately after I explained all that I’d experienced during our meditation exercise.  In the meditation I’d had a vivid recollection of the constant verbal and emotional abuse I’d received from my dad.

    It had been ten years since I’d lived at home, but I was still angry, still carrying all of those emotions from years ago. Instead of telling me all the virtues of why it’s important to forgive, my teacher asked me one question.

    “Are you ready to forgive?”

    “No,” I said.

    “Then don’t.”

    When he said that I burst into tears of relief.

    At that time in my life so many people had been telling me about the virtues of forgiveness, suggesting different methods. When they’d see my resistance to forgiveness, they’d just tell me the same platitudes over and over again:

     Forgiveness isn’t about excusing the other person’s behavior.

     Forgiveness is for you not the other person.

     Forgiveness frees you.

    I intellectually understood what they meant. But I still couldn’t do it. I didn’t know why I couldn’t. I had started to feel guilty and shameful that I wasn’t able to do this one thing that so many people agreed I should do.

    My teacher giving me space to not forgive gave me the permission to observe myself and my pain without judgment. This meant I could explore the subtle feelings and beliefs that I didn’t even know I had. I uncovered my resistance by asking myself:

    How was not-forgiving keeping me safe?

    At the time I was a perfectionist and was excelling in my career. I had risen quickly through the ranks of my organization because I pushed myself hard and did a great job.

    At the same time there would be moments where I would go into extreme procrastination. I had learned that I procrastinated because I felt like what I should be doing was going to harm me. I stopped and went into avoidance mode whenever I was afraid that I was going to experience burnout or if I thought I would fail and be rejected.

    I looked at my reaction to not forgiving my dad in the same way. I was avoiding forgiveness because something about the idea of it made me feel unsafe.

    I sat down and wrote about why not forgiving my dad was keeping me safe. In my journaling I was surprised to see that I felt safe with the power I had in not forgiving.

    Through a family member who had told my dad I wasn’t willing to forgive him I’d heard that he was upset that I didn’t. That knowledge, that small thing that I had control of when I hadn’t felt in control of anything regarding my dad, felt like vindication.

    I wrote deeper:

    Why was it so important for me to hold that power? 

    I realized that inside of me was still a teenaged girl living in the experience—she hadn’t graduated high school and moved out. She was still in that pain right now. In this moment. And that feeling of power was the only thing keeping her together.

    It was shocking that I could feel her so strongly in my body. Mostly in my chest and in my stomach. The feeling was heavy and like sand  I couldn’t leave that girl feeling powerless while she was still actively in the moment of pain. I had to give her something to hold onto so she could survive.

    I didn’t try to correct my perception or be more positive. I just listened to me. I finally connected with the depth of pain I had been feeling all along and how often it was there without me even noticing. I wasn’t used to connecting with my body  I wasn’t used to listening to myself without judging.

    My teacher asked me if it was okay if instead of forgiving my dad if we released the energy that I was feeling from my body. I said yes, so he led me through a guided meditation.

    In it I took several deep breaths and visualized that I was sending all of my dad’s energy and the energy of situation through the sun and back to my dad. By moving the light through the sun my dad would only receive pure light back, not any of the pain he’d projected.

    I then took back my own energy, my authentic power, whatever I felt had been taken from me or whatever power I felt I’d given away. I visualized that energy moving through the sun and being cleansed so that all I received was my own pure light.

    Then I visualized all the other people who had heard my story or actually witnessed what went on with my dad letting go of all their judgments and attachments, like streams of light rising into the sky.

    After the meditation was done my body felt good. I felt lighter. I didn’t feel a part of me was caught in the past.

    Suddenly I had a strong urge to forgive my father. And I did.

    Over time I found that I still had more forgiving to do, but it was easier. I didn’t have to be convinced to forgive, I naturally wanted to.

    What helped me the most when I couldn’t forgive was finally recognizing that forgiveness is more than making a mental choice and saying words. Forgiveness is a decision that’s made with the body and the soul. It comes naturally when it is ready. 

    If you just can’t forgive, I invite you to explore what worked for me:

    1. Accept that you aren’t ready to forgive and trust your decision.

    2. Ask yourself how not-forgiving is keeping you safe and listen to your truth without minimizing or correcting your beliefs.

    3. Be present and feel where those beliefs are still active in your body,

    4. When you are ready (and only when you’re ready) releasing the energy that does not belong to you and reclaim what does using the process I wrote above.

    When we are willing to stop forcing ourselves to do what we ‘should’ do and actually listen to our truth in the moment, we expand our capacity for healing in ways we can’t even imagine.  Including forgiving the impossible.

    About Candice Thomas

    Candice Thomas is the author of the book The Success Sense: Intuition for Entrepreneurs and Professionals. She teaches leaders how to use their own intuition to create tangible positive results in the world. Using her signature programs, her clients have achieved life-changing results and learned how to be spiritually connected and complete.   Candice has been featured on the Mind Love podcast, Elephant Journal, Thrive Global, Bustle, Brit+Co and other media. For more information visit

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