You Need a Vacation!
Here in the United States, people are overworked and overwhelmed by their day to day lives. It’s harder to get away from work and keep your mind off of work. People are taking less time off each year and find it hard to unwind.
Plan Your Vacation
With less time being spent away from work and relaxing, it is best to make the most of what little time you do have. I’ve been on vacations with practically nothing planned and flew by the seat of my pants. This worked out okay, but my best vacations were planned. This does not mean I was always on a strict itinerary or any itinerary at all, but having at least an idea of what you want to do and where you want to eat makes your time much more enjoyable.
People might not see the immediate connection between technology and the Olympics, but in reality it takes a huge role in preparation with the Olympians. For the Olympians, years and months of training go into preparing for the Olympics. They practice constantly and are always looking for innovative ways to enhance their performance and one way to do this is through working with companies to make their outfits and equipment the best on the market. Here are some examples of Olympians training with technology:
- Figure Skaters use high tech sensors which record their movements into 3D images so they can calculate the exact time to begin or end their spin, not only does it enhance their ability of timing but also gives them measurements to give them high velocity or speed in their performance.
- When training for the Biathlon, Olympians use lasers attached to their guns to find their target with more ease because of how fast they are going before they stop to take their shots.
- Snowboarders are constantly working with different companies to create the most aerodynamic clothing to ensure they do not get weighed or slowed down. Under Armour recently created a jacket that would recycle body heat.
Skiers had clothing created that was zipper-less! This made their clothing more lightweight and allowed less water to leak into their clothes.
Everyone is talking about wearable technology right now, but what does that mean for us? Well it means that soon we will be able to wear technology such as performance trackers, mobile updaters, eyewear, and mood readers. With so many options on wearable tech, how do you know what kind is best for you?
Wearable tech is not only a social conversation starter but it is something that others can join in on with you. Many of the new health and fitness trackers have a communal site where you can go check your progression as well as the progression of others. This gives you a sense of community and urgency, not only do you want to stay involved with a group of people but you want to make sure you are keeping up if not exceeding the goals you set for yourself.
Time to start working on that idea or dream you always had, but where to start… funding! With the internet people can research ideas, business templates and everything you need to start your business, except money the internet doesn’t generate funding, until NOW! With new startup company backers, such as Kickstater people all over the world login and read about your project and decide to donate and back ideas and projects on the site. The idea behind Kickstarter is it gives people a voice and platform to show off their ideas and get infront of people they may not have the connections or opportunities to in order to fund their creative projects and get off the ground floor. This includes ideas in any category that you can think of; films, games, music and tech as long as it meets Kickstarter’s guidelines. Once someone meets the guidelines and creates their profile they wait for backers and funding. The filmmakers, musicians, designers or any other type of entrepreneur get to keep 100% ownership of their project. Kickstarter is only a platform for funding and they are not involved in the creation of the project. This still gives the autonomy to the person with the idea to bring everything to fruition the way they envision it.
Now that all our New Year’s Resolutions are made and underway, we need ways to keep them and stay on track through 2014. What better way to do this than with the item that literally never leaves your side… your phone. With all the capabilities on your phone it is absolutely ridiculous not to take advantage of what is right in front of you. With these Top 10 apps you can continue your journey to success!
Waking up after the Holidays is always hard, all the food, excitement and entertainment, it’s a wonder anyone makes it to work on time after Christmas and New Year’s! Since we wanted to make sure we all make it to work on time to start 2014 off right, we wanted to share some great iPhone alarm apps to help you too!
It is a common myth that gamers are anti-social beings who hide in a dark room and play video games with little to no interaction with other human beings. And although this may be true for some lone-ranger gamers, the majority is thriving in online communities with other gamers.
Putting together Christmas villages is one of my favorite decorations for the holiday. Simply put, they are scale models of a small town in a winter wonderland. You will typically see a train running through these villages, but not all have trains. This is your chance to design what ever you want. Some villages can be placed under the Christmas tree or on a table. Which ever you prefer, you will have a wonderful time setting these up. If you do, it will be a memory your kids will talk about with their kids when they grow up and hopefully pass along the tradition. The video below is an example of what can be done if you put a lot of effort into it. It can get expensive, so start small and expand upon it every year.
Tis the busy holiday season and prepping for dinners and parties can be stressful. Finding ideas to set you apart from all those other dinner parties can be a daunting task. To give you a jump start on your ideas check out some of these creative decorations, games and food, but don’t be afraid to put your own twist on these ideas!
That time of year is here and the preparation begins early! Are you ready? If not check out this simple guide on “How To Survive Black Friday”. Remember if you plan on going out this year, make sure you take coffee and happy pills, no one likes when people are cranky running around in these large crowds! Don’t forget if you do not like crowds, fighting for products and dealing with people then you should stay home and prepare for Cyber Monday, Black Friday is for the calm, prepared and resilient ;).
Make sure that you have everyone’s Christmas lists early, preferably now. Kids often already have these working since summer so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but for the adults on your list make sure to ask them now what they want so you can prepare. Don’t forget to have yours ready too because if you are going to ask what they want they will probably ask you the same question right there!
Research Ads & Coupons
Do your research. If you want to properly do Black Friday then start looking at ads now and see where the cheapest of the products are going to be. Many sites do previews of products just so you can prepare. For general sales just keep those in mind for the bottom of your to go to list. Make sure to print specific ads just in case the employees get confused in the chaos you can show them what you are talking about. Also, having your coupons in order makes check out that much faster and you that less frustrated.