The Importance of a Good Work-Life Balance

Why It’s Important

A healthy balance between work and home should be a priority for everyone. Implementing proper work-life balance offers many important benefits. There are, however, many hazards linked with an unbalanced work and home life. 

Risks

  • Poor health: Working long hours without taking time to relax will take its toll on health.
  • Unresolved conflict: A lack of balance can create conflicts at work and at home.
  • Poor performance: Taking on too much responsibility will lead to exhaustion and cause performance to suffer.
  • Financial loss: The impact on health and productivity takes a financial toll on both individual employees and organizations.

Benefits

  • Fulfilment: People who successfully implement work life balance improve their sense of fulfilment at work and at home.
  • Health: A healthy work life balance decreases the risk of heart disease and other health problems. 
  • Greater productivity: Being relaxed and well rested increases productivity and improves work performance.
  • Stronger relationships: Personal and professional relationships are strengthened and conflicts are avoided when there is work life balance.
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Guest Blog – 5 SEO Tips for Your Online Business

You run an online business and look for SEO tips so that your business can be found on the first page of Google’s results, right? How did I know? I guessed based on the fact that you clicked on the blog URL to read this blog.

I will not disappoint you, my friend. In this blog, I am going to share five search engine optimization tips that will help you grab a better position in search results, attract more visitors to your website, and convert more visits into sales.

Here they are.

On-site Optimization

Check the uploading time of your website. This must not be more than 2-3 seconds. Neither users nor Google will like the website if it takes more time to upload to the browser.

Make sure the appearance of the website is user-friendly. If the appearance is user-friendly, people will spend more time on it, and the more time people spend on your website, the more chance there is of a sale.

Make sure the content is original and persuasive. This will help you kill two birds with one stone – the content will influence readers to take action and it will influence the search engine to promote your website in the search results.

However, to get the favour of the search engine, you will need to include keywords in the content. Select the keywords with average competition and use them appropriately in the content. If you use keywords with high competition, it will take quite a while to beat the competition and be found on the first page. If you take keywords with no competition, you will be seen on the first page easily, but that visibility will be of no use.

You should not overuse keywords in the content to manipulate the search results; otherwise, your website may disappear from the top search results because Google counts this as spamming.

Link Building

Links matter a lot for your site’s visibility in the search results. The search engine counts the links as votes in favor of your site. As in elections, the contestant who gets the most votes wins the election, and the website that gets the most high-quality links gets positioned on the first page of the search results. Still, I have not assured you the first position because there are also other factors on which your website is measured.

I have used the word ‘high-quality links.’ Do not ignore it. Google values only high-quality links and promotes websites only because of them. The search engine disapproves of poor quality links and downs the ranking of a website because of them.

Content Marketing

The next important thing to concentrate on is the content marketing. You must run a smart content marketing campaign. You should search for the best content marketing websites of your business domain and publish your blogs on them. Do not forget to add a link to your website from the content marketing website. Most of the content marketing websites do not allow you to add a link to the content part, so you can add a link to the author bio section.

In addition to blogs, post press releases and articles as well. However, the thing that you need to take care of is making sure that the site that you select is a high authority website.

On-site Blogging

Add a WordPress blog to your website and post at least one high-quality blog every week. Give a link to the page relevant to the blog. However, the link must be genuine. The blog will attract people to read it. This will increase the value of your blog, and your website, for the search engine. If the value of your blog increases, believe me, you will not need to do anything else to reach your target audience. People will search for your blog on Google to get useful information. This will increase the value of your blog, and your blog will appear on the first page.

Social Shares of the blog

Though Google has not accepted that social shares have any effect on the ranking, in reality, they do. When you share something on your social networking account, your friends and followers read it and share it if they like, and this increases the visits to the blog, which directly improves their visibility in the search results.

These tips can really help your online business by improving its visibility, traffic, and conversion rates, so think about these tips seriously. If you do not want to take any chances and want sure-shot success for your business, seriously consider consulting with an experienced search engine optimization company.

 

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Resilence and Emotional Intelligence

Resilience (or resiliency) is our ability to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. Resilient people don’t wallow or dwell on failures; they acknowledge the situation, learn from their mistakes, and then move forward.

According to the research of leading psychologist, Susan Kobasa, there are three elements that are essential to resilience:

  1. Challenge – Resilient people view a difficulty as a challenge, not as a paralyzing event. They look at their failures and mistakes as lessons to be learned from, and as opportunities for growth. They don’t view them as a negative reflection on their abilities or self-worth.
  2. Commitment – Resilient people are committed to their lives and their goals, and they have a compelling reason to get out of bed in the morning. Commitment isn’t just restricted to their work – they commit to their relationships, their friendships, the causes they care about, and their religious or spiritual beliefs.
  3. Personal Control – Resilient people spend their time and energy focusing on situations and events that they have control over. Because they put their efforts where they can have the most impact, they feel empowered and confident. Those who spend time worrying about uncontrollable events can often feel lost, helpless, and powerless to take action.

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Crystal Reports – using Propercase but with some words needed in lower case – for example Wired for Sound

In Crystal Reports, if the data coming into a report is a mess of upper, lower and proper case, you may well want to convert the field using the function PROPERCASE. However, on doing so, you may find there are one or two that still look strange – for example ‘Bikes And Trikes’ may look better as ‘Bikes and Trikes’, etc. Decide which words you want to still be in lower case, for example, ‘to’, ‘and’, ‘for’ and ‘the’.

Proper case

In the example above, I have created a formula which converted my original customer name to proper case. I then use cstr to convert the resulting formula to a string.

To take into account that there may be a string where and is part of a word for example Bikes of England, when looking for a particular word in the string I have included spaces on either side of the word.

In the screenshot below, the Proper case column is to the left and the column to the right shows the result using the formula above.

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Microsoft Excel – deleting all blank rows in a worksheet

If you have several empty rows in an Excel worksheet, it is a bit of a nuisance to go through and delete them all manually. You can select blanks cells, using Go to Special, but if you are not careful you will end up deleting rows that contain a few blank cells rather than being completely blank rows.

Instead, go to the column to the right of any data and set up a formula:

=countblank(a2:?2) where ? is the previous column letter

Copy the formula down to the end of the column.

Blank rows

Now, put on a filter on that column (Data – Filter) and filter so you are just seeing the rows with the maximum number of blanks (these rows will be completely blank).

Blank rows

Delete these rows, clear the filter and delete your extra column.

You will now have removed the blank rows.

Blank rows

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Microsoft Excel – gridlines lost when formatting cell background

When you add colour to a cell background in Excel, either manually using the Cell Background  Cell background icon button or by using Conditional Formatting, you lose the gridline round the cell.

Cell gridlines

 

If you really want to see the gridline, you can reproduce it using the cell borders button. Select the relevant cells, then from the Borders dropdown, select All Borders, then click More Borders. The Format Cells dialog box will be displayed with the Borders tab uppermost. From the Color dropdown, choose White, Background 1, Darker 15%. On the right-hand side, click on all borders of the rectangle in the Border section.

Format Cells Borders dialog box

Click OK.

You will now see gridlines round your data.

Cell gridlines

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Microsoft Word – getting back to normal text after using text effects

If you use the Text Effects  Text Effects icon button in the Font group on the Home tab, you produce some interesting effects. However, it is not then obvious how to get back to normal writing!

To do so, click the Clear All Formatting Clear All Formatting icon button also in the Font group on the Home tab. This will get you back to ordinary type.

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Microsoft Excel – Sorting by colour and within that alphabetically

If you conditionally format data in Excel, you can sort by colour.

Conditionally formatted data  In the above data set, I have conditionally formatted all those with word ESTATE in the description.

Then, on the Data tab, I click the big Sort button and enter as below.

Sort dialog box

Then click Add Level and select Description again, this time with Order A to Z.

Sort Dialog box level 2

The data will be sorted as required.

Sorted by colour and alphabetically

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Microsoft Excel – using series from more than one worksheet in a chart

Sometimes you may create a chart in Excel and then want to add data from another worksheet.

Excel chart

To add in extra data, on the Chart Tools Design tab, in the Data group, click Select Data.

Change series dialog box

At the left under Legend Entries (Series), click Add. The Edit Series dialog box will be displayed.

Edit Series dialog box

Locate the data you want to add. From the Series name box, click in the cell containing the label of the series you want to add. From the Series values box, drag across the cell range containing the values you want to add. Click OK twice. The data will be added to your chart.

Chart with series added

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Microsoft Excel – date format of Monday 1 Jan 2018

I was asked whether I could create a date format of Monday 1 Jan 2018 and copy it down to Tuesday 2 Jan 2018 etc. This requires a custom format. However, I also found it required me changing my computer settings for Long Date in Date/ Time settings.

Access the Date/Time settings on your computer and find the setting for changing date and time formats – this will depend on which version of Windows you are using. For the Long Date, select dddd, d MMMM yyyy as this is the nearest to that required.

Now in Excel, select the cells to be formatted, and open the Format Cells dialog box at the Number tab. Select Long Date. Then click Custom. Adapt the setting to be dddd d mmm yyyy. Click OK.

Type into the first cell 01/01/2018 – it will be displayed as Monday 1 Jan 2018. You can then use the Autofill handle to fill in the rest of the dates.

dddd – shows day of month in full

d – shows 1st digit of day

mmm – shows month as Jan, Feb, etc.

yyyy – shows year in full

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