BeautyOnEarth

Patients, Prayer, Persistence
fastcompany:

Do your Internet habits hold you back, or help you succeed?
In theory, technology should increase both work flexibility and productivity, but it is also responsible for procrastination and a major threat to people’s work-life balance.
In fact, much of the recent debate about work-life imbalance is concerned with our relationship with technology, in particular our inability to disconnect or go offline.
For example, in the U.S. almost 50% of working adults report being “hooked” on email, which is estimated to cost the nation’s economy at least $900 billion a year in productivity loss. According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, professionals spend 28% of their work time reading or answering emails. These statistics explain the international success of bestselling books like The Four Hour Work Week.
Furthermore, even people who manage to keep their email addiction in check are prone to getting hooked on other sites or apps, such as Facebook or Twitter, with a growing number of people trying social media sabbatical, where they detox from these sites for a couple of months or so. Needless to say, our digital excesses may harm not just our productivity but also our personal relationships with others, especially if they demand exclusive attention from the physical world.
So how can we better manage our web-life balance? Here are four practical suggestions you may want to consider:
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fastcompany:

Do your Internet habits hold you back, or help you succeed?

In theory, technology should increase both work flexibility and productivity, but it is also responsible for procrastination and a major threat to people’s work-life balance.

In fact, much of the recent debate about work-life imbalance is concerned with our relationship with technology, in particular our inability to disconnect or go offline.

For example, in the U.S. almost 50% of working adults report being “hooked” on email, which is estimated to cost the nation’s economy at least $900 billion a year in productivity loss. According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, professionals spend 28% of their work time reading or answering emails. These statistics explain the international success of bestselling books like The Four Hour Work Week.

Furthermore, even people who manage to keep their email addiction in check are prone to getting hooked on other sites or apps, such as Facebook or Twitter, with a growing number of people trying social media sabbatical, where they detox from these sites for a couple of months or so. Needless to say, our digital excesses may harm not just our productivity but also our personal relationships with others, especially if they demand exclusive attention from the physical world.

So how can we better manage our web-life balance? Here are four practical suggestions you may want to consider:

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nubbsgalore:

photos of sakurajima, the most active volcano in japan, by (click pic) takehito miyatake (previously featured) and martin rietze. volcanic storms can rival the intensity of massive supercell thunderstorms, but the source of the charge responsible for this phenomenon remains hotly debated.

in the kind of storm clouds that generate conventional lightning, ice particles and soft hail collide, building up positive and negative charges, respectively. they separate into layers, and the charge builds up until the electric field is high enough to trigger lightning.

but the specific mechanism by which particles of differing charges are separated in the ash cloud is still unknown. lightning has been observed between the eruption plume and the volcano right at the start of an eruption, suggesting that there are processes that occur inside the volcano to lead to charge separation.  

volcanic lightning could yield clues about the earth’s geological past, and could answer questions about the beginning of life on our planet. volcanic lightning could have been the essential spark that converted water, hydrogen, ammonia, and methane molecules present on a primeval earth into amino acids, the building blocks of life.

(see also: previous volcanology posts)

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bigbangmeow:

Hottest eye colour ever 💛 on We Heart It.

bigbangmeow:

Hottest eye colour ever 💛 on We Heart It.

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The Library is Open
Reading is fundamental!!!!!

The Library is Open

Reading is fundamental!!!!!

malformalady:

Stunning blue eyes of a child with possible Waardenberg Syndrome. The poster of this photo on reddit says: “I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. I live in the same village as this girl, Suru. I believe she has Waardenburg Syndrome. Along with the stunning eyes, she is completely deaf and has a patch of white skin on her right hand.”

malformalady:

Stunning blue eyes of a child with possible Waardenberg Syndrome. The poster of this photo on reddit says: “I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. I live in the same village as this girl, Suru. I believe she has Waardenburg Syndrome. Along with the stunning eyes, she is completely deaf and has a patch of white skin on her right hand.”

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weenyteenblog:

gradientlair:

#ITooAmHarvard is a project by Black students at Harvard to speak out about the racism that they experience in their daily lives as students. It will also be a play.

Pretty heartbreaking. These beautiful and bright students deserve so much better. Above I included some of the photographs (there’s many more) of Black women who are students there because I think it’s important to point out how racism is not only impacting Whites’ perception of their intelligence but also how White people approach their appearance as well, in gender-specific ways. This is heartbreaking to me albeit not surprising. The myth that working hard = happy payoff is a fairy tale. Racism is ubiquitous. 

I really wish them the best with their education and the ability to navigate these microaggressions and overt acts of racism. This stuff increases stereotype threat and impacts mental health and health which impacts performance. I want the best for them. Much love. 

i love this.

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fastcompany:

Brazilian Teens Improve Their English By Chatting With Elderly Americans

A Brazilian program connects teens looking to improve their language skills with Americans looking for a bit of conversation.

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Bad Girl RiRi be doing the most. #beautyoneart #badgirlriri
Carmelo , you mad bro, tell em why you mad bro

Bad Girl RiRi be doing the most. #beautyoneart #badgirlriri

Carmelo , you mad bro, tell em why you mad bro

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Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519)

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Beauty On EArth #beautyonearth

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