Why do I love TED talks? Let me count the ways - there are a few!
I'd like to share some of my favorite talks with you - which is why I'm now sharing "TED Talk Tuesdays", where I'll be posting on Facebook and Twitter a talk that has moved me in some way. I'd love to hear your favorites as well, and share them with the world!
Do you use a digital organizer - or are you loyal to your paper planner? Digital calendars and planners have become both easier to use and to access. Smartphone apps put complex calendars literally in our purses and back pockets. The ability to access future commitments in seconds and have them graphically spread in front of us like artwork can be exciting, and possibly a bit overwhelming.
The most important consideration when choosing a planner is what feels natural to you and helps you best stay on track. As with paper planners, there are specific pluses and minuses to using digital calendars.
Digital Calendar Pros:
+ Lightweight, compact and portable
+ Can hold a TON of information
+ Can program for reoccurring events (i.e. weekly meetings)
+ Easily search for data
Digital Calendar Cons:
- Requires you to rely on device being charged (or find an outlet)
- Higher learning curve – must learn the program or app
- Can be challenging for people to use who are visual learners or who prefer the tactile feature of paper planners
My advice for starting out is the same as with paper planners – choose the simplest option, master it, and build upon that mastery as your needs change. A formula for organizational success!
Do you use a digital calendar on your smart phone/tablet/laptop/desktop computer? I’d love to hear what program and what you love about that program! Please comment below.
And do you know how to find them?
It’s a scary digital world for parents. There seems to be about as much control over kids’ accounts and digital information as control of the weather. So how do we keep our kids safe – and keep tabs on their accounts?
Know Your Rights
There are laws, as provided for by COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Act of 1998), that regulate what our kids are able to do online. It addresses such things as waiting until at least age 13 to get a Facebook account and prohibiting marketers from targeting kids younger than that age. But there is a whole lot of grey area – and we have a whole lot of things we need to do on our parts.
We have to ask ourselves this uncomfortable question: If something happens to my child (injury, illness, death), could I access my child’s technology?
Could you unlock the phone or laptop? Open emails? Find IDs and passwords for all social media accounts? The reality is that the law does not protect parents and their children. If you don’t have access now, tech companies aren’t necessarily going to give it to you if you need it. In recent years, parents have been battling, unsuccessfully, to access their kids’ accounts. So a platform like Facebook won’t allow you access to your child’s account in case of an emergency. They are just now rolling out options in the US for people to establish “Legacy” settings. The laws are behind the technology, and we have to take steps to organize our kids’ digital information.
Organizing Your Child’s Digital Information
Every family needs to find a method that works for the ages and responsibility levels of their kids. The point is to do something today so your child’s digital footprint doesn’t walk away from you.
What can you do in 10 or 15 minutes? I'm thinking most of us can cram quite a bit into that small time frame if we're committed to it. I've lectured, oops I mean blogged, about the inefficiency of multi-tasking, which we've all been convinced is the best way to use our time.
There is a frenzy in our computers and on our smartphones and tablets - the endless supply of emails streaming into our inboxes. It takes 10 - 15 minutes to refocus on a project after an email interruption. Multiply that by the 36 times the average worker checks his/her email and we've got a serious time deficiency on our hands. It is time to tame the email frenzy and get back on track.
What to do, what to do? How about WE control the email instead of the email controlling us, like the saying the tail wags the dog vs the other way around? We don't even need fancy technology to do this! Start by setting an "Email Budget".
Don't have any idea how much time email is taking up in your life? Try an app like MyMinutes (IOS) or RescueTime (Android) that run in the background and track your activity. I promise you, it's a real eye opener! I would love to hear from you, too. Take less than 1 minute to add your voice to our poll, and see how much time others are spending on email, too.
Be sure to stop by next week for....Using your Email Budget effectively.
Welcome to August....and National Immunization Awareness Month - which goes hand in hand with back to school readiness! Now, I don't want to debate whether immunizations are necessary or not - each camp has its right to its opinion. For those who do choose to immunize, keeping records of immunizations shouldn't be just a shot in the dark.
Whether we're talking about your toddler or you are tracking your own healthcare (yep - adults get immunizations, too!), knowing where to find those records is important. Schools and sport teams need access to this information. Adults have their own lists of immunizations, too, for the shingles vaccine and more, and you never know when you're going to need access to this information on short notice.
When my kids were younger we got little booklets to record the type and date of immunizations, as well as the name of the Dr. who gave them. I kept them in the file cabinet under each of their names, along with other medical information.
In the digital age, we have a plethora of options! Parents can use the little booklet the Drs are still handing out, or use an online printable like the ones provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - they can be printed out or saved as a PDF and filed as such. And, of course, there are many apps for tracking immunizations, such as Shots (love the logo with the needle - NOT!). The Shots app has the complete set of vaccine schedules from the CDC, along with up to date information about risks, adverse reactions, contraindications, etc.
No matter how you choose to record immunizations, remember WHERE you keep them, and keep them up to date. Healthcare record keeping shouldn't be a shot in the dark!
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