With a highly demanding day job, I do not like my sleep being disturbed

Sleep is very important and I love my sleep a great deal. However, for the past few weeks I have not been able to have very good sleep.

I work as an accountant in a very busy firm in town. I love my job and I am not complaining about the work load – actually I like it as it is. I would rather work continuously than have any breaks where I am idle. I hate being idle and the boredom of idleness makes me nuts. This is hugely due to my personality. Unlike many people, I am not very social; therefore, during periods of idleness, unlike most people, I am not inclined to engage in some useless chatter.

Apart from being introverted, I do not find much appeal in other things which other people engage in to pass time. This includes things like social media, playing computer games, or surfing certain entertainment sites on the internet.

Due to this very unique personality, I get very bored when I do not have work to do. Fortunately or unfortunately, my personality has earned me the tag of a workaholic. People have realized that I do not take any unnecessary breaks from my work and that I never complain about work. The bosses love me and I hold the company’s record of climbing fastest into a managerial position. The other people in the firm do not like me very much.

Since I am very busy during the day, I work my brain a great deal buried in all kinds of accounting calculations. At the end of the day I go back home tired and happy to go back to the one place I love so much – my home and my family.

I love our house in which we have lived in since I got married to my husband. Our two kids have been born and have grown in the very same house and now they are in college. Home is the best place for me to relax and get rejuvenated after a hard day’s work.

Sleep is very important and I like to get quality 8 hours of sleep each day. Unfortunately for the last few weeks I have not had very good sleep. I am very sensitive to noise and of late my husband has been making funny noises grinding his teeth in his sleep which has been greatly disturbing my sleep. Not knowing the reason for the cause of him grinding his teeth we decided to consult an expert.

The expert informed us that my husband had bruxism – a condition that caused teeth grinding. To control the condition the doctor prescribed wearing mouth guards to sleep which would prevent the grinding action by eliminating the grinding sensation that encouraged the action.

The expert told us that the grinding action was usually a cause of stress. We agreed with the observation since my husband had been having a lot of work related stress which must have triggered the bruxism.

Whilst wearing the night mouth guard to manage the bruxism, the doctor also encouraged therapy to manage the stress.

Reasons why most people fail at work-from-home online businesses

There are numerous ways through which an individual can make money online by working from home. One of the most common ways is by selling products and offering services online. An entrepreneur can create and sell their own products or, even market and sell products of other people, at a commission. One can also establish an online business to offer services such as writing, tutoring, programing or even web design from their home offices. Many people have succeeded and made a life by working from the comfort of their homes.

However, just like in other customary businesses, it takes time and effort to build a successful online business venture. Most of the brilliant business ideas fail to kick off because the owners of such ideas fail to utilize the potential provided by the internet to build successful online businesses.

Work from home businesses require one to develop the necessary discipline and consistency to be successful. It takes a lot of discipline to be successful in anything including a work-from-home business. Majority of the online businesses fail because entrepreneurs lack the discipline required to propel them. One has to dedicate enough time and effort on a daily basis to set their business on proper footing. Only a few businesses manage to make profits in the first few months. One should therefore be patient for a new business idea to bear fruits.

Other business fail because the owners have the wrong attitude towards them. Before an individual can be successful, they have to learn the art of thinking like successful people. An individual’s thoughts, words, and imagination can determine whether they will succeed or fail in a work-from-home business. An entrepreneur should therefore have a positive attitude towards their businesses. They should have a solid strategy and plan for their business as well so as to make their ideas work. Winning strategies are created in the mind, and so do losers.

Most of other online business fail because entrepreneurs lack the necessary marketing skills required to thrive in the competitive environment. Just like in the normal business world, there is a lot of competition in the internet world and only a few business thrive. So, apart from having the right attitude and a solid plan for a business, an entrepreneur should also be keen to sharpen their marketing skills.

An entrepreneur could have the right product and service but if they lack the necessary skills to deliver them to customers, then they are bound to fail. There are several ways through which one can market their business online. Some of the techniques include writing informative articles to post to websites and blogs and then creating backlinks and also advertising on various social media platforms. The secret is to create enough traffic and then converting the traffic into sales.

Finally, some of the best ideas fail to sell probably because the entrepreneur quits too soon. Most of the people venture into a business only to quit after few weeks or months after launching the business. An entrepreneur should have a strong will to stand by their business even when the going gets tough.

Top socio-economic sectors that have been completely transformed by the internet

The internet is a worldwide resource that anyone can easily connect to and get all kinds of benefits from. Communication was one of the major advantages that was clearly evident in the internet that made the world take it up by storm. No longer would you have to send letters or call someone from overseas, you could simply send them an email. Phone calls through the internet (VOIP) soon followed. Apart from making communication much faster, it made it very much cheaper.

Businesses then discovered ways by which they could use the internet for furthering their businesses. This was first done by businesses creating websites where they advertised their services. This proved to be a wonderful platform that could reach many more clients from around the world. Businesses could give much more details about what they sold especially through online catalogs. The websites had the advantage of providing graphic and textual content to lure customers.

As people continued to embrace the new technology, scientists and innovators continued to look for ways to enhance the internet experience. It was discovered that banking services could be offered online. People could send money to far off destinations via the internet. It was possible to withdraw and deposit money from whichever place in the world. This discovery led to the realization that business transactions could be transacted over the internet.

The introduction of online sales caused a major shift in the world of economics. It was a game changer that has completely changed how things are done today.

Apart from hugely improving the field of business. The internet has also had a tremendous impact on the way news and information is spread. When it was known that anyone could have their own website, news agencies started posting news on special online websites. Private individuals soon realized the potential of the internet. People started creating websites that they dedicated to passing across information. This was the inception of blogs that are today a prominent source of all kinds of information.

The social scene has also not been left behind. The internet is said to have made the whole world a village. This can be seen in its great impact on social activities. Communication has been made to be very easy and very fast and people can easily communicate with their loved ones all around the world. Communication can be via text messages, voice calls, and multimedia such as videos and pictures.

The internet has hugely improved the lives of many by improving business and providing new ways of making money that were not existent before. The mere invention of websites has created many jobs such as web design jobs and content creation jobs. There are also people who are now working on the internet to achieve business goals such as marketing. Online marketing is a major industry today that is generating lots of money.

Through online marketing, there are many internet jobs that have come up such as online surveys, search engine optimization, affiliate marketing, search engine marketing, and many other online jobs that did not exist before.

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What Kind of person are you in the workplace?

There are three different kinds of people. Some people are extroverts, some are introverts and others are ambiverts. An extrovert is that guy who always seems to be hyper. They are enthusiastic, assertive, and many times quite talkative. Extroverts love being around people and like to be involved in social activities. An extrovert will usually get bored quickly when he/ she is not in the company of other people. Extroverts are the kind of people you need to invite if you want to have a smashing party.

When it comes to the working environment, extroverts can be very good team players. This is because for one, they tend to desire to be pleasant to others and will cooperate more readily. They also interact easily with other people and are more skillful at it. Extroverts are also very good in hyping up a group that would otherwise be too laid back, dull, and boring. Due to their social skills, and usually daring personalities, extroverts make very good sales people.

Then we have the introvert. An introvert is a person who is quite comfortable in his/ her own company. They are usually seen to be people who are more reflective in their ways. They are often considered thinkers since they are most of the time in their own mental world. Introverts usually like having their space to themselves and therefore like doing things by themselves. Introverts are usually overwhelmed with excessive stimulation from social activities. Introverts should however not be confused with shy people. Many introverts do not fear interacting with others but simply prefer not to.

Introverts are usually found in careers where being solitary confinement is advantageous. For example fields such as writing, engineering, composing, painting, sculpturing, and computer programming are all areas predominantly occupied by introverts. Since introverts love working alone and are not very comfortable in crowded work places, many are attracted to jobs where they work in seclusion such as working online from home.

There is also another category, the ambivert category. It is impossible to categorize all people as either being exclusively extroverts or exclusive introverts. There is another category of people that falls between the two categories. These are people who can be comfortable when around social groups but also love spending time alone.

Ambivert people are best at achieving balance in their work places. They are not loud individuals who talk tirelessly and end up irritating others but they can be calculating and can choose when to freely talk with others and when to be quiet. When it comes to jobs such as sales, they know when to push a client but they also know when to ease off the pressure from a client. They are known to provide better care for a client.

Ambiverts can also be very good leaders. Leaders are usually judged by how assertive they are. A good leader is one who knows when to be very assertive and know when to be mild. An extrovert leader is many times likely to assert pressure even when he/ she needs to be mild whereas and introvert might be too lenient. An ambient will often provide the right balance and provide the best leadership.

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My shopping challenges finally caught up with me

I hate shopping, not buying… buying stuff is okay but shopping for stuff is what I hate. I consider shopping as the purchasing of commodities after detailed due diligence about its availability, its price, and the availability of the same product at a better bargain in another outlet. This is what I just do not have the patience for. Usually what I do is just buy what I want from the nearest available store.

My wife usually does most of the shopping. Even for my stuff. She realized my hopelessness in shopping way back when we were dating. When I went shopping, I would buy stuff very expensively whereas she could buy the same stuff at much cheaper prices. I was also at a loss when it came to buying the right quantities. I would either buy too much or too little. Often I had to grudgingly go back and buy more of the same product.

Another problem was that I did not care to take advantage of sale offers and promotions. There were many promotion plans such as where one could earn points if they used their credit cards to shop from particular stores. Other promotions were where one could buy certain products and at the end of the day they could redeem some of the money that they had used shopping.

These plans and promotions were too complicated for me to understand how they worked, or rather, I was just not bothered to take time and understand them. Therefore, whereas my wife would often get items at amazing deals, I would miss out. I was also not very keen of what we needed back in the house especially when it came to the kitchen stuff. When buying cooking oil, detergents, and other similar stuff, I had to always call my wife while at the store shelves to confirm which particular brand we used. Due to my numerous challenges, we eventually decided that my wife would be doing the shopping.

My wife recently received a memo that within a month’s time, she would be representing her company in an eight weeks long workshop in the U.K. My wife works in a leading international oil company and the summit would be attended by representatives from all around the world. She did not have a choice but to attend.

I would therefore have to manage the home and our two kids for the two months.

I am usually petrified of being without the help of my wife for a weekend leave alone two months. Obviously I would have to hire a house help to do the cleaning but what about the other stuff. For example, what about the shopping. It is impossible for her to shop for all the things that we might need for the duration, especially in the case of groceries and other foods such as milk.

Since we have some time before she goes away for the two months, my wife has been taking me with her to do the shopping. It does not matter that I hate the experience, I have to at least learn some basics.

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Working with the Dead

Being a mortician or funeral director is not for everyone. It requires a skill set that not many people can attain. Morticians are primarily responsible for managing all aspects involved with the planning of a funeral. Some of these duties include helping the family deal with grief, preparing the remains, moving the body to the mortuary, and performing last rites according to their religious beliefs. If you want to be a funeral director, you can expect to be on call nearly 24 hours a day.

In order to become a funeral director, you must obtain your Associate’s degree in Mortuary Science. You have a better chance of obtaining a long-term career in the field if you obtain your Bachelor’s degree as well. You will then have to become licensed in the state in which you live. You have the potential to earn a little over $40,000 a year in the field of mortuary science.

Mortician Schools

There are many colleges that offer degrees in Mortuary Science, many of whom will allow you to take several classes online. In fact, a lot of them will allow you earn the majority of your degree online. The Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science has one of the best programs in the country. They offer several online mortuary science programs to help prepare students for running their own funeral directing business. You can earn your Diploma in Embalming and Funeral Directing which is a 60-credit hour program for students looking to obtain their state licensure.

Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina, offers a number of funeral service-related programs online. Students have the option of receiving their Associate’s degree in funeral services or their Funeral Services Education Certificate. Both of these programs will help a student become prepared to become a funeral director, funeral home manager, embalmer, or funeral home employee. This will also prepare the student for licensure in South Carolina and in any other state. This program also offers students with the flexibility to obtain their degrees online while maintaining other important obligations.

Becoming a Mortician

All of the technical knowledge that is required of you to become a mortician can be taught in either of these programs. However, learning how to work with grieving families is not something that they can teach you in school. Showing empathy for others is something that is not always easy to do. If you have it within your heart and skill set to be caring and empathetic to others, then you will be very good at being a funeral director. When someone loses a loved one it is not an easy time. It is important that you keep that in mind when working in this field.

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Creating through Architecture

Architecture involves more than an aptitude for drawing or basic carpentry. Architects are involved in each phase of the process of creating a new structure, from conceiving the idea for the structure’s design to communicating the plans to clients to overseeing the construction process and ensuring the final structure is satisfactory.

Architects are responsible for designing a wide variety of structures and buildings such as, hospitals, houses, and government buildings. The primary concern of an architect is safety, functionality, practicality, as well as aesthetics and legal issues in the design of a building. They play a big role in every aspect of the building process from conception to construction. As an architect, you will be required to work long hours and spent a lot of time on your feet.

In order to become an architect, you will need to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. The degree program that you choose must be accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. Your next steps would be to attend an internship program, become licensed, and earn your professional certification. If you want to improve your chances of a better career, obtaining your Master’s degree would be the next step.

It will require a great deal of hard work and dedication but both of these careers will be worth it in the long run. If you enjoy working with your hands and learning something new every day, both of these careers are great options for you.

A student can obtain an architecture degree at a specialty school that focuses on architecture and no other subject. There are some colleges and universities that offer degree programs in the same subject. Boston Architectural College offers a Distance Learning Program for a Master of Architecture and a Master of Design Studies degrees. Students can now pursue their Master’s degree in Architecture while living at home and maintaining a home life. The virtual classroom has the same richness and rigor as a traditional classroom. It simply gives students the freedom to work when it is convenient for them.

There are many 4-year colleges and universities that offer the option of an architecture degree. Schools such as Arizona State University, Ohio State University, University of Minnesota, and Texas A&M just to name a few. Make sure that you choose a college that is accredited by the National Architectural Board. Also consider your concentrations as well as the complexity of the coursework that is involved in the program. All of these schools are great options if you are interested in architecture. Even though it requires a great deal of hard work and dedication, there will always be plenty of career opportunities available for architects.

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Writing from the Heart

If you are considering the thought of becoming a journalist, it is important to know what this rewarding career consists of. A journalist is primarily responsible for writing and researching news and current events via broadcast, online, and print media. Methods of research can include interviews, making contacts, and even on-site investigation. It requires someone who is passionate about getting the story and telling it in a unique way.

Journalists are sometimes required to attend live functions in order to conduct research and then review the notes that they took. Being a journalist requires excellent communication, writing, and grammar skills. Some journalists narrow their focus of interest to business, politics, sports, and entertainment. You can begin your journey to become a journalist by joining your high school newspaper and taking creative writing and journalism courses.

In order to become a journalist, you must obtain your Bachelor’s degree in journalism. You will learn about how to conduct research, interviews, as well as how to cultivate new resources and leads. Many times journalists work on a freelance basis so you may also want to take some courses in business administration and marketing. While you are pursuing your degree, you should try to land an internship at a local newspaper or news station which will help you obtain a better job after graduation.

Many journalists work for newspapers, news stations, and many work for themselves. It is a very rewarding career that gives you the opportunity to travel and learn more about how the world works.

You can find work for newspapers, magazines, TV stations, radio stations, colleges and universities, as well as a wide assortment of Internet portals. Figures for 2013 from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that a majority of journalists worked for newspapers and magazines (www.bls.gov). A smaller but significant share worked for TV and radio stations. The BLS outlook for journalists isn’t promising. Approximately 43,630 were employed in 2013 as opposed to 50,690 in 2008. Employment is expected to decline another thirteen percent by 2022, primarily due to consolidation in the industry. Opportunities will be strongest at online magazines and newspapers. The median salary of journalists as of May 2013 was $35,600.

You will likely have to start out in a small market at a small station or newspaper. Entry-level tasks include writing obituaries or covering civic meetings or court cases. After you’ve accumulated more experience, advancement usually entails changing jobs to positions at larger publications or broadcasters in a larger market, covering a specific field or covering more difficult or dangerous stories. With sufficient experience you could become a columnist or editor if you work at a newspaper. You could advance to the position of correspondent, announcer or program manager if you work for a broadcaster.

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Seeing the World from Different Angles

Optometrists are physicians that care for your eyes. If you’re having a vision problem, an optometrist will examine your eyes and provide you with a diagnosis. In some cases, an optometrist may prescribe corrective lenses to treat your vision problem. If you have an eye disease, such as glaucoma, your optometrist will refer you to an ophthalmologist. Optometrists also provide your vision care before and after a surgical procedure, and the optometrist may administer prescriptions and vision therapy.


If you want to become an optometrist, you’ll need about eight years of education. Depending on how fast you work, you might be able to graduate sooner if you take on additional credit hours or complete coursework during the summer. A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, like chemistry or biology, is the first step. Under normal circumstances, this degree takes four years to acquire.

After that, you’ll begin your optometry program. This program lasts four years and results in a Doctor of Optometry degree. As of November 2013, there were 23 schools accredited by the American Optometric Association, the accrediting body for optometry schools (www.aoa.org). Classes you’re expected to complete in these programs include applied ocular anatomy, geometric and theoretical optics, vision science, and ocular physiology.


In order to start working, you’ll need to be licensed by your state. You must provide proof that you graduated from an accredited school with a Doctor of Optometry degree, and you’ll need to pass a state and national examination. The exam includes written and clinical portions to ensure you not only know the appropriate information, but that you can correctly perform procedures. Continuing education credits are necessary to renew your license every one to three years.

Internship and Work Experience

While not a requirement, you may want to acquire some work experience before or directly after graduation. Residency programs provide an opportunity to obtain some real work experience. Normally requiring a year to complete, a residency program can give you access to special training and experience in area of optometry like family practice, pediatrics, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and ocular disease.

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Straight from the Heart

If you work in the medical field, chances are you are making a difference in the world. Whether you help with the process of dialysis or help perform EKGs for heart patients, you are a skilled individual with much to offer the world. If you want to get into one of these fields, you may be wondering where to start. What type of education is needed? Where will you be working once you obtain your degree? These are just a couple of the questions you may be asking yourself. Keep reading to learn more

An EKG technician is responsible for performing diagnostic tests to help doctors in treating and diagnosing cardiovascular problems in patients. These tests typically detect minor and severe irregularities that could result in a heart attack or heart disease. They are also responsible for monitoring a patient’s blood pressure and repositioning patients. An EKG technician works in medical facilities and spend a great deal of their time on their feet.

In order to become an EKG technician, you must first have a high school diploma. You are then qualified to receive on-the-job training or to obtain a certificate or degree at an accredited college. If you decide to obtain a certificate, this typically takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks as will any training that is obtained on the job. You will then be required to become certified in the state in which you live in.

Cardiovascular Credentialing International offers a certification examination for EKG technicians who have the required experience or education. The Certified Cardiographic Technician (CCT) credentialing is not required, but the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that employers prefer applicants who have earned professional certification. Students who have completed an approved EKG training program or who have at least six months of experience will also be eligible to take the Electrocardiograph (EKG) Technician exam offered by the American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT).

Individuals who wish to advance their skills can learn how to perform more specialized EKG tests, Holter monitoring and stress tests. This additional on-the-job training typically takes 18-24 months to complete and usually requires intensive study of physiology and cardiovascular anatomy. This training may increase job prospects and create opportunities for career advancement.

EKG technician certification programs are available at several colleges throughout the country. These programs train students on using the EKG machine and practicing correct 12-lead placement on patients. Programs may also cover medical terminology, anatomy and legal aspects of interacting with patients. Students will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with EKG equipment and gain hands-on experience during labs. Becoming an EKG technician requires a lot of hard work but will be worth it in the long run.

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