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Don’t Neglect to Invest in Your Professional Development

In the thick of the workday, it’s common to feel like you don’t have the time to learn new tasks or skills. It often feels like there’s always something more important to cross off your to-do list. But it’s important to set aside time to cultivate your professional development. Doing so can help you get ahead in your career, not just at your current job, but in future roles as well. Still unconvinced? Below are a handful of reasons you should invest in yourself, plus valuable tips to do it quickly and efficiently, so that you can make the most of what little time you have. 1. Become a more desirable job candidate. Employers are always looking to hire smart, driven people who have a wide set of skills and are committed to developing their expertise. Having lots of experience in different areas will go a long way, especially if…

9 Key Health Screenings Everyone Should Consider

Staying healthy can feel like a full-time job. There is always something new to know — or worse yet, to be afraid of. But it doesn’t have to be so complicated and overwhelming. In fact, simply getting your regular screenings can go a long way in preventing chronic conditions and detecting other serious conditions in their early stages. Because an increasing number of health insurance plans now have to cover many basic screenings, it makes sense from every financial angle to get your regular screenings. Not only are you already paying for many of them through your monthly health insurance premium, but the cost of treating a cancer or a chronic condition far outweighs any out-of-pocket expense you might have to cover. Here are nine screenings to make sure you keep up with. Colonoscopy What: A procedure that screens for colorectal cancer, the third most common cancer diagnosed in men…

Staying Connected to Your Humanity in the Digital Age

Technology has a profound impact on our lives, by and large affecting when, where and how we live and work, as well as influencing how we see and understand the world. But now that we’re always on and always connected, how can we strike a healthy work-life balance that ensures we don’t lose our humanity in the digital age? The price of our time More than one-third of respondents (36 percent) to a survey by Future Workplace for Kronos Inc. said they had given up work-life balance. Millennial and Gen Z employees were especially sensitive to this loss—83 percent reported they felt they had given up work-life balance, as opposed to 29 percent of Baby Boomers. Meanwhile, in the Pew Research Center’s July 2018 “Stories From Experts About the Impact of Digital Life,” Carolyn Heinrich, a professor of public policy, education and economics, writes: “If someone would have told me I…

Protecting Kids from Themselves Online

One reckless tweet, one mindless Snapchat, one thoughtless text message. That’s all it takes to derail a child’s dreams of going to college, winning a scholarship or landing an internship. That reality, coupled with the amount of time kids spend on devices nowadays, can make parenting in the age of digital technology complicated and overwhelming. More than half of teens saying they feel addicted to their cell phones, according to the nonprofit group CommonSense.org. And 45 percent say they are online almost constantly, according to Pew Research Center’s “Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018” report. If you are concerned about your child’s online behavior, you are not alone. A 2014 survey titled “Parenting in the Age of Technology” conducted by Northwestern University’s Center on Media and Human Development found that the vast majority of parents say new media technologies make parenting more difficult. Almost 80 percent say it caused conflict…

Slowing or Preventing the Progression of Dementia

You recognize the actor’s face, but you forget her name; you know the meaning of the word you’re searching for, but can’t come up with the actual word; you forget where you parked the car or put the car keys. These instances are frustrating—even embarrassing sometimes—and can incite worry over whether you’re suffering from simple forgetfulness or something more severe. Unlike age-related cognitive decline, which is often characterized by forgetting and then remembering, dementia is a chronic and worsening forgetfulness, confusion or inability to complete basic cognitive tasks, to the point that it’s interfering with daily life. The illness can take a financial toll as well. According to a 2015 Alzheimer’s Association report, the total lifetime cost of care for someone with dementia is estimated to be $341,840. Alzheimer’s screenings and medications Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia (accounting for about two-thirds of cases). The Alzheimer’s Association has…

Finding the Right Mentor to Grow Your Career

Mentors can be crucial to your professional and personal development, no matter your career stage. But how do you find one? Should you choose someone in your industry? Does it need to be a person you know? Here are five strategies you should consider when trying to find a mentor who is right for you. 1. Find someone successful in your field. Do a little research to find a professional in your industry. If you’re a web designer, for example, you might want to ask a creative director to become your mentor. This person will be able to speak the right lingo, and he or she will likely know professionals in your industry, which will be helpful for climbing the ladder. You might think first of people within your company, but this doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, your mentor doesn’t need to work with you — and…