How to Alleviate “Screen Fatigue” During Online School and Work By Mady Holgerson Physical and emotional exhaustion is on the rise from increased … Open Studio Hartford, the annual extravaganza of art in the city, goes virtual this year, with artists showing their work online from now to New Year’s Day. The Greer City Planning Commission gives initial approval for more places to live, work, house businesses One of my early mentors would all the time say to deal with what you might be good at, let others do the remaining. As a solopreneur, this usually means to outsource growth. I’ve been outsourcing work for years. I’ve wasted some huge cash on poor deliverables, however I’ve additionally… It’s easier to keep customers log-term if your website is user-friendly and has visual appeal. Maintain contact with your customers, through email newsletters for instance, to keep them engaged with your brand. suddefrancetravelacademy.com publication created by staff member
How to Alleviate “Screen Fatigue” During Online School and Work
By Mady Holgerson
Physical and emotional exhaustion is on the rise from increased screen time. It’s now common to have a headache or find your eyes are too tired by the end of the day. Emotional exhaustion can be found on Zoom when meetings can come across meaningless when the brain is trying to interpret so many faces and lack of verbal cues. During a time where screen time has increased exponentially for students and teachers, it is vital to take care of physical and emotional health.
Ph.D. Bryan Robinson for Forbes wrote an article explaining how Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a condition in which you experience eye symptoms as a result of prolonged screen time. It can result in headache, eye strain, watering, redness and blurred vision.
A strategy to prevent this problem according to the American Optometric Association is the 20-20-20 rule. The rule says that every 20 minutes of screen time a person should look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This strategy relaxes eye muscles and reduces strain.
Another strategy is to make sure your environment lighting about the same as your digital screen lighting. This is especially important since it is getting dark earlier because of winter season and
daylight savings. If you do not have another good source of lighting make sure you dim your computer or phone.
According to an article by National Geographic “Zoom Fatigue” is a real issue in which immense amount of virtual interactions can be hard on the brain. Non-verbal cues provide a comprehensive image of what is being conveyed by the speaker and what is expected to be responded by the listener. Gallery view on Zoom can exhaust this issue by challenging the brain by forcing to interpret so many people at once that no one comes across meaningfully. Although video-chatting has provided connections to prosper in so many ways, it is good to let your brain take a break. A strategy is for next time you have to connect with a client or your team, do a walking meeting. Walking meetings are proven to reduce stress and improve creativity.
Learning and working remotely can be extremely exhausting emotionally and physically. Make sure to put your health first and take care of yourself.
Open Studio Hartford won’t be in person, but you can visit local artists and buy their work online through January
Artworks by Nigel Wynter are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Nigel Wynter)
The coronavirus pandemic is a time when most Americans need their spirits lifted. Open Studio Hartford is here to help. The annual extravaganza of artists opening up their workspaces to meet art lovers and sell their works is going virtual this year.
There aren’t as many artists as in previous years, but at the same time, there are no crowds to walk through to see the art. Artists are going up on the openstudiohartford.com site one by one, and Cynthia Bulaong, who produces the event through Artists in Real Time, said about 120 artists total will sell their items.
Bulaong said turning the live event into a virtual event was necessary but nonetheless disappointing, as artists enjoy the face-to-face interaction with the customers who love their work enough to buy it. She added, though, that the pandemic-friendly format has created an opportunity, because virtual events don’t have to end after the traditional two-weekend run.
“I’ll keep these artists live through January and we’ll learn how to promote online visibility and sales,” Bulaong said.
At openstudiohartford.com, shoppers can browse selections of each artist’s inventory. If they like the style and subject matter, they can click to official websites to see more, chat with the artist and buy.
Here are some of the artists showing their work.
Photographs by Doug Hockman are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Doi)
South Windsor photographer Doug Hockman creates natural scenes and long-exposure abstract photos inspired by water, the beach and weather. That weather focus often takes the form of still lifes that show unique perspectives on common sights, such as a photo of a herd of Holstein cows under an ominous-looking sky. The title, “I Heard Thunder,” is humorous, as the lead cow stares at the camera with a neutral look, as if expecting the photographer to respond to his concern about the weather.
Artworks by Nancy Doherty are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Nancy Doherty)
Hartford artist Nancy Doherty is a graduate of Hartford Art School and is a teaching artist at Wadsworth Atheneum and Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. She uses mixed media, impressions of her previous travels and intuition to create abstracted musings on traditional ideas of landscapes. “Memory, travel, and lost loved ones are important themes that are intertwined among these abstracted shapes. I try to capture that hidden place between life and whatever’s after,” Doherty said.
Artworks by Kelly Taylor are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kelly Taylor)
Kelly Taylor of Glastonbury is inspired by nature. She doesn’t want to present a naturalistic of landscapes and seascapes, but an abstracted one, using acrylic pastes, gels, paints, painted papers, photographs and photo transfers. “I do not want to provide an entire picture. I believe my work provides an opening for the viewer to create their own interpretation. By using elements such as color, shape, line and texture, my hope is to engage the viewer in completing their own picture,” Taylor said.
Photographs by Alan Kendzior are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Alan Kendzior)
Alan Kendzior of Enfield was a wedding photographer for 20 years, then he worked in IT. When he retired three years ago, he combined his passions, creating computer-enhanced photographs. Instead of weddings, he focuses on a different kind of finery and majesty: birds and landscapes, such as waterfalls, sunsets, ocean views. Then Kendzior manipulates the images digitally to create the color and intensity he wants. “The digital world lets me continue to create after I capture the initial image,” he said.
Sterling silver pieces by Sue Nooney are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Sue N)
Sue Nooney’s business, “All That Sparkles,” is based at Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon. Nooney works with sterling silver to create unique jewelry pieces. Since the coronavirus pandemic put her on lockdown at her home in Unionville, Nooney has been working on a new project: bracelets depicting little rows of Brooklyn brownstones. “Each 20-inch x ½ -inch” section of the cityscape hinged bracelet is a building with doors, windows, stairs, a firescape here and there and some gemstones,” Nooney said.
Artworks by Lori Racicot are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Lori Racicot)
Lori Racicot of West Simsbury is inspired by walking in the woods, on beaches, through farm fields, by rivers and up mountains, in Connecticut and, in past travels, other states. Racicot paints and draws flora, fauna, regionally distinctive structures, such as the Monhegan Light lighthouse in Maine. She also shares her emotions through paintings “based on my personal experiences dealing with anxiety … working with and/or caring for family members with Alzheimer’s … or living during COVID-19,” she said.
Artworks by Lisa Hesselgrave are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Lisa Hesselgrave)
Lisa Hesselgraves is participating in Open Studio Hartford for the first time. Her participation illustrates one major advantage to the virtual format: Artists statewide, not just from Hartford, can participate. The Branford artist describes her work: “Mostly wooded and often dark, the places my figures inhabit are generated from memory and imagination. Reflecting on the Germanic fairy tales of my childhood and mixing it with a dose of my current life in a semi-wooded area of Connecticut, I’ve reimagined characters and situations from a grown-up perspective.”
Artworks by Cathy Chong are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Cathy Chong)
Cathy Chong of Avon sees nature and spirituality as one and the same. “My paintings are meditative visions of the radiant source of energy expressed through color and shape. Whether in landscapes or abstractions, the essential theme is joy and wholeness,” Chong writes in her statement. In intense blue and rose, Chong creates visions of sky, clouds and crescent moons, adding depth by using layers of geometrical shapes. She often urges viewers to look at them with 3D glasses, to enhance the layers.
Artworks by Neil Lefebvre are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Neil Lefebvre)
Neil Lefebvre loves Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist and other pop artists from the ’60s. His work also draws on popular culture with images of Halloween masks, board games, LPs, bubble gum, beauty queens, TV dinners, matchbooks, neon signs and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. “I’m nostalgic for old town Main Streets, too, the motels, the old brick storefronts, the people, the feel, retro Americana that disappears a little more everyday,” said Lefebvre, of West Hartford.
Artworks by Kimberley Scobie are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Kimberley Scobie)
What does Kimberley Scobie love? Just look at her paintings. Cats, dogs, little boats, beautiful food, sun-dapples rows of mugs in a kitchen. “I paint subjects that throughout my life have brought me happiness. That is one reason I paint so many water-ocean scenes,” Scobie said. “Who doesn’t like an adoring pet? My pet portraits always try to capture the pet’s personality.” Scobie has participated in Open Studios for years, from her studio at 30 Arbor St. in Harford. She is now based at her home in West Hartford.
Photographs by Lanny Nagler are part of Open Studio Hartford, the annual show and sale of works by local artists, which is going virtual in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Lanny Nagler)
Other participating are 10-ton goldfish designs, 3rd Eye Studios LLC, A.D. Bloom, Amanda Surveski, Andres Chaparro, Angela Shenk, B. Rossitto, Barbara Hocker, Bill Katz, Carlene Buchanan, Carol E. Bower, Ceil Rossi, Ceramic Shenanigans, Chet Kempczynski, Chris Figat, Christine Chaise Greenwood, Dana Herbert, David Elliott, Denise Balcanoff, Designs by Jackii, Diane Cadrain, EAMARTWORK, Elle Fagan, Esmeralda, Federico Balducci, Fine Art at Laurel Wreath Farm, Frances R. Drew, Francie Fillatti, Freestone Forge, Gary Jacobs, Gay Schempp, Gig Lavery, Grace Epstein, Gray Matter, Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti, Haiti’s Back Porch, Hartford Art School students, Hartford Artisans Weaving Center, Hartford Prints!, Heather Delaney, Holly Spencer, JaimeLeeArt, Jeff Holcombe, Joan Brault, Joan Pollak, John Tyner, Joseph R. Gorneault Jr., Kayla Farrell, Kimberly Heil, Lafalce-Freshler Fine Art, Lanny Nagler, Lisa Joslyn, LMNT Jewelry, Lori Barker, Lorna Morris Cyr, Mary B Wolff, Mateo Velasquez Lopez, Matt Ryan, MD Robertson, Melrose Denim, Meredith Arcari Luciano, Nancy Delahaye, New England Ballet Theatre, Nigel Wynter, Normand Charlette, Pamela Vitale, Paws That Draw, Rescue Dog Art, Peter Greenwood, Philitha Stemplys-Cowdrey, Renee Hughes, Robert Faucher, Robert Fort, Robert Zott, Sacred Space Malas, Sally Stamos, Sarah Rose, Sehrish Khan, Spirited Touch Designs, Studio Mari, Suzan Scott, Suzanne Levy, Tanger Studio, Terese Maineri de Velasquez, The Beekeeper’s Basket, V. Bruno and Whimsy and Enchantment Art.
Author: Susan Dunne
Townhomes, industrial park and more approved in Greer
A townhome community, a medical office, an industrial park, and the conversion of a hotdog stand join the list of developments being considered in Greer.
These projects were among those considered by the Greer Planning Commissioners for preliminary rezoning, annexation, and/or plan approval. The Greer City Council makes the final decision upon recommendations from planning commissioners and staff.
Here are some of the projects that planners recommended for approval:
Deep River South LLC wants to build a 120-unit townhome community on Abner Creek at Westmoreland Road, near Pelham Medical Hospital. The developer is asking the city to rezone the site to design review district.
Scott Gillespie of Deep River South Development said the company’s projects include Saddlebrook Farm, located at Abner Creek Road, and Brockman McClimon in Greer. It includes 50 new townhomes and 80 new single-family homes, the website said.
Another of the company’s projects is Church & Stone, a 43-unit townhome community in Greenville that will open in early 2021, the website said.
Kavita Borsum is seeking final development plan approval for a new medical office at Hammett Bridge Road and Constantine Way, near Riverside High School.
The office will be a single-story building of about 6,000 square feet, housing two doctors, one a dental specialist, Borsum said.
Mark Cothran is the applicant seeking to annex and rezone 1.17 acres at Brockman-McClimon Road and Global Court.
Those acres will be combined for a future phase of industrial development in Global Commerce Park, according to information from the city.
Global Commerce Park is an industrial park being developed on Brockman-McClimon Road, at its I-85 interchange across from BMW Manufacturing and GSP International Airport.
Phase one of the park — a more than 165,000-square-foot building — exists on a 66-acre tract, its website said.
Chip Fogleman represented the applicant Monday in the request to rezone 35.73 acres of the park from a service zoning to an industrial classification.
Nathan Coponen said he wants to put a studio apartment in upstairs and on the lower level of the hotdog stand on Brushy Creek Road, near Century B Park.
He is asking to rezone the site from C-2 commercial to multi-family residential.
The planning commission also recommended that the city’s proposed 2030 comprehensive plan be approved. in January. The plan goes to the City Council for a vote.
How to Outsource Development Work as a Solopreneur
One of my early mentors would all the time say to deal with what you might be good at, let others do the remaining. As a solopreneur, this usually means to outsource growth.
I’ve been outsourcing work for years. I’ve wasted some huge cash on poor deliverables, however I’ve additionally constructed merchandise and had content material written that was much better than I might ever do myself.
Over the years, I’ve gotten higher, quicker, and cheaper outcomes. I’ve created a information that will help you outsource your work.
The first query I sometimes get and sometimes have to remind myself is strictly what sort of labor ought to be outsourced?
As a lot as potential, I wish to make this query a math downside. Suppose a activity will take me 10 hours to finish. But another person is keen to do it for $25. It’s a easy reply.
Unfortunately, it’s not that straightforward. Say if these 10 hours are my favourite a part of the day, I’ll gladly deal with these duties. But as an alternative, I’ll outsource the duty that solely takes an hour, however I hate doing and ruins the remainder of my day.
The gadgets which are plotted on the underside left below dislike and never good at of the chart. Those are your gadgets you will need to outsource.
For most solopreneurs outsourcing growth work is a standard determination.
Please don’t get hung up on the time it takes to finish the duties or prices. As the extra you drill down, you’ll have the ability to see exactly the chance prices for outsourcing your work.
After you resolve what you need to outsource, you might want to establish who to outsource the work to.
The greatest query most run into is whether or not or not you rent native or go world.
For me, I rent the perfect individual for the job. It doesn’t matter the place they’re from or the timezone they’re in. If they’ll do the job I’m in search of inside finances, they go to the highest of the record.
If hiring native is important to you, then rent domestically.
Depending in your activity you might be in search of, typically it does make sense to rent primarily based on geography.
Think of it like this. If you wished to be an expert hockey participant, you’ll need to go to Canada. If you wished to be within the inventory market, you’ll go to New York in case you are within the style business, Paris.
With the flexibility to speak throughout borders and instantaneously with instruments like Skype, location is much much less of an element than it was once.
Tools like Fiverr and Upwork are nice to put up one activity. The latest development in outsourcing is limitless companies.
Companies like DesignPickle provide limitless graphic design, or WPTangerine gives limitless WordPress growth.
I’ve heard of some individuals that may bypass a lot of these companies and rent instantly. If you might be in search of ease of use, I might extremely advocate utilizing one of many companies above, as not solely do they provide a method to join with freelancers, however they deal with all the pieces from funds in foreign exchange to disputes if one would ever come up.
Many occasions these freelancers turn into long-term companions and mates. You by no means need to choose the primary one which comes alongside.
Whenever I’ve a venture that may price greater than a pair hundred , I’ll attain out to a number of firms and get bids from each.
When hiring a limiteless WordPress growth firm, I reached out to four completely different firms.
I requested all of them three questions to find out in the event that they had been match. Ultimately I select WPTangerine primarily based on worth, responsiveness, they usually fully understood what I wanted.
It’s not all the time about worth. It’s about making a crew you’ll be able to work nicely with, which brings me to my subsequent level. You should talk expectations, even earlier than the venture.
Imagine you and your pals resolve to make a journey to the Bahamas’ for the vacations. You are tasked with reserving a visit for the group.
Easy sufficient, proper?
With all of the completely different assets obtainable, you merely have to ebook a flight and resort room.
The downside is you by no means set expectations.
You imagined a modest Three-star resort a number of miles from the seashore. Your mates pictured a 5 star beachfront resort. Or perhaps certainly one of your pals assumed it was a weekend journey, whilst you deliberate a 10-day journey.
You did precisely what was requested of you. So what occurred?
Expectations had been by no means set.
This occurs all to usually in outsourced growth work. Always set expectations. No particulars are too little. Overcommunicate all the time.
Suppose you used our grid system above. You employed for a activity you dislike and usually are not good at. If you employed appropriately, you doubtless have employed somebody that’s good at and enjoys the duties assigned.
They ought to be your ying to yang.
You should belief them, however by no means blindly belief.
For instance, let’s say you might want to resolve which WordPress plugin to make use of for a activity. Don’t simply take the outsourced groups phrase for it, have them create a execs and cons record of utilizing the proposed plugins.
By asking questions, you educate your self and are actually nicely knowledgeable concerning the selections occurring in your organization.
You would by no means stroll right into a barbershop and put all of your belief within the barber you simply met. Yes, they’re the skilled within the discipline, however you’ll need to ask questions. You don’t have to know each element, however after they say lower the hair shorter. You would in all probability need to understand how brief they had been pondering.
Should you give full admin entry to your new developer? You’ve labored for years in your venture or perhaps there’s some delicate information in your servers. Are you simply going at hand that over to a stranger?
The reply is sure, and no. You’ll need to present sufficient entry to do the job with out constraints. Without constraints is the important thing.
I as soon as labored for an organization that employed an outsource growth crew to make WordPress updates. The firm refused to present FTP entry to this freelancer as firm coverage was solely staff had entry. A rational and truthful process, however the work assigned required FTP entry.
The developer was proficient and located a workaround, however the consequence was a poorly carried out venture that took 10 occasions the period of time it ought to have. The ironic half, this workaround prompted extra safety vulnerabilities than if they might have simply supplied FTP entry within the first place.
If safety is a priority for you, utilizing a longtime outsourced growth agency like WPTangerine might be greatest. They have already got inner safety practices to guard you and work with massive firms with comparable considerations.
It’s fully regular to really feel uncomfortable handing over login credentials, and there are, in fact, a handful of dangerous apples. But for probably the most half, I’ve solely discovered outsourced builders to offer higher safety measures than I do myself.
After signing up for WPTangerine, I used to be tremendous excited to dump a handful of duties I used to be dreading. I instantly despatched my assigned venture supervisor a listing of duties.
Looking again, I knew this wasn’t the proper transfer. Luckily this wasn’t WPTangerine’s first rodeo, they usually jogged my memory that some preliminary infrastructure would go a good distance.
It took a few days, however they arrange a number of gadgets for usernames, passwords, safety measures. They supplied directions on the perfect methods to go about speaking venture duties.
Again all of it comes again to setting expectations. A few days of establishing infrastructure and correctly speaking expectations will prevent extra time and complications in the long term.
Services like WPtangerine solely deal with one activity at a time. You’ll want a method to maintain all of your gadgets on observe in addition to prioritize your most necessary duties.
My first job out of faculty, my boss instructed me, “There are not any things like dangerous staff, simply dangerous managers.”
I can’t keep in mind the precise context, however he was doubtless referencing one thing I tousled on, and he needed to prepare me on the right method to do it.
The first couple of duties with WPTangerine weren’t good the primary time. I needed to ship a number of requests again.
In my early days of outsourcing, I might have rapidly assumed it was their crew’s fault. But as I seemed nearer on the venture. They did precisely as I instructed them. They weren’t dangerous freelancers. I used to be a foul supervisor.
When sending duties, use a template, particularly if they’re recurring.
Here is a brilliant easy fundamental venture plan you should utilize.
Remember, simply since you assume it could be frequent sense for small issues akin to to make use of a selected coloration or font. Your outsourced crew won’t be able to learn your thoughts. Include as many particulars as potential.
Provide suggestions, however ensure that there’s constructive suggestions in there as nicely.
If each communication you could have with the freelancer is telling them, they did one thing mistaken. They usually are not going to get pleasure from working with you.
It appears like frequent sense, however typically these little issues get missed once you talk over e-mail with somebody in a special time zone.
When they’re engaged, keen about your venture, you usually get greater than you requested. Freelancers will exit of their method to make you cheerful.
Outsourcing is a ability that’s much like administration. Which requires a novel set of communication abilities that differ when working with somebody you will have by no means met earlier than.
The extra you do it, the simpler it’s going to turn into and really makes being a solopreneurs a lot simpler as you could have others that will help you in your journey.
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Dreams of owning your own pet food business, at some point become a reality, at least that is what you want. On one side of the road put your work ethic and on the other the appropriate enthusiasm and imagination. Having an own pet food business comes with a financial freedom, to achieve it, you need to look at the following general rules and suggestions.
Examining your records of past sales allows you to detect patterns that can alert you to potential problems. One indication that your customers are interested in newer and better pet food is a decrease in your own sales. When you do have a reduction in your sales, it’s best to look closer at the latest creative processes, tech, and trends in the industry. It is wise to observe trends; and going to pet food product related trade shows is one way of doing that.
Rather than spend your valuable time on a difficult task, it may make sense to have a professional do it for you. You can easily find an expert to manage just about any task you lack the skill, experience, or time to accomplish on your own. Outsourcing certain management tasks makes it possible for you to focus on what really needs your attention. Successfully managing your time is usually at the top of the pet food business owner’s priority list- and people who can manage their time can ensure sales growth and lasting profits.
It is essential to find a means to attract new customers in operating a successful online shop. Make sure that your pet food website is easy to navigate, the goods and services you provide are clearly identified, and your brand is defined. Find out how to use analytical tools to gain insight to your site’s traffic and how visitors are engaging with your webpage. Choosing the right analytical tool supports good decision-making.
If you need to know more about what your customers require, try using surveys. Questions that you ask your customers can furnish you with information that you could use to enhance and grow your pet food business. If you make changes based on customer survey data, make sure to communicate them to your customers to allow them know you heard them. To keep your customers up to speed on what’s happening in your company, e-mail postings can be a quick and efficient way.
Many customers avoid internet shopping because they fear identity theft. So it’s your duty to really ensure that your pet food business’ payment portal is secure and simple for users. Take suggestions from other experts who certainly have experience in the area and use their strategies and blunders to improve the security and usability of the portal. Simple and secure payment processes will increase online sales.
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