Working On The Road – Tips To Keep On Top Of Things

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We all have duties, responsibilities, and an income to find. Some of us have the privilege of working remotely, be that for an office or for our own freelance name. This flexibility allows us to work while traveling, which might be essential to our job. However, despite cloud storage and many other conveniences supporting us in the modern day, you can still find yourself left high and dry if things aren’t working as correctly as you’d hoped. Luckily there are ways around this, ways to ensure you can back up your work and stay the reliable colleague you are.

We’d recommend the following at an absolute minimum:

Back Up Your Files

Unfortunately, we are not in the days where we never have to worry about the security or placement of our files. Even with the most comprehensive and secure cloud storage plan, you can never be 100% certain you can access all of this on the road. Bad WiFi connections, bad 4G connections or even an issue with your cloud client can occur without warning, effectively locking you out of the work you need. This is why it’s always important not only to also save files locally, but on small extra storage spaces. This could be through two USBs and a hard drive. Also, keeping an SSD on hand can be effective, as these have no moving parts and as such are more reliable. You cannot put a price on keeping your files safe, and so while storage spaces can be expensive, they are more than worth it.

Remotely Connect

For studio professionals or even those who need to simply access files from home, it can be a real boon to remotely connect to your desktop when needs be. Either leaving your computer on idle or asking someone at home to wake it up, and knowing ways to remotely connect can help you begin working in another place entirely. It might be that you have all the competencies with your laptop, but you need to access a forgotten Photoshop file before you can be. It might be that you need access to your home security suite. It might be you need to use 2-factor desktop authentication from home to log into a VPN remotely. There are many reasons and benefits for knowing how to do this, so we’d recommend you learn to right away.

Find A Great Data Plan

It’s essential to keep a fantastic data plan, and pay for all it offers. This is because remote workers should never consider WiFi to be the only bastion of their connectivity to the internet. Those connections can often be shoddy or unsafe, and so keeping a plan that allows your mobile device to use unlimited internet access on 4G can truly help you out of a bad situation. It might not be as fast as some WiFi packages, but it’s certainly reliable and with a VPN,can stay secure.

With these tips, you can be sure that working on the road is more of a realistic venture, and before long this could be your new default method of completing your daily tasks.

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How To Feel Better About Yourself

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Did you know that you can change how you feel in an instant?  

See, you can’t control the outside world but you can control your thoughts, feeling and actions – meaning you can shift your focus to encourage more positive thoughts, or you can shift your perception to see things in a more helpful light… which, in turn will lead to you feeling more positive, which will subsequently lead to you taking more positive and empowered action.

Yet, if it’s true that we can change how we feel in an instant, why do so many people stay stuck in a state of misery, depression, anxiety, stress or upset?  Why do so many people stay “stuck in a moment they can’t get off” as U2 put it?

The answer is that we have emotional habits that are second nature to us, they run almost automatically, as they operate from the subconscious rather than conscious mind.

A habit, according to Wikipedia, is a routine of behaviour that is repeated regularly and tends to occur subconsciously. Now, if you want to change how you feel about your life, or yourself, you need to develop better habits.

One the best habits you can develop to living a happier life is to embrace the paradigm of loving yourself; meaning rather than beating yourself up the whole time you accept yourself for all that you are, focus on the good in yourself, and practice self-care rather than self loathing.

It’s not just internal though, indeed, one of the best ways to feel better about yourself is to contribute to others as this gets you out of your internal world and shifts your focus to the external, which on the basis that people when feeling down, tend to ruminate and get ‘stuck in their own thoughts’ is a good idea.

Whether you merely help an old lady across the road, or do something more structured such as to volunteer in mississauga, when you start to shift your focus away from your problems and to helping other people you will be rewarded exponentially in terms of the shift that takes place within your psychology and physiology.  Indeed, it’s been reported that many people experience something known as a “helpers high” due to the endorphins released when you help another person.

In addition, here are three tips to help you feel better about yourself and your life up from the inside out rather than the outside in.

  1. STOP TRYING TO FILL THE VOID

It’s very easy to chase after external things (e.g. spending sprees) or people, in order to fill the void within – but the best way to fill the void you feel is to find nourishing ways to flesh out your life that provide meaning and fulfilment.

  1. STOP DOING THAT WHICH HURTS YOU

If we were to consider the metaphor of back pain; there’s usually a trigger that causes this pain  – similarly, there are activities you engage in on an emotional level that trigger emotional pain.

  1. GET RID OF NEGATIVE PEOPLE

Negative energy is contagious, it rubs off on you, so if you’re around negative people you will become negative yourself.  The trick therefore, is to get around positive people and allow their energy to rub off on you meaning you will energetically be pulled up rather than dragged down.

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Short But Sharp Practices To Look After Your Frame Of Mind In This Busy World

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We all know that we need to look after ourselves, especially now with so many different factors impacting our frame of mind, from the much talked about fear of missing out (FOMO) due to things like social media, but also, the stresses we’re all feeling with jobs that overwork us, but underpay us. We can feel the pinch in every part of our lives now, which is why it’s important for us to look after the one thing that matters: our frame of mind. You don’t have to look far to see the impacts of depression and anxiety on adults of all ages, and even children now. So, being in an age of the quick fix, are there any short but sharp practices we can do to look after our frame of mind, and not admit defeat to these common mental health problems?

Look At Your Self-Image

If you are working a job that dents away at your pride every time you walk in through the main entrance, after a while, you can begin to feel like there’s a cloud hovering over your sense of sanity. This turns into negative thoughts and can contribute to a low self-image. When we feel like this, we can trick our brain into kick-starting a positive attitude again. This might sound too simple to be true, but, from a scientific perspective, your brain is unable to tell the difference between a real thought and an imagined one. This is why many athletes or business people use self-talk. It’s not something that is relegated to the movies, it’s definitely worth trying, even though we might feel foolish at the very outset, but the more you do it, the better you will feel, and therefore this positive attitude will compound itself. The other way of improving your self-image is to look at what you see in the mirror. If you find that you look tired, sleep more, or take more pride in your appearance. It’s reinvigorating if you feel in a negative state of mind, but you see yourself dressed sharply. And sometimes, even if you work in a professional job where uniforms are standard, such as the nursing profession, you can wear cute nursing shoes that are stylish, yet practical. Taking pride in your appearance is a very simple way to retrain your negative state of mind and turn it into a positive. We all have days where we don’t feel attractive, but there are ways around this. And if you can trick yourself into feeling great, then you will feel great.

Take A Mental Break

If you work a stressful job, or you have a stressful home life, that temptation to run away is always something that hangs over us. But if you feel like life is a non-stop treadmill, you need to get off it from time to time, so you can rest and recuperate. Sometimes, we can overwork our minds, so we end up feeling run down by life in general. And this is where taking a break, no matter how short it is, from our daily pressures, gives us the time and space to re-center. You don’t have to go on vacation to the Algarve; you can spend 10 minutes in the morning focused on something that you love. If you feel like you’re giving too much of yourself to other people, it’s time to recapture your sense of self. This means taking time away. Go away on the weekend, or participate in hobbies that you can engage with by yourself. Whatever makes you happy, make sure it’s about you.

Look At The Big Picture

If you’ve been feeling like this for some time, is it a short-term sacrifice for long-term gain? For example, if you are going through a difficult period in work, but it’s with a view to getting a promotion, or gaining valuable experience so you can get to the career you want, reminding yourself of the bigger picture can give you that sense of focus again. In life, we can feel like we lost track of our goals, or we didn’t have any in the first place. If you haven’t got any goals, and you’re unhappy for what appears to be no reason, it’s important to examine the bigger picture, are you in the best place for your frame of mind? If not, then it’s time to undertake a major overhaul of your core beliefs in life.

Are You Fueling Yourself?

We can all feel under the weather, tired, or even exhausted, physically and mentally. So, are you giving your body and brain what it needs? You might have lifestyle habits that are not what your body craves. While it’s easy to say you should eat a healthy diet, sometimes we don’t notice what is actually bad for us until we cut something out. So if you find yourself constantly tired, is it because of a poor diet choice, or is it something else in your life? But the diet is the best place to begin. Because it’s something we can have immediate control over. Now, so many of us are intolerant to wheat, dairy, nuts, etc. So look at taking something out of your diet that you might consider to be the culprit, for at least a month, and then see if you feel any different. If you don’t have the right fuel for your body, it’s unsurprising that you’re struggling. And, it’s important to remember that if your body is not functioning properly, neither is your mind. There’s a lot of talk about the blood-brain barrier, where certain foods can have a detrimental effect on your brain, and this is something lots of us have to think about. It’s the age-old expression, you are what you eat. So if you are someone who lives unhealthily, and doesn’t undertake any exercise, it’s hardly a surprise that you’re not running on optimum. So make sure you fuel yourself properly, and this also means making sure you’re eating enough for your energy expenditure. While there’s a lot of focus on and eating and dieting, this might not be the right thing for you.

Looking after your frame of mind in this busy world isn’t just about a few simple exercises, but it’s an ongoing practice. By looking at yourself image, having a break, as well as reassessing the bigger picture, in conjunction with the adequate fuel, you have a solid baseline in which to begin.

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Public Transport Is Convenient But It’s Not Always Safe

You would think by now that due to so many people owning their own forms of transport, that public transport would have begun to slowly become a thing of the past. It’s perhaps going to be the last dinosaur that anyone can scoff at and laugh when electric cars also become shuttle services. Perhaps that’s a little ambitious even for the technologically wonderful times we live in right now. So many public transports have another few decades left in it; at least in the current form that it’s in. So for those who don’t have cars, cannot afford a taxi every day, and simply live too far from their work to bicycle every morning, for now, public transport is incredibly convenient. You hear all kinds of stories about what goes on in public transport. Running into goons and horrible abusive people isn’t as common as the hearsay tales might lead you to believe. However, it’s fair to point out that violence is an issue that commuters see and sometimes even experience. It’s not always other passengers that are going to be your biggest threat though.

Riding the fast line

Trams are fantastic forms of transport for those who live in big cities. They have their own grounded rails and lines so they can zigzag through traffic. Because they’re electronically powers, they have great acceleration, and this means that in a crowded city, they can perform short, sharp dashes from one stop to the next. You’re much more likely to beat a red light sitting in a tram than you are a bus. Trams also have their own right of way, which means they get priority movement from all the other road users, be it cyclists, cars, buses, trucks, taxis and horse carriages. You would think that a vehicle the size of a train would be menacing to drivers so they would stay out of the way but unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. Obviously, a heavy vehicle takes time to stop, and many collisions with cars happen at moderate speeds. This can cause passengers to be thrown around the tram, hit their head and face onto metal bars and through windows. If you’re standing up when this occurs, you can fall down and injure yourself further. So best to keep a sharp eye out and have at least on hand holding onto something solid.

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Bus injury

The thing about buses is, they don’t have seatbelts even though they should. When a driver loses control of such a large vehicle, momentum builds up until you meet an equivalent force to stop it. This is why out of control buses just sweep aside cars they hit like they were children’s toys. Most cities employ bus companies to be their public transport service. When something goes wrong, and you’re seriously hurt by let’s say a cta bus crash, who can you blame for this? An injury lawyer is someone who deals with your personal harm in the judicial sense. Getting hurt is not expressed via word of mouth in a courtroom. The lawyer compiles your cases with doctor reports about the medical condition you were in due to your injuries. They look at the cta bus operator’s reports and spot the signs of negligence and malpractice.

Public transport is still a necessary service that governing authorities must supply to their citizens. However be warned, they’re not always the safest option. Take care of yourself while using them and be aware of both passengers and the transport risks.

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How to Help a Loved One Recover After an Accident

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Accidents happen all the time but somehow we never think that they will happen to us. While you might take every precaution when driving or at work, you simply can’t predict what other people might do. Worse, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a loved one getting caught in an accident.

Though accidents are never pleasant, you can help make the aftermath much easier for your loved one. While they may struggle to make any real decisions about their care or not know whether they can get compensation or how to get it, you can step in to make sure that they get the best treatment and care possible.

Choose the Right Hospital

If your loved one requires surgery after their accident, you should look at which hospital will be right for them. Contrary to what you might think, the right hospital may not be a world-famous teaching hospital but a smaller rural hospital with excellent ratings. When you are helping them choose where to go, have a look at the data produced by the hospitals and don’t be mislead by advertising.

Surgery can be quite scary so another factor you should think of is how close you will be to the hospital. If you need to travel and stay in a hotel close-by this will add a lot to your expense whereas if you can choose somewhere closer to home you will be more comfortable.  

Get a Lawyer’s Advice

In many cases, where there is an accident, there is someone at fault. Perhaps the accident was at work where someone did not perform their due diligence or maybe your loved one was in a road accident on our ever more dangerous roads. Whatever it was, it is worth contacting a lawyer to see if you could claim compensation – especially to pay for earnings, necessary surgeries and other damages.

If you have a family lawyer, you could contact them for a recommendation, otherwise you should search for a lawyer with plenty of experience in dealing with your type of case. For example, if your loved one was hit by a drunk driver, you might contact a practice with lots of experience dealing with drunk driving injuries as listed under our practice areas.

Be There No Matter What

As your loved one recovers and life returns to your more regular routines, it is important that you also watch out for mental health issues that may appear or flare up. Post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety may all appear after an accident. The sooner you notice and start treating a mental health condition, the easier it will be to recover from.

After finding the best professionals to help support and fight for your loved one, the very best thing you can do is be there for them. Having an accident can be terrifying and recovery is an isolated process in many cases. Just knowing that you will come and visit as well as hold their hand through the hard bits will make all the difference in the world.

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Craving Cheaper Fuel?

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With fuel petrol and diesel becoming more and more expensive, we’re all looking for cheaper ways to get around, yet we don’t want to compromise on convenience and are often reluctant to use public transport outside of major cities due to the hassle and inconvenience, but also the cost, as often the train or bus will work out a lot more expensive if there’s a group of you travelling.

Today, many people are looking into energy efficient cars, in part because they want to save the environment but also because they want to save a fortune on the exorbitant cost of fuel; others will circumvent the law by using red diesel (tax reduced diesel for the use in agricultural, maritime and construction vehicles) which is much lower due to paying significantly less tax.

Indeed, a large proportion of the amount you pay for fuel is tax, as raw fuel isn’t all that expensive, it’s the tax we pay on fuel that is the real culprit in why fuel is so expensive – that said, the cost of natural resources has increased due to political issues and the simple fact that oil is a limited commodity with declining reserves.

Unfortunately, fossil fuel is a depleting commodity due to this, which means prices will continue to rise as the supply becomes less and less.  In addition to climate change, perhaps this is why so much attention and investment is now being put into researching alternative fuels that are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Here’s some interesting alternatives you might want to consider.

  1. BIODIESEL

A significant amount of old diesel cars are fueled on leftover cooking oil, particularly in the Caribbean.  This is a type of biofuel that is usually homemade.  It can offer comparable performance to regular diesel, but tends to produce fewer emissions and is a lot cheaper than traditional diesel.  In fact, it could be free.

There is a more refined version of this process that is commercially available, yet all biodiesel is manufactured from either vegetable oils, animal fats or recycled cooking grease.

  1. ELECTRICITY

The trend with regard to electric cars seems to be ever-increasing.  Electricity is the sole energy used to power all-electric vehicles that draw electricity from the main grid then store it in internal batteries whereas hybrid vehicles tend to be fueled with gasoline (or diesel) and use electricity in order to boost fuel efficiency.

  1.  PROPANE (LPG)

LPG stands for liquefied petroleum gas.  This fuel has been used for a couple of decades, throughout the world, and costs significantly less per gallon than gasoline yet provides a comparable driving experience to conventional fuel.

Unfortunately, it can be harder to find as not all fuel stations have the infrastructure to provide LPG which can be in an issue when going on long distance trips, but from an environmental perspective whilst electric cars are the clear winners, LPG vehicles produce much lower emissions that petrol and diesel.

In summary, if you’re looking for cheaper fuel then you might need to consider choosing a car that doesn’t rely on fossil fuel and instead uses more renewable energy sources – perhaps one day, we will all be driving around in solar power cars?

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Preparing Your Car for a Long Trip

Modern cars are much less likely to break down, and if you look after yours well and have it serviced regularly, a breakdown is something that you may only very rarely have to deal with. In many ways, this is great. Cars are expensive after all, and we all want them to be reliable and not put us in danger on the road. On the other hand, however, it means that many drivers are completely clueless when it does happen.

Even when driving on quiet local roads that you know well it can be terrifying when your car starts to break down. It might be a slow decline, with warning signs that give you a chance to find a garage or drive home safely. Or it can be a very sudden halt to a standstill at a busy junction. Either way, it can cause panic. You can feel your heart racing as you try to pull in safely without damaging your car further or causing a serious incident on the road.

Worse than this, however, is breaking down miles from home. Your car failing you while you are on a long journey. Coming to a halt when you are meant to be enjoying yourself, miles from home and in an unfamiliar location can be terrifying. You won’t know where to pull in or who to contact, and you’ll be stuck. Perhaps even miles from civilisation. It’s scary. So, it’s always a good idea to try and avoid such a situation. You can do this by checking your car, packing the right equipment and knowing what to look for. Here are some tips to help you.

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Safety Checks

Before you start any long journey it’s a good idea to perform some safety checks. Even if your car has had a recent service or MOT, it’s a good idea to perform these checks a week or so before you are due to leave, so that you’ve got time to make any repairs that are needed. Write these down and tick them off as you check:

  •    Check oil levels
  •    Check brake fluid, coolant and screen wash levels
  •    Clean your car, inside and out
  •    Check tire pressure and tread depth, not forgetting the spare
  •    Check lights
  •    Check seat belts
  •    Check all engine lights
  •    Adjust and clean mirrors
  •    Clean wiper blades
  •    Flush radiator
  •    Test brakes and use a car brake bleeding kit if needed
  •    Check horn

Packing Essentials

It’s also important to pack a few essentials just in case anything happens. These include:

  •    Blankets and warm clothes
  •    A torch and emergency light
  •    Hazard warning sign
  •    Car owner’s manual
  •    Water
  •    Toolkit
  •    Chargers
  •    Towing rope
  •    Sun protectors for windows
  •    Spare car key
  •    A funnel in case you need to fill up water
  •    A garbage bag

Last Minute Checks

Then, just as you are about to leave make a few final checks and adjustments:

  •    Adjust your seat position so that you are upright and straight-backed
  •    Adjust mirrors to match
  •    Fill up with fuel
  •    Set heating or air conditioning
  •    A final check of fluid levels, brakes, lights, tires and engine warning lights

Then all you need to do is make sure you drive safely and sensibly to reduce risks and enjoy your trip!

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