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Here are 10 tips by Neen James on how to make 2009 a fulfilling year.

1. Set realistic goals
Many people make new year resolutions but do not fulfil them. Make this year different. Write down your goals and be committed to achieving them. Ensure your goals are realistic. List your goals and stick it on your fridge where you can see them every day.

2. Focus on your health
This can be your greatest asset or your greatest liability. Make an appointment for a check-up with your doctor, implement an exercise programme if you don’t have one, take vitamins if you need to and resolve to kick unhealthy habits like smoking.

3. Invest in your development
I recently read that people who spend a thousand dollars or more on their personal development will increase their business by 20 per cent. Read books, attend workshops, find a new network, listen to tapes or CDs in your car, take up online courses or enrol at a university or learning centre. Keep your brain active.

4. Know your priorities
After you have set your goals, you can begin to focus on what is important to you — family, self development, profitability, building your profile, health, gaining new clients or more relaxation time.

Prioritising will help you focus on how you spend your time.

5. Eliminate time robbers
Make a list of the things that rob you of your time. For example, are you watching too much TV, running unproductive errands, checking your e-mail too often or having long phone calls? Can you use long waiting times more effectively?

Focus on controlling your time and get rid of the things in your life that are not a high priority.

6. Surround yourself with VIPs
Find very inspiring people (VIP) whom you can learn from, bounce ideas with and spend time with. Minimise your time with the very draining people (VDP) in your life. You will feel more positive when you are surrounded by VIPs.

7. Plan your next holiday
Allocate a specific time in your calendar for your next holiday so you have something to look forward to.

8. Make time for those you care for
Balancing work and home life is a challenge for most people. Be focused on those you love and do not forget to remind them how much they mean to you. Promise yourself you will not take anyone for granted this year. For instance, each day you can tell one person that he or she is special.

9. Create an “attitude” to-do list
Instead of making “to-do” lists for work, consider creating an “attitude” to-do list you can use every day.

My list includes the following:

* Send a thank-you note,

* Sit in the sun for 15 minutes,

* Find something funny,

* Get some exercise, and

* Choose to be positive.

So, what will your list say?

10. Choose to be amazing
Make a commitment to yourself each morning that you will have an amazing day. This might include trying some of these tips like reading your “attitude” to-do list, focusing on your health, eliminating time robbers or finding more VIPs in your life. Remember life is not a dress rehearsal — you only get one performance, so give it your best.


Ali baba and chaalis chor is now Ali baba tees chor…10 were laid off!

Batman and Robin is now Batman and Pedro. Batman fired Robin and hired Pedro because Pedro was willing to work twice the hours at the same rate!!

Ironman now “air-pooling” with Superman to save fuel costs?!!

Women finally marrying for love! And not money!

Husbands asking their father-in-laws for a “bailout”!

The only “deposits” being made on a Ferrari are the ones made by birds flying over them.

Q: With the current market turmoil, what’s the easiest way to make a small fortune?
A: Start off with a large one.

Q: What’s the difference between an investment banker and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.

The credit crunch is getting bad isn’t it? I mean, I let my brother borrow $10 a couple of weeks back, it turns out I’m now America ‘s third biggest lender.

Why have Dubai real estate agents stopped looking out of the window in the morning? Because otherwise they’d have nothing to do in the afternoon.

Q: What’s the difference between an American and a Zimbabwean?
A: In a few weeks, nothing.

Dow Jones is re-branded as “Down Jones”.

Goodyear is now re-branded as “Bad Year”.

Money talks. Trouble is, its knows only one word – goodbye.

Those on the physiology side of the “why we dream” argument see dreams as only nonsense that the brain creates from fragments of images and memory. For centuries, however, people have looked at their dreams as both omens and insights into their own psyches. Many think dreams are full of symbolic messages that may not be clear to us on the surface. But, if we dig deeper and think about what is going on in our lives, we can usually come up with an interpretation that makes sense. Let’s look at the most common dream themes and how dream experts interpret them.

Common Dream Themes and Their Interpretations

* Falling
You’re falling, falling, falling… and then you wake up. This is a very common dream and is said to symbolize insecurities and anxiety. Something in your life is essentially out of control and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Another interpretation is that you have a sense of failure about something. Maybe you’re not doing well in school or at work and are afraid you’re going to be fired or expelled. Again, you feel that you can’t control the situation.
* Being chased
The ever-popular chase dream can be extremely frightening. What it usually symbolizes is that you’re running away from your problems. What that problem is depends on who is chasing you. It may be a problem at work, or it may be something about yourself that you know is destructive. For example, you may be drinking too much, and your dream may be telling you that your drinking is becoming a real problem.

* Taking an exam (or forgetting that you have one)
This is another very common dream. You suddenly realize you are supposed to be taking an exam at that very moment. You might be running through the hallways and can’t find the classroom. This type of dream can have several variations that have similar meanings. (Maybe your pen won’t write, so you can’t finish writing your answers.) What experts say this may mean is that you’re being scrutinized about something or feel you’re being tested — maybe you’re facing a challenge you don’t think you’re up to. You don’t feel prepared or able to hold up to the scrutiny. It may also mean there is something you’ve neglected that you know needs your attention.

* Being naked in public
Most of us have had the dream at some point that we’re at school, work or some social event, and we suddenly realize we forgot to put on clothes! Experts say this means:
o We’re trying to hide something (and without clothes we have a hard time doing that).
o We’re not prepared for something, like a presentation or test (and now everyone is going to know — we’re exposed!).
If we’re naked but no one notices, then the interpretation is that whatever we’re afraid of is unfounded. If we don’t care that we’re naked, the interpretation is that we’re comfortable with who we are.

* Flying

Many flying dreams are the result of lucid dreaming. Not all flying dreams are, however. Typically, dreaming that you are flying means you are on top of things. You are in control of the things that matter to you. Or, maybe you’ve just gained a new perspective on things. It may also mean you are strong willed and feel like no one and nothing can defeat you. If you are having problems maintaining your flight, someone or something may be standing in the way of you having control. If you are afraid while flying, you may have challenges that you don’t feel up to.

* Running, but going nowhere
This theme can also be part of the chasing dream. You’re trying to run, but either your legs won’t move or you simply aren’t going anywhere — as if you were on a treadmill. According to some, this dream means you have too much on your plate. You’re trying to do too many things at once and can’t catch up or ever get ahead.

* Your teeth falling out
Many people have dreams that they lose all of their teeth. In this dream, they may feel something strange in their mouth and then spit teeth into their hand, eventually losing all of their teeth. According to some, our teeth are related to our sense of power and our ability to communicate. Losing our teeth not only makes us embarrassed by our appearance, which hinders our communications, but it also lessens our power because we may not speak our minds. It’s also associated with feelings about our appearance.

Recurring Dreams and Nightmares
Many people have the same or a similar dream many times, over either a short period of time or their lifetime. Recurring dreams usually mean there is something in your life you’ve not acknowledged that is causing stress of some sort. The dream repeats because you have not corrected the problem. Another theory is that people who experience recurring dreams have some sort of trauma in their past they are trying to deal with. In this case, the dreams tend to lessen with time.
Nightmares are dreams that are so distressing they usually wake us up, at least partially. Nightmares can occur at any age but are seen in children with the most frequency. Nightmares usually cause strong feelings of fear, sadness or anxiety. Their causes are varied. Some medications cause nightmares (or cause them if you discontinue the medication abruptly). Traumatic events also cause nightmares.
Treatment for recurring nightmares usually starts with interpreting what is going on in the dream and comparing that with what is happening in the person’s life. Then, the person undergoes counseling to address the problems that are presumably causing the nightmare. Some sleep centers offer nightmare therapy and counseling. Another method of treating nightmares is through lucid dreaming. Through lucid dreaming, the dreamer can confront his or her attacker and, in some cases, end the nightmares.

Controlling Dreams
Lucid Dreaming
There is a lot of research being done in dream control, particularly in the areas of lucid dreaming and dream incubation. Lucid dreaming is a learned skill and occurs when you are dreaming, you realize you are dreaming and you are able to then control what happens in your dream — all while you’re still asleep.
Being able to control your dreams would be a very cool thing to be able to do, but it is a difficult skill that usually takes special training. It is estimated that fewer than 100,000 people in the United States have the ability to have lucid dreams.
They refer to a technique similar to Tholey’s reflection method that they call “reality testing.” This technique and one called MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) have been among the most successful techniques for lucid dreaming.
The MILD technique involves similar reminders to the reality testing method but focuses those reminders at night rather than throughout the day and night. MILD begins with telling yourself when you go to bed that you’ll remember your dreams. You then focus your attention on recognizing when you are dreaming and remembering that it is a dream. Then, you focus on reentering a recent dream and looking for clues that it is indeed a dream. You imagine what you would like to do within that dream. For example, you may want to fly, so you imagine yourself flying within that dream. You repeat these last two steps (recognizing when you’re dreaming and reentering a dream) until you go to sleep. Using this technique, Dr. LaBerge has been able to have lucid dreams at will. Because this type of technique takes such mental training, however, LaBerge is now doing research using external stimuli to induce lucid dreams.
While lucid dreaming may just seem like a cool way to enter fantasy land, it also has several applications outside of recreation. According to LaBerge, for instance, lucid dreaming can help in personal development, enhancing self-confidence, overcoming nightmares, improving mental (and perhaps physical) health and facilitating creative problem solving.
Lucid dreaming could provide the handicapped and other disadvantaged people with the nearest thing to fulfilling their impossible dreams: paralytics could walk again in their dreams, to say nothing of dancing and flying, and even experience emotionally satisfying erotic fantasies. Such sensorimotor practice could conceivably facilitate recovery from stroke.
Finally, lucid dreaming can function as a “world simulator.” Just as a flight simulator allows people to learn to fly in a safe environment, lucid dreaming could allow people to learn to live in any imaginable world; to experience and better choose among various possible futures.

Everybody gets the blues sometimes, and that’s as true at one’s job as it is outside the office. When the ennui sets in, it gets harder to retain the spring in your step as you head out to work each morning. The stress begins to show. You start coming up with reasons why your job is not right for you. But at a time when employees are being handed pink slips, it has become harder to assume that the “right job” is waiting for you just around the corner. So don’t rush to type up that resignation—give your job one more chance. Here are some tips on changing your job from “boring” to “interesting”.

Be the vehicle of change

This really is the first step to any change. List the problems you’re having, and the possible solutions to them. Think about them, and you’ll find there are many small and big changes that could improve your situation. List those changes and start working to implement them—that effort will have to come from you.

Change your perspective

It’s all in the mind, say psychologists. Recall the reasons why, during your first few months on the job, you thought it was a great one. Unless your work situation has changed drastically, some of those reasons probably still hold true. For instance, Ritu, an operator in a call centre back office, hated the extended working hours at her workplace, yet spent a good five years at it simply because her colleagues were like an extended family.

Bring about real changes

Go back to that list of the positive changes you can make. Now is the time to bring them about. Often, the reason an employee wants to quit her job is that she feels she hasn’t got what she deserves from her seniors. If you think you’ve been denied the promotion you deserve, for instance, consider talking it out with your seniors. But before marching into your boss’s office waving your list of demands, review your own work critically—from the boss’s point of view. Of course, keep in mind that talking it out is best done only when you are on a strong footing.
A good way to bring freshness to the same old job is to find new ways to do it better than before. It is this innovative outlook that has resulted in newer and improved versions of products and services in the market. Besides, at a personal level, being creatively involved will keep away the negative thoughts.

Advertise subtly

A good number of people have quit their well-paying jobs simply because they feel their hard work is appreciated. Often, this gives some people reason to blame their boss. But there’s always the possibility that the oversight was not deliberate. Too often, employees keep rather low profiles, and thus remain unnoticed. If you’re feeling overlooked, consider that it may be time to get out of the shadows. There’s no call to brag about yourself; you can handle the situation in a subtle manner. When the opportunity say , a regular feedback session—presents itself, take it to ensure that your boss is well aware of the efforts you’ve been putting in.

Tackle difficult colleagues

Often, the real reason people lose interest in their job is not the work itself, but the people at work. If there isn’t a single person in your office with whom you can get along professionally, it’s possible that the problem is yours, and not theirs. In today’s corporate scenario, the inability to work in a team is considered a weakness.

But assuming the problem is not with you, and a problem colleague really is proving detrimental to your work, consider asking your supervisor to move you to another department, where you can meet new people, although you would also have to be ready to possibly do somewhat different work. Looking for a change within your existing corporate environment maybe easier, if minor irritations are the issue.

Giving in to the impulse to quit may seem the easy way out, but life may actually be easier if the problem can be reduced or fixed without giving up the job. Quitting is for smokers!

The cost of faults escalates as we progress from one stage of the development life cycle to the next stage. A requirement fault found during a review of the requirement specification will cost very little to correct since the only thing that needs changing is the requirement specification document.

If a requirement fault is not found until system testing then the cost of fixing it is much higher as the requirement specification will need to be changed together with the functional and design specifications and the source code. After these changes some component and integration testing will need to be repeated and finally some of the system testing. If the requirement fault is not found until the system has been put into real use then the cost is even higher since after being fixed and re-tested the new version of the system will have to be shipped to all the end users affected by it.

Furthermore, faults that are found in the field (i.e. by end-users during real use of the system) will cost the end-users time and effort. It may be that the fault makes the users’ work more difficult or perhaps impossible to do. The fault could cause a failure that corrupts the users’ data and this in turn takes time and effort to repair.

The longer a specification fault remains undetected the more likely it is that it will cause other faults because it may encourage false assumptions. In this way faults can be multiplied so the cost of one particular fault can be considerably more than the cost of fixing it.
The cost of testing is generally lower than the cost associated with major faults (such as poor quality product and/or fixing faults) although few organizations have figures to confirm this.

Trying to discover innovative methods to steal the show? Here’s an answer to all your questions as to how to stand out during the meetings at your workplace. Preparation and confidence are the two key factors that you would need to distinguish yourself in a meeting. If you are well prepared and have full confidence in yourself no one can beat you to making yourself noticeable in a meeting. Here are a few tips on how you can ‘wow’ one and all in a meeting.
Prepare for the meeting well in advance. Take notes recording your thoughts on the topics and do anything else you need to do to prepare for the meeting – whether it be reading an article or having a quick conversation with any of your team members.
Always show up for the meeting on time or a few minutes early so that you are all set for the meeting when it begins. Making it to the meeting on time which shows your colleagues and seniors that you are very time conscious and that you value others time. This even helps you in creating a good impression in front of your team.

Being very focused is very important when you are in a meeting, set aside all your other activities for a while and pay attention to what is happening during the meeting. Maintaining an eye to eye contact could help you to a very great extent in avoiding distractions when you are in a meeting. Keep all your personal work aside when you are in a meeting.

Do be a very active member in the meeting. Give full participation and keep giving helpful suggestions. Be very sure that you are not to taking over the meeting. Give an equal chance to all the other members in the meeting to be a part of it. This will help in building a good rapport with them and they will get more confidence in you and your skills.
Always try and challenge ideas in a very professional manner, be sure to add a better idea whenever you reject one. Do not attack anyone during a meeting, and never ever get into an argument.
Confidence and positive attitude are very important during the meeting. Have confidence that you know what you are talking about and that you are adding valuable input to the meeting. Phrase your suggestions and challenges in a positive way, and encourage others to do the same during the meeting.
Always follow up on meetings. Make a note of the things that need to be handled after the meeting and do complete them as soon as possible. If you get new ideas after the meeting, make a suggestion for a new meeting by sending a quick email or setting up an appointment with the person planning the next meeting.
You might be working harder and longer in a desperate bid to succeed, but if you are doing so at the cost of your health, then you need to get rid of those workaholic habits.
The seven worst habits of workaholics
“Many people feel like they have to push themselves to unhealthy levels in order to succeed. But high-pressure jobs and long hours take a real toll on your immediate and future health,” said George Griffing, M.D., professor of internal medicine at Saint Louis University.
These are the seven worst habits of workaholics, according to Griffing.
Forgetting to relax
While some stress can be good because it keeps you alert and motivated, too much stress or chronic stress will take its toll on your body.
Eating on the go
Between meetings, conference calls and deadlines, workaholics forget to take out time to sit down for a healthy lunch. But a good meal is exactly what a person needs to stay mentally sharp throughout the day.
Putting off sleep for work
Even busy professionals need seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Missing out on sleep can lead to irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory problems and poor judgment. It has also been linked to obesity.
Not making time for exercise
Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise most days is very important to immediate and future health.
Working even when sick
Many people come to work despite being ill. But there are three common sense reasons to stay home – Nobody wants your germs, you’ll be less productive and you need your rest to get better.
Drinking (too much)
Excessive drinking can lead to alcoholism, liver disease and some forms of cancer.
Skipping annual medical checkups
In order to detect problems early, prevent others from developing and get the best treatment if you have a condition, you need to know what’s going on in your body.
Source: ANI