Is The Covid19 Destroying Work-Life Balance?

Multitasking working mom

Work-life balance. It is an often-thrown-around phrase, and its meaning is open to interpretation. But for the most part, it refers to some semblance of being able to separate work life from one’s personal life and carving out a reasonable amount of time for the latter. Many people struggle with work-life balance, in general. But the COVID- crisis could be making an existing problem even worse. Are you working nonstop these days? With many people being told to socially distance themselves in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-, many companies have shifted employees to remote or work from home arrangements.

At first glance, that seems like a good thing. Workers can continue doing their jobs and getting paid without dealing with the hassle of commuting. And with all the time saved not sitting in traffic or riding on a bus, it stands to reason that working folks should have more time on their hands for household maintenance, exercise, and hobbies. But many people are working longer hours now than ever before. The reason? There is no excuse not to. Prior to COVID-, it was easier to pack up and unplug at the end of a long workday. Back then, people had dinner plans, appointments, or other obligations. Now, there are no plans to be made or kept and nowhere to go other than the supermarket for an occasional stock up.

Rushing home after work

There is nothing compelling workers to shut down their laptops and walk away from their desks because they’re not running to beat traffic or make it to the next bus. So a lot of people are instead working longer and harder — and are teetering on the edge of burnout because of it. Of course, with talks that COVID- could spur a full-blown economic recession, many workers are putting in longer hours as a matter of strategy. The logic may be that if widespread layoffs occur, they are less likely to land on the chopping block if they knock deadlines out of the park and answer email at all hours. But this willingness to please, coupled with a sheer obligation to always be available since there is no excuse not to be, may be hurting many people from a mental- and physical-health perspective. Reclaim your right to work-life balance Maybe you feel that since you re being given the flexibility to work from home and you are not spending hours commuting, you should make up for it by working longer hours and being perpetually available. But actually, that is a lot of pressure to put on yourself, especially at a time when COVID- worries may be occupying more of your brain space than you would like. While work may be, to some extent, a nice distraction, you should not be pushing yourself to work so much that there is little-to-no time to catch up with friends and family by phone, bust out a good book, or binge-watch a TV series that brings you joy. Chances are, at least some of that pressure to succeed on the job is coming from you, not your employer, so recognize that and get your own potentially unreasonable expectations in check.

Balance in all aspects of life

Now is a time to function in survival mode, and there is nothing wrong with not going beyond, so if your work-life balance has been non-existent since this whole crisis began, set some boundaries and stick to them. Right now, more so than ever, we all deserve a break. This article originally appeared in the Motley Fool. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Air Zimbabwe upbeat as revival plans gather pace

Aerial View of the Mighty Victoria Falls

Air Zimbabwe WELLINGTON TONI MARCUS MUSHONGA HARARE, CAJ News – AIR Zimbabwe, the national carrier, is confident of a turnaround in fortunes when the raging coronavirus COVID- pandemic is brought under control. The airline has earmarked Victoria Falls, the major tourist hub, as central to its revival after years of turmoil besetting the company in recent years. First met Vitori, the Air Zimbabwe Public Relations and Corporate Communications officer, outlined the carrier’s resuscitation plans in an exclusive interview with this publication. “Post COVID-, our plan is to develop a hub and spoke network with Harare as the main hub and Victoria Falls as the tourist hub,” she said. Air Zimbabwe’s fleet shall comprise the B- for domestic and some regional routes. “A schedules maintenance D-check has been successfully completed on the aircraft and it is currently going through test flights and assessments until final certification for serviceability and air worthiness,” Vitori said. This aircraft, she said, would be deployed to service Harare-Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Harare in the mornings with a second frequency in the evenings. “This brings the much-needed travel convenience to our business and tourist day trippers including schools and other institutions.” The same aircraft will also link Victoria Falls and the Tanzanian commercial hub of Dar-es-Salaam on the same day, three times weekly. Air Zimbabwe also intends to bring the Embraer fleet to operate between Harare, Johannesburg South Africa and Harare twice daily as well as Johannesburg and Bulawayo four times a week. Additional regional routes will include Cape Town South Africa, Lusaka Zambia, Lubumbashi, Kinshasa both Democratic Republic of Congo through to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates UAE. Vitori disclosed the Victoria Falls hub will be operated under Air Zimbabwe’s flagship brand – Flame Lily. The flame lily is Zimbabwe’s national flower. The Victoria Falls hub will be invigorated to include the imminent launch of daily domestic scheduled air services between the resort town, Harare and the major tourist destinations of Zimbabwe including Chiredzi, Hwange, Kariba and the Lower Zambezi Valley. The plan will also include the launch of daily regional scheduled airservices between Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique and South Africa. “These flights will initially focus on leveraging the historic tourism links with the Southern African Development Community SADC region,” Vitori said. Domestic tourism revenues have always been lower with most locals preferring to travel to Botswana, China, Dubai, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Tendai Madziwanyika, the Rainbow Tourism Group Chief Executive Officer, said the inflows to Victoria Falls would assist in the revival of the tourism sector. Victoria Falls has been hard hit by the halting of international flights since the COVID- broke out last December. All major hotels in the resort town have shut in line with a lockdown to curb its spread. “I think there is going to be a lot of demand after this war,”Madziwanyika said in reference to the virus. Zimbabwe has confirmed over cases and four deaths. “Our cases are still low.

It means Zimbabwe will become a major attraction. We are also experiencing record water volumes at Victoria Falls,” Madziwanyika was quoted as saying. Air Zimbabwe is marking years of operations, coinciding with the Southern African country celebrating that independence milestone. – CAJ News Short URL:

Innovation Ultimatum:

A Futurist Looks At How Business Can Use New Technology

Business leaders ned to look at the far horizon once in a while. What’s that thing in the distance? Is it a pot of gold, or is a gorilla coming our way? Busy executives and small business owners all agree on the need to look deep into the future, but have many urgent problems that need attention today. But all leaders need to carve out some time to ponder what’s ahead. A good approach is to read the new book, The Innovation Ultimatum, by Steve Brown. The author was Intel’s in-house futurist, so he knows a lot of gee-whiz technology. Business, though, is the focus of the book, with technology the tool to achieve better business results. Even when Brown is diving into a new technology, he comes back to how companies can use the technology to better serve customers at lower cost. Six strategic technologies drive the book, followed by many examples of industries using these six technologies today. The first technology is artificial intelligence. Brown provides a layman’s introduction to the field, offers examples of what is working today and what will be working tomorrow, then ends the chapter—as he does each of the six technology chapters—with strategies that business can and should start thinking about today. Some of the book’s business advice can be implemented immediately, such as “gather data today to feed the AIs of the future.” Other recommendations lay the groundwork for future action steps. For example, Brown recommends “build a comprehensive digital voice strategy” around technologies for voice recognition and computer-generated speech. This seemed a little bit early to me, so my first draft of this article included, “Not many mechanics today are talking to their tools.” That’s true, but an internet search to check my assumption showed me a voice-controlled torque wrench, allowing the user to say something like, “Wrench, give me pounds of torque.” All across business functions, writes Brown, voice technology will change the way we interact with customers, employees and suppliers. Sensors and the Internet of Things is the second key technology, with suggestions for getting “eyes on your business” to act on events in real time or at least very quickly. We have a great deal of this already, such as my tires reporting in to my car’s central nervous system. Brown reports that a Starbucks in China uses its wifi system to count how many people are in the store, even if they are not connected to the store’s wifi. Music adjusts automatically to encourage lingering when the store is not crowded, but transitions to up-tempo, high energy tunes when the store is full and they want people to leave and make room for new customers.. Autonomous machines, including robots and self-driving vehicles, constitute the third major technological trend. Autonomous cars seem not to be developing as rapidly as we expected, but other aspects of robotics are taking off. Brown provides a valuable insight: “Most automation will involve the semi-automation of business processes. Rather than using automation to replace human jobs, the goal of semi-automation is to build human-machine partnerships and elevate the work of humans.” On a recent home improvement project, I was screwing in a fixture that my father would have installed with a screwdriver. My battery-powered drilldriver did not replace me, the human, but made my work a lot faster and easier. In a factory setting, most screws can be installed by robots, explaining why manufacturing productivity is rising faster than construction productivity, but also illustrating the opportunities for robotics outside of factories. Distributed ledgers and blockchains are Brown’s fourth major technology. This is a daunting subject to explain in simple terms, but the author succeeds by continuing the focus on what the technology means for business. Virtual, augmented and mixed reality form the fifth major technology. Virtual reality may be less relevant aside from games, but augmented reality will be huge. In a speech about technology a decade ago, I told the story of trying to replace a burnt-out lightbulb on an old car. The owner’s manual had a sketch diagram that was hard to match up with what I was looking at. If I was in the right space, the panel should slide easily. Maybe it did when the car was new, but not now. Was I in the right place? Should I grab the big screwdriver. Fortunately, I checked on-line forums and learned that somebody else had caused $ of damage with his big screwdriver. Here’s what should happen. I sync my eyeglasses with the car’s owner’s manual. I say using voice operation technology, “I want to replace the right rear taillight bulb.” My glasses then outline the exact panel I’m looking at, to make sure I’m in the right spot. An arrow appears pointing in the direction I’m supposed to push. And if a screwdriver appears in the picture, an alarm sounds and a red slash is superimposed on the nasty tool. The final technology is connecting everything and everyone using G networks and satellites. Brown mentions that applications such as telemedicine need faster connections. We’ve learned that many activities can be done remotely, but there are still frustrations. This is the least surprising part of the book, as we can all envision data connections becoming faster. Any list of major technologies will disappoint some. My personal regret is not seeing more about modern genetic technology. Not only is it transforming medicine, but agriculture as well. Food production is slowly moving outside the farm and into the fermentation vat, allowing the planet to feed more people using less land. Molecular biology can also transform fabric-making. We began clothing ourselves with all natural products, such as leaves and bark, leather, cotton and hemp. Now we wear many petrochemical-based fibers such as nylon and polyester. Natural products may well be produced by reverse-engineering nature to develop great materials in a chemical plant without using petroleum derivatives. After describing the six major technologies, Brown dives into different industries. Even those outside of a given industry can glean ideas from other sectors. These chapters discuss transportation, retail, supply chains, manufacturing, construction. The healthcare chapter is especially valuable. The book concludes with insights about education and keeping people at the forefront of technology The Innovation Ultimatum is occasionally a recitation of items we’ve seen in business magazines, but it’s easily skimmable. What sets it apart from other futurist books is the continual focus on business applications. It would be a great conversation-starter for the management team. One of Brown’s final recommendations left me optimistic: “Honor every customer as a unique individual.” Early technology forced us to conform to the machine’s standards. We received cards with the admonition, “Do not fold, staple or mutilate.” In the new world, we can communicate with the machine by card, typing or voice. We can fold, staple or mutilate if the spirit moves us. That’s liberating technology.

More quarantine hobbies

Hair, nails and hobbies: Businesses see a flood of customers as ‘hunker down’ is eased in Anchorage

At a.m. Monday, Aslan sat down to his first pedicure in more than a month. He also got a fresh haircut, a bath and had his ears dyed purple. Even an elderly bichon frise’s regular routine was disrupted by Anchorage’s “hunker down” mandate. His fur and nails were twice as long as normal, said Brigitte Beitter, like many of her other Monday clients. “They were all behind a little bit, she said. Beitter owns and operates Brigitte’s Dog Grooming, which she runs out of her home in Midtown. Beitter is one of several business owners feeling relief after the city of Anchorage started allowing many businesses to open their doors Monday morning, after six weeks of closure due to the coronavirus. It’s a huge shift for Anchorage residents, who again have access to the services they were missing, albeit with strict guidelines. While nonessential businesses can open, they are restricted to % capacity, and some can only take reservations. Many Anchorage parking lots were still barren Monday afternoon, though more had flashing neon “open” signs than they did a week ago; a signal that life as the city knew it is slowly crawling back. B&J Sporting Goods owner Troy Arnold talks to a customer on the phone as businesses in Anchorage began to reopen on Monday, April , , during the coronavirus pandemic. Arnold said reopening for business is ’a relief. ’ ’We ve had nothing but happy customers coming in today and the employees are happy to get back to work. ’ Bill Roth ADN B&J Sporting Goods manager Mike Olson adjusts his ’Gone Fishing ’ mask as businesses in Anchorage began to reopen on Monday, April , , during the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Roth ADN The economic boon isn’t felt across the board. Creature comfort businesses, like hair and nail salons for humans and pets, seemed to come out on top. Beitter said over the last two weeks, she’s received about calls per day from people seeking dog grooming services. She’s booked out more than a week in advance. A few miles north, Lucy Castro ran an emery board across a long set of human nails, this pair belonging to one of the lucky few able to get an appointment at Lucy’s Nails. “If you want a last-minute appointment, it’s not going to happen,” Castro said. “We’ve been receiving calls all day today, unfortunately just turning down clients.” Castro is limiting the shop to two employees and two customers at a time, working on opposite ends of the room. Bev Holding, who has owned Bev s Dog Grooming for years, readies to reopen her business Tuesday with the help of groomer Angela Wilhelm. Bill Roth ADN Likewise, Bev Holding of Bev’s Dog Grooming, received about calls from customers since she shut down. She’s now booked out almost a month. And she needs it. “Moneywise, I don’t really want to say, but it’s been a lot,” she said of her losses during the city’s “hunker down” order. Something like grand.” Olivia Jenkins writes down a customer number while helping out her mother-in-law at the Northern Lights Barber Shop on Monday, April , , during the coronavirus pandemic. Jenkins who works as a personal trainers said, ’we thought it would be crazy today. ’ Bill Roth ADN Buy This Photo Steven Cehula wears a mask as barber Brian Lena cuts his hair at Northern Lights Barber Shop on Monday, April , , as businesses began to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. Cehula said he tried cutting his own hair and ’screwed it up. ’ Bill Roth ADN At Spenard Road and Northern Lights Boulevard, Nick Jones was one of several waiting in line or in their car to patronize Anchorage House of Hobbies, which opened up curbside sales Monday. Jones was looking for drone supplies. The hobby shop was the only place Jones had visited Monday. He liked that they offered curbside service, and thought flying a quadcopter could help him kill some time. He figured the dozen or so other customers waiting their turn had a similar mindset. “This is a good way to get some of that time spent in a way that feels productive,” he said. Amanda Moser, executive director of Anchorage Downtown Partnership, said some downtown businesses are cautiously opening their doors, following safety guidelines that include limiting shoppers. That includes Skinny Raven Sports on Monday and Second Run consignment shop on Tuesday. Other businesses have reported struggling with finding enough personal protective equipment, such as hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes, so they won’t open immediately, she said. “Folks are really slowly easing into it and taking a measured approach,” she said. Some, though, gave it a go. “It’s pretty ghost town-y,” said Shane Rodgers, owner of the Sandwich Deck downtown. “It’s very, very slow. We’ve just been open to be open.” Niels Backers eats at Sandwich Deck restaurant in downtown Anchorage. Tables were separated for dine-in customers on April , . Marc Lester ADN Rogers had been doing takeout, but started dine-in service Monday. He said about six people made reservations. He hopes that the restrictions will continue to lift and that his business can operate at more than % capacity soon. Rogers’ business depends on an influx of tourists each summer and is sustained by loyal local customers and a tourism boost from the Iditarod in the winter. “Hopefully it all comes back soon. I don’t think anyone could survive how things are going right now,” Rodgers said. “I guess Alaska can only hope that by this time next summer, the tourists want to come back.” Tara Myers walks toward the entrance to Grizzly Gifts to hang a ’Yes! We re open ’ sign on April , . Marc Lester ADN At the Dimond Center, a few dozen cars dotted the expansive parking lot along Dimond Boulevard. Inside the mall, there was an after-hours feel as the vast majority of businesses remained shuttered. Dimond Center General Manager Robert Dye said the national chains in the mall, which make up about % of the tenants, weren’t given enough notice. He hopes they open up within the next couple weeks. Alaska Flower Shop owner Jennifer Grey said, ’I think people are excited to buy flowers, ’ as she made flower arrangements for customers after reopening her business off Tudor Road on Monday, April , , during the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Roth ADN Buy This Photo Bev Holding who has owned Bev s Dog Grooming for years displays some of the masks a customer made for her employees to wear as businesses in Anchorage began to reopen on Monday, April , , during the coronavirus pandemic. Bill Roth ADN Families, teenagers and couples milled about, all in masks and spaced far apart. They visited the handful of open restaurants and businesses like Arctic Pull Tabs and Indian Arts Emporium, a store selling clothing and accessories. “I just want to get out from the house,” Indian Arts owner Ibrahim Kouloo said with a laugh. His customers were equally stir-crazy, he said. And there was some financial benefit — Kouloo said he sold some products on Monday, but it was far from a normal day. Stylists at Salon Ivy in Midtown were busy Monday as they evened out home haircuts and corrected strands damaged by drugstore bleaches. “Some people have really done a number on themselves, and I do feel bad for them,” owner Brian Ivy said. By Monday afternoon, the salon had already filled appointments for the next few weeks and “the phone was ringing off the hook,” Ivy said. A teddy bear in a booster seat is set by the window at Snow City Cafe on April , . Snow City remained closed Monday, but a note on the restaurant s page said it would resume pickup and delivery service on May .Marc Lester ADN Differences between state and municipal regulations about when to open and what kind of personal protective gear was needed for salons was at first difficult to navigate, Ivy said. He managed to track down a box of masks and said he handed them out to cosmetologists who were in need. Everybody is having a hard time finding cloth masks and it is virtually impossible to find surgical masks because supply places are still reserving those for medical professionals, he said. Ivy said he let employees decide if they felt comfortable enough to work and some were hesitant to return. Ivy said he understands their concerns and thinks it may have been easier if all shops had waited a little longer to reopen. “We need to open now to stay open,” he said. “If we don’t open, our clients are going to go somewhere that is open. We’ve got a lot of other people’s clients that are coming to us because we’re open, or at least they’re calling us.” Because of a high volume of comments requiring moderation, we are temporarily disabling comments on many of our articles so editors can focus on the coronavirus crisis and other coverage. We invite you to write a letter to the editor or reach out directly if you’d like to communicate with us about a particular article. Thanks.

Hobbies During Quarantine

The Best New Hobbies to Try During Quarantine

Whether you like baking bread, folding origami, knitting sweaters, or have no idea what to do with all this extra time on your hands, now is an especially good time to pick up a new hobby — or rediscover an old favourite. On a hunt to find more ways to keep ourselves busy, we’ve spoken to dozens of hobbyists, both professional and amateur, to help you get everything you need to start getting crafty and keep busy at home. Each guide is fit for beginners and adapted with self-isolation in mind, so you’ll be able to start your new hobby right away and hopefully keep yourself occupied for hours on end. With bread-making on the rise, in-stock flour and yeast have been hard to come by — but if you are able to find some from an unlikely source, writer Andrew Parks calls baking bread, “quite addictive … You’ll be left wanting to rock just one more loaf every time one is wrapped.” Once you’ve got your ingredients, Parks shared the kitchen gadgets and ingredients he uses to bake the perfect loaf of bread while stuck at home, such as this three-piece bread proofing basket, complete with “a linen nonstick liner for a smooth outer crust and a plastic dough scraper that conforms to the curves of your mixing bowl.” here. For those who’ve grown tired of baking sourdough boules or just want something sweet to go with them, jam-making is a similarly relaxing, hands-on activity — that’s shelf stable and frozen-fruit friendly too. We talked to six jam experts, including cookbook authors, recipe testers, and jam-company founders, about the tools they recommend for an at-home canning operation, including this Strategist-tested kitchen thermometer, beloved in the jam world for its “speed and accuracy.” here. If you’ve burned through your candle collection while stuck indoors, we asked artist Janie Korn, known for her inventive candle creations, to teach us how to make sculptural candles at home. To make this smiley and totally burnable toadstool, she recommends detailing with this Stockmar modeling beeswax set, which is “supersmooth and looks almost like plastic, which gives it this nice glossy finish that contrasts well with the heavily textured beeswax.” Just cut your shapes, warm them with the blow-dryer, and press them on. here. London-based artist Kate Cadbury has been pressing flowers for most of her life, so we asked her to walk us through everything you’ll need to do the same this spring. “The best flower to press is one that literally just opened up; one that’s been in bloom for a few days will be less vibrant. The fresher the plant, the fresher the color,” she says, recommending daisies, pansies, and violas. As for the other supplies: a stack of books, parchment paper, and glue — all of which you’ll likely already have at home. But if you’re looking to press bigger species of plants, Cadbury recommends this handmade wooden flower press, made of high-quality birchwood and available in a variety of finishes. here. Quentin TyberghienAFP via Images Perhaps the most basic of the bunch, origami requires only two tools that you likely already have at home: scissors and paper. If you’re thinking about folding your first flower or frog, there are lots of resources available — from the comprehensive, free step-by-step diagrams offered by OrigamiUSA to helpful instructional videos from Taro’s Origami. To find out which supplies you’ll need to fold your first piece, we asked origami artist Talo Kawasaki, the co-designer of the American Museum of Natural History’s annual origami holiday tree and the resident origami teacher at Resobox, for his go-to kits, paper, scissors, and more advanced origami tools. For beginners, he recommends this kit that comes with “very clear diagrams and a DVD tutorial for extra help,” along with some more advanced folds that are “worth the challenge.” here. Out of all of the niche hobbies she’s ever tried, scrapbooking is one of the ones Strategist writer Chloe Anello has kept at the longest. If you’ve been looking for something more interesting and hands on to do with your photos, other than sticking them into a frame or photo album, Chloe shared her favorite scrapbooking products, including this “little machine that cuts different designs into paper that you can’t easily create with scissors” that will “take your scrapbooks to the next level,” she assures. here. “Like yoga or meditation, drawing has been a powerful tool for me in managing stress and anxiety during all of this self-isolating,” says Strategist writer and part-time illustrator Liza Corsillo. If you’re thinking about picking up drawing, “Other than not judging yourself, the hardest part of getting into drawing is deciding what to draw,” Liza advises, so she recommends starting with static, everyday objects and bringing them to life with these calligraphy chisel-tip pens, which are “great for graphic comic-book-style drawings, filling in large areas, or just zoning out and drawing a bunch of satisfying stripes across the page.” here. Watercolorist Ashley Longshore, who’s collaborated with Bergdorf Goodman, New York Fashion Week, and Miley Cyrus, calls watercoloring “a medium that can be as beautiful as it is simple.” She shared her favorite watercolor supplies for beginners, including this travel-friendly Kuretake Gansai Tambi palette, which she loves for its wide color range and rich pigment. here. Beading expert Susan Alexandra, creator of the eponymous, celebrity-approved accessory line of acrylic-beaded jewelry, bags, wallets, and pet accessories, started beading when she was years old and has “probably , beaded items, total, if not more.” We asked Alexandra which beads, charms, string, trays, and pliers she recommends for DIY at-home jewelry-making, including these “supersharp and efficient” wire cutters with an ergonomic grip. here. Illustration: Joe McKendry We asked actress and longtime needlepointer Parker Posey to share everything a beginner needs to know and buy to get started with needlepointing. While on-set, Posey gifted Cameron Diaz and Selma Blair these needlepoint eyeglass-case kits from Etsy and reports “they picked it up and enjoyed it.” here. Casual entry-level knitter Mia Leimkuhler knitted this big, chunky sweater in a matter of weeks — and you can, too, she assures. This kit from Wool and the Gang, geared toward beginners, comes with everything you need — yarn, needles, and step-by-step instructions — and requires minimal construction. “Perhaps the greatest compliment I can give my handmade sweater is the fact that it doesn’t look handmade,” she says. here. John EllisJohn Ellis For an even longer-term project, there’s quilting, which is surprisingly beginner friendly with lots of available online guides, tutorials, and videos. We spoke to experts — including textile artists, designers, patternmakers, and teachers — to figure out exactly which tools the quilting beginner needs to get started, such as this how-to book which features beginner-friendly designs using minimal piecing and large swaths of fabric. here. If you’re more of an IRL learner or looking for something a little less DIY, online-learning platform MasterClass offers famous-expert-led classes, such as Kelly Wearstler, RuPaul, and Steph Curry, covering topics like cooking, acting, and physics. To find out if these MasterClasses, at $ per class, are actually worth it, we spoke to eight people including bloggers, writers, and founders of tech companies about their experiences. Takeaways varied depending on the subject and expert, but almost all recommended arts-focused courses, such as Texas-style barbecue taught by “hilarious” pitmaster Aaron Franklin, who one MasterClass tester calls “the Seth MacFarlane of cooking.” here. The LIFE Picture Collection via Time Life Pictures If you’ve been thinking about learning, relearning, or practicing a language during these next few months, we spoke with six language experts to find the best programs and resources for your at-home language learning, including tried-and-true Rosetta Stone, which “combines learning methodologies, like practicing vocabulary and listening to audio from native speakers,” unlike other game-based apps. here. Images Images If you’ve been feeling a little cooped up indoors and happen to live near a park or trail, trail running can be an accessible, socially responsible way to get outside while still maintaining your distance. Since trail running requires its own specific skill set, professional trail runner Emelie Forsberg suggests that you “not think about pace or distance in the beginning. Just go out there and enjoy.” To make sure that you have the right gear, we talked to seven experienced trail runners about their favorites, including beginner-friendly Hoka running shoes that are, according to assistant editor at Trail Runner magazine Zoë Rom, “burly but not too stout, light but have a good enough tread for more aggressive adventures.” here. Actually good deals, smart shopping advice, and exclusive discounts. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us. The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best acne treatments, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, natural anxiety remedies, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

Rain Water Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting and its impact on the environment

Rain water collection point

In my quest to improve people’s livelihood, I have adopted a deliberate approach of sharing information with my readers on how small acts of everyday life impacts the environment we live in and the benefits derived there in by individuals. The environment is important to each one of us and it is important that we take care of it by employing survival methods that are beneficial to all.

We should all know that the manner in which you take care of it today determines what becomes of it and the overall integrity for future generations.

My point for this write up is on rain water harvesting. When you collect rainwater, you have a direct positive impact on the environment that is visible to all to see. Rainwater is in most cases a free commodity and its collection obviously reduces water use from the utility companies. This has great benefit to individuals as it enables them to channel the money that would have been spent on paying the water bills to other pressing issues like electricity bills or even food. The utility company will also have a reduced servicing cost that reduces the number of its workforce and ultimately a reduction the wage bill/salaries.

Rainwater harvesting affects the environment positively in numerous of ways.

Expensive Dam

Rainwater harvesting is an alternative and cheaper water supply as compared to the normal surface water based supplies from reservoirs like dams or lakes or groundwater based supplies from open wells and bore holes.

Soil Erosion

Rainwater harvesting helps to reduce soil erosion through managing storm water runoff, flooding, and poor water quality in our lakes and streams by channeling to designated water collection points.

Water utility company

Collectively, rainwater has had a major impact on water supply and can be shown to be able to reduce water utility company water demand enough that need for establishing large new public water sourcing projects become unnecessary and less viable.


Paved surfaces cause rain water run off.

n urban settings, up to 90% of rain water runs off because of all the man made hard surfaces like roads, parking lots, paved yards and roofs. This is a very retrogressive trend that needs to be discouraged by the local authorities, instead people should be educated on the counter effects of such action and then made to know the benefits of reducing hard surfaces.

Irrigation using harvested rain water

Keeping the world green has a direct impact on the water cycle, ecosystems, and our ability to maintain balance with our surroundings. It is should therefore be everyone’s responsibility to play a positive role in keeping the world green. We all have heard or even experiencing the change in weather patterns, this should be wakeup call that we shouldn’t destroy the environment by employing good practices as we go about our daily activities. History is full of examples where deforestation and urbanization have totally changed the climates of large landmasses from the deserts or rain forests to even rivers and other natural resources that you can think of. If people could constantly engage in rainwater harvesting, the collected water and the eventual system created will do more than just beautiful environment, it helps maintain the water cycle which is cardinal for the continued water supply to communities.

Borehole drilling

Using open well water may be better than using city water supply for things like irrigation but it very directly depletes ground water supply. Taking water out of our lakes, reservoirs, and rivers also affects ground water. On the other hand, irrigating with rainwater helps replenish groundwater supplies hence the more reason we should engage in rainwater harvesting.

Water utility companies require a lot of chemicals for water treatment and pumping resulting high costs and high percentage use of energy. Rainwater systems reduce these costs and energy usage.

Weir making in progress

Rain water harvesting does not need a lot of resources in form of machinery or any other cost as may be related to such an activity, low income people from rural areas can easily undertake such a project using the very low cost equipment like hand hoes and shovels, ox driven ploughs or they could make weirs using local materials like sand to erect weirs that act as dam walls across a stream or anywhere where it is possible to tap water run offs.

How to overcome your fears and get your personal success.

Trying to fight the fear of failure is always a challenge for everyone.

The comforting fact is that all fears are learned, there is no single person that is born with fears. Fears therefore can be overcome. This can only be possible by practicing self-discipline repeatedly with regard to fear until it is got rid of.

When a person is filled with fear, it causes them to avoid taking risks of any kind and to reject any form of opportunity when available. In simple terms, they are afraid of failure hence they won’t take any chance that comes their way.

There are many other fears hinder us from achieving our potential such as,

  • Fear the loss of love or
  • Fear the loss of jobs and financial security.
  • Fear embarrassment or ridicule by friends.
  • Fear rejection and criticism of any kind.
  • Fear the loss of respect or esteem of others.
  • Fear the loose of friends and close relations

These are some of the fears that hold us back throughout life.

I have outlined some tips that will help you overcome your fears and get back on the path to your success:

Fear hinders action

The ultimate reaction in a fearful situation is giving up, a person is hopeless and ends up saying that I can’t.

This fear is responsible for most failures and it stops us from taking action. It is experienced physically, or by way of feeling the emptiness in the stomach. That sharp awful feeling is so strong that we are unable to take any action.

The physical manifestations of these negative habit pattern are experienced from time to time and we may at times take them lightly as being normal which shouldn’t be the case.

Fear shuts down the brain

Whenever a person is in the state of fear, they feel like they have been caught in a snare with no way of escaping. This fear paralyzes action. It often shuts down the brain and causes the individual to be helpless.

Fear is a terrible emotion that undermines our happiness and can hold us back throughout our lives. It takes away our self-confidence and enslave us perpetually.

Envision yourself in the state of courage

By visualizing yourself being courageous, confident and competent with something that you are usually fearful, your visual image will eventually be accepted by your subconscious mind as instructions for your positive performance.

Your self-image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, will eventually tilled towards a positive outlook, this is so because you are feeding your mind with these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best.

Use the law of reversibility

The Law of Reversibility says that “If you feel a certain way, you will act in a manner consistent with the same feeling.”

But if you act in a manner consistent with that feeling, even if you don’t feel it, the Law of Reversibility will create the feeling that is consistent with your actions.

This is one of the greatest breakthroughs in success psychology. You develop the courage you desire by disciplining yourself repeatedly to do things that you fear until that fear eventually disappears and believe me you, it shall disappear. Consistence is the key issue in this whole process.

Do not delay to confront your fears

Once you decide to confront your fears and act in spite of your fears, you have the key to happiness and success, it is just provided you don’t back out or get distracted.

One of the best exercises you can practice is to identify a person or situation in your life of which you are afraid and resolve to deal with that fear situation immediately.

Do not allow it to make you unhappy for another minute. Resolve to confront the situation or person and put the fear behind you, after all you now know and have a free mind whether the outcome was positive or negative.

Move toward the fear

The moment you identify a fear and discipline yourself to move towards it, it grows smaller and more manageable. You are in total control and are able to handle it with confidence.

What is more interesting is that, as your fears grow smaller, your confidence grows.  Soon, your fears lose their control over you and congratulations, you are a champ over your fears.

In contrast, when you back away from a fear-inducing situation or person, your fear grows larger and larger and in no time it will be enormous. The thought of it will leave you trembling.

Soon it dominates your thinking and feeling, preoccupies you during the day, and often keeps you awake at night. It can have damaging effects on your general health wellbeing due to stress and anxiety.

Deal with the fear directly

The only way to deal with a fear is to face it head-on without hesitation.

The natural tendency of many people is to deny that they have a problem caused by fear of some kind. They would rather pretend that everything thing is okay. The reason in most times is that they are afraid of confronting it. In turn, it becomes a major source of stress, unhappiness, and unnecessary worry.

Be willing to deal with the situation or person directly. This will give you ample time to focus on other important matters without worrying about things that may even be irrelevant.

As Shakespeare said, “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and in so doing, end them.” This is so true and compliments the law of reversibility.

When you force yourself to face any fear-inducing situation in your life, your self-esteem goes up, your self-respect increases, and your sense of personal pride grows.

You eventually reach the point in life where you are not afraid of anything. That is the beginning of your happiness. You will be able to overcome any obstacle that may come your way. You will also be leading a health life as there will be less stress and unnecessary worries.

In the eyes of

Every person has potential to achieve any goal they set upon themselves, of course coupled with corresponding consistency and self-discipline. I once had an experience with my inner-self as I travelled back from visiting my daughter in a far of town.

A ride on the bus

White bus traveling on the asphalt road in a rural landscape at sunset

I sat by the window side with a view of feeding my eyes on the green landscapes that come with the rains. We traversed the country side as the bus moved gracefully on the highway which was not so busy day of the weekend. The scenery was awesome and when I looked through the window, my attention was shifted to something even more beautiful and I was wondering what that could be.

The large windscreen

Just above the large driver’s seat windscreen, I noticed a differently designed glass and when I looked through it, I realised that it was the one responsible for making the outside landscape appear unique, it took me a few minutes to figure out what was going on. Indeed the landscape view had a whole different appearance viewing it through the window. This event got me thinking about the bigger picture about life.

Often times we spend too much energy on trying to figure out the best and perfect way to lead a meaningful life. We engage into unnecessary competition with other people and more often disappointments are the resultant effects that we get. We also look too far and yet the solutions could be right where we are. We end up being sad for not accomplishing imaginary lifestyle when we have a choice to enjoy life in the eyes of the surrounding environment.

The Outside world

There I was, on the seat on the bus, surrounded by total strangers, was enjoying beautiful landscape scenery from two different views. I discovered a new view whilst enjoying the ordinary view that I had already planned for before the start of my journey. A positive mind-set ushered me into another horizon that could only be witnessed by myself alone through the eye-mind coordination.

Several lessons are learned from this whole scenario and that different people may apply them by simplifying and appreciating whatever situation we find ourselves into. Life is meant to be enjoyed and only little things have a great impact on the creation of memories to be cherished today and the near future.

The real joy

Every successful idea is borne in the mind then the mind eye sees it, like in the experience I had whilst I travelled, you too can adapt and train your mind to see things from different viewpoints.

17 Business ideas for college students

Starting a business in college can be a great way to make a living and pay for your way through school or even help your parents pay for your siblings’ school fees. It only takes a positive mind-set to get started. There are hundreds of opportunities available for anyone willing to try out and believe you me, people are in need of any service that will improve their daily livelihood.

The great thing about business ideas for college students is that campuses can be the perfect place to validate a product or service offering too.

We are going to go over 17 business ideas. There is also both a range of small and large scale business ideas.

  1. Hostel cleaning services

Some people in college and university really are too busy catching up with school assignments and note taking that they do not have time spare to clean their rooms. Some students were used to having maids or parents do the cleaning for them and now that they are at university, they may not want to clean their dorms by themselves. Leaving the perfect opportunity for you to charge them a fee to clean up the room. You do not need to look down on cleaning another student’s room, your focus should be at the money realized after offering this service after all you can grow out of this business and set up a cleaning company in the future.

This is an easy business to do as you can simply market the business by going door to door in hostels. Start-up costs are also very low since you would only need cleaning supplies. After a while, and if you have a consistent clientele base, you could look into hiring other students to help you out. The great thing about this idea is that it could be started from almost any college or university, and has the opportunity for expansion.

2.On-campus delivery service/Courier

There exists need for local delivery services on college premises which would be capable of delivering goods, packages, and food to students and members of staff around the school. A professor may need a suit from the school dry cleaner delivered to the lecture hall. Or a group of students may need a bunch of food delivered to their hostel from the cafeteria. Saving them time so they can study.

This also has low start-up costs for a college students as you would only need a motorbike or even a bicycle, a strong bag or trunk for transporting things. This business idea could easily be expanded across other schools if you want is to grow beyond making few Dollars from within your own college.

3. Online courses for college lectures

If you are a type of student that has a strong interest and specialty in a set of college courses, you could create an online and easy to follow set of PDF or video courses that others could watch and learn from. Sometimes students need to hear the course information in different ways than what the class lecturer presents to them, to fully understand the material.

Be careful not to indulge in plagiarism by copying the courses you just took in class, otherwise you could end up in legal trouble with the college management. Your courses should be different from how the regular material is taught in class. Your fellow students could pay a simple fee for each course or a package deal if say you produced multiple courses.

4. Language tutoring services

If you are at a college or university where there are foreign students that wish to learn a local language, you can start a translation service and charge them a fee.

This type of business can be started at no cost at all as you only need the knowledge and door to door advertising of your service to your potential clients.  

Again, this idea can grow into a large company if you hired other students to expand your workforce.

5. Research paper writing

If you love to write and have a strength in writing research papers, this business idea for college could be perfect for you. You could even setup a website where other students from different universities around the country could send in their research paper requests, along with deposits for work they want to be done.

This you could write from the comfort of your hostel room and charge a fee depending on the amount of work. Many of these students will pay big money for a great finished product as it means they get a good grade when they really needed it.

6. Virtual assistant

The virtual assistant is a great business model for college students as you can operate this business from your hostel room or house. As a virtual assistant, you would help other businesses and professionals with their online needs. This may be converting datasets in excel, transcribing audio, or simple data entry. This will depend mostly on the type skill you possess and you ought to be registered online as a freelancer using hundreds of platforms like Fiverr, Upwork and many others.

7. Notes Digitization service

If you are student that can type fast, you could offer a note digitization service to other students, teachers, or university staff. This service could be charged on a per-word basis for you to type up handwritten notes into word documents, excel sheets, or even PowerPoints.

If you like dealing with people in person and don’t have access to reliable internet connectivity, you could still run this business completely offline. There would be a human interaction component, as you would always need to pick up hand written notes in hard copy form, the from the comfort of your hostel room, you would be typing and delivering notes to the owners at a reasonable fee.

8. Laundry

Another straightforward and obvious business idea for students is offering laundry services to fellow students that are unable to do so by themselves. The market for such a business is ripe and is easy to set up. You only need laundry supplies that are available in all supermarkets and local grocer shops.

Doing this on an actual schedule can make it super-efficient. Sign up students on a specific route for a particular day of the week, then make the rounds according to your schedule. This business can grow into a big laundry service company even after you have left college.

9. Grocery Delivery

Just like laundry, this is a simple business a student like you can easily start. College students need food and toiletries. Supermarkets can be located some good distance from the college and some students are overwhelmed with class work that they fail to spare time to do their own grocery shopping. You could offer to run shopping errands and charge a fee per delivery.

10. Student Newsletter

The news industry in every country in the world is competitive. In Zambia we have a good number of leading newspaper firms, there is also countless number of online publications to choose from every day.

Why is this not so also at your college or your university? It would be good move to start a student news platform that would focus matters to do with student matters and other happenings within the confinements of the college. The news can range from academic matters, entertainment, business and even school politics. A friend of mine created a student news website which did phenomenally well. Add in advertising and partnerships, and you will get a real business opportunity.

11. Blog

If you are good with writing and with the right time and effort, you can start a blog by choosing any niche which can become profitable. If you are passionate about a specific topic that you would want to be covering. To make this into a reality, you have to buy a domain for as little as $13 per year though prices vary site to site. Try to set up your blog using WordPress site, bluehost, awardspace, Godaddy and several others out there and get writing. Aim for 500+ words per article and share it on your social media. When you have real traffic going through the blog, add Google Adsense to drive traffic to your site that would be converted into revenue

 12. CV/Resume writer

A curriculum Vitae is a very important document but time and again many people especially job seekers get unsettled at the thought of preparing a professional CV. Other generally don’t like talking about themselves. It’s one of those things that is a lot easier to do for somebody else than for yourself. If you’re great at writing and punchy in your tone, you can build a business with CV/Résumé writing. If you do this for a client and they get a job, grab a testimonial from them and list who they were, where they now work and their testimony on your website. Before you know it, requests will be pouring in.

 13. Be a freelance photographer.

During holidays and weekends, you can work as a photographer. There is demand for different niches of photographs out there. You can be selling your photos on platforms like Shutterstock, Istock actually there are several of them on the internet you just have to surf to find what suits your interest

Build your online portfolio and personal brand so people can see and identify your work from that of the rest. You can also take pictures during special events in school then sell with corresponding charges. Or sell pictures to websites which buy pictures of different objects.

14. Sell Videos Online

It is now pretty much easier for people to produce amateur videos and as a college student, you can consider producing and selling educative or entertaining videos. YouTube and other video publishing sites online and some of the internet platforms you can leverage on to sell your videos. If you can produce videos to teach people how to do stuffs for themselves, and put them online, you will be amazed at the rate people will be placing demand from all over the world for the videos. You will be able to make money through advertisement placed on your YouTube channel.

15. Become a Translator

As a college student, if you can speak and write two or more languages whether foreign or local languages, then you can comfortably list your services online as a translator. There are many authors of books and producers of films that wouldn’t mind translating their books to local dialects or other foreign languages once they can get someone to do it for them at an affordable fee. You can visit,, and other freelance sites to source for translating jobs.

16. Ghost Writing Job

If you are creative writer, then you can start your own online business as a ghost writer. There are countless number of people out there who are overdue to author at least one book, but they can’t due to their very busy schedule. All you need to do is to collect their thoughts together and help them write a book.

You can indeed write a book on their behalf. Although your name might not appear in the book, but you are sure of being rewarded adequately for your services. It could be a pay off or on percentage based on the number of copies of the book sold within a period of time. All the same it is a good way of making cool cash from the connection you can make with people online who knows you might even become an established author yourself.

17. Editing and Proof Reading Business

Editing and proof reading is yet another easy to start business in the education industry that a college student can start during holidays; it requires little or no start – up capital to launch this type of business. The nature of this type of business makes it easier to work from home and for clients who are thousands of kilometers away from your college or town or even country. This is quite a daunting task so if you are that person that would wish to offer such a service, you are good go for some cash. Start proofreading your friend’s assignments for something cheap like K20 for 1000 words

If you are a good editor and you have eyes for details, then you should consider visiting,, for an enrollment and become a member. From such platforms, you can get enough editing and proof reading jobs that you can handle.

Do it smartly and in no time more requests will be pouring in. All you need is your personal laptop.

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