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Using Technology to Achieve a Work-Life Balance

The continuous evolution of technology has made our work lives easier in many ways. Emails, the Internet and apps can get us in touch with one another in an instant and we never miss a call from a colleague, customer or your boss. This has its downsides too. Getting notifications about work 24/7 on your mobile device can negatively impact your personal and family life, leading to lots of stress and poor health. We start to feel that we never get a moment to ourselves to relax and unwind without a chance to truly leave work behind and immerse ourselves in our personal life. Don’t give up on technology, instead use it to create a work-life balance, and we have a few examples of how to do this.

How to Achieve A Successful Work-Life Balance:

Work Remotely

Technology has allowed the workplace to become much more flexible. If your employer will allow you, work from home a few days a week. This puts you in charge of your professional and personal life. Working from home can relieve stress of handling many tasks at once in the office with constant interaction from employees and a hoovering boss. By doing work from home a few days a week, the other days can be saved for meetings with clients, colleagues and other work that must be done on-site, as well as giving you social interaction that can be missed when you’re away for too long.

Save Valuable Time

In a time where we are constantly running back and forth to see clients, meetings or run errands, any minutes we can save are precious. The more time we save, the more we can spend with loved ones. Long commutes have actually been found to lead to divorce. Take advantage of technology that finds the quickest route for you to get from A to B. Use features like Google Maps, or apps like Beat the Traffic to find the fastest path for you so you can improve time management skills.

Video Conferencing

Employees who travel a lot risk their relationships with their loved ones because they are away so much. However, it is important to a company to be able to reach out to clients in other parts of the country or the world. Video conferencing makes it possible to meet with these important customers and have critical face-to-face interactions, while your employee does not have to set foot in an airport. Conference calls with several users can take place on a common virtual platform, which also saves a company money on travel expenses. 

Online Photo Sharing

Sometimes our work takes us away from relatives because we have to relocate. This makes it difficult for them to keep up with us as our family and children grow. In order to keep everyone in the loop, consider a photo sharing website like Shutterfly where you can share all of your pictures with whoever you invite. This keeps them more private than social media sites and allows loved ones to see you more than only on holidays.

 

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4 Reasons to Switch from Coffee to Tea

 Yes, it can be done. It IS possible to give up the bitter, overpriced brew that leaves you jittery and empty inside. Are you able to give up your morning addiction? If you are like many Americans, the thought of giving up your morning cup of Joe is incomprehensible. Plus, what will you reach for in the morning? The answer—tea. Listen up to the 4 reasons why you should switch from coffee to tea.

 

  1. Buying tea is much cheaper

How much do you pay for a pound of coffee or fancy coffee drink? You might be surprised by the drastic difference in cost when you walk up to the counter and order a cup of tea instead of a cup of coffee. More money is always a perk, but as a virtuoso coffee drinker, you probably need a little more convincing.

  1. Your body will thank you for tea power

Coffee has been associated with common digestive issues such as discomfort, indigestion, heartburn and GERD. Coffee also increases your stress hormones, but tea is a warm cup of relaxation and tension relief. Not to mention that coffee is a natural diuretic. Instead of dehydrating you, tea assists in balancing your body’s fluid intake. You can drink your tea hot or cold and still benefit from its hydrating powers. Some research indicates that green tea may also assist your body’s metabolism, which means you can shed a few pounds. Think about that: an extra 400 calories with a whipped, caramel concoction, or shed a few pound with a refreshing cup of tea.

  1. Tea is better for your teeth and bones

Coffee is a big ol’ cup of acidity. The acid in coffee eats away at the enamel on your teeth and it stains your teeth an unpleasant shade of yellow. Tea may actually be better for your teeth when compared to your morning cup of coffee. Because of the fluoride in the water, you may actually be giving your teeth a little boost in preventing cavities. There is good news for your other bones as well. According to an Australian study, regular tea drinkers were less likely to develop osteoporosis.

  1. It just makes you feel better

Coffee drinkers become stuck in a vicious cycle of low serotonin. Serotonin is necessary for sleep, bowel movements, energy and your mood. If serotonin levels are off, a person is not likely getting enough sleep or feel refreshed, so, as a result, he/she will ingest more coffee. Tea is much simpler than that. Tea is blended to soothe, relax, ease discomfort and enhance a person’s mood overall. Tea is used as an anti-depressant and illness-fighter in many different cultures.

 

Don’t give in to the coffee hype; share a cup of tea with your family and friends! You’ll feel better for it – after you get over the coffee withdrawal, that is.

 

 

Command Center Deploys Technology to Keep Drivers Safe

With safety being a top priority for NTTA, you can drive easier knowing NTTA roadways are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week using cutting-edge technology – all in an effort to keep our customers and employees safe.

House in the NTTA Command Center, the Authority uses and intelligent transportation system that monitors a majority of the NTTA System by AXIS cameras provided by PTS.