How do business travelers deal with jet lag?

How do business travelers deal with jet lag?

by Mark Miller June 09, 2016 5 min read

The Crew blog and many other articles on the Web recommend adjusting your sleeping-waking schedule gradually before you depart on your trip.

But before we get into tips on how to prevent or reduce jet lag, what exactly is it?

It’s a sleep disorder. WebMd says jet lag happens to people who fly across two or more time zones. Obviously, the farther you fly, the more you’ll be affected. Also, going from west to east causes worse jet lag than flying from east to west.

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Staying motivated at work can be a challenge

Staying motivated at work can be a challenge

by Mark Miller June 06, 2016 4 min read

Staying motivated at work can be a challenge, especially if you have a job that isn’t very interesting or that is downright boring. That said, it’s not necessarily the job one has to do but attitude that drives motivation.

Being motivated makes it easier to get work done, so there is a benefit to it. The root word for motivatecomes from the verb to move, and it means to move to action or impel. It’s not certain that one can feel impelled to do mundane tasks, but simply getting the boring stuff out of the way can be a big inspiration to motivation.

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Some of the most interesting jobs in the world

Some of the most interesting jobs in the world

by Mark Miller June 02, 2016 4 min read

The top job on this list is physician, which pays internists an average of $188,000 a year. And as physicians progress in their careers, they can earn more than that. This job can be stressful and can require long hours, but it is rewarding not just for the money and prestige but because doctors help people.

The next top awesome job, according to U.S. News and World Report, is dentist. Dentists earned an average of $165,000 in 2013. Again, a lot of education and training are needed, but the rewards go beyond monetary because dentists help people a lot.

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Coming back from a downfall after great success

Coming back from a downfall after great success

by Mark Miller May 30, 2016 5 min read

Stories of coming back from a downfall after great success are inspiring for anyone—even for young people who haven’t made their mark on the world yet. History and mythology are filled with people who were at the height of success, crashed and came back again.

Sometimes, people need to lose everything material to realize that they didn’t need it, or that the health and safety of their families are worth more than all the success and gold in the world. Sometimes people come back even stronger and more successful than before they “fell.”

 

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How do you get motivated when depressed?

How do you get motivated when depressed?

by Mark Miller May 26, 2016 4 min read

How do you get motivated when depressed? Years ago a comedian said she loved being depressed because she slept 20 hours a day and ate ice cream the other four hours. I suppose if she didn’t laugh about this crippling mental illness she would have cried.

If it’s a serious case of clinical depression, you could become so disabled you quit or lose your job, you contemplate or even attempt suicide or you could be overwhelmed by sadness or hopelessness such that you don’t want to do anything.

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For doctors and nurses, long hours at work mean more errors

For doctors and nurses, long hours at work mean more errors

by Mark Miller May 23, 2016 4 min read

Even though the practice of making internist doctors work 24 to 48 hours has been discontinued in recent years, some doctors and nurses still work long shifts.—up to 16 hours. That’s bad for them, and studies have shown it can affect patient care too. Long hours mean more errors, studies show.

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How to stay awake at work without coffee or caffeine

How to stay awake at work without coffee or caffeine

by Mark Miller May 19, 2016 4 min read

Careful about falling asleep at work or you could become an Internet meme like this poor fellow.

Unless you work outdoors or indoors in a job where you are physically active all day, it can be difficult for some people who have desk jobs to stay awake at work without caffeine.

Maybe the most important thing you can do to make sure you don’t nod off at work is to get a good night of sleep, at least 7 to 8 hours, at a regular time every night. Boredom can also cause you to nod off. Other than getting a good night’s sleep and having a fascinating job, there are things you can do to stay awake.

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How do investment bankers stay up?

How do investment bankers stay up?

by Mark Miller May 12, 2016 4 min read

How do investment bankers stay awake on their 18-hour shifts?

Investment bankers work such long hours that many resort to chemical stimuli. There have been rumors of methamphetamine and cocaine use among investment bankers to burn the midnight oil. Other investment bankers take Ritalin or Adderall, which are given to children with ADHD but which are stimulants for adults. But the mainstay is probably coffee, energy drinks and other concoctions containing caffeine.

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How do law students stay awake to study?

How do law students stay awake to study?

by Mark Miller May 10, 2016 4 min read

Some law students spend 60 hours a week studying. Those who’ve been through law school advise prospective students to leave the Xbox at home so they’re not tempted with potentially ruinous distraction. How do law students get energy to study so much?

One thing many law school students do not do is party and socialize a lot. This has a doubly salutary effect because the time spent not partying is time they can spend studying. And then they are not out of sorts, hung over or over-tired the next day from partying.

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How do you keep healthy eyes when working on the computer?

How do you keep healthy eyes when working on the computer?

by Mark Miller May 05, 2016 4 min read

Did you know there’s a thing called computer vision syndrome, and it affects 50 to 90 percent of computer users? Symptoms include eye strain, eye twitching, red or dry eyes, fatigue, headaches, more work errors and a decrease in productivity. How do you keep healthy eyes during computer use?

If you experience any of these problems while looking at your computer, see an eye doctor. A doctor can make sure if your eyeglass or contact lens prescription is correct. Or if you don’t have corrective lenses they can prescribe some for you.

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When is the best time for meetings?

When is the best time for meetings?

by Mark Miller April 28, 2016 4 min read

When I got the assignment to do this blog, When is the best time for meetings?I thought, “Um, never?”

But seriously, people have put serious thought into the best time to schedule business or work meetings. Google has 14.3 million search results for the question.

 

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How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

by Mark Miller April 18, 2016 4 min read

The problem of internist doctors and nurses having to work 30- to 36-hour shifts has been ending around the United States as some teaching hospitals and other institutions have initiated 16-hour shifts since 2011. Nevertheless, these people we trust our lives to work long hours overnight. How do doctors and nurses stay awake on the night shift?

The problem really received a lot of attention in 1984, when Libby Zion, an 18-year-old patient, died under the care of residents within 24 hours of being admitted to a New York City hospital. Her father, a New York Times reporter who alerted the media, sued.

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