Manage Your Time During Your Job Search

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – We’ve all heard that “finding a job is a full-time job,” but what is the most effective way to manage that time? For most job seekers, the goal is to find the best job as quickly as possible, but it can be difficult to implement this plan everyday.
To make the most of valuable time, below are recommendations on expediting the process so job seekers can stop searching and start working:

Learn How to Set a Goal

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – To paraphrase Mark Twain, “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” Setting a goal, whether it be to lose weight, earn a promotion or spend more time with your family, is easy — it’s carrying through that proves problematic.

And yet, the world’s most successful people are intensely goal-orientated. They know what they want, and they focus on achieving it every day. So what’s the difference between a top executive and everybody else?

“The fact is that successful people fail far more than unsuccessful people,” says Brian Tracy, a top management consultant, in a recent Q&A with SUCCESS Magazine. “Successful people try more things, fall down, pick themselves up and try again — over and over before they finally win.” So how can you learn to quit giving up on your goals? SUCCESS Magazine offers the following tips for more successful goal-setting:

– Write down a list of goals. Cynthia Kersey, author of “Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You,” suggests focusing on how you want to be remembered. “List the qualities, deeds and characteristics for which you would like to be remembered by your friends, spouse, children, co-workers, the community and even the world.”

– Set out a plan to accomplish your goals. Tracy suggests listing what little steps will take you to your goal, then organizing them by priority and sequence. Figure out how much time and money you will need to accomplish your goals, and revisit and revise your plan accordingly.

– Manage your mindset. Keep your focus by surrounding yourself with people who will help you accomplish your goals. Arrange your workspace and home so you’ll be reminded of your commitments. “When you form the habit of starting your productivity earlier in the day, associating with more positive people, managing the news and information you feed your mind, controlling the language you use — especially the ways in which you describe yourself — you will find it easier to succeed,” says Jim Cathcart, professional speaker and founder of the Cathcart Institute Inc. “Become the person who would achieve your goals and who would deserve them.”

For more information, visit www.SUCCESS.com.

A Step In the Right Direction: Finding the Path to Better Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Most Americans have tried to improve their health at some point — but for many, attempts to eat less and move more do not result in success. So, can Americans truly change bad habits? The National Institutes of Health says “Yes.” No person is too out-of-shape, overweight or old to improve their health.

That said, old habits die hard, and fad diets may do more harm than good. Americans who are serious about changing their habits need to make realistic and gradual changes one step at a time and at their own pace.

Think about what motivates you, what pitfalls have trapped you before and what eating and activity habits you truly enjoy. Then make a plan. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach, so make goals that make sense to you. You can set a goal to eat oatmeal instead of a pastry for breakfast, or to park farther away from the grocery store when you shop.

Once you create your plan, track and evaluate your progress. The Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, offers the following tips to help you stay on task:

– Overcome your barriers. Ask family members or friends for support. If you know you can’t exercise later in the day, ask a coworker to accompany you on a walk at lunch. Plan ahead to avoid pitfalls. For example, if you usually snack on chips while you watch television, try eating air-popped popcorn or cut veggies and salsa.

– Reward yourself. When you reach a goal, buy yourself a new book or new gear or relax in a hot bath. Try to avoid rewarding yourself with high-calorie treats or time off from exercise.

– Add variety. It’s easy to get bored with one routine, so try new activities, foods and rewards.

– Plan ahead to avoid setbacks. Know what healthy activities you can enjoy in bad weather. If you know you’ll be on the go, pack healthy snacks and a lunch. Don’t give up after a setback — they happen. Simply regroup and start focusing on your goals again.

– Expand your goals. Revisit your goals, and look for new ways to challenge yourself. If you’re comfortable walking five days a week, try adding strength training. If you have successfully reduced your saturated fat intake, try limiting refined sugar.

For more information and healthy lifestyle tips, visit WIN at www.win.niddk.nih.gov.

Americans Urged to Identify Their Cholesterol Goal, Get Health ‘Makeover’

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – From fixing leaking roofs to repainting peeling walls, many people take on renovation jobs themselves to enhance their homes. But when it comes to enhancing their health, many Americans simply aren’t tackling the job.

Nearly 38 million Americans have high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol – a major risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke -but a new national survey shows that many people don’t have the right “know-how” to best manage their cholesterol and lower their LDL levels.

To raise awareness about the dangers of high cholesterol and the importance of setting a specific, target goal number, WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease and the Association of Black Cardiologists Inc. have joined together with AstraZeneca to launch the GOAL Standard, a new nationwide consumer education campaign.

Paul DiMeo, designer and carpenter from ABC’s hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” has joined the GOAL Standard team to help empower and motivate people – including those already being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications – to be “heart handy” and work with their health care providers to identify a target cholesterol goal, and make a plan to successfully reach and maintain that goal.

“A cholesterol-lowering program is a lot like a home makeover project; you have to determine a goal, draw up blueprints to reach that goal and work according to plan, tracking your progress along the way,” says DiMeo, who embarked on his own health makeover after being diagnosed with high cholesterol. “My doctor and I made sure I had all the tools I needed to reach my target goal -; and now I’ve made a lifelong commitment to maintain it.”

When treating patients with elevated cholesterol, doctors often consult target LDL number guidelines identified by The National Cholesterol Education Program. Yet a new survey shows that the majority (60 percent) of U.S. adults who are being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications do not know their target cholesterol goal. Further, 69 percent of these same statin users who are discussing cholesterol goals with their health care provider and do not know their cholesterol goal, are not communicating with their doctor about ways to lower their cholesterol and 31 percent are not talking with their doctor about ways to maintain their cholesterol goal.

Two out of five adults (40 percent) – and approximately two out of five patients using statin medications (38 percent) – say they wish their health care professionals would spend more time discussing cholesterol with them.

“The survey suggests that patients are confused about how to best manage this potentially deadly condition, and need to talk openly with their doctors about treatment options and target goals,” says Dr. Noel Bairey Merz, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and member of WomenHeart’s Scientific Advisory Board. “It is critical that all patients with high cholesterol, including those using statin medications, also follow personalized plans focused on healthy living to lower their LDL and reach their goal.”

Learn more about high cholesterol, risk factors and how to determine a target goal at www.GOALStandard.com. The site features an interactive cholesterol calculator to help you talk with your doctor about the condition and available treatment options.

The Harris Interactive online survey for the GOAL Standard campaign was conducted between Sept. 22 and 29, 2005 among 1,029 U.S. adults and 1,180 U.S. adults who have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and are currently using statin medication to treat their high cholesterol. Sampling error for the general public results is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points and for the statin user results is plus or minus 4 percentage points.