Town Topics Print Edition Monday
The Slate Belt Town Topics print edition is expected to be on the news stands before the major portion of tomorrow's storm arrives. You can find it at many area locations where most other newspapers are found. If the paper is delayed by the storm or we can't reach some locations we will distribute it as soon as possible.
Adam Strouse (23) of Pen Argyl connects on a shot near the three-point arc, during the Knights' 48-45 heart breaking loss to Palmerton Friday night at Pen Argyl,. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Jalen Simpson of Pius X gets by a defender to score on a lay-up, during the Royals' 60-55 loss to Lincoln Leadership in a game played at Pius X Thursday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's James Klinger won by pin over Bangor's Justis Zigabu in 1:00 at 145, during the Slaters' 43-25 win over Pen Argyl. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) (Another photo below) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
Jalen Simpson (24) of Pius X gets by a defender, during the Royals' 60-55 loss to Lincoln Leadership in a game played at Pius X Thursday night. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Charlie Sell won by pin in 1:33 at 152 over Pen Argyl's Jeff Rufe, during the Slaters' 43-25 win. PHOTO GALLERY (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Julie Poliskiewicz
The secret to achieving better work-life balance
(BPT) - If you're feeling overworked and finding it a challenge to juggle the demands of your job and the rest of your life, then you're not alone. Achieving the elusive work-life balance may be getting harder with today’s connected lifestyle, but it is still possible.
A better work-life balance doesn’t just happen overnight. It requires a lot of patience, careful thinking and attention toward understanding what is most important to you and your family. First you must focus on prioritizing your personal and professional life. Consider all the things that compete for your time. Then decide what to keep and what to discard. Think of it as streamlining your priorities, sorted by the activities that are the most important.
“No matter how hard you try, you can’t squeeze more hours into your day,” says Dr. Nancy Aragon, professor of industrial organizational psychology at Argosy University, Online Programs. “What you can do though is make more efficient use of your time. It takes persistent planning to get a management system started, but keeping a time diary helps you to become more aware of where your time is being spent.”
Aragon recommends a weekly block schedule coupled with a daily to-do list. The block schedule should be a fairly permanent, regular weekly plan that allows adequate time for necessary, recurring activities such as cooking, exercising, homework, grocery shopping, work, etc. A critical element to include in the block schedule is “flexible time” or free time that is purposely built into your schedule. Scheduling flexible time is a way to account for unexpected, but inevitable events to be worked into your life with minimal disruption to your regular routine. In effect, you plan for the unexpected.
And although technology has the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of your daily life, it also has the potential to encroach on your work-life balance. “Set boundaries when it comes to technology,” says Aragon. “Schedule time for you and your family when it comes to accepting calls, texts, or emails. Make sure everyone is on the same page in terms of what acceptable technology use is, and what crosses the line into technology abuse.” In other words, technology doesn’t have to be eliminated, but its use does need to be purposefully managed and monitored.
Also keep in mind the power of attitude. Learn to monitor your attitude and its impact on your work performance, relationships and everyone around you. A positive attitude can make a big difference in your energy, your focus and your pace toward achieving balance. You can’t always change your circumstances, but you certainly can change how you react to them.
In addition, do not try to live up to other’s expectations. “Work-life balance is a very personal matter. If you seek to find your own balance by emulating the ideals, priorities and expectations of others, you are doomed to miss the mark,” adds Aragon. “It can require some courage to live by your own values and ideals rather than what seems to be the prevailing social norm, but the payoff is worth taking that venture out of your normative comfort zone.” This is an important truth to keep in mind for not only improving your work-life balance, but also finding success.
In the end, you need to find the right balance that works for you. Celebrate your successes and don't dwell on your failures. Life is a process, and so is striving for balance in your life.
A video of older adults playing Grand Theft Auto V for the first time is proving a viral hit online.
More than 2.4million people have watched the clip of volunteers from the older generation taking to the virtual streets and wreaking PlayStation havoc
In GTA V, gamers always play the bad guys, have the ability to kill people with an array of weapons and even have sex with prostitutes.
The game has sparked outrage among parents who believe it teaches their children that violence is acceptable.
Opinion was divided among the older generation on whether or not the game was too violent.
But they certainly seemed to have a great time playing it: "I hit a woman for the first time in my life, and I'm having fun," says one.
Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct)
The west bound lane of the Messinger Street Bridge (Viaduct) between First Street (Rte 191) and Murray Street in Bangor has been closed.
After a recent inspection it was determined that the westbound lane of the bridge needs to be closed and detoured due to in-creased deterioration to the bridge.
Eastbound traffic will not be affected.
This restriction will be in effect until construction of the new bridge, estimated to begin in late 2015.
Motorists will have two detour options:
Pen Argyl Academic Wall of Fame Nominations
It is time for the Pen Argyl High School Alumni Association to select the 2015 Inductees to the Academic Wall of Fame.
This honor is bestowed on a select number of graduates or past district educators each year who have distinguished themselves through community service, academic accomplishments, as well as, advancements in their chosen profession. The creation of this distinction was to set an example of what is possible for all present and future Pen Argyl students!
This honor is different from the PAHS Athletic Hall of Fame where chosen Alumni are honored for their athletic contributions while at Pen Argyl High School.
Anyone can nominate a PAHS graduate for the Academic Wall of Fame honor. Our Academic Wall of Fame Inductees have made a meaningful contribution to the world around them, and the Pen Argyl Alumni Association is proud to bestow this honor. To nominate a graduate, please contact Jim or Heather Hunter at 610-863-9443 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org The deadline for nominations is February 20, 2015.
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