A – Z of happiness from the ramblings of a happy man

B – Balance

Is your life in balance?

It is easy to spot when your life is not in balance, you rush around every day and always seem too short of time, and never truly feel that you are in control. Next, there are feelings of stress. Another sign is excessive road rage. Do you get to family events, do you see your kids, or your parents? What about friends, fun, hobbies and time for exercise, do you get what you consider the normal amount for your needs?

So what to do to correct it?

For a full month, log down at the end of the day on a pad, what you have spent your time doing and which bits you would like to remove or alter if you had the choice.

As you do the log, write any helpful suggestions immediately by them, if you come up with an idea to correct the situation. The suggestions, try a differing contrasting pen colour so it stands out when you look back later.

At the end of a month, do a full review and see what you can do to make your life more YOUR LIFE, and not just the life that you are living.

Think of your life as a wheel, the spokes all need to be the same length for the wheel to roll smoothly along the road of life. Which spokes need shortening (given less focus or less time) and which spokes need lengthening (given more focus or more thought and time).

Good luck, I’ll write the next one later in the week.

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Used Copiers May Contain Your Vital Information, and You Won’t Know It.

Seen this before, but it is well worthy repeating the problem still exists.

Lioness of Social Media Marketing

This will open your eyes to a problem that many of us didn’t even know about. Now that you do, what can you do about it?  Your information may have been shared with someone via a copier and now it is on its way to a foreign country. Identity thieves can have a heyday.

 

 

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Foursquare updates and changes

Foursquare, new features and privacy policy

Rebecca Roebuck

foursquare-logoEarlier this year, Foursquare announced new features and an updated privacy policy. Here is their message to users:

Hello Foursquare community!

2012 has been a pretty huge year. We’ve released over fifty new features, welcomed nearly 15,000,000 new people to Foursquare, and had our 3,000,000,000th check-in. It’s a bit clichéd to say this, but your support really is what keeps us going day after day.

As our product evolves, one of the things we do is update our policies to match it. And a big aspect of that is privacy (something we think about a lot). This email lays out a couple changes that we’ll be making to our privacy policy in the coming month, and explains how they affect you and what you can do about it.

We know that privacy policies can be dense, so we put together a high-level document that we think of as our “Privacy…

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Privacy Act Now

Dear Simon,

Today, the government laid out its plan for massive new powers to invade our privacy online. [1] It’s bad. Information about who we’ve emailed, websites we’ve visited and much more will be routinely available to the government.

People power can stop this invasion of our privacy. Over 150,000 of us have already signed the petition. And today’s papers mention the size of our petition as evidence that the government may struggle to get its plans through. [2]

We’re going to need huge numbers of people if we’re going to work together to defeat these Big Brother plans. Every single extra name on the petition will help. Can you ask your friends and family to take 30 seconds to sign it?

You can forward this email and ask them to sign the petition here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/privacy-petition

The government’s plan would mean phone and internet companies would have to keep details of your use of email, websites you’ve visited, phone calls you’ve made over the internet and how you’ve used Facebook and Twitter – for a whole year. [3]

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, today claimed that the plans would only affect terrorists and paedophiles – and called people who value their privacy from government “conspiracy theorists”. [4] But that’s simply not true – the plans would allow the government to spy on every one of us. [5]

Let’s show Theresa May that there are huge numbers of people in this country who value their freedom and privacy as private citizens – and that doesn’t make us “conspiracy theorists”. Can you help grow the campaign by asking more people to sign the petition?
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/privacy-petition

You can also share the petition on Facebook with one click:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/privacy-petition-facebook

Or on Twitter:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/privacy-petition-twitter

Thanks for being involved,

Marie, David, Belinda, Becky, Hannah, James and the 38 Degrees

PS: Thanks to pressure from 38 Degrees members, the government has made one tiny concession – local councils won’t get new snooping powers. But the real, everyday invasion of our privacy will come from the government itself. Please forward this email and ask as many people as you can to add their names to the petition: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/privacy-petition

NOTES
[1] Draft Communications Data Bill http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/cm83/8359/8359.pdf
BBC: May setting out plans to monitor internet use in the UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18434112
[2] Guardian: Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for ‘snoopers’ charter; http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/13/online-privacy-legislation-internet-phone-data
[3] BBC: How will the proposed surveillance laws work? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18434232
[4] The Sun: May blast for critics of email tracking http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/4371932/May-blast-for-critics-of-email-tracking.html
[5] BBC: How will the proposed surveillance laws work? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18434232