Why Play Video Games

According to the American Psychological Association (Feb 2014, Vol 45, No 2, Pg 10), playing video games can be good for you.

Video games help people:
• Improve cognitive skills, such as reasoning and memory
• Improve problem solving skills
• Improve their mood

Therefore, when I spend a day playing video games, I am not wasting time.  Actually, I am enhancing my cognitive abilities, improving my emotional well-being, and saving the world from killer zombies.

Sounds like a win-win to me!

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My Secret Life on the McJob – A Book Review

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Jerry Newman is a university professor.  He took a sabbatical from his job to work in the fast food industry, as part of a human resources research project.  His findings and insights are recorded in his book, My Secret Life on the McJob.

Jerry Newman was able to capture the personal side of his co-workers life, as it relate to working in fast food.  He also spoke highly of the skills that each employee learned as a result of their job:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Time Management
  • Working Under Pressure
  • Leadership Skills
  • Customer Service

The book also covered the negative aspects of being in the fast food industry.  Employees often felt marginalized by society and are often treated poorly by customers, because their jobs are seen as unimportant.

I think this book is worth reading and I really enjoyed it.

I give it an A-

Never Stop Learning

Learning should be a lifelong pursuit.  Continuing your education, even after you finish school, will allow you to grow as a human being and help you to be successful in your endeavors.

Take time out of your day to learn something new and improve your education.

Time Management

 

I just finished a time management class at the Institute of Metaphysical Sciences, which was taught by Dr. Doug Kelley.  It was a great class and I really enjoyed it.

The main points included:

  • Time management is largely a matter of using good common sense and working smart.
  • The most effective time management device is a “To Do List.”
  • Ask yourself what is the best use of my time right now.
  • If you do what you should do, when you should do it, you will be successful in anything you attempt.
  • When you boil it all down, doing anything worthwhile takes a healthy measure of self-discipline.
  • Procrastination is the biggest barrier to time management and productivity.
  • The most effective way of reducing an overburdened schedule is to prioritize your activities and learn how to say “no.”