Here is your horoscope for December 10, 2018


You are likely to rebel against domination by people in control in the work area today. Personal relationships are sensitive for a time as both partners seek independence and appreciation. Rather than control others, take this time to transform and heal yourself. Lucky number 2. Colour red.


You are enduring in professional ventures and manage finances, staff and schedules efficiently. You are ingenious and creative when faced with challenging situations today. You are cautious, trustworthy and imperturbable when the going gets tough. Lucky number 17. Colour sandy browns.


You are ambitious and ready to achieve professional goals today! Since you are moody and can swing to extremes easily its best to remain playful rather than be heavy and serious to achieve success and goodwill. Spiritual pursuit and meditation can be rewarding. Lucky number 15. Colour red.


It is important to retain harmony by adopting a positive approach since the end of the day brings good news. Health problems should not be neglected. Excesses should be avoided. Be here and now to be happy. Socializing is fun as you meet old and new friends. Lucky number 3. Colour blue.


You take control and clean up a mess at home or at work with speed and alacrity. Love and romance in personal relationships add to your happiness and satisfaction. You achieve goals by focusing on priorities rather than depleting energy in multifarious activity. Lucky number 9. Colour reds.


Women play significant roles in your life as you turn to the family and emotional roots to stabilize your relationships. You are vulnerable and need to assess people and situations with your head, as well as, your heart to know the truth and make a decision. Lucky number 15. Colour gold.


You release mental stress to achieve a happy and balanced lifestyle. Harmony at home and synergy at work allow you to share your wisdom, expertise and achieve important goals. You are ready to meditate and instill some loving energy in a romantic involvement. Lucky number 2. Colour red.


Beware of getting led away by enthusiasm as opportunities and people appeal to you. Trust your intuition in situations to do with loved ones. Partnerships and collaborations work well as you have support, space and freedom therein. Women play significant roles. Lucky number 2. Colour blue.


You mediate effectively in a family conflict with the older members on one side and the young ones on the other. You are generous and giving in personal relationships. Your roots are deep in ‘the tree of life’ formation and you value old friendships. Lucky number 10. Colour rusty red.


You are youthful, beautiful and strong like ‘The Princess of Pentacles’ with a passion for life! You are giving in personal relationships. You are creative and diligent in professional ventures, earthy matters, financial transactions and practical details. Lucky number 14. Colour green.


A laid-back time will allow you to review professional opportunities and personal relationships. As you see the truth in all its reality, your priorities and values will be transformed. You learn hard lessons from life and then lovingly teach them to others. Lucky number 8. Colour blue.


Expectations can bring disappointment so take life as it comes and go with the flow. Don’t wait for appreciation but treat it as a gift when it comes in personal or professional aspects. Don’t forget that freedom is more important to you than any commitment. Lucky number 5. Colour red.


Conserve Your Mac’s Battery Power With This Keyboard Setting

Whenever I fly, I always end up dialing the brightness down on my laptop to its lowest possible setting. In some cases, I’m straining my eyes to be able to see what’s on the screen, but it’s worth it for the precious few extra minutes of battery life I might get while I’m in the air and away from power.

This week CNET made another battery-saving suggestion that’s worth a try: powering off the keyboard’s backlight

The idea here is to set your keyboard’s backlight so that it powers off after a period of inactivity, not so it’s off all the time (I know I definitely need it, especially in those dimly-lit situations). It’s the same concept as the Energy Saver feature you might use to turn off the display when you’ve walked away, but keyboard specific and the feature is located in a different menu.

To get to it, go to System Preferences on your Mac and then Keyboard. From there check the box labeled “Turn keyboard backlight off after __ of inactivity” and then choose how long you’d like it to wait.

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You can pick anything from 5 seconds to 5 minutes here. CNET recommends going with 30 seconds. That’s not a bad idea, but I can see some benefits in going shorter as well. You don’t want to do 5 seconds and turn your keyboard into a strobe of stopping and starting lights, but 10 seconds is a decent option, depending on how you typically use your computer.

Give a few settings a test drive and see what works for you.

You’re not going to save a tremendous amount of battery power with this, but when you’re away from an outlet, every second counts.


Dehydration can affect your brain, make it tough to perform simple tasks


According to a recent study, dehydration alters the human brain shape and activity and even slackens task performance. A Georgia Institute of Technology study suggests that when dehydration strikes, part of the brain can swell, neural signalling can intensify, and doing monotonous tasks can get harder.

The researchers also found that even without dehydration, exertion and heat put a dent in test subjects’ performance, but water loss made the dent about twice as deep. “We wanted to tease out whether exercise and heat stress alone have an impact on your cognitive function and study the effect of dehydration on top of that,” said Mindy Millard-Stafford, the study’s principal investigator.

In the experiments, when participants exercised, sweated and drank water, fluid-filled spaces called ventricles in the centre of their brains contracted. But with exertion plus dehydration, the ventricles did the opposite; they expanded. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed the differences. Oddly, the ventricle expansion in dehydrated test subjects may not have had much to do with their deeper slumps in task performance.

“The structural changes were remarkably consistent across individuals,” said Millard-Stafford. “But performance differences in the tasks could not be explained by changes in the size of those brain areas.”

“The areas in the brain required for doing the task appeared to activate more intensely than before, and also, areas lit up that were not necessarily involved in completing the task,” said the study’s first author Matt Wittbrodt. “We think the latter may be in response to the physiological state: the body signalling, ‘I’m dehydrated’.”

The task the subjects completed was mindless and repetitive. For 20 straight minutes, they were expected to punch a button every time a yellow square appeared on a monitor. Sometimes, the square appeared in a regular pattern, and sometimes it appeared randomly. The task was dull for a reason.

“It helped us to avoid the cognitive complexity behind elaborate tasks and strip cognition down to simple motor output,” Wittbrodt said. “It was designed to hit essential neural processing one would use to make straightforward, repetitive movements.” The study has been published in Physiological Reports.


5 exercises to improve your vision naturally and relieve eye strain

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If you day starts and ends with poring over small type on your smartphone/computer, then you may soon suffer from eye fatigue and eye diseases. In addition to this, smartphones also emit harmful blue light that can even speed up blindness. But there is a lot that can be done to boost your eyesight, including certain helpful exercises and diet modifications.

Eating right can make a lot of difference to your eyesight. Opt for antioxidant-rich foods such as leafy greens, egg yolks, yellow pepper, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Yellow and green vegetables are also helpful in preventing macular generation, which can go on to cause of blindness. Also, include fish in your diet as it is rich in fatty acids, and foods rich in sulphur such as garlic and onions that prevent cataract formation.

Here are 5 exercises for healthy eyes and better eyesight:

* Palming is a helpful exercise that can relieve eye stress and boost eyesight. Rub your palms together to generate heat, and then gently place them against your eyes for a few seconds and repeat 5 times.

* Eye rolling is another beneficial exercise. Start by rolling your eyes a few times in a clockwise direction. Then take a break and roll them in an anti-clockwise direction. Repeat 5 times.

* Refocusing is a good exercise for your eye muscles and is something you can do even at work. At intervals, look away from your screen to the farthest thing/place that you can see. It can be the end of the corridor, the office room or the farthest building you can see from a window. Put your thumb down in front of your eyes, and now focus on the thumb for a few seconds followed by the distant object/place. Repeat 5 times.

* Blinking exercises are also easy to perform and help with eyesight problems. You will need a blank wall and a place to sit. Close your eyes for 2 seconds, then open them and blink rapidly for 5 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

* 20-20-20 rule: If you want 20:20 vision, this exercise can help you. Every 20 minutes, you need to look at something located 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


Cardiovascular diseases, here’s how exposure to toxic metals can affect your heart health

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Exposure to environmental toxic metals such as arsenic, lead, copper, and mercury has become a major global health concern. The metals like arsenic, lead, copper and cadmium are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.

Arsenic and cadmium, for example, are known carcinogens, but there are increasing suggestions that exposure to toxic metals may be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

To investigate further, an international research team, led by Rajiv Chowdhury at the University of Cambridge, reviewed and analysed the results of epidemiological studies that had looked at the association of arsenic, lead, copper, cadmium, and mercury with coronary heart disease, stroke and composite cardiovascular disease.

They identified 37 separate studies published before December 2017 involving almost 350,000 participants. A total of 13,033 coronary heart disease, 4,205 stroke and 15,274 cardiovascular outcomes were reported across the studies.

The studies were designed differently and were of varying quality, but the researchers were able to allow for that in their analysis. Exposure to arsenic was found to be significantly associated with a 23% greater relative risk of coronary heart disease and a 30% greater relative risk of composite cardiovascular disease, but there was no evidence of an association with risk of stroke.

Exposure to cadmium and copper was also associated with increased relative risks of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease, while lead and cadmium were associated with an increased relative risk of stroke (63% and 72% respectively).

In contrast, mercury was not found to be associated with cardiovascular risk. The researchers point out that their review was solely based on observational data, which might be affected by unmeasured factors, making it difficult to draw firm conclusions about cause and effect.

Nevertheless, they say their findings “reinforce the (often under-recognised) importance of environmental toxic metals in enhancing global cardiovascular risk, beyond the roles of conventional behavioural risk factors, such as smoking, poor diet and inactivity.”

Furthermore, they say their study highlights the potential need for additional worldwide efforts and strategies “to reduce human exposures even in settings where there is a relatively lower average level of exposure (such as many Western countries).”


10 golden rules to follow for success in your career

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Successful professional traits

There are hundreds of skills available and many alternate paths to success depending on the career you choose and the approach that works best for you. However, there is a common trait that defines successful professionals.

Irrespective of backgrounds, domains or circumstances they cultivated a few good habits that they followed daily. This defined their personality and created their success. Simple routines repeated daily have a compounding effect over time and get you results you desire.

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Limited willpower

You do not have infinite will power or unlimited mental energy. Too many decisions in a short time can reduce your decision-making ability. Consider Steve Jobs who would wear a black turtleneck and blue jeans daily, thus freeing up cognitive energy for important stuff.

Make small positive choices and continue for a month to have them show up in your behaviour and become habits. Multiple successful habits contribute more to success than accomplishing any single big task.

accomplishing any single big task.

​Be coachable

​Be coachable

Knowledge and skills are tools that earn you an income and help you achieve career goals. Hence make it a priority to constantly expand your knowledge. To do so, first become coachable. Train yourself to not react in the face of criticism and to learn from every person you meet.

Develop the habit of daily reading. Get yourself a mentor. Seize every opportunity to train on new skills. Benchmark every day against your previous self and aim to be slightly better each time.

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​Increase your energy

​Increase your energy

Any student of physics will tell you that energy gets work done. Hence the more energy you have, the more you get done. Increase energy levels by eating right and exercising regularly.

Maximise your emotional energy by investing in family, friends and a hobby or two. Meanwhile your coachability takes care of learning and mental energy levels.

​Acquire this insurance policy

​Acquire this insurance policy

Attitude is the insurance policy that gets you promoted and retained. Know that if you are a star sales person you can afford to throw a few tantrums, treat others poorly and get away with it for some time till the company has a critical need for you.

You will be cast aside when the tide turns and someone else with a fantastic attitude will continue to rise.

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​Find purpose in a marshmallow

​Find purpose in a marshmallow

Seeking happiness or joy is overrated. The Stanford Marshmallow experiment proved that people who delay gratification—let go of an immediate joy or small rewards in favour of a larger reward in the future—achieve better life outcomes.

It is possible to choose delayed gratification without much effort only when you have a larger purpose or meaning in your career. Create a purpose bigger than your income and it will give you the sense of urgency to progress faster.

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Work on your communication with others. It doesn’t matter if you are an introvert or an extrovert. Ask questions when you do not understand something.

Thank your manager for his guidance. Sell your output and yourself to your employer. Listen without judgment when someone is trying to communicate. Stay silent when you need to absorb.

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​Keep your buckets separate

​Keep your buckets separate

Your life is multi-dimensional but to succeed you need to live in the moment. Keep family and work buckets separate. Don’t carry your frustrations from one to another. Similarly, distinguish between friends and colleagues and treat them differently.

Do not do personal work during office time. Take ownership of your role without confusing it with individual tasks. Buckets that leak into each other lead to poor choices and outcomes.

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​Work right

​Work right

So you have decided to work hard. Have you thought about when and where you will work hard?

Look for the right openings for constant learning and growth and put your efforts to work in the right place and time when the opportunity arises.

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​Reach 15 min early

​Reach 15 min early

Practice reaching work or a meeting 15 minutes early.

Not only does the extra time come handy in contingencies but also the magical 15 minutes before a commitment gets you in the right frame of mind, conveys a fabulous impression and multiplies the possibilities of chance encounters and openings that are not available to others.

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​Fulfil your first responsibility

​Fulfil your first responsibility

You are your first responsibility. Hence prioritise your needs of visualising your future, choosing values and principles that align to that future and figuring out who you need to be to get there.

Now define the actions you are going to take and convert them into habits. Once you take responsibility for helping yourself first, you are available for your own success and for others.


Leverage The Tight Job Market To Benefit You And Your Career

Related imageThe August 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs’ report tells us a lot of things about the economy. It shows that unemployment remained low at 3.9%, and – this time – we learned that, in addition to the 201,000 jobs which were added, year-over-year wage growth rose slightly from 2.7% to 2.9%. The average worker finally saw a pay increase, albeit a rather small one, of 10 cents on the hour.

As small as this wage increase is, it does matter. It shows that the job market has tightened significantly, and a tight job market tends to motivate employers to pay workers more. They won’t do this out of the goodness of their hearts. They will do this to compete for top talent, and they will do this to retain their best workers who have become dissatisfied after earning less than they feel they deserve for far too long.

Low unemployment combined with the newly reported wage growth indicates that the tide is turning to your benefit. The stage is set for you to experience a big win in a market where job openings outnumber job seekers as reported in The Wall Street Journal. Dissatisfied workers can win, and astute job seekers (those who know how best to leverage this market) can win most of all.

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You have more power in this tight job market; use it to job hop your way to a raise or negotiate your way into a promotion.

Job Hop Your Way to a Raise

Even though unemployment has been decreasing since the years of the Great Recession, wages weren’t increasing, and low wages have been a leading factor for ongoing dissatisfaction in the workplace. The October 2017 Mind The Workplace report found that a whopping 71% of employees were actively looking for new work or thinking about leaving their jobs. The study surveyed more than 17,000 employees across 19 different industries in the United States and concluded that the number one reason stated for workplace dissatisfaction was low wages.

Recent data indicates that many of you can give yourself a raise by simply switching jobs – by voluntarily hopping from one job to another.

Do the following to set yourself up for success:

  1. If you like your current job and have data to support your belief that you are being paid less than the market rate for the work you deliver, first ask your current employer for a raise, and be sure to take your data with you.
  2. Be prepared to substantiate your good performance and present how you are meeting or exceeding current performance expectations and goals. You may need to communicate this information to your current employer or to a new one if you are unsuccessful at getting the raise you ask for with your current employer.
  3. Prepare yourself for rejection and remember it’s not personal. Get mentally prepared to resign your position if you have to. Understand that you are in the driver’s seat, but you have to be willing to search out new or alternate opportunities, and you need to show how you are uniquely skilled to deliver on organizational goals. In a tight job market, job seekers have more power because there are fewer skilled workers searching than there are available jobs.
  4. Read this article which details the risks involved with staying in the same job for too long and provides more understanding for how leaving your company can lead to higher pay and increase your long-term professional prospects.
  5. Get your resume, CV and/or portfolio updated and ensure all material presents you in the best way possible.

Negotiate Your Way to a Promotion

Often times you may want to compete for a new position or promotion but fear you won’t be competitive or even considered because you may not have some seemingly important aspect of the position specifications such as a college degree, a certification or enough experience. You come to believe that certain positions are out of reach for you due to lacking these qualifications. The tight job market is changing the landscape, and you should look again at any new or promotional positions of interest to you.

In a tight job market, employers become more willing to modify or adjust the qualifications for positions and even consider fewer years of work experience and reduced educational requirements to get you in the door and fill their jobs. To demonstrate this point, some employers have announced they are waiving college-degree requirements so they can expand the candidate pool and encourage more applications. On-the-job training is increasingly being viewed as a more timely way to achieve immediate workforce goals in this tight job market. Take advantage of this!

Do the following to set yourself up for success:

  1. Figure out where the demand is in the market and within your region. The latest job report shows that business and professional services and healthcare industries topped the list, among others.
  2. Build your brand and get professional exposure when and where you can. Seek out opportunities to volunteer, to speak, to write and to network.
  3. Take note of your transferable skills. Outline what you have done that you can transfer into a new job to help achieve organizational goals. Even if you don’t have a particular credential or degree, you do have transferable skills of value. You need to be able to identify what these are and why they should matter to the employer.
  4. Build up your confidence and submit your resume, CV and/or application for every position that interests you and you believe you can do; then develop your argument/proposal for why you are the one to do it regardless of how many years of experience you have or whether you have a degree at all. Remember, in this market, employers have fewer and fewer skilled and “qualified” people to choose from, and this is precisely why you have more room to negotiate your way in to a better job.
  5. Look at the position, the company and the culture and do what you can to establish a contact there. Use LinkedIn, Twitter, a recruiter, a friend and/or a letter.
  6. Find out what it really takes to be successful in the role and then leverage what you have going for yourself to negotiate the offer even when you don’t necessarily meet all the qualifications. Employers are not being as picky today. Use this to your benefit.

The iron is hot, and this tight job market should provide you all the courage you need to strike now.

If you want to leverage the tight job market, strike now and strike fast. This means you don’t want to wait to get started on the action items I have provided for you. David Payne with Kiplinger forecasts that job creation is likely hitting its peak and will soon decrease below 200,000 per month due to a scarcity of workers. This might mean that you likely have the most power that you will have for a long time right now.

I am a strategist, management consultant and international speaker. I have delivered meaningful results for executives and leaders in 40 states and 5 countries and serve as CEO for ARVis Institute, a strategy, change and human capital consulting firm. I have committed my r…


Terina Allen is a strategist, consultant, international speaker and the CEO of ARVis Institute, a management consulting, training and executive coaching firm.


If your iPhone battery needs to be replaced, do it before December 31

After last year’s fiasco about Apple slowing down iPhones with old batteries, the company decided to make amends by offering discounted battery replacement for all handsets ranging from iPhone SE and iPhone 6 all the way up to iPhone X. But that period will soon come to an end.

So if you are in need of a new iPhone battery, there’s no better time than this month, because Apple is currently charging just $29, down from $79 and prices will go up after that. Most older iPhones will be repaired for $49 in 2019, but the iPhone X battery swap will set you back $69.

And if you are wondering about the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, they aren’t included in the program since they were launched long after the debacle. And besides, they are still under warranty.