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How to be a productive employee

Have you ever wondered if you're a productive employee? Maybe you haven't joined the workforce yet and are curious what it's like to work in the business world. I talk to people on many different paths and also work with young adults that are largely curious what it's like to join the workforce. I believe I have an advantage here in that I've spent an equal number of years in both the business world and education. Here are a few tips to help you when you get started or to improve upon your current practices.

Understanding metrics
These metrics are often called key performance indicators (or KPIs) in business. They're a way to quantifiably measure your success as an employee. The metrics will change depending upon your role in an organization. A social media manager might be responsible for a certain number of conversions per quarter for example. A programmer might be responsible for launching a project by a specific deadline. Normally defining the KPIs is not …

Be an effective teacher

Have you ever thought about becoming a teacher? It can be a very rewarding career path. Educating the future generation is a big responsibility after all. Although I never planned to become a teacher, I'm currently a professor at a community college. My goal then is to be an effective teacher. I want to share a few tips that I believe have brought me closer to that goal already.

Put yourself in their shoes - have empathy
This is one of the most important things you need to do to be successful as an educator. Every student has different circumstances and learning capacities. Some will also discover that what you're teaching is not what they're passionate about. Your job as an educator is to encourage them to be successful and to motivate them.


Teaching students how to adapt will help them go a long way in life. Sometimes you need to motivate them just to get them through a tough class. Other times you need to look at the bigger picture. By this I mean showing them that bei…

Going to the Philippines

Will you be going to the Philippines soon? I just recently returned, from Manila to be exact. I've been there a few times now. There are a few things you should know prior to visiting. I'll discuss them in this article. Hopefully you will feel prepared for your journey afterwards.

Passport or Visa
Americans can visit the Philippines for up to 21 days with a passport only. If you want to stay longer you'll need to apply for a visa. My advice is to have what you need ready prior to purchasing airplane tickets. This is just in case your passport or visa are denied or delayed for some reason.
Cash or debit


Most people in the US are used to swiping cards now. Generally cash is still used for most purchases in the Philippines. You should bring at least $100 in cash with you to convert upon arrival in the Philippines. You should also have a rough idea of how to convert from PHP (Philippine Peso) to your currency. This will help you avoid overspending during your trip.


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How to lose weight

Want to lose weight this year? Every body is different, so there is a trial and error period you have to go through when you're starting a diet to figure out what works for you. In this article I'll give you some common tools you can use, broken down by category. Please keep in mind what works for one individual may not work for another, and these are simply tools for you to use to get started.

Calorie counting
Probably the fastest way to start seeing results is to count the amount of calories you're consuming each day and starting limiting your caloric intake. If your goal is to start losing weight I recommend about 1200 calories per day for women, and 1400 per day for men. This can be considered an aggressive goal but you should start to see results if you manage to adhere to these numbers. If you're not seeing results you may need to adjust your diet or exercise routine slightly. Keep in mind that in order to lose 1lb you must burn 3500 more calories than you consu…