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Clocking in to Corporate America

Are you living to work or working to live? According to our poll of 40 Leaders Under Forty, the majority put in between 50 and 60 hours of work each week, with a close second between 40 and 50 hours. How many hours are too many? Compared to other countries around the world, Americans fall somewhere in the middle.

In the U.S., the time a working professional spends at the office has increased only slightly over the years. In 2006, the average full-time, male employee worked 8.4 hours per day, and the average female worked 7.7 hours each day. Many European countries maintain 35- to 37.5-hour workweeks. Europeans generally have a greater amount of paid annual leave, and four to six weeks of holiday time is standard. South Korea and Japan have some of the longest work weeks in the world, with workers putting in nearly 400 additional hours each year than their U.S. counterparts.

We spend the majority of our lives at work, and you can add anywhere from five to 20 hours per week getting ready for work and commuting on top of that. Why might long hours not be good for you? There is a greater risk of illness and stress, and long hours leave less time for a person to recover. It’s hard to be productive if you feel sick, tired or depressed. Getting plenty of sleep, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly keeps stress at a minimum and blood pressure low. Taking extra time for you is important and should be just as much a priority as climbing the corporate ladder.


Know Your Stuff!

If your house was destroyed by a fire or tornado today, would you be able to report all of your losses to the insurance company? Could you recall everything of value that you owned, or would you fall in with most Americans, whose lack of up-to-date home inventories make the task nearly impossible? Fortunately, the Know Your Stuff home inventory software can help you document your possessions—and even have fun doing it. Download the free software at knowyourstuff.org.


40 Leaders Book Club

We asked our 40 Leaders to share some of their favorite books and received a diverse range of responses. Just two books—Jim Collins’ Good to Great and the Bible—were mentioned more than once. Check out some of the books in the 40 Leaders Book Club!


NaNoWriMo is a creative, abbreviated way of saying National Novel Writing Month. Every year, November brings a chance for writers of all ages and experiences to tell their stories in a fun, by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. The goal is to write a 175-page or 50,000-word novel in 30 days—by midnight, November 30th.

More than 145 members in the Peoria area are currently taking part in the challenge. Writers meet online, at coffee houses, bookstores and libraries around the area to write and encourage each other through friendly competition. NaNoWriMo is focused more on output and quantity, not quality. The limited writing time forces one to take risks and allows for mistakes and for the mind to create. By participating, you will be one of thousands around the world working to become a novelist by crossing the 50k finish line by the midnight deadline.

Cheri Nordstrom, the local NaNoWriMo liaison, said, “I have always known I wanted to be a writer. My first novel took four and a half years to write. NaNoWriMo gives writers who might procrastinate an opportunity to ‘mind-dump’ the stories they have been writing in their heads and get it out on paper. We have people of all ages; all genres participate and have a lot of fun.” To learn more, check out their website at nanowrimo.org.


Outfit Accessories

Avoid over-accessorizing your outfit. Accessories can communicate who and what you are as a person in how you present yourself and in your attention to detail. The most common mistakes occur with jewelry. The basic rule of thumb is that less is more. Earrings on men are taboo, and women should choose simple, elegant earrings. In a professional setting, it is suggested a maximum of one ring on each hand, worn on either the ring finger or the pinkie.
Source: Business Etiquette by Ann Marie Sabath


Digital Lost & Found

Did the digital camera you used to take all of your vacation pictures suddenly grow legs and walk away? That memory card you just changed out—did you lose it on the bus? There may be hope for you yet. A recently developed website helps to reunite misplaced cameras and accessories with their owners. Visit ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com to upload orphan photos from found cameras or check the posted pictures to see if any of them belong to you. Skeptical? Click on “Success Stories” and read reunion tales of orphaned cameras and their owners! iBi

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