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Questioning Technology

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

2007 was the year when everything changed. The release of the first iPhone set in motion such significant technological progress that we couldn’t have possibly been ready. From maps to music to videos and work-life balance, we’ve all enjoyed the way that smart phones have seamlessly incorporated themselves into our lives.

We’ve integrated every innovation without really questioning the impact. Sure, there are media fasts and even apps that put you on a digital diet, but one thing not enough people seem to be worried about is the new generation of children who were born after 2007. Facebook just turned ten years old, and many of our children’s lives will have been documented online from the beginning.

Having kids of my own, I tend to contemplate this quite a bit, but this weekend, especially, I was struck by the level of priority we give technology. My family had a birthday celebration this weekend, and after dinner, we all sat around the living room to talk. The problem? Every person in the room, from the toddler to the adults, was on their cell phones and tablets. We didn’t play games, listen to music or create conversations without these things for inspiration. From placating a baby with our phones, to buying our children tablets to appease their boredom, every kid will forever have a childhood that constantly involves screens, and I have to question whether or not this is good.

I’m not trying to be doom and gloom about this. In many ways, technology is a great thing that encourages learning and opens communication. And it’s not too terribly different from a television or a video game.

Except that before 2007, you couldn’t easily carry your TV with you, and even if you could, it was a shared experience. Cell phones are highly portable and exclusive; if you’re on Facebook or playing Candy Crush, no one else in the room is part of that technological experience. Could this make our children socially awkward or unlikely to engage?

And what about playing outside using only imagination? Will this soon be a distant memory? Will our children only be entertained by what we give them rather than what they create? What kind of society will come from children lacking inventiveness? And what about reading and writing? Yes, our kids know more with technology, but are they better thinkers?

Recent research from AVG Technologies shows that by the age of 3-5, more children are able play a computer game (66 percent) or navigate a smartphone (47 percent) than tie their shoes (14 percent).

As a parent, and as a person, I have to wonder if this is okay. Technology is here to stay, and we’re all grateful for how much easier it’s made our lives, but it’s our job to contemplate the impact these devices are having on our future both in the personal and global level. Are we raising better citizens, workers, and family members or are we raising selfish, socially awkward, unimaginative ones?


Never Waste Your Time Trying to Impress Others | Leadership Advice

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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well-being, and Peak Human Performance.

Each of us only has so much energy and time in a day, and for most of us, wasting this energy and time is the last thing that we want to do.

As a speaker who works to make others more energized and productive, I want to express that it’s a huge waste of time and resources to impress others. Instead of caring what other people think, we should reflect on each day we have and make every day better than the one before.

You should prioritize and remember what’s really important to you in your life so that you can be happy with yourself. No one really cares what kind of car you drive or how big your house is and if they do, they don’t matter.

If you choose friends based on their bank account and assets, you’re likely missing out on getting to know many quality people. Appreciate your accomplishments, love the good people in your life, do as much as you can with what you have and be kind to everyone you meet. If you make every day about this rather than what other’s think, you will find peace and success.

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A Professional Speaker Gives Advice on Making Family a Priority in Your Life

Professional speaker Andy Core talks about the importance of family. It is essential to create a balance in life between work and family.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being, and Peak Human Performance


Family a Priority

Take a question from a professional speaker: What would you do if today were the last day of your life? The most instinctive reaction you will get from most people is they would spend time with their loved ones. This is mainly because our loved ones are the reason why we work in the first place. Therefore, as an individual, you need to create time for them. You need to be able to create time to listen to them and let them take their place as a priority in your life. Look for the things that you can share or gain from each other as a family.

Lunch Time

A leadership speaker suggests you utilize lunchtime with the family to be a platform to learn about each other and share insights about each other’s life. Sometimes it is important that you learn what the other is going through, it gives them a chance to ease some pressure. When people know they have someone they can tell their problems, they become much more connected to those people. What can be helpful is having lunch at times that are not as usual, for example surprise your spouse for lunch in times that you know they are going through certain things. This lets you get off work and the work environment and lend a helping hand to your loved one.

In the end, with the advice from a leadership speaker for this a simple way of making family a priority, a work-life balance can be achieved.

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Creating Time for Work in the Work-Life Balance

It is so very important to create time to work. This ensures that the work-life balance is achieved

It is so very important to create time to work and play. This ensures that the work-life balance is achieved.

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Well Being and Peak Human Performance.

Creating Time to Work

The phenomenon of work-life balance has taken over many people’s work ethic and has seen a new way of healthier working lifestyles. Work-life balance has created a platform for work and life commitment to interact in someone’s life and establish a stress free balance. Over the years, more and more people were getting addicted to working overtime in order to achieve more or climb the social ladder. However, there is also a risk that is involved in trying to balance work and family, and that is forgetting to work.

Spend Time with Family

The phenomenon has taken over many people’s lives, and in most cases it has managed to be the center of someone’s goals in life. Many people try so hard to achieve a balance that they end up suppressing their work. Work-life balance doesn’t necessarily mean you should spend 12 hours at work and 12 hours with family. The idea is to create time to do things with family and work. Family is important and the good thing about family is it’s not about what you do with them; it’s all about being with them. Spending time with family can mean being home in time for supper everyday, and that can go a long way in bonding as a family and creating a work-life balance.

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Making Family First Above All Other Things

Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.

Don’t forget, your family needs you

Don’t forget, your family needs you

For anyone who is, or wants to be, successful in business, it can be tempting to put in too many hours and work too hard. When you’re working to make something of yourself at your job, it may be easy to forget to make your family a priority.
Even if it seems like you’re trying to succeed so that your family can have nice things, they would most likely rather have you be present. Being present doesn’t always just mean being around, but also can mean listening, playing, and otherwise interacting with your family.

If you’re coming home late and feeling beat down every day, it’s not likely that you’re doing all that you need to for your spouse and children, if you have any. And if you have children, you’ll probably start to notice how much you’ve been missing, but don’t wait until it’s too late to change.
Keeping a proper life-work balance can be hard to do, but it is well worth it in the end. After it’s all said and done, your family should mean more to you than your career, and you should try to be there for your family a reasonable amount, while still taking responsibility for your job.
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