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17 Interesting Graphs That Define The Life Of An Introvert

Have you ever wondered how an introvert leads his or her life? Anna Borges created 17 interesting and humorous graphs below that define the life of an introvert.
Most people misunderstood introverts. Introverts don't hate people. They aren't socially awkward or shy. They just need more time alone to recharge their energy. Furthermore, like what one of the graphs below shows, introverts articulate their thoughts clearer in writing than when speaking. When they aren't talking, they are just listening or perhaps daydreaming. Seldom are they actually in a bad mood.
So next time you meet an introvert, don't ask them, "Are you okay?", "Why are you so quiet?" or "Do you hate people or something?". Because that may really get them in a bad mood!
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Excel: Find vs Search Functions


The FIND function and the SEARCH function are very similar to each other. This example shows the difference.
1. To find the position of a substring in a string, use the FIND function. FIND is case-sensitive.
Find Function in Excel
2. To find the position of a substring in a string, use the SEARCH function. SEARCH is case-insensitive.
Search Function in Excel
Note: string "excel" found at position 11. Even though it's actually the string "Excel"
3. The SEARCH function is more versatile. You can use wildcard characters when you use this function.
It also finds Microsoft Word 2010
Note: A question mark (?) matches exactly one character. An asterisk (*) matches a series of zero or more characters.
4. One other interesting point to mention about the FIND and the SEARCH function is that they have a 3rd optional argument. You can use this argument to indicate the position, counting from the left, at which you want to start searching.
Start Searching at Position 1
Note: string "o" found at position 5.
Start Searching at Position 6
Note: string "o" found at position 7 (started searching at position 6).

Source: excel-easy

Use These 5 Steps to Communicate Effectively

Communications management is the process by which formal messages are created, reviewed and communicated within a project. Clear, accurate and timely communication is critical to the success of any project, as miscommunication can result in increased project risk. If you communicate properly, the right stakeholders will receive the right information at the right time. This enables them to make well-informed decisions.
There are a variety of ways that you can communicate to stakeholders, including:
  • Internal newsletters
  • Project Status Reports
  • Presentation materials
  • Web news releases
  • Internal project memos
Regardless of the type of media used to communicate within your project, these five communications steps will always apply.

Step 1: Identify the Message
Your Communications Plan will identify the communications messages that need to be distributed. Throughout the project, the Project Manager should review this plan to identify which messages need to be distributed, how and when.
Step 2: Target the Audience
Now that you have identified what it is that needs to be communicated, the next step is to identify who should receive the message. The audience for each message needs to be confirmed
Step 3: Decide on the Timing
At this point, the type of message and the audience have been clearly specified. The next step is to identify the timing and frequency of the communications message. In some cases, regular communications, such as weekly Project Status Reports or monthly newsletters, may be necessary. In other cases, a one-off communication event, such as a project change notification, may be more appropriate. For each communications event, you need to be satisfied that the regularity and timing for each communications event is suitable.
Step 4: Confirm the Format
With content, audience and timing decided, the format of the communication message can be effectively chosen. There are a number of different types of formats to choose from, including verbal presentations, written reports, memos, letters and emails.
Step 5: Implement the Plan
The messages agreed to in the Communication Plan need to be delivered. You should document a first draft of the message content. The Project Manager or sponsor will review it and may suggest changes. Once approved the message is communicated to the target audience.
That's it. If you take these five steps each time you send out a communications message within your project, you will ensure that the right people receive the right message at the right time!
Get your project started quickly with a pre-built set of great project management templates.

​ Thinking Small - Life's Little Victories


Many of us are taught, from an early age, to strive mainly for big dreams and to seek out equally large successes. We find inspiration in those who have overcome the greatest odds and those who have built the largest empires. But seldom do we look to our own lives for examples of victories, forgetting that any accomplishment deserves a moment of triumph. Life's little victories encompass both the moments that make you give an inner shout of joy and simple things like a job well done, finishing a daunting task, or making it through a less-than-pleasant situation.

Little victories can keep you optimistic about the big victories and help you retain a positive attitude, even when things are going wrong,
because the small successes will stick with you if you take time to honor them. Look carefully, you will no doubt find little victories occurring throughout your day. Did you keep your cool in a tense situation? Resist the urge to spend unwisely? Find time to spend with your family? Pat yourself on the back when you notice a small success and make a mental note of it. Or write down a few things each day that can be considered little victories. Make your accounts detailed by outlining exactly what caused you to feel triumphant.

When we choose not to acknowledge life's little victories, deeming them insignificant, it is easy to become frustrated. Instead of staking your happiness on getting a promotion, buying a new car, or being the winner, stake it on your ability to conquer the ups, downs, and responsibilities inherent in living. In doing so, you will find yourself able to avoid being caught up in negative feelings by keeping one eye toward your next triumph.


Negativism, the deadliest pandemic

The disease negativism, makes the mind restless, revengeful, robs the very capacity of understanding and the worst thing of all, develops a pathological inability to tolerate anything positive. It corrodes the capacity to use one's mind in a constructive manner, somehow selects a target for hate and attributes everything bad to the target. Refusal to understand and automatically misunderstand and misinterpret become primary motivations.Obfuscation, penchant for the negative only, first damages at the personal level in personal relations, and extends into the social relations, and depending on the social station of the person, may infect large sections of acquaintances.

Negativism automatically needs targets for victimization. The target has to be weak as otherwise the retaliation may be costly. But each success wets the appetite. The immediate targets invariably are women. These people prefer women to be really weak, insecure and as a result docile. . Women become property like the live stock.
A woman is a bundle of emotions. As a sweet child any girl is simply divinely, like a wonderful flower. Unfortunately in the brutalized culture, an offshoot of primary negativism, even her enchanting magnetism gets ignored.

Don't Let small Things in Life Trip You

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path, and you will find you have crossed the mountain.
Everyone loves the feeling of securing a huge victory but so many of us look over the fact that accomplishing the greatest feats means we have to win the small battles first.

If you examine all of the biggest characters in history, you will realize that though they may be known for one thing, or a few things even, in every single case of greatness, there are many small challenges that don't get talked about. It is in these small victories that the greatest people of all time became the conquerors and winners that we still read about and talk about today.

Never let the small things in life trip you up and keep you from overcoming the huge mountains in life.

Be great by continuing to stand in the midst of adversity. And remember to keep moving forward once you gather yourself from falling. Never quit!

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Creating Check List in Excel

Checklist Example
This example teaches you how to create a checklist in Excel. First, turn on the Developer tab. Next, you can create a checklist.
To create this checklist, execute the following steps.
1. On the Developer tab, click Insert and then click Check Box in the Form Controls section.
2. Draw a check box in cell B2.
Add a Check Box
3. To remove "Check Box 1", right click the check box, click the text and delete it.
4. Select cell B2.
5. Click on the lower right corner of cell B2 and drag it down to cell B11.
Copy Check Box
6. Right click the first check box and click Format Control.
Format Control
7. Link the check box to the cell next to it (cell C2).
Cell link
8. Repeat step 7 for the other check boxes.
9. The count the number of items packed, insert a COUNTIF function into cell B14.
Countif Function
10. Hide column C.
11. Insert an IF function into cell B16.
Checklist Result
Note: we created a conditional formatting rule to change the background color of cell B16 depending on the cell's value.
Source: excel-easy

Listen, Listen, Listen...

In our time-starved society, attentiveness and listening skills seem to have fallen to the wayside. In order to make those with whom you communicate feel important, brush up on your listening skills. Make sure to give the speaker your undivided attention: regardless of how great you are at multi-tasking, treating an individual as a "task" is not a good idea. Eye-contact, nodding in agreement, asking leading questions and using your face to provide feedback also contribute to a positive communication experience that will foster the growth of the relationship.