Excel's grid-like main window gives you lots of freedom to
organize your information. As you've seen in the
chapters so far, tables of data can assume a variety of shapes and
sizesfrom complex worksheets that track expenses in an
invoice, to simple lists of dishes your guests are bringing to a
Some tables are quite sophisticated, with multiple levels, subtotals,
and summary information. (You'll learn about how to
manage these multi-tiered creations in the next chapter.) But in many
cases, your table will consist of nothing more than a long list of
data, with a single row at the top that provides descriptive column
headings. These types of tables are so common that Excel provides a
set of features designed exclusively for managing such lists. These
tools let you control your lists in stylesorting, searching,
and filtering your information with just a couple of mouse clicks.
Excel even includes a group of functions expressly for analyzing the
information in lists. But before you can use any of these tools, you
have to convert your garden-variety list into an Excel data
Oh, no! Is it dinnertime already? I’ve tried hard to fight this truth, but this far into my homemaking career, I think that I finally must admit: When it comes to cooking for a family, planning ahead really does make your life easier.
In organizational books and magazine articles, I’ve always read that it’s helpful to plan at least a week’s worth of meals at a time. But since this practice takes work and discipline, I tried getting by with just winging it at the grocery store and muddling my way through a week’s worth of dinnertimes. Alas! My genius plan didn’t always work out as well as I intended. I spent too much money on non-nutritious convenience foods. There were too many emergency trips to the grocery store for recipes I decided to make at the last minute. And there were way too many late-afternoon panic attacks as I fretted, “What on earth am I going to make for dinner?”
Ultimately, planning meals ahead of time, however painful you find its lack of spontaneity, saves you time, money, energy, and anxiety. I actually enjoy cooking and, like many moms, have always collected recipes. With my old way of approaching dinnertime, however, I never seemed to get around to trying any of those recipes on a regular basis.
ABSTRACT: With the need for rapid school reform amid changes in socioeconomic and political situations, evidence abounds that today’s school principals operate in a stress-strained environment. Participants of this study identified at least a form of stress on the job. More than 96% claimed to have experienced work-related stress at a level they believed was affecting their mental and physical health, work habits, and productivity. With continuous frustrations and challenges, many principals are thinking of quitting or seeking early retirement. The seven major stress factors identified were unpleasant relationships and people conflicts, time constraints and related issues, crises in the school, challenging policy demands and overwhelming mandates, budgetary constraints and related issues, fear of failure, and negative publicity and dealing with media. Coping tips were explicated from the perspectives of behavioral modification cues, physical exercises, relaxation techniques, professional help, and medical care. Through interviews with 52 principals in Connecticut for about 2.5 years, this article brings to the fore various causes of stress in school administration as well as some coping techniques for principals. Implications for school districts, enhanced leadership preparation practices, and further research are also discussed.
As Chapter 6 makes clear, once you select your images and
choose the music to go with them, iPhoto orchestrates the production and presents it live on
your Mac’s screen as a slideshow.
Which is great, as long as everyone in your social circle lives within six feet of your
The day will come when you want friends and family who live a little farther away to be
able to see your slideshows. That’s the beauty of QuickTime, a portable multimedia container
built into every Mac. Even if the recipient uses a Windows PC—hey, every family has its
black sheep—your photos will meet their public; QuickTime movies play just
as well on HPs and Dells as they do on iMacs and MacBooks.
iPhoto ’09 makes it even easier than before to
convert those photos into mini-movies. A new Slideshow Export option lets you save your slideshows to QuickTime
movie files that play flawlessly on the iPod, iPhone, Apple TV, and other video-watching
gadgets. If you want something smaller and simpler, you can also export your photos to a
standalone QuickTime movie. In either case, you’ll then have a file on your hard drive that you
can email to other people (including Windows people), post on your Web page for downloading,
burn onto a CD, and so on.