5 Things You Should Know – Part 401

Here are 5 things you should know.

1. If attached your bank account to Venmo, a company called Plaid is recording all your back account activity.

Plaid, which Venmo uses, stores your bank account password and uses it to record all your activity.

Plaid was recently sued by a bank: https://www.ctvnews.ca/business/td-bank-files-lawsuit-against-plaid-accusing-it-of-trying-to-dupe-consumers-1.5145326

“In reality, however, consumers are unwittingly giving their login credentials to the defendant, who takes the information, stores it on its servers, and uses it to mine consumers’ bank records for valuable data (e.g., transaction histories, loans, etc.), which the defendant monetizes by selling to third parties,” TD claimed in the court records.

Other apps that use Plaid: Robinhood, Coinbase, Betterment, and Acorns.

2. Here is how to use the Ivy Lee Method to increase your productivity.

The Ivy Lee Method is one of the oldest, simplest, and most effective productivity hacks that you can apply in your life.

Here is the way it works: each night before your day of work, write down your six most important tasks to do the next day in order of importance. The next day, you simply begin doing the tasks you wrote down one at a time.

This method is highly effective because you reduce decision fatigue and reserve your energy for your most prioritized tasks. If you don’t complete all of your tasks, simply add those unfinished ones to your list for the next day.

Link: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/ivy-lee-method-productivity-2018-9%3famp

3. When looking at nonpublic schools for your child make sure to read employee reviews of the school.

This is important for parents who need/want to look into nonpublic schools for their children. All nonpublic schools will promise great things ( different types of therapy, community outings, personalized lessons.) It can be hard to determine what is real and what is just them selling you lies. Go to Glassdoor/Indeed and type in the school’s name. See how employees feel about the school. See what the cons are. If most cons are about school being understaffed or not properly trained to deal with certain behaviors that’s a red flag. If it mentions admin bullying or being dismissive of lower-level employees that’s another red flag. Make sure to see if cleanliness is another thing mentioned. If a lot of reviews complain about there being no custodian or aides being forced to clean up blood or feces that’s again a red flag. All these issues point to not a good environment for your child.

4. Don’t comment on how little someone eats at a gathering/restaurant/dinner table: it is an incredibly negative experience for the person involved, many people cannot eat regular portions in one sitting due to crippling, tragic diseases that go unnoticed by even their closest loved ones.

Many people who are recovering from, have recovered from, or are struggling with an illness such as anorexia, bulimia, or chronic illnesses such as cancer or leukemia, literally can not eat very much at all without feeling incredibly full and nauseous. In fact, you shouldn’t comment on someone’s eating habits in public AT ALL. You have no idea what their health is like, what it feels like to be them, what their physical limitations are, or what their relationship with food is like. You could be publically humiliating someone in regards to their disease and not even know it.

That person who you think is being disrespectful or wasteful at the dinner table may well be very upset at themselves because they can’t finish their meal because of an incredibly tragic mental illness that has changed the size of their stomach and appetite forever, and now someone is upset at them for “not clearing their plate.” Or now the waitress is pointing out to everyone, “You barely touched your meal!”

While that person has to repeat the same things over again, having to conceal these very private, sometimes undetectable by even the closest people in their lives, illnesses: “I’m not feeling well is all”, “I ate before, I’m just not hungry”, “I want to save it for later”, because blurting out “I can’t finish this meal due to my shrunken stomach because of (incredibly sad disease)” is a huge mood killer during brunch and drinks with friends and family.

I wish we would change the dialogue around the dinner table when it comes to people who cannot finish their meal. I wish people would stop pressuring people to eat more or less or this or that. Inevitably the least that could happen is you make that person uncomfortable and embarrassed about their illness in front of everyone, and the worst that could happen is that they become so distraught from the public humiliation, being reminded of the physical consequences of their disease at a time that should feel safe in inclusive, they cry once they’re alone, breakdown, relapse, self-harm, or plan to not eat for a whole day before they ever come to your house again to eat hoping they can finish whatever random amount of food you give them- just so they can prevent that horrible experience from happening again.

You want people to eat more? Stop telling them they should. You might think you know someone, but many people with eating disorders conceal it so well that they go undetected by even their family members they live under the same roof with or the person they wake up next to every morning.

Eating disorders are the most deadly psychological disease and pose many health issues that you can’t tell by just looking that they have: nausea, heartburn, shrunken stomach, stomachs that need assistance disgesting, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, extreme fatigue, complete loss of appetite (even when a recovered individual WANTS to eat more and gain weight).

People really don’t realize this because there’s not enough awareness, I don’t think people who comment on how little someone eats are bad people- they usually come from a caring place, but are inadvertently causing harm.

Most deadly psychiatric disease: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/eating-disorders/anorexia-nervosa/news/20110711/deadliest-psychiatric-disorder-anorexia

Permanent appetite loss in recovered individuals, anorexia not driven by the desire to lose weight, but by a lack of appetite due to illness or issues with the brain: https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/digestive-disorders/symptoms-of-digestive-disorders/loss-of-appetite

5. Chrome browser for iPhone lets you use the desktop YouTube site, this means you can background play music without purchasing YouTube Red!

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