27 Ways to Get More Sh!t Done | Greatist.

How to Get More Done

Whether we’re overwhelmed by that never-ending to-do list or simply distracted (thanks, Facebook), sometimes it feels like we just can’t get enough out of the day. Until 30-hour days are invented, follow these easy, effective tips for getting more done in the 24 we have.

 

Productivity Hero—Your Action Plan

 

1. Get enough sleep. Whoever coined the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” didn’t have all the facts straight. Not getting enough Zzz’s could hinder productivity at work, so try to get those recommended seven to nine hours of snooze time [1]!

 

2. Create routines. Make a habit of, well, sticking to habits. Schedule actions like writing emails at a certain time or hitting the gym after work, and try to do them daily. Soon that routine will happen on autopilot.

 

3. Wake up earlier. As long as you’re still able to squeeze in enough sleep, try extending the day by getting up an hour earlier—when it’s still quiet and there are fewer distractions.

 

4. Step away from the inbox. Incoming emails can be a nuisance. Make a habit to only check the inbox at certain times of the day to avoid getting sidetracked with requests and responses.

 

5. Make a daily to-do list. Stay away from huge to-do lists. Instead, create a daily list of realistic jobs to tackle, like folding laundry, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, or paying the cable bill. Break up big goals into micro-tasks, like going to a yoga class over getting six-pack abs, or writing a page over completing a thesis. Soon, the small things will add up to big accomplishments.

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Owning Excess is Not the Same as Experiencing Success.

Excess is Not the Same as Success

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When success is equated with excess, the ambition for excess wrecks us.” —Switchfoot, American Dream

We live in a complicated world—one that has confused excess with success.

We desire lasting significance and influence and impact, but spend most of our time chasing temporal possessions.

Consider how many of our resources are directed towards this accumulation of material goods. We spend our hours earning money. We spend our money buying products. We waste our energy caring for them. And then we punch the time clock on Monday to start the process again.

For an economy based on consumerism to thrive, goods must move. Money must be earned, money must be spent, and the demand for material possessions must continue to increase. Our economy must constantly create goods and manufacture needs.

The result is a world of excess. Even when basic physical needs are met (shelter, clothing, food), the cycle must continue. More goods must be created and more need must be manufactured.

Excess becomes the unintended goal of a consumeristic economy. (tweet that)

Somewhere, understandably, excess also became the goal of the individual. Whoever dies with the most toys wins became the reigning mantra of our culture.

This was an unfortunate turn.

Our souls long for greater accomplishments than the accumulation of material possessions. Nobody sits across the table from another human being and unequivocally declares their greatest goal is to own as much stuff as possible. We think and dream in much broader terms.

We long for something greater than material excess. Our hearts define success differently.

We desire significance. To be known as good fathers and mothers and husbands and wives and friends and citizens.

We desire influence. To use our gifts and make the world better. We want to know our lives mattered for something.

We desire freedom and opportunity. Not just for ourselves, but for others.

We desire love. To be fully known and fully accepted.

Unfortunately, too often, our unchecked pursuit of more stands in the way of this success. Excess material possessions steal our money, time, energy, and freedom. Our definition of true success gets lost in the noise.

Rediscover your greatest goals. Redefine your greatest pursuits. And refuse to equate material excess with lasting success.

Owning Excess is Not the Same as Experiencing Success.

How Scary is the US National Debt? Almost as scary as the fact Tony Robbins, yes the motivational speaker, is the one delivery this most depressing of economic insight.

via Serendipity and Spice: 8 Plants to Repel Bugs, Insects, and Pests.

I don’t know about you but I HATE bugs!  They just freak me out!  It really doesn’t matter what kind of bug- roaches, silverfish, spiders, mosquitoes  fleas, beetles…. You name it and I HATE it!  Especially bed bugs!  I’ve never experienced bed bugs before but I was watching 20/20 awhile back and they were doing some kind of expose on bed bugs in hotels and I’ve been freaked out ever since!  The mere thought of them makes my skin crawl!!!!

Since we had such a mild winter (here in Georgia anyway) everyone is saying how horrible the bugs are going to be this summer because nothing died off during the winter.  So now I’m super freaked out and have been looking into natural remedies or repellents for those nasty creepy crawlers and stingy sneaky fliers.  Last year I just had a bottle of Raid handy… but this year I have the little man and I really don’t want to be spraying chemicals around him.

SO, HERE ARE THE TOP PLANTS THAT EVERY HOUSE SHOULD HAVE TO WARD OFF PESTS:

1. Mint
 It not only smells nice but it keeps away ants and mice!  Crush some to release the fragrance and it’ll run off any strays that come your way.
2. Bay Leaves
Add some to the mixture and you’ll get rid of gruesome roaches too!
3. Lemongrass
To keep away those flying pesky mosquitoes and bees!
4. Basil
Yummy and keeps those annoying flies at bay!!
5. Geraniums
They not only add a boost of colour but they keep out Japanese beetles!
6. Catnip!
Yes, that stuff that makes your cat act all crazy…. Supposedly wards off a long list of bugs including mosquitoes and flies.
7. Pyrethrum Chrysanthemums- AKA: Mums specifically the ones that look like Daisies!
These are the be all end all of pests!  According to wiki.answers these cute little flowers repel: Roaches, fleas, ticks, bedbugs, lice, silverfish, ants, and so much more!

 
 
 
via Serendipity and Spice: 8 Plants to Repel Bugs, Insects, and Pests.

I have been thinking of doing a blog article on this, but then found this…

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Check out How to Fix a Slow iPhone by Amanda Max on Snapguide.

Gas Cubby FREE – Fuel Economy & Service Log

Gas Cubby by AppCubbyI discovered this app and I have been entering my fuel ever since. Very cool to see the cost per mile, see the gas mileage for each fill-up, and even interesting to see the graph of gas prices over time. This does everything my old mileage book did and more.

 

Features:

Tracks gas mileage and vehicle maintenance

Charts: MPG, stats, gas price, gas expenses, service expenses

Online Sync

Customizable service reminders

Supports multiple vehicles

Store vehicle data: VIN, License Plate, etc.

Excel compatible email reports (CSV attachment)

International Units: MPG (US), MPG (Canada), MPG (UK), MPG (Imperial), L/100km, gal/100mi (US), gal/100mi (Imperial), km/L, km/gal (US), km/gal (Imperial), and mi/L

 

via App Cubby • Hand Crafted iPhone Apps – Gas Cubby • Sensible Car Care.

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Before trading in your home for an even larger one, ask yourself if you are truly ready for the super-sized financial commitment and the sacrifices that often come with it.

via Wealth: A new way to look at “How much house can I afford?” | MoneySense.

There are two very different ways to answer this question. The first is the traditional way—the way the lenders and realtors answer it: Based on your down payment, income and expenses, how much can you afford to put to a mortgage each month, and therefore how much can you borrow? Lenders are incented to encourage debt because, provided you don’t default, the more you borrow, the more they make. Realtors have a similar motivation because the more house you buy, the higher the commission.

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Insurance you shouldn’t buy | MoneySense.

 

Having insurance falls under Gail Rule #4: Mitigate Your Risks. But “the right kind” of insurance is often confusing for folks. So here are three types of insurance you should skip and save your money.

Mortgage life insurance
If you have a mortgage you’ve no doubt been offered mortgage life insurance by your lender. Don’t buy it. It’s expensive. It’s single-purpose. And it can be denied down the road, since it isn’t “approved” until you try to make a claim, which is not when you want to find out you aren’t covered.

Read more at moneysense.ca Insurance you shouldn’t buy | MoneySense.