Productivity http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8129/all en-US Give Yourself a Break: The Productivity Secret That'll Change the Way You Work http://www.wisebread.com/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/coffee_break_sign_000068533353.jpg" alt="The productivity secret that will change the way you work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a person who makes a living doing freelance and contract work from home, there are two questions I tend to get about my job. The first is whether I work in pajamas. (The answer is no.) The second is how I manage to get any work done at all.</p> <p>&quot;If I worked at home, I don't think I'd get <em>any </em>work done,&quot; people often tell me. &quot;How do you manage to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">stay productive</a> for eight hours a day on your own?&quot;</p> <p>The simple answer? I don't.</p> <p>And, according to research about productivity in the workplace, you probably aren't productive for eight straight hours either, whether you're working at a laptop at your kitchen table or sitting in an office or cubicle. In fact, some research suggests that many office workers are productive for <a href="http://www.employeebenefits.co.uk/news/only-three-hours-of-productivity-a-day/103618.article">as little as three hours</a> per eight-hour work day.</p> <p>Here are five tips on how to get the most work done in the least amount of time so that you can head home early &mdash; or at least right on time.</p> <h2>1. Recognize Your Window of Productivity</h2> <p>When I sit down at my desk, I typically jump right into working. Then, after a while, my mind starts to wander. In the past, this really frustrated me. I need to be working! In fact, periods of inattention are pretty normal &mdash; necessary, even.</p> <p>Research by Draugiem Group, a social networking company, suggests that the average person can only maintain concentration and productivity for about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3035605/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/the-exact-amount-of-time-you-should-work-every-day">52 minutes at a time</a>. However, while many people try to push through this window, the most productive workers actually do something quite different: They take a 17-minute break during which they do something completely unrelated to work. They leave their desks. They take a walk. They chat with co-workers. They read a book. They take a nap.</p> <p>That might sound lazy, but research suggests that our brains &mdash; much like our bodies &mdash; need to rest following hard work. And, just like doing too much exercise without rest will eventually cause the body to break down, running your brain at full speed tends to lead to burnout. That's because our brains are designed to cycle between two types of activity: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/opinion/sunday/hit-the-reset-button-in-your-brain.html?_r=0">focused attention, and wandering or daydreaming</a>. And, it is in this latter phase of attention that our brains not only rest, but collate and process the things we've just been working on. It's why inspiration tends to strike when we're doing the most mundane things. It's while at rest that our brains have a chance to make new connections.</p> <p>So, the first step to becoming more productive is to get a sense of how long you can work before your mind starts to wander. Is it 30 minutes? 50 minutes? An hour? Once you figure that out, you can start breaking your work day into blocks of about that size, followed by short, restful breaks.</p> <h2>2. Be Realistic About Your Goals</h2> <p>No one's going to pat you on the back or give you a promotion for writing a single page of a huge report. Nevertheless, this is exactly the kind of goal that'll help you finish a project in the most efficient, effective way possible. Why? Because it's simple, it's achievable, and it's motivating.</p> <p>In fact, according to Harvard researcher Teresa Amabile, small, daily progress is the <a href="http://progressprinciple.com/books/single/the_progress_principle">most powerful workplace motivator</a> there is. So, rather than setting goals that are days or weeks in the making, set smaller goals that you can achieve each day. By completing a small, tangible goal each day, you will build momentum that'll help keep you on track. Plus, you'll be chipping away at bigger objectives in the most productive way possible.</p> <h2>3. Break Work Into Blocks</h2> <p>Now that you have some key goals, break your work into tasks that'll fit into 52-minute (or thereabouts) blocks. Start each work day by thinking about what you can complete within your productive window(s). Can you empty your email inbox? Finish a section of that spreadsheet? Write a specific portion of that big report? Whatever it is, prioritize your tasks and designate a block of your day for each thing you want to work on. Even with frequent breaks, your brain's mental capacity will wane as the day goes on, so you may also want schedule the most difficult tasks first thing in the morning</p> <h2>4. Spend Less Time on the Job</h2> <p>Depending on where you work, working less may not possible, but research suggests that it's ideal. Workaholics might <em>think</em> they're accomplishing more, but the research doesn't bear that out. In fact, it suggests we should all go home at 5:00 pm and get a life.</p> <p>We've known since way back that super-long work weeks deliver diminishing &mdash; and even negative &mdash; returns. In the early 1900s, Ford Motor Company determined that the optimum work hours for worker productivity amounted to no more than 40 hours per week. They even found that while adding an additional 20 hours per week boosted productivity initially, that increase only lasted for about a month, at which point the increase turned negative. More recent studies have found that the sweet spot for employment productivity is <a href="http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_files/pubdocs/2002/07/en/1/ef0207en.pdf">30 hours per week</a>. Other studies have found that after 50 hours, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/freeexchange/2014/12/working-hours">output remained the same</a>. In other words, people tend to get the same amount of work done, whether they spend 50 hours or 70 hours on the job each week.</p> <p>Depending on where you work, you may not be able to cut your work days short, but you may be able to avoid being sucked into a culture that promotes staying at the office well into the night. Going home on time isn't a sign of laziness. It's smart idea, and one that'll help you deliver more and better work when you are on the clock.</p> <h2>5. Work Hard, Play Hard</h2> <p>Being more productive isn't about working longer or even harder. In fact, it's all about giving yourself a break. So if you find yourself unable to resist a few cat videos during the day, or you spend a little too long chatting with a coworker at lunch, it doesn't mean you're wasting time. As it turns out, that space between periods of work is where the real productivity happens.</p> <p><em>What techniques do you use to increase your productivity?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job">6 Ways to Stay Motivated on the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-alternatives-to-nagging">15 Alternatives to Nagging</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Productivity attention span motivation taking breaks working Tue, 21 Jul 2015 17:00:13 +0000 Tara Struyk 1493871 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Secrets of Incredibly Productive People http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-of-incredibly-productive-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-secrets-of-incredibly-productive-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/productive_man_000036372398.jpg" alt="Revealing secrets of incredibly productive people" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on the secrets of incredibly productive people, reasons why you&rsquo;ll never get rich, and how to handle three awkward money situations.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-More-Productive-35380464">7 Secrets of Incredibly Productive People</a> &mdash; Productive people are good planners, but they're also flexible. They don't stress out when something comes up or plans change &mdash; they just roll with it! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/5-reasons-your-money-will-never-work-for-you/">5 Ways You Sabotage Hopes of Getting Rich</a> &mdash; You'll never get rich if you let the wrong things motivate you. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-beliefs/how-to-handle-3-awkward-money-situations/">How to Handle 3 Awkward Money Situations</a> &mdash; A friend owes you a big chunk of cash, and you don't know how to get it back? Ask your friend to have the repayment plan written out so expectations are clear for both of you. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0716/College-students-don-t-spend-more-than-500-on-laptops.-Here-s-why">College students, don't spend more than $500 on laptops. Here's why.</a> &mdash; Most systems under $500 will be able to handle the basic tasks that a typical college student needs. If your major requires more computing power, consider getting a desktop instead. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/401k-mistakes">10 Awful 401(k) No-No&rsquo;s You Should Avoid</a> &mdash; Get a professional to help you choose your 401(k) investments. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/credit-card-myths-that-can-hurt-your-credit-score/">5 Credit Card Myths That Can Hurt Your Credit Score</a> &mdash; Credit card issuers raise your credit limit because they want you to spend more, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="https://www.listenmoneymatters.com/do-what-you-love/">Do What You Love?</a> &mdash; In some cases, doing what you love for a living isn't realistic. It might not even be what you really want! [Listen Money Matters]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/money-milestones-20-something/">Money Milestones of a 20-Something</a> &mdash; Being proactive about saving money means you're able to roll with the punches when unexpected expenses come up. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/started-my-freelance-business/">What I Wish I Knew When I Started My Freelance Business</a> &mdash; Hire or ask for help before you need it. By the time you feel the need, you're already desperate. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/breaking-tradition-why-being-a-sahd-makes-sense">Breaking Tradition: Why Being a SAHD Makes Sense</a> &mdash; Having a stay at home dad benefits everyone in the family: kids have two active parents, moms get much-needed help, and dads learn to interact with their kids with finesse and sensitivity. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-of-incredibly-productive-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/that-what-if-you-knew-you-were-going-to-die-question">That &quot;What if you knew you were going to die&quot; question</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-must-do-mid-year-resolutions-to-get-you-back-on-track">10 Must-Do Mid-Year Resolutions to Get You Back on Track</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips productivity secrets Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:00:15 +0000 Amy Lu 1494467 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Stay Productive While Working From Home http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_working_online_000042174160.jpg" alt="Man staying productive while working from home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You've just landed a coveted work-from-home job. This is great news. You can now ditch the time-consuming commute to work. You can avoid office gossip, and you can work on your own schedule.</p> <p>But, there are some pitfalls. It's not always easy to stay productive when you're <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-work-at-home-without-driving-your-spouse-nuts">working from home</a>. There are plenty of distractions &mdash; <em>Orange Is the New Black</em> on Netflix, the refrigerator, and your bike just waiting for you in the garage &mdash; to take you away from your work. If you're not careful, you might find yourself missing deadlines, angering your bosses and &mdash; ultimately &mdash; heading back into an office every day.</p> <p>The key to avoiding this fate is to treat your home office more like an office and less like a home, at least during the workday. Here are five tips that you can use to remain productive while working from home.</p> <h2>1. Take Control of Your Workspace</h2> <p>Devora Zack, author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/162656261X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=162656261X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=TUQNZYZOU6UC5PHI">Singletasking</a> and owner of Only Connect Consulting, a business-consulting company in Bethesda, Maryland, says that you need to keep distractions at bay during the working day. That means creating a workspace that keeps out children, spouses, or any other distractions when you're working.</p> <p>Zack says that it's your job to &quot;build fences&quot; that will keep distractions away. These fences can be anything from a closed and locked door to muting your call-waiting feature while conducting an important phone interview.</p> <h2>2. Have a Schedule and a To-Do List</h2> <p>Andy Abramson, chief executive officer of marketing firm Comunicano, has been working from home part- or full-time since 1974 when he first started handling marketing duties for professional sports teams. The resident of Del Mar, California, says that the key to staying productive at home is to have a schedule for every day, and to stick to it.</p> <p>It helps to have a to-do list, too. That way you won't reach the end of your work day only to find that you didn't complete your most important tasks.</p> <p>&quot;Have a routine if you work from home, and plan your day,&quot; Abramson said. &quot;This includes times for taking breaks, running errands, and eating meals.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Don't Forget to Leave the Office</h2> <p>Dani Mackey, owner of Washington, D.C.-based Dani Mackey Communications, says that it's important to leave your home office on a regular basis. It's too easy to cut yourself off from the community if you work from home every day. Mackey suggests schedule meetings when possible outside your office.</p> <p>Leaving the office increases networking opportunities and forces you to dress professionally &mdash; it can be easy to dress down every day when you work from home.</p> <p>&quot;It also forces you to be more productive while you are in your office, as there is less time available to be unproductive,&quot; Mackey says.</p> <h2>4. Don't Let Email Consume You</h2> <p>It can be easy when you work from home to let email take over your life. It's tempting to check your email while playing with your kids, chatting with your spouse, making dinner, or exercising, especially if you're constantly toting your smartphone with you.</p> <p>Michael Fritsch, the productivity expert known as the SavvyCOO, says that people who work from home should set aside blocks of time specifically to deal with email. They should also use email filters to automatically route messages to specific folders. You might designate emails from your boss or clients to automatically redirect to an inbox marked &quot;Urgent.&quot; You can automatically route emails from friends and family members to a different, less-urgent inbox.</p> <h2>5. Don't Work All the Time</h2> <p>When you work from home, it can be too easy to spend all of your time on work. But this isn't healthy: You need to schedule time for exercise, reading, and spending time with your family.</p> <p>Elisette Carlson, founder of San Diego-based public relations firm SMACK! Media and someone who works from home, recommends treating these breaks as you would any other meeting or deadline; don't blow them off.</p> <p>&quot;Take a moment in the evening to put it all away,&quot; Carlson said. &quot;This has helped me a lot. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. is family time. Sure, I'll peek at my phone to ensure there aren't any emergencies, but I try to keep this time 100% about family.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you stay focused when working from home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dan-rafter">Dan Rafter</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-stay-productive-while-working-from-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-gadgets-every-work-at-home-professional-needs">6 Gadgets Every Work at Home Professional Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-life-skills-every-freelancer-needs">8 Life Skills Every Freelancer Needs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-finding-legitimate-work-at-home-opportunities">Tips for Finding Legitimate Work at Home Opportunities</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-convince-your-boss-to-let-you-work-from-home">How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tips-to-make-working-from-home-a-success">10 Tips to Make Working From Home a Success</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Productivity home office remote jobs telecommute work from home Mon, 13 Jul 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Dan Rafter 1484700 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Tips for an Ultra-Productive Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-an-ultra-productive-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-tips-for-an-ultra-productive-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/productive_woman_000015384568.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to be ultra-productive" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on tips to have an ultra-productive day, how to free up space on your iPhone, and amazing ways to save money at Target.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/20-tips-ultra-productive-day/">20 Tips for an Ultra-Productive Day</a> &mdash; If you really want to get things done, turn off your phone. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0608/Ten-proven-ways-to-free-up-space-on-your-iPhone">Ten proven ways to free up space on your iPhone</a> &mdash; Old texts and iMessages can take up a lot of room, especially if you have a bunch of pictures and video messages. Set them to auto-delete after 30 days so they won't hog memory and slow down your phone. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Save-Target-36488054#photo-36488054">25 Amazing Ways to Save More at Target</a> &mdash; Take advantage of seasonal clearance! You'll see the best prices a week after a holiday. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C000-S001-best-times-to-make-major-purchases.html">Best Times to Make Major Purchases</a> &mdash; Household appliances &mdash; other than refrigerators &mdash; are cheapest in September and October, when new models come out. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditcardchaser.com/is-your-personality-making-it-harder-for-you-to-save/">Is Your Personality Making it Harder for You to Save?</a> &mdash; Impatient people are the first in line to buy new products &mdash; and they'll pay premium for it. But if you want to save, too, you can become a focus group tester and get your hands on a new gadget before it hits the market.&nbsp;[Credit Card Chaser]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2015/06/04/overcome-frustration/">How to Overcome Frustration: 3 Simple but Effective Steps</a> &mdash; Whenever you feel frustrated, bring your attention back to the present and focus on what you can do right now to improve the situation. Every small step counts! [The Positivity Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/how-to-fund-your-dream-wedding/">3 Smart Ways to Fund Your Dream Wedding</a> &mdash; It's increasingly acceptable these days to ask for cash in lieu of a wedding gift. Check out online services that allow couples to set up a registry where guests can easily gift cash. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/how-to-manage-money-in-your-marriage/">How to Manage Money in Your Marriage</a> &mdash; When you have a disagreement over money, give yourselves time to cool down first before you discuss the issue. [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/how-to-remove-oil-from-driveway/">How to Remove Oil Stains from Your Driveway or Garage</a> &mdash; One way to remove dried oil from concrete is to douse the stain with spray lubricant and rinse with water. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/8-new-parent-rules-you-can-break">8 &quot;New Parent Rules&quot; You Can Break</a> &mdash; Don't always put your kids' needs first. You have to take care of yourself, too! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-tips-for-an-ultra-productive-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/being-routinely-creative">Being routinely creative</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/an-easier-way-to-manage-your-to-dos">An Easier Way to Manage Your To-Do&#039;s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/that-what-if-you-knew-you-were-going-to-die-question">That &quot;What if you knew you were going to die&quot; question</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips productivity tips Tue, 09 Jun 2015 19:00:10 +0000 Amy Lu 1451147 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 25 Morning Habits for a Great Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-morning-habits-for-a-great-day <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-25-morning-habits-for-a-great-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/breakfast-iStock_000064711529_Small.jpg" alt="family eating breakfast" title="family eating breakfast" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on morning habits for a great day, ways to save $100 this week, and things you can do this summer to boost your career.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Good-Morning-Habits-34931838">Up and at 'Em! 25 Good Morning Habits For a Great Day</a> &mdash; Start your day with a brain exercise like Sudoku or a crossword to get those wheels turning! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/21-ways-save-100-this-week/">18 Ways to Save $100 This Week</a> &mdash; Set a cash-only expenditure budget for the week. When your cash is gone, your spending is done! [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/5-summer-build-career/">5 Things To Do This Summer To Help Build Your Career</a> &mdash; Volunteer at a charitable organization! You'll grow your network, gain more experiences to put on your resume, and give back to your community. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0604/How-to-make-your-laptop-last-longer">How to make your laptop last longer</a> &mdash; If you have an older laptop with a hard drive, replace it with a solid state drive. They're more expensive than your average hard drive, but they're also much faster. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbriana.com/five-common-frugal-cooking-substitutes">Five Common Frugal Cooking Substitutes</a> &mdash; Substitute juice for wine if you don't want to pop open bottle. [Bargain Briana]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://liveyourlegend.net/passionate-work-framework-to-do-work-you-love/">The 3 Simple (&amp; Absolutely Required) Steps to Doing Work You Love</a> &mdash; Become a self-expert! To do this, you need to constantly experiment and learn new things about yourself. [Live Your Legend]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/10-ways-to-cut-your-electric-or-gas-bill/">10 Ways to Cut Your Electric or Gas Bill</a> &mdash; On warm days, cook on the outdoor grill or an electric skillet on your patio to keep your house from heating up. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/personal-finance/5-ways-youre-sinking-financially-stop/59134">5 Ways You&rsquo;re Sinking Financially&hellip;And How to Stop</a> &mdash; It's easy to forget about automatic payments...long after you've stopped using the service! [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/8-tools-boost-your-social-media-performance.html">8 Tools To Boost Your Social Media Performance</a> &mdash; Nimble combines your schedule, contacts, emails, and social media accounts into one centralized hub. [Lifehack.org]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/all-the-best-award-winning-children-s-books-of-2015">All the Best Award Winning Children&rsquo;s Books of 2015</a> &mdash; This year John Newbery Medal goes to <em>The Crossover</em> by Kwame Alexander! [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-25-morning-habits-for-a-great-day">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-must-do-mid-year-resolutions-to-get-you-back-on-track">10 Must-Do Mid-Year Resolutions to Get You Back on Track</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friends-and-goals-dont-let-a-blue-falcon-bring-you-down">Friends and Goals: Don&#039;t Let a Blue Falcon Bring You Down</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity best money tips good habits Mon, 08 Jun 2015 19:00:12 +0000 Amy Lu 1448906 at http://www.wisebread.com The Easy Way to Cure Chronic Procrastination You Should Try Now http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_procrastinating_000037338664.jpg" alt="Woman learning how to cure procrastination" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people may wonder why procrastination advice seems to never work for them and if there is a deeper issue at hand. Well, for 20% of the population who are chronic procrastinators, it is a serious problem that needs to be addressed, according to Joseph Ferrari, a psychology professor at DePaul University and a leading expert in the study of procrastination. For those 20%, telling them to just &quot;do it&quot; is like &quot;telling a clinically depressed person to cheer up,&quot; says Ferrari, author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Still-Procrastinating-Regrets-Guide-Getting/dp/0470611588/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1329440165&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Still Procrastinating?</a>.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Organization-Tips-DIYs-34385347#photo-34385347">41 Insanely Awesome Organization Hacks</a></p> <h3>It's a Serious Problem If . . .</h3> <p>So how do you know if you're a chronic procrastinator? &quot;You find that you procrastinate at home, at school, at work,&nbsp;in relationships. You don't pay your bills on time . . . You miss sporting events, concerts because you never got the ticket,&quot; says Ferrari. &quot;You're late for any social gathering, you'll miss doctor's appointments because you're never there on time, the refrigerator is empty because you never restock it in time, food goes bad because you never eat it on time. If you do all those kind of things, you probably are a chronic procrastinator.&quot;</p> <p>Read on to find out how people become procrastinators.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Productive-Morning-34975526">7 Ways to Be Productive Every Morning of the Week</a></p> <h3>How People Become Chronic Procrastinators</h3> <p>There are several factors that can lead one to becoming a chronic procrastinator. Here are a couple of them, according to the procrastination expert:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Your dad</strong>: &quot;It's typically cold, demanding, stern fathers that cause boys and girls to be procrastinators,&quot; Ferrari says. Children with strict dads use procrastination as a way to cope because they can't rebel.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>You care too much about what others think of you</strong>: Some people procrastinate because they care too much about public perception. The pressure to seem perfect is particularly strong for these people. The chronic procrastinators prefer people to see them as procrastinators that don't get around to doing tasks rather than simply being incompetent.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Society</strong>: We live in a world where society doesn't reward punctuality. Instead, we're penalized for being late, which doesn't give any of us incentive to complete tasks ahead of time. &quot;We punish people if they file their taxes late. We give them a bill. If we pay off our credit card late, we charge them a late fee. But what if you pay your card on time and what if you've paid your mortgage off? There's no gift here.&quot;</li> </ul> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Funny-Sick-Day-Excuses-20337003">10 Really Unusual Sick Day Excuses</a></p> <h3>The Cure for Procrastination</h3> <p>For those who have deep-rooted issues with procrastination, it seems that cognitive behavioral therapy, a type of mental health counseling, is the most effective method. This kind of psychotherapy attempts to reroute inaccurate, harmful, or negative thoughts.</p> <p>Ferrari suggests a couple more ways that might help chronic procrastinators:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Surround yourself with doers</strong>: It's healthy for a chronic procrastinator to surround herself with people who are likely to do things. It'll be a good influence on those with a tendency to delay tasks.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Just start somewhere</strong>: Just take a small step at a time. For example, if you're supposed to write an essay, start with a few paragraphs, and if that's too much for you, resolve to write just one. If that's still overwhelming, stick to a couple of sentences or even a few words.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Set up a reward system</strong>: &quot;People like to do things they enjoy doing,&quot; says Ferrari. He recommends rewarding yourself with something you enjoy after you complete something that you've been dreading to do. For example, reward yourself with half an hour of <em>Desperate Housewives</em> after doing laundry.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Public posting</strong>: Because procrastinators care so much about how others view them, they are more likely to do tasks when they publicly announce it. Take to Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media outlet and state the task you're going to do. Then when you've completed it, let everyone know that you've done what you set out to do. The &quot;likes&quot; and congratulatory tweets will feel very satisfying.</li> </ul> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Mornings-Easier-37111300">Start Each Workday Right by Following These 7 Rules</a></p> <h3>So What if I Am One?</h3> <p>If you're reading this and feel that you fit the profile of a chronic procrastinator, you may think that it's not a big deal to be one. After all, your life might be functioning fine, and you've made it through many of the setbacks caused by your procrastination.</p> <p>However, keep in mind that it may catch up with you one day, and it can get to a point where it disrupts your life and negatively impact other people's opinion of your character. Further, it's not exactly comfortable living as a chronic procrastinator. In fact, Ferrari found that procrastinators have more regrets than nonprocrastinators for things that they didn't do. &quot;Stop stressing yourself over it. Life is short &mdash; leave a legacy,&quot; says Ferrari. &quot;There are too many places to see and too many things to do in life to just procrastinate and wait and living in a bubble of fear of getting it done.&quot;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What are you waiting for? Fix your chronic procrastination now. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Organization-Tips-DIYs-34385347#photo-34385347">41 Insanely Awesome Organization Hacks</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Ways-Productive-Morning-34975526">7 Ways to Be Productive Every Morning of the Week</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Funny-Sick-Day-Excuses-20337003">10 Really Unusual Sick Day Excuses</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Make-Mornings-Easier-37111300">Start Each Workday Right by Following These 7 Rules</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-one-touch-approach-to-managing-household-finances">A One Touch Approach To Managing Household Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-stop-procrastinating-now">9 Ways to Stop Procrastinating — NOW!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-you-addicted-to-the-internet">Are You Addicted to the Internet?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fifteen-minutes-of">Fifteen Minutes of ...</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-simple-way-to-make-multitasking-actually-work">The Simple Way to Make Multitasking Actually Work</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Organization Productivity confidence procrastination productivity Fri, 29 May 2015 21:00:09 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1424334 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: What Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-successful-people-do-to-maximize-their-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-what-successful-people-do-to-maximize-their-time" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/clock-iStock_000039134708_Small.jpg" alt="clock" title="clock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on things that successful people do to maximize their time, possible causes for your high bills, and ways to keep promises with yourself.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/10-things-successful-people-maximize-their-time.html">10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time</a> &mdash; Successful people keep themselves accountable for how they spend their time. They examine how they use their time and make changes whenever necessary. [Lifehack.org]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Lower-Monthly-Expenses-20441848">13 Things That Are Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket</a> &mdash; Sticking with your big bank may be more convenient, but are you getting the best rates? [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2015/05/5-ways-to-keep-promises-with-yourself/">5 Ways to Keep Promises with Yourself</a> &mdash; Keep a daily habit list to help you check off your promises. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0526/Nine-personal-finance-tools-for-learning-money-management">Americans are learning more about food, and eating better</a> &mdash; For the first time, the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee accounted for the impact that food makes on the environment in their yearly set of dietary recommendations.&nbsp;[The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneyunder30.com/why-job-hopping-isnt-bad">Underpaid? It&rsquo;s Time To Leave; Why Job Hopping Isn&rsquo;t So Bad</a> &mdash; Job hopping allows you to experiment in different roles and fields, which is especially important if you're not sure what you want for a career. [Money Under 30]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneysmartlife.com/hard-to-choose-a-retirement-plan/">It&rsquo;s Easy to Fall Behind on Retirement Because It&rsquo;s Hard to Choose a Plan</a> &mdash; If you have a retirement plan with your employer, choose something with broad market exposure, like index funds. [Money Smart Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/05/financial-mistakes-vs-financial-setbacks.html">Financial Mistakes vs. Financial Setbacks</a> &mdash; Knowing the difference between mistakes and setbacks will help you make better financial moves in the future. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/career/the-graduates-guide-to-becoming-financially-ready-for-the-real-world/">The Graduate&rsquo;s Guide to Becoming Financially Ready for the &ldquo;Real World&rdquo;</a> &mdash; Start an emergency fund &mdash; and use it <i>only</i> for emergencies. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/best-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads/">Best Jobs for Stay-At-Home Moms (and Dads!)</a> &mdash; Virtual assisting can be less flexible than other stay-at-home work, but it offers a steady source of income. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/like-em-or-not-dress-codes-are-actually-good-for-children">Like &lsquo;Em or Not, Dress Codes Are Actually Good for Children</a> &mdash; When enforced fairly, dress codes at school foster an atmosphere of respect. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-what-successful-people-do-to-maximize-their-time">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-id-love-to-change-about-meetings">7 Things I&#039;d Love to Change About Meetings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-you-can-bend-time-to-improve-your-life">10 Ways You Can Bend Time to Improve Your Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it">The Time Management Problem Most of Us Have — and How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips time management Thu, 28 May 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1438698 at http://www.wisebread.com 4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_post_its_000045422110.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to automate her everyday life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I once had a colleague who ate the exact same lunch every day: an apple, a carton of yogurt, and a handful of crackers.</p> <p>When I asked him if he got bored with the sameness of his daily lunch, he explained that he used to pack sandwiches and leftovers for lunch every day &mdash; and found himself gaining weight. He realized that if he ate the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, then he could eat whatever he wanted for dinner and maintain his weight without having to think about it.</p> <p>What my colleague had discovered was the importance of automation in achieving goals.</p> <h2>Decision Fatigue</h2> <p>Our brains have a limited amount of bandwidth for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/poverty-makes-you-stupid">making decisions</a>, leading to a phenomenon known as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1">decision fatigue</a>. When you are forced to make small decision after small decision each day, you have less bandwidth available to make the big choices that will help you achieve your goals. If you are able to free yourself of the small decisions through automation, then you are much better equipped to make the decisions that cannot be automated.</p> <p>If you struggle with productivity, organization, or time management, try one of these surprising automation hacks. You'll be amazed at how much more you can get done.</p> <h2>1. Daily Uniform</h2> <p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admits to owning twenty identical gray, scoop-necked t-shirts so that he does not have to think about what to wear each morning. Similarly, Apple's Steve Jobs was famous for his uniform of black turtleneck and jeans. Adhering to these personal uniforms allowed these extremely influential men to focus their attention where it belongs &mdash; on their products.</p> <p>Of course, it can be difficult to wear the same clothes every day without attracting attention. For instance, Zuckerberg has often come under fire for his t-shirt and hoodie style.</p> <p>However, Saatchi &amp; Saatchi Art Director Matilda Kahl recently wrote an essay for Harper's Bazaar explaining how she decided to adopt a <a href="http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a10441/why-i-wear-the-same-thing-to-work-everday/">chic personal uniform</a>. While she has experienced some pushback (people have asked if she was part of a religious sect), she has found the uniform to be freeing, particularly when it comes to allowing her to express her creativity at work, where she really needs it.</p> <h2>2. Automated Meals</h2> <p>Wise Bread readers are certainly familiar with the benefits of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-eat-well-on-just-20-a-week-with-meal-plans">meal planning</a> and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-time-and-money-with-a-monthly-assembly-or-bulk-cooking-weekend">once-a-month cooking</a>. But you can become even more automated in terms of meal prep if you take a page from my former coworker's book and create a schedule.</p> <p>For my former colleague, that meant he ate exactly the same meal for breakfast and lunch each and every day. Not only did this mean his weight maintenance was easier, but it saved him time and money at the grocery store each week since he always bought the exact same breakfast and lunch foods.</p> <p>Even if you are unwilling to eat the exact same food every day, you could plan four different weeks' meals and alternate the weeks. That way you'll know you need shopping list #1 during the first week of the month, list #2 the next week, and so on. Rather than spending time creating a list each week, that work is already done for you.</p> <h2>3. Toilet Paper Subscription</h2> <p>Do you ever have to make an emergency run to Target for toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, dishwasher detergent, dog food, or dryer sheets? These are the regular use items that it's easy to run out of before you remember to buy more. That's why it's a great idea to subscribe for delivery of household items.</p> <p>Amazon's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/subscribe-and-save/details/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=75TOL35ACH2PP4Y7">Subscribe &amp; Save program</a> allows you to schedule such regular deliveries. Amazon offers you 5% off anything you buy through Subscribe &amp; Save, and a 15% discount if you put at least five items on subscription &mdash; and shipping fees are waived. You are e-mailed a reminder about the shipment a few days before it ships, with an option to cancel, and you are not charged for the items until they ship.</p> <p>Signing up for a subscription means you will no longer make emergency runs to the store or ponder whether you need more paper towels every time you go grocery shopping (hint: whether you decide you've got enough Brawny at home or that you need more, you'll definitely be wrong).</p> <h2>4. Checklists for Daily Life</h2> <p>No matter how many times a pilot has flown a particular airplane, he or she still refers to a checklist in order to make sure each necessary step is taken in the proper order. Atul Gawande of The New Yorker describes the original implementation of the checklist for takeoff this way: &quot;[It] was too complicated to be left to the memory of any pilot, however expert.&quot;</p> <p>Critical-care specialist Peter Provonost has proven that <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/12/10/the-checklist">implementing checklists in hospitals</a> can save lives and reduce medical care costs. In both the flight and medical worlds, checklists prevent expert practitioners from overlooking or skipping a basic step, which is very easy to do when you are focused on something bigger, like taking off in bad weather, or a patient having a seizure.</p> <p>Though skipping basic steps in your daily life likely does not result in life-or-death consequences, you can still streamline and automate your life by using checklists.</p> <p>According to Brett McKay of The Art of Manliness, the best way to implement checklists in your life is to <a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2014/12/08/the-power-of-checklists/#disqus_thread">look for the essential items</a> that you regularly overlook and create checklists around them:</p> <p>You don't need a checklist that lists every single step on how to complete a task. That renders a checklist useless. Instead, just focus on putting down the 'stupid' but essential stuff that you frequently miss. Your checklist should have no more than nine items on it. The shorter the better.</p> <p>For instance, if you have trouble remembering to take your medication each day, you could create a morning checklist listing the name of each medication and post it on your bathroom mirror. There's no need to remind yourself to shower beforehand or brush your teeth afterward. Presumably, those activities are already automatic.</p> <h2>Think Less to Be Smarter</h2> <p>It's so easy to get bogged down in the small daily decisions that must be made to maintain your life. There are many days when your brain becomes a hamster wheel of little choices that don't really matter to you. But automating those little decisions can help you to stay focused on the goals you really care about.</p> <p><em>What parts of your life have you automated?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-not-to-delete-your-emails">5 Reasons Not to Delete Your Emails</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-online-tools-that-help-organize-people">Free Online Tools That Help Organize People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today">25 Small New Year’s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-easy-way-to-cure-chronic-procrastination-you-should-try-now">The Easy Way to Cure Chronic Procrastination You Should Try Now</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Productivity automating checklists meals planning routine Wed, 20 May 2015 21:00:10 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1423522 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Motivation Tips With Big Results http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-motivation-tips-with-big-results <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-motivation-tips-with-big-results" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/motivated_woman_fitness_000031153704.jpg" alt="Woman using motivation tips that lead to big results" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on motivation tips that really work, ways to make a workout schedule that works, and ways to protect yourself from the Starbucks app attacks.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/10-motivation-tips-yield-big-results/">10 Motivation Tips that Yield Big Results</a> &mdash; Having a good time with friends and family can help you recharge when you feel tired and unmotivated. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/05/5-ways-make-workout-schedule-works.html">5 Ways to Make a Workout Schedule that WORKS</a> &mdash; Use an exercise program as a road map for getting in shape. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/3-ways-protect-yourself-from-starbucks-app-attacks/">4 Ways to Protect Yourself From Starbucks App Attacks</a> &mdash; If you use the Starbucks app to pay for your coffee, make sure to use a strong password and change it often. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/avoid-freelance-job-boards/">How to Find Well-Paying Freelance Gigs by Avoiding Job Boards</a> &mdash; It's time-consuming to search job boards, and there's no guarantee you'll find a job that's a good fit for you. You're more likely to find meaningful gigs that you'll enjoy if you reach out to your collegues and friends. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.everybodylovesyourmoney.com/2015/05/13/how-to-set-yourself-up-for-financial-success-in-your-twenties.html">How to Set Yourself Up for Financial Success in Your Twenties</a> &mdash; You aren't limited to low-paying jobs while you're young. Look for opportunities to increase your pay sooner; the more money you earn, the quicker you'll reach your financial goals! [Everybody Loves Your Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-Change-Your-Life-34745789">Mind-Bogglingly Easy Ways to Improve Your Life in 5 Minutes</a> &mdash; Take a few minutes to clear your desk and optimize your work space. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0514/Getting-married-How-to-have-the-money-conversation">Getting married? How to have the money conversation.</a> &mdash; Start by going over each person's finances &mdash; you don't have to pore over the details, but at least have a basic understanding of it so you can identify potential trouble spots and develop better financial habits as a couple. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://sustainablog.org/2015/05/5-places-to-donate-prom-dresses-for-reuse">5 Places To Donate Prom Dresses For Reuse</a> &mdash; Becca's Closet has chapters all over the country where you can donate a prom dress or pick one up to wear. [Sustainablog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontmesswithtaxes.com/2015/05/10-tips-for-dealing-with-irs-tax-notices.html">Don't ignore that IRS letter and nine other tax notice tips</a> &mdash; Read the IRS notices carefully. They usually contain important information, like if you need to give them more info, or if the IRS made any changes to your filing. [Don't Mess With Taxes]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/confidence-secrets-3-easy-steps-to-help-kids-stand-up-for-themselves">Confidence Secrets: 3 Easy Steps to Help Kids Stand Up for Themselves</a> &mdash; Use the power pose when someone is trying to put you down: keep your eyes up, shoulders back, and head held high. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-motivation-tips-with-big-results">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friends-and-goals-dont-let-a-blue-falcon-bring-you-down">Friends and Goals: Don&#039;t Let a Blue Falcon Bring You Down</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today">25 Ways to Get Motivated Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-accomplishing-more-in-a-day">Tips for Accomplishing More in a Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-surprisingly-simple-ways-to-motivate-yourself">6 Surprisingly Simple Ways to Motivate Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips motivation Mon, 18 May 2015 19:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1424471 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work http://www.wisebread.com/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_work_stressed_000035696454.jpg" alt="Stressed employee trying to avoid burnout at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While some people in some countries work to live, in America we live to work &mdash; and we spend 40+ years putting in 40+ hours a week on the job. You can imagine then, over the course of four grueling decades answering to the The Man, we're susceptible to experiencing symptoms of burnout. To avoid this exhausting byproduct of a seemingly never-ending grind, consider these stress-relieving (and sanity-saving) hacks.</p> <h2>1. Plan Your Week in Advance</h2> <p>I understand that not everyone is as organized as I am (it's been a point of contention among coworkers in the past), but I stand by my usual suggestion to plan your work week in advance so you know what to expect over the next five days. In doing so, you'll be able to handle surprises much more gracefully without feeling an onslaught of pressure. Personally, I plan an <em>entire month</em> of projects, which has worked very well for me since I started my own business more than six years ago. With this calendar in place, I can see the full scope of work, cross items off as I finish them, and move projects around to make space for additional items or allot time that I need to relax and recoup.</p> <h2>2. Edit Your To-Do List</h2> <p>To-do lists are helpful, but you can quickly overwhelm yourself if you pack too much in. If you start to get that sinking feeling, revisit the list and decide which items are musts and which can be put on the back burner. Ask yourself, does this need to be done right now or can it wait? Prioritizing your to-dos will help lessen the stress and declutter your mind so you can concentrate fully on the issue at hand.</p> <h2>3. Simplify Your Work Life</h2> <p>All day, everyday, we're inundated with all types of communication and media &mdash; news, ads, e-mails, texts, digital documents &mdash; that can wreak havoc on our ability to concentrate. Simplify your work life a little more by taking steps to streamline or eliminate distractions, like unsubscribing from nonessential e-mails, putting mobile and social media conversations on mute for a period of time, organizing your hard and digital files, and keeping the amount of time-sucking meetings to a minimum.</p> <h2>4. Know When to Say &quot;No&quot;</h2> <p>In an effort to impress the boss with our go-get-'em, team-player attitude, we often say yes to everything that comes our way. Big mistake. Being a &quot;Yes Man&quot; (or Woman) can result in dire consequences, like biting off more than you can chew, which in turn can affect your productivity negatively. In that case, you'll look like you can't handle the workload &mdash; and that won't bode well for advancement opportunities. Thus, learn how to say no. If you're already at capacity, let your superior know. Decent bosses will understand and help you find the balance.</p> <h2>5. Keep a Self-Care Marble Jar</h2> <p>Stay with me here; this is one of the more interesting ways to avoid burnout at work that I've heard. Dr. Emma Mansour is a licensed psychologist who has seen her fair share of clients experiencing symptoms of work burnout, and as such she's had to make self-care a fundamental part of her life. One of the resources in her arsenal is a self-care marble jar. Sounds kooky, but the concept make sense.</p> <p>&quot;I take a small glass jar &mdash; similar to the ones we use to can preserves &mdash; and place marbles in it. Each marble represents a moment or action that was taken to either restore the self/engage in self-care or contribute to the feeling of burnout or being overwhelmed,&quot; Dr. Mansour says. &quot;Some examples of self-care moments at work include eating lunch (a working lunch does not count!), sitting back in an office chair and closing one's eyes and other brief meditation techniques, prioritizing and writing to-do lists, getting up and walking around the block, delegating tasks, etc. Examples of times in which you would take a marble out of the jar are working through lunch, not taking a restroom break, continuing to look at the computer screen despite the fact that your eyes are burning, etc.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;The idea is to keep as many marbles in the jar as possible,&quot; she continues. &quot;When one is taken out, it serves as a reminder that a self-care moment is overdue.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Keep Plants in the Office</h2> <p>Plants not only add a sense of life to an otherwise drab office environment, but studies have shown that the presence of plants help increase energy, happiness, and productivity. If your office is currently devoid of plants, talk to your coworkers about brightening the place up. Cite science to make your case if they tend to be sticks in the mud. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cheap-plants-for-improving-indoor-air-quality?ref=seealso">The Best Cheap Plants for Improving Indoor Air Quality</a>)</p> <h2>7. Set a Time to Unplug Each Day</h2> <p>As creatures of habit who are more plugged in than ever (I'm waiting for the day they announce mobile implants for humans), it's hard to put down our devices and disconnect. But it's necessary &mdash; if you want to stay out of the looney bin, anyway.</p> <p>Jacel Egan, media relations coordinator for the blog TechnologyAdvice, suggests setting &quot;...a firm time to 'unplug' and unwind &mdash; whether that's 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 8 p.m &mdash; and stick to it.&quot; By doing this, she says, &quot;you're making a commitment to yourself, your family, and your sanity to quiet the buzz in your head and recharge your batteries.&quot;</p> <h2>8. Schedule After Work Activities</h2> <p>I'm not one to go straight home after work, get in my jammies, and plop in front of the TV. Never have been. Instead, I prefer to stay active until just before bed time, engaging in all manner of activities, from meeting friends to going to the gym to preparing for the next day. I especially like nighttime activities, like a kickball league or bar trivia. These activities help me unwind &mdash; especially necessary if I need to blow off steam or aggression after a particularly rough day &mdash; so I don't succumb to burnout.</p> <p>Egan offers a few tips on how to make the most of your down time, with added motivation. &quot;Incentive yourself by putting happy hour with a friend on the calendar, or plan a date with your significant other on a weeknight,&quot; she says. &quot;Having things to look forward to can increase your productivity &mdash; especially since you're expected to be there at a certain time.&quot;</p> <h2>9. Let Things Slide More Often</h2> <p>Admittedly I need to take my own advice on this one and learn how to let more things take their course without getting worked up. When problems arise, stop and think before you react. Is this something that really merits your attention at this moment, or is it something that will be less important if everyone involved steps back and evaluates the issue responsibly? Let cooler heads prevail, as they say. Or join Team Elsa and #LetItGo entirely. (You didn't stand a chance of getting out of this one without a <em>Frozen</em> reference.)</p> <h2>10. Delegate Responsibilities When You Can</h2> <p>Feeling overwhelmed? Is there too much on your plate? If you're behind, or if you feel like you're in danger of falling behind, delegate the work (if you have that luxury) before a small fire turns into a five-alarm blaze. There's nothing wrong with farming out work if you're in the position to do so, so long as everyone is contributing to the team equally.</p> <h2>11. Change Your Relationship With Time</h2> <p>Those of you who feel like there's never enough time in the day &mdash; don't worry, I'm with you &mdash; might identify with this fresh perspective from Melissa Heisler, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1940014417/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1940014417&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=DSPAW7HJHRA6TNLO">From Type A to Type Me: How to Stop &quot;Doing&quot; Life and Start Living It</a>.</p> <p>&quot;When I was working my nine-to-five job, I would wake up in the morning and immediately go through my to-do list and what I had planned for the day. The result was feeling behind the 8-ball before I even left bed,&quot; she explains. &quot;One of the ways to release time's hold on you, before you get out of bed, say, 'I have more than enough time today to accomplish everything that I need to do.' Just making that statement changes your outlook on the day. This reframe empowers you to deal with the day differently and avoid burnout.&quot;</p> <h2>12. Use Your Well-Earned PTO or Vacation</h2> <p>I see this all too often from workaholics who complain about how stressed they are and how burnt out they are; they have plenty of accrued time off &mdash; but they rarely take it. It's hard to have sympathy for someone who has the opportunity to enjoy a break but doesn't seize it, and it's nobody's fault but your own in that case. If you have PTO or vacation time, then use it. When you start feeling burnt out, clear your schedule to rest, relax, and remember that the only way you're going to make it through the next two decades of work is to strike a decent work-life balance &mdash; starting today.</p> <h2>13. Talk to Your Employer</h2> <p>Here's someone who can help you avoid burnout: your boss. There's no shame in letting him or her know that you might need a bit of breathing room to stay productive.</p> <p>&quot;Most people are afraid to speak up for fear they will be immediately replaced by someone whose motivation isn't in doubt,&quot; says Harold Mann, owner of an IT consulting firm in San Francisco. &quot;Here's what I recommend: Talk early with your supervisor. Mention you're not burned out, but you're concerned about the risk. Ask for suggestions or guidelines, mention the warning signs or indicators. If you're a great employee, they should work as hard as possible to keep you happy.&quot;</p> <p>Or, if you want to look at it another way: &quot;It's less work than replacing you,&quot; Mann says.</p> <p><em>Do you have other hacks for avoiding burnout at work? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job">6 Ways to Stay Motivated on the Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/give-yourself-a-break-the-productivity-secret-thatll-change-the-way-you-work">Give Yourself a Break: The Productivity Secret That&#039;ll Change the Way You Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-take-five-minutes-for-yourself">25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-things-id-love-to-change-about-meetings">7 Things I&#039;d Love to Change About Meetings</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-tricks-to-beating-budget-burnout">5 Tricks to Beating Budget Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Productivity burnout free time organization stress working Tue, 12 May 2015 09:00:10 +0000 Mikey Rox 1415530 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_tech_skills_000042638902.jpg" alt="Woman with basic tech skills needed for everyday life" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's 2015, people! That means there's no excuse not to learn these 15 basic tech skills that will save you money, time, and embarrassment when talking to more tech-savvy know-it-alls.</p> <h2>1. Use Uber and Lyft</h2> <p>Taxis are expensive, and not every city has a fast and expansive public transit system. That's why <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a> and <a href="https://www.lyft.com/">Lyft</a> are great alternatives, especially when you plan to drink.</p> <h2>2. Make a Basic Website</h2> <p>You never know when you might need to have your own website, and if you're a freelancer, it's a must. With platforms like <a href="http://squarespace.com/">Squarespace</a> and <a href="http://wix.com/">Wix</a>, it's never been easier (or cheaper) to make your own website.</p> <h2>3. Set-Up Online Banking</h2> <p>Are you still going to the bank to check balances and move money around? That's insane. It's about time you enrolled in online banking at your institution. It's as easy as going to your bank's website, clicking on &quot;online banking,&quot; and following the instructions.</p> <h2>4. Update Your Facebook Privacy Settings</h2> <p>Don't want just anyone to see your private posts? It's time to learn how to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/325807937506242/">edit your privacy settings</a> on social networks, especially Facebook.</p> <h2>5. Transfer Money Instantly</h2> <p>At this point, Western Union and other traditional money wire companies are useless. Every bank offers transfers within their banking app, and it's instant when transferring within the same bank. Failing that, <a href="https://www.paypal.com/us/webapps/mpp/mobile-apps">PayPal's new app</a> is simpler than ever.</p> <h2>6. Operate Bluetooth Accessories</h2> <p>Want to use all the cool new speakers, keyboards, mouses, headphones, and more? You will need to master the Bluetooth connection. Here's how to do it for <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/add-a-bluetooth-enabled-device-to-your-computer">Windows</a>, <a href="https://support.apple.com/kb/PH13704?locale=en_US">Mac</a>, <a href="http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/get-the-most-out-of-bluetooth-on-an-android-device/">Android</a>, and <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201205">iPhone</a>.</p> <h2>7. Edit a Smartphone Photo</h2> <p>Are you one of those people who uploads your photos sideways or too dark? There's no excuse! Most mobile phones allow for you to crop, rotate, adjust brightness or contrast, and more, all with a couple finger taps. Want to get creative? Try some cool photo editing apps.</p> <h2>8. Comparison Shop With Barcodes</h2> <p>Out shopping and want to check prices elsewhere? A great cheat is to use the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&amp;docId=1000645111">Amazon app</a>, which uses your phone's camera to scan barcodes. It will show you the same product and its Amazon price. <a href="http://www.google.com/shopping">Google Shopping</a> is also helpful when on a computer.</p> <h2>9. Crowdsource Information</h2> <p>Learn the art of the ask. Sometimes you don't have the time or enough prior knowledge of something to Google it, and that's when asking your friends comes in. Being able to ask your social network for their expertise is clutch in this modern age.</p> <h2>10. Invest Your Own Money</h2> <p>Why hire someone to take over your money management when you can day trade and manage your investments online? If you're putting off saving for retirement, it has never been easier to start. Learn more about <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-easy-ways-to-invest-your-first-1000">how to start saving</a>.</p> <h2>11. Upgrade Your Email</h2> <p>Email is still a very important part of work and personal communication, but issues like cluttered inboxes, unsynced calendars, non-replies, and copious newsletters make email frustrating. There are plenty of extremely useful email plug-ins to increase your productivity!</p> <h2>12. Google Better</h2> <p>Everyone knows about using quotes and the plus and minus while searching, but did you know about the tip calculator? What about reverse image search? Polish your Google prowess with these <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/tech/Things-You-Can-Do-Google-35330843#photo-35330843">key search hacks</a> to get the results you're looking for.</p> <h2>13. Use Siri</h2> <p>&quot;Siri&quot; (or &quot;Cortana,&quot; or &quot;Google&quot;) as a tool can seem silly and time consuming, so many people don't use her. However, there are some instances in which she's indispensable, such as sending text messages and making calls in the car. There are tons of other <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/13-cool-things-siri-can-do-for-you-2014-8?op=1">cool things Siri can do</a>, too.</p> <h2>14. Use GPS Apps</h2> <p>If you're still printing out maps before you leave the house, it's time to stop. GPS has come a long way. (Remember those old Garmin GPS machines you had to buy back in the 00s that worked poorly?) <a href="https://maps.google.com/">Google Maps</a> is the best, but <a href="https://www.waze.com/">Waze</a> is excellent for those looking to snake their way out of traffic or avoid highways. You can save locations, pre-plan trips, and add new locations with voice-control while driving.</p> <h2>15. Troubleshoot Your Wi-Fi</h2> <p>You don't need an IT person to fix your Wi-Fi. Computers have made it extra easy to troubleshoot a connection. Check your laptop's network settings and <a href="http://www.computershopper.com/feature/ten-fast-fixes-for-wi-fi-problems">troubleshoot your Wi-Fi</a> on your own. When all else fails, you can always reset your router! Another hack: many smartphones can be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot. Simply go to your phone's general settings, to networks, then tap &quot;use as hotspot&quot; and follow the password directions.</p> <p><em>What modern life skill do you think everyone should master?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-back-to-school-iphone-apps">10 Back-to-School iPhone Apps</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-for-business-owners-on-the-go">5 Apps for Business Owners on the Go</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-multipurpose-iphone-4-cases-fit-for-a-freelancer">5 Multipurpose iPhone 4 Cases Fit for a Freelancer</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-must-have-apps-for-roommates">4 Must-Have Apps for Roommates</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Technology apps email life skills online banking smartphones social networks Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:00:21 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1392289 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Quick Workouts You Can Do During Commercial Breaks http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/family_exercising_000027499027.jpg" alt="Family exercising together during 2-minute commercial break" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The average half hour television show boasts a full eight minutes of commercials. Double that for your hour-long program, and you have a whole lot of time spent just sitting around. Even if you watch a single half hour show each day, that's almost an hour of extra time in your week when you could be doing something to better yourself. Specifically, something better for your health!</p> <p>So we've compiled the following workouts, all of which can be done in just two minutes each to fit between commercial breaks. Mix and match them during your next television session to add some good-for-you activity to your life. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout For Free</a>)</p> <h2>1. Explosive Cardio</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/hVOm5Thoazg" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>This <a href="https://youtu.be/hVOm5Thoazg?t=1m15s">cardio workout</a> starts with high knees and quickly progresses into side skaters for a wide range of motion. Standard burpees kick the routine up a notch until its intense finish that adds an explosive hop to the mix. Phew! <em>Game of Thrones</em> is back on!</p> <h2>2. Micro Workout</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/WmrIEmQQoyA" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Whether you're sitting on the couch or at your desk, you can totally fit this quickie <a href="https://youtu.be/WmrIEmQQoyA?t=1m18s">total body workout</a> into a break. Squats give your legs a super boost, and you want them nice and deep to get the most benefit. Next, use your desk or dining room table for some standing push-ups before switching to one-armed planks in the same position.</p> <h2>3. Ab Blaster</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7Qf9pPcGGwE" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>For more targeted work, try these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qf9pPcGGwE">ab-blasting moves</a>. You'll begin with your legs elevated at a 90-degree angle for crunches. Then, contract your abs while you pulse your legs to work on the lower set of muscles. The rest are modifications with challenging static holds.</p> <h2>4. Total Toner</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VNKOJqT24uc" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>You can do this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNKOJqT24uc">toning workout</a> in the time it takes to brush your teeth. Jump your feet back to a plank position and complete a couple push-ups at whatever position feels the most comfortable. The Superman pose is new to me, but I'm surprised how well it firms the muscles on the back of my body with zero impact.</p> <h2>5. Leg Lifter</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IUQ-nOO7SrA" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>This <a href="https://youtu.be/IUQ-nOO7SrA?t=1m">killer leg workout</a> is completed in just two power-packed minutes. The exercises are 30 seconds each, starting with a wide sumo squat. After that, do some lunges &mdash; making sure to keep your core engaged. These exercises both progress from slow to fast to get your heart pumping.</p> <h2>6. Arm Sculpter</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DqtPHn1MnYQ" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Don't forget your arms! You can sculpt and gain strength with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqtPHn1MnYQ">fast arm routine</a> and a couple light dumbbells. Begin with a few jumping-jacks to get your cardio going, then move to alternating overhead presses, hammer curls, and tricep work. Don't have weights? Try using soup cans or water bottles!</p> <h2>7. Best Basic</h2> <p>If you'd rather not follow a video or instructor, try something basic like jumping rope, walking in place (or on a treadmill), or doing a mix of body weight workouts you know by heart. When in doubt, just keep moving for two minutes, whether it's doing crunches, push-ups, jumping jacks, side jumps, or even just dancing around the room with your kids.</p> <h2>8. Super Stretch</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/87KgosW6oHo" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Switch up your mini-workout series with a <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87KgosW6oHo">good stretch</a>. These yoga poses flow from one to the next in quick succession. Control your motion and keep proper posture for best results. Your muscles will feel incredibly refreshed and relaxed after this one.</p> <h2>9. Big Breath</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/YaHClc2D5Tw" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Bonus: Most of us don't fit relaxation into our day, yet it's important to take time &mdash; even two minutes &mdash; to slow down and restore. This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaHClc2D5Tw">breathing sequence</a> will help wind down your mind and body or, alternatively, recharge your batteries before the day's next big task. Inhale, exhale, and repeat.</p> <p><em>What productive activities do you do while watching the tube?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-quick-workouts-you-can-do-during-commercial-breaks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-trick-yourself-into-enjoying-cardio">8 Ways to Trick Yourself Into Enjoying Cardio</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-back-the-zombies-4-ways-to-avoid-sleep-deprivation">Beat Back the Zombies: 4 Ways to Avoid Sleep Deprivation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-a-good-workout-even-with-kids-around">10 Ways to Get a Good Workout... Even With Kids Around</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">Getting Started in Indoor Cycle Class</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tricks-to-avoid-workout-burnout">10 Tricks to Avoid Workout Burnout</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Productivity cardio commercial breaks exercise working out yoga Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1388452 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Energy Secrets for 9-to-5ers http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-energy-secrets-for-9-to-5ers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-energy-secrets-for-9-to-5ers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/sleepy_work_000050603034.jpg" alt="Group sleepy at work" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on energy secrets for nine-to-fivers, life skills you develop by traveling the world, and ways to stay relevant in your career.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/04/8-powerhouse-energy-secrets-every-nine-fiver-know.html">8 Powerhouse Energy Secrets Every Nine-to-Fiver Should Know</a> &mdash; Use your lunch hour to eat and socialize with friends. Your body needs the food and the endorphins from a fun, relaxing lunch. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/6-indispensable-life-skills-develop-globe-trotter/">6 Indispensable Life Skills You Develop As a Globe Trotter</a> &mdash; The more traveling you do, the more you learn to appreciate other people's stories and perspectives. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thadthoughts.com/2015/04/5-ways-to-stay-relevant-in-your-career">5 Ways to Stay Relevant in Your Career</a> &mdash; You can internalize what you've learned by teaching it to someone else&hellip;so spread the knowledge! [Thad Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Lower-Monthly-Expenses-20441848">13 Things That Are Causing Your Bills to Skyrocket</a> &mdash; Always check your receipts, bills, and statements for mistakes and unexpected fees. The sooner you catch them, the better chances you'll have of getting your money back! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/0329/Six-credit-card-myths-debunked">Six credit card myths debunked</a> &mdash; There's a belief that opening many credit card accounts will help raise your credit score.&nbsp;In reality, applying for credit cards will result in hard inquiries on your credit &mdash; and having too many hard inquiries will actually lower your score. [The Monitor]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/perfect-credit-score-waste-time/">Why Obsessing for a Perfect Credit Score Is a Waste of Your Time</a> &mdash; Most high-scoring consumers are already at an acceptable level of credit risk. Lenders can't give you lower rates than they're offering regardless of how high your credit score is. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/time-year-travel-determines-find-cheapest-airline-tickets.html">When you want to travel determines when you&rsquo;ll find the cheapest airline tickets</a> &mdash; If you're planning to travel by plane this summer, book your flight about 76 days before your travel date. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/better-yourself/have-you-considered-the-true-cost-of-minimalism/">Have You Considered the True Cost of Minimalism?</a> &mdash; Embracing a life of minimalism can cost you time in unexpected ways.</p> <p><a href="http://abacuswealth.com/can-you-afford-to-change-jobs/">Can You Afford to Change Jobs?</a> &mdash; Create a &quot;dream job budget&quot; based on your current one. How will your budget change to reflect your new estimated income? [Abacus Wealth]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-habits-of-stressed-out-parents-and-how-to-break-em">5 Habits of Stressed Out Parents - and How to Break 'em</a> &mdash; Parents who are stressed out may take it out on their partners sometimes. The key is to remember you're partners! Offer to help each other out when stress levels are on the rise. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-energy-secrets-for-9-to-5ers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation">7 Stress-Free Ways to Stay Productive on Vacation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips energy Tue, 07 Apr 2015 19:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1376389 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Foods Scientifically Proven to Increase Your Energy http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-energy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-energy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/almonds_000021573130.jpg" alt="Woman eating almonds to increase her energy" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You need fuel to stay bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and it makes all the difference whether that fuel consists of processed sugars or healthful, natural ingredients like protein and vitamins. That&rsquo;s because some foods are naturally inclined to give us a boost, while others &mdash; like melatonin-rich oatmeal and turkey dinners &mdash; are instead prone to make us want to curl up and nap. So on days when you want to keep your energy levels up and your focus razor sharp, skip the burgers, fries, and sugary soda. Opt instead for any of these activating eats. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-eat-for-lunch-for-a-more-productive-afternoon?ref=seealso">What to Eat for Lunch for a More Productive Afternoon</a>)</p> <h2>1. Spinach</h2> <p>An excellent source of iron, spinach is a <a href="http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&amp;dbid=43">nutrient-loaded, low-calorie</a> superfood that is one of the body's best energy producers. It's also affordable and readily available year-round. For a real jump-start, consider enjoying a spinach salad topped with two or three other energizing ingredients on this list.</p> <h2>2. Crab</h2> <p>High in protein and low in fat, crab meat helps quickly <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/20/crab-good-for-you">curb your hunger</a> as it ramps up your metabolism. It's also rich in vitamin B12, which helps the body convert food into energy.</p> <h2>3. Mandarin Oranges</h2> <p>These energy-boosting citrus fruits are packed with natural sugars that give your body the juice it needs to keep moving.</p> <h2>4. Almonds</h2> <p>This convenient snack food is high in calories, making it a great choice when you want to rev up energy levels but don&rsquo;t have time for a full meal. A whole cup of almonds contains about 500 calories, which is enough fuel to power your body through a 45-minute four-mile run.</p> <h2>5. Edamame</h2> <p>Eating a balanced snack every three to four hours will prevent your blood sugar from crashing, and when you need a quick, stabilizing boost, edamame is a no-brainer. Soybeans are packed with protein, magnesium, fiber, and B vitamins that help the body power up to its full potential. They&rsquo;re also quick and easy to consume on-the-go.</p> <h2>6. Chia Seeds</h2> <p>The word chia translates to &quot;strength&quot; in the Mayan language of Mexico, where the seed is most abundantly found. It promotes endurance, energy, digestion, and detoxification. Chia seeds are also scientifically proven to <a href="http://draxe.com/ancient-superseed-chia-increases-energy-and-metabolism/">enhance exercise performance</a> in workouts that are 90 minutes or longer &mdash; much like a sports drink, but without all the added sugar.</p> <h2>7. Salmon</h2> <p>Salmon is chock full of protein, vitamin B6, niacin, and riboflavin &mdash; all of which help convert the food you eat into energy. Lest we forget the other superpowers of this pink fish, such as its ability to lower cholesterol, repair muscle tissue, and reduce your risk of heart disease.</p> <h2>8. Brown Basmati Rice</h2> <p>Brown basmati rice is a whole grain that <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/eating-brown-rice-day-good-you-10049.html">prevents blood sugar spikes</a> and helps the body gear up for action.</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter</h2> <p>Peanut butter is <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/nutrition-for-runners/peanut-butter-a-great-runners-food?page=single">full of protein and fiber</a>, which give you a slow, sustained release of energy &mdash; a foolproof lunch choice for those of us who want to avoid that late afternoon slump.</p> <h2>10. Banana</h2> <p>A fan favorite among athletes, bananas are a go-to food for energy and endurance. Studies show that eating a banana before and during prolonged periods of exercise will help your body <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/can-banana-give-boost-energy-before-running-3846.html">maintain its peak performance</a> level throughout the workout.</p> <p><em>What foods do you rely on for a quick, healthy energy burst?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-scientifically-proven-to-increase-your-energy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-more-beautiful">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You (More) Beautiful</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-supposedly-unhealthy-foods-that-are-actually-good-for-you">8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-most-surprisingly-unhealthy-beverages">The 6 Most Surprisingly Unhealthy Beverages</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-with-the-most-bang-for-your-buck">10 Foods With the Most Bang for Your Buck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-15-junk-food-favorites-healthier-and-cheaper-at-home">Make 15 Junk Food Favorites Healthier and Cheaper at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Productivity energy boost food for energy food science healthy food Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:00:10 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1359608 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Research-Backed Ways to Work Smarter http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-research-backed-ways-to-work-smarter <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-research-backed-ways-to-work-smarter" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hard_at_work_000048339404.jpg" alt="Woman working hard and smarter from home office" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on ways to work smarter not harder, money lessons to learn before you turn 40, and a 15-minute trick to get stuff done.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.creditdonkey.com/work-smarter.html">23 Research-Driven Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder</a> &mdash; Research found that standing while you work on a particular project makes you more excited about what you're doing. [Credit Donkey]</p> <p><a href="https://getoutofdebt.org/87198/8-money-lessons-to-learn-before-you-turn-40">8 Money Lessons to Learn Before You Turn 40</a> &mdash; Insurance is very important, especially as you're turning 40. Consider the different types, like disability, health, home, car, and life insurance. [Get Out of Debt Guy]</p> <p><a href="http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/2015/03/15-minute-trick-get-stuff-done">The 15 Minute Trick to Getting Stuff Done</a> &mdash; Every time you don't want to do something that you need to do, tell yourself you'll spend just 15 minutes on it. At the end of the 15 minutes, you'll have worked on the task a bit (good!), or you will continue at it until it's done. [Budgets Are Sexy]</p> <p><a href="http://yesiamcheap.com/6-strategies-for-saving-money-mortgage">6 Strategies For Saving Money On Your Mortgage</a> &mdash; If your interest rate is above 4.5%, then you should consider refinancing. While you're shopping around, negotiate things like points, fees, and closing costs. [Yes, I Am Cheap]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Get-Raise-35304639">14 Ways Real People Got Their Raises</a> &mdash; Be direct and show confidence, but not so much that you seem confrontational. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.aspiringmillionaire.com/2015/03/crowdsourcing-in-your-neighborhood.html">Crowdsourcing in Your Neighborhood</a> &mdash; Hosting outdoor movie viewings is a fun way to spend the warm nights to come. See if your neighbors would be willing to pitch in for a projector or projector screen. [Aspiring Millionaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/ultimate-list-of-resources-for-entrepreneurs/">How to Be More Productive: The Best Tools for Creative Freelancers</a> &mdash; No more hunting for WiFi! You can take it wherever you go with Karma WiFi, in the form of a pocket-sized device. There are no monthly contracts or fees &mdash; you only pay for what you use! [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneycrush.com/how-to-create-a-grocery-pricebook/">How to Create a Grocery Pricebook</a> &mdash; A grocery price book helps you to buy the right items at the right places for the lowest prices.&nbsp;[Money Crush]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thefrugaltoad.com/travelandleisure/summer-activities-get-shape-budget">Summer Activities to Get You in Shape on a Budget</a> &mdash; These warmer months are great for water sports! Go down to the beach, jump into a lake, or check out a public swimming pool. [The Frugal Toad]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-decor-tips-for-nesting-mothers-to-be">5 Decor Tips for Nesting Mothers-To-Be</a> &mdash; Think about how you'll use each item, and how it will fit in your growing child's room. For example, get a nice dresser and plop a changing pad on top instead of buying a changing table. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-research-backed-ways-to-work-smarter">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/that-what-if-you-knew-you-were-going-to-die-question">That &quot;What if you knew you were going to die&quot; question</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-must-do-mid-year-resolutions-to-get-you-back-on-track">10 Must-Do Mid-Year Resolutions to Get You Back on Track</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-organizing-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Easy Organizing Changes You Can Make Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips work smarter Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1359337 at http://www.wisebread.com