Productivity http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8129/all en-US 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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/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/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-last-10-minutes-of-your-workday">The 5 Best Ways to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Workday</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/this-is-why-your-projects-always-take-longer-than-you-expect">This Is Why Your Projects Always Take Longer Than You Expect</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/12-ways-a-deep-declutter-can-improve-your-life">12 Ways a Deep Declutter Can Improve Your Life</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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/25-ways-to-get-motivated-today">25 Ways to Get Motivated Today</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-youre-not-as-happy-as-youd-like-to-be">6 Reasons You&#039;re Not as Happy as You&#039;d Like to Be</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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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-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/10-smart-things-to-do-during-your-commute-even-if-you-drive">10 Smart Things to Do During Your Commute (Even If You Drive!)</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-save-time-by-spending-it">10 Ways to Save Time by Spending Time</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/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-last-10-minutes-of-your-workday">The 5 Best Ways to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Workday</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-signs-youre-burned-out-and-how-to-recover">4 Signs You&#039;re Burned Out (and How to Recover)</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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/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-2 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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <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-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <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> </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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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-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-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/getting-started-in-indoor-cycle-class">Getting Started in Indoor Cycle Class</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-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth 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/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/non-financial-investments">Non-financial investments</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/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</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-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> </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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eating-at-the-intersection-of-cheap-and-healthy">Eating at the Intersection of Cheap and Healthy</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-foods-scientifically-proven-to-make-you-happier">7 Foods Scientifically Proven to Make You 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/25-frugal-food-changes-you-can-make-today">25 Frugal Food Changes You Can Make Today</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="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/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-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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/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/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</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/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</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 You Can Too: 7 Amazing Things People Have Accomplished in Under a Year http://www.wisebread.com/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_map_000041834602_0.jpg" alt="man accomplished goals within a year and traveling with map" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are days when I feel incredibly productive, and others when I do not even get off the couch. Can you relate? On those couch days, I enjoy marveling at the accomplishments of others.</p> <p>Imagine what you could achieve by stringing together a few of those productive days&hellip;or even 365 of them! Here are a few incredible, inspiring, productive things your fellow humans have done in a year. Let the motivation begin!</p> <h2>1. Stroll the Continent</h2> <p>There are a number of people who have either run or <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_who_have_walked_across_the_United_States">walked across the United States</a> in less than a year's time. Many embark on such an adventure to raise awareness of certain medical or social causes. Take Louis Michael Figueroa, for example. He was only 16 when he ran from New Brunswick, NJ to San Francisco, CA as a promise to a friend who was dying of bone cancer. Figueroa became the youngest person to make the trek &mdash; in just 60 days. It makes that recommended <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-walk-more">10,000 steps a day</a> seem like not such a big deal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-adventurous-things-you-should-do-before-you-die?ref=seealso">7 Simple Ways to Get Motivated for Your Workout</a>)</p> <h2>2. Sail the World</h2> <p>Here's another distance feat: Francis Joyon <a href="http://www.worldrecordacademy.com/sports/fastest_round_the_world_sailing_world_record_set_by_Francis_Joyon_80127.htm">sailed around the world</a> solo in 57 days, 13 hours, 34 minutes, and six seconds back in 2008. To put that in perspective, he made that wicked fast time journeying nearly 21,600 nautical miles. In less than two months. Alone at sea. Whoa.</p> <h2>3. Pay Off Debt</h2> <p>I am majorly inspired by the story of Jackie (<a href="http://thepaleomama.com/2013/08/how-we-paid-off-more-than-27000-of-debt-in-6-months-and-still-ate-paleo/">The Paleo Mama</a>) and her husband. The duo were able to pay off more than $27,000 in debt over the course of just six months using the Ramsey Method and some smart planning. Along with taking a hard look at their budget and bills, the family made some big modifications to their lifestyle as a whole, including selling one of their cars, buying most things second hand, canceling cable and expensive smart phones, and using a cash system for most purchases. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-inspiring-people-who-each-paid-off-over-100000-in-debt?ref=seealso">5 Inspiring People Who Each Paid Off Over $100,000 in Debt</a>)</p> <h2>4. Raise Millions</h2> <p>We've all heard of crowdsourced fundraising campaigns, and some are certainly more successful than others. Take the GoFundMe campaign for <a href="https://medium.com/@vonwong/my-video-raised-2-million-in-less-than-a-year-heres-how-you-can-do-it-too-46c0ed26b6fe">Eliza O'Neill</a>, a beautiful four-year-old girl with a degenerative brain disease called Sanfilippo syndrome. The amazing story, as told by photographer/videographer Benjamin Von Wong, raised more than $2 million in less than a year. This money will all go toward a clinical trial to find a cure.</p> <h2>5. Plant a Forest</h2> <p>In September 2010, a Pakistani soldier named Muhammed Yousuf Jamil <a href="http://www.treehugger.com/culture/pakistani-soldier-plants-20101-trees-in-one-day-sets-new-world-record.html">planted 20,101 trees</a> in just 18 hours and 40 minutes. As you can imagine, this accomplishment set a new world record in the Guinness book. For those of you curious about the math, that's a whopping 18 trees per minute. The previous record? An impressive 15,170 trees, held by Canadian Ken Chaplin back in 2001.</p> <h2>6. Lose All Fear</h2> <p>I first heard the term &quot;rejection therapy&quot; a few months ago on <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/01/16/377239011/by-making-a-game-out-of-rejection-a-man-conquers-fear">Invisibilia</a>, but concept has stuck with me. <a href="http://fearbuster.com">Jia Jiang</a> claims he completely broke through his fears of rejection through requesting crazy things from strangers for 100 days straight &mdash; so, less than a year. He is now featured on everything from Ted Talks to The Huffington Post to Forbes for this unusual, effective method of self-rehabilitation.</p> <h2>7. Read Books</h2> <p>Many of us set some reading goals for the new year, but I've never heard one quite like Nina Sankovitch's. She <a href="http://www.readallday.org/blog/tolstoy-and-the-purple-chair/">read a book per day</a> for an entire year after her oldest sister died of cancer in 2005. That's 365 books by 365 different authors in 365 days. Sankovitch chronicled this chapter in her life by writing a memoir called &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061999857/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0061999857&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WNMAEHTFW46MELLC">Tolstoy and the Purple Chair</a>.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Please share your favorite inspiring story &mdash; maybe it stars you!</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/you-can-too-7-amazing-things-people-have-accomplished-in-under-a-year">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/but-i-dont-want-to-secrets-to-self-motivation">But I Don&#039;t Want To! Secrets to Self-Motivation</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/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours">Successful New Year&#039;s Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common — Does Yours?</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-places-to-go-for-inspiration">10 Places to Go for Inspiration</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/how-to-have-more-eureka-shower-moments">How to Have More Eureka! Shower Moments</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development Productivity goal setting goals inspiration persistence Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:10 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1358025 at http://www.wisebread.com 6 Ways to Stay Motivated on the Job http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-businesswoman-office-Dollarphotoclub_64335712.jpg" alt="tired businesswoman" title="tired businesswoman" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I see you. Yeah, you. The one sitting in your cubicle, frustrated because the job you wanted, the job you killed yourself to get, is driving you crazy right now.</p> <p>And I see you, too. The one working hard at a job you don't really like. Maybe you need to pay the bills, or you need the benefits, or you know it's a stepping stone to something better. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-fight-burnout?ref=seealso">5 Simple Ways to Fight Burnout</a>)</p> <p>No matter the reason behind your flagging motivation, you can get out of that funk. You can push through that wall. You can get yourself back on track. Even better, you can blow the track out of the water. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. See Your Goals</h2> <p>Most jobs have goals built-in, but even if you don't, you can at least outline some goals for performance, projects completed, and so on with your boss. (If you don't currently have any goals at work, by all means, sit down and produce some.)</p> <p>The thing is, having goals isn't, in and of itself, enough to keep you motivated. Like a high-performance athlete, you need to envision yourself meeting your goals. Include all the details of what it will be like to succeed in order to better understand the concrete steps you should take to get there. This visualization will also put you in a positive frame of mind and increase your motivation to succeed.</p> <p>For instance, imagine what it would be like to make your current project a huge success. Think about how your team would celebrate, what it would be like to get your boss's commendation, and how you'd talk about the success to others.</p> <p>All of this imagining helps you stay positive and work with sustained energy towards your goal.</p> <h2>2. Reward Yourself</h2> <p>In addition to having goals for the year or for a long-term project, make short-term goals for yourself, too, and reward yourself every time you meet them. Your brain is wired to respond positively to regular successes and rewards. Every time you succeed, it releases dopamine, which is tied to happiness and motivation.</p> <p>Break your long-term goals down into short-term ones by figuring out what's next. What is the very next thing that needs to be done to help you reach that long-term goal? When you determine that, you have your short-term goal. And when you meet that goal, give yourself a small reward. Over time, your brain will become wired for success.</p> <h2>3. Make It Fun</h2> <p>It's not hard to understand why doing fun things is more motivating than engaging in boring tasks, but making work fun can be quite a task. Usually, the jobs you're not motivated to do are the ones that are boring, repetitive, or just plain difficult.</p> <p>Try thinking of ways to make the hard parts more enjoyable, such as doing the most tedious parts of your job alongside a friend or coworker. You don't have to work on the same thing and you don't have to talk, but having another person around might make the whole thing more enjoyable.</p> <p>Focus on making work a place you enjoy in general. Then, ask yourself some questions about how to make the hard parts more fun, and you could see your motivation will soar.</p> <h2>4. Remember Your Reasons</h2> <p>If you're looking outside of yourself for motivation, sometimes there's none to be found. Instead, look inside yourself for the reasons why you want to do the job at hand.</p> <p>Internal motivation can come from many different places. Maybe you want to do well at work so that you can get a promotion. Maybe you need to do well to support your family or to care for someone close to you. And maybe you simply value doing the job well, even if it's not a job you adore.</p> <p>When you know your reasons for doing the job, your motivation comes from inside yourself. No one can touch that. They can't take it away from you, no matter how bad things get.</p> <h2>5. Only Control What You Can</h2> <p>Whether you're working with a team or by yourself, every job comes with circumstances that are outside of your control. Instead, think concretely about what you can control, and put all of your energy into controlling those&nbsp;areas. So, go ahead &mdash; put your heart and soul into making the best presentation you can, but understand that your clients still may not like it (and that this may have more to do with what they had for breakfast than with the presentation itself!).</p> <p>Putting boundaries around your energy and where you'll invest it can boost your motivation, because you won't be exhausted from running around like a headless chicken &mdash; nor will you feel beholden to every Jack or Jill's opinion.</p> <h2>6. Design a Plan B</h2> <p>Motivation plummets when you feel like you've failed &mdash; especially when it happens at work. Instead of viewing projects that aren't successful as failures, though, see them as simply one option that didn't work. And every time you find a way that doesn't work, you're one step closer to finding a way that does.</p> <p>Failing doesn't mean that you don't have a good idea. Even if you fail many times, it doesn't mean that what you're working on is a flop. If something crashes and burns, just check that way of doing things off your list and try another.</p> <p>When you see life through these glasses, you'll find yourself more motivated. Looking at things this way allows you to stop taking failure personally, to continue to believe in your ideas, and to work really, really hard to make things come together the next time.</p> <p>Finding motivation on the job is more about your mindset than anything else. When you change the way you think about your duties, you'll change the way you approach them; and you'll find yourself happier and more motivated at work.</p> <p><em>How do you stay motivated on the job? What works for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-stay-motivated-on-the-job">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/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</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/getting-ahead-at-work-are-you-a-hammer-or-a-swiss-army-knife">Getting Ahead At Work: Are You A Hammer Or A Swiss Army Knife?</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/wanna-put-away-some-cash-take-a-vacation">Wanna Put Away Some Cash? Take A Vacation!</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/15-alternatives-to-nagging">15 Alternatives to Nagging</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-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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Productivity burnout motivation work Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1320888 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Kinds of Emails to Purge From Your Inbox http://www.wisebread.com/5-kinds-of-emails-to-purge-from-your-inbox <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-kinds-of-emails-to-purge-from-your-inbox" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_emails_000038233654.jpg" alt="Woman deciding which emails to purge from her inbox" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all have that email account &mdash; it's swimming in loose, unmanageable messages we can't seem to delete. It's our primary account. How did it get this bad? By not deleting these five kinds of emails.</p> <h2>1. Old Work Emails</h2> <p>You stopped working there two years ago but still let the entire history of communication rot in your email account, because who knows &mdash; maybe you'll need a coworker's contact info, need to access a file, or need to reference something. Here's the question: Have you so far? If not, consider adding all those old coworkers' addresses to your email contacts list and delete those emails! Here's how to <a href="https://support.google.com/mail/answer/8933?hl=en">add contacts in Gmail</a>.</p> <h2>2. Newsletters You've Read (or Never Read)</h2> <p>You signed up for a lot of newsletters that seemed informative at the time, everything from your favorite retail outlets, to blogs, to clubs or associations you're a part of, to your bank's and gym's regular notifications. Once you've scanned or read them, delete! If you haven't read the sender's newsletters in more than a month, unsubscribe using a tool like&nbsp;<a href="https://unroll.me/">Unroll.me</a>. All the better to see the more important messages waiting in your inbox every morning.</p> <h2>3. Social Media Notifications</h2> <p>You opted in for email notifications on Facebook and other networks a long time ago, back in the oughts, when we expected to receive email notifications about everything. Now you have a smartphone that pings you everytime something new happens. All you have to do is check the app or go to the site (as if you don't already do that every 30 seconds) to stay abreast. So why do you still spam yourself with email notifications? Only because you are too lazy to delete them. Here's how to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/help/327994277286267/">get rid of Facebook emails</a>.</p> <h2>4. Blind Solicitations</h2> <p>You scroll past emails from someone you don't know very well, because they're asking for something. Do you plan to reply to them in the next two days? If not, let it go. The recruiter who emailed you about a job you don't want, the sales person following up on your purchase, the not-even-an-acquaintance who asked you to donate to their Kickstarter &mdash; they all knew it was unlikely they would hear from you, anyway. Stop feeling bad about not replying to them and delete those emails!</p> <h2>5. Sentimental Emails</h2> <p>You keep those special emails from your significant other, your parents or grandparents, your closest friends in a special folder. It's meaningful to hold onto those messages, but you don't open that folder very often. Well, you can still do that by <a href="http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/download-copy-of-your-gmail-and-google.html">downloading those sentimental exchanges</a> to your hard drive, Dropbox, or other cloud storage. Anything not pertinent to your everyday communication needs is email clutter. Save those precious emails somewhere more permanent, where they'll be kept safe.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your inbox tidy and uncluttered? Drop us a line in comments!</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/5-kinds-of-emails-to-purge-from-your-inbox">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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/15-modern-life-skills-everyone-should-master">15 Modern Life Skills Everyone Should Master</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-reasons-not-to-delete-your-emails">5 Reasons Not to Delete Your Emails</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/do-this-one-thing-a-day-to-defeat-clutter-forever">Do This One Thing a Day to Defeat Clutter Forever</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/15-things-in-your-closet-you-can-throw-out-today">15 Things in Your Closet You Can Throw Out Today</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Productivity clutter digital clutter email Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:00:11 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1315185 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Secrets to Being More Productive http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-secrets-to-being-more-productive <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-to-being-more-productive" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-office-working-computer-Dollarphotoclub_49978457.jpg" alt="man office working" title="man office working" 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 to being more productive, creative Starbucks drinks for around $3, and money moves that no one should ever, <i>ever</i> make.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/02/5-secrets-becoming-productive.html">5 Secrets for Becoming More Productive</a> &mdash; Create positive habits that will help you accomplish your goals. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheap-Starbucks-Drinks-23133466#photo-23133466">Bang For Your Buck: 7 Creative $3 Starbucks Concoctions</a> &mdash; The strawberry blend lemonade &mdash;strawberry puree + lemonade + ice &mdash; is full of fruity goodness! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-money-moves-no-one-should-make-ever">Five Money Moves No One Should Ever Make&hellip; Ever</a> &mdash; Payday loans allow you to see your paycheck a little early, but the crazy fees and interest will cost you big time! [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/10-easy-jobs-anyone-can-do-to-earn-extra-money/">10 Easy Jobs Anyone Can Do to Earn Extra Money</a> &mdash; If you like kids and have a few hours during the day or evening, start a side gig as a babysitter to local families. [Save The Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/composting-basics-get-started-composting">How to Get Started With Composting</a> &mdash; Composting begins with a few basic ingredients: brown materials, green materials, coffee grounds or loose tea leaves, plus crumbled egg shells and leftover produce. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/3-tips-to-build-your-wealth-while-the-economy-is-good/">3 Tips to Build Your Wealth While the Economy Is Good</a> &mdash; Right now, it's better to sell your home than to buy one, especially if you're single with no kids. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.allstate.com/ways-to-remodel-your-kitchen-on-a-budget/">6 Ways to Remodel Your Kitchen on a Budget</a> &mdash; If your appliances are just a bit scratched, you can apply a bit of appliance paint to make them look like new again. [The Allstate Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/better-safe-than-sorry-10-ways-to-guard-against-identity-theft/">Better Safe Than Sorry: 10 Ways to Guard Against Identity Theft</a> &mdash; Be careful what you reveal on Facebook and other public forums. Identity thieves don't need much information to get to work! [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-brutally-honest-reasons-youll-never-successful-fix-right-now">7 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You'll Never Be Successful (and How to Fix It Right Now)</a> &mdash; You'll never be successful if you're still looking for shortcuts or get-rich-quick schemes. Do it the right way, even if it takes longer and requires more work. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/cleaning-schedule-for-sahms">Cleaning Schedule for SAHMs</a> &mdash; First, time your chores so you know how long each task takes to complete, then create a weekly cleaning schedule to spread out the labor. [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-to-being-more-productive">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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/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/10-ways-to-improve-your-decision-making-skills">10 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making Skills</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/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips productivity secrets Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1312726 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: How to Add an Extra Hour to Your Day http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-add-an-extra-hour-to-your-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-how-to-add-an-extra-hour-to-your-day" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/pocket-watch-time-Dollarphotoclub_64337811.jpg" alt="pocketwatch" title="pocketwatch" 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 how to add an extra hour to your day, how to make your own Shamrock Shake, and the best websites to learn new languages.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://ridiculouslyefficient.com/a-simple-way-to-add-an-extra-hour-to-your-day">A Simple Way to Add an Extra Hour to Your Day</a> &mdash; Use apps like Moment or Break Free to track and limit your smartphone usage. [Ridiculously Efficient]</p> <p><a href="http://momsneedtoknow.com/copycat-shamrock-shake-recipe">Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe</a> &mdash; Fans of McDonald's Shamrock Shake can indulge in the minty treat all year long by following this easy recipe. [Moms Need to Know]</p> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/15-outstanding-websites-learn-languages-online/">15 Outstanding Websites to Learn Languages Online</a> &mdash; Duolingo, Memrise, and BBC Languages (as well as many others) are great places to start if you want to learn a new language. [Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/the-power-of-creating-a-do-not-do-list.html">The Power of Creating a Do-Not-Do List</a> &mdash; A do-not-do list can help you avoid triggers of bad habits and become more productive. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Cheapest-Supermarket-Chains-35125732">Which Supermarket Truly Has the Best Deals?</a> &mdash; The total of a typical grocery list will be the lowest if you shop at Costco, but only if buying in bulk makes sense for your household. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/new-economy/2015/0212/Retail-sales-fall-again.-Why-aren-t-Americans-spending-money-video">Retail Sales Fall Again. Why Aren't Americans Spending Money?</a>&nbsp;&mdash; It seems the average consumer isn't quite ready to loosen their purse strings. Instead, Americans are rebuilding their savings and paying down debt. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/cool-paper-projects-to-make-and-sell-online">Get Crafty: 8 Cool Paper Projects to Make and Sell Online</a> &mdash; You can learn to make bracelets, pendants, and necklaces from online videos. Some intricate paper jewelry can sell for $35 or more on Etsy! [The Penny Hoarder]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shebudgets.com/food-drink/food-recipes/10-fast-inexpensive-food-network-recipes/53541">10 Fast and Inexpensive Food Network Recipes</a> &mdash; Try Rachael Ray's take on the classic Chicken and Dumplings. It's fast, affordable, and delicious! [SheBudgets]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/five-credit-card-reward-myths">Five Credit Card Reward Myths</a> &mdash; With credit card rewards, some parts of your travel will be free, but you still need to pay taxes and other fees. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-recipes-for-leftover-roast-chicken">10 Recipes for Leftover Roast Chicken</a> &mdash; You only need leftover roast chicken and five other ingredients to make Baked Cheesy Chicken Egg Rolls!&nbsp;[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-how-to-add-an-extra-hour-to-your-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-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/10-ways-to-save-time-with-batch-processing">10 Ways to Save Time With Batch Processing</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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</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/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 save time Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:07 +0000 Amy Lu 1301694 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 10 Silent Productivity Killers http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-10-silent-productivity-killers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-10-silent-productivity-killers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/tired-student-girl-headphones-Dollarphotoclub_40801258.jpg" alt="tired student headphones" title="tired student headphones" 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 productivity killers you should stop right now, tips to remove indoor odors, and ways to take your morning coffee to the next level.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/10-silent-productivity-killers-stop-immediately/">10 Silent Productivity Killers You Should Stop Immediately</a> &mdash; Your brain produces dopamine when you listen to music you know and love, causing you to be more excitable. When you want to focus, listen to classical or ambient albums that you're unfamiliar with.&nbsp;[Pick The Brain]</p> <p><a href="http://www.airbetter.org/5-tips-remove-indoor-odors/">5 Tips to Remove Indoor Odors</a> &mdash; Does food often get stuck in your food disposal drain? Run white vinegar ice cubes through the disposal to help dislodge the leftover pieces. [AirBetter.org]</p> <p><a href="http://www.artofmanliness.com/2015/02/02/7-ways-to-level-up-your-morning-coffee-routine">7 Ways to Level Up Your Morning Coffee Routine</a> &mdash; Slosh some hot water in your coffee mug or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds. This will keep your coffee warmer for longer and will heat up your hands, too. [The Art of Manliness]</p> <p><a href="http://bargainbabe.com/20-cvs-brand-products-vs-national-brands-whats-big-deal/">How Much Money Can You Save With CVS generics?</a> &mdash; Some store-brand products at CVS can be as much as $3 cheaper than the leading national brand version. [Bargain Babe]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2015/02/02/10-powerful-ideas-that-will-change-the-way-you-work/">10 Powerful Ideas That Will Change the Way You Work</a> &mdash; Finding meaning in your tasks will push you to do a better job and you'll likely enjoy the task a lot more. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Easy-Conversation-Starters-34313495">40 Conversation Starters That Make Mingling Fun</a> &mdash; Asking if they have any siblings is personal without being TOO personal and is a great way to get people to start talking about themselves. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.stevenaitchison.co.uk/blog/the-7-wrong-and-toxic-people-youre-hanging-out-with">The 7 Wrong and Toxic People You&rsquo;re Hanging Out With</a> &mdash; People who use you as a punching bag for their emotions are not acting the way a friend should. Real friends always treat each other with respect. [Change Your Thoughts]</p> <p><a href="http://dallisonlee.com/blog/2015/02/03/survive-your-renovation/">5 Ways to Survive Your Home Renovation</a> &mdash; Create a temporary oasis where you can relax in all the chaos of a home renovation. [Organize to Revitalize!]</p> <p><a href="http://www.goodfinancialcents.com/7-life-lessons-i-learned-from-the-rock/">7 Life Lessons I Learned From The Rock</a> &mdash; One of The Rock's goals for 2015 is to laugh hard. It's a great way to relieve stress when your road gets bumpy. [Good Financial Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/procon-handling-the-naptime-routine">Pro/Con: Handling the Naptime Routine</a> &mdash; Staying with your child can help them fall asleep more easily; however, they may become so used to your presence that they can't take naps without you around. [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-10-silent-productivity-killers">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/6-good-habits-that-may-actually-be-hurting-you">6 &quot;Good&quot; Habits That May Actually Be Hurting You</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/4-easy-ways-to-automate-your-everyday-life">4 Easy Ways to Automate Your Everyday Life</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/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</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/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 Improve productivity Fri, 06 Feb 2015 20:00:08 +0000 Amy Lu 1286136 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Stress-Free Ways to Stay Productive on Vacation http://www.wisebread.com/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-vacation-beach-laptop-Dollarphotoclub_63877813.jpg" alt="woman vacation laptop" title="woman vacation laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Vacation is a time to relax and let loose &mdash; and you've earned every minute of it. But while it's healthy to slow down every once in a while to enjoy some of life's finer things, taking a much-needed break doesn't give you full credence to be lazy (unless that's what you want, of course; hey, it's your vacation). Fact is, you can still have fun &mdash; and stay productive &mdash; with bit of concerted effort. Here's how.</p> <h2>1. Tie Up Loose Ends Before Vacation Commences</h2> <p>There's nothing worse than having an open-ended project hanging over your head that you wished you'd have finished before your vacation started. Whatever the reason you didn't complete it &mdash; maybe you were rushed, maybe you just didn't feel like bothering with it &mdash; your lack of follow-through will nag you for the duration of your holiday, and that's no way to spend what should be an otherwise fun time. Do yourself a favor and be a trooper &mdash; work through the night if you have to &mdash; to check these tasks off your list so there's one less thing to worry about when it's time to kick your feet up. You'll likely find that with this burden lifted, you'll be more motivated to work leisurely on something else at your own pace &mdash; if you'd like.</p> <h2>2. Schedule Small Tasks to Accomplish in Short Bursts</h2> <p>Instead of scheduling large, daunting tasks to complete over vacation &mdash; let's use cleaning the house as a blanket goal &mdash; try fitting in smaller, more manageable projects into your schedule. For instance, if you have free time one afternoon, tackle cleaning your pantry; the next day clear out your medicine cabinet. By working in short bursts to accomplish small tasks, you'll avoid becoming overwhelmed but still enjoy the feeling of staying somewhat productive.</p> <h2>3. Engage in Activities That Stimulate Your Brain</h2> <p>Studies show that<a href="http://www.prevention.com/health/brain-games/games-make-you-think"> playing games, eating certain foods, and exercising can boost your brainpower</a>, the result of which is a conduit for productivity. If you're feeling a bit sluggish on vacation &mdash; like you just want to binge-watch every available season of House of Cards on Netflix instead of getting something worthwhile done &mdash; play a videogame,<a href="http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/best-foods-your-brain?s=5"> have a piece of chocolate</a> (legit!), or go for a walk to help get you shake off the lazies and spend your time more wisely.</p> <h2>4. Reflect on Positive Things You've Accomplished Recently</h2> <p>When my business is lagging, or I haven't accomplished anything of which I can be proud lately, I like to reflect on some of the positive things that I've done in the recent past to help me remember why I do what I do. If you're in a similar rut on vacation, think back to one of your rock-star moments to help provide a boost of motivation to get moving.</p> <h2>5. Schedule Time to Exercise</h2> <p>There's<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-pozen/exercise-productivity_b_2005463.html"> a direct correlation between exercise and productivity</a>, so it's not a bad idea to schedule time to work out even when you're on vacation. I know, I know &mdash; who wants to break a sweat when there are free-flowing frozen margaritas at the pool bar? Very few of us. But I can tell you from experience that when I drag myself to the treadmill and commit to at least 20 minutes of non-stop exercise, my day is immediately much better. I feel healthier, my confidence gets a boost, and I walk away with more energy to do more than just tip a glass back (even though it's not completely off the schedule).</p> <h2>6. Limit Your Food and Drink Indulgences</h2> <p>Speaking of the sweet nectar of delicious drinks that seem to be omnipresent when you're on vacation, it's important to not overdo it. We all know what happens when we drink too much &mdash; we get a one-way ticket to Hangover City that sucks the fun right out of our getaway &mdash; but overeating also can be a detriment to your productivity. Indulging too much can make us feel nauseous, tired, and bloated &mdash; which ultimately will ruin our mood and kill our motivation.</p> <h2>7. Sleep In &mdash; But Not Too Long</h2> <p>Getting a good night's rest is<a href="http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/physical-side-effects-oversleeping"> critical to staying productive</a> &mdash; and having the stamina to keep going &mdash; and there's no better time than vacation to catch a few extra Zs. But, mind you, there's a fine line between sleeping in and oversleeping. You want to get enough sleep that you wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day opposed to rising lethargic and down in the dumps. A good way to handle this is to let yourself sleep one more hour than your normal schedule allows. That's a reasonable amount of time to get in a few more winks without wasting your vacation.</p> <p><em>How do you stay productive on vacation? Let us 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/7-stress-free-ways-to-stay-productive-on-vacation">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/the-7-worst-travel-values">The 7 Worst Travel Values</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/why-this-thing-in-your-wallet-is-almost-useless-today">Why This Thing in Your Wallet Is Almost Useless Today</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/travel-and-money-using-your-credit-card-on-the-road">Travel and Money: Using Your Credit Card on the Road</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-14-best-ways-to-cut-food-costs-while-traveling">The 14 Best Ways to Cut Food Costs While Traveling</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity Travel energy goals vacation Thu, 15 Jan 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Mikey Rox 1279974 at http://www.wisebread.com