Productivity http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8129/all en-US 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-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/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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</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-ways-to-get-motivated-today">25 Ways to Get Motivated Today</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-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-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/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</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-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-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/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</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-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/make-your-escape-with-these-14-affordable-weekend-getaways">Make Your Escape With These 14 Affordable Weekend Getaways</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/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon Getaways a Good Idea?</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/7-surprising-winter-travel-destinations-that-wont-break-the-bank">7 Surprising Winter Travel Destinations That Won&#039;t Break the Bank</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/9-fun-and-affordable-vacation-ideas">9 Fun and Affordable Vacation Ideas</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 The 10 Most Productive Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businessman-meditating-Dollarphotoclub_50410187.jpg" alt="businessman meditating" title="businessman meditating" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Lunch breaks are the most important breaks of the day. Taking <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/jobs/take-breaks-regularly-to-stay-on-schedule-workstation.html?_r=0">regular breaks</a> leads to productivity and can reduce stress and exhaustion. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-you-can-do-on-your-lunch-break-to-change-your-life?ref=seealso">11 Things You Can Do on Your Lunch Break to change Your Life</a>)</p> <p>And even though lunch breaks are required by law for most employees, there's no law saying you have to spend them just eating! So check out this list of how to best spend your precious lunchtime respite.</p> <h2>1. Take a Nap</h2> <p>Thomas Edison napped. Winston Churchill napped. John D. Rockefeller napped. Research shows that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-benefits-of-naps-including-the-best-time-to-take-them">naps will make you more productive</a> and reduce stress. So if you have an hour lunch break and live nearby or are comfortable sleeping in a parking lot (a lot of my coworkers do this), take a nap and rest your mind!</p> <h2>2. Meditate</h2> <p>Like napping, mediation can alleviate stress and get your brain back to functioning. It will make you happier, help your concentration, and increase self-awareness. If you can't get away from the office, reserve a conference room with no windows and quietly meditate. Or try meditating <a href="http://www.shetakesontheworld.com/2014/03/three-meditations-you-can-do-at-your-desk-to-reduce-stress-and-boost-productivity/">at your desk</a>.</p> <h2>3. Practice Yoga</h2> <p>And of course there's always yoga, which not only helps you relieve stress but can also tone your muscles. You can also ask your coworkers to join in by planning a yoga workout in the board room or asking if they want to go to a class together. This will help you rejuvenate your work day and bond.</p> <h2>4. Go for a Walk</h2> <p>If you work in a walkable neighborhood or close to a park, bring a pair of walking shoes and walk around during lunch. Again, see if a coworker wants to come, especially if you have one that you've been having trouble communicating with or if you need to work something out. Do not use this time to gossip &mdash; it will only make you more stressed.</p> <h2>5. Eat Together</h2> <p>Invite a co-worker out to lunch. To save money, plan ahead of time and each of you can bring your own. Or if there is an issue between you two, this lunch can provide a chance for reconciliation. If you're a manager, invite your employee out to lunch and find out how they tick and how you can be more supportive.</p> <h2>6. Read</h2> <p>Explore your mind. If there's a book you've been meaning to read or a trashy magazine you can't wait to crack open. Let your mind concentrate on something else for a few hours.</p> <h2>7. Learn</h2> <p>Spend your lunch break to learn something new &mdash; not necessarily something job related, but anything you want to learn. Try <a href="https://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a>, <a href="http://www.skillshare.com/">Skillshare</a>, <a href="https://www.coursera.org/">Coursera</a> or <a href="https://www.edx.org/">edX</a>, or <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-make-yourself-smarter-today">one of these other online learning resources</a>.</p> <h2>8. Write</h2> <p>Writing down your thoughts can free your mind of something burdening, but it's also a chance to explore a different side of you. Maybe you've been itching to try your hand at writing poems, short stories, novels or scripts. Or maybe you want to write for a blog or website in your spare time for extra money. Practicing written communication <a href="http://business.time.com/2013/04/19/good-writing-can-help-you-succeed/">will help you succeed</a>.</p> <h2>9. Listen</h2> <p>Spend your time listening to a podcast.</p> <ul> <li>You can go for a funny one from Earwolf: <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/comedy-bang-bang/">Comedy Bang Bang</a>, <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/improv4humans/">improv4humans</a> or <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/professor-blastoff/">Professor Blastoff</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Go for an educational one from NPR: <a href="http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=151861924">Ask Me Another</a>, <a href="http://www.radiolab.org/series/podcasts/">RadioLab</a> or <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/podcast">This American Life</a> (their archive goes back to 1995!).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Catch up on some music: KEXP's <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kexp-presents-music-that-matters/id76069540?mt=2&amp;ign-mpt=uo%3D8">Music that Matters</a>, Earwolf's <a href="http://www.earwolf.com/show/who-charted/">Who Charted?</a>, or <a href="http://thelistmusicpodcast.com/">The List Music Podcast</a>.</li> </ul> <p>If none of these categories strike your fancy, Digital Trends has <a href="http://www.digitaltrends.com/music/best-podcasts/">a great list of podcasts</a> broken down by type.</p> <h2>10. Watch TV</h2> <p>Sometimes when I eat at my desk at work, I watch a television show. Although it's not necessarily educational, it is relaxing. I usually choose something from Netflix or on Hulu. It's just a good way to turn off my mind for 30 minutes to an hour.</p> <p>If you want something educational or need a little inspiration, watch a <a href="https://www.ted.com/talks">TEDTalk</a>. Keep in mind if you do this at work, make sure you put up a sign saying you're on lunch. You don't want your boss to think you're just watching television shows instead of working!</p> <p><em>How do you spend your lunch hour? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-most-productive-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour">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/the-7-most-relaxing-ways-to-spend-your-lunch-hour">The 7 Most Relaxing Ways to Spend Your Lunch Hour</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-take-a-break-at-work-and-still-look-busy">8 Ways to Take a Break at Work (and Still Look Busy)</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/7-ways-doing-nothing-will-make-you-more-productive">7 Ways Doing Nothing Will Make You More Productive</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/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</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 breaks lunch lunch break productive lunch rest Thu, 08 Jan 2015 12:00:18 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1277628 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Personal Finance Moves You Can Make While Jogging http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mature-man-jogging-Dollarphotoclub_74121318.jpg" alt="mature man jogging" title="mature man jogging" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Exercise is important, right? It makes us happier, healthier, and (if you're anything like me) takes everyday stress down to a manageable level. But it can also take quite a bit of time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-financial-moves-you-can-make-during-your-commute?ref=seealso">10 Financial Moves You Can Make During Your Commute</a>)</p> <p>Wouldn't it be better if you could multitask &mdash; if you could get other things done while you were out running? When it comes to personal finance, you absolutely can. Here are my top favorite things to improve my finances while I'm out on a run.</p> <h2>1. Check Your Balances</h2> <p>Every run has those annoying interruptions in their exercise. You know, traffic lights, people in your way, or maybe you just got tired and need to walk. Make sure you have your bank and credit card apps downloaded, and you can check your balances on the fly. While accessing each account can feel like an annoying drag most of the time, it's fast enough that you can easily look at one account per stop light. By the end of the run, you'll have a big-picture view of your financial situation.</p> <h2>2. Pay Your Credit Card Bill</h2> <p>As soon as I head out the door with my running shoes on, it happens: I remember things that I need to do. So many times, I realize that I need to pay a bill. Fortunately, I've had my credit cards so long that I've got all my payment information saved in my credit card apps, so it only takes a few clicks to get that bill paid. It's such a relief to get that done, and I don't have the burden of remembering it for later.</p> <h2>3. Clip Electronic Coupons</h2> <p>I love to save money, but it takes so long to clip coupons. In the last few weeks, I've started using apps instead, and they save a ton of time &mdash; in fact, you could easily find some coupons while waiting for the light to change. The right apps for you will depend on where you want to shop and what you want to buy, but it's almost always easy to navigate to the app, find coupons for items you want or need, and activate those to your account. Not sure where to start? Try <a href="http://www.retailmenot.com/mobile/">RetailMeNot</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=thecouponsapp.coupon">The Coupons App</a>, or <a href="http://cartwheel.target.com/">Cartwheel for Target</a>.</p> <h2>4. Budget On the Fly</h2> <p>Do you need to check your budget or major expenses? Most finance apps have some sort of budgeting tool, so you can easily make the changes you need while you're literally (and figuratively) on the run. If you're not sure where to start, <a href="https://www.mint.com/how-it-works/anywhere/">Mint</a> makes a great app that has some budgeting capability. Otherwise, check your bank and credit card apps for this feature or, if you're really serious, lay down the cash and get <a href="http://www.youneedabudget.com/features/iphone">You Need a Budget</a>.</p> <h2>5. Get Tax Advice</h2> <p>Worrying about taxes? Instead of letting the anxiety build, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ask-tax-preparer-tax-answers/id586582640?mt=8">search for answers</a> or ask a question via your tax app. There are versions of both the <a href="http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-2822544-11281907">TurboTax</a> and <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-10986083">H&amp;R Block</a> apps that allow you to get tax help via email (but be sure you have the app for the right year!). You can type in a quick question while you're running and maybe you'll have your answer by the time you get home.</p> <h2>6. Ponder Your Money Mindset</h2> <p>Your money mindset encompasses many things, such as what money means to you, how you like to be able to spend your money, and whether finances are a comfortable or uncomfortable topic for you. These are big questions, and you can ponder them while you run. Break it down by looking at <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelkay/2014/04/22/deciphering-your-money-mindset/">a list of money</a> <a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/100-questions-to-ask-yourself-about-your-financial-mindset/">mindset questions</a> before you go out, then use your workout time to pinpoint how you think about money, what you like about that mindset, and what you'd like to change.</p> <h2>7. Organize Your Expense Report</h2> <p>Expense reports can be a huge pain, especially if you need to be reimbursed for a lot of things. An app like <a href="https://www.expensify.com/">Expensify</a> can make the whole process easier, though. Once you've got your transactions in their system, you can categorize them or make the necessary notes during pauses in your run. By the time you get home, your report will be ready to print out and turn in.</p> <h2>8. Find the Best Deal</h2> <p>There are a lot of ways to find the best deal using your smartphone, but <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/30/6873665/path-talk-lets-you-text-businesses-talkto">Path Talk</a> is one of my new favorites. It lets you text local businesses with requests for all sorts of information, like what time they open, how long their lines are, and their current prices on specific items. The amazing thing is, it usually works. Most of the time, you have a response within just a few minutes! So head out for your run with your Christmas list in tow, send a few messages while you're exercising, and determine the best deal when you get home.</p> <p>Exercise doesn't have to interfere with getting things done, at least when it comes to your finances. These quick, streamlined methods allow you to get your workout and be financially responsible, too!</p> <p><em>Do you get things done while you jog? What's your favorite quick-and-dirty personal finance move?</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/8-personal-finance-moves-you-can-make-while-jogging">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/financial-tricks-to-master-for-a-happier-life">Financial Tricks to Master for a Happier 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/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-apps-that-pay-you-to-exercise">5 Apps That Pay You To Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-young-entrepreneur-paid-off-40000-in-student-debt-by-age-24">How One Young Entrepreneur Paid Off $40,000 in Student Debt By Age 24</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-check-if-your-mortgage-statement-is-correct">How to check if your mortgage statement is correct</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Productivity apps fitness jogging multitask personal finance Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:07 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1271111 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Productivity Hacks Backed by Science http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-productivity-hacks-backed-by-science <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-productivity-hacks-backed-by-science" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-working-cellphone-Dollarphotoclub_42305858.jpg" alt="businesswoman working cellphone" title="businesswoman working cellphone" 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 hacks backed by science, simple tricks to revive everyday items, and tips for last-minute holiday shopping.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyminiblog.com/infographics/science-backed-productivity-hacks/">6 Productivity Hacks Backed by Science</a> &mdash; Looking at cute animals stirs our caregiver impulses, which carries over into our work to make us more careful and attentive. [Money Mini Blog]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Restore-Old-Items-34931800">Give 14 Everyday Items a Second Life With These Simple Tricks</a> &mdash; Has your gel eyeliner dried out? Simply add eye drops for instant revival! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/still-shopping-for-christmas-5-last-minute-money-saving-tips/">Still Shopping for Christmas? 10 Last-Minute Money-Saving Tips</a> &mdash; Set a time limit on your shopping. It'll keep you from lingering in the store and picking up unnecessary items. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.readyforzero.com/audit-money-draining-relationships-behaviors/">How to Audit Your Life for Potentially Money-Draining Relationships and Behaviors</a> &mdash; If you constantly feel obligated to spend money in a relationship and you resent it afterwards, you should probably reassess the relationship. [ReadyForZero]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-cutting-the-cable-cord">The Ultimate Guide to Cutting the Cable Cord</a> &mdash; If there's a show that you just <em>have </em>to watch, it's probably cheaper to buy each episode than to pay for a cable subscription. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-comparing-yourself-to-others">The Pros and Cons of Comparing Yourself to Others</a> &mdash; See what others can do allows us to expand what we imagine for ourselves &mdash; we just need to be mindful of the motivation behind our comparisons. [Mark's Daily Apple]</p> <p><a href="http://smartycents.com/articles/beginners-guide-to-salary-negotiation/">The Beginner's Guide to Salary Negotiation</a> &mdash; Research the starting salaries of those who work in your field, in your geographical region. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics can help with that! [Smarty Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.modestmoney.com/5-things-ask-new-financial-advisor/">5 Things to Ask Your New Financial Advisor</a> &mdash; When you meet with a potential financial advisor, ask them what type of clients they serve and what kind of services they provide. You want to make sure that they'll be a good fit for you and your needs. [Modest Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savethebills.com/6-ways-to-watch-movies-for-free/">6 Ways to Watch Movies for Free</a> &mdash; RedBox rentals are cheap enough, but they can be free if you have a coupon code. [Save the Bills]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/4-books-from-margaret-wise-brown-to-add-to-your-childs-collection">4 Books from Margaret Wise Brown to Add to Your Child's Collection</a> &mdash; <em>Goodnight Moon</em> is a bedtime classic, but don&rsquo;t stop there! Check out these other books by author Margaret Wise Brown, including <em>Noon Balloon</em> and <em>Jingle Paws</em>. [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-productivity-hacks-backed-by-science">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/5-common-productivity-tools-that-are-really-distracting">5 Common Productivity Tools That Are Really Distracting</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips productivity hacks Mon, 22 Dec 2014 20:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1271112 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Free Apps to Boost Your Online Productivity http://www.wisebread.com/8-free-apps-to-boost-your-online-productivity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-free-apps-to-boost-your-online-productivity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/businesswoman-working-computer-474862453-small.jpg" alt="businesswoman working" title="businesswoman working" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I feel fortunate to be in my thirties. In my opinion, it's the sweet spot for all things related to technology. I'm old enough to remember life before computers took over entirely. Yet, I'm young enough to quickly adapt and learn new things that make my life happier and more productive. No matter your age, however, you could be using your computer (and time) more effectively and efficiently. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tools-that-stop-computer-distractions-and-help-you-stay-on-task?ref=seealso">6 Tools That Stop Computer Distractions and Keep You on Task</a>)</p> <p>Here are some free applications you can download today to do just that.</p> <h2>1. Inbox Tamer</h2> <p>There's no greater distraction than those little email notifications popping up at the bottom of your screen. I used to waste a lot of time checking email whenever I'd get anything new. Eventually, I tried closing the application entirely, only to find I'd forget to check and miss important messages. Well, now there's <a href="http://inboxpause.com/">Inbox Pause</a>, which delays the notifications so they won't interrupt your workflow.</p> <h2>2. Social Director</h2> <p>There are a lot of tools out there to block social media and other programs while you work, but <a href="http://getcoldturkey.com/">Cold Turkey</a> happens to be free. You can even customize the settings to block certain pages during certain activities through specific groupings. There are upgraded versions with scheduling capabilities, the power to identify certain users (for parents), etc. &mdash; but the basic version gets the job done.</p> <h2>3. Blue Light Blocker</h2> <p>I downloaded <a href="https://justgetflux.com/">f.lux</a> just last month, and I already see it's the beginning of a beautiful relationship. The software makes the colors on your screen adapt to the time of day. If it's late and nearing bedtime, it'll filter out the blue light, which can disrupt sleep patterns, and replace it with an amber glow. You can customize how little or much you want your display to shift, but I'm already falling asleep much faster after firing off articles before my head hits the pillow.</p> <h2>4. Message Wrangler</h2> <p>If you use Gmail, <a href="http://www.boomeranggmail.com/">Boomerang</a> is your new best friend. It lets you draft messages now and schedule to send later. It reminds you if you don't hear back on that important email you sent last week. And it even lets you clear out your inbox &mdash; and mind &mdash; temporarily and return the messages when you're ready to read them.</p> <h2>5. Time Tracker</h2> <p>Do you know how you're spending your time on the computer? <a href="https://www.rescuetime.com/">RescueTime</a> can make it a lot easier to track. The Lite version (it's free) enables you to record your time on websites and in different applications and set goals for yourself. The application also provides you with a weekly email report of your progress (or lack thereof).</p> <h2>6. Program Launcher</h2> <p>Have you ever wanted to open your programs with just a few keystrokes? <a href="http://www.launchy.net/">Launchy</a> lets you do just that. You'll forget about your menu, the icons cluttering your desktop, and even your file manager with this smart application. With over 120K users, I'd say it's working well for the masses.</p> <h2>7. Image Manipulator</h2> <p>Can't afford the leading image manipulation software? Try <a href="http://www.gimp.org/">GIMP</a> for your photo retouching needs. You can paint, add text, create layers, rotate, scale, and much more. This application will save you time on creating images for your presentations and give you some powerful tools for personal use as well.</p> <h2>8. Password Keeper</h2> <p>Over time, all those passwords can get quite hard generate and remember. And keeping them in a book next to your laptop isn't exactly convenient &mdash; or safe. Enter <a href="https://lastpass.com/">LastPass</a> &mdash; the last password you'll need to remember. The application manages all your login information for different sites and autofills for you. You can even streamline your online shopping experience by setting up secure payment accounts. Best of all, LastPass helps create unique passwords that follow the best security practices.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite (and free!) computer productivity hack? Please share in comments!</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/8-free-apps-to-boost-your-online-productivity">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/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/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud">10 Critical Steps to Protect Your Data in the Cloud</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-10-best-productivity-apps-for-really-busy-people-like-you">The 10 Best Productivity Apps for Really Busy People Like You</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-time-saving-tools-everyone-should-own">15 Time-Saving Tools Everyone Should Own</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/these-5-apps-can-fix-your-finances">These 5 Apps Can Fix Your Finances</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity apps computers PC time savers Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1257593 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Critical Steps to Protect Your Data in the Cloud http://www.wisebread.com/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man-working-laptop-186066717-small.jpg" alt="man working laptop" title="man working laptop" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While movies have portrayed hackers as both good (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307949486/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307949486&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=H5TI6KQEDOMORY32"><em>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</em></a>) and evil (<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VNMMR0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000VNMMR0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IDSOEIWF6ERDSE5A"><em>Live Free or Die Hard</em></a>), the one thing that is clear is that they can do a good deal of damage.</p> <p>Several female celebrities, such as Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Hayden Panettiere, became victims of malicious hackers, who nabbed several <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/apparent-hollywood-hack-attack-nabs-stars-nude-pix-013137802.html">intimate pictures from the celebrities' cloud storage accounts</a>.</p> <p>And if you think that this just happens to celebrities, think again. <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/snapchat-hacked-the-snappening-2014-10">Even common folks like you and me are being exploited by malicious hackers</a>. It is time to step up the security of your data on the cloud with these 10 useful tips.</p> <h2>1. Create a Stronger Password</h2> <p>A strong password is your very first line of defense against anybody trying to hack your account. Unfortunately, your password is usually the weakest link. In fact, <a href="http://www.cloudentr.com/latest-resources/industry-news/2014/3/19/weak-passwords-among-top-causes-of-data-breaches-tips-for-password-security">76% of cyber attacks on corporate networks</a> are due to weak passwords.</p> <p>Strengthen your password using these <a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/tips-for-creating-a-strong-password">security tips from Microsoft</a>:</p> <ol> <li>Make the length of your password at least eight characters. If you want to make it absolutely uncrackable use <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2655121/security/password-size-does-matter.html">15 characters or more</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Skip using your real name, last name, or company name.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Don't build entire words with only letters.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use a combination of numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and symbols (@, #, $, and %), if applicable.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Update passwords regularly and make them significantly different from previous ones.</li> </ol> <p>Using these guidelines, you can create a strong password like this one: ILuv2PlayB@dm1nt()n. By picking characters from the full set of allowed printable characters, you force hackers to guess from <a href="http://www.bu.edu/infosec/howtos/how-to-choose-a-password/">645 trillion possible combinations</a>.</p> <h2>2. Store Your Passwords Securely</h2> <p>That's not a typo. Yes, you need several passwords. Hackers exploit the fact that about <a href="http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/04/23/users-same-password-most-websites/">55% of Internet users use the same password</a> for several services. The last thing that you want is that after your Dropbox account gets hacked, your online banking account becomes the next target.</p> <p>It goes without saying, keep your password to yourself. Don't store it on visible places, such as taped to the back of your keyboard or smartphone.</p> <p>In a perfect world, you would just memorize them. However, a more realistic approach is to keep an offline notebook in a secure place or use a password management application, such as <a href="http://keepass.info/">KeePass Password Safe</a>, <a href="http://lastpass.com">LastPass</a>, <a href="http://agilebits.com/onepassword">1Password</a>, or <a href="http://passwordsafe.sourceforge.net/index.shtml">Password Safe</a>.</p> <h2>3. Activate Two-Factor Authentication</h2> <p>On top of your password, you can often add an extra layer of security by activating two-factor authorization (also known as 2FA). Without 2FA, hackers only need your username and password to access your data.</p> <p>Several cloud-based services, such as <a href="http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-enable-dropbox-two-step-verification/">Dropbox</a> and <a href="http://www.cnet.com/news/multifactor-authentication-extended-to-all-office-365-users/">Office 365</a>, offer 2FA by sending you a code via text or phone call that you need to access your account. It's an extra step, but once you've set it up on all of your devices, you are good to go.</p> <h2>4. Keep Your Birth Date Private</h2> <p>But don't just stop there.</p> <ul> <li>The name of your first pet</li> <li>Mom's maiden name</li> <li>Last four digits of your social security number</li> <li>Name of the street that you grew up in</li> </ul> <p>What do these have in common? They're all potential answers to security questions to retrieve your password or access to your account. When selecting your security questions, make sure that their answers are not a simple Google search away.</p> <p>Hide your birth date and any other private information from your bio section from any social media sites, online forums, or websites. The more private your personal information is, the less likely that a hacker can find it through search engines.</p> <h2>5. Learn the Process to Report Hackers</h2> <p>Almost every service has a way to submit a report when you think somebody else is using your account. Here is an example from <a href="https://account.live.com/ResetPassword.aspx">Microsoft</a>.</p> <p>By investing the time in becoming familiar with the process of recovering access to your account, you are better prepared for the day that you have to rely on this process. This will help you keep some sanity during that stressful time and know what information is necessary.</p> <h2>6. Be Wary of Public Wi-Fi</h2> <p>Over <a href="http://www.gfi.com/blog/survey-95-6-of-commuters-in-the-us-put-company-data-at-risk-over-free-public-wi-fi/#!">95% of American commuters use free public Wi-Fi</a> to complete work on the go.</p> <p>The problem is that about 60% of them admit they will utilize any free Wi-Fi source they can find. Data transfers happening over public Wi-Fi networks aren't encrypted, so hackers can exploit these public networks to tap into tablets and smartphones.</p> <p>By setting up &quot;hot spot honeypots,&quot; digital thieves tempt people with the offer of free Internet, and gain access to all kinds of private data. And they're not doing anything too high tech: hackers just need a <a href="http://hakshop.myshopify.com/products/wifi-pineapple?variant=81044992">$100 device</a> and can be <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/story?id=3454066">up to 100 feet away</a> from their victims.</p> <p>Use these strategies when attempting to connect to a public Wi-Fi:</p> <ul> <li>Verify the official name of the network with the place offering it. Don't assume that every business or public space offers free Wi-Fi.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Only activate the Wi-Fi feature of your device, when you are about to access a Wi-Fi network that you have verified.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If planning to review work files, use your company Virtual Private Network (VPN) network, if one is available. VPN encrypts all your data during your session and and hides the identity of the servers to which you are connected. Depending on the nature of your industry, you may never want to risk viewing company files without a VPN connection.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Keep your device's operating system up to date. For example, Apple is constantly releasing security updates to address system vulnerabilities for iPhones and iPads.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Prevent Automatic Upload of Media</h2> <p>If you keep the default settings from cloud storage services, such as iCloud or Dropbox, then all of your photos and videos may be automatically uploaded to the cloud.</p> <p>If you're planning to take some photos and videos that are meant for your eyes only, make sure to update the settings of your cloud storage accounts. Nobody can hack for intimate photos or videos if there are none available online in the first place.</p> <ul> <li>iPhone Users: To prevent photos from automatically uploading from your iPhone or iPod to your iCloud account, you can go to Settings &gt; iCloud &gt; Photo Stream, and turn off My Photo Stream.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Android Users: You need to check any auto-backup settings you can find on individual apps. Some examples of apps uploading media automatically to the cloud are Facebook, Twitter, and Dropbox. Check the settings menu of your apps and disable any photo-syncing that you're not comfortable with.</li> </ul> <h2>8. Backup Your Media Offline</h2> <p>While it is important to prevent undesired media from ending up in the cloud, it is equally important to backup the data that is important to you. An offline backup of your media is not only important for when your phone is lost, stolen, or severely damaged, but also for when somebody hacks into your cloud account and deletes all of your data!</p> <p>Most smartphones provide a way to back up your device's media that is not cloud-based and that can be stored in your personal computer. For example, Apple devices can leverage <a href="http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1766">iTunes to create backups</a>, and Samsung devices can backup through the <a href="http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/">Kies software</a>.</p> <h2>9. Beware Fake Messages</h2> <p>If you use cloud based storage services, be on the lookout for phishing emails.</p> <p>These emails may look like real messages from the developers of the service, but they are not. Hackers are trying to trick you into providing your personal information.</p> <p>Here are some red flags to watch out for:</p> <ul> <li>The spelling of the sender's email is funny looking. For example, instead of <a href="mailto:xxx@dropbox.com">xxx@dropbox.com</a>, it reads <a href="mailto:xxx@dropboxx.com">xxx@dropboxx.com</a> or <a href="mailto:xxx@drop-box.co">xxx@drop-box.co</a>.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The hyperlinked URLs have misleading domain names. For example, if you hover over a link, you notice that instead of going to the apple.com domain, it goes to apple-com.info.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The message contains plenty of misspellings or typos.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You are asked to submit your password or personal information, such as mailing address, phone number, or social security number, via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>The message includes a form in Word or PDF format for you to fill out.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You're asked for money to cover for expenses.</li> </ul> <p>If you see any of these red flags, don't click on any of the links, and delete the email immediately.</p> <h2>10. Delete What You Don't Want Anybody to See</h2> <p>In an era of potentially unlimited storage through the cloud, we are tempted to keep everything.</p> <ul> <li>THOSE pictures from your bachelorette party,</li> <li>Intimate videos or sexts with your current or past partners,</li> <li>Progress pictures when you started your diet,</li> <li>Financial or tax documents over 5-years old, or</li> <li>Scanned copies of IDs from several years ago.</li> </ul> <p>If you don't want anybody else getting their hands on your data, delete it. This is the only way that you can be sure.</p> <p><em>What steps have you taken to protect your data in the cloud? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-critical-steps-to-protect-your-data-in-the-cloud">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/shhhhh-how-to-block-out-noise">Shhhhh: How to Block Out Noise</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/multitasking-sucks-even-more-than-you-thought">Multitasking Sucks Even More Than You Thought</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-7-stages-of-procrastination-read-this-right-now">The 7 Stages of Procrastination (Read This Right Now!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-soda-tidy-a-room-in-three-minutes-cure-a-hangover-and-become-a-movie-extra-phew">How To Make Your Own Soda, Tidy A Room In Three Minutes, Cure A Hangover And Become A Movie Extra. Phew!</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/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> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Productivity cloud backup computer security computers hackers Thu, 13 Nov 2014 12:00:08 +0000 Damian Davila 1253966 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Time-Saving Hacks for People With Busy Mornings http://www.wisebread.com/16-time-saving-hacks-for-people-with-busy-mornings <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-time-saving-hacks-for-people-with-busy-mornings" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-preparation-makeup-469707329-small.jpg" alt="woman preparation" title="woman preparation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My morning routine is always stressful. My alarm goes off repeatedly and I hit snooze. Finally, I clamber out of bed, yank my door open, run to the bathroom, and start getting ready. Usually, I have between 10 and 15 minutes to go from blurry eyed to business casual. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-successful-people-do-every-morning?ref=seealso">13 Things Successful People Do Every Morning</a>)</p> <p>Below are the 16 ways I keep from being late every morning. If I don't do one of these things, it all goes wrong.</p> <h2>1. Shower the Night Before</h2> <p>This is the number one rule of getting ready quickly. If you use your morning shower to wake up, don't fret, you probably move slowly. Take showers at night and wash your face with cold water or a refreshing face wash like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E96LT0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001E96LT0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=I7L3BNXU64X4YCQ5">Neutrogena Morning Burst</a>.</p> <h2>2. Press and Pick Out Clothes</h2> <p>Choose your outfits the night before, including any appropriate undergarments. I've run out the door on more than one occasion with wrinkled clothes or the wrong bra. Luckily I keep a cardigan at work for those times.</p> <h2>3. Make an &quot;Emergency&quot; Drawer at Work</h2> <p>Speaking of work, I also keep a few supplies in a drawer for when I forget something or don't have time to put on makeup. My roommate keeps a travel straightener at work too for when she doesn't have time to straighten her hair in the morning.</p> <h2>4. Use an Iron Alternative</h2> <p>Sometimes even though I lay out my clothes the night before, I need to grab a jacket or a sweater at the last minute and it's usually wrinkled. Luckily, Downy has a wrinkle release spray that works wonders. I also recently purchased a steamer that has proven to be helpful, and although it doesn't take as long as an iron to heat up, definitely turn it on as soon as you wake up to give it time.</p> <h2>5. Shorten Your Makeup Routine</h2> <p>This is not applicable for most men, but makeup can be the biggest time suck. When I first started learning how to apply makeup, I read Cindy Crawford's makeup book. It explained how to do your own makeup in three minutes. I generally try to stick to foundation, mascara, and a bright lipstick. Work doesn't necessarily require eye shadow, lip liner, or other options, especially if you're in a bind.</p> <h2>6. Choose Great Hair Products</h2> <p>The invention of dry shampoo changed many girls' lives. It takes greasy hair and turns it into &quot;fresh&quot; hair. Don't use too much as it will make your hair too dry. I have friends who also swear by Frizz Ease products and hairspray. Use whatever you need to make your hair perfect in a flash.</p> <h2>7. Ignore Your Phone</h2> <p>I have a terrible habit of getting fully ready, picking up my phone to leave, and then running through my emails, texts, or Facebook posts until I'm 10-15 minutes late for work. So, I say this with all sincerity: IGNORE YOUR PHONE. Don't check your email. It can wait. Don't check your social media accounts. They can wait. The only thing I would suggest, if you're expecting something important, is to check your text messages. Another option, if you just absolutely can't wait, is to have your phone read to you by <a href="http://www.thesocialradio.com/">The Social Radio</a>.</p> <h2>8. Position All of Your Belongings in One Place</h2> <p>Anything you need the next day should all go in one place, every night, no matter what. Keys, especially. Nothing like a panic run around your home searching for keys. Hang a key rack up next to the door and put your keys there. Find a good bench or other hook to hang your purse or briefcase. Keep everything together and you'll leave faster.</p> <h2>9. Place a Dry Erase Board by Your Door</h2> <p>I love lists. Recently, I've started using a dry erase board to keep from forgetting anything the next day. This is especially helpful if you have kids. When they get home from school, they can write down all of their homework, and as they do it, they can check off they placed it in their backpack. It's a to do list and packing list at the same time.</p> <h2>10. Fix Wet Hair in a Cute Style</h2> <p>I have an unbelievable amount of naturally curly hair, so I'm not big on drying my hair. I always let it dry naturally. So if I shower in the morning, my hair is always wet. Luckily there's the internet to teach me how to fix my hair while wet. Peruse Pinterest, check out this article on <a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/05/wet-hair-braid">Fashionista</a>, and just generally search <a href="https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=WET+HAIRSTYLES">YouTube</a>. Be sure to practice any updo you like before the morning!</p> <h2>11. Pre-Pack Your Lunch the Night Before</h2> <p>Lunch can always take too long if you're not prepared. It's not so easy to premake sandwiches and keep them from getting soggy, but if you do, just separate the meat from the bread. I rely heavily on Lean Cuisine and leftovers for my lunch options, but if you have children, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-packed-lunch-ideas-youll-want-to-steal-from-your-kids">keep it simple</a> and purchase lots of Tupperware.</p> <h2>12. Set Your Coffee Maker on a Timer</h2> <p>If you have a coffee maker with a timer, set it for 10 minutes before you normally wake up. If you don't have a timer, just set your coffee maker up and ready to hit start. Another option is to make iced coffee the night before and have it ready to go the next morning. <a href="http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2011/06/iced-coffee-at-home.html">Cold brewed coffee</a> is a fantastic option and can be much stronger than brewed coffee. Simply fill a French press with tap water and coffee and put in the fridge overnight. Plunge, add ice and you're good to go.</p> <h2>13. Choose a Faster Breakfast</h2> <p>If you need breakfast in the morning, make it quicker. Make oatmeal, a homemade frozen <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-than-store-bought-10-great-freeze-ahead-burrito-recipes">breakfast burrito</a>, toast, or anything that you'd enjoy quickly. You can always pull a Gilmore girl and buy bulk Poptarts.</p> <h2>14. Purchase a Shower Cap</h2> <p>This might sound crazy or perhaps reminds you of your grandmother, but a shower cap can be a very useful thing if you're running behind but need to shower. It will keep your hair from getting frizzy or wet and will get you out the door quicker.</p> <h2>15. Put Essentials in a Close Place</h2> <p>Find anything you might need in a bind and put them all in one place. Whether it's a lint brush, bobby pins, safety pins, and any other last minute needs, make sure they're close.</p> <h2>16. Keep Wipes Handy</h2> <p>Always keep baby wipes or makeup removing wipes handy as they can be much quicker than face wash. If something goes wrong, you can quickly swipe it away. If you get deodorant on your clothes, baby wipes will remove it and you won't have to change clothes.</p> <p><em>What time saving hacks do you use in the morning? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-time-saving-hacks-for-people-with-busy-mornings">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-things-successful-people-do-every-morning">13 Things Successful People Do Every Morning</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-self-improvement-apps-to-make-you-smarter-stronger-and-happier">10 Self-Improvement Apps to Make You Smarter, Stronger, and Happier</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven&#039;t Tried Yet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity hurry morning rush hour time savings Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:00:06 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1251281 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Best Ways to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Workday http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-last-10-minutes-of-your-workday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-last-10-minutes-of-your-workday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/writing-planner-clock-489043691-small.jpg" alt="writing planner" title="writing planner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's 4:50 p.m. Hunger pains are rousing. The midday coffee buzz has gone and your ability to focus is fleeting. Do you forfeit these last 10 minutes of the work day over to the zombie that you've become or do you power up and finish strong? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-first-10-minutes-of-your-workday?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Ways to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Work Day</a>)</p> <p>Just as with marathon running, the way you end your day in the working world is as important as how you start it. If you bide your time wisely in the final minutes before you clock out, you can set yourself up for success the following morning. Now that's a formula for a fruitful career.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the most productive ways to round out the work day before heading home for dinner. (You'll thank us the following morning when you're prepped and ready to take on the world &mdash; or at least the office.)</p> <h2>1. Review Your To-Do List</h2> <p>Did you check off everything you needed to accomplish? If not, is there something you can quickly finish up before clocking out? Even if you missed a mark or two, it's important to evaluate the day's work and forward any incomplete items on to tomorrow's checklist. Speaking of&hellip;</p> <h2>2. Write Tomorrow's To-Do List</h2> <p>You'll save yourself time in the morning if you scribble down tomorrow's to-do's the night before. That way when you arrive at your desk a little bit bleary eyed the next day, you'll have a list of tasks all ready to focus on. Experts say it's best when we <a href="http://hbr.org/tip/2012/12/19/create-rituals-to-get-more-done">begin the work day by crossing off a task with a single focus</a> &mdash; something we can truly feel accomplished about. So take some time to identify what that task might be and put it at the top of your list.</p> <h2>3. Complete Easy Tasks</h2> <p>It doesn't take a whole lot of brainpower to finish up your paperwork and read through your email &mdash; but they're tasks that have to get done. That's why it's best to save these and other mindless chores for the end of the day after you've already near-depleted your energy on more difficult tasks. By completing a string of simple tasks before jetting out the door, you'll restore a sense of accomplishment and order to your day. Just be mindful not to actually send any crucial emails at this late hour. All emails of importance should arrive in the recipient's inbox when they're actually alert, at their desk, and ready to respond.</p> <h2>4. Clear Your Desk of Clutter</h2> <p>Throw out the empty disposable coffee cup and that stack of memos from last week. Studies show that a cluttered workspace actually hinders our ability to process information and concentrate. We aren't aware of it, but <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21228167">clutter competes for our attention</a> in much the same way as a whining child or a barking dog does.</p> <h2>5. Say Goodbye</h2> <p>&quot;We tend to think about the importance of checking in and saying good morning to kick off the day,&quot; international business speaker Michael Kerr told Forbes, &quot;but we forget that it can be just as important, and make us feel good as well, to <a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/efkk45kdhj/say-good-bye-3/">say a friendly and proper good bye</a> to everyone rather than just silently drift off into the night. This is triply important if you are the supervisor.&quot;</p> <p><em>How do you end your work day? Please share in comments!</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/the-5-best-ways-to-spend-the-last-10-minutes-of-your-workday">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/make-your-to-do-lists-more-effective-with-these-5-simple-hacks">Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective With These 5 Simple Hacks</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/multitasking-sucks-even-more-than-you-thought">Multitasking Sucks Even More Than You Thought</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-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World&#039;s Busiest People</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-simple-ways-to-change-up-your-routine-and-love-your-day">25 Simple Ways to Change Up Your Routine and Love Your Day</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity clock out organization routine work day Tue, 28 Oct 2014 09:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1245351 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Dumb Little Productivity Killers You Need to Stop Doing Today http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/unproductive-home-worker-458041361-small_0.jpg" alt="unproductive home worker" title="unproductive home worker" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you reading this article during your third coffee break or on your smartphone during a meeting?</p> <p>If so, then you are part of the 69% of workers that say that they <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/jobs/salary/article/2013-Wasting-Time-at-Work-Survey-4374026.php">waste time at work every day</a>.</p> <p>How else are you wasting time &mdash; and getting less done? Here are 10 dumb little productivity killers you need to stop doing today, and how to fix them.</p> <h2>1. Reading Email Too Often</h2> <p>Smartphones are great tools and let us keep connected with each other. Maybe a bit too connected. Turns out that the average person spends around <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/the_social_economy">13 hours every week</a> reading and replying to emails. Checking email is a productivity trap. While you may think that replying and forwarding emails is actual work, you may not get any real work done.</p> <p>Some of the busiest (and successful!) business executives suggest that you should <a href="http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/03/22/how-to-check-e-mail-twice-a-day-or-once-every-10-days/">only check your email twice a day</a>.</p> <h2>2. Taking Too Long to Set Up Meetings</h2> <p>How many emails do you see go back and forth between groups of co-workers that are trying to set up a meeting day and time? There are two easy ways to stop those email marathons:</p> <ul> <li>Pick up the phone. Setting up meeting times over the phone is often faster and allows you to skip email altogether.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Make digital calendars public. By allowing everybody within your company to check the availability of co-workers, you're cutting down the time spent figuring out blocks of time in which everybody is free. Both Outlook and Google Calendar are great tools to make calendars public within an organization.</li> </ul> <h2>3. Attending Too Many Meetings</h2> <p>A Harvard Business School study shows that people within large organizations can spend <a href="http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/how-a-weekly-meeting-took-up-300000-hours-a-year/">300,000 hours a year supporting an ongoing weekly meeting</a>.</p> <p>When thinking about meetings, don't just stop with your hours. Before scheduling a meeting, keep in mind the number of:</p> <ul> <li>Persons necessary for meeting;</li> <li>Hours required in preparation for meeting; and</li> <li>Meetings with subordinates and/or supervisors to complete action times.</li> </ul> <p>There are two useful rules of thumb to start eliminating and shortening meetings. First, if the meeting lacks a decision-maker, nix the meeting. Second, always have a list of action items. Aggressively go through each one of the action items. If you're done with the list, finish the meeting.</p> <h2>4. Taking Personal Calls and Texts at Work</h2> <p>A survey of 2,138 U.S. employers puts personal cell phone calls and texts at the top of the list of <a href="http://www.careerbuilder.com/jobposter/resources/page.aspx?template=none&amp;sc_cmp2=JP_Infographic_productivity2014&amp;pagever=productivity2014">workplace disruptions ruining employee productivity</a>. Half of employers put this problem at the top of the list of productivity killers and they're absolutely right. Almost a quarter of workers admit spending <em>at least one hour per day</em> on personal calls or texts.</p> <p>The fix is simple: Keep your personal life, personal. If you were to spend one less hour on personal stuff, you would complete your work one hour faster. Ask your friends and relatives not to contact you during work hours, except in case of emergencies.</p> <h2>5. Gossiping Too Much</h2> <p>On the same survey, the second top productivity killer from the list is gossip. While not all gossip at the office is necessarily bad, negative gossip kills productivity because it encourages CYA behavior, creates distrust among employees and supervisors, and, in the worst case, causes &quot;malicious harassment&quot; lawsuits.</p> <p>Don't waste time talking trash behind people's backs and avoid those that do. Not only will you keep focused on your work, but also you will avoid involvement in messy situations.</p> <h2>6. Saying &quot;Yes&quot; to Everything</h2> <p>Everything needs to be taken in moderation, including assignments from your supervisor. In theory, being a &quot;Yes Man&quot; may sound like a surefire way to get ahead. However, it may actually hurt your performance by keeping you stressed, late on projects, and compromised with mediocre results.</p> <p>Start analyzing projects before committing to blindly committing to them. Your supervisor will appreciate your critical thinking and commitment to superior results. Plus, your coworkers will be happy that you're not a ball of stress all the time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead?ref=seealso">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</a>)</p> <h2>7. Not Sleeping Enough Every Day</h2> <p>A common consequence of taking on too many tasks is that you are not able to sleep as well as before. By burning the midnight oil too often, you're burning your daytime productivity. Studies have shown that most healthy adults need seven to eight hours of daily sleep to be fully rested.</p> <p>Build a better sleep routine and start catching more z's. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-effective-sleep-tips-you-havent-tried-yet?ref=seealso">5 Effective Sleep Tips You Haven't Tried Yet</a>)</p> <h2>8. Wasting Time on Social Media</h2> <p>All those tweets, Facebook posts, and Instagram pics are eating an <a href="http://www.marketingcharts.com/online/social-networking-eats-up-3-hours-per-day-for-the-average-american-user-26049/">average of 3.2 hours of your day</a>.</p> <p>The easiest ways to curb your social media consumption are:</p> <ul> <li>Blocking social media sites during work hours using the <a href="http://getcoldturkey.com">Cold Turkey</a> app or others like it;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Uninstalling social media apps from your smartphone;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Forcing yourself to crowdsource questions by asking people in person; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Using a desk clock or wearing a wristwatch so you don't take out your phone to check the time.</li> </ul> <h2>9. Getting Distracted by Interruptions</h2> <p><iframe width="605" height="340" frameborder="0" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/SSUXXzN26zg?rel=0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSUXXzN26zg">Going &quot;squirrel!&quot;</a> too often at work is a major productivity killer.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/opinion/sunday/a-focus-on-distraction.html">average office worker spends only 11 minutes on a task</a> before being interrupted by a phone call, email, or &quot;urgent&quot; meeting. To make matters worse, it takes an average of 25 minutes for the same worker to get back to the original task after each interruption.</p> <p>To minimize your number of interruptions:</p> <ul> <li>Protect your most productive hours by making yourself unavailable for meetings;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Let all calls go to voicemail;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Set your smartphone to &quot;airplane&quot; mode; and<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Use a service to pause email arriving to your inbox, such as <a href="http://inboxpause.com">Inbox Pause for Gmail</a>.</li> </ul> <h2>10. Lacking S.M.A.R.T Goals</h2> <p>The best way to increase your productivity is to develop goals that are <strong>S</strong>pecific, <strong>M</strong>easurable, <strong>A</strong>chievable, <strong>R</strong>esults-focused, and <strong>T</strong>ime-bound.</p> <ul> <li>Don't say: increase car sales.</li> <li>Do say: By October 31st, increase the number of sales of Model A by 2% using the guidelines from last quarter's training program so my supervisor can more competently evaluate my performance.</li> </ul> <p>By developing S.M.A.R.T. goals you will have a clear set of guidelines to attain your objectives more effectively and be evaluate more efficiently.</p> <p><em>What are the worst dumb little productivity killers? Please share in comments, and then get back on task!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-dumb-little-productivity-killers-you-need-to-stop-doing-today">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/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-to-do-lists-more-effective-with-these-5-simple-hacks">Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective With These 5 Simple Hacks</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/multitasking-sucks-even-more-than-you-thought">Multitasking Sucks Even More Than You Thought</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/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">11 Time Saving Hacks From the World&#039;s Busiest People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-time-management-problem-most-of-us-have-and-how-to-fix-it">The Time Management Problem Most of Us Have — and How to Fix It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity distractions organization productivity time management Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Damian Davila 1241960 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: The Enemies of Productivity http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-the-enemies-of-productivity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-the-enemies-of-productivity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lazy-businesswoman-452656583-small.jpg" alt="lazy businesswoman" title="lazy businesswoman" 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 terrific articles about the enemies of productivity, smart ways to stick to habits, and saving up for big purchases.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://fitzvillafuerte.com/7-enemies-productivity.html">7 Enemies of Productivity</a> &mdash; Not having a plan makes it easier to forget the important things that you need to do. [Ready To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://zenhabits.net/stick/">The Smart Way to Stick to Habits</a> &mdash; Set a daily activity as the trigger for your new habit. [Zen Habits]</p> <p><a href="http://citi.us/1xO3UvC">How the Car We Never Bought Changed My Life</a> &mdash; Carrie saved $30,000 for a minivan, but when her family's situation changed, she was able to put the cash to better use: a home across the country. Read her tips for saving for a big purchase. [Women &amp; Co.]</p> <p><a href="http://www.cultofmoney.com/2014/10/08/too-busy-to-cook-4-time-and-money-saving-solutions/">Too Busy to Cook? 4 Time and Money Saving Solutions</a> &mdash; Keep lots of fruits and veggies on hand to use as easy sides and salads. [Cult of Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2014/10/7-tips-to-make-it-easier-to-have-healthy-eating-habits/">7 Tips to Make It Easier to Have Healthy Eating Habits</a> &mdash; Serve the main course from the stove or counter so that it's less convenient to get seconds. [The Happiness Project]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/smart-home-improvements/">These Smart Home Improvements Will Help You Yield the Best Returns at Resale</a> &mdash; Building a wood deck addition will cost about $9,539, but you'll recoup around 87.4% when you sell the house. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Jobs-Shy-People-35315204">9 Jobs For People Who Hate Small Talk</a> &mdash; People who don't enjoy office chitchat may do well as a archivist. Archivists spend a lot of time working alone &mdash; appraising important records, collections, and documents that are worth preserving. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.themoneyprinciple.co.uk/why-i-paid-for-household-emergency-on-a-card-and-you-probably-shouldnt/">Why I Paid for Household Emergency on a Card and You Probably Shouldn&rsquo;t</a> &mdash; Putting a household emergency on your credit card can make sense if you don't have an emergency fund, you have monthly positive cash flow, and you can pay off your credit balance every month. [The Money Principle]</p> <p><a href="http://www.supermoney.com/2014/10/job-ideas/">14 Cool Job Ideas for Kids of All Ages</a> &mdash; Young kids can earn some cash by selling their old or unwanted toys at a garage sales. [SuperMoney]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-childrens-books-that-my-child-wont-let-me-put-down">10 Children's Books That My Child Won't Let Me Put Down</a> &mdash; Your kids will laugh and learn about geography with Laurie Keller's &quot;The Scrambled States of America.&quot; [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-the-enemies-of-productivity">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/kill-boredom-with-these-34-fun-and-productive-projects">Kill Boredom With These 34 Fun and Productive Projects</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-things-successful-people-do-every-morning">13 Things Successful People Do Every Morning</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/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it">Why You Need a Time Budget — and How to Create It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-to-do-lists-more-effective-with-these-5-simple-hacks">Make Your To-Do Lists More Effective With These 5 Simple Hacks</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/multitasking-sucks-even-more-than-you-thought">Multitasking Sucks Even More Than You Thought</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Productivity best money tips productivity Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:00:18 +0000 Amy Lu 1235913 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Time-Saving Tools Everyone Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/15-time-saving-tools-everyone-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-time-saving-tools-everyone-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-smartphone-462363713-small.jpg" alt="woman smartphone" title="woman smartphone" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Feel like there's just not enough time in the day? Join the club. It feels like I'm going nonstop from before sunup to waaaay past sundown every day. I haven't found a solution that will add any time to my daily routine, but I have found a few ways to cut back on the time I'm spending on tasks that otherwise could be more efficient. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-need-a-time-budget-and-how-to-create-it?ref=seealso">You Need a Time Budget</a>)</p> <p>Take a look at some of my time-saving solutions here, then let me know how you shave a few minutes off your day in the comments below.</p> <h2>1. Food Processor</h2> <p>I enjoy cooking, and I usually make time to eat a healthy meal at home, but I don't always have the time (or energy) to cut, chop, peel, grate, and slice my breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rather, I use a food processor whenever it makes sense to quickly and effortlessly manipulate the ingredients I need so I can speed up the cooking process and feed my hungry tummy faster. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A6JHPK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00A6JHPK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZWCJVCQYHLUO3GZJ">KitchenAid makes a great processor</a> (the assortment of blades are beyond helpful), but <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003O47MKA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003O47MKA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=ZR6ZGBIKSY3QGPL5">Ninja also makes a line of powerful food prep products</a> that I personally give my seal of approval.</p> <h2>2. Backup Gadget Batteries</h2> <p>iPhone users in particular know the daily struggle of seeing 1% at 11 a.m. even though they awoke four hours before with a fully charged device. Thus, we're forced to charge our phones multiple times a day to avoid being without power when we're not near a socket. In fact, I've personally spent 20 minutes or more on multiple occasions in an actual Apple store just to get a little juice. A rechargeable, on-the-go battery, however &mdash; <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=mophie&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;linkId=4MOINVFV3IS6JINE">like the ones from Mophie</a> &mdash; drastically cuts back on the instances that I have to stop and recharge my phone when I'm out and about. I plug it in at night and take it with me to avert any low-battery crises.</p> <h2>3. Slow Cooker</h2> <p>There's not much better in this world than coming home after a long, hard day at work to a house that smells delicious because dinner is ready to eat. I don't use my slow cooker much in the summer, but I'm looking forward to stealing a little me-time this fall and winter thanks to my Crock-Pot. I'm also fond of this handy little attachment for slow cookers called the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ET9E7U2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ET9E7U2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=WLEWWACF42T4LJW4">Lid Pocket</a>, which helps me reduce the potential of an OCD attack when I have to put the lid on the counter or sink when taking it off &mdash; and I know I'm not alone.</p> <h2>4. Smartphone and Apps</h2> <p>There's no denying that smartphones help us save time in innumerable ways, from eliminating the need to clip coupons and helping us make lists to managing the security on our homes and keeping in touch with friends. If I had to pick my favorite time-saving app though, I think it would be my mobile banking app. When my bank launched it, it was like trumpets from the heavens were playin' my jam. Now I deposit my checks online, transfer money easily, and even sign up for in-app deals that give me cash back on participating purchases.</p> <h2>5. BB Cream</h2> <p>Erin Konrad, a spokesperson for CouponPal.com, told me about BB Cream. I didn't know much about this facial cosmetic product before Erin chimed in, but Wiki describes it as an all-in-one replacement for serum, moisturizer, primer, foundation, and sunblock. &quot;I love using a BB cream in my beauty regimen; it has multiple uses, which can help save me time during my morning routine,&quot; Erin says. &quot;I love anything that allows me to sleep in a few more minutes.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Programmable Coffee Maker</h2> <p>I'm not a coffee drinker myself &mdash; to be honest, I don't get it at all &mdash; but I don't have to be a java head to know that a programmable coffee maker can shave a good five to 10 minutes off your morning routine if you set it to brew just before you get up or while you're doing your other daily routines. There's also another cool gadget that will help you save time in the morning, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GKNOH8W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GKNOH8W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=4GMUXPG5QLDH53QJ">Gamila Impress Coffee Brewer</a>, which gives you the fresh taste of a French Press while you're on the move. I had a chance to try it for another post and even I was impressed.</p> <h2>7. Dishwasher</h2> <p>Most homes have dishwashers nowadays, so let's consider this one an &quot;oldie but a goodie.&quot; In fact, it may even be the biggest time saver of them all. Remember when you had to wash and dry all those dishes by hand? How long did it take you &mdash; 20, 30 minutes? More? Who has time for that &mdash; or dishpan hands? Not me. I just load it and forget it. Until it's time to unload it, of course; you know nobody else in the house is gonna do it.</p> <h2>8. Exercise Equipment</h2> <p>You can save a lot of time and money by buying exercise equipment for your home. I'm not talking about expensive machines, but rather inexpensive pieces like dumbbells, resistance bands, and over-the-door pull-up bars that will help you stay in shape without wasting time going back and forth to the gym multiple times a week. You'll also save anywhere from $10 to $100 a month on gym membership after the initial investment on the equipment.</p> <h2>9. Coin Sorter</h2> <p>My dad used to keep a huge water jug full of coins in his bedroom when I was a kid. Every year or so he would empty it out and spend hours &mdash; like many hours! &mdash; counting and wrapping the coins so he could take them to the bank and cash them in. Of course, these days you also can take your coins to a public machine and have them sorted and counted for you, but that'll cost you upwards of 8% to 10% of your total take.</p> <p>A great solution to save time and money is to purchase a coin sorter for your home and get in the habit of throwing your change into it every day. When the coin wrappers are full, set them aside until you're ready to take them to the bank. I'd also advise buying a fairly decent sorter. I purchased a relatively cheap one in the past and it wasn't worth the plastic it cost to make it.</p> <h2>10. DVR</h2> <p>I don't watch much TV anymore, but back in the day I was a junkie, scheduling my activities around my favorite shows. But thanks to my DVR, I now can do more of what I want and need to do &mdash; like pump out these Wise Bread articles to help you live a more efficient and fiscally responsible life &mdash; because I know I can watch my programs later. Which is perfect for a lazy Sunday when there's nothing else on anyway.</p> <h2>11. Autonomous Cleaning Robots</h2> <p>When <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UUBCNO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000UUBCNO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RRJ3CWOUE4UVFCJC">Roomba</a> was first invented the line only consisted of a round disc that would move around your carpeted floor and suck up all the junk that you used to have pick up by manually pushing a vacuum cleaner. That product still exists, though it's now a much more advanced version, but the line also include models that will scrub and mop floors and clean pools and gutters. I can't even begin to quantify how much time these little babies save, but it's not drop in the bucket.</p> <h2>12. All-in-One Washer Dryer</h2> <p>I'm not sure if it's okay for a grown man to look at shiny new appliances like a wild cat eyes a juicy piece of fresh meat, but my obsession is real and perhaps a tad frightening. Nonetheless, I'm totally into the high-efficiency, all-in-one washer-dryers. I know I'm not the only person who hates going back and forth to the washer and dryer putting clothes in and taking them out of one machine on another all day long, and this is the perfect solution.</p> <p>It's important to note, however, that while the machine's TurboWash will dramatically reduce wash time, the dryer (because it's non-vented) may take longer than you're used to. But who cares? When it's done, it's done, and you can get back to your DVR.</p> <h2>13. No-Iron Clothing</h2> <p>I would probably have to iron no-iron clothing &mdash; because I'm totally a freak about ironing my clothes &mdash; but for people who loathe it but have to do it if they want to look presentable and professional, I think this is a great compromise. If you're skeptical about how well no-iron clothing performs, Good Housekeeping put a few brands to the test, <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=127614">as reported by ABC News</a>.</p> <h2>14. George Foreman Grill</h2> <p>For those of us who live in urban areas and have no room for a real grill &mdash; or can't own one altogether &mdash; a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NXC65K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001NXC65K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QJ5RAST22J6QQ6NM">George Foreman Grill</a> is a great compromise appliance. There's no charcoal to burn of course, so you're saving time there, but the other awesome time-saving aspect of these grills is that they cook both sides of the food at once, essentially cutting your time in the kitchen in half. Plus, reviews have always been on the positive side for the grills, so you know you're getting a good product.</p> <h2>15. Hybrid or Electric Car</h2> <p>I left this entry last because as a society we're still not quite ready to fully embrace hybrid and electric cars, but we are moving steadily in that direction. Alas, once these kind of cars become commonplace, positive results will abound. We won't pollute the environment as much, we won't have to rely on foreign oil so heavily, and we won't have to pop in and out of gas stations as much (or ever if your car is completely electric). You can get where you're going faster and cheaper, which will make your trip all the more relaxing. Aaaah.</p> <p><em>Do you have more time-saving items that everyone should own to suggest? 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/15-time-saving-tools-everyone-should-own">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/10-ways-youre-wasting-time-without-realizing-it">10 Ways You&#039;re Wasting Time Without Realizing It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-avoid-buying-electronics-youll-regret">5 Ways to Avoid Buying Electronics You&#039;ll Regret</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-parenting-hacks-that-will-save-you-time">13 Parenting Hacks That Will Save You 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/how-parents-save-money-at-costco">How Parents Save Money at Costco</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-places-to-get-cheaper-diapers">5 Places to Get Cheaper Diapers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Productivity Shopping efficiency gadgets labor savers time time savers Thu, 25 Sep 2014 15:00:07 +0000 Mikey Rox 1220280 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Time Saving Hacks From the World's Busiest People http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-meeting-471500577-small.jpg" alt="business meeting" title="business meeting" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Being busy does not always mean real work,&quot; said Thomas Edison.</p> <p>Seeming to do a lot but not accomplishing anything is a complete waste of time. For example, <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-trust/201202/is-your-brain-multitasking">only 2% of people can multitask successfully</a>. Instead of working harder, you need to work smarter.</p> <p>So check out these 11 time saving hacks from some of the world's busiest people.</p> <h2>1. Never Say Yes on a Call</h2> <p>This is a must for Dharmesh Shah, Hubspot CTO and Founder.</p> <p>He points to this <a href="http://theoatmeal.com/comics/phone%20">cartoon from The Oatmeal</a> as a great explanation why people have a hard time saying &quot;no.&quot; However, he insists that you need to enforce a strict policy to <a href="http://onstartups.com/tabid/3339/bid/92302/Sorry-No-Calls.aspx">never say yes to something on the call</a>. You need to give yourself time to think about the issue and follow-up via email. This reduces your remorse about commitment too fast, prevents you from getting involved with time-suckers, and avoids &quot;he-said-she-said&quot; arguments through documentation.</p> <h2>2. Check Email Only Twice Per Day</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030746363X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=030746363X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=QZA2OBAP5HVKMEOU">4-Hour Workweek</a> was a #1 The New York Times bestseller because it was filled with great time saving hacks. Its author, Tim Ferriss, recommends that you <a href="http://fourhourworkweek.com/2007/03/22/how-to-check-e-mail-twice-a-day-or-once-every-10-days/">only check your email twice a day</a> and have everybody, including your boss, accept it. It is a fact that the average person spends <a href="http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/the_social_economy">about 13 hours every week</a> sorting through email.</p> <p>A writer from Fast Company test drove checking out email only twice a day and was able to cut down her <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3030999/work-smart/what-i-learned-from-checking-email-only-twice-a-day">time spent on email from 14 to 5 hours per week</a>. Tim recommends using these <a href="http://fourhourworkweek.com/2014/07/14/autoresponse/">two tried-and true email autoresponders</a> to train others to follow your new email regime. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-get-people-to-respond-to-your-email?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Get People to Respond to Your Email</a>)</p> <h2>3. Delegate, Delegate, Delegate</h2> <p>Now that you are spending less time on your email, you need to be more efficient at it.</p> <p>Like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, you can burn through your email inbox by delegating tasks to the appropriate person. He famously manages his email inbox by forwarding every message with just &quot;?&quot; to the appropriate person. The lesson is that you don't need to do everything yourself and that you should trust others to do their jobs. They will be more efficient in solving the problem than you.</p> <h2>4. Outsource Non-Priorities</h2> <p>Matt DeCelles, Co-founder of William Painter, recommends that you need to <a href="http://www.quora.com/As-a-startup-CEO-what-is-your-favorite-productivity-hack/answer/Matt-DeCelles?srid=n2Fg&amp;share=1">prioritize the most important tasks</a>. Whatever is not important (e.g. transcribing a one-hour meeting recording or breaking down the data from six email lists into the fields of an email database) needs to be outsourced. He recommends using sites, such as <a href="http://www.elance.com/">Elance</a> and <a href="http://www.fiverr.com/">Fiverr</a>, to hire freelancers for a wide variety of tasks at reasonable rates.</p> <p>Also, he recommends the use of <a href="http://www.fancyhands.com">Fancy Hands</a> and <a href="http://www.zirtual.com">Zirtual</a> to hire virtual assistants for about $10 per hour. This way you can focus on the work that truly matters.</p> <h2>5. Have a &quot;No Meetings&quot; Day</h2> <p>Facebook Co-founder, Dustin Moskowitz's favorite time saving hack is &quot;<a href="http://www.quora.com/How-does-Asana-approach-No-Meeting-Wednesday">No Meeting Wednesdays</a>.&quot; The idea is is that most people should have have at least one day of the week completely clear of meetings so that they can focus on critical work.</p> <p>For example, on his &quot;No Meeting Wednesday&quot; Dustin focuses only on coding. After all, that's how he became one of the world's youngest self-made billionaires. Dustin recommends to use judgment and decide when to make exceptions (e.g. an outstanding candidate is only available to interview on Wednesdays). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-6-youngest-entrepreneurs-to-make-it-big?ref=seealso">The 6 Youngest Entrepreneurs to Make It Big</a>)</p> <h2>6. Run Meetings Effectively</h2> <p>When you do need to meet, run meetings like Google's Larry Page. The company's VP of Business Operations <a href="http://www.thinkwithgoogle.com/articles/start-up-speed-kristen-gil.html">Kristen Gil broke down Larry's rules on meetings</a> into a clear list of key items.</p> <ul> <li>Every meeting must have a decision maker. If it doesn't, then no meeting is required.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Meetings should consist of no more than 10 people. No &quot;flies in the wall.&quot;<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Decisions should never wait for a meeting. If meeting cannot be held ASAP, then make a call.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Empower decision makers to kill projects and, more importantly, meetings.</li> </ul> <h2>7. Keep a List of Action Items</h2> <p>Even though Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg runs one of the highest valued companies in the world, she still leaves around 5:30 p.m. every day to have dinner with her husband and spend time with her kids. Mark Zuckerberg describes her as &quot;superhuman.&quot;</p> <p>Her trick is that she doesn't work eight hours a day &mdash; she completes a finite number of tasks per day. In a high tech company, she goes analog by keeping a <a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3021002/bottom-line/the-5-secrets-to-sheryl-sandbergs-super-powers">spiral-bound notebook with discussion points and action items</a>. As she goes through her day, she crosses out the action items. If she can cover the action items from an hour long meeting in 10 minutes, she adjourns the meeting.</p> <h2>8. Use the Two-Minute Rule</h2> <p>Keep your list of action items, but be willing to <a href="http://gettingthingsdone.com/fivesteps/">accept a new task if it takes less than two minutes</a> to complete. If it takes more than that, then delegate it or include it in a future list of action items.</p> <p>This is the mantra of David Allen, author of <a href="https://gettingthingsdone.com/store/product.php?productid=16175&amp;cat=3&amp;page=">Getting Things Done</a>. David Allens' GTD management system and two-minute rule is used by some of the busiest people, including <a href="http://www.withbeans.com/2011/07/11/famous-people-who-use-gtd-getting-things-done/">Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, and Tom Cruise</a>.</p> <h2>9. Make Time for One-on-Ones</h2> <p>If you go over the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2014/05/11/the-top-8-reasons-your-best-people-are-about-to-quit-and-how-you-can-keep-them/">top 8 reasons your best people are about to quit</a>, you quickly realize that people quit their bosses, not their jobs. There are plenty of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/alanhall/2013/03/11/im-outta-here-why-2-million-americans-quit-every-month-and-5-steps-to-turn-the-epidemic-around/">employee surveys</a> to support this.</p> <p>That's why Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman makes times to meet one-on-one with one of his direct reports every week. He claims that this is the <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1q6xqn/i_am_jeremy_stoppelman_ceo_and_cofounder_of_yelp/">single most important management tip</a> he has learned. By listening to the personal and professional problems of his employees, he shows that he truly cares about his employees and nips any issues in the bud.</p> <p>After all, one estimate puts the <a href="http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/83774">average cost of recruiting, hiring, and training a new employee at close to $4,000</a>.</p> <h2>10. Take a Nap</h2> <p>Job stress is estimated to cost America <a href="http://www.apa.org/practice/programs/workplace/phwp-fact-sheet.pdf">over $300 billion a year</a>.</p> <p>That's why Arianna Huffington provides her team with <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/arianna-huffington-sleep-nap-rooms-2013-10">two nap rooms at The Huffington Post</a>. By taking and letting others take one-hour naps, Arianna maintains a high energy operation at all times and puts a dent on job stress related costs. Additionally, chasing your cup of coffee with a nap is a great habit to maximize the effects of a caffeine fix. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-habits-you-must-start-right-now-and-be-a-better-person?ref=seealso">20 Habits You Must Start Right Now and Be a Better Person</a>)</p> <h2>11. Take a Serious Vacation</h2> <p>The busiest people are so busy with the day-to-day that they often cannot concentrate on the strategic, long term issues. By taking serious vacations, they invent the time to think about those issues.</p> <p>It may sound contradictory, but in countries where people take more vacation each year, <a href="http://www.bus.ucf.edu/faculty/rhofler/file.axd?file=2011%2F2%2FHouggy-Vacation+and+productivity.pdf">employees are more productive per hour worked</a>. Jim Moffat, chairman and chief executive of Deloitte Consulting LLP, takes serious notice of this fact and <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesleadershipforum/2013/06/04/take-a-serious-vacation-a-ceos-advice-to-all-ceos/">forces himself to take a summer break</a>.</p> <p>He believes this is time saving hack because during that time, he can:</p> <ul> <li>Focus on developing a strategy for the upcoming 9-to-24 month period;</li> <li>Evaluate whether or not hired employees are qualified for serious tasks; and</li> <li>Test his succession strategy.</li> </ul> <p>In a nutshell: If your company cannot survive without you for a few days, then there is a big problem.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite time saving hack?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/damian-davila">Damian Davila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-time-saving-hacks-from-the-worlds-busiest-people">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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