02 December 2016

How a Day Planner Is an Essential Part of Everyday Life

Keeping track of your schedule as a kid is usually pretty easy. You mostly have to worry about school and extracurricular activities, and maybe a job if you’re old enough to find part-time employment. Your parents handle the reminders of your various commitments. As an adult, you’re in charge of remembering your schedule and appointments, and it can sometimes get overwhelming to keep straight all of your deadlines for work, bills, and even healthcare checkups. If you don’t already have a day planner, it’s high time to realize that having such a planner is and should be an essential part of your everyday life.

Boosts Time Management

No matter if you have a photographic memory or struggle remembering your own birthday, managing your own planner helps you to be productive and master your time better. This is because you can clearly see the things you need to do at any given time, and you can make plans to suit your needs and schedule. As you complete one item on your planner, you are also more likely to complete other items or take on other challenges. If you have a hard time motivating yourself to get things done, planners can help.

Reduces Stress

Trying to think of everything you have to do on any given day can get overwhelming. When you put your commitments into a planner, however, you can clearly see where your responsibilities lie. It can be calming for some people to see that their schedule is not quite as jam-packed as they were imagining in their heads. It’s also a great way to reassure yourself that you can indeed complete all of the things you need to do today. And if for some reason you can’t, then seeing your schedule helps you to say no to certain things and understand your personal limitations. All of this can work to reduce the stress in your life.

Validates Your Productivity

Planners also serve as a physical validation of your productivity. If you use it to record all of your commitments and check them off as you complete them, you can see just how much you managed to do in one day. This starts another cycle of motivation and reassurance – you can do it!

While you might not have needed a day planner as a kid, it can be an invaluable tool as an adult. If you haven’t taken advantage of the many benefits offered by keeping a personal planner, there’s no better time to start than now.

01 December 2016

Parenting on the Go

Being a working parent means there is never enough time for everything. You can't short change your job and you don't want to short change your child. But where do you find the time you need to nurture a relationship to them? Here are a few ways to carve out some time each day for the family:

Reduce Commute Times
If you sleep 8 hours and work 8 hours, that only gives you 8 hours a day on weekdays for everything else. That everything else includes showering, eating, meal prep, time with the kids, down time and commuting. Commuting can cut deeply into what little time you really have for non-essentials. Of course, cutting down on commute times likely won't happen overnight. It will probably take time. But you can look into working from home, living closer to work, working closer to home and arranging for your child's school or daycare to be as conveniently on the way as possible.

Make Errands as Convenient as Possible
Use the internet to research what your options are that are conveniently near work, home or along your usual route. Find grocery stores, dry cleaners, great places to eat and other necessities that fit as easily into your life as possible.

Use the Drive Through
When you have one or more kids in the car, every stop seems to geometrically increase the amount of time it takes to do anything. Find out what all your drive through options are. In addition to eateries and coffee places with drive through windows, look for pharmacies, dry cleaners and other services.

Get It Delivered
Instead of you running around all over town trying to take care of errands, take advantage of services that deliver to your home. Keep all your favorite take-out phone numbers on your cell phone and look up other services that will deliver. This can include pharmacies, grocery stores, laundry services, cleaning (why not try some christmas cleaning servicesand many more things.

In order to have a healthy, close relationship, you need to be able to invest at least 15 hours a week. Carving about two hours or so a day out of your schedule for family time can be a challenge, but it pays dividends. If you can find roughly two hours a day, you can rest assured that you are not a stranger to the people who matter most to you.

28 November 2016

7 Ways to Make Money in the Comfort of Your Home

Want to work from home but don’t know what to do? Here are a few ideas on how you can make money right from your living room.

1. Sell Your Stuff
Online auction sites are still viable platforms for selling your stuff and making extra cash. If you have lots of clothes you never wear, collectibles that you’re sick of looking at, or an attic full of useful items that you don’t need, consider placing them online for a fair price. If you’re crafty and like to make clothes, accessories, wood pieces, or art, find creative auction sites to place your original items for sale.

2. Start a Blog
Blogs are crucial components of business websites and can make for a lucrative career. However, blogging isn’t a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes a lot of work to develop an audience, establish yourself as an authority figure, and sell products online. Anyone with an interest in learning, dedication to the craft, and something to say can become a successful blogger.

3. Submit Articles
If setting up your own blog doesn’t sound appealing, you can always submit articles to other blogs or pitch stories to magazines and newspapers. Look for sites that welcome guest blogs, and keep tabs on online job boards. Everyone with a business is looking for a fresh voice to post on their site or print publication. Learn how to send pitches and get your words out in the world.

4. Offer Online Marketing Services
If you’re better at communication through social interaction, consider offering your social media skills to small businesses. Just like blogs, every business needs a strong social media team to create and build a presence online. Start by improving your own social media presence as proof of your knowledge and ability to build a solid following.

5. Create Online Courses
Online courses are becoming more and more popular. There are courses for everything these days and plenty of opportunities for more. If you have knowledge in a subject area, consider sharing what you’ve learned with the world. You can learn more about creating online courses from your local library’s digital resource center.

6. Transcribe Words
USC states that the job market is ripe for transcriptionists, and you can easily find a remote job to work at home on your own time. If you’re great at typing and don’t mind sitting in front of a screen for a few hours each day, look for transcriptionist opportunities to help supplement your income.

7. Consult Like a Pro
The more experience you gain in a field, the more insight you can provide for others who are following your footsteps. You can establish an in-person consulting business or do all your consulting and coaching online. If you choose online consulting, you’ll have access to people all over the world and can quickly become an industry leader.

What Are Your Skills?
There are so many more options depending on your skills and interests. Think about what you like to do, how much money you need to make, then develop a plan of action to combine the two. With hard work and dedication, you can make your lifestyle dreams a reality.