Under pressure? That’s how you fix it

It’s 7:30 PM. You are working on some stuff due tomorrow, 9:00 AM, and you have enough time to make it. But then a red light pops up in your mind. Yes, that other task you chose to procrastinate and had forgotten… guess when they want it done?

Told you.

I know I sound like a mother, teacher, and boss, but it happens to be true: you must avoid procrastination. Had you done it when you had the time too, now you would not be facing this crisis. Some people may say that they love to work under pressure; I’d say that many of those only work when pressured enough.

Do you love tight deadlines? Good, just do stuff as soon as possible and try to beat your record every time. That’s all the pressure you’ll ever need or want.

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The Great Todoodlist Experiment

Have you noticed I’m a to-do list affiliate? Seen that white and blue square box below? Some weeks ago I bought the ebook. My first impression? Well isn’t this nice?

Todoodlist = To-do list + Mindmap

 

That’s the to-do list in a nutshell, and what captivated me in the first place. I knew mind mapping since my seminary years. Then I used the technique to help me understand Philosophy, Theology and prepare essays. Later as a high school teacher, I used it to prepare classes, and even for presentations. At both tasks the mindmaps were successful.

So I liked it enough to choose it to be one of the firsts products I’d promote in my newbie blog.

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Do you believe in Science?

We do, most of us anyway, yet not with the strength of our fathers. They saw the marvels of science transformed into technology: railroads, steamships, antibiotics, the airship, the plane, radio, television and last but not least, the Internet.

Yet at the same time, children are no longer safe roaming the streets, we are aware of every crime, villages that once had a vibrant cultural life are now transformed into TV watching drones and then plugged into the Internet. And let’s not forget the atomic bomb or even the conventional bombing that hit Guernika, Amsterdam, London and destroyed Hamburg and Dresden. Last but not least, an increasingly endangered nature.

Science is not really about that. Science is knowledge. But, the fact is, most of us judge science not by its capacity to predict anything, nor by being structured or follow any method, but by the cool things it brings to us.

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Tips How To Sleep Better

Ease Stress & Relax So You Can Fall Asleep

  • Fall asleep on time, and stay asleep until morning
  • Ease worries and racing thoughts that keep you awake
  • Restore your normal sleep cycle
  • Pain relief begins in just one to two weeks
  • Wake up refreshed and ready for the new day

A good night’s sleep is priceless. Without it, your whole day is ruined. You’re probably unable to think or talk straight without a night of quality sleep.

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The 1000 Calorie Diet: Can You Survive?

One of the best ways to lose weight is to count calories.  However, is this something you can continue doing safely?  Obviously, the answer depends largely on the person, their body type, and personal weight loss goal.

It is believed that a 1000 calorie diet is only suitable for someone who has a minimal amount of weight to lose and does not engage in strenuous physical activity on a regular basis.  On the other hand, if a person is very active, trying to survive on a 1000 calorie diet could end up doing damage to their bodies instead of helping them become healthy, fit and trim.

This being a measuring element, the first step to take is to gauge how active you are.  To begin with, you don’t have to be a work-out freak to need more than 1000 calories a day.  For example, if you ride your bike to work, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or do any kind of physical labor, the 1000 calorie diet won’t be right for you.  However, if you’re more housebound, or tied to a computer in your cubicle at work, then it may be something that would work for you.

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Online Competitive Advantage (capturing unique information)

A profound shift in the basis of competition has occurred. Today, competitive advantage in many businesses lies in the ability to capture unique information about customers – information that is not accessible to other vendors. For example, airlines develop frequent-flyer profiles that are not accessible to other airlines.

Banks use information about balances and individual funds flow to market various financial products to their customers. Even grocers create loyalty card programs in order to build and act on proprietary profiles of their customers.

In infomediated markets, infomediaries hold these customer profiles on behalf of the customer and, subject to the customer’s privacy preferences, make them available to appropriate vendors willing to pay to access them.

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You Have 690 Days Left

On December 4, I began the “101 things in 1001 days” challenge – so far so good although I just remember I skipped breakfast and that’s one of my things not to do… I’m just gonna pick a few out and say why I’m doing them, and hopefully, you can share some of your “things”.

Do more volunteer work Right now I am involved in helping people prepare for the GED test, I do chat with them and answer emails once a week when they have questions about their educational challenges. But I want to do more, I would like to increase my work with BestGEDClasses.org and be active at least 3-4 times a week.

Spend 3 hours a day with my mom for 365 days (0/365) – I live with my parents so seeing my mom isn’t a problem, spending time with her is. Sometimes I forget that my dad works nights and isn’t downstairs keeping her company, so while I sit up here procrastinating to the best of my ability, she’s downstairs on her own.

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Coupon Legend

Blinkie?  Peelie?  Are you scratching your head wondering what they mean?

It can all be a little overwhelming when you are just getting started using coupons.  The coupon match-ups on The Centsational Saver use abbreviations that assume you already know what they mean.

Thankfully a few readers brought this to my attention and asked me to provide a little more detail on what those abbreviations mean so I’ve created a coupon legend to help you. Following is a list of coupon lingo that you might see used on my site and others. For future reference, it will be permanently located on my Couponing 101page.

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Why Digital Security is a trade-off

Digital security is a trade-off. If securing digital data were the only concern a business had, users would have no control over their own computing environment at all – the Web would be forbidden territory; every disk drive would be welded shut. That doesn’t happen, of course, because workers also need the flexibility to communicate with one another and with the outside world.

The current compromise between security and flexibility is a sort of intranet-plus-firewall sandbox, where the IT department sets the security policies that workers live within. This allows workers a measure of freedom and flexibility while giving their companies heightened security.

That was the idea, anyway. In practice, the sandbox model is broken. Some of the problem is technological, of course, but most of the problem is human. The model is broken because the IT department isn’t rewarded for helping workers do new things, like finally passing the N.Y. Regents exam or studying for an advanced degree, but for keeping existing things from breaking. Workers who want to do new things are slowly taking control of networking, and this movement toward decentralized control cannot be reversed.

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And Here I Am, Talking About Basil!

Can you believe it?  I’m worried about a stupid basil plant when THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END?!  Where are my priorities!!

You know what?  If the world is about to end, I’d rather not know about it.  Like, if the End is a surprise party maybe there will be cupcakes or something.  And if there aren’t any cupcakes, I’d rather not waste time fretting about it.  Indeed, I’d rather spend that time finding and eating cupcakes.  Which is ironic, because I really shouldn’t be eating cupcakes at all, because I’m trying to lose weight and all.

Nate, Laura and I are planning to attend our friend’s 1st birthday party on Saturday.  The party is at her mom and dad’s (duh) and is a pool party.  So I’ll be squeezing into the new bathing suit I bought myself last night at Marshalls.  Which means I really, really shouldn’t have cupcakes that might be lying around.  Or that coffee cake from Starbucks this morning.  Or the venti latte (that was at least a skinny!).

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