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How to Be Patient in Modern Business Life

You lose the internet connection, a new software program is taking forever to download, you are stuck in traffic, your new team is having trouble grasping your company’s vision or countless other things that test our ability to be patient in the modern business world. Good news, patience is a skill that you can strengthen with each challenge you face inside or outside of the office.

 

The New York Times shares an article called How to Be a More Patient Person that explains why daily energy- and time-sucks, like traffic or having to deal with a difficult person at work, will trigger your natural fight-or-flight response. Our fuse gets shorter when we give a temporary obstacle more value than it’s worth.

 

Cut the jaw-clenching down by doing 2 things: Take a look at how life-threatening the situation is and Take a look at the bigger picture. When the computer crashes and you are ready to hurl a healthy string of colorful words (silently) at the screen, take a breath and tell yourself that the situation is a minor inconvenience. Become self-reassuring by reminding yourself that you will eventually get the program downloaded.

 

Now, consider why you sought out that software program in the first place. Maybe you wanted to improve a skill or help your business excel in some way. There is a greater reason that put you at the office, in front of a computer, taking steps to download this type of program. Now… What was it?

Article 3 Habit Stacking: An Easy Way to Enjoy a Healthier Lifestyle

I have already automated 3 new habits and stacked 2 habits to each. That’s 9 healthy lifestyle habits in just the first week of the new year.  

Instead of drafting a list of 15 things that I want to change this year, I’m breaking each goal down into daily habits then stacking these habits to bring me closer to my health goals. This take some planning, but the new smaller habits should be easier to do once they are automated.

 

If you want to increase productivity at work, declutter, live better, save money, lose weight, and be happier then read on to find out how I plan to accomplish all these things and more in 2019.

 

Since, we are creatures of habit and routine, automating my daily schedule is the perfect way for me to start gradually working toward this year’s goals. I want to get small things done throughout the day that will set the way for me to achieve much bigger goals.

 

Kevin Kruse, Forbes contributing writer, interviewed Wall Street author Steve Scott (who has published more than 70 bestselling self-help books) about the unlimited potential of habit stacking. Scott explains what habit stacking is by stating simply that stacking a habit means “attaching things to it”.

 

You should start with a habit you already do and add small tasks to and around it gradually. This is what I am doing. Take a look.

 

How I am Going to Stack Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

 

First thing in the morning, I head to the kitchen to put the kettle on to boil. I placed a yoga mat right next to the kitchen so I can ease into a morning workout routine by doing stretches. You can put a yoga mat near wherever you are heading in the morning or afternoon depending on when you plan to workout. Next I will add a small table and portable DVD player right in front of the yoga mat so I can do a 20-minute workout. The 20-minute workout (10 minutes of yoga and 10 minutes of plates) will be a stepping stone to completing a 30-minute Piyo workout with eating plan.

 

My small kitchen has decent-sized counters that will house 3-4 glass jars with healthy snacks like dried fruit, trial mix, nuts, and granola to add to nonfat yogurt. Next to the jars will be a big pack of quart-sized slider bags (a money-saver that works for my family) and a plastic scoop. My new healthier eating habits can be a whole other article, so I will just say that the freezer, quart-sized slider bags, and salad plates have been making it easier to stick to healthy habits.

 

There are many ways to optimize even the smallest spaces in your home to build an exercise area, a home office or snack counter to pack healthy snacks and stay well under budget while doing it. When your habits are not costing you money, you are more likely to automate them.

 

(Mostly) Fearless and (Completely) Determined to Achieve my 2019 Lifestyle Goals

 

This year instead of making a list to scare myself with throughout the year, I’m listing only 2 areas of my life that I really want to improve: health and productivity. Each area branches into several goals, like lose 20 pounds, exercise daily, land a column in a home or money-saving publication, read 15 non-fiction books and watch 25 documentaries.

 

To begin working up to following a daily, complete workout routine, I will start by stacking a habit to stretch with another habit that I already do. Next stack, to attach article crafting (brainstorming, researching, drafting, editing, proofreading, and finalizing) to my original habit of planning my work day. Habit stacking is an easy way to use what you have always done to work up to what you have never done.

 

Why Habit Stacking Looks Like a Trend for Life

 

Using habit stacking to incorporate healthy habits into your day might be the answer you have been waiting for. This system of attaching small habits onto existing habits and developing small habits to stack onto gradually is a versatile and forgiving way

 

The main factor that made bullet journaling, also called happy journaling, a major success in the personal and professional lives of countless people is the same that factor that one that has helped make habit stacking a part of the modern person’s everyday healthy lifestyle.

 

Kholoud (Kay) has written various lifestyle content for unique clients including real estate advertisements and references, retail content and product descriptions, business marketing, lifestyle blogs, website copy, social media campaigns, and more. A love of writing gets her up at 4 am to collaborate with clients overseas and a small team of dedicated writers with a determination to make content writing more affordable and accessible to B2B and B2C clients. Contact her at Content40.com to get a content style for every lifestyle.

 

2019 Health Series: You Have to Want it Badly Enough

How am I arming myself against…. well, me and making sure that my new year’s changes do not slip. One of my two resolutions for the 2019 year is to make a full morning workout a part of my daily routine by March 1st. So I’m stacking existing habits and developing other small daily habits that I plan to stack once they are cemented. If you haven’t read my article about habit stacking, you can check it out here. There is another major step I need to take if I expect anything to work: stop my excuses before they start. The following are some of my favorite excuses and how I silence them.

 

  1. “The gym is too far and I have deadlines to meet” Set up an exercise area at home or block some time to spend an hour at the gym plus an hour buffer time. You can do this frugally.
  2. “I’m too tired to go to the gym”. Recall a time that I was tired and forced myself to go out anyway then came home happy with bursting energy and a strong sense of accomplishment.
  3. “Equipment is pricey”. There are literally hundreds of workout programs that don’t require any equipment at all to do while I add on to my home gym equipment little by little.Also, some equipment is available used or keep an eye out for a huge sale.
  4. “Home management and content marketing don’t leave time for serious exercise”. Nice, big kitchen counter (ok, not huge but spacious) will accommodate laptop where I can stretch and do some lower body exercises as I wait for stuff to get cooked or brainstorm ideas.
  5. “I need to hunt for and put on “exercise gear”. I have altered my wardrobe to become instantly exercise and walk-ready. I can live in yoga pants and comfortable t-shirts and that is basically what I wear all the time unless I’m going out somewhere nice, like an outing with friends, out to dinner or to attend an event then the pretty, matching, I’m-a-responsible-member-of-society clothes come out.

 

Why is exercise important to me?

 

Because health insurance rates just keep rising, because scientific evidence backs up the possibility of preventing serious illness with exercise, because depression sucks, because exercise improves productivity, because on the days that my body doesn’t require exercise, my mind craves it.  

 

Because…..I really really want better health at little to no cost. Don’t you

 

Next article in the series: Habit Stacking

 

 

Kholoud (Kay) has written various lifestyle content for unique clients, including real estate advertisements and references, retail content and product descriptions, business marketing, lifestyle blogs, website copy, social media campaigns, and more. A love of writing gets her up at 4 am to collaborate with clients overseas and a small team of dedicated writers with a determination to make content writing more affordable and accessible to B2B and B2C clients. Contact her at Content40.com to get a content style for every lifestyle.

10 Ways to Stay Motivated After the Fireworks Have Gone Out

Make staying on the right track easy. These are 10 ideas to keep you moving forward.

 

  1. Use tape or a magnet to put up a printout or magazine image of your goal. If you were looking for a picture of your goal, what would it look like? A 4-door Tacoma? (Oh, wait that’s me).
  2. Visualize reaching your goal. Imagine how happy you will be when the new website is up and running. Can you see yourself driving the new car? Giving a great speech?
  3. Start with small goals to make yourself feel a sense of accomplishment. Big (unrealistic) goals are difficult to accomplish and often lead to a feeling of hopelessness.
  4. Build motivation then make your goals a bit more challenging. Susie Johnson of the Not-Your-Average-Mom blog suggests developing small, daily habits then building on them. If you want to
  5. Instant gratification is for kids. According to Dave Ramsey, delaying gratification to work toward a greater long-term goal is a sign of maturity (The Total Money makeover, 2007). Is the Netflix show binge worth not being prepared for tomorrow’s meeting?
  6. Develop mantras. Restate the goal that is in danger of slipping away to help keep yourself on track even when the day doesn’t start out as productively as planned.
  7. Break down goals into daily habits then stack these habits. Expand the habits that you already have down and develop small, doable habits to add to gradually. Watch out for the article on January 4th.
  8. Recruit support. Surround yourself with people who have like goals. This is where you might consider unfollowing or even unfriending groups and people who can lead you in the opposite direction of your goals.
  9. Get an accountability buddy. If you feel that you are more likely to get tasks done when you have someone to answer to besides yourself, then check in with a friend every day or week to reflect on the tasks you finished and what you can do to pick up the tasks that fell through the cracks.
  10. Avoid overwhelm. There are countless self-help books and online resources, not to mention business services webinars, templates, journals, productivity apps, etc. Follow 2-3 authors or influencers. Be choosy when downloading applications, if you won’t use it daily, it doesn’t belong on your phone.

 

Next Article:  Article 2 Health Series: You Have to Want it Badly Enough

Supply Chain Management Potential

The growing need for supply chain management graduates, estimated to grow by 22 percent over the next five years, is reflected in a number of unusual careers available in that industry. This degree falls under the job category of logistics and supply chain management in the manufacturing industry, one of the few prosperous job industries where the need for human labor is still strong. Graduates usually start out in an entry-level position, which require a bachelor’s degree, and move up the job ladder as their experience and on-the-job skills build. Salary expectation for this degree ranges from 50 k to 100 k and up. Some unusual careers that require this degree include the following jobs.

Unusual Careers for Supply Chain Management Graduates

  1. Supply, Distribution, and Planning Scheduler/ Analyst

Those who have leadership and logistics skills will appreciate this entry-level job position. Depending on the product the hiring company manufacturers, the employee will work with various professions from other departments within the company to coordinate the most efficient way to transport products to different locations while controlling costs. The employee is also responsible for refining or improving the products for delivery and marketing to customers. This is one of the most common yet overlooked position available for supply chain management students – some companies offer undergraduates intern work- and graduates. The median starting salary is $59,841.

  1. Supply Chain Associate

Another entry-level position that requires excellent problem solving skills. Supply chain associates are responsible for overseeing all stages of production with a focus on quality and cost control. This professional also coordinates with the supply, distribution, and planning scheduler/ analyst to ensure efficient delivery of the company’s products. Associates make about $12/hour with benefits. ……….

 

 

 

Social Media for Younger Generations: Helping Your Kids Become Better People or Damaging Their Futures

We see the role of technology gradually inflate in every age group in our society including with the younger generation, but is this a positive or negative trend? Is our kids’ time scrolling enriching? Maybe. This attraction to social media can be used to improve the quality of life of these generations or to hinder already a naturally vulnerable group of people.

Instead of presenting you, my valued reader, with a mind-numbing article about how social media can both harm and benefit the younger generations, both directly and indirectly, I have given you short scenarios based on RL (real life) events we often see in the news.  

One of the most basic characteristics of all social media platforms is perhaps their best and worst feature. The characteristic: Anyone can say anything from wherever they are at any time. This is great for young people who want to feel like they have a voice. But….Everyone has the same opportunity and some choose to make themselves feel important by making others feel worthless. Our kids are often encouraged to take various actions and develop certain beliefs about themselves, the world, and those in it, including their own families… you.  

 

 

 

 

Here are some scenarios based on stories we often hear in the news or on, you guessed it, social media.

An impressionable 15-year-old girl believes that she has met the love of her life -all 15 years of her life- in a nice, interesting 17-year old boy with similar backgrounds and the hottest dimples on the planet. They agree to meet IRL and she finds herself sitting in front of Earl, a middle-aged truck driver with a receding hairline and a possibly hot laptop with a dependable internet connection. Why didn’t she tell someone before?

In another scenario, a 17-year-old who has been working on the weekdays and trying to enjoy the last glorious hour of Sunday night scrolling the newsfeed. He reads sees post after post and frog meme after frog meme about how awful Mondays are and how much working sucks. Did I mention, he already has several instances of aggressive behavior at work and school? What attitude will he take with him to the job?

11-year old Kenny is a bright little boy who knows how to override the parental controls on the internet with the help of his friendly Canadian buddy, 14-year old Mike, who he has never met. How did Mike excel at these skills but flunk algebra (algebra uses numbers, letters, and signs similar to HTML coding)? Mike regularly exchanges information with 17-year old Joe who gathers this information from Youtube video subscriptions.

 

A single mother, 35 years of age, is on the verge of losing her car because she has missed the last four car payments. Her friends and family start a donation page for her on social media. A couple of weeks later, she cannot only pay off the used 2004 sedan, she has enough left for gas for the rest of the month.

She can now take her 7-year old to school on-time and to reading classes at the YWCA and the baby to daycare. Not to mention, she gets to keep her full-time job that feeds and shelters these kids.

The latest flood has put thousands of people out of their homes and in need of basic daily supplies, including food. Yes, airing regular commercials has been a trusted and true method of appealing to audiences, but social platforms offer apps with notifications that go right to smartphones to a much bigger audience of varying ages. You can encourage people to donate with the quick click of a button making it easy for families to help each other.

Social media is used to help a greater number of families across the globe using simple, time-effective solutions, like clicking on an icon to help a family in need or show your support for a worthy cause. It can be a great tool to encourage younger generations to help people and educate themselves about other cultures.

It’s allowed people to keep jobs and houses and cars and get justice and find long-lost siblings and fight domestic abuse and… and… and.

However, when the younger generation is left with full, unlimited access to social media, the results may damage their sense of worth, social skills, behavior, and future. How can we keep this from happening when the brightest kids are the ones who find the best solutions around the “safeguards” and “strict rules” we set for them? By safeguarding their self-esteem and self-worth before they get their first smartphone or are allowed to go online.

The accessibility of parenting information from respected sources will help parents make 2018 the year to start building or continue to build a strong foundation for the younger generations by teaching them how to use social media wisely from a young age.

GMC Safari AC/ Heater -Writing Sample

The GMC Safari AC and Heater controls allow you to drive your vehicle comfortably regardless of what the weather outside is like. Keeping the temperature inside your car at a comfortable number, not too warm or too cold will help you and your passengers avoid getting ill due to sudden temperature changes when you exit your vehicle. The AC and heater controls give you the power to do just that. The clear, visible labels on the controls are intended for GMC drivers and passengers to use easily.

This replacement is made of high-quality plastic and is built to be easy to use and set while you’re driving without taking your eyes off the road. Install the controls on your GMC Safari regardless of what year you purchased the vehicle The durable replacement part fits the GMC Safari model making sure your long or brief car trips are
The art will not affect how your vehicle runs. The part works with your GMC compressor, evaporator, and condenser system to turn fluid into air, gas, to cool your entire car.

Purchasing GMC AC/ Heater controls as a separate, replacement, part may be more cost effective. This is an ideal purchase if you prefer doing repairs on your van. There are many reasons your AC/ heater controls might need to be replaced, including internal or external damage. Your Safari’s cooling system is made up of several parts which should be inspected especially after an accident. This is why, if you suspect internal damage has been done to your van’s cooling and heating system, you should get it checked out right away. Internal damage to your cooling system. Replacing the Safari’s AC/ heating controls is not time-consuming.

This is an important feature to have in a family van where your passenger might be a child. One of the reasons children misbehave is being too hot or too cold in addition to a variety of other reasons. Keeping your car’s AC and heating unit in top working condition helps to eliminate this reason for difficult car trips. Make sure your daily trips to work and weekly errands.

It is important to make sure that your GMC Safari has a working AC/ heating unit before putting it up for sale or giving it to someone else to drive. It’s a good idea to take a look at the GMC Safari AC/ heating controls many of the van owners viewed. This replacement part for sale is an investment.

Best Online Video Courses For College Students and Adults

 

Read about some of the bestvideo courses from E-learning platforms. The noticeable increase in E-learning video courses and online classes is one of the greatest benefits of technology that you can enjoy with the most hectic schedule. You will find online video courses and classes offered for various topics, subjects, and skills.

This means that you can complete an entire degree from an accredited institution, brush up on a skill for work or learn a new set of skills for a career shift.

Skillshare

Forbes lists Skillshare as one of the most popular E-learning platforms that is open to the public. The E-learning platform has more than 17,000 classes on a variety of topics including technology business, design, writing, arts, culinary, and more. The platform is created based on a learning on-demand model that allows students to start, learn with, and finish the video courses on their own time. Individuals pay $99 for an entire year of unlimited access to any class on the platform and have access to a community of more than 3 million students.  They offer some free courses that you might want to check out. A possible side is that instructors are not screened for credentials, so basically anyone who knows their stuff can teach.

Thoughts

The platform is great for students who learn by doing and favors students who thrive by working independently without one-on-one communication with the instructor or regular materials review by mandatory exams. It doesn’t offer a degree but is a great option for professional development or picking up a necessary skill for work. Also great for visual learners, but students who have hearing disabilities will not find captions, which is a major disadvantage that the company is working on. If interested or want to try this service out of a month free with unlimited access, go to skillshare.com

Udemy

Forbes also lists Udemy, a popular E-Learning platform that offers video courses in business, technology, personal development, and many other topics. Each video course costs $10 and you might find flash sales, like new student discount available for only six hours, for new students. What makes udemy.com one of the best online video courses is that you can choose from a number of on-demand learning video courses for work, school, profession or personal development or to get practical resources for immediate use with the expectation of a certificate upon completing each course.

Business owners or managers can take advantage of Udemy’s group rates and plan a professional development event for employees. Students can access video courses for test prep or academics, like math and science, social science, humanities, and languages while adults and college grads can learn web development, app development, marketing, pet care, and so much more. The service is available on a mobile app for all students.

Thoughts

This is one of the most popular platforms and includes some of the best online video course that you can take at any time regardless of where you are in life. Again, anyone who is particularly knowledgeable about a certain topic can become an instructor. You can look for reviews about a course you want to take to find the best instructors. Access a free demo for a business account or sign up at udemy.com.

 

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Block Paving: Know Your Options for a Cleaner Driveway and Patio

Block paving, sometimes called brick paving, is a popular surfacing choice for people who have private driveways, patios, or gardens they want to surface. The main advantage to is that you can remove and replace blocks as needed without having to redo an entire section of a surface (or to resurface an entire area). You’ll also find that this type of pavement is stronger and will withstand constant rain and humidity temperatures better. A quick clean-up.

 

 

Home Types Enhanced by Block Paving

-Detached Home

-Semi-detached

-Terraced

-Cottage

-Bungalow

-Some flats

 

Advantages

 

There are many advantages to get block pavement as a part of a landscape or garden. Other materials for surfacing include: poured and flattened concrete, composite pavement, asphalt, and gravel. Opting for concrete paving blocks, clay bricks or paving stones will give residents and professionals greater freedom to mix and match colors, create patterns, and make use of the varying shapes of the blocks and stones.

 

A decorative and practical way to surface driveways, gardens, and patios.

 

People who have some type of water fixture, like a fountain or pond, and/or specialty landscaping plants may install stone paving blocks to complete a certain look, while others prefer economic concrete paving blocks or durable clay.

 

Concrete blocks will save you some money, but clay bricks will last over 50 years (compared to the 20-year expected life of concrete blocks), so they might be a more economical option. Another advantage of choosing concrete blocks is the availability of textured pieces. Textured concrete blocks have a rustic look and may complement an existing landscape design. Concrete blocks can be found in various colors; however, the color of this material tends to fade over time.  

Some choose concrete blocks as a more economical choice over clay bricks. Concrete blocks are available in several shades and colors and can be used to pave floors, planters, walls, and steps.

 

Clay bricks are available in a wide range of colors that will remain radiant for decades. They are easier to cut than concrete blocks, and you can choose from a variety of shapes. This allows more creativity. Since clay bricks are easier to cut, they are ideal for tight corners. You can make a modern, patterned design using multiple colors.

Clay bricks or stones might cost you a little bit more, but come in a variety of colors and last for decades.

 

Ordering

Once you decide to surface using block paving, you can look for a contractor who specializes in installing the type of blocks you want. There are companies that work with landscapers in your particular area or you can ask around. Whatever material you choose, make sure that you call a contractor who will answer your questions before and after installation.

 

Stay Cool, Add a Pool!

Adding a pool or spa to your home and maintaining it not only adds to your quality-of-life, but increases your home’s value. Sunshine Pools has over 30 years of experience designing, building, repairing, and providing various pool maintenance products for customers throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Our responsive team will work with you to perfect your new indoor or outdoor pool, spa, or pool renovation as well as any surrounding landscaping to help you get the relaxing, private sanctuary your home won’t be complete without.

 

Salt water pools have grown in popularity in recent years due to their economic and health benefits. Since these pools, sold and installed by Sunshine Pools, need less chlorine to be kept clean, the salt water pool is an environmental and money-saving option. Less chlorine and the use of the cheaper salt also mean that your eyes and skin will not become irritated or feel dry as easily. This lets you enjoy your time in your pool. Salt water pools are not toxic giving you peace of mind when the kids, or Rover, jump in. Many of the traditional pools utilize traditional water pumps, which use enough energy to power entire houses for several months. Eco-friendly, money-saving pumps can be installed to reduce water filtration times. Hydrogen peroxide or oxygen can be used to replace chlorine as an effective, and much safer, cleaning substance.

 

The salt in the pool is only a fraction of that in the ocean and, as a result of the water purification system installed by Sunshine Pools, it will be converted in part into chlorine (a chemical component of natural salt), thus, saving you 100 percent on chlorine.

The traditional pools our customers request include those made of concrete, accented with synthetic stones and custom-built outdoor or indoor using high-quality materials that withstand even the most severe weather conditions.

 

We have a team of graphic design experts who will help you create a final design for your luxury pool that perfectly matches your vision and optimizes whatever available space you have.  Any accents or features can be built into the pool or added to it at any time. These features include:  waterfalls, steps, hardscaping, and stone or mosaic murals. An experienced landscape designer can help you create any indoor or outdoor environment you want using real or synthetic plants, furniture, materials, and patterns.

 

Many people opt for an indoor pool if they have enough space for it. The major advantage of an indoor pool is that you can enjoy a swim in any kind of weather in ultimate privacy. Indoor pools are also easier to maintain because the chance of debris collecting in the water is far less than that of an outdoor pool. It is important to have a good dehumidification system installed to protect your area against humidity and the growth of bacteria. Sunshine Pools provides quality systems and parts as well as excellent installation service and follow-up customer service.

Opening and closing pools for different seasons -to reduce evaporation and save more, emergency services or deck repairs are always available to you.

 

Stop by our show room in downtown LA and take a look at pool models, we’ll be waiting.