I have found ambient nature sounds work very well to block out distractions. Productivity501 has made four CDs with an hour of natural sounds to help you concentrate. Ocean, Rain, Brook, and Rain on a Lake.
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This method and tool are the best way I’ve found to memorize verbatim text. Give it a try and let me know how well it works for you.
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Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Haider Al-Mosawi of Personal Growth Map.
Leading a balanced life is commonly seen as the light at the end of the tunnel. We convince ourselves that once we have our work under control, we can then make time for family, health and hobbies.
Porn is everywhere today. It’s impossible to pinpoint when it happened, but some time in the last couple of decades, porn went mainstream. Before you had to go to the seedy part of town to pick up a magazine or order a stag film that came in a non-suspicous brown package. Now, you can find porn pretty much anywhere you look. On TV, at your local bookstore, and especially on the internet.
Bueller? Bueller? Quantifying results need not be boring. Keep it simple to keep it interesting… and actionable. (photo: foundphotoslj)
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Have you really seen ROI from Social Media?
Social media marketing! Twitter consultancies! Conversational communications! Oh, these are exciting times.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been involved in a very interesting discussion with a reader who wanted to know why I thought index funds were such a great investment strategy. I pulled out a huge array of quotes and experts that support my claim. A sampling:
How much do you spend on your pets? Are pets worth the money? How can you keep costs down? Those fuzzy little critters are the topic later today on the 8th episode of The Personal Finance Hour, a BlogTalkRadio program all about personal finance. You can catch it live at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern) every Monday.
This is the fourth of a four part series examining management theories and how they can help us understand our own personal productivity.
William Ouchi was born in 1943 and raised in Honolulu. He earned his Ph.D from the University of Chicago and is currently on faculty at the University of California.
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Each Monday, The Simple Dollar opens up the reader mailbags and answers ten to twenty simple questions offered up by the readers on personal finance topics and many other things. Got a question? Ask it in the comments. You might also enjoy the archive of earlier reader mailbags.
Food tracking is about as much fun as going to the dentist. But experts know that regularly tracking what you eat is one of, if not the best predictors of weight loss success.Food tracking isn’t all about calories.
I’m in the process of consolidating all of my investments under one roof. This includes:
My Roth IRA (currently with Sharebuilder)
my profit-sharing pension through the family box factory (currently with Vanguard)
my self-employed 401(k) (now at Fidelity)
My non-retirement accounts (scattered hither and yon)