"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way."
“Be so good they can’t ignore you”
“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”
“Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
- Helen Keller
"The human story does not always unfold like a mathematical calculation on the principle that two and two make four. Sometimes in life they make five or minus three; and sometimes the blackboard topples down in the middle of the sum and leaves the class in disorder and the pedagogue with a black eye."
If you think you've done all you can to save money on gas, you might want check out these tips. There are many things you can do to cut back on your fuel costs that have nothing to do with driving less. Saving fuel benefits your wallet and the earth, so cutting as much cost as possible is an excellent choice.
We all want to save money. Even as the economy is slowly making its rebound, it seems that everyone has seen the value in cutting as much cost as possible from the household expenses. One of the biggest costs that is also easy to cut back on is the amount we spend on gas. You might think that you have already cut your costs by carpooling with the other parents in the neighborhood or with your co-workers, but there is still more that you can do to eliminate cost.
Cutting Your Gas Costs
Drive smarter - Driving less is obviously the biggest thing you can do to save money on gas. However, you should also be thinking about how to spend less while you are actually driving. Since you cannot stop using your car completely, you should be aware of how the way you drive expends gas. For starters, braking frequently and then accelerating burns more fuel. To avoid when you are stuck in traffic, practice keeping your foot off the brake and the accelerator. Doing so allows you to creep along with the traffic and only burn extra fuel when necessary. You can also anticipate stopping at traffic lights so that you can do it slowly instead of slamming on the brakes which burns more fuel. The same is true when you get moving again: do it at a slow and steady pace rather then flooring it. Even though your car can go 0 to 60 in six seconds does not mean it is the most efficient way to accelerate.
Pay attention to fuel use when you are not driving - It sounds silly, but when you are not driving you might be burning gas too. If you let your vehicle idle when you are in the parent pick up line at your children's school or while your spouse runs into the grocery store, you are basically throwing money away. Instead, turn the engine off while you wait so that you are not just sitting there burning fuel. Also, try to park in the shade as much as possible so you can avoid having any of the petrol in your tank evaporate. It is a small amount of loss, but over time it can add up.
Park in the first space you find - Driving around parking lots looking for a close space is a huge waste of fuel. Instead grab the first space you see, especially if it is in the shade, and walk the short distance to the shop or restaurant. By doing this, you will burn calories instead of burning fuel.
These money saving tips are just a few of the small ways you can cut back on your gas costs. There are loads more that do not require you to buy a new vehicle or ride your bike to work. Remember, that often it is the small things in your budget that really add up to big savings.
Great story today in the SF Chronicle about how amateur chefs are getting huge exposure on Youtube.
I love that there are so many ways to make a living online today. There are Youtube celebrities that have been making six figures in income for years. If you're not already doing what you love, why not start making content online about it? Stick to what you're truly passionate about and stick with it for a few years. You never know where you might go :)
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Think you need an expensive gym membership to stay fit? Not according the The NYTimes' Walecia Konrad:
As the nation’s economic woes drag on, many people are rethinking their investments in pricey gym memberships and home exercise equipment. After all, the average health club membership is $750 annually, including sign-up fees and monthly dues. Treadmills can cost upwards of $1,000.
Many fitness buffs are finding that less expensive alternatives can be just as invigorating. “These days people realize you can burn the same number of calories for a lot less money,” said Beth Kobliner, personal finance expert and author of “Get a Financial Life.” “All kinds of programs have popped up post-recession that offer lower-cost ways to exercise.”
Check out the whole article here.
Workplace stress can be one of the worst kinds of stress you can have. Dealing with stress at work is vital for the future of your company, and your own personal career. Here are some helpful tips on workplace stress busting.
Most of us spend more time at work than we do anywhere else. That includes the time we spend at home with our loved ones. Is it any wonder then that workplace stress is a major factor for so many people around the world?
Workplace stress can be caused in a numbers of ways, and can show up for many different reasons. Some of the most common reasons for stress in the workplace are:
- Heavy workload
- Long hours
- Personality clashes
- Boss trouble
- Poor working conditions
All of these problems can bring huge amounts of pressure to the workforce, and will ultimately affect the productivity and success of the business.
Let’s face it, most of us are at work because we have to be, rather than because we want to be. As we spend so much time in the workplace, it is of major importance we learn how to deal with, and reduce the amount of stress we feel at work, so that the effects do not spill into our home, and personal lives.
Here are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of workplace stress you feel:
1. Stay Away From Office Politics
Possibly one of the most common causes of stress at work is relationship issues. Virtually all jobs, whether they be manual or office based, demand you to work in close proximity with other human beings. It is unrealistic to expect that you will get on famously with everybody you work with. In fact it is more likely that there will at least one person in your workplace that you will clash with.
The best thing that you can do in these situations is to try and talk your issues out with that person. If it is not possible for you to discuss things on your own then why not get a work colleague to mediate. If absolutely necessary get the boss to sit you both down and discuss things.
It is important for the health of the business, and your personal stress levels that any personal issues are dealt with as soon as possible. If you cannot agree to get along personally then you must at least try and co-exist whilst at work. This will make things much more productive for the business, and calmer for everyone.
If the personality clash is happening between work colleagues other than yourself it is important that you stay mutual, and try as much as possible not to take sides.
The quicker work relationship problems are sorted out, the better for everyone.
2. Listen to Music
If your bosses allow it, then have some music playing in the background in the workplace. Not loud enough so that nobody can here themselves think, but just enough for people to hear.
Music is a known stress buster, and nothing brings people together more than an old song that everyone remembers.
Get that radio out!
3. Make Sure You Eat
We are like cars. If you don’t give yourself fuel you will not have the energy to work! Being hungry also affects your concentration which will lead to mistakes, and of course a rise in stress levels!
Make sure you have food with you to keep you going through the day in case you do not get time for a proper lunch.
4. Try and Make Work Fun
Although it is important to be productive in the workplace, it is just as important to have as much fun as possible whilst working.
Having weekly competitions, and the odd social activity can really help people bond,and eliminate some of the pressures of business.
If you are not in a position to implement any of these ideas yourself, then why not discuss them with your boss.
There is not a business owner on the planet who will not at least listen to ideas on how to get more out of their staff, especially if relieving them of workplace stress will help the business long term.