10 Steps to Manage Your Time Efficiently

It’s true that our everyday life is made of 24 hours, but this truth doesn’t mean that you have to feel discouraged because you don’t have “enough” time to do all the things that you like! You can actually learn how to manage your own time in a more productive way, so that you will find the necessary time to do more things every day.

Time management is the way you utilize your time focusing on your productivity. As you can see, the concept of time management is closely related to the idea of productivity. You can measure the results of the way you manage your time from what ytou can actually do within that time.

Get Ready To Change The Way You Manage Your Time

Your goal is to make the most of your 24-hour long day, which would give you a stronger happiness, more self-confidence and a completely positive attitude to life in general.

In fact, when you see that you can achieve more goals in the same amount of time, you feel immediately happy with yourself. So, it’s now time to see what can improve your life and give you the unique taste of happiness and success!

  1. Create a time table – it’s important to organize your time in advance, so you will know how much you can do of it. There are appropriate apps that you can download from the web or, if you prefer traditional means, you can take a paper and a pencil and draw your personal time table.

  2. Define your results – before to start an action or a daily task, know in advance what results you are actually looking for. Even in the workplace, determine your results, so your team members won’t waste time with useless actions.

  3. Time limits – if you want to boost your 24 hours, you need to cutoff all useless wastes of time. Now, you have to know that the most effective way to reduce wastes of time is to put time limits to your daily tasks or work tasks. Stay within your time limits and avoid all potential distractions, because they also are a dangerous cause of waste of time.

  4. Week planning – for many people planning the week on Sunday results to be a good strategy to fight against all possible wastes of time. In fact, between an action and the next one some waste of time might even occur. It’s fundamental for you to have a clear and precise week plan.

  5. Daily plan – along with a week plan you should consider to prepare also a day plan. Make your day plan the day before. There are also specific day planner that you can buy for this.time management

  6. Done list – it’s important that you feel satisfied with your time management. So, add a “done” list to your to-do list in your week plan. Every time that you will mark an action as “done”, you will immediately feel more self-confident and happier.

  7. Task priority – if you want to give each daily task the right weight and position in your time organization, it’s important that you give the most important and/or complicated tasks more priority than other tasks. Do most relevant tasks in the morning, as you are more focused and your mental energy allows you to work perfectly.

  8. Eliminate distractions – as said above, distractions aere dangerous elements in the time management. Every time that you get distracted by something or someone you are actually losing precious time. Have a look around yourself and see if you can eliminate distracting elements from your workplace or room.

  9. Multitask – many people think that they will save time if they can do more actions in the same time. Well, this is not always true. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that multitasking can reduce your quality standards. So, just organize your tasks one after one, without to feel in a hurry or to overdo things.

  10. Give yourself time! – this is our last tip for you. It’s important that you accept the idea to follow your own rhythm: don’t strive for perfection, just work and train your skills every day to improve over time. In fact, you can practice and improve every day like all poker players do.

Have you ever seen how poker players train their skills? They learn the game rules, then practice on an online casino every day and level up gradually. That’s the best way to boost your time and to get to place your bets on Poker online in a successfull way.

Try online poker today, many virtual casinos are waiting for you!

3 Genius Ways Of Making Money On The Web

Let's face it, no matter how big of a paycheck we may receive every month, the money never or rarely seems to be enough to satisfy all of our needs and desires. Unexpected expenses, medical bills, the unexplainable urge to invest in a new set of shoes that you have just spotted online, school trips for the kids – there's no telling what might come up and when. The secret to being able to handle all of these extra expenses comes from having some money put aside every month. If your budgeting skills are not the greatest, or you simply feel like you need to find some additional money sources, you've reached just the right page. You are going to discover a few of the most lucrative job ideas you could try online – since you are probably spending most of your free time in front of a computer or holding your internet-connected smartphone in one hand.

#1: Build A Niche Blogblog

If you have a rich imagination and you get quite creative with you ideas and advice, be it in terms of your friends' love life or for organizational purposes (closet/kitchen/home organization or cleaning), you are sitting under a genuine goldmine. You could create a niche blog and let your creative juices flow freely. People love learning cool life hack tricks that can simplify their existence and help them save precious time and energy.

You could also focus on giving out dating or business advice to your audience. These are also highly popular topics that will most likely help you build a decent audience in time. Starting a blog or creating your own website is free and can be done fast and without too much hassle. Make sure to incorporate affiliate marketing in order to actually make money.

Just focus on a specific niche you know you are good at and you will be able to create highly relevant and interesting content that will attract a bigger audience in time. Decide upon the best products or brands you could possibly create a partnership so you can make your idea even more lucrative. You can start by searching for profitable affiliate niches. Start with Amazon and rely on the Keyword planner so you can be sure you have come across a solid niche that is high in demand right now. You can also find plenty of other reliable affiliate networks that will let you connect with merchants searching for new affiliates.

#2: Become A YouTuber

Yes, it is an actual job/career path and you probably already have at least a couple of favorite YouTubers or vloggers you're watching as often as you can. All you need is a decent camera on your phone or a video camera and some fun ideas for a few videos. The more entertaining, informative, controversial or interesting you are, the quicker your success will come. Maybe you have a cute dog who does fun things, and you could capture it on camera. Or you could film your morning or evening routine, makeup or closet organization/room/home cleaning habits. You would be surprised to see just how many people are interested in watching other people clean their homes. ASMR videos are also a real hit right now for people who are looking to relax while listening to soothing tapping sounds or whispering in a mic. Yes, there is a niche for that and it's a profitable one!

You could also create daily vlogs and simply film yourself doing your regular routine and get paid for it. As soon as your number of subscribers will go up, YouTube will start to insert ads in your videos and pay you for your views. If you think you have some cool ideas that could attract the attention of tens of thousands of people, it's worth giving it a chance.

#3: Play Games And Get Paid

We are not referring to two different options here: becoming a game tester, or gambling for real money. If you already know what is the best online casino for real money, or you are still looking for guidance and fresh games to play and venues to join, start your search on places like canadian-casinos.org. They review and recommend some of the hottest, reliable and profitable casinos on the web. You can find all the information you need there and get started easily. You could also look for a job as a video game tester and get paid to find bugs in video games. Just make sure to first do some research and know exactly what to expect.

Kango Express & Shipping Cart

I tried to use Kango Express twice. I love the fact that there’s an alternative to Shipping Cart, but I may have to revert back to Shipping Cart, or probably experiment with another forwarder soon (I like having a lot of choices).

I’m not very fond of Kango Express’s “handling fees.” My first shipment had an additional $20 to the invoice. My second, $14.

I remember also having a similar issue with Shipping Cart & their insurance fees, but it was nothing compared to Kango Express’ handling fees.

I use a freelance forwarder which is a lot cheaper than Shipping Cart and Kango Express. However, I can only use this courier of mine if I’m sure that the merchant will not use a regular USPS box to ship my items (a big problem with 3rd party merchants in Amazon)

(My freelance forwarder doesn’t “consolidate” the packages, and will ship items in their original box. However, TSA strictly imposes that USPS boxes can only be used within the USA, so if a merchant sends a package for me in a USPS box, my forwarder will simply return the package to the merchant.)

Kango Express repacks my packages separately in little bags. Shipping Cart, on the other hand, will re-pack my items into one box.

I definitely prefer the single-box system of Shipping Cart — much neater, and less problems with unpacking the items.

Once, while I was opening a package from Kango Express, I accidentally cut through my item with my scissors because they use these very thin wrapping papers.

I also cannot stand the lack of tracking information of Kango Express. As soon as you’ve shipped your packages, it will stay “In Transit” forever.

With Shipping Cart, however, I do have an issue with how long it takes for them to update that a package has arrived (although they claim they can now do it within the day).

It also really irks me with Shipping Cart is that ever since they updated their website in December 2017, I can only view the mobile version of their website in Safari macOS. I would need to use either Firefox or Chrome for it to be rendered properly (and yes, I have reported the problem.

Kango Express

  • Limited tracking information
  • Expensive handling fees
  • Bad re-packaging of products

Shipping Cart

  • Takes a long time to update customer that a package has arrived
  • Website does not load properly if you use macOS Safari  

I got ripped off by Italiannis BGC on their Bistro Card

Before anything else, let me be clear that I did try to contact Bistro thru their website. I only complain publicly about a service if I contacted a company directly, and have not received a reply in return.

Last Saturday, I was in Italiannis BGC with my mom and my daughter. As expected, a Bistro card salesman went to our table and offered us the Bistro card. I immediately said no.

But he was insistent, and truth be told, it had been a perfect day so far, so after 3 years, I decided to give this guy a chance to give me the pitch.

After the sales pitch was over, I told him that the reason why I don’t get food discount cards was because I always eat just with my mom, and we both have food discounts anyway (she has her senior citizens and I have my PWD).

He assured me (take note, he vouched for this in front of my mom, who by the way, never lies) that Bistro was the only card who honors both senior citizens/PWD discounts on top of their standard 20% discount.

It is, to wit, “the only discount card which does that!”

My mom was ecstatic. She is known to be very protective of her senior citizen discounts. If my mom was happy, I was happy. I was sold.

I noticed though that he kept holding some sort of black small brochure which he didn’t give me until I paid for our bill. But I was feeling trusting, and like I said, it was a perfect day.

When I got home, I checked out that little brochure and was surprised that it explicitly stated there that the Bistro card does not honor senior citizens discount.

Dear Bistro/Italiannis BGC, please refund my P2,500. Let me know how to go about this.

I’m perfectly willing to pay back whatever discount you gave me on that one meal. I expected more a restaurant I have patronized for years, and I don’t expect to eat in any of your establishment ever again.

Happy Anniversary

It was 1998. I saw you, but you didn’t see me. We only knew each other then via email.

I wanted to introduce myself, but the press and everyone else wanted a piece of you. You were the big website hotshot, and the award you just won affirmed it.

I shyly walked away, nudged my girl friend, and just said “I have a feeling I’ll end up marrying that guy anyway.”

More than a decade passed before I got the guts to tell you that story. Ang labo, you said. You laughed. I laughed.

Happy 17th year anniversary, babe. Wishing everyday that you were here.

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Solo Parenting

I immediately felt the effects of being a widow.

The simplest things would rip my heart into pieces:

  • Checking “widow” for the first time when I had to state my civil status
  • Writing only my name beside “From” when giving gifts
  • Being the one to drive the car while someone else would sit & play with the baby
  • Wanting to try out a new restaurant and having noone to go with you

The realization and the heartache was (and still is) a real physical pain.

It took me a long time to take control of my health & finances — two things I’ve identified as critical for our survival.

Health

Health just recently became a challenge. For some reason, ever since Jim passed away, my lupus would flare up sporadically. And since I have been in remission for such a long time, I had to relearn what to do.

Finances

Getting a grip on our finances was hard. We are now living on a single income. And as far as I’m aware, there is no financial help coming from either my family or my late husband’s family.

I immediately divided our remaining savings between mutual funds and high yield time deposits. I decided to live on my employment salary alone, which does not amount to much for our day-to-day needs.

I decided to start budgeting every peso I receive. Gabby came first on all things — food, clothing, and comfort. I stopped buying anything for myself. I cancelled all planned vacations, and decided to make do with whatever is affordable (i.e., malls). I stopped buying clothes for myself. I started eating whatever is remotely edible in the cafeteria.

Big decisions I’m seriously contemplating on:

  1. Whether or not to sell our condo
  2. If we need to move somewhere where there will either be more income opportunities, or less cost of living

It still feels weird handling all these alone. But I’m getting there.

Jim

It's been almost a year since Jim died.

I did a lot of staring into space. A lot of crying. A lot of sleeping.

I did a lot of reading about near death experiences. I also started slowly veering away from Catholicism. Started meditating. Exploring other beliefs. Seriously contemplated on seeing spirit mediums so I could communicate with him.

I read & listened to Conversations with God multiple times. Read about Buddhism. Saw a spiritual guide. Had an angel card reading.

I still believe in God. Religion, not so much. I still believe in kindness, in love. Even more so now.

I still cry.

It doesn't really stop as they say it would. I'm doing a better job of hiding it now. I'm more conscious especially after I received judgement from one of my colleagues.

Someone asked what I would do for his first year anniversary. I unhesitatingly said "Nothing."

I want to do something that would make Jim happy. And until I find out what it is, I would do nothing. No get together, no reunion, no laughing with other people while reminiscing fond memories of Jim.

This grief is my own. I am still hurting.

Of Writing and Protection – Some Basic Tips

As this is a productivity blog, it makes sense that choosing the right industry to be in will make us become more productive. Here, we will share some nice lifehacks regarding internet writing, as well as give you some practical safety tips.

Writing Copies to Make a Living

Want to make more money as a book autAre you ready to embark on the writing journey?hor or freelancer? One of the most lucrative fields is ghostwriting and co-authoring, yet most writers know little about this niche. What do you need to get started? What makes ghostwriting more challenging—and yet more rewarding—than writing your own books?

The author has something to share, but may lack the time, inclination or skill to attempt the writing task. A writer helps bring out what the author wishes to communicate. The skilled twriter presents the viewpoint of the author, with the final piece rightly belonging to the author and not to the writer.

To be a good writer, you need to ask narrow, specific questions. Questions like “Did you sell your business for more than $50 million or less than $50 million?” show that you need specific information. You can start here and work your way up to more general topics.

How to Physically Protect Your Writting Assets

As we all know, laptops are expensive and in fact it takes some people the greatest part of their savings to get one for a cogent and exceptional purposes like projects, internet, reading and any other means of learning and productivity. A good laptop is a must for a good ghostwriter, and that is why you need to take extreme care in protecting it. Now, we all know that you need good antivirus and antispyware software, but a lot of people neglect to actually physically protect their laptop.

Physically locking your laptop to an immovable object isn't exactly the coolest thing you can do, but it works. Just about every laptop on the market is equipped with a small lock slot that works with laptop locks. These laptop locks work just as bicycle chain locks do: You find a large, immovable object, and wrap the metal cable around it.

Never leave yA simple key can go a long way.our laptop out in the open, even in the privacy of your own home. In fact, majority of home bulglaries happen in this manner: the bulglar breaks in, sees and snatches the most valuable thing available and runs off. Only in extreme rare cases (and in movies) do bulglars prowl around the house, checking whether there is a safe behing every portrait. That is why you need to keep your laptop hidden, and locked.

Now that we are on the subject of locks, there is usually a little you can do to improve the safety of your laptop after you double lock it. Double locking is just that – keep your laptop in a cabinet or safe or a safely locked room. A thief will probably won’t waste his or her precious time attempting to lockpick two locks in a row, as it would be against his or her better judgement.

At some point, you might find yourself in the awkward position that requires the attention of a locksmith on the move. If you can’t access your safely locked laptop, you are unable to locate your car keys, you will be relieved when a locksmith shows up in no time. That is why you should follow this link – don't hold until it's too late!

A Eulogy and a Prayer, for Jim’s 40th Day

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Dearest God,

Thank you for creating such a wonderful human being in Jim.

He would help anyone, even those he remotely knew, whether they were students, Uber drivers, budding developers, aspiring musicians, members of the press, presidents or CEOs.

And he would help them with anything — whether they merely wanted help with their thesis, his opinion on the current state of the Philippine internet, to look for a job, to fix their phones, or advice on which Mac to get.

Thank you God for creating someone who showed us the value of sharing his talents and knowledge selflessly.

He brought people together and created communities — whether they are for Filipino musicians, for his classmates, for startups, or for the internet community in general.

You also made him so honest and so innocent.

He never knew how to lie. I would always say that all I had to do was stare at him, and he would admit he ate lechon.

He would wonder why people would act meanly towards another. He could never understand office politics. He hated gossip, and would make me sermon whenever i would participate in such.

Thank you God for creating someone so intelligent and yet so humble.

Whenever he will be on TV, he wouldn’t tell a single soul. People will just find out and tell him about it.

And he would always be so shy to ask favors, even from his classmates. “Baka I don’t matter to them …” he once said.

At work, he would usually be one of the smartest and the most logical. But like in a typical office setting, there would be obstacles and debates. He would say his mind, and if his opinion is rejected, he would leave it at that.

He valued peace and harmony over anything else. He would simply resume whatever he is working on like a dutiful soldier.

Thank for for making Jim show everyone how to be curious.

He loved seeing the world. I was the opposite. I was contented to stay home, clean the house, take care of the household. Him, on the other hand, would always want go everywhere, even if it’s just a walk in the neighborhood.

He would take pictures of his mini adventures, and share them to me (and social media) as soon as he gets home.

Thank you for making Jim show me how to love like a child.

He was always insecure on how to show people he cared. “I don’t know how,” he would always say. “Is this what I’m supposed to do?”

He would ask me the weirdest questions “What does an uncle usually give to nephews and nieces for Christmas? Do you think Byng and Jojo will go if I invite them to lunch?”

The same with his team. Years ago, I asked if he would give pasalubongs to his team in Smart. He got rattled. “Oh I’m supposed to give pasalubongs!” From that point onwards, he would make giving pasalubongs a project.

Once he even got hurt because I got the chocolates that he was supposed to give Vida and Nim. I thought he wouldn’t mind, because they looked like cheap chocolates. I only knew later on that he actually gave a lot of thought into choosing them.

When we first got Booger, he would watch a lot of Ceasar Millan videos. And when he found out that we were supposed to walk a dog every single day, that’s what he did. Even in the pouring rain.

Months before Gabby was born, he would read books and take down notes. He wanted to be the best father in the world. He read about the benefits of breastfeeding, and did everything in his power to make sure that I breastfeed, even driving for hours to look for donor milk when my milk ran low.

He would wake up in the middle of the night for Gabby. He would feed her, change her diapers, read her books.

And he became the person who could always make Gabby laugh. For some reason, Gabby reacted so naturally to his childlike innocence. Gabby would coo, would smile, and would copy him. He was her playmate and her teacher.

He also loved me with the same childlike innocence. He would accompany me anywhere, because as he said, “I heard that’s what husbands do.”

He would give me flowers even if I repeatedly said it was a waste of money. He would drag me to our anniversary dinner, open the doors, hold my hand, and have someone take our picture.

He would always be rattled if there’s anything which made me sad or angry. He would do anything and everything to make it up to me. And more.

Whenever I say he was the perfect husband, I say it with no exaggeration. He truly was.

Dearest God, I also want to ask for your mercy. Jim would always say I was a better wife to him than he was a husband.

That’s not true. He actually was the better spouse.

I was too busy worrying about our daughter’s future, about myself, about my own health, about ticking off our todo list, about making things clean and organized.

He was the one who did it right. He was the one who loved us wholeheartedly, without the need to plan, without any todo list, without any hang ups — the way he knew how. And, he was not only there for us, he was there for others too.

His health was already failing. Why didn’t I recognize or acknowldege the signs? I left everything up to him and his doctors. I could’ve screamed foul, I could’ve demanded more, I could’ve fixed his diet better, I could’ve objected, I could’ve made him live …

I didn’t do things to my expectations. And I’m sure not to Yours.

Please forgive me. My heart is full of regret. We’ve been together for 16 years, and for some reason, the only things that I remember are all the things I should’ve done for him.

I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Only then can I forgive myself.

Is Jim in heaven with you?

If not, once again, I’m begging for your mercy. I beg of you to cleanse him of his sins bring him to heaven with you.

Please let him be with Toni, with his parents, and all the people he loved who have passed before him.

Could you tell him I love him? I would always say it. But now I wish I said it more.

Jim always said he was so lucky to have me. I’ve would always retort that it wasn’t true — that I was the lucky one to have him.

And for that, dear God, I want to thank you. I was a sinner, and yet you loved me so much that you made someone like Jim enter my life.

Those were the best 16 years of my life. God, if 16 years is all you can give me in a lifetime, that’s more than what I deserve.

Amen.