9 Powerful Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating

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By Christine H. Procrastinating: we all do it. In the face of a looming deadline, we hide our heads in the sand. Although the “sand” is usually a YouTube hole, or an endless series of unnecessary chores. It’s amazing the stupid things that we get done when we DON’T want to do something else. Cleaning my keyboard, picking out new drapes for the windows, even car cleaning are all things that I get done when I’m avoiding a more important task. Some say that beating procrastination simply co...
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4 Ways to Refresh Your Perspective

Our brains are built to find shortcuts. These shortcuts minimize the processing power that we waste on routine things. However, they can also get us stuck in ruts. Rockstars and painters of the 70’s looked to mind-altering substances to refresh their creativity and see things in a new way. Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray Love was all about travel as the key to discovering new truths and finding clarity. However, I’m with Marcel Proust when he says "The real voyage of discovery consists of not in ...
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How is Social Media Changing Society?

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Throughout history, there have been a handful of major events that have shifted the fabric of all of humanity across the globe. Today, it is undoubtable that the internet has taken its place amongst such massive cultural shifts. In particular, though, it is the way with which we use the internet to communicate with one another: social media. Social media has completely redefined the way that humans interact with each other, for better or worse. This trend is only likely to continue, as we barrel...
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Taxes Don’t Have to Be Scary

Ben Franklin once famously opined that there are only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Sometimes, it seems like people have an easier time coming to terms with the former than the latter. If there was ever a common ground amongst all groups of people, it is that everybody hates the necessary evil that is taxes, although some people would place more emphasis on “necessary,” while others would place it on “evil.” Regardless, part of reaching maturity, as an adult, as well as a responsible...
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Being a Sustainable Business

In the modern business landscape, sustainability has become an ideal that is practically required, in order to stay competitive in the current marketplace. The trends are clear, when it comes to the benefits of sustainability. Indeed, even giant super corporations, such as Wal-Mart, have jumped to forefront of demanding sustainable solutions for their business practices. While we’re not saying that Wal-Mart is a green company (by nature of what they are, they cannot be a green company), but ...
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How Good Are You at Spotting a Liar?

By Christine Hill On Christmas, my extended family gathered around for a gift exchange, pies, and games. A fairly heated game of “Mafia” ensued, wherein players all try to guess who the secret “killer” in their midst is. The game requires using every resource you can to determine who around you is lying, and who is telling the truth. I sometimes like to think of myself as an expert at this game. After all, I knew from the get-go that my sister was lying with that all-too-innocent face. S...
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Get Noticed at Trade Shows with a Charging Station

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By: Alek S. If you ever have to pack up your business and hit the road for a trade show, you are entirely aware of the many challenges that come with standing out amidst the chaos and intrigue that you will be immersed in. When the true purpose of attending trade shows is to increase interest in your business, finding ways to make people stop at your booth is absolutely integral to your experience there. While there is practically an infinite number of ways to accomplish this, there is one...
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Why a Projector Is Better Than a Television

By: Alek Sabin If you’re putting together a home theater, you’re going to be faced with a lot of decisions. Where does the seating go? Do you try to fit more people, or go for larger seating? What kind of ambient lighting? What posters do you want on the wall? Yada yada yada! None of these things matter if your entertainment watching system isn’t blowing Mr. Next Door Neighbor’s out of the water! This brings you to the most important binary decision of the theater-making process: projecto...
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Learning to Say No (In Business & In Life)

Christine Hill I was recently struck by a powerful statement from Brene Brown: “The most compassionate people are also the most boundaried.” This statement completely rocked me. What does it mean?   As a compulsive people-pleaser and one given to fits of empathetic suffering, I’ve kind of seen a roller coaster effect in my life. One moment, I’m bending over backward to accommodate someone. The next, I’m turning a blind eye to someone I know needs my help. One moment, I’m blubbe...
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Budgeting Tips: How to Prioritize Expenses

By: Maurine Anderson Prioritizing expenses can be one of the hardest aspects of budgeting. How do you decide where to allocate your money first? Which expenses can or should you choose to forego?   Many smart budgeters live by the mantra ‘pay yourself first’. The phrase ‘pay yourself first’ refers to putting money into personal savings, such as your retirement fund, emergency fund, and any other savings funds you might have going (money for a down payment, for example). Beyond ...
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