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  

Sunscreen haul

Lupus & melasma means (1) using only mineral / physical sunscreen (2) that has a high SPF bec of photosensitivity, (3) that doesn’t cling to your dry patches caused by your medications, and (4) doesn’t make your tinted moisturizer or foundation pill.

My latest sunscreen haul includes:

 

 

Goodbye Korean skincare

As I get to know my skin, I slowly veer away (unconsciously) from Korean skin care products. When I look at my shelf, it’s now mostly Taiwanese, Japanese, Western & prescription products.

I’m grateful though for the entire K-Beauty industry as it was pivotal in opening the doors for me in getting to know more about skin care.

But having said that, I’ve been so far disappointed with the formulation of K products when compared to the likes of Japanese or Taiwanese skin care products. Possibly because K products seem more diluted, seem to have more fragrance than necessary, and seem to be more particular about packaging than anything else.

But another possible theory is that maybe my skin is just not yet ready for Korean skin care. Maybe they are really geared towards those with very few skin problems to begin with.

And I’m definitely not normal:

  • Melasma (a result of my Lupus medications, and further compounded by my pregnancy)
  • Extremely dry (with all the flakes and everything)
  • Sensitive
  • Wrinkled

But it’s not totally goodbye:

  • I still have Banila Co. Clean It Zero (although I’m just trying to finish it up)
  • I plan to try out Mizon’s peptide serum
  • I still love Tony Moly’s cute packaging (although I only buy them so that my toddler can play with them)
  • Trying out their Konjac sponge (but it’s too early to tell if it’s better than __)
    Currently loving their Espoire silicon sponge

Even if my workhorse skincare products is not anymore Korean, I still am one of its biggest fans.

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.

Jollibee Talk & Blush Doll — Got One!

Jollibee's Talk & Blush Doll
Jollibee’s Talk & Blush Doll

It’s funny how Jollibee becomes a big part of a parent’s life as soon as their child reaches 2.

Since Gabby now adores Jollibee, I just got her a Talk & Blush Doll. It costs me P420, a Happy Meal, and later on, three AA batteries.

A cousin gave us one of Jollibee’s older plush toys. This new one looked exactly like the older version, except that this could speak in English and could say more phrases. Definitely Gabby Approved. And if Gabby approves, Mommie approves.

Oh and yes, it’s Talk & Blush — not Talk & Plush. The doll talks, but it definitely doesn’t blush. Thankfully no one really cares about the names of these toys. I have no idea why I even do.

Here’s a photo of the toddler with Jollibee

Gabby & Jollibee
Gabby & Jollibee

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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