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3 Simple Practices to Keep Email From Stealing Your Time

Email can steal more time than almost anything else.

When you’re going through email, you’re on someone else’s agenda. You’re responding to their needs.

Sure, you wouldn’t be doing it if you didn’t get something out of it, but most of the emails you send are answers to other people’s questions, and responses to their needs. Even if you’re sending a decline, that still takes time.

I’ve written about email hacks before. I shared some important tips, so let’s do a quick summary and then get into three more tips that I’ve developed to stay in control of my inbox…


4 Common Financial Mistakes that Millennials Make

In 2015, the millennial generation is 18 years old at its youngest and 34 at its oldest. More than one-in-three American workers today are millennials and are now the largest portion of our workforce according to the Census Bureau.

For many of us, leaving home, starting college, or being a twenty-something is a time to enjoy being young and learning our independence. Even the older millennials can relate to making some mistakes during that transition.

As young adults trying to navigate through this new area of life, there are some financial blunders that are common for our generation that we should work to avoid.


Are You Paying Too Much Tax? Tax Rates Around the World [Infographic]

How much tax do you pay?

In America, it’s typical to pay about 50% if you include your income tax and all the sales tax you pay.

Of course, some people pay more, others pay less. Those in poverty often pay little to no income tax, while many rich people evade taxes through legal loopholes in the system. Therefore, the middle class is often left with the bill.

I’m not complaining, that’s just how it goes.

As a middle class American, you may be surprised to find out that you still pay less tax than much of the world.

See how you stack up in this infographic…


The Junk Snowball: A Simple Decluttering Method That Actually Works

Stuff. It’s everywhere.

You have stuff you don’t use or need, and even stuff you forget you have.

Most of us have so much stuff that going through our garage is like shopping at a thrift store. All of the “oh yeah, I forgot about that!” and the “when did we buy this?”…you may even find that you’ve bought stuff that you didn’t even realize you already had.

The point is, you need to get rid of some stuff. Sell, donate, trash, or whatever…you need to declutter. That’s why you’re here.

Here’s a great method I’ve been using to get rid of 323 items over the last couple months…


Riding The Emotional Roller Coaster of Budgeting

So you’ve decided to start budgeting. Good. The first step to recovery is to admit there is a problem.

Honestly, creating your budget will be the easy part. As you sit down and assess all your numbers, you will begin to realize where you are wasting your hard earned money. A feeling of disgust will rush over you as you analyze each dime spent and recognize you could be saving a lot of money each month. If you only knew that all of the coffee stops and weekend adventures would eat away at your bank account. It is astonishing how much we continue to withhold our own financial information from ourselves.

Now you have decided to start a budget and take control of your finances. Frugal spending, wise saving and cutting back seems easy, and it can be. But just like any addiction or habit, controlling the emotional aspect can seem to be the biggest challenge. While you are budgeting you will be traveling a winding road of emotions. Some with the intention of derailing your budgeting efforts.

So let’s take a look at what you can expect emotionally while embarking on your budget expedition.


Want to Create Self-Discipline? Create Your Five-Thing Action Plan

We all know that discipline is about small habits, practiced consistently, over time.

So what’s the problem? Why is discipline hard?

Because, while those small habits are super easy to do, it’s just as easy to not to do them.

These small habits will help you reach huge goals, but…”there’s always tomorrow”…”I’ll start on Monday”…you know how it goes.

Sure it’s easy to not do it, but you’re about to have a plan. A plan of discipline that you’re going to stick with. So we’re done talking about not doing – it’s time to talk about doing.


Debt Success Story: How One Blogger Paid Off Almost $50,000 in Debt

Do you think that financial experts can always manage their credit cards smartly? If so, then you’re dead wrong.

Here’s my story to clear your misconception.

There was a time when I didn’t manage my credit cards and finances carefully. To make the matter worse, I got a job after completing my studies. It gave me an opportunity to spend even more and incur debt. Now, when I look back, I realize that I wouldn’t have incurred debt if there was no job.


7 Money Saving Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

The holiday season is almost upon us, and with the arrival of celebratory occasions comes the added stress of spending more money than usual. Make sure your holidays are affordable this year and use these money-saving tips.


Means or Mindset? Why the Rich are Rich and the Poor are Poor

The rich keep getting richer, and the poor keep getting poorer. Right?

You’ve heard that a thousand times. It’s not fair, is it? Some people just can’t get a break.

Well, that may be true, but it’s not that simple.

So why are some people rich and others poor? Why do some poor become rich, while some families stay poor for generations?


4 Tips to Avoid Student Loan Scams

The promise of a college degree is enticing. It’s a sure way to advance your career and gain more knowledge while expanding your network. But college degrees get more expensive each year making the thought of being a college graduate out of reach for many.

Potential college-goers are easy prey for scammers who offer attractive loans and scholarships that make the college dream seem affordable. With more sophisticated means of taking your money under the guise of offering student loans, you need to be smart about who you give information to and what you agree to in your loan search.

Student borrowers are also subjected to scammers who promise to eliminate student loan debt. Some companies engage in deceptive marketing practices and illegally charge customers hundreds of dollars to reduce or eliminate their debt.

A typical scam follows a pattern like this…


Change Your Words: Change Your Habits

We all know that positive language provides better results than negative language, but we may be using negative language without realizing it.

As Zig Ziglar says “negative people call it an alarm clock, positive people call in an opportunity clock”. Corny? Sure, but it’s also true that your words can define your habits.

Let’s take a look into some language that you may not realize is holding you back, and how to change it…


6 Things You Should Be Doing to Keep Your Home-Based Business Running Smoothly

Leaving behind the 9 to 5 and starting a home-based business is a dream for many Americans today.

No need for the power tripping boss breathing down your neck, get the pay you deserve, and still manage to have time for your family makes perfect sense.

While working at home can bring forth a lot of the rewards as described above, you will have to work daily towards making your company a success.

Below are some things you should be doing to help run your home based business more effectively:


The Productivity Diet: What to Eat to Get More Done [Infographic]

Productivity starts with one thing: your energy.

If you don’t have energy, you’re not going to get much done.

Sleep is important. Exercise is important. But a poor diet can ruin your energy levels, no matter your sleep schedule or your exercise routine.

That’s why it’s important to make sure we are putting the proper fuel into our bodies.

Here is exactly what you should eat if you want more energy…


10 Things You Need to Know About Identity Theft

Identity theft is a risk that you face on a daily basis provided that you own a credit card and do business online. Every time you purchase an item online, you expose yourself to this menace. Today, identity theft has been identified as one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and the numbers keep on growing almost on a daily basis. We are all experts when it comes to identity theft not by choice but circumstances. Truth is told, with identity theft, the odds are that: you, your friend or your family member has been a victim of the same.


5 Common Financial Emergencies That Can Appear Without Warning

Financial experts advise that an individual have enough money to pay for several months worth of expenses if a financial emergency strikes.

In addition, it may be worthwhile to have a credit card or other funding source handy if such a situation occurs.

This is because an unexpected expense can occur at any time whether you are ready for it or not.

See what the most common emergencies are and protect yourself from them…


Apple Leads the Tech Sector With Exciting Product Range

Apple Inc (AAPL) is one of the strongest-performing tech stocks on the market, and the company is renowned for innovation, service excellence and high quality products. This multinational high-tech company has its headquarters in California. Apple is traded on the NASDAQ and it is a DJIA component, an S&P 500 company, and a NASDAQ 100 component. Apple Inc was founded in 1976 by Ronald Wayne, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. There are some 453 Apple locations around the world, and the company has reported revenues from 2014 of $182.795 billion, with associated total assets of $231.839 billion. Based on information provided by the company, there are some 98,000 employees as of 2014.


Top 11 Grants Female Business Owners Must Know About

As per an insightful study undertaken in USA several years back, it had been found that around 9.1 million women in USA has their own businesses. However there has been a 68% increase in this number since 1997. Yet, most women business owners are being rejected loans by banks for their small businesses. However, in lieu of all this, many other options have come up, such as online loans, peer-to-peer loans, government grants and crowd funding, to help these women entrepreneurs expand their business horizon. Government grants are not very popular since they consume a lot of time and work in the funding process, yet they are becoming the more used option amongst women.


Why is the General Population Financially Illiterate?

It’s no secret that most people don’t know how to handle money.

Personal finance is one of the primary categories of blogs on the internet today.

That’s because it’s needed. It’s highly needed. And most people don’t even know where to start.

People don’t understand things like the stock market, mutual funds, index funds or compound interest in general. The average person doesn’t keep a budget, and they overspend on a daily basis.

I know you don’t do that, but you may still be wondering why personal finance isn’t taught in schools, and why most people don’t have a clue when it comes to money.

Here’s some insight…


How to Effectively Use a To-Do List by Not Using One

To-do lists are great…except for that bottomless-pit part that you never get to.

How many things are on your to-do list that have been there for days, months or years?

There’s a reason for that, and here’s how to fix it…


Is Life Insurance With No Exam a Good Option?

With a traditional life insurance policy its typical for the entire process to take between 6 to 8 weeks from the point of the application to approval. However, recently there have been a rise in simplified issue life insurance policies that speed up the process substantially. Life insurance policies with no medical exam can offer approvals within a few hours or a few days, but what’s the catch for this type of convenience? Let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s of acquiring life insurance with no medical exam.


What You Need to Know About Spending Money While Traveling Internationally

Who doesn’t like to travel?

Traveling is fun and exciting, but it can also be scary and overwhelming if you aren’t used to it. Especially when traveling internationally.

There are many things to know and this guide doesn’t cover everything, but it does show you the most important things that you need to know.

First, here’s what you need to do before you hit the road…or the sky…


Why I Choose To Invest In Binary Options

Binary options are a relatively new investment vehicle. After all, retail binary options weren’t even available until pioneers in the industry, like anyoption, started to offer their services back in 2008. While binary options trading is relatively new, it has taken off like a rocket; and for good reason. This new trading vehicle opens the door to several new opportunities while combating some of the biggest issues associated with investing today. Here’s why I choose to invest in binary options and you may want to consider doing the same…


Learning Can Be the Worst Enemy of Doing

I love learning.

Just last week I published “Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online”.

I’m a college student. I read daily. I’m taking a course at Codecademy. I’m constantly involved in military education.

Obviously, I’m a big fan of continued education.

The problem is when we let the process trump the outcome.


Too Big to Fail? 5 Companies That Prove There’s No Such Thing

When companies grow into large corporations, people start depending on them. Eventually, many other companies depend on them. If they keep growing, an entire country’s economy could depend on them.

What happens when one of these companies fail? What happens when they file for bankruptcy? Is that even possible or are they actually too big to fail?

It’s easy to see, after the Great Recession of 2007-2009, that no company is too big to fail. Here are some prime examples…


Never Stop Learning: 40 Places to Get Free Education Online

Sure, there are plenty of places to learn online.

You can always go to Google, YouTube and great blogs (like this one, right? Right?? Please tell me you love me!).

Those are all great places to find information, but you already know about those and it’s easy to get distracted at such broad websites – especially YouTube…have you ever fallen into the just-one-more-related-video-in-the-sidebar trap?

I spent a lot of time compiling these resources. Of course, I could have spent a lot more time, but you only live once – I’m using that phrase in the sense of time, not in the sense of making a really bad decision because YOLO. There are literally hundreds of thousands of hours worth of material here. We only have so many hours in our lives and going through all of these courses may take all of them, so I feel like I’ve listed enough.

Let’s dive in, starting with free college courses…


Investing in Property in a Digital Age [Infographic]

Investing in real estate has never been easier.

That doesn’t mean it costs any less, but the tools you need are out there.

When my wife and I bought our rental, we did all kinds of internet research and we used all the tools we could find to help along the way.

Buying and managing property is a breeze with all the online resources we have today.

Whether you’re looking to buy one rental home or several apartment buildings, here’s how the digital age is changing real estate…


7 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

If you happen to find yourself in a tricky situation wherein you have all the passion and determination to flourish your small business to great extents but do not have enough funds to support your dreams, then find yourself amongst many others facing a similar situation.

The two vital ingredients for any business to grow are: Money and Innovative Ideas! Thinking of innovative ideas is entirely up to you, and we leave it on you; however, in this article, we will show you how to make and save money wisely for your business to grow.


The Complete Guide to Keeping a Journal

What do Benjamin Franklin, Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt have in common? A lot actually…but for the sake of this guide: journaling. They all kept a journal.

Notice how they didn’t just talk about keeping a journal. They didn’t just say they wanted to keep a journal. They actually did it. And it was a daily discipline. How often do we talk about implementing habits like this and never get around to it?

You may realize the importance of a journal. You may like the idea of keeping a journal. But do you do it?

The time is now. If you keep putting it off, you’ll be 90 years old, wishing you had written something to pass down.

And that’s just one of the reasons to keep a journal…


6 Stocks You Should Invest in 2015

The stock market can be quite overwhelming; whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie investor, there’s a lot of difficulties to navigate.

It’s a complicated market, but if you put together the right strategy, it can make you rich.

Look for stocks you can hold long-term, and consider the advice of top-level investment advisors and analysts.

Each stock listed below has been specifically curated based on its quality and long-term growth potential…


Buying a Used Car? Here’s a 27 Point Checklist to Help You Make an Informed Decision

Purchasing a used car is an exciting experience. Buying the right set of wheels can lead to miles of happy memories.

However, buying the wrong car can cost you thousands of dollars overnight.

With 40 million used vehicles sold each year, the odds of coming across a lemon are higher than you think.

Many used vehicles have hidden problems, not easily spotted during an initial inspection. Other issues can appear after purchasing the vehicle.

Bottom line…


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