Gems for a Happy Family Life
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Gems for a Happy Family Life
Celebrating family. Leading positively. Sharing how-to.
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Want to Be Truly Productive? End Each Day Like This

Want to Be Truly Productive? End Each Day Like This | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
How you end your day is just as important as how you begin it. Here are eight tips that will close your today right, leaving you well prepared for tomorrow.

Via Bobby Dillard
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8 steps that are thorough and doable.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 29, 2014 4:53 AM

 If you finish your day stressed and worried with lots of loose ends, it will impact your time at home as well as your sleep.  String a few of these unhappy endings together and you'll watch your productivity plummet like a rock.

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, January 29, 2014 12:30 PM

Although I do not set out my clothes for the next day, unless I am traveling (doesn't work for me)...all of the noted tips are excellent suggestions!

 

Reviewing the day and shifting the pending tasks forward has helped me to structure my day.  Each day I review the pending tasks, read my emails from the evening, list today's tasks realistically, place a value and order, and then I start my day.

 

What tips do you have that help you remain prodctive and focused?

 

PS - Live on Purpose!

 

 

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, January 29, 2014 3:34 PM

Re-balance and give you time to look (even celebrate sometimes) at what you achieved during the day. 

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Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results

Learning to Learn: Developing Habits and Prioritizing Actions over Results | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

Via donhornsby, John Michel
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I love the big picture, but sometimes it gets too big and I need to break goals down into smaller pieces. Working on it.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 29, 2014 9:01 AM

(From the article): I read up on things like how long it takes to form a habit, and the importance of going through this process in order to change behaviors. Planning on making changes and accomplishing goals is great, but ultimately, it’s all about what we are going to do to make things happen. With that in mind, here are some tips on adapting habits, behaviors, and actions that will help you more efficiently reach your goals.

John Michel's curator insight, January 29, 2014 6:00 PM

Big goals can be scary and intimidating, especially at work. Instead of allowing yourself to be intimidated by large numbers and expectations, try to break them down into shorter time periods. This will not only result in more attainable goals, but will also allow you to climb to your desired outcome day by day in a less stressful environment.

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The 100 Best iPhone Apps

The 100 Best iPhone Apps | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
New year, new apps. This list of the 100 best iPhone apps will help you discover cutting-edge releases as well as tried-and-true favorites.
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We're an iPhone family.

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Too many email subscriptions? Let Unroll.me help

Too many email subscriptions? Let Unroll.me help | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Every person working online knows it. The number of emails we receive daily can be overwhelming. Many of these messages are newsletters that we either remember signing up for or will not read anymore.
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I have used Unroll.me for a long time and it is one of my favorite time management tools.

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The Home Office — Freelance Advice — Medium

The Home Office — Freelance Advice — Medium | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Whether you're a stubble-bearded/legged, freelance creative or a Ponsi scheme hack, Working From Home (WFH) is a big part of the job.
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Great advice and very, very well-written.

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Habits of the World's Wealthiest People (Infographic)

Habits of the World's Wealthiest People (Infographic) | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
A look at some of the traits and routines shared by the world's richest people.
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Healthy habits for all.

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How to travel New York City on a budget

How to travel New York City on a budget | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The Christian Science Monitor is an international news organization that delivers thoughtful, global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, daily news briefing, and email newsletters.
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I'm pretty impressed with this collection and dearly miss visiting NYC.

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Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It)

Why Empathy Is Your Most Important Skill (and How to Practice It) | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
TL;DR: Empathy is the most important skill you can practice. It will lead to greater success personally and professionally and will allow you to become happier the more you practice.
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Family life offers endless opportunities to practice empathy. Putting ourselves in eachother's shoes goes a long way to maintin healthy relationships.

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Choose when to block your phone number

Choose when to block your phone number | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Prevent your cell phone number and information from being collected by blocking your phone number. Allow family and friends to identify your calls by adding a prefix to their numbers in your contacts.
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Simple instructions to help protect your cell phone number while allowing contacts to see your caller ID.

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3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Productivity

3 Time Management Tips That Will Improve Your Health and Productivity | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

Yes, you can manage your time to live healthier and happier, do the things that you know are important. Here's how.


Via JettRay
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These elegance of these 3 tips is to use them to make thoughtful decisions quickly.

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5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back)

5 Ways Our Brain Sabotages Our Goals (& How to Fight Back) | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
As wonderful and fascinating as the brain is, it is not always your friend when it comes to achieving goals.

Via Bill Palladino - MLUI, John Michel, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN
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Engaging in Mindless Busy Work, number 4, is my go-to procrastination. Dang.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:39 PM

Useful tips on how to or event your brain from tripping you up in achieving your goals. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 17, 2014 9:20 PM

Mindfulness teaches us the things are impermanent so don't become too attached and we need to live in the present moment.

Agnes Ng's curator insight, May 9, 2014 3:47 AM

Get to know the 5 ways that our brain can hinder our goals. Read on to know how we can overcome these saboteurs. Once we understand how our brain works, it can help us to better accomplish our goals and feel more fulfilled.

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How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014

How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter In 2014 | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The key to accomplishing more at work isn't working more. It's working smarter. Here are 10 tips for using your precious mental energy wisely.
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Number 4 is my favorite.

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How to get over your post-vacation blues

How to get over your post-vacation blues | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
With a few simple tips and tricks, you can beat the inertia, dive right back into a productive routine, and even infuse your home life with the excitement and inspiration you felt while you were away.
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10 tips to help get you and your family on track.

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Productivity Hacks: The 1-Minute Trick

Productivity Hacks: The 1-Minute Trick | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it

This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share their secrets to being more productive.

 

See all their #productivityhacks here. I discovered an incredibly easy, effective hack — but it must be followed consistently if I want to see results.

 

by Gretchen Rubin


Via Ivo Nový
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Absolutely! I stack 1 minute tasks during 5 minute breaks. They add up quickly.

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Help Your Kids Learn to Keep Themselves Organized

Help Your Kids Learn to Keep Themselves Organized | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Getting your kids' rooms organized is a pretty ambitious project all on its own. Teaching them how to organize themselves is something else entirely. But there are a few things you can do to help the process along.

Via Dean J. Fusto
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No micromanaging!

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Talk to the Animals: What kids can learn from pets

Talk to the Animals: What kids can learn from pets | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Pets can be an awesome addition to the family, bringing us love, fun, company and cuddles. Happy childhood memories often include time spent with the family pet.

Via Peter Mellow
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Our family life is enriched by our dog, Freedom, our cat, Leon, and our fish without a name.

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Karley Krzciuk's curator insight, April 6, 2014 10:01 PM

I believe animals are important in the development of children. First, it is a good thing to have a gold fish to start off as an animal because if a child can take the responsibility of keeping a gold fish alive, then they are ready to move on to the next animal that may need a little more attention. By having a pet in the home, not only do they learn responsibility but they can also learn how to be caring towards the pet as well as learn companionship and maybe even learn new tricks to teach your dog!

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Trending Tweens: How Kids Use Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Trending Tweens: How Kids Use Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Among teenage girls aged twelve to seventeen, 95% of them use the Internet, and 81% of them use social media. Facebook has become a preteen paradise; it's the perfect platform to promote peer interaction and 5th grade drama.

Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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Be an engaged and informed parent. Focus on the benefits of social media, with our favorite being the ability to stay in touch with friends and family.

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Donald McClendon's curator insight, January 27, 2014 12:43 PM

Is this the real target market social media wants?

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How to Work Fast {Infographic} - Best Infographics

How to Work Fast {Infographic} - Best Infographics | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet Staying productive to get more work done every day is not easy for everyone. There are always distractions, doubts, and obstacles in our way that keep us from reaching our goals.
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I love to power through work in 25 minute sprints, in an environment just like the one described here. Works!

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The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator

The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
The same activities that produce the majority of your results are the very same things that trigger you to procrastinate.
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Put "Do Nothing" on your to-do list.  Exactly.  Just stop already, refuel and refocus on what is most important, what is most life giving.

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14 Signs You're Really Happy

14 Signs You're Really Happy | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
If someone on the street asked you if you were happy -- what would you say?
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Interesting. As it turns out, we may be more joyful than we realize -- we just aren't mindful of the signs. 

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Study finds happy marriage benefits health

Study finds happy marriage benefits health | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
A recent study shows that married people have better mental and physical health than their unmarried peers and are less likely to develop chronic conditions than their widowed or divorced counterparts.
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As a happily married woman of over 25 years, I'm fortunate to live out the benefits that are revealed in this study.

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5 reasons new diets fail (and how to avoid them)

5 reasons new diets fail (and how to avoid them) | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Check out these tips for coping with the challenges that often go along with a new quest to shed pounds.
Angie Mc's insight:

Finding ways to maintain an ideal body weight is critically important for ongoing self-care.

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Donald McClendon's curator insight, January 22, 2014 10:16 PM

To help with your New Years resolution to lose weight.

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The Human Capital That Wins the War: Engaged Workers

The Human Capital That Wins the War: Engaged Workers | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
My last LinkedIn Influencers piece dealt with 'non-engaged' and 'dis-engaged workers,' a group who together account for more than 80% of all employees in the global workforce today, this according to

Via John Michel
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Absolutely fantastic article on hope, engagement, and getting stuff done! One of the reasons families are floundering is because much work falls on the shoulders of a few.  The key is to increase engagement within the family and find the very best people outside of the family and rely on their support.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 20, 2014 1:41 PM

Hope is so powerful, you only need a super minority of it to change our world. Apparently, you only need a minority of it to lead it too

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The 25 Biggest Regrets In Life. What Are Yours?

The 25 Biggest Regrets In Life. What Are Yours? | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
Here are the 25 biggest regrets in life you'll have when you're on your death bed. Isn't it time now to start working on some of these?

Via Ariana Amorim, Bobby Dillard
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The only good thing about regrets is that they can help me to prioritize what is most important today and to align my future with what I value most.

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John Michel's curator insight, January 19, 2014 10:21 PM

Got Regrets? The question is what are we going to do with the rest of our lives to ensure we don’t experience any of these same regrets later on.

David Hain's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:05 AM

Regrets are only useful when they lead  to actions, but here's a great list to review for potential action now!

Brian Martin's curator insight, January 20, 2014 6:39 PM

Great list to review for anyone desiring greater satisfaction and contentment in their life. 

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Reforming a Picky Eater, Step One: Children Don't Control the Family Meal

Reforming a Picky Eater, Step One: Children Don't Control the Family Meal | Gems for a Happy Family Life | Scoop.it
If picky eaters are made, not born, then a few resolute adults ought to be able to help one change.
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First of a 6 part series, running through Feb. 19. Looks interesting and helpful.

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