Keeping Things Picked Up With A Hostage Box


My daughter, and to a certain extent myself, have a habit of not putting things away. After clearing piles of toys, papers, books and video games off the kitchen table so we could eat dinner, I watched my daughter dump everything into the living room. I decided it was time to give the hostage box a try.


Simplifying Timekeeping


Throughout my entire career, I have had to track and report on my time. As a consultant, it led to the generation of client invoices, as well as status reports on the projects. Nothing was more brain-wracking than coming to the end of the month and having no idea what exactly I worked on!

Now, as an employee, not only do I have to keep track of how much time I spent on each item of work, but also to keep my time in the payroll system so that I am paid accurately .

Keeping track of what you do is a good habit, even if you don’t have to report on it. Here are my tips for making this easier:


Give Yourself A Productivity Boost By Finishing Something


I am very good at starting projects. Not so much on bringing them to completion, especially if they involve crafts. During a recent vacation, I forced myself to take two projects that hadn’t been worked on since the previous summer with the aim of making significant progress on both of them.

I finished one of the sweaters, and I was buoyed by the boost it gave me on the other project. I thought about why this might be, and how it might apply to other projects. Here is what I came up with:


Easy Ways To Clean The Shower


Cleaning our shower is hard work. Since Scrubbing Bubbles took the one product that made it easy off the market, I haven’t found anything other than hard work with a Mr. Clean eraser. But I knew there had to be a better way.


6 Ways to Simplify Your Finances This Year


Many people’s finances run amuck simply because they don’t take the time to properly manage them. However, taking only a few minutes to accomplish even one financial management task could save you hundreds of dollars. Our guest author today from MoneyCrashers talks about how to do this.