Mindconnection eNL, 2003-01-12
In this issue:
1. Brainpower tip
How do you adequately weigh a potential action or an idea, to determine if it is good or bad? Let's examine an issue that folks are quite polarized on, and then look at some tools for arriving at the correct answer.
Let's take a really hot topic, in hopes of outrageously offending at least a few of our readers. Are you game for it? OK, here goes. You can apply the same tools to other questions, but I'm picking this one just to be interesting.
Proposed action: Pass legislation to ban guns.
Good idea, or bad? You decide. Here are the tools.
2. Productivity tip
If you must manage many tasks, simply track them in an Excel spreadsheet. Give each one a priority score, with 1 being urgent and 5 being "any old time." Work in Priority 1 and Priority 2 tasks until they are done. Record percent completes, and add other information as you feel like it: description, due date, invoiced, paid, contact person, etc. Another approach is to use project management software. Mindconnection just happens to sell ProjectKickStart at a discount.Discontinued.
3. Finance tip
Many credit cards and charge cards have cash back programs. Some have annual fees. You would be amazed at the differences in the various options available to you. Call your credit card provider today and ask them what cards they offer. American Express, for example, has a huge number of choices.
If you use a credit card for automatic recurring purchases, you can save yourself major hassle by using a card for only that purpose and leaving it locked in a safe at home. Have a separate card for use when traveling. If your travel card gets stolen, you cancel just that card. You should have a backup travel card, as well.
Have dedicated cards for dedicated types of spending, so you don't end up with a nightmare on your hands when someone steals your card. You must balance this against the added cost and time of paying separate bills--so think out a strategy ahead of time and then implement it all at once, canceling your old cards after you get your new ones.
4. Health tip
Most of the dust in your home consists of loose human skin cells and the feces of small animals. No, I mean really small animals, such as dustmites. You can't do much about those skin cells, other than bathe regularly. But, you can do a lot about those mites. Most of them are in your bedding, which is why the bedroom tends to be the dustiest room in any house. Here are some tips:
Taking these three steps will greatly reduce the dust in your home. It can't be good for you to breathe it, regardless of whether you have allergies or not.
5. Fitness tip
Your body needs fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Many of the "lose weight" diets that are so popular advocate starving yourself of one of these nutrients. Doing so will not make you any fitter. It will make you fatter. To be fit, get all the nutrients you need. Cut back on your portions, and try to eat as little processed food as possible.
One incredibly stupid diet product is "reduced fat peanut butter." By itself, peanut butter gives an insulin-steadying profile of fats, protein, and carbohydrates. It is a lean muscle food. To make it "low fat," the manufacturer replaces that good-for-your-heart-easy-on-your-waistline peanut oil with maltodextrin or sometimes plain table sugar! Eating this concoction will only make you fatter. If you are gearing your diet toward getting diabetes (or making it worse for you, if you have it already), then "reduced fat peanut butter" is an ideal food for you. But, if you want to be fit--lean and strong--forget this stuff. Eat real peanut butter, instead.
6. Thought for the Day
Many times, we appear to disagree with another person--when in fact both sides want the same thing. When you disagree with someone, you can agree to disagree. Chances are, you really do agree on the core issue--if not, does it really matter?
Hidden agendas, pride, and miscommunication all come into play and fuel disagreements. But, so do differences in perspective--where we come from, what we've experienced, and whom we chum around with have a huge influence on our individual world views and opinions. Disagreement can end a friendship. Or, it can begin a journey to deeper understanding. Choose wisely.
Wishing you the best,
AuthorshipThe views expressed in this e-newsletter are generally not shared by criminals, zombies, or brainwashed individuals.
Except where noted, this e-newsletter is entirely the work of Mark Lamendola. Anything presented as fact can be independently verified. Often, sources are given; but where not given, they are readily available to anyone who makes the effort.
Mark provides information from either research or his own areas of established expertise. Sometimes, what appears to be a personal opinion is the only possibility when applying sound logic--reason it out before judging! (That said, some personal opinions do appear on occasion).
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