Resolutions are for Amateurs

That’s right!  You can make resolutions all day long to lose weight, exercise, quit smoking, get organized, get more clients….and the list goes on!  We all know resolutions don’t work, yet we make ‘em every year.

Well, not me!  I stopped making resolutions many, many moons ago!  The biggest reason resolutions don’t work is that we don’t make a plan to execute them.  Resolutions are all talk; no action!

Goal setting and execution are the missing ingredients!  In order for your goals to be successful, you need to take several steps.  Identifying specific, realistic goals followed up with a viable plan will create success and achievement.  When setting goals, be mindful to ask yourself if the goal is yours (not someone else’s), is it ethical, are your short-range goals consistent with your long range goals, can you commit yourself emotionally/physically to completing the goal, and lastly can you visualize yourself reaching your goal.  Here’s my 10-Step Formula!

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Web Browsers

Who needs another Web browser? Maybe you do.

If you don’t want to use either Internet Explorer or Firefox, there is another free alternative.

It’s called Opera. Opera It also is free. With Opera, you can use the mouse or keyboard shortcuts to speed up browsing. For instance, you can reload a Web page by right-clicking and moving the mouse. Opera also features “hotclicks.” Double-click a word or some text and a menu will open. This menu offers a translation, a dictionary search or an Internet search.

And Opera includes pop-up blocking, tabbed browsing, integrated searches, and advanced functions like Opera’s E-mail program, RSS Newsfeeds and IRCchat.

Cost: Free

Link: www.opera.com

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Common Sense

Check out these videos. Then use Common Sense and act!

Long live Bob Basso! 
 
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Tune Up Your PC

Many things can bog down a computer. And there are few things worse than a slow computer. So, it’s important to make sure everything is running smoothly.

As I said, a lot of things can slow down a computer. You may not know what to check. Even if you did, would you know how to test it? It’s a good bet that you wouldn’t.

PC Pitstop has come to the rescue. OverDrive is a free diagnostic tool. It can do a full check of your computer over the Web. It will then advise you on how to improve your PCs performance.

You can create a free account and track your performance. Or you can test your PC without an account.

OverDrive should be run in Internet Explorer. According to PCPitstop, it is not reliable in Firefox or Opera.

Cost: Free

Link: pcpitstop.com/betapit

System: Windows XP and Vista

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Ways To Track Your Mileage

These days, we’re all watching our spending. That’s especially true at the gas pump. We are privileged to see real-time expenditures there!

I can’t do anything about the price of gasoline. And, if your vehicle hogs gas, I can’t help you with that. But I’ve found free programs that can help you trim your costs.

Knowing your car’s mileage is helpful. Adjusting your driving or maintenance habits can save you money. But, unless you keep records, you’re just guessing.

You must record gas prices, odometer readings and gallons bought and used. Tracking those numbers is a pain. Even if you fill up only once a week, it’s tough to remember. But the right tools can help.

MPGTune.com

This site is great for tracking your vehicle’s mileage. You can see how efficiently you’re using gas over time. And you can compare it with EPA ratings and others’ vehicles.

Hang onto your pump receipts. Enter that information into the site. You’ll see exactly how your car is doing.

My Mile Marker

This site can project your future gas costs. Just pick a date. It will predict how many miles you’ll drive by then. And it’ll estimate how much you’ll spend on gas.

The more fill-ups you enter, the more accurate its predictions. This can help you budget for the future.

This site can connect to your Twitter account for convenience.

Vehicle Maintenance Log

There are many reasons to give your vehicle regular maintenance. It will extend your car’s life. It will keep you safer. And it can improve gas mileage.

Keeping a maintenance log is important. This Excel template lays out common maintenance tasks. Print it out, or use it on your computer. It’s really painless.

Cost: Free

Links:

MPGTune.com – mpgtune.com

My Mile Marker – mymilemarker.com

Vehicle Maintenance Log – office.microsoft.com 

Systems: Windows XP, Vista and Mac OS X

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All My Faves

Every now and then something good hits my email.  This is one of those somethings….  Enjoy!

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