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Multitasking is the Opposite of Focus

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If your job has anything to do with a computer, you have likely been persuaded that multitasking is the key to getting things done. You may even pride yourself on doing two or more things at once or getting more done in a day than your coworkers.

Has this ever happened to you?

* You read email while on a conference call and lose track of what is going on until someone asks you a question. “Can you repeat that?” you say, while everyone on the call realizes you were not paying attention.

* You answer email while talking on the phone to someone, and when you hang up you forget the details of what the caller wanted.

* You send an email to the wrong person or forget to attach a critical document and then leave your office, making your recipient wait for you to return to correct your mistake.

* An instant message arrives during an interview or meeting with your team and you become distracted trying to read or respond, alienating the people in your office.

We have all had one or more of those things happen to us, and we call it the price of doing business. After all, we are busy people, right?

Actually, we are busy people because we choose to be, not because we have to be. It takes no more time to prioritize your tasks and apply the necessary focus to get them done correctly than it does to multitask and correct the inevitable mistakes or misunderstandings.

No matter what you do for a living, it has importance to you and the target market you serve. Why not give your tasks the focus they deserve and yourself the mental break from switching gears all the time? Other professionals do it every day, and you can, too. You do not expect a surgeon to instant message or babysit children while she works, do you? Then why should you?

How can you transition from a life of multitasking to one of focus?

Give yourself a break. You did not start multitasking overnight, so the habit will not go away that fast. Start by giving yourself memory cues to pay attention to what you are doing.

* Carry a small marble in your pocket to remind you every time you touch it to think about what you are doing.

* Place a small picture or object on your desk to remind yourself to focus.

* Make it a habit to darken your computer screen when you pick up your phone.

* Write your to-dos on index cards the moment you think about them and put the cards aside to handle later. Then you can truly concentrate on what you are doing at that moment.

Most important, learning to focus means being present with the important people in your life. If you prioritize and focus on the main tasks in your day you will be free to enjoy family and friends after work is done. After all, they deserve your focus, too.

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7 Characteristics of a Ragdoll Cat

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Did you know that Ragdoll cats are most sought after for

their personalities? I’m going to list 7 traits

that make the Ragdoll cat a pleasure to own.

If you’ve ever wondered if a Ragdoll cat is the one for you,

then these points may clear it up for you. Onto number 1…

1. They go limp when held.

This is actually a little bit of a myth. Not all Ragdoll

cats will go limp when held. Most do, though. They are a

very relaxed breed of cat, and most love to be held. It sets

them apart from many other breeds.

2. The breed is people orientated.

Ragdoll cats become very attached to their owners. By nature

they are a very social animal and simply love interaction

with the people around them. If you don’t like a cat that

hovers around a Ragdoll cat may not be the cat for you.

3. As a breed they are calm yet love to play.

The breed retains a lot of kitten in them as they grow up.

Overall they are a calm cat, but if you put a toy in front

of them watch out! There’s nothing more fun than watching a

cat kick a ball around the house. The good news is that they

won’t be rough while they are doing it. Gentleness is part

of the breed.

4. They adapt to living in small spaces well.

A Ragdoll cat is perfect for a small apartment, and as long

as you don’t introduce them to the great outdoor, they will

willingly stay inside. It’s part of their relaxed nature to

adapt easily to living in an apartment.

5. You can train a Ragdoll cat to do tricks.

You’ve heard the saying that dogs have masters and cats have

staff? They are one of the few breeds who will put that aside and allow you to

teach them tricks. They are an intelligent breed and all it

takes is a little encouragement and you are off and running.

They will retrieve toys, fetch, and shake hands among other

things. You can have hours of enjoyment teaching your cat

new tricks.

6. They are not destructive in the home.

Most cats prefer to climb, jump on surfaces and generally

get into tight spaces. Not so, the Ragdoll cat. They are one

of the few breeds that actually prefer floor level to

jumping up on the kitchen bench. This makes them ideal if

you have a lot of breakables.

7. Their plush coat does not require excessive grooming.

Despite having a long coat they are one cat that does not

require you to brush them every other day. One of the

characteristics of the breed is that their coat does not mat

easily, and is so fine and light it doesn’t tend to get

caught in the fibres of furniture, either. This is yet

another reason they are a great indoor cat.

If you are thinking of getting a Ragdoll cat, then these are

7 good reasons to look more closely at the breed. Just

remember that each cat is an individual, and not every

characteristic will apply.

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How to Create an Ebook Cover

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What I’d like to cover today is how to make an eBook cover. There are a number of services that will do this for you and the cost varies depending on the service. If you chose to go this route then you’ll obviously want to see their work and figure out if you can work with them. Look for feedback from their clients. You’ll want to make sure that they will continue to tweak your design until you’re happy. A great place to find these graphic designers is Elance.com.  

If you have a little bit of design talent and know how to use a graphics program, then there are some great software solutions out there for you. Once again, the cost varies depending on the capabilities of the program. Most of them give you a free trial period in which time you can probably get most of the eBook covers you need completed. The problem for most people is that they really have no design talent and don’t want to spend the effort learning how to use a graphics program. That’s where this tutorial comes in.  

What I’m about to show you is how you can create an awesome looking eBook cover with little to no design ability. No, it’s not a magic trick or hypnosis, just simple step by step instructions. The best part about the whole thing is that you will be using only free tools available on the internet. I will show you exactly how to get them, how to install them, and how to use them. If you don’t want to read how to do all of this you can watch the free video tutorials and download all the free programs. Let’s get on with the tutorial.  

Step 1. Get Your Tools.  

The first tool I want you to download is Paint.net. This is a free program that acts very similar to Photoshop from Adobe. In fact, it has some very useful features that Photoshop unfortunately doesn’t have. The next tools you want to get are some plug-ins for Piant.net. Since Paint.net is an open source program, it doesn’t come with all of the features we need. Some great programmers out there have developed plug-ins to do the things that we need. The first one is the oblique tool. This allows us to create angles for our graphics and give us a 3-D feel. The next tool is the reflection plug-in. This gives a nice professional look to the cover. The final plug-in is the drop shadow effect. This is optional and I show you in the videos how to get around using this plug-in.  

Step 2. Installing The Tools.  

Once you’ve downloaded Paint.net go ahead and use the defaults to install it. Once Paint.net is installed you’ll need to install the plug-ins. Click on your computer icon and select Program Files then select Paint.NET then effects. This is where you’ll extract the plug-ins from their zipped files to. It should look like this C:/Program Files/Paint.NET/effects.  

Step 3. Getting The Templates

Now you have all of the tools you’ll need some eBook cover templates. There are a few sites that you can use and download the files for free ebook2u and ebooktemplatesource are good places to start. Pick a cover style you like and save it to your computer.

Step 4. Finding Graphics

If you have an idea of what you want your cover to look like then you should be able to find those images on the internet. Make sure they are not licensed and are free to use. Once you have a few images you can play with them to see which ones you like.  

Step 5. Building Your Cover Graphic  

Open up Paint.NET and create a new project. Decide what graphics to use and open them up. Copy your graphics and paste them into a new layer on your new project. You can move the graphics around until you like the position of them. Each time you add another image, text, or shape make sure you use a new layer. Next, create a new layer and click on the text tool to the left. Pick the font, size, and style you want and start typing. You can move this around to your liking. If you don’t like the way the text looks try a different font, style etc. If you still don’t like the way it looks go to cooltext.com and you can create your own text image and use that. Once you’ve played around with the layers, graphics, and text and come up with something to your liking it’s time to create the eBook cover.

Step 6. Creating The eBook Cover  

Open the file of the book template you liked. Use the magic wand on the left and click the book cover. It should select the section that you want to change the color of. If not change the Tolerance on the menu bar and keep trying until you get the correct selection. Select the Paint Bucket on the left and fill with the color you want the background to be. If you can’t find the colors to select they are on the Window menu and select Colors.   Copy your cover creation and paste into a new layer on that template. Now you need to resize the image to fit on the cover. As you can see the shapes don’t match. This is where you need to use the oblique plug-in you’ve installed. Click on Effects then Distort to select the Oblique tool. Adjust the angle to fit the shape of your cover. 

Move it and resize until it looks good.  

If your okay with the spine the way it is great, if not the you’ll need to create a new project and then paste that into a new layer and rotate it, resize it, and move it into position.   When you’re happy with the style of the eBook cover it’s time to create the effects to get that professional look. Select the layer that contains the image you’ve created. Go to Effects and select Reflection and play around with it until you like what you see. Next, select the eBook cover template layer. Go to Effects, Stylize and select the Drop Shadow. Play around with it and see if you like the effect.

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Does Your Mind Wander When You Pray in Tongues

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Don’t worry, you’re not the first.

I received my prayer language from the Holy Spirit a year after I was saved. Like any new believer, I was worried I wasn’t a “real Christian” yet because the Scripture said that tongues is a sign of the Holy Spirit… and if the Holy Spirit does not live in you then you’re not a Christian.

If you’re like me, you probably went to the nearest church and asked them to pray for you. I did and sure enough, I walked out of there speaking in tongues. What was strange was that the Holy Spirit was already intercessing for me… in my sleep! There were times where I would suddenly wake up and find myself speaking what I thought was gibberish.

There were also times when I wanted to pray and my tongue would be so loose, I just thought I was running out of words! If you haven’t yet started praying in the Spirit, aka tongues, just ask God for it. It’s that simple. If it doesn’t happen immediately, don’t panic. Usually a series of events will just take place and He will lead you to someone who can help you.

In the beginning

The first night I prayed in tongues on my own was amazing. I said my little prayer and asked the Holy Spirit to take over because “I know not what I ought to pray for”. My lips started quivering and next thing I knew, I was praying in the Spirit.

The weird thing about it is that, because it’s the Holy Spirit praying, your mind can easily wander. I found myself thinking about my family, friends, ex-boyfriend and career. I began to imagine what He could be praying about. I also started wondering if I wasn’t just making it up.

The devil’s tricks

Praying in the Spirit is very powerful. So as usual, our age-old enemy will come around and try to disturb you from accessing the power of God. Don’t entertain his thoughts. He’s just doing what he knows best: lying.

So no, you’re not making it up. No, you don’t have to know what the Holy Spirit is saying. No, it’s not a fake language from the devil. When these thoughts come, bring them into captivity to the obedience of Christ. If you call out the Holy Spirit to pray for you, then the Holy Spirit will pray for you, nobody else.

The Reality

The Word of God says that we must pray with our minds and in Spirit. When I read this, it was such a relief. It implies that I have to consciously focus my mind on praying… which effectively means it’s not unusual for my mind to wander.

Because we revere the Holy Spirit of God, I suggest surrendering to Him and allowing Him to pray as long as He needs to. Try not to interrupt. Truth be told, it can range from 5 minutes to an hour or two. Holy Spirit will always give you an option to stop because He loves you but considering how important His prayer is, I suggest you don’t choose to stop.

Try to pray in the morning or a few hours before bed so you don’t get tired and frustrated when you pray.

Side effects to get used to

Long prayer obviously has physical effects like discomfort in the jaw and a dry mouth. I don’t know about you but I also have a funny sensation in my hands like they’re not mine. I can literally feel the person of the Holy Spirit in me so I feel like my body is not even mine… and you know what, it’s not. It belongs to God.

Get used to these side effects because with just little labor, the Holy Spirit can release God’s power, Grace, Love and blessings into your life.

Jesus: Shepherd, Lord, King:)

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How to Control a Man’s Mind? 7 Great Tips & Tricks You Must Know to Indirectly Control Him

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If you’re already a good mind reader, then you’re one of the few who has this rare talent. For the majority of the human population, it’s specifically difficult to tell what anyone is thinking. But would you want to control your man’s mind? Here are some cool tips!

Always be honest with him.

It all begins with being transparent to your man. Once you keep something from him, then it would be much easier for him to hide things from you or to vehemently deny whatever is in his mind.

Be the sweetest and most feminine girlfriend or wife.

Drop the nagging and complaints and you’ll have this man wanting to do things for you! Girls mostly don’t get it – that men can’t be pushed to do anything. You’ll have to learn to coax and gently persuade rather than to yell and pull.

Patience, as they say, is a virtue.

Keep in mind that when you initially loved the man, his flaws and weaknesses already came with the entire package. Learn to live with these imperfections for this is the real him. Be supportive and learn to accept him for who he truly is. Once he knows that you do love him unconditionally, he’ll be more than willing to do favors for you!

He’s a secured man.

Let him feel that your love will be his for all eternity. If he knows and feels that he’s the only one for you for the rest of your life, then he’ll be more than willing to bend over to your will.

He may be a man but he has feelings, too.

Being a man may require looking all tough but this doesn’t mean that they don’t have emotions. Your man can also experience pain, frustration, anger, and many other feelings. Get to know these moods and you’ll be better able to handle and read his mind.

Be a delightful companion.

This guy, including many other people in your life, will be willing to do things for you if you’re an agreeable and congenial person. Do the opposite and people will be running in the opposite direction.

He wants to be wooed by you, too.

Just like taming a feral animal, it takes a lot of patience to master the art of controlling anyone’s mind. Your man will only submit to your whims if you, primarily, are also willing to sacrifice or do something for him in return. It’s a give and take relationship – give him ample love and romance and you’ll have him wrapped around your fingers!

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Discussion of Ethics in the Classroom: 3 Fairytales to Spark Debate

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What better way to spark a spirited classroom debate on ethics than by exploring the complex messages often found in fairy tales?

Children enjoy a cozy familiarity with fairy tales. By basing a discussion of ethics on fairy tales, you are launching from common ground. Children aged eight and older typically are ready for meatier ethical concepts, concepts that skirt into gray areas of lesser evils or relative priorities.

Following are a few suggestions drawn from the land of fairy tales to get your students’ thought wheels spinning.

PUSS IN BOOTS: WHEN IS TRICKERY JUSTIFIED?

In the classic French fairy tale “Puss in boots,” a clever cat engineers a succession of hoaxes and lies for the benefit of his master. As a result, his master eventually marries the king’s daughter and appoints Puss in Boots prime minister. All parties live happily ever after.

You can print a text version of Puss in Boots from the Internet. A well-illustrated version of the story is also available in The Golden Book of Fairy Tales, by Marie Ponsot (Golden Books).

The story begins with the introduction of a young man whose poor father has died and left him with nothing but a cat named Puss in Boots. The cat proves tireless in his devotion to his master and begins by delivering a sequence of gifts (rabbits, pheasants, and other game) to the king and queen. Each time, Puss in Boots announces that the gifts are from “the Marquis of Carabas.” Naturally, the king comes to believe the Marquis of Carabas is a person of great consequence.

Here, you might ask young readers, “Was Puss in Boots wrong to lie to the king and to deceive him?” The absolute quality of honesty can be leveled against the compelling urges of loyalty and friendship.

After several clever tricks, Puss in Boots leads the king and his lovely young daughter to a castle belonging to an ogre. Running ahead of the group, the frisky feline dares the ogre to transform himself into a mouse. When the ogre successfully transforms himself, Puss in Boots promptly pounces on the hapless creature and devours him. That enables his young master, who arrives moments later with the king and his entourage, to claim that the castle is his own. In so doing, the young man clinches his nuptial prospects with the king’s daughter.

Here, you can further challenge your students: “Was the cat wrong to trick the ogre and then kill him?” Youngsters who argued earlier that the king was in no way damaged by the verbal deceptions and exaggerations of Puss in Boots must reckon with an act leading to an untimely death.

Finally, pose this question: “Is trickery ever justified?” Challenge students to support their positions, whatever they may be, with cogent arguments.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK: WHAT IS STEALING?

This classic story offers a twist on the theme of honesty. We all know the story of young Jack, whose impoverished mother is left with nothing but the family cow. Jack is sent to market to trade the cow for as much money as he can. Jack is tricked into trading the cow for a handful of beans. In despair, his mother throws the worthless beans out the window.

Overnight, a giant beanstalk grows into the sky. When Jack climbs to the top of the beanstalk, he finds the home of a mean giant. Narrowly escaping from the giant with his life, Jack scampers down the beanstalk with two treasures stolen from the giant – a goose that lays golden eggs, and a magic harp. Thus, Jack happily secures the future for himself and his mother.

You might begin by reiterating that Jack faced imminent danger in the giant’s house (“Fee! Fi! Fo! Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman!”). Ask: “Since the giant wanted to eat Jack, was it OK that Jack stole the giant’s goose and harp?”

Listen carefully to the arguments raised, pro and con. You might follow up with this remark: “Jack was an intruder in the giant’s house. Since Jack chose to enter the giant’s house, does that change your opinion?”

This exercise is also recommended: “Pretend you are the giant. Describe what happens when Jack arrives in your house and how you feel about it.”

In a 19th-century version of Jack and the Beanstalk, a fairy is introduced when Jack is climbing up the beanstalk. The fairy informs Jack that Jack’s father used to be a wealthy and prosperous landowner but a mean giant killed the father, stole everything his father owned, and reduced Jack’s mother and her infant son to poverty. That giant, according to the fairy, is the one who lives at the top of the beanstalk. By destroying the giant, Jack will restore his family wealth.

This version of the fairy tale opens another line of questioning: “In the story where the giant had stolen everything from Jack’s father, do you think it was OK for Jack to take it back?” Most youngsters will heartily agree.

Follow up with this question: “What if it had been the giant’s father who had stolen everything from Jack’s father; would it still be OK for Jack to take the treasures?” Then ask: “What if it had been the giant’s grandfather who had stolen everything from Jack’s grandfather?” And then ask: “What if it had been 100 years before that the giant’s ancestor had stolen everything? Do you think it would still be OK for Jack to take the treasures?” Try to find the amount of elapsed time necessary, according to students, to justify Jack’s taking the treasures. Challenge them to defend their point of view.

FROM THE ELEPHANT PIT: IS COMPASSION PRACTICAL?

There’s a folktale from Tibet, “From the Elephant Pit,” that raises the question of whether compassion is always a good idea.

The story tells the tale of a hunter who dug pits to catch and trap wild elephants. One day, he comes to the pit and discovers that trapped inside the elephant pit were a man, a lion, a mouse, a snake, and a falcon. The lion warns the hunter not to rescue the human. Says the lion: “I and the other animals will prove grateful to you and will help you for your kindness to us, so rescue them. But please leave the man in the pit, for I warn you, he will forget your kindness and do you harm.” However, the hunter rescues all the animals and the man.

The other animals, indeed, later repay the kindness to the hunter. As the lion had foretold, the man betrays him. At the end of the story, the betrayal of the man is revealed, the hunter is appointed chief hunter to the king, and all ends well.

Children are asked this question: “Do you think the hunter was better off because he rescued the man from the pit? If you think yes, why? If you think no, why not?”

Following is a sampling of responses from youngsters who responded:

  • “Yes, you should always save someone in need.” — Vance, age 10
  • “No, because if he would have left him he wouldn’t have gone through all that trouble.” — Tara, age 11
  • “No, because the man tricked the hunter and ruined his life.” — Newt, age 9
  • “Yes, because he did something very kind, which is the best reward anyone could get.” — Laura, age 10
  • “Yes, because he got to be the king’s top man.” –Shawn, age 7

TIPS FOR MANAGING A CLASSROOM DEBATE ON ETHICS

  • Before you begin a lesson that will lead to a debate about ethical issues, let children know that you are going to read a story and then you will be asking some questions about the story.
  • At the end of the story, allow children time to consider their personal responses to your questions, and ask each child to write down her or his response.
  • Break the class into small groups for discussion. Then hold a general discussion. You might want to list the arguments cited, pro and con, on different sides of your chalkboard or whiteboard.
  • Continue to look for opportunities in stories to raise questions for ethical debate. Your best source material will be stories that children already enjoy, such as fairytales and folk tales. However, modern stories and popular television shows and movies also provide opportunities for ethics duscussions.
  • Here’s a final rule of thumb: If the children enjoy a story, consider it a candidate for an ethics debate! Over time, as long as you keep those discussions alive, the capacity for youngsters to understand the complexities of ethical issues will grow.
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Reverse Psychology and the Law of Attraction

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Is it possible to just ‘fake it’ and act like you are applying the Law of Attraction? What do you think?

The Law of Attraction is a simple concept: whatever you focus on in your life, and however you feel about things, will send a vibration out to the Universe that the Universe will match in like vibrations and bring back to you what you have been focusing on. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Until you begin to apply it and you realize how the logical mind takes over and doesn’t want to focus on what you want. It wants to focus on the worst case scenario or the fear and worry of what you don’t have, but by focusing on the negative, the Universe brings negative back to you through the Law of Attraction. Is the Universe some mean entity that brings you negative? No, the Universe loves you and supports you in everything that you do and is on automatic when it comes to what it brings to you through vibration.

Whatever you vibrate out comes back to you in some form… always.

So the question is: if you are a negative person who is attempting to switch to the more positive side of life can you trick the LOA by using reverse psychology? Would it work like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence? Tom Sawyer didn’t want to paint the fence but he acted as if he loved it so all his friends wanted to join in painting the fence because Tom used reverse psychology. Could you pretend you love something and focus on it when in fact you really feel the lack of what you want? Could you trick the LOA into thinking you were focusing on the joy of the want? Absolutely not.

The Universe knows you better than you know yourself. When you act as if you are wealthy but don’t believe it will happen that is exactly what will come back into your life over and over again until you make the decision to change your thoughts and feelings on wealth. You have to change within in order for the Law of Attraction to work in your life the way that you want it to. The Law of Attraction is working all the time in your life. It just may not be exactly how you want it to work. You may be focusing on the lack of what you don’t have or the negative of your life and the Universe is bringing you what you are focusing on no matter what you think. There is no discrimination with the Universe. It is just answering your call that you are sending out.

Using reverse psychology will not further your efforts in the Law of Attraction. You have to work on yourself. The more honest work you do within, the more you will break down obstacles that seem to be in your way of getting what you desire. Tricking the Universe will only bring you more trickiness.

Dig deep within your own self, change those repetitive mental patterns that you don’t need anymore, and create new thoughts and feelings that will reflect the life that you want. You don’t have to use reverse psychology to get what you want. Just work on who you want to be and the Universe will match your vibration with the Law of Attraction.

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Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

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A dog is truly a man’s best friend. They are very useful to humans. They can be great companions and very good guardians. They are definitely better pets than cats. Below are many reasons why dogs are better than cats as pets.

To start with, dogs are associated with safety. This is mainly because of their hearing and smell being sensitive. Having a dog as a pet is like having a 24 hour watchman in your house. They guard you and your house even when you are asleep. If they sense danger they begin to bark making you alert. Anyone who has a pet dog at home feels safer. This is definitely not the case if you have a cat as a pet.

Dogs are a much more loyal and caring pet as compared to cats. A dog understands you and your emotions very well. If you are sad, you can talk to him about your worries. They are wonderful listeners. They will listen attentively to each and every word. He’ll also try to comfort you and change your mood. On the other hand a cat neither understands you nor is bothered about the way you feel.

Dogs are very affectionate animals. They never hold any grudges. The moment you come back from work your dog will be happy to see you. He will show his happiness by jumping on you and licking your legs and face. A cat on the other hand is revengeful in nature. They can even ignore you for weeks.

Whenever you feel like, you can take your dog for a lovely refreshing walk. Dogs like to go for walks whereas cats are mostly inclined to be indoors. Dogs are also very playful in nature. You can play with them the whole day. You would not be able to do the same if you had a cat as a pet as they are laid back and prefer lazing about. Also cats are fussy eaters while a dog would eat anything.

Another reason why dogs are better than cats as pets is because, dogs are smarter. They can be trained more easily than a cat. They have the ability to learn tricks and commands very fast. Once trained a dog would be helpful enough to even bring your slippers or fetch your papers if you ask him to. A cat on the other hand will totally ignore you as they are arrogant in nature.

Dogs love their owners wholeheartedly. They cannot see anyone harming them. They will begin wagging their tails even if someone looks at their owners. Being such loyal animals they would go to any extent to defend their owners. However, if you have a cat as a pet you cannot expect the same. Cats usually would try to sneak away. All these definitely prove that as pets dogs are far more superior to cats. After all, it’s not simply said that a “Dog is a man’s best friend”. Dogs will give you unconditional love until the day they die.

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Stop Bedwetting and ADHD Behaviors – Start Probiotics For Children

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My son comes from a long line of bedwetters. I can’t count the hours of lost sleep from waking him up to go potty. I can’t count the number of quarters I spent washing the sheets. The pediatrician told me not to worry because the bladder doesn’t mature until age 7. I would invite her to help me drag the sheets up and down four flights of stairs every time the bed was wet. I personally had better things to do with my time every night after work than wash sheets. I would rather be investing my time and my money in a home business and spending quality time with my son in the park so he could run off his energy.

I learned from a video called Fed Up with Children’s Behavior by Sue Dengate, that food dyes and other chemical additives irritate the bladder and cause hyperactivity and aggression. I learned from my preschool that there are simple exercises that integrate a primitive reflex called the Spinal Galant reflex. So, I put my whole family on an additive free diet and did the wiggle worm exercise with my son.

The bedwetting eventually stopped altogether.

Then, my son broke his arm. The bone punctured the skin, so the doctors put him on antibiotics while he was in the hospital. He got two iv’s full of antibiotics for a tiny puncture wound.

In the hospital, he woke up constantly to go to the bathroom because of being on iv’s after the surgery.

When we got home, he started wetting the bed again.

Even if I took him potty in the middle of the night, he still wet the bed.

Then, he spiked a high fever and got an ear infection and pink eye.

The doctors put him on more antibiotics.

(It took a room full of doctors and nurses almost an hour for to find an antibiotic without artificial colors.)

I knew from Dianne Craft’s cd The Biology of Behavior that antibiotics cause yeast overgrowth and bring down the body’s defenses and cause ADHD behavior such as hyperactivity and aggression. I had previouisly been giving my son acidophilus tablets because he was very hyperactive. But, since we started an additive free diet, I didn’t rely on the probiotics so much.

Finally, when he was too sick to go to his birthday party, I took him anyways and let the fresh air and sunshine and good old fashioned friends cure him of his misery. I decided from that point that I would not continue the antibiotics.

I doubled up on the acidophilus tablets and served him kefir smoothies to clear his system of the antibiotics and of the sicknesses. Acidophilus tablets contain a milk loving bacteria that break down the protein in milk and restore a healthy balance of flora in the intestine. Cultured milk products, like kefir, yogurt and cheese, contain lactobacillus acidophilus as well as other cultures that help the body control overgrowth of candida albicans and candidiasis.

A couple days later, the bedwetting stopped. He didn’t get sick again, either. I exposed him to as much fresh air and sunshine as possible to keep his spirits high and to keep him active.

Then, when he went in to get his splint changed to a cast, the doctors wanted to prescribe more antibiotics.

FOR WHAT?!! For the surgery, they said. I about fell out of my chair. Antibiotics for cutting off a splint and covering the arm with a cast?

I declined the prescription. My son has been waking up dry and healthy ever since.

So, think twice before giving your child antibiotics. Consult with your pediatrician. If you decide to use anitbiotics, consider the use of acidophilus and cultured milk products, such as kefir, yogurt and cheese in conjunction with antibiotics. Be sure to ask for a variety of antibiotics without food dyes. There is a generic version of Amoxycillin that comes in a white chewable tablet that tastes like sweet tarts.

Traditional societies have used cultured milk products for centuries for health and vitality. So, it makes sense that we should, too. Continue the use of acidophilus, especially after finishing a prescription of antibiotics to restore the balance of healthy flora in the intestine. Make cultured milk products a part of your family’s daily diet.

Stop wasting time and hard earned money washing sheets. You could be working from home and investing in your future with all the time you waste changing the bedding and washing sheets. You could be enjoying quality time with your peaceful child who used to be an ADHD child.

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Articles Submission Strategy or Where To Submit Your Article

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When you are seriously decided to work on your website ranking, you should understand very simple thing – you can’t move yourself on the top through some tricks and doing nothing after this – instead you have to contribute to your product consumers community by giving them really new and important information and you have to make it publicly known by placing non-commercial news in media portals. And the common format for this type of community work is Article. Obviously the more articles the better, however the quality of article, and unfortunately in nowadays reality there is such thing as Search Engine Optimization or SEO, which allows you to play on the some holes or weaknesses in internet search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, MSN. You could expect that in the future the gap will be sealed up, but for our epoch we would like to give you some hints:

1. Why Article? Because article format dictates minimum of advertisement and maximum of new knowledge or author contribution as trusted source of information. This is the reason why article has more trust and potentially get your website higher than other types of news. Also article is typically syndicated and you may expect your article to show up on more websites than where you submitted it.

2. Should I support article with photos and video? Yes, ideally you should, however at this time majority of leading article media sites do not have video upload option, and are limited in pictures upload support. As time goes we expect media portals will be switching to new article formats. However article is not a video or photo blog – again article has new knowledge, while blog is more about author impression or amateur fiction

3. Where to submit your articles. There are a lot of competing websites. You should do you due diligence and analyze the page rank of the media portal – it should be higher than two at least. In some cases you should make an exception and try new and very promising site to see how your article will be ranked by Google for instance

4. SEO tricks. We really don’t like this gap in internet search engines, however it is obvious – if you place high density of your keywords in the article header and master to publish this article in high ranked media portals – you will be ahead of competition.

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Tips on Managing Your Workforce Remotely

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So many people are now working from home (WFH) 100% of the time. Hopefully if this is the case for you, you can maintain productivity and stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While a lot of us are used to living the entrepreneur life from a home office, it’s still a big adjustment to have to self-isolate and stop all face-to-face interactions with coworkers and clients.

I encourage you to use this time to take a closer look at your overall business goals, focus on your health (both physical and mental) and self-care, and enjoy some family time at home.

I think many small business owners are having to pivot their marketing strategy, and what they do when the coronavirus passes could look quite different from what they did before.

I wanted to share some useful tech tools that can make your day-to-day WFH life much easier.

Team Communication Tools

This is probably the biggest WFH product decision you’ll have to make. Your team needs a reliable and easy-to-use tool that lets them instantly message coworkers. The right one for you depends on your business needs and challenges, team size and budget.

1. You may have heard of Slack. This tool gives you the ability to create channels around multiple topics and invite users. From marketing content ideas to social media tactics to office dog photos, your team can create relevant channels for easy chat and collaboration.

It also integrates with many useful tools, including Outlook Calendar, Twitter, HubSpot and Salesforce, so you can see what’s going on at all times right in the Slack app (no need to click in and out of your daily calendar or Twitter feed, for example). There are SO MANY fun and creative emojis you can use too, making remote messaging in a challenging time like this a little more lighthearted.

2. Another popular platform is Discord. Popular with gamers, this voice, video and text tool isn’t just for talking to coworkers, but for finding like-minded communities and new friends. You can create “servers” and “channels” for specific topics, similarly like you do for Slack channels. While Slack has more business integrations, Discord has voice channels, so you can easily chat with team members. Discord also lets you set user roles and permissions.

3. Flock is a cloud-based team communication tool with video and audio calling, screen sharing, text chat, integration with other business applications and more. You can tag colleagues in comments and to-do lists, upload documents, images and videos and set reminders and due dates. Polls, code snippet sharing and group discussions are available, and it integrates with other apps such as Trello, Github, Google Drive and Asana.

Team Collaboration Tools

Your employees need to be able to share their work, whether they’re creating on a marketing strategy or editing a press release. Here are a few that might fit your small business needs.

1. G Suite is a Google product that’s made up of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools, software and products. In one suite of tools, it offers email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation decks, shared calendars, cloud storage, and more.

You can comment and make suggestions on specific documents through Google Sheets and Docs, edit documents online simultaneously and collaborate on projects and documents. It’s easy to give users permission to specific files.

2. Evernote: This is more than a note-taking app. Evernote helps you capture, prioritize and share ideas, track projects and to-do lists. I find it super helpful for note-taking, obviously, but also as a sort of “digital filing cabinet” that simplifies organization. There’s a free, basic and business package available.

CRM Tools

CRM stands for “customer relationship management,” and CRM tools help you with things like inbound lead management, sales tracking, social tracking and eNewsletter delivery. Here are three to consider:

1. MailChimp is an all-in-one marketing platform with tools to create everything from emails to postcards. They have a great selection of templates to choose from that can then be further modified to suit your brand. Their intuitive interface and thorough reporting are great, but things can get expensive as your subscriber list or number of emails increase. You can compare their different plans on their website.

2. Constant Contact has always been a big rival with MailChimp to be the brand name in email marketing. It’s a huge company and a great option if Facebook is a big part of your online marketing strategy. Constant Contact has an email option that is designed so users can easily share your newsletter on Facebook.

This option can be considered the most social media-friendly and has all the major features of the others noted. If your online marketing involves Hootsuite (you can integrate this into Hootsuite) and you focus your efforts on gaining traction on social media then this is a great newsletter tool for you.

3. AWeber is an extremely popular option and recommended by many professional marketing companies. It gives you five plans to choose from and a long list of features such as unlimited email marketing campaigns, follow-ups, lists and Auto Responders.

Many people believe their Auto Responder platform is superior to other companies, allowing businesses to automate the process of delivering personalized emails to customers on a schedule.

Project Management Tools

A collaborative task management tool lets everyone track and manage all of their projects. Think of it as an online scheduler, taskmaster, and collaboration tool to manage your team’s workflows.

1. Asana is one of the leading tools and gets a lot of positive feedback. It allows everyone on your team to follow the whole workflow of a project in an easy visual tool. You’ll always know where your team is at and who’s responsible for what and when.

From daily reminders on a task that’s due, to the ability to easily add collaborators or assign teammates a sub-task of a project, Asana makes it simple to see what everyone’s day, week and month looks like (but you can easily move things around if plans change).

2. Monday.com is a pretty simple, intuitive visual team management tool (it’s really a project management platform). It runs processes, workflows, and projects in one digital workspace. Visually, it looks the same as a collection of very customized spreadsheets, in which every team member can log their tasks and update them with status reports and other relevant information.

That means that every person can see all active tasks and keep count on their progress. Team members can work on multiple projects without getting lost by using Monday’s weekly overview. The workflow can be customized just about any way you want it to communicate priority, what’s done, not done and so on. The colourful designs and big buttons don’t hurt either!

Social Media Management Tools

Many small businesses will already have a social media management tool set up. A social media management tool allows you to manage all of your accounts from one dashboard, which saves you both time and frustration. These tools share your content at the best possible times throughout the day, so your followers and fans see your updates more often. It’s a smarter and more efficient way to schedule and share your social media posts.

The best part about these tools is the built-in analytics system, which will give you a glimpse into what’s performing well, and when your social media posts are making the most impact.

Here are two social media management tools I personally use:

1. Buffer shows your scheduled posts and analytics (how in-depth those analytics get depends on the plan you choose). Many small business owners choose Buffer because of its sleek, clean interface that’s easy for beginners to get the hang of.

2. I find that while Buffer is great for less demanding social media needs, Hootsuite is where it’s at if you want to see your timelines, replies, and more across all your social networks.

Both Buffer and Hootsuite offer free and paid plans, so you can always try them out and see which one feels like a better fit for your small business.

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And while it’s not a tool your entire workforce might use, I’m liking MoneyMinderOnline during these uncertain times. It not only gives you a place to track your spending, but you also get insights into your spending habits, and you can look ahead to improve your cash flow, clear your debt, and start saving for your big goals.

I hope I’ve given you an overview of some tools that will help boost your team’s productivity and morale while you’re all working from home. You may also benefit from our article on boosting business efficiency on our website.

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