mobile appsMobile Apps on the rise …

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One day at work, a friend of mine walked up to my office desk to tell me about a new app he had made. I didn’t own an iPhone, I had never seen iTunes and I really didn’t know what an “app” was. He announced proudly that he had made a ‘book’ type app …

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Online Marketing explained …

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With the growing advancements in technology traditional marketing strategies have been pushed aside, and taken over by new innovative ones. Online marketing is the new norm. But what exactly is online marketing?

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online entrepreneurs

Online entrepreneurs are a busy bunch. Not only do we have multiple projects going on at the same time, but the technology is also bringing new demands for our everyday lives.

Although being an online business owner is a dream for many, the reality is that you can easily waste time on unnecessary work and make the situation harder than it needs to be.

The problem is that you are not going to be making any significant progress toward your goals, especially in the beginning.

You spread yourself too thin and work very long hours in order to reach success. Yet you never seem to make any tangible results that would take you closer to your goals..

So is it any wonder that you see no reason to continue working and you think that having a day job might actually be a good idea?

If this is you – STOP! Just hang on and then take the time to decide what to do next!

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regretRegret Nothing …

 

Before we grow old we should all think about what we want to do with our lives.  Ask yourself this question often, because time flies by faster than most of us realize. 

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value of time

Value of time …

Many of us misunderstand the true value of time. A good friend forwarded this email to me a while back. I decided to post it here as it definitely helps to keep things in perspective. You gotta read this and please let me know what you think in the comments area below.

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Get Stuff Done …

I bet this scenario is pretty common if you are a work-at-home dad: you are trying to get work done, but your child is pulling your sleeve and asking you to play with him/her.

If it’s not your child, then it may be your spouse asking you to do something – right now! On top of this, you might have pets who want your attention too.

You start to realize that your expectations about the realities of working at home have been completely wrong. You assumed that your home would be perfect place to get work done and complete those big projects you had planned but …

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The video above is a short video clip showing what happened when hurrican Carlotta smashed directly into our house. The sound is not the best as I made the voice over in an internet cafe.

A few days ago Hurricane Carlota smashed directly into our beach front home in southern Mexico.

Luckily everyone survived.

It was very scary. The wind made horrible sounds. At times it sounded like an angry possessed voice screaming at us.

At other times it was a whistling sound. And sometimes a roar.

It’s now been 5 days since the hurricane. We are all still without electricity and water.

There are a couple of places in town that have electricity and internet. I’m in an internet cafe right now that has power and internet.

The hurricane caught everyone off guard. There was very little warning.

And the really strange thing is that after the hurricane, it didn’t even make the news.

None of my friends or family sent me an email to see if we were ok.

When I wrote them that there was a hurricane here they were all shocked.

The damage was pretty heavy though. Many houses completely destroyed, people without shelter, water or electricity.

Everyone is doing fine though. This really pulled the community together and we’ve all been housing each other and helping each other.

Living on the beach is great, except for hurricanes and tsunamis and all that fun stuff ;-)

I think we might have had enough of the beach front living.

It’s too harsh. The salt air destroys everything.

And not to mention the hurricanes, those are no fun either.

Now I’m thinking it’s better to live near the beach, perhaps an ocean view, but not right on the beach.

Live and learn!

 

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Living a mediocre life

Mediocre Life?

 

It doesn’t have to be that way. Adventure will find you – if you let it …

Today’s guest post is by Timo Kiander, a.k.a. Productive Superdad. Discover what the other 4% know – and why they “love” living …

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Chronic Lower Back Pain

 

The video above is a yoga session that you can do after working many hours at the computer.  It will help re-align your spine and will help you become pain free.

My wife Marine (pronounced Mar-eee-nay) is a Yoga instructor and has a Yoga Center here in southern Mexico where we live.

I used to have chronic lower back pain. Every month or two my back would “go out” and I would have terrible muscle spasms in my lower back.

I would be out of commission and in bed for several days …

It was the worst feeling, always worried about when my back was going to go out next.

If you struggle with chronic lower back pain, then you know what I am talking about.

I would go to the doctor and he would recommend I have surgery (again).

This cycle went on and on for several years.

Then finally, thank the lord, I beat it and have been pain free ever since.

How To Beat Chronic Lower Back Pain …

For the last 5 years I have been doing Yoga regularly two to three times a week.

My chronic lower back problems have completely disappeared.

I still work for long hours at the computer with bad posture, but I no longer have the recurring lower back “blow outs” that I used to have.

I owe it all to Yoga.

Yoga fixed my Chronic Lower Back Pain

Marine specializes in Yoga alignment. Her yoga classes are specifically designed to re-align your body to the way it is supposed to be.

She taught me a 30 minute Yoga session that I do after working many hours on the computer.

I made a video of this Yoga session for you so you can follow along and do it yourself.

This yoga session is not only for lower back pain, it also helps with neck pain, shoulder and wrist pain. It re-aligns your body and reverses the damage of bad posture while working at your computer.

I hope you enjoy the Yoga class and that you find it as helpful as I did. Do you suffer from chronic lower back pain? Please leave any questions or comments below.

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Self Discipline …

 

So often we will fudge on our diet and eat things we shouldn’t. 

We say we are going to do something around the house and it hasn’t been done for months since we first mentioned it. 

When we work, we might eliminate distractions like social media, and promise ourselves not to check email until noon. Yet we find ourselves compulsively checking our inbox every 30 minutes.

Ali Hale wrote an excellent article on dumblittleman.com about how lacking self discipline feels and how we can teach ourselves discipline in our lives.  Ali also writes the blog Aliventures.com where she writes about living productively and with a purpose.

“It’s frustrating, because without a certain amount of self discipline, you know your goals are going to slip away. But there are strategies for building up your strength and will power:”

Ali Hale

Ali shares five very useful tips on how to overcome an undisciplined lifestyle.  She concentrates on highlighting rewards that are automatic, given the changes, and the rewards that we should give ourselves for remaining disciplined and making the right choices.

Self Discipline Tips …

1.     Don’t Beat Yourself Up

She points out that this doesn’t solve much and can have you feeling down in the dumps which will certainly hurt productivity.  She says you should ask yourself some simple questions so you can figure out went wrong. 

You should have a plan of how you are going to face each problem and never just jump into doing something.  Always develop a plan beforehand.  A good plan will include what you do when you are triggered to break the rules.

2.     Focus on Specific Behaviors

Start to notice what you do with your days and when you tend to slip with your self discipline.  Ali gives an example that she won’t give up junk food completely, but she will eliminate stopping at McDonalds when she comes home from work.  Effective small steps are the best to take and a great way to get started.

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