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How to “up” your style factor or transform an outfit from day to night with just a few tweaks

It is easy today to use the clothes you have in your closet to create both casual and going-out styles. It is even possible to turn daytime clothes into evening wear simply by using well-chosen accessories. Knowing how to mix and match clothes to change your style according to circumstances is something we all need to possess.

Casual wear can easily turned into chic and trendy outfits by mixing them with higher-end or evening elements. Read the rest of this entry »

VERY useful cell phone information, especially for emergencies

My friend Michele Risa, over at BodyMindSpirit, posted these very useful tips on her website today:

Here are 4 things that you may not know that you can do with your cell phone.

FIRST (Emergency) Read the rest of this entry »

Contact Relationship Management for the rest of us

CRM or Contact/Client Relationship Management is something we hear about more and more, even for the smallest businesses. Yet most of the CRM solutions I’ve seen – Act!, salesforce, etc. – are often too complex for the person who is not either managing or part of a full-time sales team, and most definitely for the people who just want some reminders to touch base with a person.

I know, because you have told me so, that a lot of you want a system, but something that is simple and intuitive.

I had a couple of solutions I like, such as oprius, but there is now a free, simple solution: Gmail, associated with some free plugins. John Jantsch, at Duct Tape Marketing, tells us how to make it work.

I haven’t tested it yet, but this seems to fit the bill quite well, at a price that can’t be beat.

Let me know how it works for you!

100 Keyboard shortcuts for the tech-challenged expert

This special online event is brought to you by Biba Pedron from Your Business in Style

Today I introduce you to De Harris from DeHarrisOnline.com. I specifically asked her for this article, it’s such a great resource for all of you!

Be warned this is a pretty long post but this is only because all the shortcuts have been included. Initially, my thought was to break this up into bite sized pieces but who knows maybe you’ll run with the full idea of incorporating these easy to use keyboard shortcuts into your computer life.

If you had told me a year ago I would be using the same shortcuts that those ‘tech types’ use then I would have said you were c-r-a-z-y! Once again I learned a valuable lesson in keeping my mind open and my mouth shut. What I’ve found since implementing just a few of these shortcuts is that:

1. I don’t miss my mouse anymore. One less device to carry around or plug in. Wrist fatigue has vanished.

2. You can cut steps of any project by using these shortcuts. The benefit is improved efficiency which turns into a huge time saver.

3. They help me look as if I know more than I actually do. ;-)

If you are like I was and feel as if these shortcuts have no place in your life then I challenge you to just try a couple and see. That’s how I started. Begin with – Control C for copy / Control V for paste / Control X for delete. By initially incorporating just those three helped me realize the value of keyboard shortcuts. Now you try and tell me what you think. ~De

P.S. Make sure to bookmark this page for future reference. I have a feeling you will want use them more & more!

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Getting familiar with keyboard shortcuts not only helps you get the work done faster, but also saves you time and energy during your work day. If your daily job relies heavily on using Windows, here are some 100+ Windows Keyboard Shortcuts you might want to check out. If there are any missed nifty shortcuts a quick note would be much appreciated.

The General Shortcuts

We’ll kickoff the list with some really general shortcuts that you often used.

  • CTRL+C (Copy)
  • CTRL+X (Cut)
  • CTRL+V (Paste)
  • CTRL+Z (Undo)
  • DELETE (Delete)
  • SHIFT+DELETE (Delete the selected item permanently without placing the item in the Recycle Bin)
  • CTRL while dragging an item (Copy the selected item)
  • CTRL+SHIFT while dragging an item (Create a shortcut to the selected item)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • CTRL+RIGHT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next word)
  • CTRL+LEFT ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous word)
  • CTRL+DOWN ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the next paragraph)
  • CTRL+UP ARROW (Move the insertion point to the beginning of the previous paragraph)
  • CTRL+SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Highlight a block of text)
  • SHIFT with any of the arrow keys (Select more than one item in a window or on the desktop, or select text in a document)
  • CTRL+A (Select all)
  • F3 key (Search for a file or a folder)
  • ALT+ENTER (View the properties for the selected item)
  • ALT+F4 (Close the active item, or quit the active program)
  • ALT+ENTER (Display the properties of the selected object)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Open the shortcut menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active document in programs that enable you to have multiple documents open simultaneously)
  • ALT+TAB (Switch between the open items)
  • ALT+ESC (Cycle through items in the order that they had been opened)
  • F6 key (Cycle through the screen elements in a window or on the desktop)
  • F4 key (Display the Address bar list in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • SHIFT+F10 (Display the shortcut menu for the selected item)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the System menu for the active window)
  • CTRL+ESC (Display the Start menu)
  • ALT+Underlined letter in a menu name (Display the corresponding menu)
  • Underlined letter in a command name on an open menu (Perform the corresponding command)
  • F10 key (Activate the menu bar in the active program)
  • RIGHT ARROW (Open the next menu to the right, or open a submenu)
  • LEFT ARROW (Open the next menu to the left, or close a submenu)
  • F5 key (Update the active window)
  • BACKSPACE (View the folder one level up in My Computer or Windows Explorer)
  • ESC (Cancel the current task)
  • SHIFT when you insert a CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive (Prevent the CD-ROM from automatically playing)

Dialog Box Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+TAB (Move forward through the tabs)
  • CTRL+SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the tabs)
  • TAB (Move forward through the options)
  • SHIFT+TAB (Move backward through the options)
  • ALT+Underlined letter (Perform the corresponding command or select the corresponding option)
  • ENTER (Perform the command for the active option or button)
  • SPACEBAR (Select or clear the check box if the active option is a check box)
  • Arrow keys (Select a button if the active option is a group of option buttons)
  • F1 key (Display Help)
  • F4 key (Display the items in the active list)
  • BACKSPACE (Open a folder one level up if a folder is selected in the Save As or Open dialog box)

Microsoft Natural Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Windows Logo (Display or hide the Start menu)
  • Windows Logo+BREAK (Display the System Properties dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+D (Display the desktop)
  • Windows Logo+M (Minimize all of the windows)
  • Windows Logo+SHIFT+M (Restore the minimized windows)
  • Windows Logo+E (Open My Computer)
  • Windows Logo+F (Search for a file or a folder)
  • CTRL+Windows Logo+F (Search for computers)
  • Windows Logo+F1 (Display Windows Help)
  • Windows Logo+ L (Lock the keyboard)
  • Windows Logo+R (Open the Run dialog box)
  • Windows Logo+U (Open Utility Manager)

Accessibility Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Right SHIFT for eight seconds (Switch FilterKeys either on or off)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN (Switch High Contrast either on or off)
  • Left ALT+left SHIFT+NUM LOCK (Switch the MouseKeys either on or off)
  • SHIFT five times (Switch the StickyKeys either on or off)
  • NUM LOCK for five seconds (Switch the ToggleKeys either on or off)
  • Windows Logo +U (Open Utility Manager)

Windows Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

  • END (Display the bottom of the active window)
  • HOME (Display the top of the active window)
  • NUM LOCK+Asterisk sign (*) (Display all of the subfolders that are under the selected folder)
  • NUM LOCK+Plus sign (+) (Display the contents of the selected folder)
  • NUM LOCK+Minus sign (-) (Collapse the selected folder)
  • LEFT ARROW (Collapse the current selection if it is expanded, or select the parent folder)
  • RIGHT ARROW (Display the current selection if it is collapsed, or select the first subfolder)

Shortcut Keys for Character Map

  • After you double-click a character on the grid of characters, you can move through the grid by using the keyboard shortcuts:
  • RIGHT ARROW (Move to the right or to the beginning of the next line)
  • LEFT ARROW (Move to the left or to the end of the previous line)
  • UP ARROW (Move up one row)
  • DOWN ARROW (Move down one row)
  • PAGE UP (Move up one screen at a time)
  • PAGE DOWN (Move down one screen at a time)
  • HOME (Move to the beginning of the line)
  • END (Move to the end of the line)
  • CTRL+HOME (Move to the first character)
  • CTRL+END (Move to the last character)
  • SPACEBAR (Switch between Enlarged and Nor mal mode when a character is selected)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Main Window Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+O (Open a saved console)
  • CTRL+N (Open a new console)
  • CTRL+S (Save the open console)
  • CTRL+M (Add or remove a console item)
  • CTRL+W (Open a new window)
  • F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
  • ALT+SPACEBAR (Display the MMC window menu)
  • ALT+F4 (Close the console)
  • ALT+A (Display the Action menu)
  • ALT+V (Display the View menu)
  • ALT+F (Display the File menu)
  • ALT+O (Display the Favorites menu)

MMC Console Window Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL+P (Print the current page or active pane)
  • ALT+Minus sign (-) (Display the window menu for the active console window)
  • SHIFT+F10 (Display the Action shortcut menu for the selected item)
  • F1 key (Open the Help topic, if any, for the selected item)
  • F5 key (Update the content of all console windows)
  • CTRL+F10 (Maximize the active console window)
  • CTRL+F5 (Restore the active console window)
  • ALT+ENTER (Display the Properties dialog box, if any, for the selected item)
  • F2 key (Rename the selected item)
  • CTRL+F4 (Close the active console window. When a console has only one console window, this shortcut closes the console)

Remote Desktop Connection Navigation

  • CTRL+ALT+END (Open the m*cro$oft Windows NT Security dialog box)
  • ALT+PAGE UP (Switch between programs from left to right)
  • ALT+PAGE DOWN (Switch between programs from right to left)
  • ALT+INSERT (Cycle through the programs in most recently used order)
  • ALT+HOME (Display the Start menu)
  • CTRL+ALT+BREAK (Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen)
  • ALT+DELETE (Display the Windows menu)
  • CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) (Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)
  • CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) (Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.)

Internet Explorer navigation

  • CTRL+B (Open the Organize Favorites dialog box)
  • CTRL+E (Open the Search bar)
  • CTRL+F (Start the Find utility)
  • CTRL+H (Open the History bar)
  • CTRL+I (Open the Favorites bar)
  • CTRL+L (Open the Open dialog box)
  • CTRL+N (Start another instance of the browser with the same Web address)
  • CTRL+O (Open the Open dialog box, the same as CTRL+L)
  • CTRL+P (Open the Print dialog box)
  • CTRL+R (Update the current Web page)
  • CTRL+W (Close the current window)

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De Harris brings over 17 years of expertise as a manager, business owner, and personal & business development coach. As the Founder & President of The WOWNetwork Alliance & CEO of AllBiz Web Support, she has worked with a wide variety of large & small businesses, corporate leaders and entrepreneurs to formulate their voice and presence through on/offline branding, organization and marketing systems that build better business. De is passionately dedicated to keeping the web/tech challenged expert ‘in the know’ by offering solid networking connections and support through educational opportunities with experts from around the world. Subscribe and learn more by visiting DeHarrisOnline.com

Want More Referrals? Here’s 10 Tips How to Do That!

This special online event is brought to you by Biba Pedron, from Your Business in Style Today I introduce you to Carol Deckert, Networking Expert/Coach

Turning to your current and/or past clients for their referral business is not only a smart and practical way to build your business, it’s EASY! We all know it costs more to obtain new clients than to maintain current or past clients. Make a commitment to keep in touch with them often – tell them what’s happening with your business and ASK for their help. People love to be needed!

1. Look at your clients not as a one-time sale, but as a budding friendship.

Friends help friends. Share your stories with each other – develop those important relationships.

2. Ask for them!

I know, that’s an obvious statement, but so many people are afraid to simply ask. Why not try this ? Contact one of your clients/customers today and simply ask – “Of all the people in your office (or of all of your closest friends) which person do you think would be the most interested in the product/service I offer?” What’s the worst that can happen – you certainly cannot be killed for asking!

3. Begin at the beginning.

Instead of waiting later in a client/customer relationship to ASK for referral support….(which for some can be uncomfortable) begin TELLING your prospects/new clients at the very beginning that receiving referral support from your clients is HOW you do business. Always tell your prospects what they can expect from you during your relationship, and in turn, what you will expect from them.

4. Practice makes perfect!

The more you do, the better you become at what you do or know, the more confident you naturally come off to others. Creating more confidence for THEM to easily refer you to the people in their life as “The only ONE to go to.”

5. Shift the burden.

Many business owners are afraid that asking for referrals from their customers/clients puts an unwanted burden on them. (They feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for ‘help.’) So, shift your belief or understanding. When you ask your clients to refer their friends or colleagues to you, YOU (once again) are HELPING MORE PEOPLE. (The burden stays on you and off of them!) People LOVE to help others (generally) so why not make them feel special, and ASK for their help?

6. Create an exclusive experience!

Create an experience for your customers/clients that feels (and is) exclusively just for them. How you do business should definitely stand out (and apart) from your competition. It doesn’t have to be a lot. Keep it simple – yet clearly beneficial to your clients/customers.

7. Clearly express yourself!

Let your clients know ALL that you do. Most will think the only thing you do or offer is what they get from you. Explain through stories, examples, and other offers the FULL RANGE of what you are able to offer. Don’t drown them in details, it’s better to explain all the products and services you offer, one at a time.

8. Think Long-Term Relationship – not just WIIFM!

Let your clients/customers know you are interested in serving them for the long haul. Sometimes it won’t occur to a client/customer to return to you for your product or service. Let them know you would like to serve them as long as they need the product or service you are exchanging with them.

9 . K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple, Specific

People love easy and simple (isn’t that why you are reading this top ten?). Whatever your product or service, make the experience of working with you as easy and simple for your customer/client as possible. Be specific in what you are offering or in what you are looking for!

10. Tell your clients just how important their referral support is to your success.

People love to know when they are doing good and when they have been a key player in something successful. Be sure to thank them, thank them often, keep in touch with them, find out what’s important to them and to their business and see if you can offer a solution to them!

To Your Networking Success!

Carol Deckert is a Networking Expert/Coach. She’s the founder of Referrals Unlimited Network, has more than 10,800 first-level connections in LinkedIn and approximately 1,800 “friends” on FaceBook and more than 5,000 followers on Twitter! Carol knows you do need the numbers before you can accumulate quality connections, because not every connection will be a good one for you. Through her individual and group coaching, she helps others learn to do what she did, saving them lots of time and heartache, by teaching them how to network efficiently and effectively. Contact Carol on Skype: Deckert1116 and follow her blog http://www.carolconnectspeople.com

A great resource for the cash-strapped

I recently discovered that Shutterfly allows you to create free websites. If you want a very simple website, easy to make without any help, and free, this is the way to go. To make it look professional, all you need to do is get a domain name and make it point there. Cheap and effective.

Meditation as a Daily Mastery productivity tool

Meditation is a remarkably effective tool for Daily Mastery. The full mental rest it gives your brain increases its productivity, while the deep breathing associated with meditation increases alertness. Furthermore, meditation reduces stress, promotes calm and reduces negative self-talk, all of which make for a happier, as well as more productive, person.

That’s why I recommend meditation in a form or another to all of my clients.

However, meditation in its classical (i.e. Eastern) form is demanding, and not always easy for people in the Western world to achieve. Some of my clients, for instance, strongly object to sitting and “doing nothing” for any extended period of time. For those, I recommend walking meditation, i.e. a form of meditation where you walk slowly, focusing on every step you make and the sensations of your body in movement.

For everyone who is willing to sit for at least 10 minutes, but has no experience of meditation, I recommend Getting in the Gap, by Wayne Dyer.



I found this method the easiest to understand and to get results from for a beginner. Also, it includes a 10-minute and a 20-minute audio guided meditation, which makes it even easier to do. I’ve put those two meditations on my iPhone, and listen to them whenever I need a boost, or whenever I’m on the bus between Manhattan and my home.

If you are a dog-lover or know one…

As you know if you follow me on Facebook, I have a cat, and have no plans on having a dog any time soon. However, I do like dogs, and I know many people who own dogs.

So for the dog-lovers among you, go check Bailey and Me, a site offering accessories for dogs. Check it out, it’s shock-full of cute things, and you are bound to find something fun for your pet – or as a gift for the dog-lovers around you.

Easily Working From Anywhere

I tend to work from multiple locations, such as my home, my office, and the road. Even worse, I work on both Macs and PCs. This made it a nightmare to always have all of my computer files at my fingertips when I need them, so I’ve had to find a solution that allows me to have all my files and information together in a form that allows me to accessit from anywhere.

After quite a bit of research and some trial and error, I have settled on two systems that I find absolutely amazing, and wonderful time and stress savers: DropBox and Evernote.

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DropBox is an online backup system with a twist: Not only does it save all your data, but it also synchronizes it with any and all computers that you use regularly. All you need to do is set up a special folder where you put your documents, et voila! All your files are always available on all your computers. Someone else’s computer? Not a problem! Simply go to the website to get your work done.

Evernote is a software note-taking system – and the one I’m writing the draft of this post on. The great thing about it is that it allows you to “take note” of anything that a computer can hold: web pages, links, pictures, even screen captures can be stored by Evernote. You can search your notes by keywords, date, title, whatever way works for you. Once again, this is a system that synchronizes with any computer you use regularly and can be accessed via your trusted web browser.

Both systems now also have apps allowing them to be accessed by  iPhone, Android phones and the Blackberry, so a phone is all I really need, and have I jotted down notes or accessed a file with it!

Since I’ve had this system, I’ve been able to work no matter where or when the inspiration was striking, which really freed me up and has allowed me to create more.

Even better, I now have complete peace of mind, because everything I need to work is there no matter what happens to my computer, my phone, or my home. Whether there’s a computer crash, a robbery or a fire, I’m set. All my files are safe and accessible

If you use multiplatform computers, several computers, or just want to be able to save your data in a safe location (i.e. not in your home or office) and access it from anywhere, I highly highly recommend those two pieces of software.

Help when you need it

Sometimes, it’s tough to get everything done, especially at this time of year. A quick hand to make some calls, do some research for you, or even run an errand, would be more than welcome, but you don’t have someone available to help you.

A surprisingly effective solution is to take advantage of the new crop of virtual personal assistants who you can task with one task here or there, or even use as a full-time virtual assistant.

Slate recently reviewed some of them. My favorites are:

Fancyhands – great for all things personal, such as finding out how to make a return.

TaskRabbit – they can run physical errands for you. Right now, they advertise being in San Francisco and Boston only, but I recently saw their sign over a store front in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, so they might have started operations in NYC.

AskSunday – I know one of the founders, and from what I’ve seen and my clients have done, this one is well-suited for people in business, who could use an assistant to do tasks for them. They also have a team of people who can do market research for you.

All of them allow you to pay task by task or get a retainer every month, as you wish.

Enjoy your new-found help!

Yours in Daily Mastery,

A handy way to get your computer desktop organized

I don’t know about you, but I hate it when I have more than a few windows open at one time on my computer, yet I often am working on several things at once, and want the windows to be organized. Even if I minimize them, I just have a stream of icons without much order or organization.

I recently came across a really nice and easy solution to this problem: the virtual desktops. It’s essentially a way to have several screens on your desktops, each screen having just the windows that you want to have open. For instance, you can have a virtual desktop for email and other online communication; a virtual desktop for your clients of the day; a virtual desktop for a project you’re working on; and so on. Whenever you need or want to, you can switch almost instantly from one screen to another, and have only those windows up that you want to work on.

Mac users have had this option for a while with spaces. Here’s a short video on how to set Spaces up.

Windows users now have this option too, via a free software called WindowsPages, that LifeHacker loves. You can download WindowsPager here.

Yours in Daily Mastery,

Building your support team doesn’t have to be expensive

“I can’t do it all, but there is no one I can delegate to right now, and I don’t have the resources to hire an assistant/housekeeper/babysitter/insert your own need.”

This is something I very often hear from my clients before they start working with me. They think that, unless they can hire someone outright, there is no way to find someone to support them at work or at home. Yet there are many ways to find help for your needs without spending a fortune, or even anything. Here are a few that my clients adopted after our brainstorm opened up out-of-the-box ideas:

  • Babysitting: A mother working the  program didn’t have the means to hire a regular babysitter, yet she had some appointments and errands to run weekly that were extremely difficult to do with a kindergartner in tow. Another mother, whose child was in the same kindergarten class as my client’s son, was a single mother as well. They had had a playdate or two together, and liked each other. On my recommendation, my client approached the other mother to offer her a babysitting swap: on one day one mother would pick up both children from school and take care of them for part of the afternoon. Another day of the week, the other mother would take care of both children. The idea was extremely welcome, and both mothers have been doing this babysitting exchange for several years, to the delight of all involved.
  • Administrative tasks: A client in group coaching had a lot of filing and basic administrative tasks to do, which took quite a bit of time away from him servicing his clients and marketing his business. His cash-flow unfortunately didn’t allow him to hire someone for this task at that time. However, a friend’s son, 13, was quite interested in learning about his business and wanted to earn some money for a new bike, so my client, for half the price of regular help, hired his friend’s son to do his basic administrative tasks for him, and found that this was freeing so much time for his to do high value-added tasks that he soon was able to hire a proper administrative assistant to support him more thoroughly.
  • Household chores: Once you have a family, cleaning the house often become a time-consuming endeavor – time that many of my clients love to reduce. One very easy way to do it is to enroll your children to help: they can do much more around the house, at a much younger age, than you probably realize – here are a few examples.
  • Special Projects: One of my group coaching clients had kept a project on the back-burner for two years because it entailed a lot of research and compilation that she simply didn’t have the time to do. She had explored finding someone to do it for her, but hiring help would have seriously stretched her budget. Instead, I suggested that she contact her local community college to offer this project as a summer internship for interested students. She promptly found herself with several great candidates, chose one, and found that this was a win-win situation: by the end of the summer, her project was completed and she finally could offer this new option to her clients, and the student had gained valuable knowledge and expertise in their major.

Or you can find, like another one of my clients (she was about to hire an assistant when we met) that, once we’re done working together, you don’t need any help after all.

So explore your options:

  • What would you like to delegate?
  • Who can you delegate to? Think about the people around you, the local college or high school, peers, colleagues for creative solutions. Many more of those people can help you than you thought.

Have fun developing those new relationships and solutions! And if you are finding it difficult to identify the right people, let’s spend a couple of sessions together to create your own support team – and ensure that you get the results you want as well.

How a little creativity helped me save plenty of time and money this week

This week is winter break for my son where we live… Last school year, those breaks were a problem for me, because I couldn’t go visit clients or just work most of the time, because Little Guy wanted too much of my attention.

This was a problem because when I don’t see clients and work, I don’t make money. And we don’t have any family in the area who could take care of him during the day, and babysitting adds up very quickly.

So this year I got creative: I figured that I couldn’t be the only one with this problem, and started to talk to parents I know, suggesting that we get together, and establish a rotation for the week, so that each parent would take care of five children one day a week. This way, each one of us needed to take just one day off instead of the whole week.

Within a week of my chatting with parents, we had a full slate of five parents, who thanked me for thinking of doing this. It saved them a lot of running around to find something for their children (most of them, being employed by a company, don’t even have the luxury of taking days off whenever they want/need to, the way I do), and the kids were delighted. Little Guy calls it is playdate week, and all the children are very excited.

We’re now well into this rotation, for the second time, and it’s a success for everyone. The kids are in heaven – they get to play with each other all day, with different toys and activities every day – and I’m loving it too. I saved money by not having to hire a babysitter, and I am free to earn more as well, since I can work four out of five days of the week.

You may not have children, or have children who are able to take care of themselves during the break. But I am sure that you have some situation in your life where teaming up with others would give you more freedom, save you time and money. The fact is, none of the other parents, even though they had the same need I had, thought of the idea. If you try to enroll others for a mutually beneficial support, you will find that most people welcome your idea with open arms, and you too can save time and money the way I did.

Maybe it’s working as a group on several projects, rather than each one on their own. Maybe it’s pooling resources to go buy in bulk at the discount store with friends, then splitting the purchases. Maybe it’s a babysitting exchange, or barter. Look at a challenge you have, wether it’s a time or money one, and ask yourself how getting a group of people together with similar or complementary challenges could help you all benefit. That’s Daily Mastery too.

Did You Know that What You Eat Impacts Your Productivity?

In the past few weeks, I made an amazing discovery on how to give yourself more energy and hence be more productive (yes, I’m still learning about optimal productivity, and probably will until the day I die. ☺).

I thought, like most people, that, as long as you had a reasonably healthy diet, you were ok. Your energy pattern throughout the day is your energy pattern, and there’s not much you can do to change it.

I have weight to release, and I decided that now was the time. I had tried other diets in the past (only the reasonably healthy ones, no pineapple juice diet for me!), but they didn’t work. The only one that had really worked for me was a diet based on body type that I had done in my early 20’s, with great success, and that had allowed to keep me the weight off for over 6 years (then I got married and had a child… What can I say? I’m a stress eater). It was more of a way of eating for life than a diet, and I liked the premise.

So I decided to get back on that diet, and see what would happen. Boy, was I in for a surprise! Not only did I start to lose weight, my primary goal, but my energy levels completely changed, in a way that had never happened in the other diets I tried, and within the first week. Before, I had pronounced peaks and valleys of energy throughout the day, with a dreaded 2-to-4 low during which I wasn’t good at much. But suddenly I was in a state where my body had steady energy throughout the day, and the 2-to-4 low was barely noticeable!

And my output every day has increased accordingly. I’m not exactly unproductive when I sit at my desk to work, but now I can sustain my pace for much longer periods of time.

My lesson in all this?

What we put in our mouths can make a drastic difference not only on our weight, but across the board, since it affects our physical energy throughout the day – and the same food affects different people differently. For instance, if I eat bread or cereal for breakfast, I want to eat all day long, while a friend of mine finds it’s the food that keeps her going all morning. My favorite breakfast of apple sauce and plain yogurt, which sustains me all morning, leaves her hungry after an hour. So if you want to increase your energy easily, start paying attention to the effect different foods have on you. After eating a certain food, do you start to crave sweets, either immediately or a couple of hours later? Does it make you feel heavy right after? Does it make you tired? Does it make you energetic? And if you don’t want to do all this detective work, here is the system I use: Dr. Abravanel’s Body Types.

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