Monday, September 26, 2016

I'll Do It Tomorrow..It's Only a Day Away.......

Fess up: You're a procrastinator. Tomorrow sounds like the perfect day to do whatever...or maybe next month...

Sound familiar?

Maybe you're putting something off because you feel overwhelmed. Maybe it's because you know it will take a ton of your time. Or, maybe you don't think it's going to take that long.

And then....the paper is due, the bill is due, the project is due, or you're still eating too much junk food..... and you haven't done a thing about it.


If your excuse is: I don't have any spare time.....

Take a look at how you're spending your time. How many hours are spent watching TV? Texting? Gaming? On Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat? Today, grab a pad and pencil and write down how much time you're doing those things. You may be surprised how much time you actually have available.

Here are some tips that might be helpful for you to stop putting things off:

  • Doing something is better than nothing. Get started! If it's a paper you need to write, start by choosing a subject and writing down an outline. Now you have a plan.
  • Set reasonable goals. Chances are you cannot do the entire project or paper in just one session.
  • A large calendar is going to be a huge help: Your instructor gives the due dates of all papers and tests at the beginning of a semester. Write it all down on your calendar and refer to it daily. Look ahead: What's due next week? Then you have to make a plan to accomplish it.
  • Don't blow it all out of proportion. You can do it!
  • Make a decision. Whether it's about what your project will look like, or what you want to achieve--decide something. Do it today.
  • Don't expect perfection, but do your best.

  • Break the task down into smaller chunks. Set time limits, like: I will work on this until 2:30 and then take a break. I will give this one hour of my day in the morning and one hour in the evening.
  • Give yourself a little reward. Think: When I reach this goal, I'll have some coffee, or I'll get up and walk around a little. 
  • Stay focused: When you're working on this, you're not doing anything else. Your phone is in another room, and you do not check your phone or think you can play 'one short game' while you are working. Two minutes distracted can so easily turn into half an hour...another half hour that you didn't work on your project.
  • Write down your timeline. That is, by a certain date you will have an outline finished. Two days later, you will have the first three parts written....until you have a completion date, well ahead of the actual due date if possible.

  • Start with the hardest part. Everything else will fall into place after it.
  • Ask for help if you need it. Do you need a tutor? Maybe just someone to bounce ideas off of? Seek someone out---and not someone who will be an accomplice in procrastination!
  • Don't delay something thinking that it will give you an excuse for not finishing: "I would have done it, but time just got away from me." It's a pretty good bet that an employer or instructor isn't going to be impressed with that excuse. Of course, you're letting yourself down, too, by not allowing yourself to be successful.
  • Are you allowing yourself to fail? Is that your comfort zone? You can't blame someone else for a goal not met.
  • Most important, when you set goals and achieve them, give yourself a little 'pat on the back,' for finishing that task. Remember how reluctant you were to start, and the fact that you're on your way to achieving what you wanted. Good for you!
  • Keep up the good work!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Goodwill: Not Just a Thrift Shop

Have you ever shopped at a Goodwill store? Donated to them? Wondered how it works? Did you think their only 'mission' was to hire people to work in their retail stores? That's not the case-you may be surprised to see all the services they offer.
Goodwill was founded in 1902 by a minister, Reverend Edgar Helms. He collected items discarded by wealthy people, and had poor people repair or mend them. The items were then sold and money given to the people who had fixed them, or the items were given to people in need.

However, Goodwill Stores do not have any religious affiliation. They are a nonprofit organization.

Today, Goodwill has 164 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Their headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland. They receive grants, donations of money, and some government funding in addition to donations of clothes and household items from ordinary people like us. A major 'facelift' to stores several years ago makes them more appealing and easier to use than ever.
 In 2014, they had sales of $3.94 billion. They served 26.4 million people by providing them with these services:
  • Education, including English as a Second Language, math, and computer skills-2 million people received some form of training through Goodwill in 2014. Here is a link to courses offered:
  • Transportation
    • Child care, so parents can pursue education and training
    • The philosophy is, "A hand up, not a hand out."
  • Training people for work including careers in..

Online services include

Goodwill's website suggests these apps to help you in job search:

To donate, simply bag or box up your items and take them to the nearest Goodwill store. Most of them have drive-ups with assistants to unload your items, and you get a coupon to use when shopping there the next time. If in doubt about what they'll accept, call or check online for a list. Here is info about donating:

Shopping at Goodwill can unearth lots of treasures-don't forget to look over the shoes and clothing; some retail stores donate items that didn't sell, including clothing and furniture used to stage houses for sale; also, people buy things they never wear and then donate them, so you can purchase things new with tags at a great reduction in price in addition to items that are 'like new.'
*Interesting: Employees are not allowed to purchase items sold in their own stores. This makes it fair for anyone to find treasures.

Did you know Goodwill has an online auction site similar to Ebay? You can find rare, vintage, collectible items there as well as ordinary things you won't see at a walk-in store.

Need a suit or suit coat for a job interview? You can probably find one at Goodwill. What about a good winter coat? A belt that doesn't cost $20? Sports equipment? Picture frames? Books? Dishes? Toys? Many items were barely used and then discarded, and you can benefit from that.

Can you help Goodwill continue to offer all of these services by donating or shopping at a Goodwill store? Can you use some of their services? Check it out!


Monday, September 12, 2016

Little Free Libraries

Have you seen Little Free Libraries springing up around your neighborhood?

Here's their story....

Todd Bol, whose mother was a teacher, built a model of a one-room schoolhouse, put it on a post in his yard, and filled it with books to be borrowed. He built a few more and gave them away. A friend joined his effort and eventually, with organization, it became Little Free Libraries. Read more:

You can make a Little Free Library, just look on their website for how to do it.

The idea was to make a few books available for whoever would like to read them....

Childrens' books or adult books....

Any container can be a LFL....

Take a book, give a book.........

Let someone else enjoy a book you did.

Find something interesting..

And when you're done, return it and try a different one.
Check out a Little Free Library today!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Careers with MN Companies: Carlson Companies

Carlson Companies is a Minnesota corporation of hotels and a travel agency.

                                         Radisson Hotel, Vancouver, Canada
Some facts:
  • There are 1400 hotels world-wide owned by Carlson Companies.
                              Conference room, Radisson Hotel, Shimla, India
                               Radisson Blu,  Frankfurt, Germany

  • They go by these names: Radisson, Radisson Blu, Park Plaza, Park Inn, and Country Inn & Suites
  • Carlson-Wagonlit Travel is their travel agency; they arrange travel plans for people all over the world, booking them into Carlson-owned hotels.
Here is a link to Carlson-Wagonlit: (pronounced Carlson-Vah Gon Leet)

Here is a link to their site's hiring section:
They are in the process of organizing a location in Manila, the Phillipines.
  • Working at any hotel can involve these careers:
  • Reservations
  • Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Chef
  • Human Resources
  • Security
  • Management
  • Accounting
Working for the travel agency can involve these careers:
  • Travel counselor
  • Manager
  • Human Resources
  • Analysts
  • Pricing airfare
  • Accounting