Life Balance

Nora and Tim help you find balance when dealing with a stressful debt situation. Learn how to manage stress and enjoy travel without breaking the bank.
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    Setting the Priority Principle in Motion

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    In my last post I promoted the virtues of the Priority Principle for organizing your life.

    This time, I want to offer some specific guidance on how to think through and implement the Priority Principle in the face of a hectic work week. 

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    Automatic Progress

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    Moving ahead on your goals is hard enough when you don't have to reinvent the wheel every day. It might be impossible -- and will certainly be discouraging -- if you're constantly flitting from one method to the next. What you want are some rock-solid habits that bring good results (even small ones), rain or shine

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    Who do you look up to? Who looks up to you?

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    That's the kind of person you'd want to look up to. Sure, he was successful in his profession. But he also did what he loved and put a high premium on his relationships, not just his work or the money and accolades that came with it.

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    Back-to-school specials = Christmas stocking stuffers?

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    So even though I liked her post, I'm going to suggest five reasons you should do your Christmas shopping early.

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    No Excuses! Work Out Despite the Summer Heat

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    It's gonna be a long, hot summer. Are you going to use that as an excuse to put off your fitness plans until later? (And does "later" mean two months? Six months? Ten more years?) Or are you going to get your act in gear and find ways to work out despite the heat?

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    Have You Considered Voluntourism as a Vacation Option?

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    Would you like to volunteer during your next vacation? Do something that helps a local community, or nature, or animals? Great! But be warned: volunteer vacations can be quite expensive, and aren't all created equal. Here are a few tips on how to find inexpensive volunteer vacations.

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    3 Ways to Keep Your Kids from Driving You Crazy this Summer

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    Now, too many children spend their summers parked in front of a TV, computer, or video-game screen, eating a bad diet and seldom leaving the couch. And if you're "lucky," they'll also complain about being bored!

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    Take a Vacation Every Day

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    What if we could experience little slices of that vacation vibe -- the relaxation, the feeling of escape -- in every working day?

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    How fit will you be a year from now?

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    Even if it's never worked for you before, you can plan your fitness and then carry out that plan over the next 12 months. In my experience, making that happen is a lot less about the specific fitness plan, and a lot more about coming to grips with what you can't control and what you can.

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    9 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active through the Summer

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    As we head toward the dog days of summer, it can become more of a challenge to keep the kids from getting bored.

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    Take the (Guess) Work out of Investing With Dollar Cost Averaging

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    With dollar cost averaging, you take the guess work - and the grunt work - out of investing, safe in the knowledge that you are getting the best average returns for the least effort expended.

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    Visualize Steady Improvement

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    In a nutshell, a feeling of self-efficacy means that you feel like you're able to succeed at what you're trying. You feel competent.

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    Simplify!

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    We have more choices today than ever. More communication channels, more ways to entertain ourselves, more ways to spend our time. We can live anywhere, do anything, read anything, and see anything. The variety is amazing, and I'm grateful for it.

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    Visualize Your Fitness!

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    How does that feel? What does it feel like to be light and springy, even after running so far? It's much better to focus on those sensations than on the hardships that inevitably go along with marathon training.

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    You CAN Have Happy Relationships

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    It's easier to turn over a new leaf with your finances or your fitness than it is with your relationships. People aren't math equations, and you can't fix a troubled marriage, an icy friendship, or simple loneliness with a better budget or a new workout plan.

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    21 Days to Success

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    There's an old idea in personal development -- probably first espoused by Dr. Maxwell Maltz -- that it takes 21 days of doing something every single day to make it a habit. As far as I can tell, there's never been a thorough scientific study to prove that it's 21 days (instead of 17 days or 35 days or whatever), but let's proceed as if it's basically true: You repeat a new behavior enough times and it becomes second nature. The big question then is . . . how do you get yourself to repeat it enough times? That's what we're talking about today. Make the Decision Once Don't try to establish a bunch of new habits at the same time. You can make sweeping changes in your life -- people do it all the time -- but from what I can tell, you're likelier...
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    Take Responsibility for How You Express Your Emotions

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    Some people try to work out their emotions by yelling. Others take their own feelings of insecurity, anger, or pain and use them as an excuse to manipulate those around them. But actions like these tear down relationships instead of building them up, and they'll tear you down if you practice them. You need to choose something better.

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    Automate Your Financial Decisions

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    You may not choose to wear the same thing every day, but when it comes to your finances you should choose to do the same things, day by day and month by month.

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    Budgeting and Saving: 18 Ways to Stay Motivated

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    You decide to clean up your finances, create a budget, and start saving money. But a few months later, progress is slow and you're losing inspiration to stay on track.

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    Bringing Light in the Dark of Winter

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    The other day I found myself in a funk. I was staring down a lingering project at work, I felt sore and out of sorts after some hard physical therapy for an injury, and I hadn't gotten enough sleep. The specific reasons don't really matter, though, because there will always be reasons to look on the dark side if you choose to

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    20 Ways to Practice (and Profit From) Gratitude

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    When you approach your life with total gratitude, the resulting opportunities can be profound. Sometimes it leads to financial profit, sometimes other kinds.

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    Don't just work out: TRAIN.

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    If you're getting regular exercise of any type, good for you. But ask yourself: Are you just "working out"? Or are you training for something? 

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    This Halloween, Dress up as Your Best Self

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    But what about after the Halloween party is over? What if this week you started pretending to be somebody you could be -- your best self?

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    Eating Right Through the Holiday Season

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    Do you dread the holiday season for what it does to your waistline? Do you wake up in January overweight and out of shape?

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    Walk all Winter

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    My advice: WALK MORE. Walking can be the easiest exercise you do, fitting so seamlessly with the rest of your day that it doesn't even look like exercise. Or you can make it into a tough workout. Do it your way, but do it!

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