It's a new year and a new you! Fresh Start is a short series detailing 12 helpful tips to start off the year right, whether it be to advance your career or increase your financial cushion. We've already given you advice on kicking your daily deal habit, quitting caffeine, and making a call to lower your bills. Here's another way to start afresh in 2012.
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I have a bad tendency to let things — paperwork, tasks, laundry — pile up. That's why I'm often not as organized as I should be. By the time I go to put things away, I feel like I'm dealing with clutter so powerful it could defeat Godzilla (I've already started on the screenplay for Godzilla vs. That Pile of Stuff I Still Haven't Put Away Since Moving).
Thus, I am a huge proponent of making little steps towards organization. Below are 25 ways to organize your home, your finances, and your life that are quick and easy enough to attempt today. Seriously, start making a dent in your disorganization before it turns into a movie-worthy monster.
Organize Your Stuff
From the fridge to the filing cabinet, here are some ideas for organizing your things.
1. Identify What You Want to Organize
Yes, I am telling you to organize your organizing. Make a specific list of what you want to organize — the bookshelf? Your closet? Your drawers? If you have time, start to formulate a plan. Now, when you have a couple of hours over the weekend, you're ready to attack.
2. Buy Masking Tape and a Marker
Masking tape is a great way to create temporary labels for everything from storage containers in the basement to Tupperware in the freezer. Buy a roll of masking tape and a Sharpie, and always keep them in the same place.
3. Buy Containers and Dividers
If you're planning an organizing project, buy any containers or other organizing tools you need now. Just as with making the list, you're now totally ready to tackle the project when you have a moment.
It's a new year and a new you! We're kicking off a short series detailing 12 helpful tips to start off the year right, whether it be to advance your career or increase your financial cushion. We've already given you advice on kicking your daily deal habit, so here's another way to start afresh in 2012.Caffeine addiction is so commonplace that nobody will bat an eye if you say you need your daily dose of coffee. In fact, many of us would readily admit to an addiction. Though people claim that coffee benefits them, the efficacy of the brown liquid is often misconceived. For starters, studies have shown that although caffeine may give you more speed, you'll be more prone to making mistakes. This means even if you have a larger output, it'll be of lower quality. More negatives include feeling jittery when you drink too much coffee and withdrawal symptoms like headaches if you choose to stop drinking. Convinced? Here are some tips to kicking your caffeine habit to the curb for good this year:
- Figure out your quitting style. Everyone has their own way of kicking bad habits and you can either choose to go cold turkey or ease off of it slowly. Remember, if you go cold turkey and suffer withdrawal symptoms, don't take any pain medication for your headaches since those have caffeine in it as well!
- Find a replacement. When you find yourself craving coffee, try to replace it with caffeine-free tea. Chamomile and mint tea are always good options.
- Try decaf. When you just miss the comfort of the taste of coffee, opt for decaf. Keep in mind that there's actually a small amount of caffeine in a decaffeinated cup of joe, so drink a small cup.
Of course, it's up to each individual to decide if quitting coffee is right for them. I'd say you should truly consider it if you're drinking excessive amounts (I'm talking more than three or four cups a day) and if you're feeling some of the negative effects of caffeine.
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This month, many of us are making resolutions and setting goals for our careers this year. But if you’re still on the hunt for a new job, don’t think you’re off the hook — the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to reevaluate and fine-tune your job search. Whatever it is that's hindering your search, I've got tips to get you back on track.
It's a new year and a new you! We're kicking off a short series detailing helpful tips to start off the year right, whether it be to advance your career or increase your financial cushion. Stay tuned for 12 ways to start afresh in 2012.
This year, resolve to drop your daily deal habit. Buying coupons can be extremely addictive, because sometimes the deals are just too tempting. But oftentimes, you'll end up doing something that you never planned on doing in the first place and trying restaurants that you had no intention of trying to begin with. The problem with buying deal after deal is, you might forget about them if you're not carefully keeping track of them, and you may end up losing money when the coupon expires.
Do yourself and your budget (not to mention your inbox!) a favor this year and unsubscribe from all the daily deals sites except your all-time favorite (PopSugar Shop, perhaps?). Also, make it a plan to use up all the daily deals you have yet to use this month as well. I know there may be deals that seem too good to miss out on such as the $10 for $20 worth of Amazon credit deal that LivingSocial had last year, so limit yourself to buying one or two online coupons this year. If you're worried about missing out on an amazing deal, I'm sure you'll catch a wind of it through friends or social media. And if you miss one, either scout for it on sites that sell unused daily deals like CoupRecoup or patiently wait for it to show up again.
The start of a new year is a good time to take a review at the best productivity tips we have shared with you. These tips help maximize your efficiency at work so you're getting more done in less time. Read on to find out what our best picks for productivity tips are so you can use them to have an even more efficient 2012!
The following is a guest post by Kimberly Palmer, creator of The 2012 Money Planner and author of Generation Earn, available on Etsy. She is also the personal finance columnist at US News & World Report. Take it away, Kimberly!
The new year means a fresh slate—and new money goals for 2012. Whether publicly on a website such as 43things.com or privately in our own heads, many of us are brainstorming for how we can find greater financial success in 2012.
After interviewing dozens of finance gurus, goal experts, and ordinary people trying to get ahead, I’ve learned that one of the most important things you can do to create a richer life is simply to treat that project like any other. Dedicate time to it, define it, break it into smaller steps, and then slowly cross off your to-do list.
Many of us get caught up in that first step—defining just what we want our goals to be. As you brainstorm your own biggest money goals for the new year, here are some prompts to help: