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The Legend of Lime Jell-O

Radio stars of the 30s and 40s Jack Benny and Lucille Ball were sponsored by the beloved product, and its commercials dominated early television shows. Who didn’t love that colorful, jiggly, fun texture and versatility. Little children delighted in it, adults found it light and refreshing, and older folks enjoyed it as an easy and sweet conclusion to an otherwise bland meal in a nursing home. It was a predictable, familiar and welcome sight to millions. It soothed young children at home with measles and graced the food trays of surgery patients as it eased them back into eating solid foods. It was also the basis for tomato aspics and molded salmon mousse. Although it had some limitations due to mobility and temperature, it still frequently took center stage at picnics and backyard barbecues. It was like one of the family.

It was introduced in the late 1800s by an entrepreneur named Pearle Wait and his wife May, who experimented with grinding gelatin into a powder, which was a collagen originally extracted from the tissues and hooves of barnyard animals, adding flavorings and sugar which produced the first sweet version of gelatin. After a few dismal years, they ran a large ad in the Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, hyping the new colorful sweet as “America’s favorite dessert” and the product took off. Inexpensive, easy to make and fun for kids, it became a staple in the American household and continues to this day. It went on to be acquired by several large companies over the years and refined and marketed as an inexpensive “salad” and dessert.

The top five favorite flavors are:
1) lime
2) strawberry
3) berry blue
4) cherry
5) watermelon

LeRoy, New York is known as its birthplace and has the only Jell-O Museum in the world, prominently located on the main street through this small town. Jell-O was manufactured there until General Foods closed the plant in 1964 and relocated to Dover, Delaware. According to Kraft foods, the state of Utah eats twice as much lime jello as any other state (maybe those large Mormon families account for that). The theory is that Mormons have quite a sweet tooth (they also consume the most candy in the country) and if asked to bring a green salad to a dinner, they will show up with lime Jell-O (favorite add-ins include shredded carrots or canned pears).

A hugely popular concoction during the 1950s was a lime jello recipe which featured whipped topping, cottage cheese or cream cheese, crushed pineapple, miniature marshmallows and walnuts. It frequently appeared at baby showers, luncheons, church potlucks and buffet dinners, usually shaped by a large mold and trimmed with mayo. U.S. stats tell us 159.72 million Americans consumed flavored gelatin desserts in 2017, but this figure is projected to decrease to 154.07 million in 2020.

Although the younger generation is moving in a different direction and consumption stats show a decline in this once beloved staple of American cuisine, it still holds its own at any family gathering. And most of us agree, there is always room for Jell-O.

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Foods Boomers Grew Up On (Not Exactly Haute Cuisine)

Tromping down memory lane, who could forget these (now somewhat ghastly) staples of our early diet:

Cheez Whiz… much like Velveeta, this processed food made its debut in 1952 and was piled on crackers and spread on white bread
Hostess Twinkies and Cupcakes
Jello
Popsicles
Hot Dogs
Potato Chips
Scrambled Eggs and Bacon
Peanut Butter
S’mores
Iceberg lettuce with watery bottled dressing
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Campbell’s Tomato Soup
Yoo Hoo (chocolate flavored soft drink developed in New Jersey in 1928 and manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper)
Swanson Frozen Dinners
Meatloaf (smothered in ketchup)
Tuna Noodle Casserole
Baked Alaska
Deviled Eggs
Chicken à la King
Red Delicious Apples
Welsh Rarebit
Ry-Krisp Crackers
Succotash
Spam
Bubblegum
Salisbury Steak
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Toll House Cookies
Brownies

and some of the first convenience foods:

1950. Minute Rice
1951. Ore Ida Foods (frozen potato products)
1953. Eggo Frozen Waffles
1954. General Mills Trix cereal
1955. Kellogg’s Special K cereal
1956. Imperial Margarine

It’s fun to look back and see which of these bastions of the early years we still consume and even enjoy, and which ones we wouldn’t eat on a bet (can you spell J-e-l-l-o?). We’ve traded sugary cereals for Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal, Chinese take-out for spicy Thai noodles, Cheez Whiz for goat cheese and Brie and fish sticks for fish tacos. Our first bite of KFC fried chicken is an ancient memory, our first McDonald’s we probably can’t even remember and our first white Minute Rice a bland, boring starchy filler. Many of us still embrace peanut butter, but it’s the natural organic variety, not sugary Skippy.
Baked Alaska? Good luck finding it on any restaurant menu these days. Head lettuce has given way to crunchy Napa cabbage, arugula and romaine, cremini, portobello and shitake mushrooms and and the revered avocado added to salads, sandwiches and our new favorite Mexican foods. Risotto rice with savory veggies, beautiful pasta dishes with nary a meatball in sight, endless flavors of tortilla chips and salsas, designer pizza, white chicken chili, fresh fish with flavorful sauces or just grilled on a barbeque.

Okay, so maybe you have a box of Twinkies or Little Debbie snack cakes hidden in the linen closet; a stash of Hershey bars under the dish towels in the kitchen; or a jumbo bag of Lay’s Potato Chips in the trunk of your car (in case you get stranded on the freeway for several hours). You’re in control, aren’t you? And sometimes you just draw the binds, don’t answer the phone and down an entire bottle of Pinot Grigio wine with your Laughing Cow cheese triangles (on Ritz Crackers, of course). Life is good. Food is good. And aren’t we lucky. We can pick up a roasted rotisserie chicken at the supermarket, a carton of garlic mashed potatoes, pop a bag of frozen vegetables into the microwave and have a whole dinner in less than 15 minutes. What a world. And not a jiggly bowl of cherry Jello in sight.

Later I’m going out for shrimp tacos drenched in fresh lime juice and Pico de Gallo. And maybe some double chocolate swirl gelato. This Boomer is a full-fledged foodie with no end in sight.

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Blood Orange

A Blood Orange is a hesperidia (a thick rind) fruit that contains water-soluble pigments called anthocyanins. With a certain ph and plunging temperatures at night, the inside of the flesh of an orange can turn a dark maroon color that some have described to be the color of blood. The southern Mediterranean region, especially Italy, Sicily, Malta and Spain, has the right conditions, and blood oranges have been cultivated there since the 1700’s. They have also been successfully grown on other continents along the same latitude as southern Italy, including in both Texas and California in the North American country of the United States.

Web-search stories about how folks with orange groves have been horrified to discover the blood orange flesh when their tree (s) had only ever produced an orange-colored inside before. In older times, the owner feared sabotage by an unpleasant neighbor or sorcery afoot in their orange orchard. But what about the taste? The discoloration suggests a different taste, so people expect that, and there may be some truth in it: sweeter, more tart, or juicier.

The Blood Orange appeals to many who want to have exotic possessions, experiences, and (in this instance) food. Outwardly, the fruit appears like other oranges, but when one is opened, a reaction is demanded for someone who lives outside of regions in which they are grown and eaten, to have and to publicly eat one. The flavor seems more exquisite just because of the uninformed public reaction to the presence of the Blood Orange and if the eater of it displays an ambivalent attitude. “What, you don’t know what this is? You should travel more (like I do).”

Can it be that the unusual appearance of the Blood Orange can give the eater an opportunity to make a statement about him or herself? Why be vain about the unusual appearance inside this fruit? Explain it; share it; teach its history. Perhaps, for you, it will taste sweeter because you brought understanding about it to others in this world. You could go further, and tell your audience that the Blood Orange, a thing of this world, was made by one who cares for them and would welcome contact from them.

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Training and Qualifications For A Hotel Chef

There are an increasing number of hotels that prefer to hire employees that have had some additional education especially if the employee is going to be covering a management role within the company. There are an increasing number of hotels that are looking for managers that have a degree in restaurant or hotel management. Some hotels will also accept people that have a degree in liberal arts but in most cases this has to be combined with a lot of practical experience.

It is very important that people that wish to achieve employment within the catering sector gain some experience. Experience can be gained within the catering sector in a number of different ways, which include taking part time work during holidays and also by completing an internship.

The on the job training that people receive while studying for a hospitality-related degree can be very valuable. This type of training will also give the student a good list of contacts that will be valuable when it comes to searching for a job. Most of the degree programs that are available last for about four years.

In the past, a lot of management roles within the catering sector were fulfilled within the establishment through promoting lower level employees. This is still a possibility and it means that even people with no qualifications can be promoted. A catering degree is a way to gain an advantage over the competition when you are applying for managerial roles within the catering sector.

There are hundreds of different schools and institutes that offer a range of different degree programs that are geared towards a career in the hospitality sector. The level that you want to study will greatly depend on the role that you want to achieve. It is possible to study these degrees as graduate degrees, bachelors degrees and also associate degrees. It is possible to study a certified course if you would just like to get a basic qualification.

After graduating from one of these degrees it is very common for people to start off as an assistant to the head chef to get some experience and then move on to work as a head chef. There is an increasing number of larger hotels companies that have designed specially on-site training programs. There is a lot of advantage to putting the time and effort into gaining the appropriate qualifications, as this will assist you to get to the level that you want.

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The Flavor Game – Sweet And Salty

The drive was taking an awfully long time. Traffic, although not too congested, was heavy enough to slow things down. Mom was getting irritated by the look on her face. The speed of her thumb thumping the steering wheel was getting faster and more vigorous. My mind was wandering, thinking about this visit to the dentist. It was probably the first visit I could remember. I kept feeling the tooth that was troubling me with my tongue. It felt painful but it kept me occupied for the duration of the trip. We finally arrived, and I was beginning to have second thoughts about agreeing to the visit. What’s going to happen? My mind was working overtime!

Sitting on the dentist’s cold chair, a chill went down my spine as I viewed the dreaded-looking dental instruments neatly laid out on a tray. Suddenly, the dentist was sitting next to me with gloves and a mask. I felt like fainting. “Please open your mouth,” he said. I could barely move. I then felt the cold steel probing my teeth. As he located the bad tooth, I felt a sharp, searing pain. “Doc, you’ve got to fix this,” I said to myself. “It’s got to come out,” said the dentist. I just nodded and told myself to be brave. I was given an injection which was surprisingly not as painful as I had anticipated. A while later I heard the dentist say, “Done.” My bad tooth was gone. I didn’t feel anything. What an anti-climax!

We are born with a sweet tooth. It’s nature’s way of teaching us to seek out sweetness as sugars are necessary for the body as a source of energy. What our bodies are looking for is carbohydrates, and sugars are the simplest form of them.

Glucose, also called dextrose, is a simple sugar (monosaccharide), and the most common source of chemical energy that is directly used by our body cells. It is commonly found in fruits and honey and is the third sweetest sugar.

Fructose, or levulose, is the sweetest simple sugar. High fructose corn syrup is a common ingredient in processed foods used to sweeten things up. Our bodies use fructose more slowly than glucose and sucrose, causing a slower rise in blood sugar level, and making it a better choice for diabetics. A word of caution: fructose needs to be converted to glucose by the liver before it can be consumed, and excessive consumption can lead to obesity and also type II diabetes.

Sucrose is the scientific name for table sugar, those wonderful white crystals that we adore, and is the most common source of sweetness. It is made up of two simple sugars (disaccharide), glucose, and fructose, and has the second sweetest taste after fructose.

Lactose is a compound sugar made up of glucose and galactose and is the sugar found in milk. Most adults (75% of the world’s population) are “lactose intolerant,” causing most of us to have digestive problems after consuming too many dairy products. As we grow older, we lack the enzyme, lactase, to digest lactose, thus the cause of our problems.

Apart from being a very pleasurable experience, the taste of sweetness helps mask or balance bitterness and sourness from other ingredients. Sweetness enhances the perception of food aromas telling us that the food is a good source of energy and has always been strongly associated with love or “l’amour,” (as the French call it). What would Valentine’s Day be without the gorgeously sweet taste of chocolates!

Salt is regarded as nature’s flavor enhancer. If you were stranded on a deserted island, and you only had one wish, you’d probably wish for salt. It works wonders for enhancing the taste of food and plays an important role in brining, curing, and food preservation. Back when refrigeration was not available, salt was used to preserve meat by drying and allowing it to be stored for an extended period.

Without salt, a person could die. Salt or sodium chloride is 40% sodium and 60% chlorine, and our body uses sodium to maintain fluid levels. It is also necessary for the health of the heart, liver, and kidneys, regulates blood fluids, and prevents low blood pressure. Too much salt though is detrimental to our health. It can lead to kidney disease, hypertension or high blood pressure, and stroke.

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Getting Your Confidence Back Through Fashion: Tips For Success

It can be hard at times to make great looks from your existing wardrobe. You may have had a hard time creating new combinations by mixing and matching the items in your closet. Here are some useful fashion tips.

Avoid buying something simply based on price alone. If it’s not really your style or going to look good on you anyway, it’s just not worth the savings you see in the price. You’ll end up donating it and that’s just flushing cash down the toilet.

As you start to get grayer, and your hair is almost 50 percent gray, you will want to look into a permanent dye. It does not wash out, though, which means that each month you will begin to see your roots showing through. One trick to help with this is to put in highlights near your part and your temples.

Skimpy tops are comfortable to wear in hot weather, but be careful if you are a big busted gal. Your figure needs good support, and you will feel more secure if you wear a sports bra under a lightweight top that has skinny straps and no shape of its own.

The basic black dress is essential for any woman’s wardrobe. You can wear this dress for casual occasions by accessorizing it with a pair of comfortable pumps. You can wear the same dress for a more formal occasion if you put up your hair and accessorize with a pearl necklace and earrings.

Be sure that you are being strategic when choosing how much skin you want to show. This is important because you need to be sure that you are not going past what is considered tasteful when it comes to the amount of coverage you have. A great way to judge this is to accentuate just one feature of your body.

Use your accessories to add color to your outfit. This is a great tip if you happen to have a large stock of earth tones or blacks and whites. Get a bright-colored tie, purse, or shoes depending on who you are and what fits you. It is a great way to stand out without having to be very brave.

Sunglasses are a great accessory to add to your outfit in the summertime. But, the kind of sunglasses you make can really make or break your look. If you have a round or large face, larger sunglasses are the way to go. On the other hand, if you have a small face, go with smaller sunglasses.

Invest in the basics. Every wardrobe should have a few key pieces. The little black dress is a classic for good reason. A well-fitted white blouse is versatile and flattering. A tailored suit is perfect for serious business. These items are ones you shouldn’t be afraid to spend a little extra on, as they are timeless classics that last beyond the changing fashion trends.

A good tip if you’re trying to improve your fashion sense is to take it easy on the logo designs if you’re keen on certain brands. It looks silly when you’re always wearing a shirt with a big fat logo on the front. Subtlety is the key here so you might want to tone it down sometimes.

Stand out by embracing your unique features. Some may see high cheekbones or birth marks as flaws, but highlighting what makes you the person you are will set you apart. People will remember you for that “flaw” and may even find you more attractive because of it. That cute little mole or dimples may be your selling point.

For a fun and simple daytime look, wear your hair in a casual up-do. Use an accessory that coordinates with your outfit to hold most of your hair in place. Allow some gentle pieces to fall out and frame your face. You will feel cooler, and look casually appealing to everyone!

Enjoy the fur trend without spending a lot of money. Fur is huge in the world of fashion right now, but genuine fur can be very expensive. Faux fur is a great way to get in on the trend without breaking the bank. It also has the added benefit of being humane.

Do not forget about your hair and makeup when it comes to fashion. It is very easy to get used to a hair style or a manner of applying makeup but if you do not change with the times it can make you look older than you are, which you surely do not want.

Dress for your body type. People come in all different shapes and sizes. It is important that you determine what style of clothing looks best on you. The average person doesn’t have the body of the average fashion model. Don’t go by what looks good in magazines, buy what looks flattering the mirror.

Don’t be distracted by name brands. You can get stylish frocks from off brands and outlet stores. The most important aspect is quality. You want to know your outfits will last longer than a fortnight. However, don’t buy an outfit just because it is low in price either. Get something that fits you.

One extremely important piece of fashion advice is to be careful just how you go about wearing your retro designs. This is important due to the fact that just because a certain retro style has come back does not mean that it has come back in the exact same form. Keep a close eye on what modifications might be made to those “new old” designs such as bell bottoms or jump suits.

You do not have to get the exact same wardrobe that is in all of the magazines that you find. You can just look at clothes that are similar to the fashion that is in style so that you don’t have to waste a lot of money on designer outfits all the time.

Sometimes getting the most out of your wardrobe can seem stressful. Keeping your look fresh with limited options is quite the obstacle. Use the advice contained in this article to improve your fashion and style.

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Is My Pain From Tight Muscles

During the past 35 years of my chiropractic practice, I have been asked many times “Is my neck and back pain from tight muscles or could it be something else?” This article will discuss muscular pain, and other sources of discomfort and how relief of neck and back pain can be achieved. https://cooksspot.com/

Recently a patient in her early 30s came to my office with a complaint of chronic lower back pain. Her job required her to perform rigorous physical activities of installing flooring and carpeting. She told me that her discomfort was interfering with her ability to perform her work duties. She was afraid that she would have to discontinue that line of work and take another vocation because of her condition.

When I asked her what she had done previously to help with the problem, she told me she had seen orthopedic specialists who gave her steroid medication and muscle relaxers. She had also seen physical therapists who gave her stretching exercises. She noted these measures gave her some temporary relief but didn’t completely resolve her pain.

When I examined her, we found that she definitely had muscle spasms of her low back. However, her examination revealed a more significant deeper problem. Her muscles were tight and in spasm because they were trying to protect deeper spinal joint misalignments.

I told her that the body will always work to protect an injured area. In her case, her muscles were chronically tight and in spasm because they were doing what they are supposed to do to keep her condition from worsening.

Let’s take a moment to explain the difference between muscular pain and pain from other sources. If we over-use our muscles, they can be sore and go into some degree of spasm; it might be mild, or it could be severe. Typically, this muscle discomfort eases over the course of several days as the body heals itself. This is a completely normal type of healing.

However, if the source of the condition is from a deeper problem, such as a misalignment of spinal joints, superficial muscular pain will be continuous and become chronic. If this is the case treatment of the muscles will only result in temporary, minimal pain relief at best. To correct the problem, we must address the deeper source of pain. Pain relief can only occur if we solve what’s causing the problem.

In my patient’s case, treatment consisted of utilizing gentle, chiropractic spinal adjustments to correct the misalignment of the spinal bones of her back. After her first treatment she immediately felt the muscular spasm relax and loosen. She said: “Wow, I feel looser already!” It took some more treatments of safe, chiropractic adjustments to fully correct the deeper alignment problem so that she could perform her job free of pain.

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Need To Know About Time Management? Read This

Time management is something that many people do not pay attention to, thus they end up running around trying to get everything taken care. If you find yourself always running out of time, or you would just like to manage it better, then the following article is for you. Keep reading for a solid education on how to better manage your time.

If you want to become an expert at time management, you have to develop a strategy for dealing with distractions. An extraneous problem can make it hard (or even impossible) for you to complete the work you need to do. Try setting aside a fixed portion of your working day for distractions. As they come up, make a note of them and deal with them only when their time has come.

Be careful as you set your schedule. Before starting on any task, try to estimate how long it will take and set a rough deadline for completing it. You’ll manage time better and better your life. Use any free time to spend on unfinished tasks.

To help you reduce stress and stay on task plan each day’s activities. Plan the activities that you must complete daily by keeping a calendar. This will help ensure that you allot enough time for each activity. Additionally, this will help avoid scheduling conflicts that can create unnecessary stress.

Make a list. Sometimes it’s easier to manage your time when you know exactly what you have to do. Write down exactly what you would like to accomplish and get started. Once you finish one task, mark it off your list. This can help you feel accomplished and help you continue on your to your goal.

In order to become a master of time management, you need to keep both the short- and the long-term in mind. Although it may feel more productive to concentrate on one task exclusively until it’s complete, weigh that feeling against the bigger picture. If you’re putting off major jobs in order to finish minor ones, you may be wasting a great deal of time!

Say no when you must. Lots of folks feel stressed because they feel unable to say no to others. When you have too many things to do on your to-do list, take a careful look at what it contains. Can you assign others to do some of the things on your list? If you can, get your loved ones to help.

If you have a very large task that you are facing, break it up into smaller parts. Create a list of everything that it will take to get the project completed. Once you have the list to work with, use the deadline and create a calendar that includes what you need to get done each day to ensure it is completed in time.

Do not allow yourself to become run down. If you are not getting enough sleep because you have overextended your calendar, you will not be able to be as productive. If you find that there are not enough hours in the day to sleep and work, it is time to find some help with work.

If you find time management challenging, try eliminating your time wasters! Examine what you go through in the course of a day, such as chatting at the water cooler, lingering at lunch or wandering around the Internet. Realize what is wasting your time and stop doing it, or save it for the end of the day once everything important has been accomplished.

Always work on the difficult projects early. Those tasks that take a lot of time or that are difficult should be taken care of early on. This makes you feel less stressed when you do less urgent tasks. If all of the stress is at the beginning of the day, this means that the later part of the day will be a breeze.

Put time limits on the work you are doing. Sometimes just the act of putting a time limit on something will make you much more efficient. Even if it’s something that only take a few minutes, give it a time requirement. Write them down on your to-do list and see how effective it is during the day.

Become more mentally prepared for your daily tasks. It can be tough to motivate yourself sometimes, but practice makes perfect. Simply commit to spending a specific amount of time on a task, and then do it!

Multi-tasking is a wonderful ability, but many people do not do it. Use any time when you are waiting, such as waiting for food to cook, to take care of another small task. For instance, you might set the table or clean your kitchen counter while watching that a pot does not boil over.

Think about making lists. Lists will help you make sure that you get certain things done. That way, you don’t need to worry about anything that isn’t on the list. Lists create a streamlined plan that you have to take care of, and that will help you to prioritize and get the most important things done.

Limiting distractions is key in managing your time effectively. One major distraction you should avoid is your cellular phone. If you are working on some important tasks, try turning off your cellular phone. Refrain from checking emails, sending texts or answering calls. Doing this will ensure you get the task done faster and without interruptions.

To cultivate a better sense of time management, you need to start with the big picture. Take a week or two to log everything you spend your time on. What you want is an hour-by-hour breakdown of how you do your work. Review your log carefully and identify the places where you’re spending more time than is strictly necessary.

Now that you read the above article there should be no reason for you to ever waste time. Having good time management is the key to leading a life free from a lot of unwanted stress. After reading this article, you have many solid ideas on how to go about properly managing your time.

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Helpful Tips About Time Management That Simple To Follow

Most people each day end up not completing important tasks because they don’t know how to effectively manage their time. This can lead to much stress in your life due to not being able to get crucial things done. Then everything snowballs, and before you know it there is too much on your plate. That all changes today, because the following article is here to help you effectively manage your time, so keep on reading!

If you’re packing a smartphone, investigate all of its abilities if you want to manage your time wisely. Most modern phones come pre-loaded with calendar and to-do list software which can make it much easier to keep track of your essential tasks. You can also download third-party apps designed especially for time management to boost your productivity even further.

Always portion off time wisely. Make sure that you set deadlines as well. This helps you to manage your time better and also improves your life. If you find yourself with unexpected free time, use it or catch up on unfinished work.

Create a to-do list every morning before you begin your work. Sometimes time is eaten up in the day simply because you don’t have a plan. Even a light sketch of a plan, like a simple to-do list is enough to save you precious minutes, even hours, during the day.

Build time in your day for unforeseen interruptions. It’s time to own the fact that you can’t control what happens every minute. Things happen, whether you want them to or not. So add in buffer time into your schedule to handle these moments. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll still feel accomplished!

Learn to let the little things go when you are overwhelmed by a busy day. People who tend to fuss over less important matters often lose their focus on the big picture, thus wasting time. Have your priorities straight and don’t allow small problems to get in the way of managing time efficiently.

Prior to calling someone on the phone at work, take a few minutes to plan out the questions that you need answered. Often a lot of time is wasted simply through the rambling that occurs on the telephone when you don’t know what you really need. Having a sense of your goals prior will help keep you on track.

To perfect your personal system of time management, take a moment to catalog the most common time-wasting activities you engage in. Whether you prefer to check your e-mail, surf the web, or hang out in the break room, you should identify the behaviors you practice when you’re dodging work. In the future, when you notice yourself initiating these time-wasting processes, stop and remind yourself that you have important work to do!

In order to manage your time well, you need to develop a good sense for the prioritization of the different tasks assigned to you. If you can tell whether or not a new task is urgent, you’ll be able to slot it into an appropriate space in your schedule. By giving more attention to the most urgent jobs you have, you’ll become more productive and more efficient.

The time you spend planning your day can help you keep yourself on time throughout it. Devote a few minutes each morning to mapping out your tasks and appointments, giving yourself at least 10 minutes between each. This helps to avoid rushing, and should help you to manage the total time you have to work in the day better.

Come to grips that no one is 100% efficient. There are no robots among human beings. You won’t be perfect in your goal of efficient time management. All you can do is try, and work hard to do your best. Don’t get frustrated if some days are better than others. That’s the nature of it.

Don’t dismiss the simplicity of a simple pocket sized planner with pages for you to write in appointments, birthdays, lists and other important things. People tend to rely too much on electronic gadgets to help them manage their lives but paper and pen can often be the most effective way to organize your thoughts.

Sometimes, time management problems arise because you do not say “no”. When you take on more than you can handle, of course you will not finish all of your tasks on time. When a new task is thrust upon you and you already have a full schedule, either give a firm “no” or defer the task to a later period of time.

Take a time management class. Taking this course will help you learn how to manage you time. You may find that your company actually offers classes, as it really can help with efficiency. If there are no time management classes through your employer, you may be able to take one at a university or community college.

If you want to prevent anxiety from overwhelming you, make sure your time management strategy includes plenty of division. Lots of big tasks seem insurmountable at first glance. If you take the time to divide them up into smaller jobs, though, they become a lot more manageable! Fill your schedule with small, “bite-size” tasks, and soon you’ll be meeting your goals again.

If you are in charge of a large task, break it down into manageable smaller tasks. This will enable you to concentrate on a small portion of the task without getting overwhelmed. By using this technique, you can ensure that you stay on schedule to complete the larger task.

Put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” if you really need to be efficient with your time. Phone calls are one of the biggest barriers to time management. You hear that phone ring, and the immediate impulse is to stop everything to answer. This can add minutes, if not more, to your projects.

After reading the above article, your life will be a lot less stressful after taking in these great time management tips. You don’t have to let important things pile up on you at the last minute, now that you have an understanding on how to organize your day. Keep learning, and soon you will see your days becoming much easier to manage.

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Simple Internet Marketing Advice To Help You Beat Your Competition

Internet marketing is only as difficult as you perceive it to be. When something fails it is up to you to replace it with something that works. Every time you try a new strategy you’re doing it blind, so here are some ideas that have been tested by others that have worked for them. his means they’re likely to be successful for you, too.

A great tip to help you market yourself on the internet is to create your own profile on a developed community network site. Simply fill out your work history and get in touch with potential employers. It’s one of the best ways to network professionally.

Even if you are running a legitimate hosted site and are selling a product, it is still a good idea to have a blog. A blog allows your customers to get in direct contact with you, to know what you are thinking, and to view you as more than a business. It also allows you to address customer concerns directly and to grow your business around the needs of your customers.

Increase your visibility by linking to other sites. Contact sites that share common interests with your product and establish a mutual relationship by hosting links on each other’s website. Even with small increases in traffic the shared link will add up over time resulting in a winning situation for both of you.

Develop a particular color scheme to be used in all of your online marketing messages to help people easily recognize your brand when surfing quickly around the net. Often users do not stay on a single webpage for a long time, so if you can have a color scheme strongly associated with your brand, people may be impacted and reminded of your brand whenever they see those colors.

Always keep your eyes open for new products and tell your customers about them early on. Be careful to be honest on if you have used it or not as you don’t want to squander the trust you have built with your target market. Your customer base though will be excited to find out information before everyone else.

More than any one internet marketing strategy, it is trust between website users and website owners that leads to sales. Visitors who have consistently pleasant and useful interactions with a particular website are more inclined to listen to that website’s owner when it comes time to make a buying decision. Fostering trust is the key to converting faithful visitors into faithful customers.

Choosing an image that fits well with whatever is being marketed can help it stand out amongst everything else on the internet. It will also ensure that one’s advertising is always recognized and properly attributed to them. One icon or logo that is unique and represents the idea that is being marketed will help the internet marketing be noticed.

Make your website as easy for your visitors to use as you possibly can. Frustration is one of the most dangerous enemies you face in internet marketing, so avoid frustrating your potential customers at all costs. Every part of your website that is non-intuitive or hard to use, is costing you at least one potential sale!

Niche markets are very important in Internet marketing, but you also need to make sure that you’re tapping into an active market. During periods of recession like the one we’re in now, some markets will completely dry up, and even catering to the most specific branch of this market is going to be a failing venture.

Offer your website visitors a free trial of a service or a free sample of a product. Free samples and trials will attract a lot of new traffic to your website, and if your product of service is good, once people have tried it out they will probably place a order.

Display photographs and videos of the products you are selling on your website. Words are useful when it comes to selling a product, but pictures and videos give potential buyers a much better idea about what a product does. When visitors can clearly see the benefits of a product, they are more likely to purchase it.

Internet marketing is important to drive traffic to your site. Filling your website with free information is a good way to generate hits. Make sure that the information you use is pertinent to your site. It is also a good idea to keep your information fresh by updating and adding new content weekly.

Help every customer look forward to ordering from you another time. Include samples for them to share with friends, or offer a discount on their next order. Offer a discount if they refer their friends. Offer free shipping on their next order. Set up a Facebook page for your business, and offer a discount to everyone that “likes” your page.

Be sure to keep yourself well informed before you decide to start an internet marketing plan. When you know information before starting the project it will help you to avoid many of the common problems that people fall into. This will lead to a higher chance of success and profit.

In order to make money in Internet marketing it is important that you give your customers clear ordering instructions. All the information that they would need should be in your website. The payment method should also be clear. The last thing you want are your customers complaining because they got double charged on their credit card.

For a new twist, try making reading your promotional materials into a game for your customers. If you post a promotional material with intentionally misspelled or backwards words, you can have customers spot them for a prize. This makes your customers examine your advertising closely, which helps your message sink in.

Each person’s needs are different, so one strategy may work for some that doesn’t work for you. You shouldn’t ignore it, or scrap it, but try changing it so that it meets your needs better, and you may find great success with it. Keep learning, keep trying, and keep your chin up!