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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Free Yourself from Procrastination!

Gretchen Rubin, a columnist from Good Housekeeping Magazine, gives us 10 ways to help us power through procrastination and stress-less!

  1. Instead of continuing to dread the task and telling yourself to do it later, commit to it the next morning. Don’t think about it and just do it the moment you get out of bed!
  2. Preparing for the task enables you to proceed to it. For example, if you have to cook, prepare the proper ingredients and tools the day before. Once you see that the materials are all laid out, you’ll be more likely to finish the task!
  3. Have company while attending to your task. Studies show that having a companion makes any activity more enjoyable!
  4. Add pleasantness to your activity! For example, if you have to go for a run, bring your son and have him ride his bike next to you. If you have to vacuum, turn on your favorite music!
  5. Make your task a regular task! Once it’s inhabited in your life, you will least likely dread it.
  6. If your task is a long one with many things to do, you can take baby steps and do little by little.
  7. Ask for help!
  8. Avoid interruption by making enough time for your task so you can prevent stopping and having to start all over again.
  9. Always make time for the fun tasks! If you have a hobby that you keep holding off, make time for them! Book your hobby and don’t cancel on yourself!
  10. Remember that finishing a hard task is always rewarding. Tell yourself that when you begin!
Reference: April 2011 Issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

How to Sell Your Unwanted Goodies!

Do you have unessential stuff lying around? Don’t toss them because they may be worth more than you think! Depending on the type of items you have, there are various ways you can sell them.

  • Yard Sale: Ideal for lower-end items. People attending yard sales are looking for great bargains so make sure you place your items under $50. Don’t forget to advertise a week in advance! Ads in local papers, Facebook, Twitter, and Craigslist are some great ways to publicize your yard sale!



  • Online: Online shopping is more popular than ever! You can sell almost anything from baseball cards, game consoles, to furniture. All you have to do is find a website to post your ad on. Some popular ones are craigslist.com, ebay.com, amazon.com. Have a detailed description of your item and photos would also help buyers know what they are looking at.

                           
  • Consignment Shop: Looking for a hassle-free way to sell your goodies? Take your stuff to a consignment shop! These stores tend to take things that are in good in quality and worthy of display. Make sure you call the consignment shop you’re interested in regarding what type of items they take and how much they are willing to pay.  


Another great way to get rid of your unwanted stuff is to donate them! Great places that take almost anything are Goodwill and The Salvation Army. You can even call your local homeless shelters to see if they are looking for used stuff. Either way, don’t forget to have fun and good luck!

Reference: May 2011 Issue of FamilyCircle Magazine

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Orange County Dental Society Spring Mixer

On March 31st, 2011, Dr. Bui attended OCDS's Spring Mixer held at the South Coast Winery Restaurant!