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10 Weird Facts About New Jersey

10 Weird Facts About New Jersey

There is no doubt that New Jersey is home to many who are proud of their beautiful Garden state. Heck, there are some residents who would defend it to their very last breath. It definitely seems like a great state with rich history, though there are some pretty weird facts about New Jersey that you probably didn’t know. Here are 10 of them:

1. A New Jersey woman inherited Napoleon’s …er…sword

During Napoleon’s autopsy, he had the unfortunate luck of having his penis removed. His member was then handed over to a priest, for whatever reason. Since then, it has exchanged hands a large number of times. The bodiless penis was last inherited by a New Jersey lady whose father apparently decided that the best thing to do with it was keep it in a suitcase under the bed. It stayed there for 30 years.

So, what happened to it?? The New Jersey daughter still has it, and people are trying to buy it from here. In fact, she has turned down at least one offer of $100,000.

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 2. People convicted of drunk driving can’t have vanity license plates

You know those neat license plates that tell others you’re “SCAMMIN”, or that you “heart” someone/something? You know those plates that have some strand of symbols that sometimes seem to only make sense to the driver? Well, people who have been convicted of intoxicated driving are not allowed to have one.

Be good, kids, or you cannot tell people that you heart LH.

3. New Jersey tried to give an old lady’s house to Donald Trump.

New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman’s house, and then transfer it to Donald Trump. He wanted to build a limousine parking lot there. You know, because it’s totally fair to take away an old lady’s house so you can build a parking lot for limos. Needless to say, they were not successful in this endeavor.

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 4. New Jersey also has some pretty strange driving laws

You’ve probably heard the stereotype of New Jersey drivers are crazy. They definitely have the second highest rate of auto insurance in the country. Aside from the state’s reputation for having crazy drivers, it also has some pretty (seemingly) random driving laws. Don’t believe me?

For one thing, it is illegal to plant trees in the middle of the street in Blairstown, New Jersey. (One could argue this should be illegal on every road). Think that’s weird? Another outdated law says all motorists are required to honk before passing another motorist. This includes another car, a bicycle, and even a skateboarder.

5: There are diners on every corner

Seriously. There are diners roughly every ½ mile. Diners are a way of life, and the people of New Jersey practically live in them. They didn’t choose the diner life. The diner life chose them.

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6. The people of New Jersey are very careful when they eat soup

In New Jersey, it is against the law to slurp your soup. I think we all know a few people who may have a bit of trouble with this one! Maybe you should send them to New Jersey.

7. New Jersey is where the street names come from for the game Monopoly

While the streets of Atlantic City may look quite different today than they did back in 1929 when the game was created, Monopoly is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey.There are countless versions of Monopoly available in Atlantic City because of this historic connection.

8. New Jersey is the home of the first baseball game

You can thank Hoboken, a city just outside of Hudson County, for the first baseball game.

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9. New Jersey is the home of the first drive-in movie theater

The first drive-in movie theater was debuted in Camden, New Jersey.

10. New Jersey is REALLY big on technology

An estimated 2,700 of the companies in New Jersey are software companies, or at least companies that do something software-related.This is a high number of technology organizations.

Featured photo credit: Viktor Hanacek via picjumbo.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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