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6 Things You Should Never Keep In Your Wallet

6 Things You Should Never Keep In Your Wallet

The wallet is an interesting invention. Normally, we wouldn’t think to put something valuable and hard-earned into a small leather pouch, but we do so with a wallet. Because of this, wallets are highly vulnerable to being stolen or misplaced. Hence, there are a couple of things you shouldn’t put into a wallet to protect your financial and personal security. Below, we have six of the most significant things to leave out. If you have any bad personal experiences dealing with your wallet, let us know in the comments below.

1. Your Phone

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    While most phones can’t fit in standard wallets, manufacturers have created iPhone cases that double as wallets/card holders. They usually include two pockets that allow you to slip in two or four cards and a couple of dollar bills. While they allow you to carry more on you while taking up less space, this combination is quite dangerous. First off, some cards can be tampered with by cell phone waves, making it a bad idea to keep them in the same proximity. Secondly, when you wallet is snatched, it means you will lose your phone as well.

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    2. Important Codes

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      Wallets can be a very messy place for many people. Because of the pockets, it is a common occurrence to keep old receipts and other important papers and cards. However, while it may seem like a smart idea to keep alarm codes and passwords in your wallet, when your wallet is stolen that will be a different story. The thief will have your address based on your identification card, and how will also have the alarm code to your home. If you seem to be a bit forgetful, find a journal application that will allow you to password protect notes that can contain relevant codes.

      3. Social Security Card

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        Social security cards have a disclaimer at the bottom that the card should be kept in a safe place. This is because a social security number is the ultimate access point to an individual’s personal information. Instead of carrying your social security card in your wallet, consider hiding the card in a unique place instead. Because chances are, if you remember your social security number, there will be very few places you’ll be required to make use of a physical card.

        4. The Checkbook

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          Checkbooks are quickly being replaced by check cards, or cards that take money from your checking account, to allow you to purchase things in the same way you can purchase using a credit card. However, there are still some traditionalists who prefer to write out a nice, crisp check. If you are one of those individuals, consider not carrying your checkbook in your wallet. Instead, look into alternatives like a bank card or simply keeping your checkbook separate from your wallet. Thieves can make use of blank checks and can even transfer money using the information found on checks.

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          5. Unnecessary Gift Cards

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            Up until now we have covered what things to not carry in your wallet due to safety and financial security. Now, we are going to cover what you should leave out based on simply up-keeping an efficient wallet. This includes not having unnecessary gift cards in your wallet. Periodically check the balances of the gift cards you have to ensure they are worth keeping. For the ones that are in fact worth keeping, look into applications like Lemon Wallet that digitize your gift cards. Passbook is also a great onboard program that does the same thing. Plus, it’s password protected, which allows you to keep your cards safe.

            6. Large Amounts of Cash

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              This may seem obvious, but there are some people who are against bank accounts…or safes. If you are one of these individuals, you are setting yourself up for a safety nightmare by holding large amounts of cash in your wallet. Once stolen, unlike organized financial accounts, paper money doesn’t have a paper trail, which means you may not be able to recover the stolen bills. For this reason, going plastic is a good alternative. Checking with financial institutions is a good start. For those scared away by these institutions, alternatives like Simple make for approachable financial institutions.

              If you’re an individual who usually keeps your wallet light, you’d be surprised that individuals keep all of this in their wallets. But it’s true, and not only is it an annoyance to carry around something so bulky in your pocket, we now know it can also be very dangerous.

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              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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