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15 Simple Ways to Save Money That Game of Thrones Can Teach You

15 Simple Ways to Save Money That Game of Thrones Can Teach You

If saving money is on your mind and you love Game of Thrones, you just might be inspired by these eye-opening facts about how you ‘misuse’ your money each year. Whether it is heading to Starbucks each morning on auto-pilot for a cup of coffee or buying a pack of cigarettes before going to the office, there are things you can change that can potentially save you hundreds of dollars each year, Game of Thrones style.

This infographic by National Debt Relief discusses the common things we do every day that we can live without. Saving money is a good idea for an average debt-ridden American, and these simple tips can help in a very effective manner if followed. Tips like refraining from going out often to eat, saving more, spending less on new technology and Smartphones, using less expensive cable, using coupons while shopping, not choosing cosmetic surgeries and avoiding premium gas, and more, can help in saving a lot of money over a period of time. These are things that don’t make a big difference on the face of it, but still take away a lot of cash from your pocket. Save money now, for it can secure your future tomorrow.

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After all, unlike the folks from the seven kingdoms of Westeros, you never know when winter is coming!

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Money Saving Tips from Game of Thrones

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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