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How a Mind In Neutral Can Set You Back Years

How a Mind In Neutral Can Set You Back Years

Today I saw something that made me laugh and shake my head in incredulous wonder.

I had just driven my youngest daughter to her football camp and as I pulled out onto the road, I spotted these two guys cutting back the vegetation that had grown too dense alongside the cycle path. They were obviously working for the municipality, I recognized their bright orange overalls with the name of our county displayed in large black letters on their backs.

What brought a grin to my face, moments after having passed them, was the way in which they were working. You see, they had this system where one guy would cut the branches with his mini chainsaw and the other guy would collect these and then feed them into a portable shredder attached to the back of their vehicle. All fine really, except for the way the shredded wood chips would come blasting out from the top funnel, which was placed just too far away from the collection container to be in any way collecting the chips. Subsequently, they were spraying their pick up truck with sticky, resin-coated sludge from the top down to the wheel rims. The fixed, orange emergency light rack was no longer recognizable.

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The false economy of laziness

It was stupidity in motion to say the least. And they had been at it for a while, which I could also tell from not only the way the poor vehicle looked, but from the multiple imprints of a car having been parked under a torrent of wood chips in several spots further up the cycle path.

Was this consequence unknown to them? Hardly.

Did they in some way plan it this way? Possibly.

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It could be as simple as laziness. Perhaps they had calculated that it would be far easier and less work-intensive to a) brush the chips to the sides of the pathway, and b) hose down the truck afterwards. By letting 99% of the shredded material land on and around the truck, maybe they were saved from having to drive to some far away collection point for wood chips, to sign forms etc.

Or perhaps they just didn’t care. Either way, it made my morning to say the least. And more so because I knew they were wrong. That sticky resin was going to need much more than a quick hose-down to come off, something their manager would remind them of, no doubt.

The importance of goal setting

Why am I telling you this story you might wonder?

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Well, it reminded me of a major way in which we can manage to wreck our start-up businesses, which is through sheer laziness and by taking our eyes off our goals. If you let your mind stay in neutral too long, it has a way of doing something anyway. It doesn’t just remain in neutral: it drifts and does something that is quite possibly detrimental to the future of your business.

I remember specifically how my mind switched off for a couple of weeks after completing my e-book. This was due to having been working so hard on writing it for months. I nearly abandoned my plan right there as I was parked between completion and the next step — marketing it on Clickbank and Amazon. What brought me back on track was my set of goals, which were written down on my laptop.

Stick to your goals or lose your lead

I know it is near impossible to constantly stay focused and sharp on where your business is heading. There’s always going to be a time lag between when you started something and when it is up and running in the direction you want. It is this time lag that needs controlling from your behalf, and the best way to do this is by having your goals written down — everything from daily tasks to weekly, monthly and yearly goals. In a way, these are like the rails that you laid and that you are now following to reach what you have set out to achieve.

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So as such, we more often than not do ‘stupid’ things with our minds in neutral: we forget our kids’ lunch, we get locked out of our house, we step out into the road without looking, we sell stocks for emotional reasons rather than from researched reason, and we give up on promising projects out of laziness and lack of resolve.

Here’s to staying sharp and focused in the months ahead!

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30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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1. Visit a strawberry festival

Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

2. Have a picnic

Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

3. Camp in your back yard

    The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

    4. Take long walks

    Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

    5. Break a world record

    Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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    6. Go on a bike ride

    The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

    7. Join a gym class

      The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

      8. Find a new hobby

      The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

      9. Join a sports team

      Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

      10. Make a slip ‘n slide

        Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

        11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

        Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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        12. Visit a free festival

        Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

        13. Visit the zoo

          Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

          14. Take a road trip

          Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

          15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

            Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

            16. Make your own ice cream

            Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

            17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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              When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

              18. Get a summer job

              For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

              19. Attend a charity event

              Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

              20. Visit a national park

              National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

              21. Visit your local comedy club

                Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                22. Make your own hammock

                  Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                  23. Read in your new hammock

                  Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                  24. Watch a movie outside

                  Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                  25. Take a hike

                    Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                    26. Learn how to fly a kite

                    As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                    27. Work out at the park

                    American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                    28. Take your dog to the beach

                      One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                      29. Make a summer smoothie

                      Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                      30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                      No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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