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The Riskiest Thing Most of Us Do Every Day

drivingWe saw a great post by John Grohol at PsychCentral called Distracted While Driving. He really caught our attention with one thought. We allow ourselves to be distracted while we drive because we think we’re playing a race against time. In reality, we’re playing against the odds.

A study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that about 80 percent of all crashes and 65 percent of all near-crashes involved someone who was distracted within three seconds of the event. 

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georgeI plead guilty as charged. I have to admit to using my car as a roaming second office. I store up phone messages and return calls while I’m on the road. .

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marylynnI’m in the car on a busy, busy day with all these things rolling through my mind. That’s one of the distractions that we often don’t take into account. I zone out … I don’t really pay attention like I should. I’m in my own world. .

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Psychologists have identified four types of distractions, according to Grohol’s article.

  • Visual … checking out an accident or looking at a billboard
  • Audible … cell phone calls, the radio, or another person talking
  • Physical … eating, flipping the dial, shuffling your iPod, or putting on make-up
  • Cognitive … daydreaming, thinking about other things in your life

Of course, a lot of distractions are multi-faceted. For example, talking on your cell phone includes three of these – audible, physical, and cognitive.

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marylynnI really do think it saves time. We have a friend who consults with us. He talks to us when he’s on his hour-and-a-half commute home. I can understand why you would use your phone when you have that long drive.

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georgeI won’t dispute that at all, but I now realize more than ever that I have to recognize the odds of something happening and take measures to try to minimize the distractions.

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Changes we plan to make

  • Leave earlier. When we have a lengthy trip, we usually don’t give ourselves the time to stop and eat. We gas, grab, and go … eating on the road. Leaving earlier will allow us time to stop and eat. We’ll probably eat healthier, too!
  • Ignore the phone. Granted, that’s a hard thing to do. So we’re going to turn our ringers off when we’re only going to be in the car for a short time.
  • Change our greetings. If we’re expecting an important call, we’ll change the greeting to let them know when we will be checking our messages.
  • Pull over (if we can). For those rare situations where we have to take the call, we’ll stop driving momentarily.

What's your biggest distraction while driving? 

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Couples Today are Rethinking Traditional Roles

By Bigg Success Staff
07-15-08

Work – Life Balance

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If you’re half of a dual-income couple with kids, working out your work – life balance involves negotiating at home and at work. First, you and your spouse need to discuss how household duties as well as child care responsibilities will be divvied up. Who does what when?

The best solution is what works best for you, not what society has traditionally expected. If it works for the two of you and your family, it works!

Redefining roles

According to the Council on Contemporary Families, working couples have seen some significant change in responsibilities over the last 30 years. Men are assuming more duties at home and with the children.

This evolution has been a logical response. If a woman has greater career potential than a man, it may make sense for the man to shoulder more family duties. This is now the case about one-third of the time.

So if a couple decides that’s the best trek for them, the next step involves negotiating at work. For men, this can be difficult because society still often regards household chores and child-rearing as the woman’s role.

Pay vs. flexibility

One of the most effective ways to get the flexibility you need is during a review. Especially if your employer is not able to offer you the pay raise you feel you deserve. Perhaps you can negotiate greater flexibility in lieu of the full pay raise you might like.

Balance your costs with your gains. You may not make as much money as you like, but you may also lower your costs. You can spend more time with your kids rather than paying someone else to do it. That difference may almost offset the lower pay raise.

Pay vs. telecommuting

A question to ask yourself (and your boss) is – can you do more work from home? Save both the time and money of commuting. With today’s high gas prices, you’ll save a lot of money. It doesn’t even have to be every day. Any day you don’t have to drive is a plus.

Once again, it may be best to bring this item up as part of a discussion of pay raises. Perhaps a concession to accepting less of a pay raise is to let you telecommute at least some of the time. You can quickly figure out if your savings equals what you had hoped to earn in additional income. And don’t forget – more income gets taxed, saving money on fuel doesn’t. So compare the after-tax income to the savings from not driving as much.

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25 Ways to Have More Money at the End of the Month

By Bigg Success Staff
05-14-08

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Here are links to five great articles that each offer five great tips to help you have more money at the end of the month. We’ve listed the five points for your perusal along with a link to the actual article.


5 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score

#1 – Get copies of your credit report and make sure the information is correct.

#2 – Pay your bills on time.

#3 – Understand how your credit score is determined.

#4 – Learn the legal steps you must take to improve your credit report.

#5 – Beware of credit report scams.

These five tips come from the Federal Reserve itself. Check out their detailed explanation of how to improve your credit score.

 

5 Tips to Commuting for Less

#1 – Calculate alternatives.

#2 – Improve your mileage.

#3 – Look to your employer.

#4 – Find a buddy.

#5 – Call your insurance company.

Get the full scoop on cutting your commuting costs at CNN Money. Gerri Willis did a great job with this timely article. And speaking of cutting your costs of commuting …

  

5 Ways to Find Cheap Gas

On your computer
#1 – Widgets

#2 – The interweb

On your phone
#3 – SMS text messages

#4 – Mobile web browser

In your car
#5 – GPS system

You can get all the details to find the best price for gas. LifeClever, the place that helps you design, work, and live better.

  

5 Tips for First Time Investors

#1 – Invest with small amounts of money.

#2 – Don’t invest what you can’t afford to lose.

#3 – Try not to let your emotions control you.

#4 – Be realistic.

#5 – Embrace your failures.

Adam Freedman wrote this fantastic post as a guest of the Silicon Valley Blogger. Check out all the full explanation of these great tips for first time investors.

And now some financial tips for all of us …

 

5 Simple Tips for Financial Success

#1 – Don’t pay interest on anything except your home mortgage and other investments.

#2 – No instant gratification.

#3 – Pay minimum income tax and invest the difference.

#4 – Raise financially independent children.

#5 – Convert your salary into securities and real estate.

These are rather self-explanatory, but you can get some more details on financial success at Squidoo.

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