Friday, February 25, 2011
24 Hours of Progress: The 9th Hour
The Ninth Hour:
Clean Out Your Lotions & Potions: Most women (and quite a few men) have quite the assortments of lotions, perfumes, body sprays, and other body indulgence items. Why? For one, they are easy to give as gifts. We receive them in a stocking, or with a birthday card, or as a thank you for helping out a friend. And when we happen to find ourselves in those body shops, there is pretty much always a sale going on. Buy 6 get 3 Free! I'm gonna have to stock up! This is a great deal!
I remember in high school and college my collection of body lotions took up the entire top of my dresser. It was a little bit overboard. Not to mention that I didn't use certain lotions because I was "saving them for later." Um, why? Saving them to turn all old and crusty and gross? I guess so. Back then the vanity of having a full bottle of lotion seemed like a good thing. These days, I'm more of the old saying Use it up, Wear it Out, Make it do, Or do without! The answer is usually do without. Really? Am I ever going to want to smell like Orange Ginger for a reason?
My stash is currently down to a couple items that my sister-in-law gave me that I use regularly.
Clear Out Your Inbox: Between the blog and my "regular life" I currently have 154 unread messages. No, they aren't all important... many of them are just pointing to weekend sales and such. However they are still there, and they are still a distraction. I recently found this article on how to be "Email Zen." It's well worth the read. The number one rule they mention is avoiding keeping your email up all day, which is probably my worst habit. I keep Gmail up throughout the day so that I can chat with my husband at work ("Can you pick up dinner on your way home?") Generally every time I see a new email it immediately distracts me from what I'm doing and I'm sucked in.
While you're at it, take the time to open all those SALE! emails and unsubscribe. It'll help you save loads of cash. The fact of the matter is, if you're LOOKING for something you can find it on sale. If a sale randomly finds YOU, you're spending well earned money on things you don't need.
Change Your Passwords: It's good practice and common sense to change your passwords every so often, to protect your identity. You can check to see how strong your passwords are at Microsoft's Safety & Security Center.
Have a great weekend!!
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