How “Satisficing” Can Save Time and Avoid Problematic Perfectionism

womanNo matter who you are or what you do for a living, you have a limited amount of money, time, and energy in each day. Therefore, on a daily basis, we all have to make decisions about how we use our limited resources to solve our problems and dilemmas.

Surprisingly, one of the best things you can do to maximize your time and resources is to worry less about making the right decisions.┬áSome decisions in life are worth spending a lot of time, money, and emotional energy to come up with the best possible solution for, but the consequences of other decisions aren’t important enough to warrant the same level of effort.

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5 Tips to Succeed as a Freelancer

freelancerFreelancing sounds like the burnt-out worker’s dream come true. Freelancers are able to set their own hours, choose their own jobs, and be their own employers. Unlike some type of fantasy, however, freelancing is indeed very real work that comes with many challenges, in addition to its obvious benefits.

A wise step into freelancing requires a careful self-examination of your personality, strengths, and weaknesses to ensure that self-employment is right for you. Before you take the leap into freelancing, make sure you’ve done your homework so that you can be successful and self-actualized in your endeavors.

What Is Freelancing?

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Understanding, Controlling, and Overcoming Your Fears & Phobias

fearWe are all familiar with the pounding heart, heavy breath, and nervous sweat associated with frightening situations. If your brain is functioning properly, fear is a natural instinct that informs you of danger and prepares your body to respond appropriately to a threat.

Sometimes, though, the wiring in highly evolved human brains can malfunction and cause fearful responses when no real threats are present. In turn, inappropriate fear responses can trigger many negative social, emotional, and financial consequences. In order to live responsibly and fully, it’s important to understand the source of your fears, respect your real and perceived threats, and mitigate inappropriate fear responses.

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What Is Co-Parenting – Definition & Tips for Custody Agreement

divorcing with kidsExperts have long recommended happy, stable marriages as the ideal setting for child-rearing. Unfortunately, half of all American marriages continue to end in divorce, and many of these breakups involve children. These statistics don’t even include the relationships between people who never married, but still had kids prior to the dissolution of their romantic partnership.

Whatever your opinion is about the state of American marriages and relationships, it’s hard to argue against the need for consistency, stability, and effective communication between parents for the best possible child outcomes. In terms of child development, research has even indicated that a successful co-parenting partnership between exes is preferred to a two-parent home with ineffective or hostile communication between partners.

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How to Achieve & Reach Your Goals When Challenges Arise

setting goalsIf you’ve ever pursued an ambitious goal, you’ve probably noticed that your resolve starts to wane after about four to six weeks. Even savvy goal-setters run into problems after a month of resolve, but the statistics are worse for those who set nebulous goals for their lives. In fact, a 2007 survey conducted by British psychologist Richard Wiseman found that 88% of resolutions end in failure, and that backsliding on resolutions usually begins just a few weeks after the start of the goal.

But you don’t have to let your resolutions and goals fall by the wayside. Before you abandon them in the face of challenges and mistakes, consider redoubling your efforts for successful goal achievement.

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What Is Divorce Mediation – Tips & Process Checklist

mediationThe dissolution of a marriage is an emotionally painful experience. The last thing you want to do is add financial troubles and complicated legal wrangling to the mix. Between attorneys’ fees and the expenses that come with splitting one home into two, too many divorces result in an obliteration of assets and tie up future earnings in the process.

However, if you believe you can work with your spouse toward an amicable split, you may find in divorce mediation an effective alternative to a traditional litigious proceeding. It can reduce the financial and emotional impact of divorce on you, your ex, and your children.

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Understanding Social Capital (Definition) – Making Housing Choices

houseSocial responsibility is the idea that human beings – either acting as individuals or corporations – are obligated to act for the benefit of society at large. With such a broad definition, it’s easy to see that people can manifest social responsibility in a variety of activities, such as utilizing green energy, volunteering at the local soup kitchen, or carpooling to work.

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How Your Consumer Choices Can Help Stop Human Trafficking

human traffickingAs uncomfortable and unpleasant as it is to hear about human trafficking, it is a social problem that’s alive and kicking in communities across the United States. And while no one truly wants to hear the horrific examples of human rights violations, it’s vitally important that Americans become more aware of the problem.

Awareness, as painful as it may be, is the first step towards action and social responsibility.┬áBased on statistics and what’s known about the rise of human trafficking in the United States, it’s likely that trafficking is occurring in your hometown without your awareness.

What Is Human Trafficking?

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How to Make Affordable, Socially Responsible Clothing Purchases

fair trade clothingIn May 2013, consumers looked on with horror when news agencies reported the deaths of 1,130 Bangladeshi garment workers in a factory collapse. But unfortunately, for every high-profile report of exploited garment workers, there are thousands of untold stories of abuse within the fashion and clothing industry.

The supply chains of American-worn clothing are complex and involve workers in many countries and many phases of textile production. As a result, many consumers – even consumers who are socially conscious – are likely wearing items that are made by exploited workers and modern-day slaves.

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions By Using S.M.A.R.T. Goals

new yearDepending on your outlook and personality, the thought of New Year’s resolutions may fill you with either dread or excitement. People who approach resolutions with dread likely recall the disappointment of unmet goals as the source of their frustration; those who approach resolutions with excitement, however, have usually figured out how to set goals that are attainable and satisfying for the long haul.

If you have lofty ambitions for the coming year but are worried about setting yourself up for disappointment, take some time to figure out how to create resolutions that will work for you. You’ll find that reasonable goal-setting can propel you toward the future you desire.

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