Are you crunched for time? Perhaps, you find yourself working through your lunch break. If that’s the case, stop! According to Success, you may be making yourself less productive. The latest issue suggests that instead of shoving a sandwich in your face while you answer e-mails you should get out of the office and do something completely unrelated to work.
The author found that this was easier said than done. Initially, she used her break to run errands, but found that didn’t provide much of a mental break. So, in order to pull herself away from work she started sticking her Casio keyboard in the trunk of her car and using her lunch break to play music in the parking lot. The half-hour musical interlude helped her make the most of the rest of her day.
A city kid takes up residence in an historic mansion in the woods and is surprised to discover that he has a lot of wild neighbors. As seen in this weekend’s Boston Globe.
Congress is broken. According to Mother Jones, one big culprit for the dysfunction is the elimination of earmarks. Sure, giving members funding for pet projects in their districts seems wasteful and corrupt. However, that money is being spent anyway on similar projects. Instead of elected officials weighing in on how it should be spent, the decisions are largely deferred to the permanent bureaucracy. Restoring earmarks might be the best way to put some heat on Congressional leaders and bring some authentic local flavor the legislative sausage-making process.
(Free idea for Congress: Restore earmarks and use them to pass legislations to protect The Dreamers. #DACA)
Here are a few recent assignments for Kiplinger’s Retirement Report on a whole range of issues affecting retirees as well as those about to join their ranks.
Social Security: There are many different options on how to receive your benefits, here’s how to find the right fit.
Side Hustle: Thanks to companies, like Uber and Airbnb, there are lots of ways to supplement your fixed income; here’s how to navigate the waters of the gig economy.
Movin’ Out: The benefits and challenges of moving in with your children and creating a multi-generation household.
Got You Covered: You may be carrying around too-much, unnecessary insurance coverage.
Planning: Drafting a plan to deal with Alzheimer’s Disease
Accounting for Age: As we get older, a fog settles in and it can be difficult to keep up with bills and financial statements–even if you were once an accountant.
Noted practitioner of the sweet science, Mike Tyson, once astutely observed that everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth. This image ran with a Success Magazine feature about an editor who had been working out in a boxing gym and decided to step into the ring and see first hand how one man’s plan can withstand an encounter with determined opposition.
It’s summer. That means you’re probably going places and doing things you want to photograph. Before you go, CNET has some advice–clean out your phone now so you can capture the moment instead of debating what to delete on the fly.
The June issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance profiles a handful of pharmaceutical companies poised to post healthy gains thanks to new drugs that could tip the scales in the battle against cancer. I had the pleasure of reworking an old idea to fit the story.