If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. You have probably heard this many times. If you are anything like me, you may have put this mantra in the back of your mind. Will you do something for me? Right now say aloud “If at first I do not succeed, I will try, try again.”Now think about the challenges in your life. More importantly, look at the areas in your life where you have experienced disappointment and failure. List them, one by one, and decide if those particular things are still important to you.I have found that many of the issues that caused us much pain, embarrassment and aggravation are not worth it in the long run.That list that is important to you will likely be shorter than the one you started with. Most likely, the items you removed as no longer important to you can now be seen as learning experiences that helped you mature. Look at what is important to you now, in this moment, that you still want to accomplish. These are the things you should try again.I have come to believe that there is often an up side to our failures and frustration. There is an upside to not getting what we want when we want it. Negatives can sometimes become positives if we learn from our mistakes and learn our own limitations. Many of our most humbling stumbles and falls have in hindsight become fodder for laughter and personal growth.You see, it is by trying and failing, standing up and falling down, getting praise and ridicule, that helps us to grow stronger and defines our character. What looks like a failure in that moment becomes a rich learning experience you can build upon and share with others.You may not have gotten much of what you want in life, but now is the time to try again. You may feel you need more education or training in a specific area of expertise. Try again. You may have tried to start a business once, or many times before, but if you really want it – TRY AGAIN!There are many resources to help you if having a home based online business is your goal. May I suggest that our Manna Success Newsletter is the place to start. This free, weekly e-zine is your for the asking. I includes articles similar to this and other information and resources to help you be success in marketing your own business. Visit today at:http://news.burkepublications.comUntil The Next Time,Dr. J. E. BurkeEditor, Manna Success NewsletterBurke Publicationshttp://email@example.comCopyright 2005 Burke Publications All Rights Reserved
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That’s right… there really are million dollar home based business opportunities out there. Where? Well to be honest they’re everywhere! Just like beauty being in the eye of the beholder so is opportunity. Opportunity really does greet us at every corner we turn! Opportunities are even laid out for us step by step and yet most of us either don’t see them or don’t believe what do see.You see the real secret is…all home based business opportunities are million dollar opportunities. It’s all in what you make of them. So let me give you a not so common example of what I mean by this….I’m current in the midst of reading “Bringing Down the House” by Ben Mezrich. If you are not familiar with the story then let me give you a quick summary. The story revolves around six college student that devised a way to beat the odds playing black jack in Las Vegas. They became so good at this task that over the years they won millions and were never detected.Wow I thought…Six kids created an extremely lucrative business out of playing black jack in Las Vegas.Now normally…Casinos make billions of dollars from having favorable odds in there table games each and every year, yet these six students discovered how to turn those odds in their favor and exploited that opportunity for millions.They took a situation where the average person would have concluded rationally that there was no opportunity to win and they won. These six college students literally devised a way to change the odds and then created a “system” to ensure that they would succeed. In Las Vegas, no one is supposed to win, but they did!So let me ask you a question,If a bunch of college kids can make millions against the odds why can’t you and I make millions when all the odds are in our favor?Most home based business opportunities offer turnkey solutions that give the average person the most favorable chance possible of creating a profit in there home business. Yet, even with the odds in their favor most people still fail in there home based business attempts.Why?Greed… Most people think that all they have to do is pay a few dollars and then money is going to start knocking at there door. Well, you and I know that’s not how it works…What I failed to mention above about “Bringing Down the House” was that the students trained rigorously on the inner most details of there system before taking it live to Las Vegas. They were prepared for anything and everything and they literally new their system by heart. They set themselves up for success before the ever took a chance! (and that’s the key too success when it come down to it)Most home business entrepreneurs do the opposite. They don’t prepare at all. They put there money on the line, they don’t learn the “system”, and then they fail. Then they claim they failed because the “system” didn’t work. Well, it’s my opinion that most home based business entrepreneurs fail not because the “system” didn’t work, but rather because they didn’t work the system correctly.Don’t let this happen to you in your home business efforts. Please feel assured that if you’ve had proper preparation and you work your system long enough then the odds will end up on your side.So the secret to running million dollar home based business opportunities is very simple and can be summed up in 5 simple steps:o Spot an opportunityo Create or take advantage of a system to exploit that opportunityo Prepare thoroughly to exploit that opportunityo Then work your system with the odds are in your favor until you make a profito Continue…
Starting a home-based business is a scary step in most peoples lives, but with the right attitude and a solid plan financial freedom is just around the corner. I don’t know were to start, how do I promote, and I just don’t have the money is what most of you are saying. Fasten your seat belt and prepare for to get a look at how to get you K.E.Y.S. to a new life.Keep the dream alive. We all started with one thing in common and that is a dream to make it big on the net. The most deadly thing a marketer can do is forget the reason they started. Keep a close eye on your dream and do not let it slip. A few good was to remind your self are:
write your dream down on three pieces of paper one to keep with you at all times one to put on black porn the mirror you go to first thing in the morning and the last thing at night and one at the computer.
Before you go to bed at night say your dream out loud in the present tense with convection and do the same thing in the morning.
Tell everyone you know what you are going to accomplish.
Everything revolves around building an opt in list. Buy all the books you want about marketing on the net and the one common denominator will be build a list. If you want to make consistent money on the net you will need to build an optin list of subscribers. The best way to do that is build a lead capturing page and add it as a popup or pop under on your main page and your order page. This technical alone will increase your profits dramatically.Your advertising budget is also a key factor. If you have the money to spend on advertising make a budget and stick to it every month a few good places to advertise are:
Pay per click exchanges
If money is an issue don’t worry there are great places to advertise that are completely free a few of great places are:
Supply your knowledge. When ever you get a new recruit let that person know you are there to help. If you are a beginner don’t worry because chances are so is the person you just recruited. Remember the better your downline does the better you do! Be a leader and people will follow.Keep your head up and never stop striving to reach you dream. The K.E.Y.S to your new life are setting in front of you, now you just need to unlock the door!
Imagine life without a boss, freedom to do what you want and have what you want for yourself and your family. Ideal, I here you say. Owning your own business can be the means to achieve such a goal.This article will help you to access if owning you own business is right for you.Many have imagined themselves living such a life but relatively few actually do. If you think the boss is holding you back and everything will be fine when you can call the shots then get serious about what you will need to survive and thrive in your business.A burning desire to succeed is without doubt the starting point of every great venture. Resolve to use every available means and talent that you can muster to achieve your great aim in life. This is fundamental to your success. If you go after your goal timidly trying to play it safe you have not committed yourself to success.Your goal or what you want become is important. Where you have come from or where you are now is unimportant. Make the future state when you will have achieved you goal your reality. Think it, dream it, believe it. Your mind will believe what you feed it and your thoughts and actions will align with your future reality to make it happen.Make a plan to achieve your goal and work the plan. After all, success is simply defining what you want and achieving it. Make it personal, measurable, achievable and time limited. For example you may commit yourself to do all you can to achieve $100,000 in sales of your product by the end of the financial year. Your plan reveals the number of sales and the average sale value required to reach your target. The plan is assessed as achievable when broken down to a daily or weekly number of sales.Accept that you will have good and bad experiences in your journey toward your goal. Learn from them and resolve to do better than you did last month. Some of the most important lessons will come from the tough times in your business. Don’t get sidetracked by comparing yourself with others. Remember that success is reaching your goal not someone else’s.Think in terms of your customers needs, not yours. Listen carefully and your customers will reveal to you exactly what they want. Creating many satisfied customers by providing exactly what they want will grow your sales and give you what you want. Ask yourself, “What can I do to delight my customer?” Give them an experience they will want to repeat again and again.Finally, have the courage to believe you can do it. You can become the person you need to be to succeed. Read the books of successful people and put into practice one new thought or action each week. Over a year you will see 50 improvements in yourself and your business.You can be the boss of your future if you have a strong desire to succeed, focus on your goal, make a plan and work your plan. Think constantly of how to improve and learn from all your experiences. Listen to your customers and fulfil their wants and you will have all of what you want. Be a courageous spirit.
What I’m about to reveal to you are 8 proven secret strategies, that will help you accomplish positive results with the time you spend on your home business.Ready?1. Imagine yourself as the CEO of a major corporation.This technique will put you in the proper frame of mind, to envision yourself as your own boss, and that you are in complete control of your business.As the CEO of your corporation, it is very crucial that you project where your business will spiral towards in the next 5 years.Remember A DREAM written down with a date becomes a GOAL. A goal broken down becomes a PLAN.. A plan backed by ACTION makes your dream come true.. From The Millionaire Mentor by Greg S. ReidTherefore, you need to…2. Set Specific Goals”Goals are like train tracks.” They keep you moving forward in the direction you want to go. -Vicky SmithWhen setting proper goals you need to exercise 2 simple strategies:First and foremost, *Set Your Long Term Goals* (a.k.a. Dreams)The bottom line is this, if you want to head in the right direction, than you must know where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, even 5 years from now.This technique is amazingly effective when you type your goals down, and print them out. (Be sure you do it, I’ll tell you why later.)Secondly, you must always set and accomplish daily goals, so that you will achieve your long term dreams (goals). When you know where you want to be and where you are headed, than you will know exactly what you need to do to get there.This will definitely get the ball rolling for you to set your daily goals.3. Set up a *daily* To-Do ListsNow that you have distinguished your daily goals, the easiest way to accomplish them is by working on a priority basis always working on the most important task first.Design your daily to-do list at the end of your work day, so you know exactly what you need to do when you wake up in the morning. Make your daily tasks realistic, and be sure that they are accomplished. Think of each task you accomplish as a stepping stone towards your dreams.The key here is for you to go to bed at night without having any regrets, and knowing that you have achieved everything you could that day.Here’s a neat trick: Use Microsoft Outlook’s task manager to prioritize your daily To-Do list. Outlook will let you manage your tasks on a per hour basis. It is very crucial to avoid procrastination if you plan on getting where you want to be in 5 years.Here’s the best part: Outlook will keep reminding you, if your tasks have not been accomplished. This gives you absolutely no excuses not to work. Which brings me to my next point…4. Devote a *specific amount* of hours each and every day…..to work on your business. To avoid getting side tracked, DO NOT surf the net, close your instant messenger conversations during this period of time.The more side tracked you become, the further away you will be from your dreams.5. Develop a positive routineResearch proves that eating breakfast every morning, will help you to think better, and even work more efficiently on your business.Always take 15 – 30 minute breaks during the day to avoid straining your eyes. Have a good night’s sleep, (6 to 8 hours is recommended.) Most importantly, try exercising daily because this will help fuel energy through out your body.6. Stay organized, and focusedTape your goals list on the wall by your work area, so that you will be reminded of what you are striving towards, each and everyday.This important step alone will help guide you towards your ultimate goal, and keep you focused on what you should be doing.If you ever feel that you don’t have the energy to work on your business, simply take a look at your long term goals list, and let it remind you of your dreams.Use this power to help you move forward in the direction you want to go.7. Check your email ONCE every hourSome of us love the idea of receiving email daily, and in most cases would likely check it every few minutes. This can be a very devastating routine that you will become accustomed to, be sure you eliminate it before it becomes routine.The real secret to running a successful home based business, is to spend your time wisely and efficiently, by developing a positive daily routine.8. Have funThis may be the most important step of all. Make sure that you enjoy every minute you spend working on your business. If you can’t stand the idea of getting up in the morning to work, than you might as well look forward to going back to that J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) you dread.You must enjoy what you do, in order to fully succeed and accomplish your long term goals.I have given you these 8 powerful strategies, the only way that they will work for you is if you apply them right now.I wish you the best of luck with your home business, and I hope that you have a prosperous year.Copyright 2004 Ryan Terry
One of the main reasons people start businesses is to make money. For some it’s a blessing to make money doing something they love. I’m not saying that you have to love house cleaning in order to have a successful house cleaning business; however it would be a good idea if you didn’t hate it.How much money you make depends on how big you want your business to be. It could be a one person operation where you set up at home and service areas close to home, or you could set up a commercial office and hire people to work for you.Here are 7 simple steps to get you started on your own house cleaning business.1) Decide exactly what kind of house cleaning services you will offer.Here you decided what cleaning you will do, like making beds, vacuuming, mopping and waxing floors, dusting and so on. Also note what you won’t do, e.g. laundry. You can also decide to specialize, e.g. by cleaning carpets only, or cleaning suspended ceilings only.2) Pricing your housecleaning service.To have an idea of how to charge for your housecleaning service, use your competition. Check your telephone directory and the classified ads section in your local newspapers for cleaning businesses, call them up (pretend to be a prospective client) and find out exactly what cleaning services they offer and how much they charge. With this information gathered decide the best price to charge for your cleaning service.3) Workout startup costs.For this you need to consider, tools, material, transport, advertising, insurance etc. Write down a list all the tools and material you need, like cleaners, sponges, mops, carpet cleaning equipment etc. Next find out the cost of each item on the list and write it down next to the item.Transport: you will have to estimate your costs here. You see it depends on where your client is located and your means of transportation to get to your client. (Having your own vehicle would be to your advantage).Advertising: You can use free advertising (word of mouth) and paid advertising (classifieds, telephone directory ads etc). Phone calls to your local newspaper and the telephone company who publish your telephone directory will tell you the cost of placing ads.Once you’ve gathered all this information, calculate your total startup costs.4) Name your business.Choosing an appropriate name for your house cleaning business is important. Here are a few examples I got of the internet, ‘Maid Brigade’, ‘All Shine Cleaning’, ‘White Glove Cleaning Service’. Please avoid using ‘Your Name Cleaning Services’. Using your own name as part of your business name is over done by many house cleaning businesses. Brainstorm and come up with a name that helps you stand out of the crowd.5) Learn the zoning regulations of your community.Check the city clerk’s Office or your local library for a copy for a copy of the zoning laws governing your community. Your reason for doing this is that some zoning regulations prohibit home businesses in a community.6) Do a few free cleaning jobs.Well you’re not actually doing them for free. You’re doing them in exchange for references (these add to your credibility for future paying clients and are invaluable). You can offer these free cleaning jobs to friends, non profit organizations in your communities etc.7) Get your first paying client then get another and another and another and so on.Tell everyone you know that you’ve started a cleaning business and place ads in the local newspapers. In the beginning you need to spend most of your time and money getting paying clients. However, the more clients you get the less time and money you spend on marketing and more time you spend on cleaning and making your clients happy.This is just the beginning. Once you start making money take a house cleaning business course to help you better manage your business in terms of growth, accounting, taxes, insurance better marketing strategies and more.–You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated. firstname.lastname@example.org
How would you feel if you had been searching desperately for something, some magic solution to a problem, and come to find out it was right there in front of you the whole time– you just failed to see it?For many searching for a way to work from home, this is exactly what they’re doing.There is a common misconception out there that’s preventing a lot of people from realizing their dreams of working at home. Is it holding you back too?Time and time again I hear this sentiment, “I don’t want to start a business. I just want to do clerical work for a company” or, “I see so many opportunities, but they’re all scams because they charge a fee”.Now, before you say “well, isn’t that true? Shouldn’t there never be a fee?” realize that there is a big difference between a telecommute job offer and a business opportunity. And I hate to tell you this, but companies just don’t hire teleworkers to do clerical work for them. There are plenty of telecommute jobs out there, but they are for highly specialized skills that require specific training. If you have a knack for sales, there are no shortage of companies that will hire you to do cold-calling from your home office.So, that leaves us with two options: To get the training that’s required for a telecommute job (programming courses at a local college, for example), or to start a home business.For some reason, the idea of taking courses or going back to school is usually met with resistance. “I can’t afford it” or “I don’t have time” are typical responses. But think of it this way: Your goal is to land a telecommute job. All telecommute jobs require specialized training or skills. Doesn’t it make sense to obtain the training that’s required for the job you want? Isn’t it worth investing in some classes if it means that you will be qualified for telecommute jobs?Ok, so maybe you’re not interested in working in sales or becoming a programmer. The other option is to look at a business opportunity. This suggestion is not usually greeted with enthusiasm. And this really is the issue at hand: Why not a business opportunity?This is where so many people overlook the chance to work from home; the idea that if an opportunity charges a fee, it’s a scam. It’s a common misconception that stands in the way of many a would-be home worker.The truth is that almost all business opportunities require an investment. You can’t expect to start a business without some expenses, can you? The really exciting thing is that with the Internet, it’s possible to start out with a much smaller investment than in the brick-and-mortar world.The important thing is to be able to discern the legitimate offer from the scams. There are some simple checkpoints that can help you to determine if a business opportunity is legitimate.–First, look at the product. Is there a product? There should be. The Federal Trade Commission considers a company to be crossing the line into pyramid scheme territory when all marketing efforts are geared toward getting others to sign milf porn up. There should be a focus on the product first, recruiting others should be secondary.–Check with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been complaints filed and if so, how were they handled. Remember that it’s not out of the ordinary for a company to have had a few complaints. It’s whether or not they were resolved to the customer’s satisfaction that matters.–Do some research to see if there are any articles/discussions pertaining to the company in question. This can be useful in picking up news articles that could alert you to potential problems (ABC Company Hit With More Class-Action Suits!) or positive feedback (CEO Joe Owner Receives Award For His Company’s Philanthropic Achievements).With effort and determination, business opportunities can be very lucrative. They can also be a stepping-stone to earning the extra money you need to take some courses or to finance your own start-up.Give the invisible opportunity another look. It may be the key to your office at home.
You want a strong and successful Network Marketing business, right? If your with an exciting, innovative company, you are probably use to participating in team contests. The question is, how do you develop that kind of excitement in your own home-based business? This article gives you the tools to create your own contest for your team.You don’t have to be at the top of the best mlm company to develop this type of excitement in your own business. It’s actually very easy. To start, think about what your team needs to concentrate on to reach their bottom-line goals. Is it talking to more people? Gaining sponsorships? Meeting customers needs? In your contest, focus on the activity that will help them achieve that goal. Set a time frame, such as one week or one month. The best results are achieved with contests lasting one month or less. Contests extending beyond one month tend to cause the energy levels to subside.Make sure you create a way for your team to be accountable. Have them e-mail you daily, fill out an activity form and fax it in, or post their activities on an Internet message board you create for the team. Most important, decide a clear criteria that defines the winner, such as most sponsorships or most customers by the end of the time frame.The really fun part is deciding on the prize! Get creative but choose something that is manageable for you. Some suggestions are adding a person to the winner’s organization or offering a training book or training seminar. The contest goal is the biggest gas peal for the team; the prize is just the icing on the cake!A critical key to a successful contest is communicating to your whole team the details of the contest. Then request that the ones who are interested in propelling their business and winning a prize let YOU KNOW. This puts the milk out for the ones who are truly excited and going to do it. You are only putting the extra energy into the people who are returning the energy.Once you have the motivated people from your team on board, let the game begin. You may just find the contest ignites your fire a bit more, too. You’ll see both businesses take off.
Ah, working at home… Visions of leisurely days, conference calls in comfy sweatpants, increased productivity with fewer interruptions. But the distinctions between work life and home life soon blur. You really should throw some laundry in the wash before you write that proposal. You have an hour before a meeting: Should you balance your books or clean the kitchen? And remember mobile porn to call that client back right after you empty the cat box.Welcome to the real world of working at home: unforeseen distractions, a lack of structured time, and sometimes a perceived loss of identity. But don’t give up the dream just yet! By putting into place a few simple ideas, you can reap more of the rewards of working at home. Based on my experiences and those of my associates, here are 10 simple ways to help you stay on track.1. Separate Your Space.Keep a separate, distinct work area in your home. (This is especially difficult if you’re living and working in a shoebox studio, like I was when I started my business in New York City!) If you don’t have a separate room, at least define an area, and know that when you’re in it, you’re in “work mode.”2. Structure Your Time.As your business and personal time mesh, it’s more important than ever to structure your day. For example, if you regularly take a walk or go to the gym, try to do it every day at the same time. Value that personal appointment with yourself – even when you’re very busy. It will actually help you keep your business on track! I like to get up early and work until noon, then I take a few hours off to enjoy lunch, do some reading, and take my daily jog on the beach. Then I’m back at my desk at 4:00 until who knows when!3. Outsource All You Can.When I began my business, I made the mistake of acting as my own courier service. I soon learned how much time I was wasting by frequently visiting clients just to pick things up and drop them off. Whenever you start thinking, “Well I can just do that myself,” STOP. Streamline your business, making everything as automatic as possible. Use outside services to stay focused on your *real work*. Get accounts with an overnight delivery service, messenger service, virtual assistant (VA), bookkeeper, etc. Save your energy for your brilliant ideas! : )4. Use Technology to Your Advantage.In-person meetings are very valuable when appropriate, but schedule them sparingly. Try to do most of your business via phone, fax, and e-mail using the best equipment you can afford. For most home-based entrepreneurs, when you’re out of the office, you’re NOT making money. So it’s important that you can communicate flawlessly from where you are. And PLEASE do us all a favor and get separate lines/services for your phone, fax, and Internet! No one likes getting a busy signal.(BONUS TIP: If your phone company offers voicemail, get it. Not only will your outgoing message sound more professional, but if you’re on an important call and don’t want to be disturbed, other callers can still leave you a message.)5. Group Your Errands.Try to group your meetings and errands together to minimize your out-of-office time. Make a list in the morning of all the outside tasks you need done for the day, and attempt to complete them in one fell swoop. Even better, do what I do and designate just one day a week as your “blitz” day for errands and meetings. Plus, then you only need to get dressed up one day a week! : )6. Stay Focused.Make your workspace off-limits to other roommates or family members when you’re working. For you animal lovers, this may go for pets as well. (My cat Francine gets *very* jealous when I’m not giving her complete attention!) Keep all personal paperwork such as bills, magazines, and to-do lists out of sight, so they won’t distract you from your projects.7. Beware of Yappers.Many of your friends and family will be immediately delighted when they learn that you’re working at home. They picture you lounging on the couch, eating potato chips, and waiting for their calls. When they call you simply to chat, politely remind them that you’re working, and ask them if you can call them back after your day is over. It may take them a while, but they’ll eventually get the idea.8. Work With Your Moods.Keep track of your moods and productivity compared with the time of day. For example, if you find you’re more alert in the morning, use this time to make important calls and do your creative work. Take advantage of your natural cycles. If you feel better after an afternoon nap, go for it! (I’m a BIG proponent of the catnap. In fact, I may start a support group.)9. Suit Yourself.To bring out your best work, make your environment perfect for YOU. How do you work best? With plenty of breaks, or with no interruptions? In silence, or with some light music in the background? On a cushy couch and coffee table, or at a business desk in an ergonomic chair? (My friends thought I was nuts when I spent $750 on my Herman Miller Aeron chair, but they quickly understood why once they sat in it! And my spine thanks me every day.)Also, find some places you can do work when you need a change of scenery. How about the library, the park, or your neighborhood coffee shop? When I need to do serious reading, thinking, or editing, I take my work outside to the beach. The sea air, sunshine, and soothing waves help me think much more clearly.10. Break for People.Feeling sluggish, lonely, or moody? Arrange for at least one social break during the week. (I aim for two or three.) Schedule breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even just coffee with a client, vendor, or friend. Join a business networking group, or sign-up for social activities such as dance class or recreational sports league. Don’t go into hermit mode – it can be self-destructive!© 1999-2009 Alexandria Brown International Inc.
Handle small emergencies fast: When a small emergency does pop up being prepared with a home medicine kit will come in handy. Make sure to have cartoon porn one in your car and one in the home and look through them twice a year to make sure they are up to date and have been restocked. Use this same twice-yearly update to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and to put fresh batteries in all of your flash lights. Have a special box where you store a few extra batteries, a new flashlight, some storm candles and some lamp oil for an oil lamp in case of a severe storm or power outage. Just putting these emergency kits together will give you peace of mind and when you need them you won’t have to rush around hunting for supplies you will know right where to find everything you need.Ways to cut down on interruptions from little ones when working at home: Just when you are in the middle of writing an article or have your thoughts flowing for the piece your designing, your little friend comes up and tugs on your sleeve telling you they are thirsty. When working at home with small children around you can cut down on these interruptions and still take care of their needs. Tell your children that you will be working on a project for the next two hours and set up drinks and snacks that they can get for them selves. Put a few different drinks in small single serving bottles in the door of the fridge and have them help you make a snack ahead of time that can be stored in a baggie or Tupperware. Asking your children to respect your two hour work break will help them learn to be self sufficient and they will find creative ways to entertain themselves. Then you can spend some time together and have another work break later in the day.Start with low maintenance in mind when you design: A great way to reduce home maintenance chores is to plan ahead with low maintenance fixtures, flooring, paint colors, and windows when you are building or remodeling. If you already own a home, when things wear out replace them with low maintenance replacements and cut your work time in half. Make sure to use a light color for exterior paint trim. This will reduce peeling and cracking from the sun and will wear longer. Shades and shutters just need to be vacuumed once in a while instead of taken down and laundered. Rugs with darker colors and small patterns will distract the eye from small stains. Using combination storm and screen windows will save you from changing the storm panels twice a year and using cedar trim will make the boards last longer and you won’t have to paint them.Keep your expectations in balance: Our lives become overwhelmed and cluttered from expecting too much from the outcome of something others or we are doing. Focus on the process of what you are doing. It is not what you do but how well you do it. Make the process enjoyable and an important part of what you are doing this will make you much more accepting of the outcome.Take a moment to recognize the simple joys: Our schedules have become so full and hectic we often forget what we are working for or running towards. You can remedy this by being more present. Think of the simple things that you enjoy and STOP and enjoy them and then go back to what you were doing. If you are driving along and you see a beautiful vista, pull off the road and enjoy the view for a few minutes. Do you love walking in your yard and looking at the flowers and listening to the birds, then start 10 minutes earlier so you can wonder around the yard before you start your busy schedule. Make a list of 5 simple things you enjoy and STOP to enjoy at least one a day.Be efficient at the grocery store: Plan ahead, think of 5 or 6 meals that you would like to make and make sure to get the ingredients for each to have in the freezer or pantry. Then you can still leave room for impromptu meals like that craving for take out or your neighbor bringing you some fresh fish but you will have everything you need for several meals without having to keep going to the grocery store.Don’t rush through dinner: Have everyone pitch in when it comes to making dinner and sitting down to enjoy it. The meals don’t have to be fancy, just a time to be with your family and get a bite to eat. Take turns with the cooking, setting the table, and washing the dishes. Especially in the summer when schedules seem to be tight with all the activity around the house, keep meals light and focus on catching up with what everyone is doing.Have a cleaning team: Figure out a list for the top 10 cleaning chores that need to be done each week. Give everyone a few chores to do and write them down on the calendar or post it on the refrigerator. When you each pull together and focus on the few tasks you need to do the house will get cleaned and everyone can feel like they have contributed without one person having to manage everything.Ban those useful looking gadgets from the house: The marketing of the next cleaning monster, or tool whiz is terrific, you see the ad think how great it would be to have that latest gizmo and before you know it your are stumbling over all sorts of gizmos that were supposed to simplify your life and they have just given you more stuff to clean around. Ask yourself the hard question before you get that next gizmo; is there a tool I already own that could do the same thing? You can use this same question for small handy dandy kitchen appliances. Your closets, workroom, and pantry will be cleared of clutter in no time. Take the money you would have paid for the item, make sure to include the price for shipping and handling and put it in a large savings jar at the end of the year you can use the money you saved for a fun family outing.Make sure important notes and schedules don’t get lost in the clutter of the coffee table: Designate a special area in your house where important messages and schedules can be posted. Keep this area clear except for these items and you will always know where to look.