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In a weak economy saving money is imperative, so being vigilant about monitoring your expenditures and service consumption can help curb overspending. If you wait too long to adjust spending habits and limit consumption of services, your bills may get out of control quickly.

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Using voicemail to communicate with coworkers is a necessary evil, but for many people listening to voicemail and returning messages is time consuming and breaks their concentration. Society is increasingly leaning to online communication, so if you do not leave effective messages, they may never be heard.

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If your attention span wanes during certain times of the day, if you have difficulty leaving for work on time, or if you fall asleep too late to be rested in the morning, you are losing precious time during the day. By using a few simple behavior modification techniques, you can keep yourself on task, keep on schedule, and get better sleep.

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Creating a schedule and keeping on the schedule are key facets of productivity, but scheduling too much of your day can be counterproductive. Learning how to structure your day without setting too many time constraints or activity restrictions is a difficult balance to find, and varies from person to person. Finding that balance can help you be more flexible while still getting tasks done in a constantly changing work environment.

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If you are overwhelmed with work but short on time, basic time management strategies may not be enough. Use a timer to regain control, keep yourself on track, and break up the monotony of boring tasks or chores.

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I tend to get dragged into new tasks as I meander around the building and sometimes going for a drink of water ends of turning into an hour long tech support venture. If I’m just running to the drinking fountain I usually don’t turn off my music. I’m wondering if anyone has written a script that detects both key presses and mouse movement simultaneously? Ideally I’d love to have a script that if neither are detected after 5 mins, it closes my music app.

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A few months back, LH posted a link to TouchFreeze: http://lifehacker.com/5412986/touchfreeze-disables-your-touchpad-as-soon-as-you-start-typing

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This is what my first experiences with Rainmeter have lead me to so far. It’s a work in progress, but most things I do usually are. Most of the skins are based around the GeoSans 2.0 Skin by gberger. I’m using his skins for the drive icons, and have modified a few others to use the GeoSans font, which I’ve come to love. Other skins used include:

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Saw the post on Backup Windows Home Server Folders to an External Hard Drive, and the teaser: “In future articles we’ll be covering automated backup solutions locally, over a LAN, and online backup as well.”

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With the help of UnMicD over at LH (disclaimer: {s}he did the majority of the legwork), I put together a bookmarklet for getting music online using the google/mediafire trick.

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I’ve got a function that toggles a window between being active and being minimized, so I can quickly access my favorite applications with a custom hotkey for each. I’ve been using this system for years, but I’ve started having more and more problems with regaining focus once the window is restored…

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Wallpaper: Approaching midnight

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I really like the idea of stacks on the taskbar in windows using programs like StandaloneStack to have quick access to files and avoid opening explorer windows again and again. But what I don’t like about stacks is that you have such limited interaction with the files in the stacks; really all you can do is launch files. Sometimes I’d like to either open an explorer window of a specific folder, copy/move/delete a file, look at the properties of a file, or any other thing that you need explorer for. This is where the ability to add toolbars has come in handy, but this method also has shortcomings. Long folder names and multiple toolbar separators can crowd the taskbar quickly, and taking away the folder name makes the toolbar just appear as multiple items, which is impractical if you have a populated folder. Here is the method I used in order to get the attractive and easy stack interface as well as the explorer functionality in the stacks.

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If you experience this too from time to time, then here is what I recommend that you try:

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Effective salary negotiation is a skill. Your artful ability to negotiate the salary that you want, both when you are offered a job or preparing for your review to discuss your raise, will unquestionably impact what you get.

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If you want to improve your relationship, then you need to learn how to argue well and here’s where you need to start:

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Allowance please~! Remember getting allowance from your parents when you were a kid? Agree to give yourself a weekly allowance in cash each Sunday for your spending during upcoming week. The key is not using your credit card or debit card during the week. That said, you can agree to certain specific exceptions, such as filling up on gas. It will be tough the first few weeks, but if you commit, you will definitely see a difference.

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Here are things that I do for getting over the slump at work:

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If you were able to get through this article, then you won’t be shocked to know that the goal of the attorney drafting the EULA is to put in place “belt and suspenders” type protection for their clients and they do a pretty good job. While these provisions are harsh for the end user, the majority will not have to think twice about the EULA. And despite the unfavorable terms of the EULA to you, if you sustain damages/loss resulting from use of computer software, then depending on the facts you may be able to obtain remedies outside of the EULA under various legal theories. Hopefully, you will never have to experience the dreadful process of filing a claim, which I can’t help with… but I hope I’ve helped you through the dreadful process of reading the EULA!

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For those of you looking for new sites for deals and coupons for a wide array of goodies, let me offer you two sites that I use that will save you some time and $$.

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If you want to be productive and successful at work, you need to stop being that person at work who handles delegation well and work toward being the person who delegates well. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, but the key is that those instances must be few and far between if you want to manage your time well and accomplish priority items timely.

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In the digital age, there are countless tools to help keep you productive, but using them effectively is a whole different story. The Productive Geek is somebody who learns to use those tools to actually save time and get things done.

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