TIP #268: Bring Stuff so your kids can be distracted

Sometimes you go outside and kids are simply dificult. We have two, so we know something about it. We had also learn that sometimes it is not that the kid it is difficult but that, we, the parents, didn’t bring anything to get the kids distracted.
My daugther could get distracted really easy, but our son, he need an special effort. The better our selecton of toys, the longer he will be distracted and that in general it is not really long.
Bring stuff for our kids to get distracted sound logical and still it is one of those things that parents failed to do often, and then we complaint about how poorly our kids behave.

TIP #267: Block Time to Read

We don’t notice that certain things don’t happen in our life for no other reasons that we don’t block the time to do it. What to read more?, block time to read, so you are aware that it is time to read instead of go to the TV.
I tend to read a lot, but I have also certain times in the week that are blocked for reading, it is basically an appoinment with me and a book. In difficult weeks, I cherish that appointment.
Are blocking time to read? Why no?

TIP #266: Plan the simple things

We tend to think and plan for the big things, the things that we think are going to need a lot of time or that are going to be really important, and some times becasue of that we miss plan the simple ones, the ones that even when aren’t that important will make you smile, will make you happy.
I like my car clean (I don’t do it myself) but I have learn that I should have a reminder every couple of months to schedule and take my car to be clean. Make me smile until the kids make a mess the next time they jump in the car.
Are you planing the simple things? or are you only planning important ones?

TIP #265: Aways carry your reading material

I mentioned this tip in my book 25 Tips for Productivity and it is something that I had always surprise me when I am waiting somewhere I you see people looking to really old magazines – or even better playing angry brids or something like that. Most of us had so much to read, that if we are more diligent we can always carry something to read.

If you like electronic Reading you can use applications like Instapaper or print the material or tear appart the Magazine that you want to read.

I like Instapaper, been using it for a long while now and allow me to access the documents from my iPhone or iPad and read, store, and even share interesting information that I collect in the web.

Are you reading old magazines? Catching up with the birds? Should you be reading better stuff?