How can we always stay focused and motivated towards our goals?
Goals are intimidating.We set them all the time but have trouble following through.If you suffer from lack of focus and consistency toward your goals, you aren’t alone. I know MANY people who feel the same.While I’m normally a very disciplined person, I was recently having trouble sticking to goals.I’d set big goals and be super motivated to reach them…at first.But after the first week, I would fall off and end up ditching the goal, feeling like a failure.The reason that I let myself fall off my goals so easily was that I had no tangible reason to keep me committed to it.I could easily give up on the goal and there would be no negative effects.However, I recently gave myself a new goal and took a very different approach to it.My goal was to write 1 Quora answer a day for 66 days and reach 1 million views.By day 55 I already hit my goal and by day 66 I blew way past my expectations.The reason I achieved this goal was twofold.First, I gave myself a challenge.I printed out a 66-Day Challenge tracker that required me to put an ‘X’ on the tracker each day that I wrote a Quora answer.(the red box was 1 million views!)The only goal was to keep the X’s going and never have a blank day.And it worked!Something about seeing that tracker slowly fill up got me excited to keep working hard on both the good days and the bad days —and there were plenty bad days.There were many days where I just didn’t feel like writing. But when I looked up at that tracker, the last thing I wanted was a big blank spot on a day that I skipped.This motivated me to stay committed to my goal of writing daily.The other reason I accomplished my goal was accountability.When I decided to shoot for 66 days of straight writing, I made it public.I posted my goal online on social media in order to have other people keep me accountable.This also worked!Since I knew people would be asking me how it was going, I knew I had to stay committed, or else I would be very embarrassed.After accomplishing this goal, my friends started asking if they could get a tracker like mine.I knew that these friends were beginners when it came to habits and goals, so I went home and made my own 30-Day Tracker that would be less intimidating for them than starting off with 66 days.And they loved it! More and more friends continue to ask me to send them this tracker.This proved that it wasn't just something about me that made the tracker work, others liked it too!I even got my dad using the tracker to get him in the habit of doing pushups daily.He hasn’t exercised in years and it made me nervous because I want him to stay healthy. So I challenged my dad to doing 30 days of pushups straight.He was skeptical at first, but when I showed him the tracker he got very excited at the idea of being able to check off days he completes.I taped his tracker to the fridge so he would see it every time he went to get a snack.He is now on day 7 without missing any days!So, if you are looking to stay consistent on a goal, find a way to track your progress.It can be from the tracker I mentioned above, a personal calendar, a whiteboard, or even just a journal you keep.Put your tracking method somewhere you will see it daily so that you won’t forget about it.In addition, make your goal public. Tell your spouse, family, or friends and ask them to help keep you accountable.With these two methods, you’ll have everything you need to start crushing your goals!Side note: I had an interesting idea. Would anyone benefit from having a public group online for everyone’s 30-Day Challenges?It could be a Facebook group where everyone posts pictures of their trackers as they go and helps keep each other motivated. If you think this is a cool idea, comment below. If enough people comment, I’ll make it happen.
How could the federal government and state governments make it easier to fill out tax returns?
Individuals who don't own businesses spend tens of billions of dollars each year (in fees and time) filing taxes. Most of this is unnecessary. The government already has most of the information it asks us to provide. It knows what are wages are, how much interest we earn, and so on. It should provide the information it has on the right line of an electronic tax return it provides us or our accountant. Think about VISA. VISA doesn't send you a blank piece of paper each month, and ask you to list all your purchases, add them up and then penalize you if you get the wrong number. It sends you a statement with everything it knows on it. We are one of the only countries in the world that makes filing so hard. Many companies send you a tentative tax return, which you can adjust. Others have withholding at the source, so the average citizen doesn't file anything.California adopted a form of the above -- it was called ReadyReturn. 98%+ of those who tried it loved it. But the program was bitterly opposed by Intuit, makers of Turbo Tax. They went so far as to contribute $1 million to a PAC that made an independent expenditure for one candidate running for statewide office. The program was also opposed by Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist. The stated reason was that the government would cheat taxpayers. I believe the real reason is that they want tax filing to be painful, since they believe that acts as a constraint on government programs.
How to decide my bank name city and state if filling out a form, if the bank is a national bank?
Somewhere on that form should be a blank for routing number and account number. Those are available from your check and/or your bank statements. If you can't find them, call the bank and ask or go by their office for help with the form. As long as those numbers are entered correctly, any error you make in spelling, location or naming should not influence the eventual deposit into your proper account.
How do I dispose of hazardous waste when I’m cleaning out my relative’s home? I live out of state and Hennepin county requires a Minnesota license to drop off household waste!
Original Question: “How do I dispose of hazardous waste when I’m cleaning out my relative’s home? I live out of state and Hennepin county requires a Minnesota license to drop off household waste!”No Hennepin County does not require a license of any type. The county may charge you for dropping off some items & reject others, but there is no license required. here’s the scoop:Ordinary household (HH) waste like paint, batteries, electronics, CFL bulbs, & etc. may be dropped off for free.Special items that require special processing, or cost, may include a nominal fee. Ex. $25 for a computer CRT, or a CRT TV.Some items will require sending to a commercial recycler. These are assumed to be business & not HH items, like FAX machines & multiple computers (more than one home might expect to own).The Hennepin County recycling centers also serve the 5 county region. I know as I have used them & I live in Dakota County.If you live out of state & need to do this remotely, then hire a service that is licensed to do this operation. Otherwise, schedule some vacation time & visit us in about a month (if you can delay the operation). Minneapolis & its parkways are glorious in spring. And, easter is just around the corner as this bunny in South Minneapolis knows well:(Photo, mine)Reference: Drop-off facilitiesYour profile lists you as a “resident” of Minneapolis and your parents were + the home is within the county!If this is incorrect, then call the drop off center & speak to them. You are cleaning out a home within the county & that should easily qualify you to do the drop-off.
How much do I have to pay for gas from Washington state to Minnesota?
It is about 1600 miles.Call gas price about $2.50Take the 1600 and divide by your average MPG and figure out how much gas you need at $2.50 per gallon.You can try this:Cost 2 Drive | Trip planner and gas calculator with maps, top hotels, restaurants and attractionsThat web site says it would cost my ten year old Prius $87.72.