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Simple Tricks to Boost Business Productivity

Jul 01, 2015 in Business/Finance. 0 Comment

Simple Tricks to Boost Business Productivity

In an age of distraction, it can be difficult to get work accomplished. Ultimately, this can be very costly. Improving productivity can do wonders to a company’s bottom line. 

Evaluate your Routine

A daily routine enables you to get the momentum you need to accomplish your regular tasks. However, a routine is only as good as the result. If your schedule is negatively impacting your productivity, it may be time to reevaluate. 

Track Data

Businesses are increasingly using technology to learn how employee routines are affecting their performance. Employees agree to wear a tracking device that collects data on their activities and whereabouts throughout the workday. 

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Building Permit 101

Jun 29, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Building Permit 101

Zoning laws and codes protect the public by stipulating where certain types of buildings can be located and what materials can be used in their construction. They also regulate standards for mechanical, electrical, sanitation and plumbing for buildings in that municipality. Building permits are granted to applicants who detail building or remodeling plans that comply with the current code. Learn more about building permits and how they are used.

Applying for a Permit

While minor cosmetic changes rarely require a building permit, new construction, additions and major renovation projects are subject to approval. To apply for a permit, either the homeowner or the contractor must contact the local building authority. Because the size and name of these authorities can vary, you may wish to contact the city attorney and seek direction from there. Additionally, you can try an internet search for the name of your city plus one of the following terms: ‘Zoning and Building’, ‘Building Department’ or ‘Planning Department’.

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How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Jun 26, 2015 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Selecting the right paint isn’t only about color. Paint finishes vary in shine, durability, moisture resistance and coverage. Here are some guidelines on how to use each finish for maximum impact and versatile cleanup. 

High Gloss

High-gloss paint is the most durable of all finishes. It is hard, shiny, water resistant and long-wearing. The best application for this sheen is on furniture, trim and doors. Its resistance to water means that it works well for trim near kitchen and bathroom sinks. Because it reflects light well, it also reveals flaws easily. Don’t skimp on the prep work. Sand the rough spots and use a primer before applying this finish.

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Janet Jackson Returns

Jun 24, 2015 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment

Janet Jackson Returns

Janet Jackson is back in a big way. The singer made some big announcements about her plans for 2015. Find out what Janet Jackson is up to this year. 

Long Hiatus

Jackson has been on a long break from her career. She hasn’t released a studio album since Discipline in 2008. This left fans waiting for seven long years with the hope that she would return. The singer recently announced that the long wait is over. She celebrated her 49th birthday by saying that she would be releasing a new album this year. Jackson used the moment to let the world know she will be commencing a world tour as well. The announcement was made by a video tweet to her three million Twitter followers. Janet Jackson’s last tour was in 2011. 

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Natural Thirst Quenching Drinks for Summer

Jun 22, 2015 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Natural Thirst Quenching Drinks for Summer

Staying hydrated is a key factor in maintaining optimum health. Unfortunately, it can become far too tempting and convenient to reach for caffeinated or sugary beverages. Many store-bought drinks are not only inefficient at hydration, but they are habit forming and can be costly. 

This summer, switch to natural drinks. They are delicious and healthier than sports drinks or soft drinks. Natural, homemade beverages are simple to make in your own kitchen. With a bit of prep work and some fresh ingredients, you’ll have a tasty and healthy beverage that will cool you down and quench your thirst on a hot summer day. 

Infused Waters

Everyone knows that water is the best drink for your body. However, to a lot of people, it’s bland and boring. You can enhance water’s flavor and nutritional value by adding fresh fruits and herbs and chilling the mixture overnight in the refrigerator. This simple process will infuse your water with a sweet, fruity flavor as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. 

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