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Checklist

Use these checklists to make life easier, not harder

In today's high-speed world, there are so many things to remember. For example, what should you look for when purchasing a car seat for your child? What does each member of your family need to remember to pack for that summer vacation? Rather than trying to answer these questions without any extra assistance, turn to a tried-and-true method that's been helping parents for decades: the checklist. We'll be compiling our favorite and most useful checklists here, as a way to help you keep track of those easy-to-forget details.

  1. 5 Ways That Procrastinating Can Be a Positive

    April 17, 2019

    how to procrastinate - girl studying

    Here’s the scenario: You’re tasked with an assignment – maybe to plan an event for your kid’s school or to complete a big work project. Do you get to it right away or wait until the last minute?

    Tackling tasks as soon as possible has merit. It’s certainly smart to check-off items from your list so that you can move onto the next. Yet, here’s the thing. Sometimes waiting isn’t so bad. There can be benefits to procrastinating but only if you do it correctly.

     

    1. Can Lead to Getting More Done

    Procrastinating is not necessarily synonymous with laziness. It’s simply taking your time to begin work on project, task or duty. Just because you might take your time doesn’t mean you’re not being productive. Procrastination at its finest requires being intentional and active.

    For example, mental planning, daydreaming, or simply thinking or talking about the task can be very productive, especially since you can do so while taking care of other things on your to-do list.

     

    2. Helps You to Prioritize

    Taking some time before starting or completing a task could help you determine what’s most important, particularly if there are other tasks you need to accomplish or juggle. Comparing and prioritizing tasks can give you a better handle on the big picture and everything you need to do.

    You may even decide that some tasks are just not worth doing, which would give you back a lot of time. Busy parents can use all the time they can get.

     

    3. Spurs You to Be Creative

    Jumping into anything too quickly could backfire, even if you have the best intentions. Coming up with the best or most efficient way to accomplish a task requires some brainstorming, which can be achieved through active procrastination. This doesn’t mean that you have to carve out time to sit at the table with pen and paper. It does mean that as you go about your day, you can brainstorm by letting your mind run free and making mental notes about options and ways for handling the work that needs to be done.

    Let your subconscious do the work for you while you consciously delay starting it. You may be surprised by how much time procrastinating actually saves you and by the creativity gained.

     

    4. Enables Making Better Decisions

    While your mind may be rational and you can usually trust your gut, it’s a good idea to weigh all of your options before making a decision. Some of the ideas you consciously or subconsciously brainstormed can become viable options. They may not have come to mind if you had rushed into the project or hadn’t thought about it at all until right before your deadline.

    Active procrastination can give you more time to find the best possible solution.

     

    5. Gives the Task Purpose

    When you’re assigned a task that seems menial, actively procrastinating gives you time to think about its purpose. Understanding why something needs to get done and who it affects can motivate you to complete it wholeheartedly. Understand the goal, keep it in mind, and work toward it.

    If you haven’t tried the concept of active procrastination, test it. It may feel odd to both the passive procrastinator and the self-starter, but it also may make your busy life a whole lot easier.

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  2. Life Insurance Pricing Factors

    February 14, 2019

    Life insurance is something most people can benefit from no matter where they are in life, but life insurance prices aren’t the same for everyone. In fact, you may be surprised at what can increase life insurance rates. Here are some of the top things life insurance companies look at before pricing your plan.

     

    Life insurance pricing factors - What determines your life insurance premium?

     

    These are just some of the many factors that could impact your life insurance premium. Know them all and be sure to do your homework before selecting a policy. Get your free Gerber Life Term Life Insurance quote today.

  3. 7 Potty-Training-Reward Ideas to Consider

    July 20, 2016

    Baby on pottyPotty training is tricky business. Some parents of toddlers will try almost anything to get their child to use the toilet.

    Because every child is different, finding a potty training method that works for your child is key. Incentives may help to motivate some children in some circumstances, while other children simply may not yet be ready to give up diapers.

    If you think that a potty training incentive might work for your toddler, here are seven ideas to consider:

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  4. The Ultimate List of Children’s Books Set in Each State

    March 22, 2016

    Mom reading a book with daughterWith a good book and a little imagination, you and your child can travel anywhere! This list of children’s books from the National Education Association can help you and your child “take a trip” across America with a story that takes place in each state.

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  5. 10 Lessons Learned from the Family Dog

    March 3, 2016

    Happy family with dogA dog is often referred to as “man’s best friend,” and with good reason. Animal lovers, and dog lovers in particular, are quick to sing the praises of their four-legged friends.

    In addition to the expected lessons, such as teaching responsibility to children, a lot can be learned from our canine companions (not to say that the following could not be learned from or applied to other furry or feathered friends, too).

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