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Party Pictures

Whether you use a digital camera or a traditional camera, there are some basic steps you can take to make sure that the party pictures turn out. The first thing you need is a functioning camera. If your camera runs on batteries, make sure the batteries are fully charged or that you have extra ones on hand. Taking party pictures works best when you can capture the moment and if your batteries are dead, the moment will pass.

You also need to have enough storage space for your photos. This means an extra memory card if you are going digital or extra film for the traditional camera. For people who do not use their cameras often, sometimes problems with the camera do not become apparent until they are at the party and ready to take pictures. This is not the time to find out that the lens is dirty or that the buttons stick. Check the camera out the day before the party so that you have time to clean it up and make sure everything is running perfectly. Most digital cameras have a built in flash. Make sure that you know how to use it. If you are using a traditional camera, bring your flash unit.

The most important hint for party picture taking is to safeguard your equipment. You will be partying too and it is too easy to set the camera down while getting a drink or something to eat. It is also too easy for someone to knock the camera off the table (or wherever you set it) or for someone to spill something on it. Either have a little carry case you can hang around your neck or a bag you store it in a safe place.

5 Tips to Manage Your Time Effectively

Time is the most powerful currency of the 21st century. And this powerful currency demands much of our attention. Unfortunately, most people never make use of this remarkable resource we have – our time. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time every single day:

1. Break down large tasks into smaller ones: We all know the feeling of staring at a new complicated project feeling overwhelmed and wishing we were anywhere but here. But, even complicated tasks are not impossible to handle. In fact, most tasks become unbelievably trivial once we break them down into small pieces. Get into the habit of breaking down your tasks into small ones and tackling each individual part one at a time. This will help you stay calm as well as it will help you accomplish your goals without the urge to procrastinate.

2. Get rid of unproductive routine tasks: This included getting up each morning and checking your email. Do not start your day on somebody else’s agenda. Get out there, take some time to focus on the goals for the day and then start working on them. Do routine tasks during slow times of the day. For example, check your emails right after lunch.

3. Look at your habits to see if they could be changed, maybe you could do certain things different ways and save yourself some time in the process.

4. Evaluate yourself to determine if you are a morning person or night person and organize tasks to use whatever time suits you best. I am usually the most productive at night or after 10 AM and that is exactly why I work on my most important goals during those hours. 2 hours of focused work is far more valuable than 10 hours of unfocused work.

5. Learn to say the word “no”: One of the biggest secrets of success is leadership. You need to be able to become a leader and say NO when someone asks you for a favor that can take considerable amount of highly productive time from you.

You need to be very cautious about where and how you spend your time. Time is the most precious resource you have and you need to stop wasting it and start treating it like gold.

To learn how you can take control of your time and use it to achieve your goals, visit

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

4 Easy Steps to Stop Procrastination

Are you a victim of procrastination? Do you often find yourself unable to meet deadlines because you spent too much time in front of the TV, cooking or even sleeping? Well, I was exactly like that just a few years ago. But, that’s now Past. These days, I can set goals and achieve them easily without any complaints. And you can do the same. Here’s a few tips to get you started.

1. Plan your daily must-do activities. Draw up a to-do list; preferably, write it down on paper; or, use a computer if you prefer. And, include all the MUST do’s in your list. These are things that must be done today. Period.

2. Prioritize the activities, the more important ones taking precedence over the less important. If there are urgent things to do, but not important enough to be worried about if not done, put them below the important ones. The idea is based on the established principle that 80% of rewards come  from 20% of effort directed towards accomplishing important work.

3. Start working: Even if the deadline is 5 days from now or a month from now, starting out on an important project will help you avoid stress and do it well. When you start a major project just the day of the deadline, you are bound to stress out and leave out important points. Get in the habit of starting things before the deadline.

4. Start working bit by bit. Things may seem like huge mountains at first but it is important to stay calm. Just start working on the project or task on hand and don’t worry about getting it perfect. You still have a lot of time to iron out the details. Remember to start well before the deadline so you can focus on finishing the task and then ironing out the details. Trying to get everything right on first attempt is the best excuse used by procrastinators!

Procrastination is a deadly disease and it not only kills motivation but also your chances of success. Stop procrastinating right now and start achieving your goals. You can learn more about getting rid of procrastination and how to manage your time to achieve all your goals by visiting

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

Gifts from the Heart

In giving gifts, it’s the thought that counts. Yes, it is a cliché, but clichés exist because they are true. So the next time you need to give someone a gift, why not make one instead? A homemade gift tells the recipient that he is special enough for you to take the time to make something especially for him. It is also a budget-friendly alternative to the usual gift items that can be bought from the shops. Both you and your recipient will be happy, and isn’t that what gift giving is all about?

If you’re at a loss with what to make, look around for materials around your house and use your imagination and skills to create something out of them. If your talent lies in the kitchen, bake some cookies and use as container a jar that you’ll surely find somewhere in your house. Steam off the label from the jar and use a square of pretty fabric as a lid, with a ribbon to tie it in place. Aside from cookies, you can also make candies, fruit preserves, and even sauces. If your culinary skills leave something to be desired, you can buy goodies from the nearest bakery and put them in the jar. The result will still be less expensive compared to pre-packaged food items you can get from the market.

If you’re an artist, you can create a memorable gift by making a framed charcoal portrait of your recipient. The portrait itself doesn’t cost a thing, while framing can be done by affordable yet quality framers in your area. If you’re into sewing and knitting, you can make your recipient everything from a scarf to a pillow.

Indeed, you have lots of options to choose from. With homemade gifts, what you can give is only limited by your imagination.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

Taming the Paperwork Beast

Paperwork is an ever-present part of most people’s work lives. Anyone with a position of any greater prestige than the burger-flipper at the local fast food restaurant most likely has to deal with paperwork at some level. And you may have discovered, as many people have, that papers have a tendency to pile up. Things get mixed together, lost, and jumbled, leaving you spending hours going through endless stacks of the stuff looking for that one lone order form or bill that you need right away.

Although this sort of frustration and wasted time is all too common, it is by no means necessary. There are simple ways to be sure you will not run into this sort of trouble with your documents. The first and most important rule is to put everything away and filing them in folders when you do not need them. The easiest way to lose track of papers is to leave them laying around where they can be shuffled together, slid under something, mistakenly thrown into the trash bin, or fall into a corner somewhere.

Once the documents are filed away, you need to be able to quickly and easily find the papers you need at any given time. Be sure to clearly label your folders to avoid confusion as to where a specific paper or document might be filed. Also, you should consider using a color coding system to organize your files so you can easily find something at a glance. A black folder, for instance, may be used for your professional documents, a blue folder for personal documents and a brown folder for filial asset documents, and so on. This will help streamline your filing and retrieving process. Keep a note posted somewhere nearby of what each color means, in case anyone else needs to find something in your files.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

The Key to Being Organized

Many times, people over-complicate the task of organization. They try to make some elaborate plan for their organizing efforts, and then find themselves overwhelmed by the complications they created.

Meanwhile, the real key to organization could not possibly be any simpler: know where to put your things. As the old saying goes, a place for everything and everything in its place. Once you have specific places for everything, the process of organization becomes a breeze. All you have to do is take everything to its appropriate place, and you are done.

There are a number of things you can use to assist you in organizing your things. Plastic bins of all shapes and sizes are readily available at department stores, and even many smaller stores. These are often the most convenient way to store and organize things, as they can be labeled and stacked, making your items easy to find as well as taking up as little space as possible. Along these lines, there are also a number of different kinds of ‘space organizers’ available, which are generally something to the order of plastic chest of drawers. These methods are effective, and inexpensive.

Be sure to make the best use possible of the space available to you. Stackable containers, as mentioned, work well. Similarly, using wall-mounted shelving units can greatly increase the amount of space you can use for organizing your things. Also, do not be afraid to separate things you do not use and either put them into storage or just get rid of them. In many cases, a cluttered area can be made much more manageable simply by taking away the extra, unneeded items. Once you have an area organized, take care not to let it fall back into disorganization. A few minutes of tidying regularly can keep you from having to repeat all your work.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

Organizing Your Glove Compartment

Glove compartments hold many of a driver’s most important items. It often holds a variety of paperwork such as their vehicle registration and proof of insurance, as well as any number of other important documents such as their car owner’s manual. Other items for emergencies, such as a flashlight, maps or a first-aid kit, may also find their home in the glove compartment. All these things are important, but they are not worth much if you can never find them in the first place.

Glove compartments are normally quite small, and the sheer number of things that go into them make it very easy for them to become cluttered and disorganized. This may lead to many problems, such as misplacing an important document or even simply spending a great deal of time looking through the clutter to find whatever it is you need. Your can easily solve these problems by taking a few simple steps to organize your glove compartment. This organization may seem unimportant at first, but its true value will become very clear the next time you have to find your registration for a traffic cop or you need your flashlight to change a tire in the dark.

The first thing you will need is a way to keep your important documents in order. You can best accomplish this with an expanding file that can easily hold all of your documents and still retract to fit into the glove compartment. Be sure to write clear labels on the file to allow you to find what you need quickly. Once your documents are in place, the rest of your items should be easy to organize. Simply make sure any emergency supplies can be reached easily and quickly when you need them, and you are done.

All my best,

Gwyn Mendez

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