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Tips on Staying On Schedule and Organization

Most days, life can be pretty hectic. Between finance management, taking care of family/pets, running a household as well as a business, there seems to be no time for yourself. Staying on schedule and organization go hand-in-hand. Agendas are vital for time management. Here are some routine tips to help you get your life together.

 

Schedules & Lists

I can’t stress this enough: as soon as you think of something that needs to be done, take note of it right away. You may remember later, but likely you will forget seconds later. If you happen to be the type to forget to look at your notes, try creating a notes widget. Speaking of, widgets are also good for staying organized. Writing down your thoughts is the key to staying organized. Also, it’ll prevent you from putting things off. Then, categorize your notes: shopping, tasks, important dates, etc.

Next, the importance of calendars. Wall/electronic calendars will allow you to visualize your schedule will make it more concrete and give you a sense of how busy your week will be. When scheduling your week/month, do so in pencil or electronically. This will give you room to change your plans. There are several different ways to create an agenda for different personalities. You can use apps, whiteboards/bulletin boards, keep a journal, or use a notepad. Keeping track of little things will free up your headspace, helping you focus on more important things.

Personally, my favorite way to keep a schedule is using Google Sheets “To-Do List” for everyday planning, then using an e-calendar for important dates. I also use a wall calendar for tracking chores and due dates: trash days, dog bath days, deep clean days, etc.

 

A friendly reminder: don’t overbook yourself. We will often say “yes” to plans without thinking if we’ll have the time/energy to do so. By planning out your days by the week and mapping out the month, you’ll be able to manage chores, due dates, plans, and reminders. The best method for staying on schedule and organization is to write down what you need to do. Then, find out what works best for you on how to schedule and organize tasks & lists.

 

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First Quarter Review of 2021

While 2021 has not been boring, at least it’s not as wild as 2020. Here is a recap of everything that’s happened in 2021 in the first quarter.

 

January 2021

January definitely kicked off this year with a bang. First, the Capitol fiasco. After that incident, the left and the right are more against each other than ever. Then, Trump gets banned, which leads to media subscriptions going down. Magazines, blogs, and news channels are seeing less attention now that Trump isn’t around anymore. Two weeks later, the world held their breaths as Joseph Biden swore in as the 46th President. But yet, this and the stock market kept people tuned in. The great GameStop incident led to a stock market frenzy. Hey, it also led to fire memes. Bitcoin is now popular again and rising. One of the best parts of January? The Bernie Sanders mitten meme.

 

February 2021

Then February blows in with the craziest winter storm most Texans had ever seen. On the bright side, the forced quarantine reduced COVID cases. So, hospitals finally got a little relief. While we had to rough it, we found warmth in friendly neighbors and hospitable family members and friends. And, now we know how to be better prepared. Thankfully, the government is taking care of relief procedures. Congresswoman AOC raised $2 million for Texas!

 

March 2021

March was a good month. The Biden administration passed the second round of stimulus checks. This helped those affected by the winter storm. Also, March 11 marked the anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown. Now, the world is in a better mood as the vaccine is more widely available. Along with that, but businesses and events are opening up at full capacity again. Slowly but surely, we see life returning to normal. While gas prices are going back up, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s only returning to the same prices as pre-COVID. Lastly, the 200,000-ton Evergreen cargo ship was finally recovered out of the sand and is afloat again. This allowed for business along the Suez canal to resume.

 

A lot happened in the first quarter of 2021. Now we are in April, and things are looking bright. We are thankful for all the good news that we come across. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year has in store for us. Let us know if we can help out with any big plans that you may have in mind!

 

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The Samsung S21 Smartphone

South Korean company Samsung released their newest smartphone on January 29, 2021. The S21, following the S20, is different. Samsung previously had three different types of Android phones: Note, Galaxy S, and Galaxy Z. Read here all about the Samsung S21 and to see how the tech company is changing things up.

Samsung S21 Features

Now, the S21 will come with a built-in stylus pen, the S pen. This was previously on the Note phones. But, now that those are being discontinued, the S pen transferred over to the S21. Another feature is the upscale 1080×2400 pixel camera. With 5 cameras on the back, Samsung shuts down memes about their (previously) poor camera quality. The display is 120 Hz on a 6.2″ screen. Made with 5G in mind. iPhones are notorious for easily cracking/shattering, but not the S21 and its Gorilla Glass screen. Going off the S20, the newer model will upgrade the all-in-screen fingerprint sensor. Battery life continues to hold up as the S21 can last roughly 90 hours without charge. Oh, and it looks like the days of headphone jacks are gone, as there are none on this new release.

Bixby, which is the Android Siri, has some new upgrades as well. Now, a better understanding of different languages and better smart capture. Bixby has been further modified to be more of an assistant rather than a needy partner. Overall, the design and display are pretty, much more sleek and smooth than its precedes.

 

S21 Reviews

Right now, the Samsung S21 and the Ultra costs $700 after the S20 costs nearly $1,000. Is it worth it? Overall yes. TechRadar admits it’s not as exciting as previous releases due to some Apple-like moves, such as no headphone jack and no charger in the box. Also, the display could be a little better. But, TechRadar also claims that otherwise, Samsung delivers a quality phone once again. It’s a powerful phone, capable of running multiple apps without slowing down or overheating. Also, the camera quality is the best yet. The night mode camera is phenomenal, and I can confirm that myself. Apparently, the Ultra is the best version. The final verdict: Samsung’s S21 is worth buying, but don’t be in a rush to get it. The standard is 6.2″, the S21+ is 6.7″, and the Ultra is 6.8″.

 

 

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Petroleum in February 2021

Now that Biden is in office, the clean energy deal is making way. As of February 2021, actions have already been taken to start the transition. Here’s the latest news on the petroleum industry.

 

Petroleum February 2021

In 2020, North America broke the record for exporting the most amount of oil to India. As of January 2021, 11% of India’s oil comes from the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, we know that the Keystone XL Pipeline is coming to an end. This massive 1,179-mile crude oil pipeline was the heart of distributing oil throughout America. Now, Biden ordered a halt to further construction. This is in order to protect Native American land.

Corpus Christi, TX Refinery

The massive blizzard that hit Texas had a huge impact on oil. The deep, long-lasting freeze proved some damage to the refineries. Therefore, reduced oil production will limit nationwide distribution. Also, companies are heavily under fire for lack of regulation. Specifically, not winterizing plants and refineries. The bottom line is that oil and gas may get a lot more expensive as petroleum companies financially recover.

 Shell is working to balance successful oil production and green energy. They claim their carbon emissions have peaked, and are moving to green energy. They plan to reduce emissions by 6-8% by 2023. With 2020 hitting their oil profits hard, they understand that renewable energy is moving up to replace oil & gas. On that note, many petroleum companies are aware that their options are either to go green or abandon ship.

The vaccine rollout, cheap hotel prices & flights, and reduced lockdown restrictions are driving people to go out again. As a result, gas prices are at the same prices as pre-COVID. And, they’ll only get higher as summer comes closer.

Oil Today

Between the hard financial hits of 2021, the Texas blizzard, and the rise of renewable energy, the days of oil and gas are starting to wane. For more information on petroleum in February 2021, check out Oil News Today.

 

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Current Update on Solar Power

Now that Biden stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline, renewable energy has now moved from the back seat to the passenger seat. This term, oil and gas will step aside for wind, solar, and electricity. Here’s an update on Biden’s plans for solar power.

Solar Power Update

So, Biden cracked down on petroleum and it’s looking serious. While oil workers are rightfully frustrated, Biden promises to give them clean energy jobs instead. Seeing how solar is more efficient than wind and coal, solar will likely assume power. First, the United States is now awaiting admission back into the Paris Agreement, a 2016 international treaty that focuses on battling climate change. This will aid funding and support for Biden’s claim to transition into a cleaner country. His total clean energy plan will cost roughly $2 trillion. For now, he’s focusing on reducing carbon emissions. Therefore, air-polluting factories will be first priority. However, the full plan will begin operations in the spring.

Because the plan will not go into effect until spring, there’s not much else to report. We just know the Biden administration is raising money and formulating the ideal proposal that will work for everyone. They’re focused on how to best allocate funding and alternative jobs in order to help those who may lose their oil jobs. In the meantime, we will keep a close eye on solar energy’s update. Let us know if you hear anything, or what you think!

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Happy New Year 2021!

Hello everyone, and happy new year!! Although we are still cleaning up from 2020, the world is ready for a better year. In fact, many reported hearing more fireworks than ever when ringing in 2021. With the distribution of the vaccine, we will once again be able to live our lives as we please. Here’s to a better year!

New Year, Better You

You always hear about “new year, new me”. But this is how resolutions fail so quickly, ending in some serious cognitive dissonance. Instead, just focus on improving one aspect of your life, whether it be your lifestyle or personality. Having one specific goal will help you stay on track and will be more realistic to accomplish.

Need some ideas rather than go to the gym/eat healthier? How about working on your professional self? Look at LinkedIn and take their relevant courses. Study more words to expand your vocabulary. Re-evaluate the information you currently take in from news and social media. Adjust your following to align with a more intelligent circle. Or, maybe this will be the year you step out of your comfort zone and go after that dream job you’ve always wanted. With a changed job market, now is the time for new beginnings!

Other resolutions you can try to adopt is keeping a journal. For example, I personally decided to write down recipes that I love and will go to often. It’s much easier than using a smart device and having multiple cook books. You can also try managing your items better. Go through all your stuff as if you’re about to move and chunk out anything that you can’t connect with anymore. On that note, when purchasing items, ask yourself if you really need it. We don’t realize how wasteful we are with money until we realize that $40 shirt was only worn once and now it’s just taking up space. Be more realistic with your items!

Also as we proceed into 2021, we would like to acknowledge and remember the hardships of last year. 2020 taught us many lessons- the importance of financial security and companionship. 2020 also taught us not to take anything for granted- life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness were all challenged. Now, we will take it back and live the way we were meant to.

 

Thanks for reading RWC’s first blog of the year! Let us know if you have any New Year’s resolutions in the comments below. Make it a great year, or not- the choice is yours. Happy New Year!

 

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Best Professional Podcasts to Follow

Staying at home more means more time to listen to podcasts! There’s a podcast for everything: news/current events, Hollywood, and product reviews. Here are the best podcasts to follow for professional inspiration.\

Podcasts

  • The Internet of Things. Stacy of IoT runs this podcast about Internet trends. She covers influencers, news about corporations, and more. So, give her a listen for the latest on Amazon and computers.
  • Jeff Bullas. As a chief social media expert, Jeff could give some advice. Also, he offers services to help boost websites.
  • Melinda Emerson. An advocate of small business, Melinda inspires hope for those just starting out. Additionally, she gives advice on managing a new business.
  • NowThis News. Because this is a digital news source, they interview guests on their podcasts. Stay updated on current events.
  • Follow NPR for their Business Story of the Day. Featuring stock market reports, major lawsuits, and more. They have several choices of podcasts, so you’ll never run out of stuff to listen to.
  • For Apple podcast listeners, try out Ace Weekly. He encourages entrepreneur ways of thinking.
  • If you just want a quick podcast fix, then 10 Minute Entrepreneur is for you. If you need more than 10 minutes of Sean, then pick up his book.
  • The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim invites guests onto his show to discuss business happenings and tips. In fact, he’s one of Apple’s top podcasters.
  • Impact Theory goes beyond just business. They explore psychology, personal stories, and other personal aspects that aren’t always noticed in the industry world. They also interview well-known people, offering more insight into human behavior.
  • Here’s one for the ladies. The BizChix inspires women to navigate their way through a male-dominated workforce. Here’s to equal pay!

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While these are all good podcasts to follow, what’s important is listening to podcasts relevant to you. Listen from the experts on how to run your new business, how to gain following on social media, and more. Feel free to comment your favorite podcasts!

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Tips on Saving Energy in the Winter

As the temperatures drop, the heater turns up. Here are some tips on saving energy during the winter months.

snow covered plant and road in front of cafeAlbeit, it is easier to save on energy during the summer because you can use the heat to your advantage, such as drying clothes. However, it’s harder to do so in the winter, especially if you’re cold all the time (like me). But, now is the time to enjoy cozy sweaters!

 

 The Heater

There’s a reason why dads are finnicky about the thermostat. After all, it’s the biggest contributor to your electric bill. Here are some ways you can save that heater from running all the time without freezing yourself.

  • If you live in the southern US, then chances are you may not need your air on every day. Try turning off the air (or put it on 70) on a warmer winter day then turn the heater back on at night.
  • Turn it down at night. As you build up body heat through the night, your cooler house will keep you from waking up in sweat. I like it at around 71 or 72, however some like it at 67!
  • Socks. Most of your body heat escapes through your feet. A good pair of socks will help retain that heat, keeping you warm.
  • Turn it down when cooking. The stove/ oven puts out a lot of heat so your heater doesn’t have to.

 

Other Appliances

If it’s a warmer day, use it to your advantage. When you dry clothes, dry them most of the way then let air-dry. Insulate thin windows or those with drafts to keep the cold air out. However, on a sunny day, keep the blinds open to let the sun’s heat in. Also, consider using energy-efficient holiday lights. Cover outside faucets, fireplace (when not in use) and outside vents.

 

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We hope this post inspires you to be more energy conscious. Saving energy can help your bills and the environment. And, it will also save your AC/heater unit some strain, making it last longer. Thanks for reading! If you’d like to find more energy-saving tips, check out this article.

 

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Joe Biden’s Tax Plan, Short & Long Term.

Since there seems to be some confusion about Joe Biden’s tax plan, we decided clear up on the matter. This is not to support or diss Biden- it’s simply information. According to his website, there will be two tax plans, one to be effective immediately and long-term plan.

First, his strongest argument is not raising taxes on anyone who makes less than $400,000. Instead, they will possibly get a 0.9% decrease in after-tax income. He is adamant about taxing billionaires and corporations, taxing them 28% instead of 20%.  Middle-class families will generally be unaffected. Additionally, taxes will fund The Green New Deal, healthcare, and support our workforce. In the long run, his tax policy will raise $3 trillion dollars over 10 years. Biden also plans on facing the national debt crisis.

Biden’s Tax Policy

For income taxes, there will be regulation of itemized deductions. The upper class will receive less tax deductions, while farmers can claim their agriculture tax refunds. The top income tax bracket will adjust to 39%. This aspect of Biden’s tax policy will align closely with Obama-era policy. Lower-class will have to pay little to none.

There will be changes to the housing marketing. Such as, first-time homeowner buyers can receive up to $15,000. Many care acts will expand: child care, elderly care, and veterans receiving better benefits. Biden will offer tax cuts for those being environmentally friendly. Such as, driving an electric car.

So, how will the policy affect our paychecks? Since social security is dwindling down, he plans on upping Social Security taxes on those making over $400,000 by 12.5%. Otherwise, no government taxes will affect paychecks.

Due to the complications of the race, not much more information can be found. We will have to wait and see how land & agricultural, sales, and other tax aspects will be affected.

 

It is important to note that while one may not be taxed more directly, they could indirectly. Since people fund the corporations, it is ultimately their funds that get taxed. Also, within the decade, Biden’s tax plan could generate revenue of about $3.3 trillion as well as decreasing the GDP 1.6%. You can read more about Trump and Biden’s tax plans and how they will affect you and the economy here.

 

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Current Internet Trends – End of 2020

All throughout 2020, Internet activity expanded and went through various trends. Quarantine boredom pushed people to get creative. E-commerce is at levels higher than ever. Here’s a brief history of 2020’s Internet activity, then we’ll look at current trends.

 

The Internet: Jan 2020- Nov 2020

January saw a lot of tragedies and people expressed their sorrow on their social medias. The first two months, there was a strong sense of community as we comforted each other while Australia burned and a beloved basketball star passed. Despite the unfortunate events, we as a community briefly put aside our differences. Then comes March. Face mask memes went through the roof. We  promoted small businesses. With less social activity going on, the Internet experienced brand new levels of traffic. This was due to job hunting, online shopping, and people selling stuff around the house. And most of all, boredom curbing, whether it be connecting with loved ones virtually or YouTube. Summer brought us a lot of Tik-Tok videos. This is due to the potential TikTok ban. TikTok is still quite popular, especially with young adults between 16-24 years old.

Due to school being moved to online, students began to transfer to Internet University. Online teaching and learning resources expanded and improved.

As C-19 cases began to decrease around September and October, Internet activity decreased. Social media content typically included people going out again and enjoying life. And of course, the presidential election heat turned up. This brings us to current trends. The presidential race still hold’s the Internet’s attention. To reduce C-19, businesses are running their Black Friday sales online. For the most part, it seems that businesses are mashing Black Friday and Cyber Monday together. Hello free shipping!

 

Current Internet Trends

This brings us to December. Online holiday sales dominate the Internet now. And, people sharing more at-home Christmas craft ideas. Apps to help families connect over the holidays are popular, such as Zoom. Zoom offers best video and audio quality, as they worked diligently to make sure their video conference platform will be ideal for school and work. As the pandemic rises again and the temperature drops, people are online again. Internet activity includes sharing holiday photos, online holiday deals, and figuring out safe holiday activities (drive-thru lights!). Speaking of safety, people are now more aware about cookies and other aspects of Internet safety. It’s raving about the popular mobile device game Among Us. A game can last from a minute to 10, so it really helps pass the time.

If you run a business, now is the time to promote your holiday deals! Be sure to share nice holiday photos to help spread cheer. It’s a lot more acceptable to celebrate the holidays earlier than usual this year. We hope this Internet trends blog will help you stay up to date. Be safe out there on the Internet and happy online shopping!

 

 

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