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HAPPY HOLIDAYS GUYS!

May this Christmas bring us to happiness. 

Christmas Season is coming to town!

Hi guys! We all know that Christmas season is nearing so we better prepare our hands and stomach for a delicious yet practical ways to celebrate and make dishes for Christmas. Here’s how:

Christmas decorations don’t need to be elaborate to be attractive! There are many simple things you can do to add some holiday cheer to your home without spending many hours or a lot of money.

Begin by grouping similarly colored holiday items in several containers. Tabletop groupings can be placed on any flat surface and bring the colors and smells of Christmas to any room you choose to decorate. Depending on the containers and contents you choose, you can create many different looks. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

Fill a few bowls or jars with candy canes, cinnamon candies, and peppermint candies. The red and white will look very festive, especially in clear glass or white containers. If any of your jars are tall and narrow, you could tie red ribbons around the outside to further emphasize the red theme.

Combine glass Christmas balls in coordinating colors and place them in open bowls, making sure the hangars are all tucked out of sight. Using balls of varying sizes will add to the visual interest. Tuck a few pinecones or pine trimmings in around the edges to give it a finished look. This is a nice way to use the Christmas decorations that didn’t fit on your tree and continue its color scheme throughout your home.

Fill a platter or large shallow bowl with candles of various shapes and sizes. For the most striking effect use all the same color, such as all ivory, red, or green candles, but you can mix different colors if that’s what you have or enjoy. Once all the candles are arranged fill the remaining space with beaded tree garland and a few glass Christmas balls. When the candles are lit, the balls and beads will reflect the candlelight nicely and create an eye-catching centerpiece.

Display your Christmas collectibles on a shallow tray. All your Angels and Santas collected on every vacation can be used to their best advantage by grouping them.
Almost any container can be used to hold anything holiday related, and if you group several of them together, it’s certain to create a festive touch. Look around your home and see what you can whip up in just a few minutes!

Christmas Decoration

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Now for a sample Christmas recipe just for everyone to enjoy:

MAIN COURSE:

Roast Goose with Currant Stuffing

Ingredients
1 large yellow onion (chopped)
1 large tart apple (chopped)
1/4 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
6 cups toasted fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup currants or chopped raisins
1/4 cup slivered almonds (toasted)
1/4 cup minced parsley
1 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1/3 cup lower-sodium chicken broth
1 goose (7 to 8 pounds), giblets removed

Nutritional Information
1 serving:
Calories 673
Saturated Fat 9g
Total Fat 28g
Protein 64g
Carbohydrate 41g
Fiber 3g
Sodium 467mg
Cholesterol 319mg

Introduction:
A goose gives off more fat during roasting than most other poultry. So have a bulb baster ready to draw off the drippings.

Makes 6 servings.
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 8 minutes.
Roasting time: 2 hours.
Standing time: 15 minutes.

Step 1:
In a small saucepan, combine the onion, apple, and 1/4 cup broth. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until onion and apple are tender.

Step 2:
In a large mixing bowl, combine onion mixutre, bread crumbs, currants, almonds, parsley, sage, salt, and pepper. Toss 1/3 cup broth with bread crumb mixture.

Step 3:
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Rinse goose; drain, and pat dry. Prick the skin on the lower breast, legs, and around the wings with a skewer. Stuff and truss goose. Then, place goose, breast-side-up, on a rack in large roasting pan. Insert a roasting thermometer in its thigh without touching bone. Spoon remaining stuffing into a lightly greased 1 1/2-quart casserole; cover and refrigerate.

Step 4:
Roast goose for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the thermometer registers 175°F, drain fat often. Bake the covered casserole of stuffing alongside the goose during the last 30 minutes of roasting. Let the goose stand for 15 to 20 minutes. Carve goose; discard the skin.

SIDE DISH:

Matzo Ball Soup

Ingredients
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup unflavored seltzer
2/3 cup matzo meal
2 tablespoons minced parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
6 1/4 cups chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

Nutritional Information
1 serving:
Calories 132
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 3g
Protein 6g
Carbohydrate 14g
Fiber 0g
Sodium 391mg
Cholesterol 43mg
    Introduction:
Eating matzo (unleavened bread) and the matzo meal made from it is traditional for Passover, the spring holiday that celebrates the liberation of Jews from slavery in Egypt, millennia ago. If you are cooking for Passover, don’t miss our Potato Pancakes.

Makes six 1 1/4-cup servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Chilling time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 40 minutes.

Step 1:
In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the egg whites, egg, and oil, then whisk in the seltzer. Add the matzo meal, 1 tablespoon of the parsley, the salt, and pepper, stirring until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2:
While the matzo mixture chills, half-fill a large saucepan with cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Using your hands, roll the matzo mixture into 1-inch balls (about 22) and drop them into the boiling water. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer for 40 minutes or just until the matzo balls are cooked through.

Step 3:
In another large saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over high heat, adding additional salt to taste if you wish. Using a slotted spoon, transfer several matzo balls from the boiling water to each soup bowl, then ladle over the hot stock. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon of parsley.

APPETIZERS:

Angels on Horseback

Ingredients
12 oysters in shells
Coarse rock salt or aluminum foil
3 slices lean bacon
2 tablespoons minced parsley
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/4 cup dry white wine (with or without alcohol)
12 drops hot red pepper sauce

Nutritional Information
1 oyster:
Calories 23
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 1g
Protein 2g
Carbohydrate 1g
Fiber 0g
Sodium 45mg
Cholesterol 9mg
    Introduction:
Oysters curl as they cook, resembling angel wings and giving this New Orleans appetizer its name.

Makes 12 appetizers.
Preparation time:15 minutes.
Cooking time: 3 minutes.

Step 1:
Buy the oysters the day you plan to cook. Ask your fishmonger to shuck them, leaving them on the half shell and reserving the liquor. Cover the oysters and liquor and refrigerate.

Step 2:
Preheat the broiler. Line a broiling pan or shallow baking pan with the rock salt or a layer of crushed foil. Cut each slice of bacon in half crosswise, then lengthwise. In a small bowl, mix the parsley with the garlic.

Step 3:
Place the oysters in their shells in the prepared pan. Top each oyster with a piece of bacon, then about 1/2 teaspoon of the parsley mixture. Top each oyster with a little white wine, oyster liquor, and a drop of red pepper sauce. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 3 minutes or until the oysters curl at the edges and the bacon browns. Serve immediately.

Drinks (well this one is mostly for adults ^_^):

Champagne Reception Punch

Ingredients
5 pints (10 cups) fresh strawberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple juice (chilled)
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 bottle (4/5 quart) champagne or sparkling wine (with or without alcohol) chilled

Nutritional Information
1 serving:
Calories 92
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Fat 0g
Protein 1g
Carbohydrate 17g
Fiber 0g
Sodium 1mg
Cholesterol 0mg
    Introduction:
Since colonial days, a punch of champagne and fruit has been a favorite for “very proper receptions.”

Makes about 2 quarts or 10 6-ounce servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Freezing time: 6 hours.
Chilling time: 2 hours.

Step 1:
To make the strawberry ice cubes: At least 6 hours before party time, wash the berries. Place 1 small, pretty berry (with leafy hulls attached) in each compartment of 2 standard-size ice cube trays, then fill with water and freeze.

Step 2:
To prepare the punch: Remove the hulls from the remaining berries and place them in a food processor. Process for 2 minutes or until pureed, then transfer to a punch bowl. Stir in the pineapple juice, lemon juice, and sugar; cover and refrigerate. Just before serving, pour in the champagne and float the strawberry ice cubes on top.

and for Dessert:

Walnut Maple Pie

Ingredients
1 store-bought or homemade pie crust
2 large egg whites
1 large egg
1 cup maple-flavored syrup or pure maple syrup
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter or margarine (melted)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Information
1 serving:
Calories 342
Saturated Fat 9g
Total Fat 14g
Protein 4g
Carbohydrate 51g
Fiber 0g
Sodium 170mg
Cholesterol 31mg
    Introduction:
Grandma used whatever nuts she had on hand, which is how this delicious variation of pecan pie came to be. Hazelnut, macadamia nuts, cashews, or peanuts also work well.

Makes 8 servings.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.
Cooking time: 55 minutes.
Cooling time: 1 hour.

Step 1:
Preheat oven to 400°. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pie crust. Trim crust to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra crust and crimp edge. Line crust with foil and fill with dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until light brown. Cool crust on a wire rack for 5 minutes; discard foil. (Save beans for future pastry baking.) Lower oven temperature to 350°.

Step 2:
Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using a rotary beater or fork, beat the egg whites and egg just until mixed. Whisk in the maple-flavored syrup, brown sugar, flour, butter, and vanilla just until smooth. Stir in the walnuts.

Step 3:
Pour the syrup mixture into baked crust. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. (If the edge of the crust seems to be browning too quickly, cover with foil.) Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. Serve with frozen vanilla yogurt or cover and store in the refrigerator.

Thanks for reading!

Credits to:http://www.christmas-joy.com and http://celebrating-christmas.com/ for the information. ^_^

10 Must-Read Books for 2011

 

Everyone needs a healthy hobby and curling up with a great book is one of the best ways to nurture your self and expand your mind. Here are some suggestions for books that are guaranteed to entertain, enlighten, or feed your mind, belly, and soul.

1. Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes By Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier

The Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in 2 to 20 Minutes by Mark Sisson and Jennifer Meier is a must read for 2011. The book provides plenty of wholesome, nature based, simple meals tailored for any low carb, Primal, or paleo diet. This cookbook provides a plethora of delicious meals for a healthy lifestyle guaranteed to fuel your family (even the pickiest of eaters), guests, and yourself.

2. The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World By David Kirkpatrick

The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting The World is a great book to add to your 2011 reading list. This book tracks the story of the fastest growing, largest, 350 million user social network. Kirkpatrick, a senior tech writer for Fortune magazine, uses his expertise to accurately portray the rise of Facebook from it’s Harvard dorm room roots in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his team, to the super successful organization it is today.

3. The Daily Show with John Stewart Presents Earth (The Book): A Visitor’s Guide to the Human Race By Jon Stewart and others


Emmy winning Daily Show host Jon Stewart has been dubbed a “modern day Edward R. Murrow” for his political force, satire, and deadpan humor. Earth was written as an instructional guide for aliens who may land on our planet and is complete with hilarity, color illustrations, and Stewart’s distinctive brand of wit. Earth ends with Stewart’s impassioned plea to save the human race so “we could overcome the baser aspects of our nature…and give this planet the kind of caretakers it deserves.” Earth is deserving of your time and is a must read for this year.

4. Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg


Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the former spokesman and computer scientist for the whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks, depicts an insider’s look at the Wikileaks organization and it’s founder with Inside Wikileaks: My Time With Julian Assange At The World’s Most Dangerous Website. Domscheit-Berg unravels the mysteries behind the founding, financing, and evolution of WikiLeaks. Domscheit-Berg also reveals his distaste and resignation from WikiLeaks for breaching the very principles of transparency and political neutrality that founded the organization. As the WikiLeaks controversy grows, this book is a must read for 2011.

5. The Final Testament of the Holy Bible By James Frey


James Frey, the controversial author behind A Million Little Pieces, has returned to fuel the fires with his latest book: The Final Testament of the Holy Bible. In Frey’s latest book, he uses thirteen perspectives of his friends, family, and followers, in a story of Christ’s return to 21st century Earth in New York City. The book is sure to outrage many but most certainly addresses the ideas of God, sex, love, and religion in a well researched, imaginative, and interesting “third book of the Bible.” Frey’s book is a must read for 2011.

6. Halo: Cryptum


Best selling science fiction writer, Greg Bear, has penned a novel pairing one of the biggest video game franchises with his superior, trademark writing style in Halo: Cryptum. The novel is the first of a series of three books weaving an intergalactic horror story of an alien civilization known as the Forerunners, that built the Halos. The book is set over 100,000 years ago and tells the store of the Forerunners, supreme in technology and knowledge, their rise to dominance, and their disappearance. The story is told through the young and rebellious eyes of Bornstellar Makes Eternal Lasting as he grows, evolves, matures, and experiences life’s harshest lessons. Halo: Cryptum will surely entertain as much as the video game and is a must read for this year.

7. You Might Be A Zombie And Other News: Shocking But Utterly True Facts By Cracked.com


The writers at Cracked.com promise that readers will “wish you never picked up this book” and they may be right. You Might Be A Zombie and Other News is an informative, albeit disgusting glimpse into modern lifestyles, diets, animals, drugs, science, and the functions of man. The book also reveals that half of the human population is affected with a parasite that can consume and control the brain, suggesting a zombie apocalypse may happen sooner than we think, since, as the book suggests, our brains make our decisions 10 seconds before we do…

8. The Price Of Everything By Eduardo Porter


The Price of Everything is the true story behind global economics, happiness, and the actual dollar value assigned to living. Edaurdo Porter offers a penetrating look into the “motivating forces shaping our lives” as well as the effects of spending on business, public, and governmental sectors. Backed by years of experience, as a well traveled reporter who refined his talents in Mexico, South America, Japan, and the United Kingdom, and education at London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology and the Universidad Nacional Autonoma De Mexico, Porter’s book packs a priceless punch. This book is a must read for anyone who loves books.

9. Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle


Sleight Of Hand By Peter S. Beagle is a fantasy based collection of short stories about ordinary people struggling with life’s greatest lessons. The stories blends the surreal - dragons, monsters, enchanted princess, and shark gods - with themes of possession, forgiveness, life, hate, love, and death. The collection ultimately weaves the tale of the choices people make when everything they know has been stripped by Fate. Sleight Of Hand most certainly belongs in your personal library.

10. The Enterprise of Death By Jesse Bullington


Colorado resident and Pennslyvania native Jesse Bullington has authored a terrific sci-fi novel full of dark energy and the power of folklore. The story centers around a young, female African slave who becomes the apprentice of an ancient necromancer during the Spanish Inquisition during the European Renaissance. The apprentice is cursed by her master and must go on a quest to find a hidden book. Along her journey, the apprentice encounters people who, as she realizes, may be linked to her by more than coincidence. Bullington combines powers of salvation, life, war, and awareness in this mind opening, must read book.

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GAP-House by Tetsushi Tominaga Architect & Associates

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GAP-House by Tetsushi Tominaga Architect & Associates

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(Ormoc City Central, Leyte in sunset)

I use speedy mode since we’re inside the car. I still have lots of photos and I might find some other time to upload it. Sorry

LEYTE ESCAPADE!

Hey guys! Good to be back again facing my computer and adding some text in my tumblr account. So, I’m going to tell you my tiring yet fun adventure in Leyte here in Philippines. Hyuu… so here’s my story:

First thing at morning, sleeping from a hard week of school. I never expect my dad (papa) to be so eager to go to Leyte. In the first place, I don’t want to go since I have so many projects to make and reports to write. It was never an ideal time to be on a vacation, if it was a vacation. so, my papa woke us up very early in the morning with us our mouths still stained with saliva from a very tough day, the day before that “going to Leyte” thingy.

So here it is, we end up going to Leyte. It was a very long ride from Lilo-an to Polambato, Bogo. Next, we get a ticket from Polambato to Palompon, Leyte. From Palompon, Leyte, we travel 2 hours towards Ormoc City, the capital city of Leyte. We arrived there 6:57 in the evening! Imagine that, traveling for a 3/4 day! I can’t picture myself seating for at least 6 hours! By the way, I posting the photos we took when we were at Ormoc. I apologize for the blurred parts.

 

These are the pictures I’ve search in Google… it’s not the photos I personally shot.

Check out the photos i personally shot ^_^

futurepredictor:

Shelves of New York

A PERFECT LIBRARY FOR A PERFECT IDEAL HOME :)

futurepredictor:

Shelves of New York

A PERFECT LIBRARY FOR A PERFECT IDEAL HOME :)

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GUYS CHECK THIS OUT! my expression of this is a total WOW!…got yours? 

GUYS CHECK THIS OUT! my expression of this is a total WOW!…got yours? 

How to Discover Your Life Purpose in About 20 Minutes - shared article

Hi again guys! I’m back and here’s another set of “wisdom” article to be shared only for you! whahaha… so this article is all about how to find your purpose in life in just 20 MINUTES! sure a shocking thing. let’s carry on and here’s the article…ENJOY!

How do you discover your real purpose in life? I’m not talking about your job, your daily responsibilities, or even your long-term goals. I mean the real reason why you’re here at all — the very reason you exist.

Perhaps you’re a rather nihilistic person who doesn’t believe you have a purpose and that life has no meaning. Doesn’t matter. Not believing that you have a purpose won’t prevent you from discovering it, just as a lack of belief in gravity won’t prevent you from tripping. All that a lack of belief will do is make it take longer, so if you’re one of those people, just change the number 20 in the title of this blog entry to 40 (or 60 if you’re really stubborn). Most likely though if you don’t believe you have a purpose, then you probably won’t believe what I’m saying anyway, but even so, what’s the risk of investing an hour just in case?

Here’s a story about Bruce Lee which sets the stage for this little exercise. A master martial artist asked Bruce to teach him everything Bruce knew about martial arts. Bruce held up two cups, both filled with liquid. “The first cup,” said Bruce, “represents all of your knowledge about martial arts. The second cup represents all of my knowledge about martial arts. If you want to fill your cup with my knowledge, you must first empty your cup of your knowledge.”

If you want to discover your true purpose in life, you must first empty your mind of all the false purposes you’ve been taught (including the idea that you may have no purpose at all).

So how to discover your purpose in life? While there are many ways to do this, some of them fairly involved, here is one of the simplest that anyone can do. The more open you are to this process, and the more you expect it to work, the faster it will work for you. But not being open to it or having doubts about it or thinking it’s an entirely idiotic and meaningless waste of time won’t prevent it from working as long as you stick with it — again, it will just take longer to converge.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Take out a blank sheet of paper or open up a word processor where you can type (I prefer the latter because it’s faster).
  2. Write at the top, “What is my true purpose in life?”
  3. Write an answer (any answer) that pops into your head. It doesn’t have to be a complete sentence. A short phrase is fine.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you write the answer that makes you cry. This is your purpose.

That’s it. It doesn’t matter if you’re a counselor or an engineer or a bodybuilder. To some people this exercise will make perfect sense. To others it will seem utterly stupid. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to clear your head of all the clutter and the social conditioning about what you think your purpose in life is. The false answers will come from your mind and your memories. But when the true answer finally arrives, it will feel like it’s coming to you from a different source entirely.

For those who are very entrenched in low-awareness living, it will take a lot longer to get all the false answers out, possibly more than an hour. But if you persist, after 100 or 200 or maybe even 500 answers, you’ll be struck by the answer that causes you to surge with emotion, the answer that breaks you. If you’ve never done this, it may very well sound silly to you. So let it seem silly, and do it anyway.

As you go through this process, some of your answers will be very similar. You may even re-list previous answers. Then you might head off on a new tangent and generate 10-20 more answers along some other theme. And that’s fine. You can list whatever answer pops into your head as long as you just keep writing.

At some point during the process (typically after about 50-100 answers), you may want to quit and just can’t see it converging. You may feel the urge to get up and make an excuse to do something else. That’s normal. Push past this resistance, and just keep writing. The feeling of resistance will eventually pass.

You may also discover a few answers that seem to give you a mini-surge of emotion, but they don’t quite make you cry — they’re just a bit off. Highlight those answers as you go along, so you can come back to them to generate new permutations. Each reflects a piece of your purpose, but individually they aren’t complete. When you start getting these kinds of answers, it just means you’re getting warm. Keep going.

It’s important to do this alone and with no interruptions. If you’re a nihilist, then feel free to start with the answer, “I don’t have a purpose,” or “Life is meaningless,” and take it from there. If you keep at it, you’ll still eventually converge.

When I did this exercise, it took me about 25 minutes, and I reached my final answer at step 106. Partial pieces of the answer (mini-surges) appeared at steps 17, 39, and 53, and then the bulk of it fell into place and was refined through steps 100-106. I felt the feeling of resistance (wanting to get up and do something else, expecting the process to fail, feeling very impatient and even irritated) around steps 55-60. At step 80 I took a 2-minute break to close my eyes, relax, clear my mind, and to focus on the intention for the answer to come to me — this was helpful as the answers I received after this break began to have greater clarity.

Here was my final answer: to live consciously and courageously, to resonate with love and compassion, to awaken the great spirits within others, and to leave this world in peace.

When you find your own unique answer to the question of why you’re here, you will feel it resonate with you deeply. The words will seem to have a special energy to you, and you will feel that energy whenever you read them.

Discovering your purpose is the easy part. The hard part is keeping it with you on a daily basis and working on yourself to the point where you become that purpose.

If you’re inclined to ask why this little process works, just put that question aside until after you’ve successfully completed it. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably have your own answer to why it works. Most likely if you ask 10 different people why this works (people who’ve successfully completed it), you’ll get 10 different answers, all filtered through their individual belief systems, and each will contain its own reflection of truth.

Obviously, this process won’t work if you quit before convergence. I’d guesstimate that 80-90% of people should achieve convergence in less than an hour. If you’re really entrenched in your beliefs and resistant to the process, maybe it will take you 5 sessions and 3 hours, but I suspect that such people will simply quit early (like within the first 15 minutes) or won’t even attempt it at all. But if you’re drawn to read this blog (and haven’t been inclined to ban it from your life yet), then it’s doubtful you fall into this group.

Give it a shot! At the very least, you’ll learn one of two things: your true purpose in life.

Credits to: www.stevepavlina.com

Stay tune for another “wisdom” article…bye byes!

How to stay Focused—-shared article

Hey guys and gals! here I am again. so for today’s topic is how to stay focused. so i’m going to share to you the article i just read and i think that if i share it to people like you who are also wanting to stay focused through out the day, then this might give you a hint. SO ENJOY READING AND LEARNING!

Do you sometimes feel as though your current task is the very last thing you actually want to be doing?

Do you put off necessary tasks for something that’s less important, but more interesting or amusing?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, know that you’re not alone. Procrastination and loss of focus is something that all freelancers must deal with at one time or another.

When you work for an employer you may have a supervisor checking in on your progress at regular intervals. If you get behind on your work, then he or she is going to let you know about it.

However, as a freelancer staying focused is solely up to you. It is easy to get distracted to the point where you can’t meet your deadlines. Yet, as a freelancer, you can’t allow this to happen or your business could fail.

To help you stay on focused, and keep your mind from wandering, here are a few simple tricks that you may not have thought of:

1. Break big projects into smaller parts.

A huge project that is due in a month and will take over half your time may seem overwhelming. You may naturally put off starting such a daunting task. However, if you can set up smaller milestones (mini-deadlines within the client’s deadline) for yourself, then you may find yourself less overwhelmed by the huge project.

2. Schedule breaks.

Taking time off from work so that you can get more done may seem to be counter-intuitive. However, one of the reasons that you may find it hard to stay focused on the task at hand is because you haven’t scheduled enough breaks for yourself. If you’re stuck on a project, it’s often beneficial to take a short break and tackle the project again with a new perspective after you are refreshed.

3. Pay attention to your health.

Freelancers don’t get paid sick days, so there’s a big temptation to skip doctor’s appointments and medical checkups. Don’t do it! It’s much easier (and less disruptive to your work) to make the time to see the doctor now and catch any health problems that might be developing early than it is to let a medical condition go untreated until you are seriously ill.

If you’re really pushing yourself hard, check out the health blueprint we published a few weeks ago.

4. Prioritize daily tasks.

Schedule a set block of time, perhaps twice a day, for routine tasks such as checking e-mail or social networking. Limit these tasks to your scheduled time and don’t exceed your time. (Without scheduling these necessary, but routine, tasks it’s easy to wind up checking your e-mail or logging into your social networking site every fifteen minutes or half an hour.)

5. Declutter your environment.

Take a good look around your desk. Is your work environment distraction-free? Or, is it cluttered with personal bills, old project notes, miscellaneous non-work tasks, and other items unrelated to your current project? If, like me, you find that your workspace becomes a distraction then a periodic decluttering may be a necessary part of staying on task.

6. Minimize interruptions.

I know of some freelancers who will only take telephone calls during certain hours of the day. I think it’s a good idea (after all, that’s what voice mail is for and you can always return a call). Minimizing interruptions helps you to get more done. Let your family know that you can’t be disturbed while you are working. If the doorbell rings and you aren’t expecting anyone, let it go.

7. Don’t give up when you “blow it.”

Like a dieter that goes off their diet after eating a binge item, after giving in to a distraction some freelancers figure that they’ve already wasted the day. It’s not true. After a distraction get back to work as soon as possible, even if there’s only a little time left in your day. Getting something accomplished, even something small, will help set you up for success later.

I give the credits to the author, Laura Spencer. Laura Spencer is a freelance writer from North Central Texas with over 20 years of professional business writing experience. This article you’re reading was originally posted in freelancefolder.com

Thanks for reading. Bye bye!