5 Financial Goals to Start in 2021

 

Although many people start New Year’s resolutions in January, there’s nothing magical about January with regards to self-improvement. Still, the best time to make a change or set a goal is today, so if you’re ready to level up in your life, there’s no time like the present. Here are five financial habits that you might consider starting this year. 

Commit to a written budget (and review it often)

The very first thing that you’ll want to do is commit to a budget. Having a budget is the cornerstone and foundation for financial success. Knowing where your money is going (and not going) can help you understand where you’re at. If you’ve had trouble making or keeping a budget, resolve to start a budget this year. A tool like Mint can be a great way to put your budget on autopilot.

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The Secret to Ripping Out Anger at the Root so You Don’t Destroy Relationships


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Walking around like a boiling kettle isn’t fun at any time, but when you’ve spent most of your life that way and you don’t understand what is causing it, it’s even more painful. 

The psychological impact of anger isn’t just damaging to the individual, but it also destroys relationships, families, and cripples our ability to build deep connections with others because we push people away from getting close.

My own personal relationship with anger and being controlling went on for years. When I didn’t get my way, or I didn’t feel understood, I would erupt to shut the other person down by shouting and snapping. The most embarrassing time I remember was when I was attempting to get a TV show deal. It didn’t go my way so I blew up on the phone to the

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Joe Clark, the New Jersey Principal Portrayed in the 1989 Movie, ‘Lean on Me,’ Has Died At 82

Joe Louis Clark, the imposing principal and subject of a 1989 film that featured his disciplinary leadership, has died at the age of 82, according to his family.

Clark, who was portrayed by esteemed thespian Morgan Freeman in the 1989 movie Lean on Me, was known for wielding a baseball bat and bullhorn throughout the halls of Paterson, New Jersey’s Eastside High School. His commitment to his students was well-noted when he became the principal of the notorious crime and drug-ridden institution.

Upon arriving at Eastside High, he had expelled 300 students for such activities as fighting, vandalism, abusing teachers, and drug possession. Those who remained at the school were given high expectations as he continually challenged them to perform better. As the principal roamed the hallways with a bullhorn and a baseball bat, his unorthodox methods brought attention from both admirers and critics nationwide.

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Philip Levine: Walking them through it

With a distinctly streamlined model for project management, Philip Levine runs South Florida Web Advisors, a web development agency serving the West Palm Beach, Florida area. You can find South Florida Web Advisors on Twitter and Facebook.

Tell us about yourself. Who are you and how does your process work?

I’m Philip Levine of South Florida Web Advisors in the West Palm Beach area. I’ve run this agency since 2004, but I’ve been doing this sort of work since 1997.

Assuming the client doesn’t already have a website, I like to start with a template. It speeds up the development process. We find a WordPress template that works for their industry and interest. It gives them direction. They know what they need to fill in.

Then I walk through it with them. They develop the content, collaborating with me. I walk them through best practices. For example, I … Read the rest

15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages: Which is Better?

Once you decide to become a homeowner, it’s likely that you will need to take out a mortgage to purchase your new home. While the conclusion that you need a mortgage to finance your home is usually easy to arrive at, deciding which one is right for you can be overwhelming. One of the many decisions a prospective homebuyer must make is choosing between a 15-year versus 30-year mortgage.

From the names alone, it’s hard to tell which one is the better option. Under ideal circumstances, a 15-year mortgage mathematically makes sense as the better option. However, the path to homeownership is often far from ideal (and who are we kidding, under ideal circumstances we’d all have large sums of money to purchase a house in cash). So the better question for homebuyers to ask is which one is best for you?

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Is Remote Working Sustainable for Your Organization?


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Remember when working from home was on most employees’ wish list? In survey after survey, employees said they wanted the flexibility of working remotely to balance their personal and professional lives.

As recently as February 2020, FlexJobs said that choosing the was a key aspect for applicants when looking at new career opportunities. Remote employees were happier and were more likely to stay in their jobs, another study found. While many companies were moving in that direction, some were reluctant, with leaders concerned that employees wouldn’t be productive without supervision.

Then pandemic came, and at one point during the nationwide lockdown, 70% of American employees worked from home at least some of the time. And while the celebrated frontline workers were putting themselves at risk, others were figuring out how to make a WFH

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Former NFL Player Booger McFarland Says Black Players Come Into the League To Build Their Brand

According to Larry Brown Sports, ESPN’s Anthony Darelle “Booger” McFarland criticized the priorities of young Black NFL players, whom he feels prioritize their brand over their performance on the football field.

Here’s how it started.

Earlier this week, the Washington Football Team released their quarterback, Dwayne Haskins, who has been on the team for two years. “This afternoon I met with Dwayne and informed him that we would be releasing him,” coach Ron Rivera said in a written statement. “I told him that I believe it benefits both parties that we go our separate ways. We want to thank Dwayne for his contributions these last two seasons and wish him well moving forward.”

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The best agency advice for 2021 (based on what we learned in 2020)

*This post originally appeared Dec. 18, 2020 on the Media Temple blog.

Here at the end of 2020, agencies resoundingly have a positive outlook for 2021. And agency leaders we’ve talked to have voiced a strong sense of the path forward. There’s good reason for it, too.

The distribution of COVID-19 vaccines obviously provides a great deal of hope in itself. And even though the global scale of that rollout may be slow, the shared wisdom developed over 2020 adds a clearer perspective for how to continue through the pandemic and beyond. What’s been learned from these hard times can be applied to the good times as well.

So in that spirit, we’re looking back at what’s been shared with us, and sharing it with you. From interviews, panels, and surveys conducted over the course of the year, we assembled these five key pieces of advice for agencies looking … Read the rest