Nitish Kumar to embark on Jal-Jivan-Hariyali yatra from December 3

first_imgWith just a year left before Bihar’s Assembly elections become due, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is once again set to embark on a statewide tour, the “Jal- Jivan-Hariyali (water, life and greenery) yatra”, from West Champaran district on December 3. The first phase of the yatra would end on December 6, with Mr. Kumar scheduled to undertake a review of the development work and programmes regarding Jal-Jivan-Hariyali and other welfare measures initiated by the government including prohibition.The JD(U) leader, who has undertaken several such yatras in the past, had proceeded on a Nyay yatra after he came to power in 2005. He followed it up with a Seva yatra, a Vishwas yatra, an Adhikar yatra and even a Dhanyabad yatra. Mr. Kumar will begin his 11th such journey across the State from Champapur-Ganauli village of Bagha in West Champaran district on December 3. He would subsequently visit the neighbouring districts of East Champaran, Siwan and Gopalgunj.In the course of his journey Mr. Kumar would interact with the public on the issue of Jal-Jivan-Hariyali. An awareness campaign would also be organised in the districts on the theme of the journey. Suggestions from people’s representatives would be sought on the theme and all top district officials would be present during the review meetings with the chief minister. Mr. Kumar is also scheduled to appraise progress on programmes including Saat Nischay (seven resolves), prohibition and other welfare schemes announced earlier by him.Meanwhile, a JD(U) MLC Khalid Anwar proposed that Mr. Kumar should be conferred a “Nobel Prize” for his futuristic vision by way of the Jal-Jivan-Hariyali programme, which would address what is set to be a major concern for humankind in the coming years. “Bihar has become the first State which has undertaken such a wide campaign on water conservation in view of climate change,” Mr. Anwar asserted. Opposition leaders in the State promptly took a swipe at Mr. Anwar with some quipping, “Mr. Kumar should definitely be conferred Nobel Prize for doing nothing except politics to remain in power in the State for the last 15 years”.The State’s Rural Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shrawan Kumar said the government was very concerned about climate change and that “under Jal-Jivan-Hariyali programme 2.5 crore trees would be planted in the State in one day on August 9, 2020”. He added that the government had also taken a decision to spend ₹24,500 crore on the programme over the next three years “to complete it in a mission mode”. Separately, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi too is scheduled to participate in a meeting of ministers from all States on the issue of environment, forest and climate change in New Delhi on Saturday.last_img read more

A Lesson From La La Land: Create a Content Portfolio

first_img Warner Bros’ revenue last year video Webinar: Advanced Business Blogging  — a bubble disconnected from the business of selling  fencing in Littleton, MA , or  software applications Download the free webinar webinars Photo:  Originally published Aug 13, 2009 8:15:00 AM, updated July 03 2013 La La Land Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack leads Consider the distribution of  It’s  andy castro a portfolio of films Real Estate in Chapel Hill, NC Here’s what I mean: Hollywood movie execs have no idea which movies are going to be blockbusters. So the smart ones don’t try to pick. Instead, they create  If you want to make a blockbuster, plan on making lots of bombs in the process. and sales. So, what’s in your portfolio?  . The more diversity you have in your content portfolio, the better your chances of producing content that generates traffic, slidedecks You should also take the portfolio approach to different media types. Blogging is important, but don’t make it your only focus — try  (see the graph below); their four biggest movies accounted for more than half of the ticket sales. and Not so fast. , Learn how to build your business blog into an inbound marketing machine. , right? If you’re a small business owner or a marketing professional, chances are you don’t pay too much attention to Hollywood. There is a least one big lesson marketers and small business owners can learn from Hollywood: As a marketer or small business owner, you should think of content the way Warner Bros thinks of its movies — as pieces of a portfolio. to learn how to create a thriving blog. . Most of the films in their portfolio end up bombing, but that’s ok because it only takes one blockbuster to pay off their investment in the rest. , Instead of trying to pick one or two winning blog articles every month, write one or two dozen shorter articles. This will give you a better chance of publishing a blockbuster.last_img read more

7 Reasons Agile Marketers Are Better at Their Jobs Than You

first_imgThe concept of “agile” anything is kind of used as a business babble buzz word. And you know how I feel about those (hint: don’t love ’em.)But it’s not all that complicated a concept. It’s really just a frame of mind anyone — marketers included — can adopt that makes them quicker to respond to things. So instead of sitting through prep meetings for next week’s meetings about the big meeting where you’ll decide who should be in the meeting to decide whether you should, like, pursue a new group of search terms … you just sit down and do a little research and start pursuing those gosh darn search terms.See how that kind of mentality — if everyone in your organization adopted it — would make you a way more effective marketer? Well, lots of inbound marketers are adopting the agile mindset, and I defy you to find any who aren’t loving the results. So if you’re a marketer struggling to make headway in an organization bogged down with bureaucratic BS, share this blog post to help incite the tidal wave of change. It will explain exactly how marketers are benefitting from the agile marketing mindset, and get you pumped to get in on the action!1) Agile marketers publish more content.Have you ever had someone tell you that you can’t publish a blog post until an editor, SEO specialist, and lawyer approve it? Great — we’ll get it out just in time for the Mayan Apocalypse. (Actually, that’s not too far away … is it?) Agile inbound marketers understand that content is at the crux of their success, and while quality and accuracy are important, you need to let go of two things immediately: control, and the pursuit of perfection.That means you do have a smart coworker look over your blog post for 20 minutes before it goes out to check for accuracy, good grammar, and proper spelling, but you don’t contract a New York Times editor to rip it to shreds and build it back up again. Because if you’re on the pursuit of absolute perfection, you’ll never be able to build up the publishing volume that you need to get organic visibility. Write good content, write it often, and when you’re as big an authority as the NYT, well then go ahead and hire that editor … and the hundreds of writers you need to keep on hand that make it possible to be so stringent about what gets published.If you’re having trouble getting content published because bosses and coworkers haven’t adopted the agile marketing mindset, reference this blog post that helps you get past some of the most common stumbling blocks.2) Agile marketers can newsjack.Newsjacking refers to the ability to take something that’s happening in the news — yes, time is of the essence — and ride the story’s popularity wave. And, theoretically, get some kind of gain out of it, too. Take a look at David Meerman Scott’s visualization of the life of a news story to get an idea: So if time’s a factor, newsjacking’s really only a game agile marketers can play. How’s a traditional marketer jumping through hoops and hurdles going to get anything published in this fast-moving news world of ours? By the time you’re ready to publish your newsjacking content, the fad’s over!Take our most recent newsjack, our ‘Gangnam Style’ music video parody (in which David Meerman Scott has a cameo, actually), as an example. Originally published Sep 19, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 And if you’re not even sure what goal you need to set, we’ve got you covered there, too. Download this free Excel template that helps you calculate your leads and traffic goals every single month with just a few simple inputs!5) Agile marketers can create new web pages quickly.This may sound ridiculous to you. If it does, it’s because you’ve got a touch (or a whole heaping spoonful) of agile marketer in you. Congratulations!But the honest truth that we hear every single day (seriously, every day!) is that many marketers cannot create a web page on their own website. This is unacceptable. What do they do, you may wonder? They have to work with IT, developers, designers, contract workers … sometimes all of the above … to get something created in maybe a week, maybe a couple weeks, sometimes even a month.This is real life, people. How can a marketer be expected to meet, say, a leads goal if they can’t create a new landing page to launch their new offer and collect leads? Landing page creation should take minutes, not days, weeks, and months. This is so frustrating I can’t even talk about it anymore, and we’re going to move on to reason #6.6) Agile marketers use A/B testing to incrementally improve … every day!Speaking of incremental improvements, there’s no better example than watching an agile marketer run an A/B test. What’s so great about watching an agile marketer run an A/B test? This:Agile marketers believe in incremental improvements. The difference between a 1.7% click through rate on a call-to-action and a 2% CTR actually means something. Enough to realize it’s worth running an A/B test to figure out how to achieve it.Agile marketers know A/B testing doesn’t need to be hard. If you’re already in creation mode, why not try out a few versions of a landing page or call-to-action? If you know minimal extra effort — a different color, headline, image — could results in huge improvements, it’d be foolish not to always be trying something new!Agile marketers also know when to stop an A/B test. And then start a new one, of course. The key here is that when we get our results, we act on them. We know what version is better, and we run with it … and then, of course, test the next iteration to try to make it even better!7) Agile marketers are used to learning new things, and failing fast.Marketing is one of the fastest moving industries out there. So much so that it’s actually part of HubSpot marketers’ jobs to not only read industry news every day, but to also proactively learn about the new platforms, features, and technologies that are released. And this stuff gets released on a weekly basis. That’s a lot of new stuff to take in.But agile inbound marketers are used to fast adoption, and as a result, can figure out important stuff really fast, too. Let’s take the arrival of Pinterest (notice I didn’t say “launch” since it actually released several years before it become mainstream) as an example. Two things went through our mind:This is dumb.We should try it.So we did. We threw ourselves in head first, learned everything we could about it, and were totally fine with it being a complete failure. Happily, however, it wasn’t! Instead, we got:Referral traffic and leads, that we continue to get as we keep on pinning.Some of our highest performing blog posts of all time, because we could teach our audience how to use Pinterest for marketing before most other blogs were writing about it.One of our best performing lead generation offers of all time, because no one else had written a definitive guide to using Pinterest for marketing.These kinds of wins happen for agile marketers all the time because they are used to learning quickly and aren’t afraid of failure — because working on a day-to-day basis to achieve your larger goals helps you bounce back from your flops in record time, with minimal resources squandered during the pursuit.Why else do you consider agility a critical component of inbound marketing? Are you practicing agile inbound marketing yourself?Image credit: Kevin N Murphycenter_img Honestly, if we’d waited even a couple more days to release this video, it would’ve been too late. The craze would have started to die down, and there would have been a bunch of other parody videos out there making ours disappear into the crowd.3) Agile marketers can jump in on social media conversations.There are a ton of organizations out there that have a vise grip on their social media presence. There are even full-fledged social media policies that outline what social media managers can and cannot say on social media! Now, I know there’s some need for this … but man alive, loosen up, people. Whatever happened to a healthy mix of guidance and good judgment?Agile marketers are the ones hopping into LinkedIn Answers to answer questions, tweeting breaking news content before their competitors, sharing their funny spin on the latest meme on their Facebook Page, and carrying on conversations in real time with their social networks. This kind of activity boosts their company’s credibility, authority, and trustworthiness in a way that marketers who are forced to get everything on social media approved could never achieve.4) Agile marketers use analytics to make quick, actionable decisions.Any marketer worth his or her salt knows that you need numbers, goals, and analytics to measure your effectiveness. But there’s a difference between setting a yearly goal — let’s hit 700,000 website visitors and generate 50,000 leads by the end of 2012! — and setting more digestible goals that actually … help.Think about it. If you have 12 months to hit 700,000 website visitors and generate 50,000 leads, how is that going to guide your behavior? It probably isn’t. You know what might? Figuring out how many site visitors and leads you need to generate this month. And then tracking your progress toward hitting that monthly goal every single day. That way you can see if Monday’s email send had any impact, and whether it was more or less than the impact of the new offer that launched the week before. Working on this micro level not only lets you understand how big (if any) an impact each of your marketing activities has on reaching your goal, but it lets you adjust your behavior quickly — with agility, even (see what I did there?) — to ensure you never get too far behind on reaching your goal.HubSpot has tools to help you do this kind of stuff, by the way. If you’re a HubSpot customer, you see it every day you log in to your software! The traffic and leads waterfall dashboard: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

The Scoop on Facebook Mobile Ads: Are They Working? [Data]

first_img Originally published Oct 31, 2012 12:37:00 PM, updated October 01 2013 3) Promoted PostsAnother option for Facebook mobile advertisers is Promoted Posts, which allows you to promote your Facebook Page’s organic updates to friends of your fans — people who don’t necessarily already Like your page. That’s why, as a user, you might see a post from a brand you’re not a fan of appear in your News Feed; it’s because one of your friends has Liked that page. Here’s how it might look on a mobile device, also courtesy of Inside Facebook:4) Mobile App-Install AdsFinally, Facebook also offers Mobile App-Install Ads. With a look similar to Sponsored Stories, these ad units recommend games and apps instead of brand pages. When a Facebook user clicks on one of these ads, they are prompted to install apps on their mobile devices via iTunes or the Google Play store. Similar to Page Post Ads, these ads require no social context. Here’s how they’d appear on a mobile device:Data on Effectiveness of Mobile-Only Facebook AdsNow that you know what your mobile ad options are, I bet you’re wondering about that performance data we mentioned earlier in this post. Here’s what some advertisers are experiencing, as reported by Mashable:Nanigans (a company that purchases Facebook ads for clients) has experienced clickthrough rates on Sponsored Stories that are an average of 12 times higher on mobile than on desktop on average (similar to the preliminary data we covered back at the end of June). They’re also 45% less expensive. For Mobile App-Install ads, Nanigans also reported that its ecommerce clients have found that, post-click, those who download retailers’ apps often spend more money (and spend more often) compared to desktop visitors. In fact, people who make their first purchase on mobile are 2.5X more likely to make a second purchase, and they spend 8X as much money with a retailer over time. Ecommerce website Fab (a client of Nanigans), saw a 5X better return on its Mobile App-Install ads than any other mobile app download ad it placed on other networks, including Google and Yahoo!. In fact, 10% of people who join Fab from its iPad app make a purchase in the first week (compared to 3% on the web).Seems like mobile ads are still generating some impressive results for advertisers, even after they’ve had time to stew.Why Are Mobile Ads More Effective?So, why are mobile advertisers experiencing so much more success with mobile ads compared to their desktop counterparts? Here are some theories:1) They’re in-line with other Facebook content in the News Feed.All of the above-mentioned Facebook mobile ad units are served in mobile users’ News Feed, making them much more prevalent than a lot of other desktop ads. On Facebook’s web/desktop version, for instance, advertisers have additional options, including the display ads you see in Facebook’s sidebar. Because these types of ads are much easier to ignore and thus less effective, it’s important to understand that they would bring down the effectiveness of Facebook desktop ads as a whole, even though some particular ad options on the desktop (e.g. Promoted Posts) do only appear in News Feeds on the desktop version, and are thus much more effective than Facebook display ads.Therefore, it’d be interesting to know how this data breaks down when just comparing the effectiveness of mobile News Feed ads to desktop News Feed ads — excluding the desktop display ads. Back in June, for instance, we saw from a TGB Digital study that desktop News Feed ads were generating a 0.588% CTR at $0.63 CPC compared to mobile News Feed ads, which were generating a clickthrough rate of 1.14% at $0.86 CPC. This translates to 1.93x the CTR for mobile News Feed ads than desktop News Feed ads — and not at a huge cost.This shows that mobile ads were still more effective than desktop News Feed ads back in June … but is this still the case now?2) Facebook mobile is cleaner; there’s not as much to compete with.There are a lot fewer bells and whistles on Facebook’s mobile apps. There is no sidebar content to compete with (because there are no sidebars), and everything is generally less cluttered, focusing users’ attention mainly on what’s in their News Feed. This gives mobile ads a lot more face time with users.3) They’re still novel.Mobile-only ads are still fairly new and novel to users, and some of the clicks they’re generating may be owed to users’ curiosity or confusion about the new feature, as well as users clicking on ads accidentally. On the flip side, as a result, clicks may be less qualified, resulting in subpar post-click results. Marketers should keep this in mind as they’re tracking the performance of their Facebook mobile ads.Should Marketers Invest in Facebook Mobile Ads?As the data shows, it might just be worth experimenting with mobile advertisements. The mobile market is only growing, and Facebook reports that 60% of its users are mobile users, up from about 47% a year ago. Furthermore, mobile ad units are generally significantly less costly on average than print and online ads. According to former Wall Street analyst Mary Meeker’s annual internet trends presentation, the effective cost per thousand impressions (CPM) for desktop web ads is about $3.50, while the CPM for mobile ads is just $0.75.That being said, marketers are advised to proceed with caution. Because mobile ads are placed directly in the News Feed, Facebook will have to be careful not to overwhelm and bombard its mobile users with ads, which may result in a scaling problem as Facebook limits the number of ads it shows. And when competition for Facebook ads rises, so will their cost.If you plan to experiment with Facebook mobile ads, keep best practices in mind. Be specific in your targeting, and track your results compared to your ad spend.Have you experimented with mobile-only Facebook ads? What results have you seen thus far? Are they more effective than your Facebook desktop ads?Image Credit: {ErinKphoto} aka redcargurl 2) Page Post AdsYour second mobile ad option is Page Post Ads, which are larger ad units than Sponsored Stories and include a call-to-action to Like the page at the bottom of the ad. Page Post Ads aren’t dependent on social context; in other words, advertisers can target them to appear in News Feeds of users beyond fans and their friends. These ads can feature photos, offers, questions, videos, events, or links, as in the example below from Inside Facebook. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Facebook Advertising Back in June, we covered the news that Facebook was finally allowing marketers and advertisers to purchase mobile-only ads. A short two weeks later, some preliminary research was released about the effectiveness of those mobile-only ads. We filled you in on that as well, which indicated that mobile-only ads were generating 13X more clicks than Facebook’s desktop ads.As much as that piqued our curiosity, I think we can all agree that two weeks’ worth of data is hardly comprehensive enough to confidently gauge effectiveness. But now that mobile-only ads have been around for 4+ months, the data has had a bit more time to stew (mmm … stew). I digress …Yesterday, Mashable published an article that explores some of the more recent findings about Facebook’s mobile ads. Let’s take a look at what they uncovered so you can make a more informed decision about whether Facebook mobile ad spend makes sense for your business — you know, if you’re considering it.4 Facebook Mobile Ad Options for MarketersSo when we say “Facebook mobile ads,” what exactly are we talking about? There are actually four different types of Facebook mobile ad options available to marketers, and they all appear directly within users’ News Feeds (as opposed to the display ads you might see in the sidebar of the desktop version of Sponsored StoriesThese ads recommend brand pages or content to users based on their friends’ activities (social context). For example, you might notice “Pages You May Like” or other suggestions to Like certain brand pages your friends are already fans of, as you can see in the screenshot below (courtesy of Mashable). Topics:last_img read more

Why We Are Proud to Be a Boston Company Today

first_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Apr 16, 2013 2:54:00 PM, updated April 17 2013 Marketing Case Studies The Boston Marathon has long been an event that celebrates human triumph. All of us who are proud to call Boston home toast the dedication and spirit of runners and volunteers who have traveled from around the globe for the world’s oldest annual marathon. The day began with the anticipation and excitement of a typical Patriot’s Day, and we here at HubSpot talked about our friends, colleagues, significant others, and family members who were running, cheering, and volunteering along the Marathon route in celebration.Yesterday ended very differently. There is an entirely new meaning to heartbreak at the Boston Marathon, and it shook everyone here at HubSpot and throughout New England to the core. Before we return to our blog’s regular content, we wanted to take a moment as a company to express our sincere condolences to everyone impacted by yesterday’s tragedies.The events of yesterday will not define who we are as a city. The heroism and bravery we celebrate each year on Patriot’s Day were embodied yesterday not just by the volunteers, runners, first responders, medical professionals, and bystanders who came to the immediate aid of people injured or killed. They were embodied in the tens of thousands of people who offered food, showers, rooms, and assistance to stranded runners and visitors. And they were reinforced by the kindness, compassion, and consideration expressed to all of us in Boston from around the world.We will continue to mourn what happened yesterday, to ask why, and to help our neighbors and friends impacted recover from the tragic events that transpired. But today more than ever HubSpot is proud to be a Boston company because we are surrounded by incredible people who, even in the most horrific time, will stop at nothing to show compassion, kindness, and courage.Image credit: jeffgunnlast_img read more

How to Respond to People on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Businesses [Infographic]

first_img Customer Success Topics: 171Save Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlackcenter_img Originally published Mar 20, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Thanks to Twitter, businesses are closer to consumers than ever before. Tweets haven’t replaced phone calls and handwritten letters, but they’ve become a popular way for consumers to vocalize their questions, praise, or complaints — all in plain view of anyone who can find the conversation online.But customers don’t just expect you to read their tweets about you — they also expect you to reply. According to charts published on Search Engine Watch, 70% of surveyed Twitter users expect a response from brands they reach out to on Twitter. Of those users, 53% want that response in under an hour. It’s important to have a solid strategy for responding to tweets so you can keep your customers happy and drive engagement on Twitter. Should you include a link in your response? How much punctuation (?, !) should you use? Are emoticons off the table?To help inform your Twitter response strategy, LeadSift gathered data on answers to these questions and more, and culminated them into the visual below. Consider this data in the context of your own brand voice and what you know about your buyers’ behavior to develop an action plan when responses come rolling in. And hurry — your customers are waiting.171Save last_img read more

Want a Happier, More Productive Life? Start Making Fewer Decisions

first_imgThink about all the personal and professional choices you make in a day: Eggs or yogurt? Blue shirt or black shirt? Do I spend time on this task now or later? Do I ask for help or dive in? After making hundreds of decisions, it’s no wonder we are exhausted by the end of the day.So what if I told you there was a way to reduce the amount of decisions you were making? What if I told you that doing so just might make you happier?In his latest book, The Happiness Equation, best-selling author Neil Pasricha set out to explain why the secret to having everything is to want nothing and do anything. How did he come about this equation? After attempting to count every decision he made in a single day (spoiler alert: it wound up being 285), he started thinking about where he was truly wasting time. A quick breakdown revealed that of those 285 decisions, 75 were gym related, 32 were food related, and 62 were email related … and these three topics covered only half of his mind’s daily work.After this analysis, Pasricha began to question what leaders were doing differently and how he could make these changes to his own life. To learn more about his pursuit of happiness, we sat down with him on this week’s episode of The Growth Show to talk about his findings. (See full episode below).Why Successful People Eliminate DecisionsA friend once sent me an article on why the most successful people wear the same thing everyday. While I’m certain this was a stab at the fact that I wear a lot of black, the article indicated a valuable point: By reducing the amount of trivial decisions they make each day, they’re helping to ensure their successive decisions will be good ones.In fact, research suggests that the more decisions an individual makes in a short period of time, the more each decision decreases in quality. Therefore, a finite amount of space for mental exertion exists before quality takes a hit. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as decision fatigue.President Obama touched on this concept in an interview with Vanity Fair:You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make. You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”Am I suggesting you go out and buy 20 gray and blue suits? Not exactly. The key takeaway here is that leaders actually make very few decisions. That’s how they stay productive. And if you can reduce the number of choices you force yourself to make — e.g., what to wear — you’ll be more prepared to adequately address more significant decisions as they arise.How do you know which decisions to make and which to discard? That’s up next …A Simple Framework for Making Fewer DecisionsThis framework — referred to by Pasricha as the “Just Do It Scribble” — focuses on changing the way you prioritize daily choices using four words: automate, effectuate, regulate, and debate. By using this approach to set priorities, we can both increase the amount of time we have to spend on important decisions and reduce the time spent on trivial tasks. So how does it work?1) Automate“If it’s low in time and low in importance, your goal is to automate,” explains Pasricha.Don’t have time to pick up the essentials at the grocery store? Try Subscribe & Save — a delivery service powered by Amazon. Having trouble keeping up with your to-do list? Set up IFTTT recipe that saves your iOS reminders to an Evernote checklist. Keep forgetting to write that rent check? Set up an electronic bill pay from your bank account to send static payments.By automating certain tasks you will be able to focus on the more important decisions at hand.2) EffectuateWhen it comes to tasks that are, “low in time but high in importance,” the decision is simple: Just do it. Whether it’s eating dinner with your kids, picking up your sister from physical therapy, or exchanging pleasantries with colleagues, these tasks are typically worth the time investment.3) RegulateSet aside the same time slots for mundane tasks by making a schedule. This might mean checking your calendar on your commute, responding to email for the first 30 minutes of your workday, cleaning your apartment on the same day each week, or putting your lunch together for the following day before bed. When it comes to tasks that are “high in time and low in importance,” the goal is to find a schedule that works for you, get it in one place, and stick to it.4) DebateWhen dealing with tasks that are “high in importance and high in time” — buying a car, moving to a new city, finding a partner, selecting a job — do your due diligence and research. You can do this by making lists of pros/cons, speaking with trusted friends or family members, or simply sleeping on it. These are the decisions that are worth the space in your brain, so take your time with them and have an internal debate.The takeaway? If you want to reduce the amount of daily decisions you’re making, improve the quality of each one, and start feeling a little happier, take a few moments to re-work how you are prioritizing your time. Often times, happiness is a result of smart choices.Want more advice on how to structure your daily life? Check out our conversation with Pasricha on The Growth Show on iTunes.(P.S. Don’t hesitate to leave a review! We are always looking to hear from listeners like you.) Topics: Productivity Originally published Mar 22, 2016 6:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

LIBRARY LINEUP Story Time With Peaches The Mini Horse on October 16

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a list of FREE upcoming programs for adults, teens and kids at the Wilmington Memorial Library.Registration begins 30 days prior to the event. Please register online using our Calendar of Events at or by calling (978) 694-2099 (for Adult) or (978) 694-2098 (for Children/Teen). Please note we request registration for programs that are marked *RR. Thank you to the Friends of the Library for funding support for library programs!Adult ProgramsCemetery Walk *RRSaturday, October13, 10 amThis year’s Stroll will focus on newer (post 1900) parts of the cemetery.  In honor of Italian Heritage Month, we will also point out the graves of a few of the Town’s more well-known Italian residents.  There’s a lot of Wilmington history to be found at the cemetery and we will share information along the way. Wear your walking shoes and bring your curiosity!”Staying Positive in the Job Search *RRMonday, October 15, 10 am. Charlie applied to hundreds of positions online and not a single bite! Sidney got to the final interview stage for several career opportunities and consistently struck out. Clarke simply gave up because nothing worked. Does this sound like you? We can help you avoid job search pitfalls like depression, anxiety and negativity. Join other job seekers who are in the trenches with you. Immediately put into practice stay-calm strategies so you can focus. Together, we will learn and comprehend the steps to staying positive in the job search. Taught by MassHire staff.Fall Wreath Workshop *RRMonday, October 15, 1 pm-3pm, $20Registration begins Monday, September 16 at the main deskNew season, new wreath! Decorate and take home a festive fall wreath to brighten your door or wall.  Wilmington resident and experienced crafter Dianna DiGregorio will lend her expertise and experienced eye in helping all create a beautiful arrangement.  All supplies provided including base, ribbon, and flora.Welcome to Wilmington Open House *RRMonday, October 15, drop in anytime between 6 pm-8 pmAre you new to Wilmington or have you lived here for a while and wish to know more about the community? Then please come to the Welcome to Wilmington Reception. Representatives from Town Departments, community groups, and local businesses will be on hand to welcome you and answer questions. This program is in collaboration with the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce.Coffee with a Cop *RRWednesday, October 17, 10 amDrop in, grab a tea or coffee, and chat with a police officer. Learn about the rights of the public as well as the roles and responsibilities of Police and Community in a relaxed and open setting. All questions welcome.Strictly Sinatra *RRThursday, October 18, 2:30 pmTake a walk down memory lane with Mel Simons as he presents an entertaining video show of ol’ Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra. Mel Simons has been a regular on WBZ Radio for decades with his trivia show “The Audio Clip Trivia Quiz”.English Conversation Group (third Thursday) *RRThursday, October 18, 7pm-8pmPractice speaking English with fellow English language learners in a relaxed environment.  Open to all ability levels.  Led by ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald.Italian Genealogy *RRSaturday, October 20, 2:30 pmLearn practical and proven strategies for researching your Italian family history. The focus of the workshop will be on Italian emigration to the U. S. Learn how to trace Italian town of origin, how to locate records, how to research them in the US, and how to get started writing to Italy (for those whose records aren’t in the US). Led by Jenny Tonks, who held an Accredited Genealogist ® credential for Italian research for two decades. She is fluent in Italian and holds a BA in Family History-Genealogy from Brigham Young.Kids & Teen EventsBaby Laptime *RRMonday, October 15, 9:30 amJoin us for a morning of songs, tickles, bounces, and rhymes perfect for little pre-walking babies and their caregivers.  Infants-15 monthsMinecraft Mondays *RRMonday, October 15, 3:45 pmCome play Minecraft with other enthusiasts.  Grades 1-5.Special Mini Horse StorytimeTuesday, October 16, 10 amJoin Peaches the therapy mini horse for a fun horse themed storytime! We’ll read some horse stories, make a fun craft, and get to know Peaches the therapy horse! Ages 3-6Trivia Tuesdays *RR Tuesday, October 16, 6:30 pmShow us your smarts at pub-style trivia! Play against your friends, putting your pop culture knowledge to the test. The winning team walks off with prizes (and bragging rights!). Snacks provided. Grades 6-12Kindergarten Book Club *RRWednesday, October 17, 3:45This book club is for Kindergarteners who miss storytime or those who love to be read to. We will read and discuss a few books together, then do a fun activity.  KindergartenNot a Fright in SightWednesday, October 17, 6:30 pmJeannie Mack performs songs, rhymes, and stories about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, jack-o-lanterns, tickly spiders, and silly witches! Ages 3+First Look Book Group *RR Thursday, October 18, 2:30 pmWant to discover the next big thing in YA lit? First Look is for you! Hang out with other teen fiction aficionados and read books hot off the presses. Take home a book to keep after every meeting. Grades 6-123D Design and PrintFriday, October 19, 3:45pmJoin Technology Librarian Brad McKenna to design a file using TinkerCad that will be printed on our 3D printer. Grades 4-8Not-So-Scary Mini Movie Marathon *RRSaturday, October 20, 1-4:30 pmWatch two campy Halloween classics, conjure a spooky craft, and test your taste buds in an Oreo Identification Challenge! Grades 6-12Library NewsEnglish Conservation GroupA new English Conversation Group started this fall.  It meets the third Thursday of the month at 7 pm and is led by Wilmington Public School ESL Teacher and Program Coordinator Susan MacDonald. All who want to practice their English speaking skills are welcome.Book Store Next Door VolunteersThe Book Store Next Door is looking for adult volunteers to work as cashiers. Shifts are scheduled for either 9 am to 1 pm or 1 pm to 4 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Two volunteers are assigned to work together during these shifts. For more information and a volunteer application go to These weekly listings are submitted by the Wilmington Memorial Library.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Storytime at Farmers Market on Aug. 4; Revere Beach Memories on Aug. 5In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: FREE Bach, Beethoven, & Brahams Concert On Sept. 12In “Community”last_img read more

Bangladesh is like my second home Bhutan PM

first_imgBhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering addresses the Pahela Baishakh celebration, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDVisiting Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering on Sunday also joined the colourful Pahela Baishakh celebration, the first day of Bengali New Year, in the capital, reports BSS.The Bhutanese prime minister attended one of the “Naba Barsha (new year)” celebrations jointly organised by Shurer Dhara, a cultural organisation and Channel-i, a private television channel, at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka this morning.Tshering, accompanied by speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and foreign minister AK Abdul Momen, was mesmerised by the performance of Shurer Dhara led by internationally acclaimed singer Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya.After enjoying different songs, one in Bhutanese language, Lotay greeted the people gathered on the occasion to celebrate Bengali Happy New Year.Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering (R) enjoys cultural programmes to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDHe expressed his happiness as he was able to join the biggest festival of Bangalees. “I would like to greet you happy New Year from deep of my heart,” he said in Bangla.Tshering had received his MBBS degree from Mymensingh Medical College under foreign student quota and underwent postgraduate training in different medical institutes in Dhaka afterward.Bhutanese prime minister Lotay Tshering (R) takes part in a photo session at a cultural programme to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bengali New Year, jointly organised by cultural organisation Shurer Dhara and private television channel, Channel-i at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PID“I spent seven years in Mymensingh and four years in Dhaka …. Bangladesh is as like my second home,” Lotay said.Later, the foreign minister told newsmen that when Bhutanese Prime minister was scheduling his visit here, Bangladesh proposed him to come here during the Pahela Baishakh. “He (Lotay) keenly accepted the proposal and rescheduled his visit,” Momen added.last_img read more

September 4 2009 Welcome to the August 30 200

first_imgSeptember 4, 2009 Welcome to the August 30. 2009 workshop participants: [back from left]: Tommaso Osti and Naree Kim (seminar week). [front from left]: Andrew Chisholm, Amanda Carson and Morgan Jacobs (internship in landscaping). [photo: sa & text: Anna Tran]last_img