Dee’s Key Notes (July 2020)

“Help Me Help You!” 

A quick 4-3-2-1 safe and socially distant note from your friend, Dee. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. This month’s DKN is chock-full of tips and reminders; a little motivation, and another inspiring quote by a famous person. Below, you’ll find the last of the frog-eating tips 19, 20, and 21 which may just be the keys you need to help you procrastinate-less-and-get-stuff-done. You know the project I’m talking about. Just do it! If you’d like to refer back to tips 1 through 18, you can go back to past blog posts and find all those tasty frog tips in them. Spoiler alert: I’ll be summarizing all of the tips real soon.  

4 things to know about maintaining your AC system 

  1. Check your thermostat. If you have an outdated model, it may be time to install a programmable, energy-efficient option.
  2. Check your air flow. Be sure all the air vents are free of obstructions and look for worn ductwork and visible signs of damage and wear.
  3. Make sure your drain line isn’t clogged. The drain near the cooling coil on your furnace can become clogged with dirt and debris. Clear it with a cup of bleach followed by a gallon of water.
  4. Replace your air filter (at least every 3 months)! This is so easy to do and can make a huge difference in indoor air quality and flow. 

Source: Thanks to home inspector, Nate Spaulding, National Property Inspections, for these great tips!

3 frog-eating ways to help you focus on that important task or project you’ve been wanting to start—or finish. (You know the one.)

  1. Create large chunks of time: Organize your days around large blocks of time so you can concentrate for extended periods on your most important tasks.
  2. Develop a sense of urgency: Make a habit of moving fast on your key tasks. Become known as a person who does things quickly and well.
  3. Single handle every task: Set clear priorities, start immediately on your most important task, and then work without stopping until the job is 100 percent complete. This is the real key to high performance and maximum personal productivity. 

Source: Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

2 bits of trivial information

  1. Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but he was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle. 
  2. Americans eat 150 million hot dogs each year on the Fourth of July (That’s enough hot dogs to make a line from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles five times). 

1 quote by a famous person

“A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”  

― Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Spend your time well, enjoy your hot dogs, and stay safe and cool out there. 

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