Productive Activities to Engage in If You’re Bored at Home

How productive are you on a day-to-day basis?

Whether you’re an established entrepreneur or just breaking out of the corporate office, how productive you are now can make a huge impact on the results you see later. If you feel swamped with projects, aren’t making any progress or find yourself lacking time for other things (hobbies, friends or family), you probably aren’t being productive with your time.

Productivity is all about getting results.

But managing your time isn’t always easy, especially at home where you’re the most prone to distractions. Something unexpected is bound to happen or an emergency will occur, and it will knock your schedule off track. Other times, you just won’t feel motivated to get anything done at all.

While you can’t control every situation, you still can get more done around the house and spend more time with the people you love.

Let’s look at a few ways to do just that.

  • Be smart about watching TV.By combining your TV habits with other activities, you can actually make major headway on your business and lifestyle goals. The next time you sit down to watch your favorite show, consider using that time to burn some extra calories (exercise in front of the TV), plan out the rest of the week (what meal are you going to make for dinner?) or answer email. What you watch on TV can also inspire new ideas and educate your mind. But be careful what you watch! I’m personally addicted to watching anything from WWII battles to the advancement in space, technology and health on the Discovery Channel. On the other hand, I avoid reality TV as much as possible; it isn’t realistic, and it’s often a waste of time.
  • Listen to something inspirational while you clean.Mindless chores (like sweeping, doing the dishes or preparing meals) have to be done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your time while doing them. I love listening to inspirational CDs or books on tape while completing chores around the house. That way, my mind is still constantly developing new ideas.
  • Spend quality time with family.It’s not healthy to work all of the time. Taking occasional breaks will reduce stress from work, so why not spend that time you do have with your family? Playing catch with your son, watching a movie with your spouse or calling your brother to see how he’s doing will help foster stronger relationships and create tighter family bonds.
  • Add exercise to your morning routine.Exercising regularly won’t just make you healthy, but exercise is a major source of energy as well. By consistently spending 10-30 minutes exercising three days per week, coffee will become less of a necessity and you’ll have more energy to devote to work, friends, family and personal hobbies. You don’t even have to have a gym membership. Instead of driving to the gym, I’ll often pop in an Insanity fitness CD.
  • Brainstorm new ideas.Is a project due soon for a client? Consider brainstorming ideas and mapping out possible solutions to any problems you may have. If the project requires multiple steps, make a to-do list. You can also use to-do lists for shopping or tasks around the house, as well as for planning upcoming events and special occasions.
  • Keep things organized.It’s hard to stay productive if you’re working in a messy or disorganized environment. Take some time to organize your closet, office or kitchen, putting anything away that seems out of place. You can also take this time to clean out your purse or wallet, and get rid of any junk you might have thrown in on the go.
  • Get motivated.If you’re stuck while working on a project for a client or just want to take a break from work, consider picking up an inspirational book to give your mind the boost it needs to keep going. Success stories, case studies, blog posts and podcasts can all be good sources of motivation whenever you feel stressed or discouraged and start to procrastinate.
  • Update your finances.If you find yourself lacking something to do, have a look at some outstanding bills that need to be paid, reassess your budget, balance your checkbook or organize your recent transactions so that you don’t fall behind in your finances.

Not all day-to-day routines will go to plan, but with a little bit of time and patience, you can achieve a productive lifestyle, reduce stress and feel more in control over your life in the long run.

Why Product Activation For Software is Becoming Widespread

Product activation is widely used by software vendors to protect their applications and enforce license agreements. While some users object to any form of license management, modern product activation systems are superior to other techniques from both the vendor’s and the end-user’s perspectives.

Software vendors use license management for a variety of reasons. They are often concerned about protection from piracy, and protection against users exceeding their agreed license terms (such as the number of installations that run in a customer company). License management also allows the software vendor to develop, distribute, and support one version of their application, but offer different license terms at different prices to different markets.

For example, the vendor can use the licensing mechanism to provide trial licenses, perpetual licenses, subscription licenses, set limits on the product features or modules enabled, set usage limits, combination’s of all of the above, and offer straightforward upgrades in capabilities, all with just one executable (some license management systems even allow the vendor to also offer floating licensing either over the end-customer’s network or the Internet based on this same executable). Finally, license management can enable the vendor to automate fulfillment, management and reporting, so reducing operations costs and offering immediate delivery worldwide 24×7 to their customers.

A key concern for software vendors is ensuring users don’t just give the software to unlicensed friends and colleagues, or even post it on the web for anyone to download. The standard solution is called node-locking, where each user’s installation is locked to one or more parameters of their system, such as the MAC address. Each time the application runs, it reads, say, the MAC address of the computer where it is running, and will proceed only if the address it reads matches the one recorded for that license.

Older approaches for license enforcement include dongle-based licensing and key-file-based licensing. A dongle is a hardware device that plugs into the user’s computer; when the application runs it checks for the presence of the dongle and will run only if it finds it. Dongles do therefore allow the user to move their license around, but only by physically relocating the dongle. With key-file-based licensing, the license limits and node-locking parameters are encrypted in a file, which is sent to the user and read by the application each time it runs.

These approaches have a number of disadvantages. Dongles require the distribution of the hardware, with all that entails in material cost, shipping cost, delivery times and management by the vendor. They are widely disliked by end-users, who don’t want to wait for them to arrive, keep track of them, have them stick out of their computer and so on.

Key-based licensing improves on dongles as the encrypted key files can be delivered immediately by email, and impose no hardware burden. However, they do require the user to provide the names of the locking parameters (or run a utility to read them), and do not allow users to readily move their license from machine to machine, as such a move would require a new key file. An upgrade to a user’s license, such as extending a subscription, also requires the generation and delivery of a new key file.

Product activation improves on these older approaches. Fulfillment is immediate as with key-file-based licensing, but the node-locking is accomplished automatically at activation time, so the user is not required to supply any information, and indeed is unaware of the specific parameters to which the license is locked. Modern activation systems also support the relocation of a license by the user, who can activate their license on one system, then perhaps months later deactivate their license on that first system and activate it on a second system. The activation system ensures only one copy of a given license is active at any one time, thus addressing the vendor’s concerns, but the user can move their license from, say, their office machine to their laptop, then to their home machine, as they wish. The activation system can also automatically transfer user settings, so the newly-activated installation comes up exactly as the user had configured the old one.

If the user upgrades their license, perhaps by converting a trial license to a production license, extending a subscription, or purchasing additional features or modules, the vendor simply updates the record for that user in the hosted activation system, and the user clicks a menu command to update their license, causing the new limits to immediately take effect.

Product activation systems therefore meet the software vendors’ need to protect against piracy, offer a range of license models, and automate operations, but remove many of the inconveniences and costs of older license management systems. Early product activation systems that didn’t support such capabilities as activation on disconnected systems or license relocation did give the approach a bad name, but modern product activation systems have this flexibility so are gaining acceptance with vendors and users.

Natural Skin Care Product Active Ingredients And What They Do

The active ingredients you will find in commercial skincare products can also be found in many foods and ingredients you have at home. Here are what they do for your skin and how they are used in skincare products.

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS (AHA’S)

These are fruit acids naturally derived from fruit extracts. They slough off dead skin cells to reveal younger more youthful looking skin. As we age our skins renewal process slows down and these help to replace that process giving your skin a younger appearance.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Ingredients that contain vitamin A, C end E, green tea, copper, grapeseed, and kinetin help skin by neutralizing or scavenging free radicals which are molecules that destroy skin cells.

BETA-HYDROXY ACIDS

These work in a similar way as AHA’s but are less potent so therefore less irritating to skin. The most common and well known one is Salicylic acid which is used in acne treatments and dandruff shampoos.

BOTANICALS

Ingredients from a naturally derived source (usually plants) believed for centuries to have healing or regenerating powers for the skin. Examples are Aloe vera, ginkgo and ginseng.

COENZYME Q10

This is a nutrient found in every cell of our body known to be a powerful wrinkle buster.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Most commonly used in aromatherapy to scent products but also as complimentary and healing or regenerating active ingredients in skin care products.

EMOLLIENTS

Found in moisturizers these ingredients help protect the skin by reinforcing the lower moisture barrier deep in the lower epidermis of the skin. Natural emollients include:

Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Borage Seed, Evening Primrose, Grape Seed, Hazel Nut, Hemp Seed, Kukui, Macadamia Nut, Mango Kernel Butter, Organic,, Rose Hip, Organic Sesame Seed, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower, Safflower, Sesame Seed, Shea Butter, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Tea Tree, Wheat Germ Oils.

HYPOALLERGENICS

Ingredients that are low allergy producing ingredients in products.

MATTIFYERS

Ingredients that soak up oil like cornstarch and witch hazel.

HUMECTANTS

These are compounds that attract moisture from the air to the skin. Examples are hyaluronic acid, honey, glycerin, glucose & propylene glycol.

LIPOSOMES

Delivery agents to help skin absorb ingredients deeper.

RETINOLS

Products high in Vitamin A, for protection against free radicals and some (Retin A and Retinova) dramatically reduce skin damage from the suns rays.

NON-COMEDOGENICS

Ingredients that don’t clog pores and encourage blackheads. The ingredients used in this book are all non-comedogenic.

ANTI FUNGALS AND ANTI BACTERIALS

Ingredients that combat bacteria and acne related problems. Essential oils like Rosemary, Neem, Tea Tree and others can be added to beauty products to fight bacterial problems.

HYDROSOLS

Hydrosols are the “left over” by products of making essential oils. Hydrosols in themselves make great toners and have other properties that are very beneficial for skin.

INFUSIONS OR TEAS

Infusions are herbs or other parts of plants, fruits, skins and barks or teas. They make great toners with soothing, calming & many other properties that are very beneficial for skin. Often used in skincare or hair care recipes to compliment ingredient blends with invigorating, sweetening & other beneficial scents and aromas.

All of these ingredients can be found in every day foods and oils including nuts, seeds, oils, vegetables and fruits. When blended together in the right way you can make powerfully effective home made skin care products, masks, treatments and serums any day of the week in minutes.