Are you OVER paying your mechanic?

Written by Austin C. Davis

Reader Question: I am on a tight budget, should I tell my mechanic how much I can afford to spend?

Dear concerned car owner,

Do you like to take your car in for repairs? Do you ever feel like you were cheated or taken advantage of byrepparttar shop or their mechanics? Do you know it could be what you are saying torepparttar 101856 repair shop that could be costing you more? Most auto repair shops are run by honest hard-working people but in some circumstances you may bring outrepparttar 101857 dark side at some shops.

For instance, never tellrepparttar 101858 shop how much you are willing to spend without first getting an explanation of what you are going to have done. When you giverepparttar 101859 shop a “spending limit” they may have a tendency to do as little as possible but will manage to spend up to your limit. For example, a woman came into my shop and told me she had $500 to spend. She did not start off her conversation with "hello", or "can you fix my car", all she said was how much money she wanted to give me.

Now granted, it is nice to have people come intorepparttar 101860 shop and actually like to pay their bills, but this lady gave me a spending limit before she told me what she wanted to have fixed. She thought she had transmission trouble and assumed that it would cost her a fortune to repair. While on a test drive with her I concluded thatrepparttar 101861 problem was not transmission-related, but thatrepparttar 101862 car probably needed a tune up or something along those lines.

But wait, this person wanted to give me $500! If I was not an honest shop owner, I would have remained quiet onrepparttar 101863 test drive and takenrepparttar 101864 money that she was willing to pay. Let's say that I told this customer that I could fix her car because I am a nice guy and since she only had $500 to spend I would try to help her out as much as I could. In reality,repparttar 101865 actual repairs needed would have only cost $200.

Some Tips on Time Management - How to Better Manage

Written by Craig Lock


Ask yourself:

1. Does what I am doing add value to my life (and times of pure fun and relaxation are essential too)? 2. What will happen if I don't do it? 3. Can I delegate it? 4. Can I spend less time on it?


1. Telephone Interruptions 2. Drop-in Visitors 3. Meetings 4. Crisis Management 5. Lack of Objectives, Priorities a Daily plan 6. Cluttered Desk, Personal Disorganisation. 7. Ineffective Delegation 8. Attempting too Much at Once 9. Lack of Clear Communication 10. Inadequate, Inaccurate Delayed Information 11. Indecision and Procrastination 12. Confused Responsibility and Authority. 13. Inability to Say "No". 14. Leaving Tasks Unfinished 15. Lack of Self-Discipline


1. Planning (lack of).

2. Priorities (lack of)

3. Telephone interruptions

4. Disorganisation/cluttered desk

5. Procrastination

6. Visitors

7. Lack of Self Discipline

8. Ineffective delegation

9. Attempting too much

10. Inability to say 'No'

The 80/20 Principle

20% of activity gives 80% of results and 80% of activity gives 20% of results (known asrepparttar Pareto Principle).

* Focus onrepparttar 101855 important few activities, notrepparttar 101856 trivial many. * Don't procrastinate * The key is self discipline. * "First we make habits, then habits make us."


Getrepparttar 101857 news only once a day - in only one form - readrepparttar 101858 paper or watch television or listen torepparttar 101859 radio, but varyrepparttar 101860 form so you don't getrepparttar 101861 news through one bias. Don't worry about or spend time on things irrelevant to you, eg.. reading every bit of repparttar 101862 newspaper.

Unless it is crucial for your business,repparttar 101863 news is not only depressing (don't worry about it, unless you can do something about it), but it gives a distorted picture of life.

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