Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work?

It's not just the number of hours we're working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time.

What we've lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has blurred them beyond recognition. Wherever we go, our work follows us, on our digital devices, ever insistent and intrusive. It's like an itch we can't resist scratching, even though scratching invariably makes it worse.

Tell the truth: Do you answer email during conference calls (and sometimes even during calls with one other person)? Do you bring your laptop to meetings and then pretend you're taking notes while you surf the net? Do you eat lunch at your desk? Do you make calls while you're driving, and even send the occasional text, even though you know you shouldn't?

The biggest cost — assuming you don't crash — is to your productivity. In part, that's a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you're partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one. In part, it's because when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you're increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 per cent.

But most insidiously, it's because if you're always doing something, you're relentlessly burning down your available reservoir of energy over the course of every day, so you have less available with every passing hour.

I know this from my own experience. I get two to three times as much writing accomplished when I focus without interruption for a designated period of time and then take a real break, away from my desk. The best way for an organization to fuel higher productivity and more innovative thinking is to strongly encourage finite periods of absorbed focus, as well as shorter periods of real renewal.

If you're a manager, here are three policies worth promoting:

1. Maintain meeting discipline. Schedule meetings for 45 minutes, rather than an hour or longer, so participants can stay focused, take time afterward to reflect on what's been discussed, and recover before the next obligation. Start all meetings at a precise time, end at a precise time, and insist that all digital devices be turned off throughout the meeting.

2. Stop demanding or expecting instant responsiveness at every moment of the day. It forces your people into reactive mode, fractures their attention, and makes it difficult for them to sustain attention on their priorities. Let them turn off their email at certain times. If it's urgent, you can call them — but that won't happen very often.

3. Encourage renewal. Create at least one time during the day when you encourage your people to stop working and take a break. Offer a midafternoon class in yoga, or meditation, organize a group walk or workout, or consider creating a renewal room where people can relax, or take a nap.

It's also up to individuals to set their own boundaries. Consider these three behaviors for yourself:

1. Do the most important thing first in the morning, preferably without interruption, for 60 to 90 minutes, with a clear start and stop time. If possible, work in a private space during this period, or with sound-reducing earphones. Finally, resist every impulse to distraction, knowing that you have a designated stopping point. The more absorbed you can get, the more productive you'll be. When you're done, take at least a few minutes to renew.

2. Establish regular, scheduled times to think more long term, creatively, or strategically. If you don't, you'll constantly succumb to the tyranny of the urgent. Also, find a different environment in which to do this activity — preferably one that's relaxed and conducive to open-ended thinking.

3. Take real and regular vacations. Real means that when you're off, you're truly disconnecting from work. Regular means several times a year if possible, even if some are only two or three days added to a weekend. The research strongly suggests that you'll be far healthier if you take all of your vacation time, and more productive overall.

A single principle lies at the heart of all these suggestions. When you're engaged at work, fully engage, for defined periods of time. When you're renewing, truly renew. Make waves. Stop living your life in the gray zone.



April 15th @ 3pm Mici, Bere, Sarmale, Cozonaci si Oua Vopsite de Sfanta Duminica de Pasti

Haideti sa sarbatorim impreuna Sfanta Duminica de Pasti anul acesta in Santa Monica.
McCabe’s este un Scotish Pub pe Santa Monica Blvd. Echipat cu Bucatarie si Full Bar, cu Mese de Billiard si alte jocuri.
DJ Stefan va veni cu muzica Romaneasca.
Colin, patronul restaurantului de origine din Scotia, este casatorit cu Ioana o Romanca de-a noastra. Impreuna ne-au invitat sa sarbatorim Pastele la ei la Restaurant.
Intrarea binenteles ca este libera, iar meniul va fi Irish, dar special pentru noi vor adauga cateva elemente romanesti dupa cum urmeaza:
Sarmale (1) $3
Mititei (2) $3
Carnati afumati (2) $4
Friptura de miel $8
Din partea casei
Mamaliguta cu branza & smantana, Cozonac si Oua vopsite.
Bere draft si la sticla din belsug… šŸ™‚
Multumim si sper sa ne vedem cu bine.

McCabe’s Pub – 2455 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, California

Picnic romanesc in San Pedro, cu vedere la Ocean

Va invitam cu placere la un picnic sus pe deal, cu vedere la ocean si la portul Los Angeles. Site-ul are banci si mese din belsug, inclusivĀ  gratare. Daca vreti sa frigeti ā€œvanatulā€ propriu (carne, mici, carnati, etc.), sunteti bineveniti. Va rog sa aduceti carbuni, bauturiĀ  racoritoare, gustari, si orice va pofteste inima. Toata lumea este binevenita. Orarul tentativ este de la 11am pana la apusul soarelui. San Pedro se afla langa Long Beach.

Suntem bucurosi de faptul ca Romanian Shawarma va participa din nou, pentru cine nu vrea sa aduca mancarea proprie.

Pentru intrebari si sugestii, numele Co-organizatorului ā€œin Chargeā€ este Cristian Mitrea, mobil 805-367-6007. Email:
Cristian a avut placerea de a plati pentru inchirierea site-ului si organizarea acestui eveniment.


When: Sun, May 20, 2012, 11am-6pm


Deane Dana Friendship Community Regional Park & Nature Center
1805 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732
Park Telephone: (310) 519-6115
Park Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Daily
Closed December 25
Nature Center Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesdays thru Sundays, Closed on Mondays
Admission: Free
Parking: No Charge

Adresa oficiala (la poalele dealului):
1805 W. 9th Street, San Pedro, CA 90732,+CA


Coordonate (picnic area):,-118.318335&ftid=0x80dd49c66f1ebc97:0xc7ae777d90be397

Going Southbound or Northbound on I-405:
-in Carson, take I-110 south
-exit at Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), turn right (west) on PCH, go 1.5 miles
-turn left (south) on Western Ave., go 4 miles
-turn right (west) on W 9th St., go 95ft.
-turn left on Friendship Park Dr.
-go uphill, park on the right at the top of the hill

Prognoza meteo:


Multumim si sa ne regasim sanatosi.
PS: Nu uitati sa intrati pe noul nostru website:
pentru informatii utile a comunitatii Romanesti din Sudul Californiei.

Avem placerea de a va invita sa participati la un workshop unic, in care sa exploram impreuna misterele constiintei umane. Regresia in vieti anterioare este un proces terapeutic fascinant, educational si de elevare spirituala.

Dr. Elena Gabor, CMHt expert in terapia subc…onstientului, in terapia de regresii in vietileanterioare si in viata dintre incarnari, va conduce un grup de participanti in regresii de vieti precedente, pentru a ii ajuta sa descopere lumea de dincolo de simturile umane, sa se reconecteze cu nivelele lor superioare de constiinta (subconstientul si eul superior), pentru a-si descoperi scopul vietii si a-si depasi problemele de sanatate, emotionale si mentale ce le au in aceasta viata. Vindecarea nu este altceva decit redescoperirea eului superior, ceea ce suntem noi cu adevarat ca si fiinte eterne, care are loc printr-un proces de elevare vibrationala si spirituala.
Cu ajutorul tehnicilor de vizualizare si hipnoza acest workshops va va duce intr-o calatorie incredibila de explorare a universul sufletului si al mintii, pentru a constientiza sursele reale ale anumitor probleme cu care va confruntati in aceasta viata (ca de exemplu depresia, anxietatea, cosmarurile, infertilitate, fricile, fobiile, si chiar si bolile) si a va creste potentialul de videcare al mintii si corpului.
Daca sunteti deschisi la ideea ca sufletul supravietuieste mortii fizice si isi continua calatoria de evolutie spirituala si in alte vieti, atunci va rezona cu voi ideea ca multe dintre problemele noastre de sanatate si emotionale actuale au originea in vieti precedente.
Explorarea vietilor precedente este un proces fascinant ce duce la purificarea sufletului si eliberarea din blocajele trecutuli.
Pe de o parte, sentimentele si evenimentele placute traite in vietile precedente pot fi profesori minunati pentru cel ce le retraieste in regresie, pentru ca ii reamintesc ce ar trebui sa simta in viata aceata, pentru a ajunge la balans emotional si fericire interiora, indiferent de conditiile vietii curente.
Pe de alta parte vietile anterioare pot dezvalui traume care sunt legate de sursele reale ale problemelor cu care persoana respectiva se confrunta in aceasta viata, si prin revederea lor si a lectiilor ce vietile respective le dezvaluie, are loc un proces de invatare subcontient si de crestere vibrationala, in urma caruia problemele respective dispar: depresia se atenueaza, anxietatea si fricile dispar, si asa mai departe.
Revederea vietilor anterioare va va ajuta sa va vedeti viata curenta prin ochii iubirii neconditionate, sa o apreciati la un nivel mult mai inalt, sa fiti mai iertatori si plini de compasiune, si sa realizati ca a trai nu este de ajuns, a simti pe un nivel inalt este totul. Sentimentele sunt cele care ne ridica sau ne coboara pe scara evolutiei spirituale.
Hipnoza este o stare absolut normala prin care cu totii trecem in fiecare zi, inainte sa ne trezim dimineata complet, cind ne aflam in starea de veghe dintre somn si trezire, sau cind mergem seara la culcare. Cind devenim constienti ca visam in timpul noptii suntem tot in starea de hipnoza. Hipnoza este o stare mentala pe care cu totii am experimentat-o in fiecare zi si noapte (starea undelor theta ale creierului), deci cu totii suntem experti in hipnoza, doar ca nu suntem constienti de acest lucru.
Regressile in vietile trecutre ne ajuta sa ne clarificam multe dintre dilemele existentei noastre si ne raspundem la intrebari, cum ar fi:
De unde venim ca si suflete?
Cum este acel univers?
De ce suntem aici?
Ce se intimpla cu noi, ca si suflete dupa moarte?

Dupa zece ani de practica in Romania ( in Targu-Mures) ca si medic, Dr. Elena Gabor s-a mutat in Santa Monica si si-a directionat practica medicala catre medicina holistica, terapia subconstientului si hipnoterapie, ajutind peste 2000 de pacienti sa-si vindece, fara medicamente, bolile si problemele mentale si emotionale. Actualmente Dr. Gabor isi publica prima carte numita AcAsA, ce prezinta descoperirile extraordinare facute impreuna cu pacientii ei in timpul sedintelor de terapie.
Dr. Gabor ofera si sedinte private. Pentru mai multe detalii vizitati-i sau trimiteti-i email la
Adresati-i orice intrebare pe care o aveti, este bucuroasa sa va raspunda.

Pretul workshopului: $75/ persoana.
Plata se poate face fie prin paypal pentru adresa
or prin intermediul websiteului

Spatiul: este limitat.
Pentru inscriere: trimiteti un email la sau sunati la numarul 310-614-9919

Va asteptam sa exploram misterele mintii si ale sufletului impreuna.

Dr. Elena Gabor, CMHt

California Assoc. Of Realtors – Leslie Appleton-Young’s Real Estate Market Update & 2012 Forecast (This is a MUST SEE)

Detailed Statistical reports on our local Market.

CALREDD.JPGLeslie Appleton-Young's

Real Estate Market Update & 2012 Forecast 


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CAR Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young gave a Real Estate Market Update and 2012 Forecast at our March 14 Breakfast Forum.  



Her presentation is now available for download.

Thank you 

Ady Simion  


Housing Crisis to End in 2012 as Banks Loosen Credit Standards

Capital Economics expects the housing crisis to end this year, according to a report released Tuesday. One of the reasons: loosening credit.

The analytics firm notes the average credit score required to attain a mortgage loan is 700. While this is higher than scores required prior to the crisis, it is constant with requirements one year ago.

Additionally, a Fed Senior Loan Officer Survey found credit requirements in the fourth quarter were consistent with the past three quarters.

However, other market indicators point not just to a stabilization of mortgage lending standards, but also a loosening of credit availability.

Banks are now lending amounts up to 3.5 times borrower earnings. This is up from a low during the crisis of 3.2 times borrower earnings.

Banks are also loosening loan-to-value ratios (LTV), which Capital Economics denotes “the clearest sign yet of an improvement in mortgage credit conditions.”

In contrast to a low of 74 percent reached in mid-2010, banks are now lending at 82 percent LTV.

While credit conditions may have loosened slightly, some potential homebuyers are still struggling with credit requirements. In fact, Capital Economics points out that in November 8 percent of contract cancellations were the result of a potential buyer not qualifying for a loan.

Additionally, Capital Economics says “any improvement in credit conditions won’t be significant enough to generate actual house price gains,” and potential ramifications from the euro-zone pose a threat to future credit availability.


Americans More Optimistic About Housing, Economy – Daily Real Estate News | Thursday, March 08, 2012

Americans’ concerns over housing and the economy are subsiding, according to Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey from February. 

An improving job market is a big part of what’s behind Americans feeling more confident about the housing market and the direction of the economy, according to the survey. 

“The pickup in the pace of hiring over the past few months has helped soothe consumer concerns, lifting their moods regarding their personal finances, the direction of the economy, and their views on the housing market,” says Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae. “As a result, we’ve seen more potential for economic upside, creating a more balanced near-term outlook.”

The survey found that 28 percent of Americans expect home prices to increase over the next 12 months while 53 percent say prices will likely stay the same. Fifteen percent say they expect home prices to decline. 

Meanwhile, the majority of those surveyed see rental prices continuing to increase over the next year. 

Sixty-five percent of those surveyed say that if they were going to move they’d buy their next home; 29 percent say they would rent. 

With low mortgage rates and falling home prices, 70 percent of those surveyed say now is a good time to purchase a home. Also, more Americans surveyed say now is a good time to sell, rising to 13 percent in February, which is the highest level in more than a year but still low by historic standards. 

Overall, Americans expressed more confidence about their personal financial situation, with only 12 percent saying they expected their personal financial situation to worsen in the next 12 months — which is the lowest number in more than a year. 

Source: Fannie Mae 

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Builders Are Feeling More Optimistic

Entire Town for Sale in Montana for $1.4M


If a home isn’t enough for your buyer, how about an entire town? 

A small village known as Pray, Mont., is for sale, which means one buyer could own his or her very own town for $1.4 million. The small village, founded in 1907, is about 30 miles north of Yellowstone National Park and boasts a population of 197, according to Census data. 

The five-acre scenic countryside town includes a four-unit trailer park, a now-closed general store, a post office, and other small buildings. The town falls along Highway 540 — once a heavily traveled route for tourists who were heading to Yellowstone National Park. 

“It’s a town,” Barbara Walker, the owner of the property, maintains. “There’s status in being able to own a town.” Plus, as the owner you get to wear multiple hats: Besides being the owner of the property, Walker says she’s also the unofficial mayor, sheriff, garbage control, and animal control officer for the town too.

Source: “Got $1.4M to Spare? There’s a Tiny Montana Village for Sale,”


Another sign of improving economy – Associated Press March 1, 2012, 7:25 a.m

Associated Press

March 1, 2012, 7:25 a.m.

Many retailers reported strong sales gains for February in the latest sign that Americans are feeling more confident in the economy.

As merchants reported their monthly sales figures Thursday, a diverse group including Target Corp., Macy’s Inc. and Limited Brands Inc., reported sales gains that exceeded Wall Street estimates. Even Gap Inc., long mired in a sales slump, posted an unexpected increase.

The figures, based on revenue at stores opened at least a year, are considered an indicator of a retailer’s health. Only a small group of retailers report monthly sales figures. But industry watchers say those merchants that do post monthly numbers offer a snapshot of consumer spending, which accounts for more than 70 percent of all economic activity.

“This was a very strong month. A new life has been breathed into the retailers,” said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics, a research firm. “Consumers are starting to feel much better about their overall situation.”

Overall, merchants on Thursday reported a 6.7 percent increase for February, according to the International Council of Shopping Center’s tally of 20 retailers. That’s the biggest gain since June 2011 when the index was up 6.9 percent as shoppers took advantage of deep promotions on summer merchandise.

An unusually mild winter, which depressed sales of cold weather goods like coats during the holiday season, turned out to be a blessing in February. It helped to kick off spending of spring merchandise in February. But what had a bigger impact is the improving economy, which boosted shoppers’ moods during the month to the highest level in a year, according to a widely-watched barometer of consumer confidence released yesterday by private research group the Conference Board.

Americans particularly are encouraged by the improving job market. The government reported that the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years and the first time since 1994 that unemployment has dropped five months in a row.

Figures released Thursday showed more signs of improvement: The government reported the number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to the lowest point in four years. Economists expect employers to add another 210,000 jobs when job figures for February are out next Friday. The unemployment rate should remain unchanged.

The government also reported Thursday that consumers earned a little more in January and spent most of the extra money. The gains should keep the economy growing at a modest pace.

Meanwhile, Wall Street hit two milestones. The Nasdaq composite index briefly touched 3,000 on Wednesday for the first time since the collapse in dot-com stocks more than a decade ago. Stocks ended lower, but it was still the best February on Wall Street in 14 years. That came a day after the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008.

But there are reasons for some caution. Rising gas prices could threaten consumer spending particularly among the low-to middle income shopper. The price of gas has jumped 45 cents since Jan. 1 and is the highest on record for this time of year, an average of $3.73 a gallon.

That didn’t seem to hurt retailers’ February results.

Target’s sales rebounded after a muted holiday shopping season. Its key sales figure rose 7 percent in February as more people came to stores and spent more on core categories such as food and health care products. Analysts expected a 5.2 percent rise. Excluding the Easter months, which skew results, Target’s increase was the biggest since November 2007 when the figure soared 10.8 percent. That was one month before the recession officially started.

Limited Brands, which operates Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Works, had an 8 percent increase in revenue at stores opened at least a year. That’s better than the 6.2 percent gain analysts had expected.

Limited Brands Inc. has found a niche with its chains, which offer Americans lingerie and beauty and bath products, small luxuries that people will buy for themselves despite the uncertain economy.

And department-store chain Macy’s, which has had solid results throughout the recession thanks to its focus on tailoring merchandise to different regions, reported a 4.6 percent increase, better than the 3.5 percent gain expected by analysts.

“We saw good consumer response to our early spring deliveries in women’s apparel, and continued strong trends in accessories, shoes, cosmetics, men’s and home, which bodes well for the months ahead,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s in a statement.

Gap’s revenue at stores opened at least a year rose 4 percent in February. Analysts had expected a 1.4 percent drop. The figure was helped by strong demand for spring clothing at its Banana Republic chain, but the North America’s divisions of its namesake chain and Old Navy also enjoyed gain. Its international business had a decline.

Not all retailers enjoyed strong sales, though.

Mid-brow department store chain Kohl’s had a 0.8 percent decline in revenue at stores opened at least a year. Analysts had expected the metric to be unchanged compared with a year ago. The sluggish performance followed a weak holiday period that forced the chain to deeply discount. However, Kohl’s also said that it was pleased with initial sales of its Rock & Republic brand, which launched during the month.