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September Checklist 2016

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• Stay safe with the popular game Pokémon Go: Avoid playing after dark. Don’t trespass, loiter near private homes or enter public areas when they are officially closed. Watch your valuables. Don’t use the mobile game while crossing the street, driving or bicycling. Don’t interfere with traffic to make Poké Stops. Play with a buddy. Bonus: Some creatures appear only when several players are nearby.

• Just do it! Tuesday, September 6, is Fight Procrastination Day. Plan to tackle just one neglected task—but be sure to share your plans with someone who will hold you accountable. Choose a reward to give yourself immediately upon completion.

• Set limits to violent news ­exposure: Designate certain times to “check in” instead of getting constant updates through social media or 24/7 news channels.

• Think ahead: Reserve accommodations for fall foliage trips (a peak-date calendar is available at StormFax.com/foliagemap.htm). Make plans for holiday travel. Establish your holiday gift budget—and buy early to avoid expensive last-minute choices.

• Register for free pollen alerts: Minimize discomfort during the “sneezin’ season” by signing up for two-day pollen and weather forecasts. Free apps are available, too. Pollen.com/tools

• Try yoga for health: More than 1,500 studios and teachers offer some free classes during September, which is National Yoga Month. Free online instructional videos: Greatist.com/move/free-yoga-videos

• Protect against wasp stings: Yellow jacket wasps are most numerous in late summer, when they become especially aggressive. Instead of swatting at them, just let them fly away. Avoid wearing fragrance. Keep outdoor food—­especially sugary items—and garbage cans tightly covered.

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Date: September 1, 2016 Publication: Bottom Line Personal
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