Renew Your Passport Now for a Quicker Turnaround

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Renew Your Passport Now for a Quicker Turnaround

Applying for a new passport can take a couple of months. If you have a trip planned, you might be cutting it close, and if you want it sooner, it’ll cost you. This is why the U.S. State Department of Passport Services is encouraging people to apply between now and the end of the year. Doing so will ensure faster processing.

Before you plan a trip out of the country, you obviously want to make sure your passport is valid. To avoid any travel disruptions, it’s also best to make sure it’s valid for at least six months leading up to your trip. If you have anything planned within the next year, and your need to update your passport, now is the time to do it, as it’s the least busy time of year for the State Department of Passports. September-December is their off-peak season, and their busiest months are January through August.

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Check out the press release for more info. They have some additional tips for renewing your passport, too.

Plan now. Avoid stressful travel later. | U.S. Department of State via Smarter Travel

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“Drop the E” to Take Quicker Handwritten Notes

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“Drop the E” to Take Quicker Handwritten Notes

When you are in a meeting or in class, writing by hand leads to more effective learning. It’s just so darn slow. If you skip the letter “e” when writing, you’ll write faster.

Over at Quartz, they interviewed author RJ Blain for suggestions about taking notes without a laptop. She doesn’t use a laptop to draft her novels, so she’s experienced in writing the hard way. She recommends creating a form of shorthand that saves time and paper. Dropping the “e” is a good place to start:

This is an easy form of shorthand that will still allow you to easily read your notes when reviewing, Blain says. The letter “e” is the most common in the English language, so it could save you a good amount of time to not use it. Don’t worry, you won’t miss it much—bcaus th contxt and surrounding lttrs will hlp you undrstand th txt.”

We’ve covered using different versions of shorthand to take notes, so this tip isn’t all that different. Instead of learning a new alphabet for writing, just drop a key letter to start with.

Check out the link for other note-taking tips.

The complete guide to taking notes without a laptop | Quartz

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