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15 Incredible Backyard DIYs To Embrace Summer

15 Incredible Backyard DIYs To Embrace Summer

Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your epic backyard. If its not epic yet, these projects are guaranteed to make for a signficiant upgrade. Do yourself a favor and get on these right now. You’ll make your space more enjoyable and have an awesome space to make all those summer time memories. Here is the inspiration you’ve been waiting for:

1. The Mini Greenhouse of your Dreams

Do you love plants? Do you want to have the perfect environment to grow them? Then this is the project for you. Check out the details here.

Baby Greenhouse

    via designdreamsbyanne

    2. Curvy Fire Pit Seating

    Do you love your fire pit, but just aren’t sure what the best seating solution is? Well, this DIY project is easy and practical. Get your bench on while creating cute excellent seating options.Next time you are ready for some summer smores, you and your crew can enjoy in style. Get the details here

    fire pit bench

      via abeautifulmess.com

      3. Upcycled Planter

      Do you love plants but aren’t sure how to best incorporated them into your design? Do you like to recycle older items into awesome new ones? Then this is the project for you. Grab an old tire and the paint can. Check out the details here

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      hanging-tire-flower-planter-tutorial

        via diyshowoff.com

        4. Outdoor waterworks

        Who doesn’t love the sound of running water? Well, for surprisingly little effort and investment, you can have such a luxury beautifying your backyard. It is a bit more involved than some DIY projects, but it also has one of the best payoffs. You can go for the pond option or the waterfall look with this DIY. Get the details here

        before-after-waterfall-pond

          via ohmy-creative.com

          5. Buddha Tiki Torches

          Are you looking for a bit of Asian flaire in your backyard? Why not make use of that Lucky Buddha Beer bottle? Turn those happy little suckers into elaborate tiki torches with this tutorial

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            via adventuresinmaking.com

            6. The mini bar you have been dreaming of

            Summer gatherings can only be improved with a mini bar. Make it something memorable and affordable with this tutorial.

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              via ideas.evite.com

              7. River Rock Table

              You’ll be amazed at how easily you can add this awesome piece of practical decor to your backyard. Grab some river rocks, wire, and a glass top and BAM you’ve got an awesome table. Check it out here

              river rock table

                via bhg.com

                8. Outside Movie House

                Imagine the whole family chilling in the backyard around dusk eating BBQ and watching a movie. LEarn how to build the perfect outdoor screen here via runn.

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                  ing-w-scissors.com

                  9. Fairy Folk Garden

                  If you think fairies are cool, this is the project for you. Not only will you have a cool conversation starter, but you will help make some awesome magical memories. Get the details here

                  fairy-house-from-onceuponacrafttime

                    via featheredneststudio.com

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                    10. Charming “rock” path

                    Do you love the way rock paths intricately connect a wide variety of shaped rocks? Would you like to have that effect without the big time investment? Bam problem solved

                    walkway

                      via onemillionpicture.com

                      11. Log Lounger

                      If your backyard is longing for some additional seating, this log lounger is the answer for you. Its inexpensive and adds a distinct taste of atmosphere to your little oasis. Check it out here

                      log lounger

                        via homemade-modern.com

                        12. Classic outdoor dining set

                        If you are going to throw an epic party in your backyard, you will definitely need a place for people to sit and dine. Check out how to build exactly that with some old pallets here

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                          via bridgman.co.uk

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                          13. Fence Bench

                          Grab those old pieces of fence you’ve got laying around and turn them into this cool piece of furniture. Check it out here.

                          fence bench

                            via the-brick-house.com

                            14. Crate Storage Table

                            Practical, stylish, and upcycled. What more could you want from a DIY project? Check it here

                            crate table

                              via Infarrantlycreative.com

                              15. Flower Pot Table

                              And you thought flower pots were just for plants. Hah. Get the real story here

                              flower pot table

                                via apartmenttherapy.com

                                Featured photo credit: LOSTMIND via pixabay.com

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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