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15 Environmentally Friendly Tricks To Survive Hot Summer Nights Without An Air Conditioner

15 Environmentally Friendly Tricks To Survive Hot Summer Nights Without An Air Conditioner

Ahh, summer time. This means beach days, cook outs, kayaking, and all sorts of other outdoor activities that you could possibly think of. Unfortunately, summertime also means dealing with those hot and sleepless nights that we all dread.

And the unfortunate truth is, turning on air conditioners is not an environmentally responsible or budget conscious way to survive hot summer nights.

Most people would go straight to breaking out the bulky window A/C unit, or flipping on the central air in their homes, but not everybody has that luxury. Or maybe you are looking for a more creative or cost effective way to keep cool.  If this is you, you must check out these 15 hacks to keep cool during those hot summer nights!

1. Use cotton sheets.

Cotton is light weight, and it breathes a lot better than silk or polyester sheets. By making the switch during the hot months, you will notice a difference immediately!

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2. Make the most of your fans.

If your fans aren’t doing anything but moving the hot air in your room, try pointing a box fan outward in a window frame. This will suck out all of the hot air, making it nice and cool for you.

If you have a ceiling fan, set it to turn counter clock-wise. This will have the same effect. It will move the hot air up and out, creating a comfortable air temperature around you.

3. Wear loose cotton clothing.

Like the sheets, wearing loose cotton clothing to bed can help you keep cool while you sleep. And you can even take it a step further by wearing such comfortable fabrics around the house daily.

4. Put ice in front of a fan.

Try putting a pan of ice in front of a fan to keep cool. This will blow the cold coming from the ice, keeping your own body temperature under control.

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When the ice starts to melt, it will then start to blow a cool mist in the air, making it even cooler for you.

5. Create a cross breeze.

You can do this by placing a fan across the room from a window. With both the air from outside, and the fan, you can make a nice breeze travel through your room.

6. Sleep alone.

If you are a cuddler, you might have to try sleeping separate if you want to stay cool. This way you aren’t adding any extra body heat to your sleep area. Which, let’s face it, you can’t afford.

7. Try a new bed.

No, not a new mattress and frame, but you could try setting up a hammock, or a simple cot to sleep in at night instead. Since all of the sides are suspended on either of these, you are letting more air circulate around you, as opposed to a thick stuffy bed.

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8. Stay hydrated.

Try drinking around eight ounces of water before you fall asleep. This way, you are nice and hydrated, and you won’t wake up thirsty from tossing and turning at night.

9. Take a cool shower before bed.

Taking a cool shower before you go to bed can help you lower your body temperature. This way you can go to bed feeling cool, and in turn, you can fall asleep more comfortably.

10. Get low.

As we all know, heat rises. If you live in a house with more than one level, you should try sleeping in the lowest level of the house to stay cool. I

f you live in a single level house, you can try to put your bed on a shorter frame, or even put the mattress on the floor to help get under the heat.

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11. Keep the lights out.

Light bulbs give off more heat than we realize. If you keep the lights off as much as possible throughout the day, you can significantly reduce the temperature in your house.

12. Hang a wet sheet by a window.

If you hang a wet sheet by a window, a breeze that hits it will help cool your house down more quickly. No, it isn’t a free air conditioner, but it will work wonders so that you don’t have to rely on one.

13. Avoid the stove.

Why would you use the stove anyways, when its grilling season? The stove puts off an insane amount of heat, so by not using it you can reduce the heat in your home a whole lot.

14. Get cold feet.

Try keeping a cool bucket of water by your bed, and whenever you got too hot, stick your feet in it to feel instant relief!

15. Unplug your gadgets.

Electricity creates a lot of heat. Try unplugging small appliances and other little gadgets at night to reduce the heat being created at night.

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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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