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20 Insanely Efficient Gadgets Everyone Wishes Existed

20 Insanely Efficient Gadgets Everyone Wishes Existed

There’s no stopping the human craving for shortcuts nor our desire to get things done in the easiest way possible. Our longing for things that make life easier than before knows no bounds.

Often, it’s said necessity is the mother of all inventions; however, throughout history, laziness has been a major driving factor behind plenty of inventions.

And, whenever some new invention garners widespread recognition, the possibility of the new invention encouraging laziness it always among the very first criticisms it draws. This has been the case from trams, cars, telephones to Internet and social media.

Well, there must be a very thin line between laziness and efficiency, provided laziness doesn’t stop you from getting things done. If you’re lazy, particularly if you’re a genius, you look for the easiest way to do things and that’s exactly what efficiency is all about.

Below are 20 insanely efficient gadgets everyone wishes they existed.

1. Drip-catcher Coffee Mug
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    You’ve probably been annoyed countless times over coffee that drips on the table, leaving behind filthy and very hard-to-remove stains. This drip-catcher coffee mug is the perfect solution to this problem. The drops of coffee are collected at the gap just above the bottom, preventing them from staining the furniture.

    2. Pileup Toaster

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      This toaster is definitely one for lazy folks. It toasts the slices of bread and as soon as they are toasted, they are gathered into a pile. You know longer have to worry about leaving the bread in your toaster for too long and and burning it!

      3. Disinfecting Towel Dryer

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        This idea for a towel is a brilliant one. It will give you a dry and bacteria-free towel. The towel is dried with heat and any lingering bacteria is disinfected with the use of UV technology.

        4. Color-Adapting Pen

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          The color-adopting pen is another cool technology everybody is sure to love, bringing the magic wand of Photoshop into real life. With this pen, you can scan any color you want. Then you can write in that color.

          5. Easy-To-Open Bag of Chips

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            You don’t need to go the traditional way—opening from the top—with this bag of chips. This bag is very easy to open. You can open it right in the middle and enjoy your chips.

            6. Water Sterilizer for Food

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              With this gadget, you are guaranteed absolutely clean and bacteria-free food. Water itself might not guarantee bacteria-free food sometimes. This gadget ensures the water is sterilized and in doing so, also ensures there’s no compromise in edibility of the food.

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              7. Cake Cutter and Server

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                This cake cutter and server combo is another ingenious product to meet your needs. As the title itself implies, with this tool, you can cut and serve cake in a single stroke.

                8. Dissolvable Soap Package

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                  This dissolvable soap package may not be available as of yet on the market, but it’s another product many of us have been hoping for for a long time. You don’t need to open the soap from the package. The package dissolves itself when exposed to water.

                  9. Date Stapler

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                    This one would be particularly handy for offices. You wouldn’t need to staple the pages and write down dates manually if this great tool existed.

                    10. Fountain-Converting Toothbrush

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                      Doesn’t the above picture of toothbrush-fountain look amazing? This toothbrush-fountain isn’t just great to look at but also would be really handy for use as well. You can wash yourself without having to bend much.

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                      11. Fry Holder With Ketchup Packet

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                        This fry holder would come very handy particularly while you’re travelling. You can enjoy fries with ketchup wherever you are, whether you’re walking, travelling on a bus or reading at a library.

                        12. Floating Cloud Sofa

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                          This sofa which floats and has the appearance of a cloud, certainly feels heavenly. However, it’s not completely hypothetical either. Giant magnets can be used to make the cloud-like sofa float.

                          13. Self-Opening Milk Container
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                            With this self-opening milk container, you don’t even need to open or cut through the lid of the package. You can pour milk as soon as you’d you like. The weight of the milk opens the lid, and the lid closes automatically when the container is put down.

                            14. iChat

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                              iPhones have never failed to dazzle us with their elegant body and attractive cases to smooth operation and provide ease of use.  This app called iChat, however, extends iPhone to a totally new level. You can do video conferencing with the front camera on iPhone, making communication much more effective.

                              15. Personalized Coffee Machine

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                                This personalized coffee machine, as shown in the picture above, uses hand-print-recognition technology in order to make just the right coffee for each individual. This machine provides you with the coffee precise to your tastes, containing the exact amount of sugar and coffee you like.

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                                16. Yogurt Container With Lid Serving as Spoon

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                                  You don’t need to search for a separate spoon with this type of yogurt packaging. The yogurt container has a lid which you can use as a spoon. Thus, you can open your yogurt container whenever you want and eat it with ease.

                                  17. Alarm That Needs Workout to Turn Off

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                                    This alarm would be extremely effective for those of us who set alarms and keep hitting snooze, causing us to wake up hours after the scheduled time. In order to turn off this alarm, you’ll need to do some workouts, which will wake you up more and provide you with some extra exercise. Sounds like an effective alarm to me!

                                    18. Non-Permanent Highlighter

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                                      This is another dream product many of us must have wished for at times. Highlighters are meant to highlight important things. However what is important can vary with time. With this non-permanent highlighter, you can edit your highlights freely.

                                      19. Printer That Uses Pencil Graphite Powder

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                                        This is very similar to a non-permanent highlighter. With non-permanent highlighters, you can erase highlights. Meanwhile with this kind of printer, you can even erase printed texts. This would make for a very ecofriendly and efficient printer.

                                        20. Extensible Socket Extensions

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                                          With all the different kinds of socket extensions, it’s hard to realize we haven’t had anything like pictured above in the market as of yet. These socket extensions allow you to add as many outlets as you need.

                                          Featured photo credit: HTC Vive (Wikimedia) via upload.wikimedia.org

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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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