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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 July 10, 2020

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                          Boundaries are limits

                                          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                          • When do you feel disrespected?
                                          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                          • When do you want to be alone?
                                          • How much space do you need?

                                          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                          Sample language:

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                                          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                          Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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