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Tips for Moving to a New Home

Tips for Moving to a New Home

Without question, the worst part of moving to a new location is… the actual process of moving. The time, energy, and money spent moving is huge, regardless of how much you own or how far away you’re going. But it’s not impossible; if done systematically, the process of moving can be much easier than expected, and you’ll be able to spend the majority of your time creating memories in your new home. The next time you move:

Decide whether or not to hire movers

If you’re fresh out of college, or you live alone, chances are you don’t have too much stuff to worry about. But if you’re a family of five, you’re going to need all the help you can get. Do some cost-benefit analysis when deciding if it’s worth hiring a crew to help you with your move, or if it would be more cost-effective to do as much as you can on your own. Though, to be honest, it might be worth it to just shell out the extra cash and let someone else do all the heavy lifting!

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Donate what you don’t need

Even in my tiny little apartment, I can pinpoint a ton of stuff that I simply don’t need. It’s one thing to be a packrat when you’ve settled down into a home, but it’s another to bring a bunch of extraneous possessions along with you when you make a move. Use the six-month rule: If you haven’t used it, touched it, or even thought of it in six months, get rid of it. But don’t just throw it away. Throw a packing party and allow your friends to take the extra stuff off your hands. If anything’s left over, donate it. Don’t pretend you “need it,” especially if it’s been collecting dust in the corner for years. It’ll be less to carry, and will go to someone who actually does need it.

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Make a list

Once you’re content with having given away your extraneous possessions, make a list of everything you do plan to bring along with you. Don’t be insanely specific (ex: List “DVDs” instead of every single one of your DVDs), but don’t just go by memory. Take a few laps through the house and make sure you didn’t forget anything. List the order in which you’re going to pack everything, with the heaviest items being first on the list. And definitely don’t forget to make a “First Night List;” you’re going to need to take a shower when the day is done.

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Get ready to pack

Once you know what you’re going to bring with you, start packing! If you don’t have boxes, head to the nearest liquor store and see if they have any extras (and grab a bottle of wine while you’re at it—you’ll need it later!). When packing, make sure to mark each side and the top of your box immediately, and definitely before you tape it shut. It would even help to put a copy of your checklist on each box, marking off specifically what’s enclosed in each. When loading the truck, do your best to pack items from each room together; living room, kitchen, kids’ rooms, etc. That way you’re not pulling apart the entire load to get to your dinette set or your toiletries.

Do it all at once

While you load up the truck, pack everything as tightly as possible. This will not only maximize the possibility that you’ll get everything stowed away in one trip, but also will ensure that fragile items don’t bounce around along the way. When you get to your new place of residence, you might be tempted to take a short rest. Do your best to power through and get everything off the truck as soon as possible. Once you have everything inside your new home, feel free to take a quick nap on your couch before you start unpacking and preparing for the next step in your life!

Featured photo credit: Moving Truck / Matthew W. Jackson via farm3.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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