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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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