8 Things You Can Do to Help Settle Into A New Area

8 Things You Can Do to Help Settle Into A New Area

You’ve moved into your home and are ready to begin your new life. It’s time to let go of the past and open up to learning about the community around you. Look at the area as a place to explore. You can now discover stores you like, restaurants that appeal to you, and learn about the local events that take place during the year and more. It is now time to start the process of settling into your new location

1. If you have kids, volunteer at their school.

If you have children, it will take them time to adjust to a new school. You may want to consider volunteering for some school activities. This will enable you to learn more about the school. It’s also a great way to meet people involved with the school. What you learn will also help your children. This is a good way to get connected with the community.


2. Host a housewarming party for all of your new neighbors and coworkers.

Your neighbors may have good intentions but still not find the time to come and make your acquaintance, so don’t take it personally. Instead, have a housewarming party. This is a fun and effective way to get to know your neighbors. You can also invite the people from your new workplace as well as the parents of your children’s new friends.

To prevent anyone feeling obligated to bring a gift, write on the invitation that you will provide food and ask only that they bring a card listing their favorite places in the community.


3. Look into local classes and clubs.

If you have a hobby, there is a good chance someone in your new neighborhood also has the same hobby. It’s possible there will even be a club dedicated to it. If you don’t have a hobby, it may be time to find a listing of the different clubs in your area and check out something that interests you. This is a good way to meet new people and develop new friendships with like-minded people.

4. Read local publications.

When you first move into a new area, it is best to read as many local periodicals as possible. Many are available for free in front of retail stores, restaurants and more. And, since it is 2016, there are likely to be a lot of local sites online. These publications provide a huge amount of information about an area. Everything from local events, accomplishments of residents, political issues facing the area and more.


5. Ask your movers for tips and resources.

Some places also have community centers that provide newsletters. You can also check with your moving company, or companies in the area, as they will often have information on local areas, and advice for settling in quickly. For example, if you are moving to New York, all you have to do is perform a quick Google search for “moving company New York” to see what’s out there.

6. Volunteer in the community.

Every community has a need for volunteers. This could be everything from helping to clear paths at local parks, assisting in setting up community events, tending to community gardens and more. Volunteering is an excellent way to experience your new community. You will meet others, and you’ll end up learning quite a bit about the new place where you live.


7. Get around and explore the area.

With the help of modern technology, it’s easy to access a map and spend time discovering places in your new community.  Check out the local monuments, historic homes and more. This is also a good way to find the quickest routes around your new area. There are always shortcuts that can’t be found using a map. It’s a great way to discover shops and businesses that are excellent but don’t have big name recognition.

8. Just get out and talk to people.

Many people struggle to move out of their comfort level and speak with people they do not know, but most people are happy to get to know someone new. Speaking with people in a new neighborhood can happen as you walk down the street. You can comment on a gardener’s flowers, complement a pet owner’s dog or even ask for directions. Try to remember this is all part of settling into a new place.

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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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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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