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Protecting Your Home: 3 Ways To Cover Your Windows for More Secured Living

Protecting Your Home: 3 Ways To Cover Your Windows for More Secured Living

Our home is the place where we feel most comfortable and secure. It’s where we associate the most with our parents, siblings and family pets. To this end, keeping it protected at all times, 24 hours a day, should always make our list of top priorities in life.

In today’s very dangerous times, everything in our lives can change in a split second when we neglect to protect a part of our home. Whether it’s the malfunctioning kitchen appliance, the broken lock, or even our dislocated windows, they should be given immediate assistance before accidents or crime-related mishaps occur.

Keeping our homes safe begins with ensuring our security. To that end, one should recognize the importance of maintaining a home with everything sealed with the correct safety measures. This includes making an effort to adjust to the varying changes we experience in life such as airborne diseases, burglary, theft, and other unwanted sources of headaches.

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Doors are the pathway where anyone makes an entry to our homes. They play a major role in keeping everything and everyone at ease when the sun sets down. Our windows, meanwhile, can be tricky. They are the entry ways for the sunlight to come in. Also, they come in glass and sometimes wooden surfaces which can be easily broken by a home invader or by a sexual offender. That’s why windows should be given an extra attention to make sure no one will attempt to enter our home uninvited.

If you’re thinking of marking you territory against unwanted crime seekers, you should consider fully-covering your windows to make sure they do not see the activities going on inside your space. By doing so, the level of your privacy will be heightened.

Check out the list below to give you some options appropriate for your own home:

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1. Curtains

This is probably one of the most widely-used cover ups for windows. While its primary feature is to give shade against strong rays of sunlight, covering up your windows with curtains can definitely provide more protection against outsiders. Not only do they help keep your life private, they are also excellent designing pieces for every part of your homes. Curtains come in different shades, color and textures that could complement the theme or motif of your living space.

For more privacy, you might also want to try cubicle curtains. These type of curtain come in two varieties: 1) standard disposable cubicle curtains with eyelets, 2) easy fit disposable cubicle curtains.

2. Blinds

These contemporary form of window covering come in different textures including: wood, faux wood, plastic, and vinyl among others. With easy to adjust features, blinds can be adjusted to your preferred angle for light and privacy purposes. They can be controlled with a cord that can be raised or lowered depending on your desired amount of visibility.

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Types of blinds:

  •       Vertical blinds
  •       Roller blinds
  •       Venetian blinds
  •       Wooden blinds
  •       Conservatory blinds
  •       Perfect fit blinds
  •       Roman blinds
  •       Panel blinds
  •       Pleated blinds
  •       Blackout blinds
  •       Picture blinds

For the more advanced types of blinds, you may also try:

  •       Remote control blinds – these high-tech kind of blinds allows you to control them via radio handsets/wall switch or even using your smartphones or tablets. Other manufacturers also offer them in different channels of power source including: battery operated, solar powers, 24 v and 230 v mains powered classes.
  •       Energy saving blinds – this come with a blind fabric feature which prevents heat to escape through the windows during winter, while also ensuring your rooms are cool during the summer season.

3. Insect Screens

If your home is always infested or surrounded with insects, choosing this type of window guard is perfect. Not only can it cover your window through a mesh, it also comes in door-size to protect your main entrance from annoying mosquitoes and flies.

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Choose from a wide-selection of insect screens:

  •       Mesh panel insect screens
  •       Roller insect screens
  •       Chain insect screens
  •       Mesh insect screens
  •       Hinged insect screens
  •       Framed insect screens
  •       Roller insect screens
  •       Sliding fly screens for doors
  •       Telescopic window fly screens
  •       Candy strip fly screens

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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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