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10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Just Suck It Up and Hire a Moving Company

10 Reasons Why It’s Better to Just Suck It Up and Hire a Moving Company

Moving is no fun, but it’s even worse if you try and do it all by yourself.

Here are 10 reasons why sometimes it’s better to just suck it up and hire a moving company.

1. It’ll ease some of the stress.

If you select movers that are used to this type of business you will have a peace of mind as moving is usually a stressful time. Movers that are professional understand how to pack the best possible way and they will make sure your belongings are kept safe from start to finish. It is their job after all!

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2. Let’s face it, they’ll do a better job than you could.

Professional moving companies are very reliable, and it is a good choice to ask them to move you from your home or office versus your friends or your family. They are trained to learn how to pick things up and how to place them in specific containers with solid wrapping material. The boxes they use and the type of care that they exercise when handling lamps, beds, chairs or any large item is done on a calculated basis so there will be less stress on the items.

3. There will be more accountability.

All moving companies hire personnel who are bonded and have special training to ensure that their client’s belongings arrive in one piece and without any hassles. They will have inventory of everything, from start finish. Your friends could not care less about making sure that no item is lost, and you are not going to be able to hold them accountable for anything that is. Movers will be held accountable for everything.

4. It’ll be quicker and more efficient.

A moving company is much faster since they have the manpower to move things in an organized manner. They will make sure that your possessions arrive on time at your new home or place of business. They know how to expedite the process and also how to be able to go up and down a staircase faster. They’re also better at handling a couch or bed than anyone else.

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5. It will probably be cheaper—and you’re covered.

While it might seem like the obvious choice to call up a bunch of friends who will work for the price of a slice of pizza, it is not always the cheapest option. Factor in the work that you and possibly others will have to miss, the cost of gas and transport, and the cost of lost or damaged items (you’re dealing with amateurs after all), and it is probably more expensive, and definitely not worth the hassle. Hire movers and not only are you risking less, but you will have all of your items insured.

6. And they’re less likely to damage anything in the first place!

Experienced movers know how to transport items without damaging them. They do not over-load items or under-wrap fragile antiques that have been in the family for many decades. The movers will work around your fine china or glass dining table in ways that even you would not be able to do!

7. You won’t injure yourself.

Bulky items are very difficult to move and that is why you will be so happy you hired a professional moving company. You will save your back by counting on a couple of movers to carry that heavy refrigerator out of your kitchen and into your new house.

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8. They have the right equipment.

Strapping your mattress to the roof of your Honda Civic might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but halfway to your destination when disaster strikes, you might change your mind. Professional movers will come equipped with trucks, ramps, dollies, and everything you need to move safely and efficiently.

9. No lost friendships.

Yes, your friends owe you for all of the times that you helped them out with a move, but the fact is, it’s the job no one wants, and everyone will resent you for asking. And even if your friends don’t mind helping you move, there is no way that the day will end with fewer than three serious, friendship-threatening arguments.

10. Because it’s so much easier; you really have no other choice.

It’s important to realize that if not shipping your items through professional movers, you can risk losing many items that you have worked so hard for and that mean a lot to you. When you hire professional staff that have the knowledge and the equipment to move light and heavy items you will be less stressed out and will have the peace of mind that it will get done. Why bug your friends or family to help you move, when it would be a lot easier to hop on a computer and type in “moving company NYC” or “moving company LA”? Hiring a moving company might seem like an unnecessary expense, but trust us, it’ll be worth it in the end.

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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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