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Thinking About Installing a Security System? Keep These 4 Factors in Mind

Thinking About Installing a Security System? Keep These 4 Factors in Mind

Maybe you’re a new homeowner.

Maybe your city’s police captain has warned of a string of recent break-ins.

Or, maybe you’ve just binge-watched an entire season of Criminal Minds on Netflix.

In any case, you’re putting serious thought into installing a security system to keep your family safe.

The problem is: you know a lot goes into installing a security system in your home, and you don’t know where to begin.

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Fear not! This guide will help you understand everything you need to know before you even start looking for the system that will best suit your needs and help keep your family safe.

Know what you need

The knee-jerk reaction, of course, is to go all out – especially when it comes to the safety of your kids and loved ones. But, as with all things, flashiest isn’t always best. Of course, if you go into a home security store with a look that says you’re frightened to death of potential catastrophe, the employee working with you is most likely going to try to sell you as much as possible – regardless of whether or not it suits your purposes or not.

It’s one thing to not know specifics, but you should definitely have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Understand the difference between a sensor and an alarm. Know the type of camera you need. Do some research on how much a system and installation should cost.

By showing the salesperson you are knowledgeable about home security systems, you’ll avoid getting ripped off, and end up with the best system your money can buy.

Be thorough

Too often, criminals get into homes because a certain entry point was overlooked by the homeowner.

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When preparing to install a security system into your home, you have to think like a burglar. Look for areas that offer even the slightest opportunity for a break-in – such as the sliding door in the basement being held shut by a block of wood, or the tree located directly outside the upstairs guestroom window.

Think about it: If someone is desperate enough to break into a house, they’re likely to do it by any means necessary, right?

Make sure you cover all the bases and ensure your home is as secure as possible.

Leave potential for upgrades

This piece of advice mainly pertains to those looking to install a security system on their own.

Take into consideration the fact that you might one day add a new room or area to your home that would require a bit of fine tuning to your system.

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Similarly, one of your devices may start to fail over time, or the company may release a better-performing device. If your system is put together piecemeal, you shouldn’t have a problem changing out obsolete technology in favor of the newest iteration.

And, perhaps the best part of a DIY system is you can take it with you if you decide to move. Obviously, you might have to do a little revamping of your system when you move into your new digs, but at least you won’t have had to leave your entire system behind.

Keep everyone in the loop

You can just imagine it, right?

You settle in for a good night’s sleep, and start to doze off. Suddenly, the alarm starts blaring, warning you of an intruder.

You reach for your phone to call the cops in a complete panic, only to realize your college-age son – home from a night out with friends – has forgotten the passcode.

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Once you install a security system, you should always make sure your loved ones know how to disarm it if need be. This should extend to family, friends, and anyone else you trust to be in your home without having to check with you first.

Furthermore, just because you have a security system doesn’t mean you’re 100% safe. Prepare a failsafe plan in case everyone in the house needs to act quickly, so everyone knows what to do in case a true emergency strikes.
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A home security system can end up saving your life, and the lives of your loved ones. With proper research, you can be sure to get the best one you can possibly afford, and keep your family safe in the process.

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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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