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Living In Australia: 5 Top Cities To Relocate To And How To Choose

Living In Australia: 5 Top Cities To Relocate To And How To Choose

Australia is a very diverse country with cities ranging from metropolises to small rural towns with populations of a few hundred. It has beautiful beaches and barren outback, as well as a few islands. There are a couple of factors that you will want to consider when you are selecting a particular city to settle down in.

The four main factors will be the job situation, the cost of real estate, the cost of living, and the climate. Here is a list of cities that you might want to consider based on these factors.

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1. Melbourne

Melbourne has reclaimed its position for being one of the world’s most liveable cities. Apart from being built around the scenic Yarra river, making it a prime spot for water sports, its residents are surrounded by cutting-edge architecture, music, green parks, and libraries. The climate is never too hot or too cold. In the summers, the city sees daytime temperature highs of 25 degrees Celsius or more, while the winter drops down to only around 15 degrees Celsius. Getting around the city is very convenient, owing to its well-connected tram network which covers around 150 miles. It has a strong economy and is the hub of Australia’s manufacturing industry. Real estate in Melbourne is cheaper than Sydney by 30-35%.

2. Sydney

There is no doubting the fact that Sydney is the financial capital and the biggest and oldest city of Australia. Sydney is best known for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. Sydney’s economy is larger than that of Hong Kong’s or Singapore’s, producing more than $306 billion worth of goods and services each year. The major industries here are manufacturing, information and communications technology, tourism, financial and professional services, and research and education. Employment prospects in Sydney are generally considered to be quite good, with plenty of opportunities available and a low unemployment rate. Sydney is the most expensive city in Australia to live in and proudly features in lists of the most expensive cities in the world. According to Tom Caesar, Managing Director of The Positive Group, “with the help of several home financing solutions, people still prefer to choose Sydney. Weather-wise, in the warmest months, Sydney’s temperatures can go up to 40 degrees Celsius whereas in winters temperature can fall to 6 degrees.”

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3. Adelaide

Adelaide is known for its Mediterranean climate and a population of about 1.3 million. It is now emerging as an increasingly popular place to live for new arrivals to Australia — especially for students. The weather is pleasant and hits around 7 degrees in the winter months and jumps to 30 degrees on an average during the summer. Adelaide boasts a healthy economy and there are plenty of job opportunities. Major industries in Adelaide include healthcare, manufacturing, retail, public administration, education and training, and healthcare. It is also considered as one of Australia’s most affordable cities.

4. Perth

A consistently warm city, Perth’s weather peaks above 30ºC during summer and dips to around 18ºC during winter. The mining sector employs a lot of people in the city, along with other industries like tourism, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, and information and communications technology. The cost of living is quite affordable here.

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5. Canberra

Canberra has quite a dry climate and is prone to frosty conditions during the extreme winters. The temperatures can be as low as zero in the winter and as high as 28ºC during the summer. Canberra houses the parliament and, as a result, many of its residents are public servants working for either the Australian or ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Governments. It has also started to attract some employment in the cultural sectors. The city is quite affordable in terms of cost of living.

Featured photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Sacha Fernandez via flic.kr

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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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