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Have You Ever Tried To Live In A Car?

Have You Ever Tried To Live In A Car?

Living in a car can hardly count as a pleasant experience; however, sometimes one doesn’t have a choice – or, perhaps, simply wants to try out something new and unusual. Irrespective of what your reasons may be, it pays to be well-informed and prepared. Here are some tips that can make living in a car less trying and more secure.

1. Choose the Right Car

If you have any time and money to prepare, make sure your car suits your needs. You may check all car logos here, but in general you should be on a lookout for a reliable and inexpensive van, preferably a windowless one. This way you will be able to kill two birds with one stone: a van provides more space than average, and the fact that it doesn’t have windows will make getting some privacy much less problematic.

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2. Get a Steering Column Lock

Losing your car when you use it to move around is highly unpleasant. Losing your car when you live in it is nothing short of catastrophic, especially if you do so out of necessity rather than to look for new experiences. A simple steering column lock can do much more to provide the safety of your vehicle than any fancy auto alarms and similar security devices.

3. Find a Suitable Place(s) for Parking

There are many things to consider, but primarily safety, noise and possible problems with the law. In many locales using your car to sleep in is not simply discouraged but illegal as well. That is why you should make sure you know the laws of the state you live in and always choose places where you don’t stand out too much. Wal-Mart and other retailer parking lots, highway rest and truck stops, public parks, church and community parking lots and other similar places come to mind.

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4.Get a Pair of Earplugs

If you’ve never slept out of a house before, you may find outside noises to be all-pervading and extremely distracting. If you want to be able to sleep at all, especially in your first few days of living in a car, earplugs are a must. Believe me.

5. Find a Way to Stay Clean

Naturally, hygiene is a huge issue for those living in a car, and finding an affordable and stable way to maintain it should be among the first things for you to tick off. There are more ways to do it than you may think, ranging from rather expensive ones (like signing up for a gym membership or booking into a motel a couple of times a week) to more affordable methods (using free showers offered by churches, councils and other support organization or joining Community or Recreation centers for their cheap showers).

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6. Don’t Attract Attention

Living in a car makes you quite a vulnerable target both for law enforcement and criminals. Thus, being as inconspicuous as possible is another of your primary concerns. There is no sure fire way to do so – it is comprised of many small things. Don’t park in the same place twice on the same week. Get your windows tinted as dark as legally allowed in your location. Use a blackout curtain to hide light at night. Maintain your appearance – the more respectable you look, the less likely you are to attract the attention of police.

So, living in a car may be a challenge for many. It may be anything from frustrating to disheartening. However, if you take steps to prepare for it and follow a number of simple rules, the experience can be made much more palatable and I wish you good luck!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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