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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 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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