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How to Handle a Summer Move

How to Handle a Summer Move

Stress — that’s what moving means to many people.

In fact, some people stay in locations they can barely stand for years on end simply because it’s easier than moving. Besides taking about two to three months of planning just to execute a (relatively) painless move to a new location, the actual moving logistics can be tremendously tough to deal with. And it doesn’t end there. Months after the move, most people are still sorting through their boxes, bags, and unpacked articles and finding a spot for them in their new locations.

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Whew!

Now, add to stressful situation the fact that you have chosen to move during the summer, and without even realizing it, you have just complicated your moving tasks and increased the cost of the move. Why? There are several reasons.

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May 1st through Labor Day is the busiest time of the year to move. Due to the increased consumer demand, a shortage typically exists in the supply of available moving staff and drivers. This helps to elevate costs and means that most moving companies will have their resources stretched to capacity. All this adds up to using seasonal help that might be less experienced as packers and drivers — adding to your already heightened stress levels. Additionally, you may have problems when it comes to adding extra services on the day of your move. If you’re looking for flexibility, moving in the off season may be a better idea.

Not only do you have to pay more for moving help in the summer, you may actually get less service in the bargain due to the seasonal demands that summer puts on the industry. What can you do to alleviate the stress of an already less-than-ideal situation? Follow these tips!

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1. Prepare your stuff for the heat.

Remember, the hot weather will conspire to make your move much less merry. Make sure items like candles, DVDs, and CDs do not melt in the moving van en route to your new home. Not only can the heat destroy certain items, melting items can also destroy items that surround them. Keep these items in their own special boxes and wrap them throughly. Better yet, store them with you in your air-conditioned car and move them into your new home first.

2. Hydrate and cool down.

Provide water and sports drinks for yourself and your helpers. Most professional moving teams will have an adequate supply of drinks, but if you’re not using pros, it might be a good idea to have something available for them. Buy a pack of water and put it in your new home’s fridge before you move so you’ll have refreshments on hand with minimal effort. Be sure to dress for the weather and check that the air conditioning is working in both your current home and destination home. Staying hydrated and having readily available cool environments will make the move much less grueling for everyone.

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3. Think of the children (and pets).

Planning for the comfort of your kids and pets is probably a no-brainer, but in the rushed atmosphere of a move, it’s easy for them to get lost in the shuffle. The best plan is to let your youngsters and animal kingdom family members just completely sit out the move. After all, they probably will be more comfortable if they aren’t actively involved with all the hardships and heat a summer move can bring.

If you’re planning to move over the summer, make sure you contact a reputable moving company and do your due diligence when it comes to researching their reputation. Make sure you look for reviews that were written during the summer as well so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

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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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