“Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home.” — Melissa McClone
Owning a home gives a great sense of pride since it marks your independence. It is home where you make most of your happy memories. But home is not something that remains the same forever.
Like everything else, it ages and weathers down. There are always things in and around your beloved home that need continuous improvement for it to be the home you want it to be.
You should definitely spend some time on home improvement projects. We have put together a list of some simple and great DIY ideas for home improvement.
Without a doubt, painting your home comes first on the list of things to do for home improvement. Paint is what makes the home look alive while also keeping it from deteriorating over time.
You’ve got plenty of walls and ceilings to paint with your favorite colors. If painting seems like too tough a job for you, you could also try wallpaper. There are all kinds of wallpapers available on the market that are easy to apply, remove, and reuse.Advertising
Space for storage is never enough in the kitchen, and things seem to constantly add up. Creative use of the space in your kitchen can boost the storage. Take advantage of corners and walls with open shelves to keep spices, dishes, and cookware within easy reach.
Rollouts multiply the storage significantly by using the wasted space inside cabinets to create space for your cutlery, dishes, and everything else. Make it your weekend project to decorate your shelves and cabinetry with the best decorative ideas you have. If you are crafty enough, you can even try building a wine rack.
Having a swimming pool in your yard is great. You can spend some quality time there, but it can also be dangerous — especially if there are little kids in the family. For pool owners, fencing the pool should be on top of the to-do list for home improvement.
Different types of DIY pool fences are available on the market and they can be easily installed without much hassle.Advertising
Changing small details can mean big differences in your bathroom. Check the bath fixtures and change them when it feels like they need to be replaced.
Some simple changes you can make to upgrade your bathroom could be changing the faucet or installing a new shower head (perhaps a handheld or a sliding bar shower head to make quick adjustment for different heights, from adults to small children). Try mounting your old CD organizers on the wall to organize your hygiene products, or install an extra shower rod with shower hooks to keep your scrubbers available and within easy reach.
You don’t always have to add or remove things to change the look of your home. Moving things around can give your home a different feel. Start with one room at a time.
Rearrange the bookshelves. Move your chair to a different corner. Move your bed next to the window so you can see the stars at night. You could also try moving the extra table to another room. You’ll be surprised to see how these simple changes can alter your mindset.
Change your doorknobs and cabinet pulls to give them a new look. Changing them all at once might get expensive, so do it one at a time, making it one of your weekend home improvement projects.Advertising
When you install new doorknobs, the old ones needn’t go to waste. Use them in the bathroom as hangers for your robes and towels. All you need is a screwdriver and it’ll be done in no time.
Add details to your entryway to make it inviting. Put a nice welcome mat and keep potted plants on the sides near the entrance. Dress the door with accessories and new hardware, like a grand set of pulls and a caller. Install outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s appeal.
Adding these little details to your entrance gives it a distinct personality and makes a lasting impression on guests.
Your home’s exterior can make up half of what you call home, so it most definitely cannot be neglected. Craft the landscape beautifully to add elegance to your home.
Well-laid turf is always an inviting sight. Plants and flowers make it feel fresh and lively and evergreen screens make your garden and backyard look elegant. Build raised flower beds to plant beautiful flowers. Drought-tolerant plants that last all year round are a good idea rather than using seasonal plants. Routine trimming and cutting are obvious jobs in the garden.Advertising
There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home. A home is no home unless it gives you a sense of safety and security. So, home security is as important as anything else on your to-do list for home improvement.
Installing a burglar alarm and surveillance cameras could be a good idea to secure your property. Remember to check the systems routinely and learn how to set them up on your own — just in case.
This is worth your time and money because it will give you a sense of security and allow you sleep peacefully at night with the knowledge that your property is secure.
If there are places in the house where the lighting is not ample, paint these areas with bright colors and install electric lights. If your closets look like they could use some light, set up Christmas lights around the edges of the doors. Install halogen track lights on the walls to add light where you need it. Install lights with dimmer switches to take control of the mood. Lighting up your home properly at nights gives it a distinct personality and creates a lively ambiance.
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Last Updated on September 16, 2019
How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators
You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.
We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.
The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.
Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:
1. Break Your Work into Little Steps
Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.
For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –
- (1) Research
- (2) Deciding the topic
- (3) Creating the outline
- (4) Drafting the content
- (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
- (6) Revision
- (7) etc.
Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.
2. Change Your Environment
Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.
One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.
3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines
Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.
Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.
My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.
Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines
4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops
If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.
Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.
I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.
5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action
I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You
Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.
As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.
6. Get a Buddy
Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.
I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.
7. Tell Others About Your Goals
This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.
For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.
8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome
What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.
9. Re-Clarify Your Goals
If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.
Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?
10. Stop Over-Complicating Things
Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.
Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.
11. Get a Grip and Just Do It
At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.
I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.
More About Procrastination
- 8 Dreadful Effects of Procrastination That Can Destroy Your Life
- 10 Best Ted Talks About Procrastination That Will Ignite Your Motivation
- Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)
- What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)
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