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Removing a Cork from a Bottle

Removing a Cork from a Bottle

Have you ever mistakenly pushed a cork too far into the neck of the bottle, and then you were unable to remove it at all? This happens to all of us at one time or another, but don’t worry, you don’t have to waste that delicious bottle of wine because you can’t re-cork the bottle. All you have to do is try these simple solutions by YouTube channel Hacks World to get the cork out, in one piece.

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Cut a length of plastic ribbon, and shape it into a loop. Place the loop in the bottle, and push it underneath the cork. The loop will wrap around the bottom of the cork, and then you can pull it up and the cork will come right out of the bottle. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but this trick works without having to break the bottle or destroy the cork.

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How To Get a Cork Out of an Empty Bottle With PE Bag

Another way you can get a cork out of a wine bottle is to stuff a plastic bag into the bottle. Make sure that you are stuffing in the closed end. The bottle must be tipped on its side, so the cork is near the top of the bottle. Once you have the bag about three to four inches inside the bottle, start blowing it like a balloon. It will press around the cork, enclosing it. Then, simply pull out the bag, and the cork will come out with it.

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Stop trying to use a knife to get the cork out. All you are going to do is damage the cork, and even if you do manage to get it out, you likely won’t be able to use it again. Instead, try one of these two methods, and you should never have to worry about lost corks again.

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Featured photo credit: Hacks World via youtube.com

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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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