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9 Car Hacks You Wish To Know Earlier to Hack Every Complex Car Situation

9 Car Hacks You Wish To Know Earlier to Hack Every Complex Car Situation

Cars are complex. Cars are infuriating. And you’re not a mechanic, so it doesn’t take much for you to find yourself banging your head off the wall trying to fix some mystery problem. You could just take it to the garage, but that gets expensive — and you’re not always able to get the infernal machine there in the first place.

The following car guide is kindly provided by the Jennings Motor Group UK car accessories shop. It will show you what you need to do to turn potentially complex situations into no problem with simple fixes — whether that means mechanical, ease of use, or aesthetics.

1. Use Sticky Sweets to Fix the Fuel Tank

A hole in the fuel tank is literally like watching money leak out of your car. For a temporary fix until you can get it to a mechanic, find a sticky sweet, chew it, and then smear it across the hole. Use a rag to make sure the sweet dries and it should form a crust that survives at least for a while. You can even use some thick chewing gum to accomplish the same goal.

2. Clean Your Headlights with Toothpaste

Foggy headlights are a nightmare, but you can easily keep them clean with toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste is especially adept at this.

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All you need to make this hack a reality is your elbow grease. Smear the toothpaste across the plastic lens cover and then rub it with a soft cloth. Rinse it off with cold water and wait for it to dry. Some alternatives to this could be furniture polish or car wax.

3. Make a Shoe into a Cup Holder

If you happen to be driving an older car, you may be in the position where you don’t have a place to put your cup. You could just buy a newer car, but that would be admitting defeat. Instead, use an old shoe to do the same thing. Fit a shoe between the gear shift or the seat and your drink will instantly have lots of stability.

You might want to test drive different shoes for this — a boot will work far better than a high heel, for example.

4. Remove Your Car Registration Sticker with Wet Newspaper

Every so often, you’ll have to remove your out-of-date registration stickers. They nearly always leave a horrible mark behind, so the way around that is the morning news. Take some newspaper and wet it with some warm water. Place the warm newspaper over the sticker for approximately ten minutes.

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When it’s finished, the sticker will just fall off in your hand. Clear the pieces away and your windshield should be pristine.

5. Add Keys to a Keyring Using a Staple Remover

There’s nothing more annoying than trying to add a key to a keyring. They can rip up your nails and your fingers in the process.

To get around this, you should try using a staple remover. Just apply the teeth of the staple remover between the two rings and press down. They will separate and then you can add the key. Go through the same process to do it in reverse.

6. Keep Your Pizza Hot Using a Seat Warmer

Is there anything more frustrating in the world than getting a hot, steaming pizza and then getting it home and realising it’s gone cold because you were stuck in traffic?

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The answer to that is in your seat warmer. Just switch on the seat warmer during the drive home and it will constantly warm the box from underneath. It’s a surprisingly easy hack that a lot of people forget about.

7. Stop Banging Your Doors in the Garage with a Tennis Ball

A tennis ball hanging from something in the garage can ensure that you never hit your doors or roof again. As soon as you touch the tennis ball, you know you need to stop. How you hang the tennis ball depends on your garage, but most garages already have something you can hang it from. Even a nail is good enough if that’s the only thing you can think of.

8. Never Forget Where Your Car is Parked Using an App

There’s an app for everything these days, and your car is no exception. Everyone forgets where their car is parked, and sooner or later you’re going to worry that you’re just going to have to buy a new car.

Never fear because the iParkedHere app allows you to input exactly where your car is. Using GPS, you can just follow the arrows back to your car.

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9. Remove Small Scratches with Nail Polish

There is nothing more frustrating than parking next to a car and realising that they’ve left a scratch on your car when they were leaving. Fixing poor judgement is hard, but you can fix the small scratches using nail polish.

Try to find a colour that matches your car. It’s unlikely that you’ll find anything exact, but that’s why you’re only using it on small areas. From a distance, people aren’t going to notice — and it’s much cheaper!

These hacks will stop you from wasting your time and money. What do you think are the best hacks for making cars a less complex issue?

Featured photo credit: Zan Ilic via images.unsplash.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

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 –

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  • (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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Reality check:

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.

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