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6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

6 Tips for Making Your Next Move as Smooth as Possible

Moving can be an exciting time for everyone. It can mean a new town, new state, or maybe even a new country. Although moving may seem daunting and overwhelming at first, it really doesn’t have to be. There are so many resources and tips out there to help you make your move a breeze. Here are just a few pieces of advice to help you get started.

1. Make lists.

Making lists is one of the best things that you can do to help prepare yourself and your family for your impending move. It is a good idea to take time to write down how many boxes you have, as well as what is in those boxes. That way, you can prevent not noticing something missing after the move. It is also a good idea to have a check list of everything you need to get done before moving day. That can really help prevent you from forgetting anything in the stress of the move.

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2. Hire professional moving help.

When it comes to hiring professional movers, you want to make sure that you are getting the best of the best!  It is completely worth the time to look online and compare at least four different companies. You will want to compare things like price, availability, and timeliness. By taking time to do your research, you can be sure that you are getting the best possible help for you. Quite honestly, hiring moving people is the best thing you can do because you will not have to worry as much about everything that is going on. Professional movers can really help take a lot of stress out of your move.

3. Be kind to your family.

Moving can definitely be a stressful time; however, it is essential to make sure that you don’t take out that stress on the people you love. Instead try to show them as much love as you can and even seek their help in needed areas. Be sure to remember that this may be a hard time for them as well and really understand their point of view. Make sure that you are always willing to provide a helping hand.

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4. Leave some things behind.

Make sure that you don’t forget that it is okay to leave some things behind. You may even want to go through all of your stuff before you start packing and determine what can get thrown away or sent to charity. That way you can get rid of a lot of clutter and make the move easier by lightening the load. If you think about it early enough you may even want to have a yard sale.

5. Be ahead of your schedule.

Take the time to ensure everything is going according to schedule. Be proactive and stay ahead of things to come. If people need to come to the house for cancellations, be sure that everything is set up and no one is wasting any time.

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6. Enjoy the experience.

Ensure that the moving experience is positive for everyone involved. This is a big event for one person, let alone an entire family. Keep everyone involved and ready for the next events. Be sure to talk about how exciting your new home will be and how everyone can make new friends. Moving definitely doesn’t just have to be a time of sorrow.

Overall, moving doesn’t have to be something that is frustrating and stressful. It can actually be a really enjoyable experience. All you have to do is make sure that you are taking the time to plan everything in advance and take things one day at a time.

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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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