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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

5 Tips for a Stress-Free Move

We often mark major life events by moving. And like any event that segments our lives into chapters, moving carries a lot of weight (literally and figuratively). With so much on the line, it can be hard to avoid anxiety and fear of the unknown.

However, the good news is that packing up and moving doesn’t have to be a stress-inducing event. If you know what you’re doing, it can actually be relatively effortless.

1. Start Packing Well in Advance

You can’t just start packing the night before. Do this, and you’re guaranteed to be stressed. Packing must start well in advance – five days, a week, or even two weeks prior to your moving date.

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When you give yourself time to pack, it’s much more bearable. Take a room-by-room approach and neatly box up everything that will make the move. If there’s stuff you want to throw out or donate, make a separate pile for it. This methodical approach lets you move at your own pace without worrying about time constraints.

2. Label All Boxes

Every single box, without exception, needs to be clearly labeled for the move. This ensures the moving process goes smoothly, that nothing gets misplaced along the way, and that you can easily find what you need when you arrive at your new home.

Taryn Williford of Apartment Therapy has a three-step labeling plan that she believes is the perfect solution. It involves giving each box a number (so that you can quickly ensure that every box has arrived), a color (to designate the room it goes in), and letters. The letters – “H” for high, “M” for medium, and “L” for low – signify unpacking priority.

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3. Get the Kids Out of the House

If you have kids who aren’t old enough to help carry boxes and unpack, then there’s no reason for them to be part of the moving process. They’ll only make things more stressful and take your attention away from where it should be.

The best option is to send kids to a friend’s house or hire a babysitter to watch them during the move. Either way, you need a plan in place that prevents them from being a distraction. There will be plenty of days for them to get used to the new place – moving day is not one of them.

4. Rent a Storage Unit

Here’s a well-kept moving secret: Renting a storage unit near your new home can be super helpful. There are many circumstances under which having a storage unit is helpful, but it comes in extra handy when you’re moving a lot of stuff on your own or don’t have enough time to complete the move in a single day.

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“If you’re essentially stuck doing your entire move by yourself and can’t afford to hire a moving company, then renting a self-storage unit for a month or two, near your current residence, may be the perfect option,” says Jon Fesmire of StorageFront.com.

5. Have a Toolbox on Hand

One of the most important things to bring with you when moving is a toolbox. Think about all of the furniture that needs to be assembled, boxes that need to be unpacked, and pictures that need to be hung. Having basic items like levels, hammers, screwdrivers, and tape measures on hand will help you avoid unnecessary frustration.

Don’t Let the Little Things Bother You

The most importance piece of advice is to take a few deep breaths. Don’t let the little things bother you. Something will go wrong on moving day, but don’t let this derail you. Moving isn’t always an enjoyable process, but it certainly doesn’t have to be stressful.

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Featured photo credit: Nicolas Huk via flic.kr

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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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