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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 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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