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9 Advantages of Using Artificial Grass for Your Lawn

9 Advantages of Using Artificial Grass for Your Lawn

So many people are turning to artificial grass as a solution to their lawn woes. Often times, the benefits clearly outweigh the initial cost—as it saves countless hours and money regarding upkeep. It can help to improve one’s own lifestyle as well as the impact on the environment overall with the reduction of water consumption and chemical upkeep.

1. No Need to Water

Normally a real lawn would require regular watering in the early morning and late evening, but artificial grass never needs water. The only time that artificial lawn needs water is when it is time to clean it—which is only occasionally. When cleaning, you will need to hose the blades off with a short burst of water to get rid of the dirt. Because of this, you will see the advantage of a reduction in your water bill.

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2. Safe for Children

Because artificial lawns do not need weed killers, fertilizers, pesticides or many other chemicals, they are totally safe for any child to play on. Many cities are opting to use artificial lawns in place of natural grass in public spaces for this reason.

3. No Need to Mow

So many people absolutely despise this specific chore, but it is a necessary burden when you have a natural lawn. With an artificial lawn, no mower will ever be needed. Plastic grass will never grow, so spend all of your extra time playing on your lawn with friends, family, and pets.

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4. Low Maintenance

Though you won’t ever need to mow, you will still need to maintain your artificial lawn, but it’s a breeze. You can remove large organic materials using a leaf blower, while a natural bristle broom can fluff areas that get a lot of traffic. The only time that it will need water is when tough debris will need to be cleared. If you don’t have a dog, then this might not even be a regular cleaning method.

5. Dogs Love it

There is no doubt that dogs love to play outside on the lawn, but sometimes they get a bit overzealous and will eat it. Dogs generally ignore artificial grass, and any mess that is left behind can be cleaned off with just some water and a mild detergent. A bonus for the humans that own dogs is that the four legged friends won’t be able to dig unsightly holes and track dirt and mud through the home.

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6. It Will Always Look Great

Artificial lawns can withstand almost all weather conditions, hot or cold. It will continue to stay green and closely resemble a real lawn. Even the areas of the lawn that get the most traffic will only require very minimal effort to keep it looking new.

7. No Fertilizers or Pesticides

Unlike real grass, artificial lawns stay looking green and lush without any chemical help. And because the material does not provide food or living area for bugs, pest problems are virtually eliminated. The lack of pesticides and fertilizers are good for the environment as well. Plus, it’s saving you more money.

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8. Durability

Once your artificial lawn has been successfully installed, you can forget about tiring upkeep. It will withstand wear and tear for quite a few years. The materials that are used in its manufacturing are made with withstand traffic, all kinds of climates, and weather changes. It won’t even lose its color because of ultraviolet ray exposure—the fibers are made stable against it.

9. Never Deal with Weeds Again

This is one of the largest problems with a natural lawn. There are so many types of weeds that creep into a natural lawn, weed control really is an entire job all on its own. It takes up so much time and money, but with an artificial lawn, weeds won’t be a problem. You may still need to pull them from time to time, but they are far less prevalent when you have an artificial lawn.

Featured photo credit: The Turf Warehouse via theturfwarehouse.co.uk

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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