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10 Creative Life Hacks that Will Help Organize your Life

10 Creative Life Hacks that Will Help Organize your Life

In everyday life, several small obstacles can prove to highly stressful; little things like an annoying zipper, pots boiling over or ice cream melting and making a mess. These small hurdles can make things difficult for you, disrupting the daily routine. Despair not, as there are plenty of life hacks that can make your life more comfortable. Here are 10 creative hacks that help organize your life better.

These life-hacks will help you in accomplishing your daily tasks more efficiently. They will assist you in staying organized and easily find the everyday items that tend to get misplaced. Some of these are perfect life hacks for parents. It is not easy to keep an organized home especially when small kids are running around.

1. Kitchen Lid Racks:

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    Kitchen lid racks are pretty useful. If keeping your clutches organized is a problem for you then use these racks to keep them organized. This little hack will make sure that are not late in the morning for work while looking for a matching clutch. They will be all lined up in front of you.

    2. Pegboards:

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      Pegboards can be used for hanging baskets and several other things. You can add the pegboards to the kitchen. You can put spoons, fruits, vegetables and other kitchen utensils in these baskets. It will keep the kitchen clean and tidy.

      3. Wet Wipe Containers:

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        You can keep the grocery bags organized by storing them in wet wipe containers. You will be able to recycle the containers and not throw them away. You will be able to find the bags quickly when required. They are visually a good sight as well, so you can place them anywhere.

        4. Spice Rack:

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          If you want to keep the nail polish collection organized so you can quickly pick the one you want. A spice rack is an excellent way of keeping them organized. You can also keep your essential oils on these racks. You can find these racks in different colors and designs. There is an extensive variety of sizes as well so you can choose according to the size of your collection.

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          5. Velcro:

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            Nowadays with the increased trend of using electronics, there are too many remotes in your house. You may find it difficult to keep a track of all the remotes, you can use Velcro to keep your remotes safe and organized. You can stick the remotes to the wall. It will prevent the place from becoming messy and the remote controls will be out of harm’s way.

            6. Using Baskets:

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              You can add baskets under the cabinets. This allows you to store small items in the baskets instead of on the cabinets. It also makes sure that the items are easily accessible. Baskets are easy to manage. You can take them out and organize them easily. They are the best option for storing the hair accessories. If you do not have enough space in your bathroom to keep bath accessories or toys, then you can use plastic fruit baskets to store such products. It will keep the bathroom more neat and organized.

              7. Storing Wrapping Paper on Ceiling:

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                Keep your wrapping paper in the best condition and without any crinkles by storing them on the ceiling of the closet. It will also prevent any mess that may be caused by the wrapping paper that are lying around. All you need to do is attach two strings, and you can put the wrapping paper on these strings.

                8. Using Wall Space of Closet:

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                  Using the wall space of the closet to organize your items is a smart idea. You can hang different items such as hats, tie, keys, scarfs etc. This will keep your place organized, and it will also leave space to hang your clothes. You will not have to look in every drawer when you need small items like scarfs etc. By hanging them you will also not need to iron them every time you need them.

                  9. Shoe Bags:

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                    Paper towels can be stored in the best way by utilizing the extra shoe bags that are just lying around in your house. Do not throw the shoe bags out and use them for storing the paper towels. The shape of the shoe box is similar to the tissue box, so it is not difficult to convert it into one.

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                    10. Portable Bed:

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                      If you need a portable bed, you can make one and not spend a fortune on buying a new one. All you need to do is to take four pillowcases and sew them together. Insert the pillows inside the pillowcase and you have a bed that is portable. It is an excellent option because it is easy to clean. Just take the pillows out and wash the cover. Storing as well is easy.

                      These straightforward and easy life hacks will make your life very easy, and comfortable, so try to apply them in your life.

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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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