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7 Stress Busting Tips To Move Home Painlessly

7 Stress Busting Tips To Move Home Painlessly

No one likes dealing with the hassles of moving, and as someone who has had to move twice within the past year, I can definitely understand what a pain it is.

But just like everything else, moving can become much easier (and cheaper) if you prepare properly and do not just wait until the last minute to cram everything into some boxes. Here are some tips which you should use to make moving relatively stress-free.

Know how you’re going to move

Will you be moving your stuff out yourself or will you hire a moving company? Will you be able to count on your friends to help you out? If you are making the move yourself, will you rent a truck?

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Asking questions like these is critical before you actually start moving, and you should know the answers to them weeks if not months in advance. Make reservations for your moving day with a company or friends. This is especially so if you intend to move during the summer, which is peak moving season.

De-clutter

Moving is a fantastic opportunity to go through your stuff, figure out what you really need, and get rid of the rest. Getting rid of clutter will result in a better, freer living space as you have less room occupied by stuff you may need “someday.”

Becoming Minimalist has an excellent guide on things you can do to get rid of clutter, but the simplest step is to look at clothes or stuff you have not worn or used within the past year. Ask yourself if you really need those things. If the answer is no, host a yard sale or donate it to a charity.

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Ask for free cardboard boxes

Good corrugated cardboard boxes are essential for a successful move, and you can get good boxes from places such as the Home Depot for little more than a dollar. But while that may seem cheap, the fact that you will need so many boxes can add up.

Retailers can be a good place to get cardboard boxes for free, particularly big-box stores like WalMart. Ask the store manager or the employees if there are any boxes which you can take off their hands, and they should be happy to give them to you. Just make sure that the boxes are of good enough quality.

Use clothing as stuffing

Popping bubble wrap may relieve your stress, but buying it will not. Instead, your clothes can serve as a good stuffing or packing for your more delicate objects. As a child, I remember watching my mother take our good mugs and glasses, wrap a shirt or sock around them, and then layer each glass into a box or suitcase. None of them ever broke even when we moved across the country.

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Pack a survival kit in advance

When you get to your new home, it will take some time for you to get everything out and accentuated to your new home. And while you deal with the stress of unpacking, you should have a survival kit which will let you easily access items that will help you live better over those tough days of unpacking.

Some recommended items for a survival kit include medication, toiletries, and a blanket. I would also note that important documents such as your Social Security card should go in the survival kit as well so that you know where they are at all times. Don’t make the kit too large – it should be the size of a small, carry-on suitcase.

Label everything

So you finally reach your new home, get the boxes out of your U-Haul or moving truck, and then get confused because you don’t remember what is in which box. This makes moving far more stressful, as you go through an entire box looking for that one object only to find it in another box.

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Instead, label everything in advance so that you know what is in which box. While you could use a Sharpie, I think stickers are a better, more visible choice. Some guides recommend that in addition to writing down what the object is, you should write down how heavy it is and where it should be placed. This will make it easier for the movers.

Take a photograph of your new place

This is particularly important if you are renting a place. When you move into a new home or apartment, make sure to take photographs of the place as soon as you can. Pay particular importance to cracks, holes, or general signs of damage.

The photographs will prove that you did not cause the damage, which thus means that you are not liable for them. If you do not, then your landlord could claim that you caused the damage and thus use it as an excuse not to give you back your deposit when you move out.

Featured photo credit: Karl Baron via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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