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How To Transform Your House Completely With These Home Improvement Ideas

How To Transform Your House Completely With These Home Improvement Ideas

Decorating the house and changing the decoration frequently has its fun. Some people have more passion of renovating their homes and changing the decoration more frequently. They want their homes to look new every other month.

Some moms often get a lot of looks from their children for bringing new stuff in the house every time they go for shopping. But you can’t blame those moms because their inner urge to add more beauty to their home décor cannot be killed. If you like to decorate your house and make it look new, you need to have a plan for that.

If happens quite often that people keep collecting items in the house and after some time the house becomes a mess. There is stuff all over the place and there is no one particular theme throughout the setting. The same house might have some really precious decorative items but the clutter diminishes their value and hides their splendor.

If you are thinking of bringing some changes to how your house looks right now, make sure you do it after proper planning. On the way, these tips should help you bring that punch to your home decoration.

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Introduce Some Sun Tunnels

People illuminated their homes using sunlight in the past. Later on, candles and lamps were introduced and then came electricity. However, with the coming of new technology people completely forgot about the benefits of some of the old stuff. Some people still use sun tunnels in their homes that are designed and constructed by professionals.

These sun tunnels are a great source for natural light in the house. Better yet, they are a great way for you to save money on your electricity bills. You will be surprised how bright a room can become with a sun tunnel.

Use The Hallways

You must have seen homes with long hallways and you might just have one in your house too. It is surprising how almost everyone can only think of installing different types of lights and bulbs in the hallway to make it bright.

No one ever thinks that such a long space could actually be used for other stuff as well. A little makeover of your hallway can offer great value. Add shelves to the hallway and you could put some of your precious items on those shelves to make your hallway an important part of the house too.

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A Multipurpose Dining Table

If you love buying innovative furniture items, you will fall in love with this dining table. There are many different types of dining tables that have become popular in the recent days. One round dining table became popular as it could be unwound to make it bigger. Rotate it in the opposite direction and it will become small again. However, the most amazing multipurpose dining table is one that has a pool table infused in it. Once you are done with some delicious meal, you could uncover the pool table underneath and play games with your friends.

Bring In The Giant Bean Bag Chairs

If you want to be smarter with the type of furniture you have at home, you have to consider bringing in some giant bean bag chairs. The best thing about bean bag chairs is that they are fun in addition to being functional. They provide you a great comfortable place to sit on and look amazing. They are available in many sizes.

A giant bean bag chair could easily hold your small family while watching your favorite flick. Since they are soft, they don’t become the source of agony for your toe in the dark. You can use them not only for sitting but for lying down with comfort too. They are available in all the colors you could think of.

They are also great for kids as you can find bean bag chairs in different shapes. You could go for a penguin or cartoon shaped bean bag chair if you have a kid at home. If your husband is a great sports watcher, you might consider the one that looks just like a rugby ball. You can easily find one that goes along the theme and color of your décor.

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Get A Walk In Shower

A walk-in shower can be a great addition to your bathroom. People often have those glass cubicles for showers but they don’t add the amazing value to your house that a walk-in shower can. First, you can have the walk-in shower designed in whatever shape you want. Get some inspiration from 5-star hotels of spas to see what kind of shower you would want. Secondly, since there is no glass needed, you will not have to keep on cleaning the glass. You could also experiment with some cool and innovative showers in this area.

Put A Bar Fridge In The Kitchen

Do you often have to keep on going to the refrigerator while cooking some amazing recipe? Do you think it takes too much time for you to cook stuff because your refrigerator is far away from your kitchen counter?

A bar fridge is the best solution to this problem. This small sized refrigerator will go underneath your kitchen counter and will not even be visible to anyone other than you. It can store a lot of stuff but more specifically it can store the items that you have to use most commonly while cooking.

Make The Outdoor Great

Giving a makeover to your outdoor space is a great idea because it adds that sudden value to your house. When someone looks at your house they look at it from the outside. You could have your patio designed by professionals and then add some unique furniture to make your outdoor look great.

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You could use outdoor furniture or anything that can resist the beating of the weather. You can also add in a chest that stores all of the items you put in your lawn or patio. A monochromatic look based on the external paint of your house can make your patio look amazing.

Featured photo credit: Auditions Free via myhome.pl

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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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