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Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

Knowing These 6 Secrets Will Make Your RV Look Amazing

RVs. They’re massive kings of the road. Whether you’re going away to your favourite lot/cottage for the weekend or taking a week-long vacay, RVs are invaluable when it comes to transporting the entire family.

You know this – otherwise you wouldn’t have bought, or thought about buying, an RV.

Sometimes, though, RVs are just plain flat-out ugly. I’ve bought 2 in my lifetime. [types]. Both were under $200, though… So you get what you pay for.

Not to mention that I didn’t even know about The RV Makeover Bible, at the time. This lifesaving book says that the most common remodeling projects to RVs are replacing the dinette, repainting walls, and upgrading the flooring and furniture and windows.

So, everything basically. We want to be happy campers, right?

But replacing and upgrading everything leaves little to the DIY free spirit that you are. You need secrets that not everybody knows about, to really make your RV feel more like you. Here are 6 of those secrets:

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1. Tailour the Woodwork

The biggest complaint with RVs is no shocker: the woodwork. Why do RVS come with such laughable woodwork designs? They’re cheap, for one. Low cost. Saves time installing them. Maybe they were even vogue at one point during RV manufacturing.

Whatever the reason – it’s likely that you want to replace the woodwork. How just do you go about doing that? Good ol’ fashioned interior painting.

The next thing you can do is replace the windows yourself. You can check your local hardware store for windows.

2. Paint

I read in a home décor magazine, to find a design that’s totally you, to look no further than your wardrobe; your fashion colour and patterns should dictate your home colour design.

Let’s take it one step further: extend your fashion/home sense to your RV. Look at the main colours of your wardrobe – what is it about this colour you like so much? Why not paint your RV in a lighter (or darker) shade of that? I personally love royal blue décor colours for my home and clothes.

Finally, after you’re done repainting your new home-away-from-home, take it one more step further and think about silver/gold/platinum lever handles to your cabinets. Why not?

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There’s no drawback to replacing the plastic or wooden “bulbs” that pass off for handles in RVs. Everything we’re doing right now is for the benefit of radiating new and fresh in your RV.

3. Pets

I don’t know ANYONE who likes leaving their pets at home when they’re travelling, do you? I take my Suki (a 15 year old Siamese/Persian cat) whenever I’m gone for more than a day. For two reasons: 1) we’ll miss each other too much, and 2) I can’t trust my neighbours to refill her water dish. Animals are just like humans: going days without water will kill them.

That’s why investing in TORUS, a water bowl specifically designed for RVs. Why? The bowl is high enough for your pets to drink, but low enough so it isn’t splashing everywhere. I didn’t even know about this time-saving bowl until I came across this comprehensive list of RV hacks.

4. Lights

Many pendants and small lightings add a whimsical aura of elegance to any space; be it home, an office, hallway, or RV. Some of the smaller ones are pricy, but are well worth every cent.

I personally love chandeliers – they make family time so much more classy and elegant. Like we’re a luxurious family that can afford to travel each and every single day, forgetting about the drama troubles waiting back home.

Something about low-hanging lights just adds a touch of… Something. I don’t know what, but I love it.

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5. Exciting Colors and Patterns

Nothing brightens up a small space more than vibrant colors and fun patterns. If you don’t want to go as far as painting the walls of your RV, simply buy some pillows with bright colors, drape the sofa with a fun patterned blanket, or cover the floor with a rug.

Earlier, we talked about painting, right? Right. But we didn’t talk about what to paint. Yes, you can paint the kitchen royal blue or paint the bathroom any exciting colour you want.

Whatever colour you go with, be exciting! Something amazing. Colours that’ll make you want to stay in your RV and forget about camping altogether.

For interesting patterns, rugs are a go-to necessity. Sadly, some rugs in some RVs are like wearing blue pants and a purple shirt – it just doesn’t work. Not to mention the practicality of rugs; people’s feet shuffling them everywhere, dirtying them up with good ol’ nature. It can be frustrating, and the more worn rugs get, the less attractive they are – defeating the entire purpose of buying them and ugh! (I love rugs. I have a [rug design] in my entranceway that just oozes relaxation out of me. So yeah – dishelveled, expensive rugs that serve no purpose irk me.)

Thankfully, DIY projects are a lifesaver. With a wealth of DIY rug solutions out there, turning cheap rubber mats into expensive-looking, insanely-practical floor mats can be done in a weekend. You can even do it with the entire family, if they can be bothered to put down their phones and PS3 controllers.

6. Bedsheets

Bedsheets are the worst; they slip off constantly, they’re always getting dirty… It’s a chore just to keep them in the pristine condition I bought them in.

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Aside from the wheel, your family will probably be spending the most time on your trip in their beds. Make that time worthwhile and comfortable.

And that’s not including the bedsheets in RVs – they’re even more terrible. If you’re an experienced RV’er, you know what I’m talking about.

That’s why a fitted sheet and mattress protector all-in-one is vital for the luxury of your RV. It comes in four different colours, is non-allergenic (which was wonderful news for my spouse), and can fit the sizes of many beds.

It’s something to think about.

Last Thoughts

I hope a dozen or more ideas have flooded your brain today – RV camping isn’t just about driving the entire family away for a getaway. It’s an experience. Most of the time, RVs bought from manufacturers are just plain boring. Sprucing up your own RV can take just a few days or an entire week. As always in life, you get out what you put into it. Safe travels out there.

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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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