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5 Essential Upgrades You Should Make Before Moving Into A New House

5 Essential Upgrades You Should Make Before Moving Into A New House

As a matter of fact, having a high-end finish home is a daunting task, especially if you’re looking for affordable and budget-friendly solutions. Worry not! You can still decorate your home with a high-end look while staying on a budget.

Here, in this article, I have a compiled a list of 5 ways by which you can design your home space elegantly while sticking to your budget limits and tricking your guests that you’re living an elite life.

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Schedule It First — When it comes to renovating your new house, there are certain things which you have to decide. First, you have to decide whether you want to do it yourself, or you want to hire a renovation company. If you think you don’t have enough time, then the wise decision would be to hire a professional to makeover your home.

1. Crown Molding

The first and foremost thing that you have to keep in mind is that “it’s all about the detailing.” Detail matters when it comes to custom-made, high-end decoration of your home and this detail is crown molding.

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Crown Molding – It’s a process of making your home spaces look more finished or complete. You have to give a finishing touch to each and every section of your house. Otherwise, it looks incomplete and cheap. In fact, it’s an inexpensive option, particularly the paintable and plastic versions. You have various widths to choose from, especially the widest trim version that looks great and is affordable too. If you want to add ultimate glamor to your home space, you can use all types of moldings such as high baseboard, crown, columns, ceiling medallions/beams, chair rails and more.

2. Maximize the Use of Paints

Is the core purpose of the renovation is to refresh the overall look of your new home? Then, you can maximize the use of paints as they are the best ally for an immediate and low-cost makeover. Most of the experts recommend using of at least two colors and preferable ones are neutral shades. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional painter, if your budget can accommodate.

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3. Focus on Enhancing the Façade

Always keep in mind that people will always notice your outer portion of your home. So, try to spend more time and effort into enhancing it. If you’re looking for the cheaper ways, you can strategically place colorful plants in the front section of your house. Don’t forget to repaint the fences, gates and consider trimming the grass as well. No doubt, adding a new mailbox will be a good decision, too.

4. Update Your Interior

Always choose to go for the modern, minimalist look, if you want to improve the look of your interior without spending huge bucks of money. You can use Venetian blinds instead of curtains. It’s one of the cheapest window treatment available so far. Divest yourself of excess trimmings and clutter. Moreover, if you need some inspirational ideas, you can search the internet as well.

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5. Make Strategic Kitchen and Bathroom Improvements

When it comes to the home renovations and makeovers, kitchen and bathroom improvements are the most expensive ones. If you’re not facing broken fixtures and just want to revise the entire look, then you might do it by replacing the tiles and painting them afterward. You can use a glass sliding door rather than using shower curtains.

No doubt buying a new house is easy, but you have to spend a lot regarding renovations and makeovers. Plan things in phases or divide the entire renovation project in small projects to get the least strain on your budget. Moreover, you can use DIY tips (search it online) to update your home, inexpensively and most importantly hire some professional cheap movers for shifting.

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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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