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How to Prep for an International Move

How to Prep for an International Move

The offers started coming as soon as the manager reached his late 20s. He spoke a few languages and had spent time overseas with a firm to rave reviews. So, although he was happy to be back in his home country, it wasn’t long before large companies wanted to send him away to Ireland or Vietnam or China to work in an executive capacity.

Other people planning to move may end up facing that experience for other reasons. Either the entrepreneurial spirit or an interest in adventure or culture may cause them to want to make a change to see what life is like in another country.

Regardless of the reasons for your journey, here are some steps that you can take to prepare for an international move:

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Know Where You Are Going

If you want the best odds on your side in terms of being a success abroad, it is a good idea to spend some time researching the culture, economy, and language of the place that you intend to move to. Oftentimes, those people that are not able to do so end up experiencing a stronger case of “culture shock” after they move than those who do learn about the place in advance of the move.

Another reason to study the culture before you leave is that there are embarrassing times in front of you if you do not know some of the basics.

One executive went to Japan and thought that he had a handle on their culture from some of the books that he had read. He hosted a party with co-workers and the community and used a plastic bowl from his condo to serve potato chips in. When no one tried the variety of potato chips that he was certain would be popular, he began to ask some of his closer acquaintances about the phenomenon. He finally learned that his potato chip bowl was supposed to be used to take a bath with, not for food. It may be clean, but at some point it was used to rinse naked bodies, causing his visitors to want to avoid eating from it.

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Be Logistical

Another thing that will help you to land on your feet in your new land is knowing how to be a logistics guru. If you can’t pull that off, at least use a very competent set of helpers, like movers in New York that people rely upon. They are fast, courteous, and take care of all the planning you need up front.

Be Realistic

Some moving services can even take care of planning your packing and coordinating the shipment without much more overhead than it would take for you to do it yourself. The number one thing to remember is that you should plan to put some things into storage, unless you are planning to leave and not return.

Sell Online

Using a combination of local storage and competent movers can help you to plan what you want to keep or get rid of. The next problem that many people face is finding a way to ensure that the things they want to sell get sold.

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In the past, most people would sell these items at seasonal garage sales. Throughout the warmer part of the United States, if you don’t have time for a garage sale, you can often find someone that sells weekly at swap meets to look at your goods.

Another avenue that is popular is to use online sales venues like Craigslist in order to sell or give away goods that still have value. The nice thing about using Craigslist is that the community has years of experience working with each other and the expectation is that the quality of the goods will be as described. On the buyer’s side, they almost always pay cash and accept the goods for what they are. So you can enjoy a hassle-free sale for a very low time commitment.

Don’t Forget To Write

One of the most important things to do if you plan to return in the future is to keep in touch with the community that you are leaving. This is easily done through social media — although it can be a better experience if you create groups and message several people at a time.

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Moving to another country is both exciting and challenging at the same time. If you follow the steps that other successful professionals have taken to set your move up, you will save yourself time, money, and headaches.

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Bethany Cleg

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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