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5 Ideas to Secure your Home with Automation Technology

5 Ideas to Secure your Home with Automation Technology

The advent of the internet has improved the connectivity. With the improved technology, it is now possible to link different devices. The connectivity is not just limited to smartphones and computers; it has extended to connecting everything like the garage doors, door locks, door bells, electronic devices, lights, speakers, clocks, etc.

Technology allows these devices to communicate, send you information and follow your commands. You can control the items of your house with home automation. There are many advantages of home automation like saving excess power consumption and security.

Automation of houses can play a significant role in making your home secure. You can keep an eye on your home even when you are on a short trip or long journey. Here are some of the ways automation technology can make your house safe.

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1. Door Locks with Bluetooth technology

Smart locks are an important part of home automation installation. The advent of these locks has assisted in making the houses more secure. There are smart locks that can be connected to your smartphone with Bluetooth technology or by using an app.

These locks will be able to detect your presence automatically. There are smart locks that are connected to all of the automation systems. These locks help in informing other devices like lights, thermostat that you are inside the home or you have left it. It is a feature that helps in saving energy. The locks with Bluetooth technology are more secure, but the ones with Wi-Fi locks have more features to offer. The Wi-Fi linked locks contribute to monitoring the locks even when you are away on long trips.

2. Smartphone controlled sensors

There are so many premium home security kits that offer home sensors. They can sense your presence as you enter or leave the house automatically. You can install the sensors on doors and windows. You can use simple motion gestures to determine your identity.

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The sensors can easily be controlled with your smart phones or other smart devices. They can detect movement in the rooms and hallways as well. You can activate these sensors when you leave for a trip. When they detect movement, you will receive an alert. You will be informed immediately in case of a break-in. Some sensors have the feature of indoor sirens.

3. Smarter technology at your service

Intelligent garage systems have made it easier to control your garage and keep it safe. Most of these systems work by plugging a network adaptor into the home router and registering it with the provider. You can use an app to control the door of the garage. There are so many apps that you can choose from. You do not have to worry about keeping the key safe or worry about losing it. Some systems will allow you to know how long the door was left open.

Fingerprint scanners are gaining a lot of popularity. The technology is excellent at keeping the house safe because you can only open the door with your fingerprints. Every person has a unique fingerprint, so the system is very secure. If there is any intrusion, there are systems which will send alerts to you.

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4. Cameras with Wi-Fi

Technology has improved the security cameras, and they have also become pretty affordable. There are modern smart cameras which use Wi-Fi technology and connect the cameras to your smartphones.

You can monitor your house with constant live feed. You can also see people who are coming and leaving your house while you are away from home. You can also install systems which allow you to automate your house completely. These systems will allow you to control lights, locks, security cameras, thermostat, etc. You can control these systems with your smartphones.

5. Remote monitoring using security cameras

Before the advent of the internet, it was not possible to keep an eye on your home while you are at work or on a trip. But now remote monitoring has become possible.

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You can get video feed and photos of the home even if you are miles away. You can connect the security cameras to your smartphones and have a view of your house. You can check on your home whenever you want. If someone tries to meddle with the security system, you will get the notification. There are some services which offer features of arming or disarming the security system. Some apps will help in sending any fire alarms as well.

Featured photo credit: Castle Custom Homes via castlehomes.com

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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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