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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 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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