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5 Tips to Choose the Best Futon Mattress

5 Tips to Choose the Best Futon Mattress

People have many choices in beds. They can choose a Sleep Number mattress, a Serta mattress, a Tempur-Pedic mattress, a sofa bed or a futon mattress. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages.

For example, if you and your spouse have different needs for firmness, you will want to go with the Sleep Number bed. If you want the bed to conform to your body, a Tempur-Pedic is the way to go. If you live in a one-bedroom or studio apartment, you might want a futon for when guests visit. Although you have your choice in futon mattresses, some futon companies offer more variety than others. Why would you want to choose a futon mattress? Here are some reasons.

  • Visitors

As previously stated, people, especially those in large cities, who live in small apartments can benefit from futons. They serve dual purposes. It is a couch when no one is visiting and a bed when they do. While sofa beds also serve dual purposes, they often take up more room than futons when they are made into a bed. Some small spaces don’t allow for a sofa bed when it is extended. FabFuton can beautify any decor because it offers many prints, solids and colors.

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  • Health

Some people have trouble sleeping on traditional mattresses. These people prefer futons for their health and ability to sleep. Often, a futon provides the support health professionals recommend.

Some brands use natural materials without chemicals and dyes. This makes the sleeping environment healthy for people because they don’t have to worry about possible issues. In addition, some futons are able to prevent allergy or asthma attacks.

  • Comfort

Futons used to be stiff and uncomfortable. They were the bed of choice for bachelors. However, today, they are comfortable and fun to use.

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They are soft and are they are showing up in homes besides bachelor pads. Some brands of Futons are comfortable and stylish. Therefore, they serve two purposes – comfort and style in addition to a bed and a couch.

  • Long-Lasting

While mattresses are recommended to be replaced after eight years, futons will last longer. Part of the reason for the longer life of futons is the fact that they are used sparingly. But, they are also are built to last because they serve two purposes. And, their design lends itself to longer life more than a mattress.

  • Fits Style

FabFutons, as well as, other companies offer a variety of styles and options for apartment residents. At FabFutons, the company sells complete futons, futon covers, futon beds and  futon mattresses. The styles can fit any personality and achieve the vision of residents or interior designers. Futons also work in small spaces more than sofa beds or other types of beds. You can have beauty and function both.

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How to Choose a Futon Mattress

Once you decide to put a futon in your space, you need to choose the right one for you. Follow these tips for the best futon buying experience.

1. Use

You need to determine how often you will be using the futon as a bed. Do you have a relative that crashes at your place regularly? You want to choose a durable design with a darker color choice. If you get visitors only once or twice a year, then you can get away with light colors and designs not necessarily built to last. You might want to avoid light colors if you don’t want stains from spills on it.

2. Vibe

Every futon sets a tone for a room. You want to choose the futon that fits your personality and the mood you envision in the room or space, and color choices for the walls or drapes.

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3. Thickness

Before you purchase a futon, you should decide how thick you want the mattress. This will relate to comfort level for the guests or yourself if you are using it.

4. Covers

Some people want to put a mattress cover on their futon. If you do, make sure the cover matches the decor.

5. Frame

Like beds, the frame will determine the size of the mattress. Pick the futon mattress that will fit the frame but will not be hanging over it. At the same time, you don’t want a futon mattress that is too short or thin either. You want it to fit correctly.

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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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