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5 Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Around the House

5 Hacks to Make Your Life Easier Around the House

Every day we use hundreds of products for different purposes, and we never realize that sometimes we throw out commodities, which could be used for various other purposes.

Using a product for something other than its original purpose, but in turn satisfying, is a lifehack. Today, in the age of the internet ,thousands of people share their ideas and uses for various day to day products.

Here are 5 lifehacks I think could make your day –

1. Using The Top Of A Bottle On Sealed Packages –

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    If you cut off the top part of a bottle, you can use it to seal a packet. Take a chips packet for example. You fit the packet into the bottle head and use the bottle cover to seal it down. This suppresses air from entering the packet.

    You can use the bottle top for chips, rice or just about any packet you need to preserve.

    Don’t worry about the bottom half of the bottle. You just made new glasses to drink from. Decorate and file the endings for a beautiful set of plastic drinking glasses.

    2. Placing Newspapers At The Bottom Of Your Garbage Bin

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      By placing newspapers in your garbage bin, you reduce the risk of an unwanted spill. The liquid content in your garbage is collected in the paper, and it avoids the spread of any liquids outside the bag.

      Not only does the paper absorb all the water, but by placing folded paper at the bottom, the garbage bag retains a shape easy to use. The bag will always have the paper as its base and never sink to the bottom of your bin.

      3. Using A Pen Spring As A Charger Cable Holder

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        The biggest problem an iPhone user faces today is the breaking of the charger cable. Though fragile, they can be fixed. Take the spring of a pen and run the cable through it. This keeps the cable intact and makes sure it does not bend or break.

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        This works well for Android users or just about any cable at all. It prevents the wires from being stretched and increases the life of each cable.

        Running the cables through paper clips attached to a table reduce the chances of a wire falling to the ground and getting tangled. Plus it allows the user to easily choose the cable of his choice.

        4. Power Up Your Alarm

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          Waking up in the morning can be a problem. Especially if your phone isn’t loud enough.

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          Place your mobile phone in a glass, with the speaker facing the bottom of the glass. The sound will bounce off the glass producing a stronger, shriller sound and make sure you wake up.

          Make sure the glass is away from you, so you have to move a little to turn it off. Although, you may need more help if you sleep on futon beds. These beds are designed for comfort and are a luxury at your fingertips.

          5. Cleanliness Blending In

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            If you cook a lot or every day for that matter, the blender must be your best friend. You need to look after it the same way it looks after you.

            If you can’t stand that hidden bit of blend behind the blades of your blender, throw in a little soap and water. Blend and rinse. And notice your blender shine once again.

            Conclusion

            Look out for more lifehacks as you keep going and share your experience with the world. Lifehacks can help solve a lot of daily issues we oversee. So why complain when the answer is right in front of you.

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            Last Updated on July 23, 2019

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

            In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

            Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

            How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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            • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
            • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
            • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
            • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
            • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
            • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

            When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

            1. Realize You’re Not Alone

            Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

            2. Find What Inspires You

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            Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

            On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

            3. Give Yourself a Break

            When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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            Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

            4. Shake up Your Routines

            Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

            Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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            When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

            5. Start with a Small Step

            Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

            Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

            More to Help You Stay Motivated

            Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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