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Top 5 DIY Projects to Make your Kitchen More Attractive

Top 5 DIY Projects to Make your Kitchen More Attractive

One thing every potential homeowner wants is a great kitchen that they can cook and entertain in. While doing a full remodel right before you sell may not make sense, there are a variety of DIY projects that can help elevate the kitchen you already have. Before you sell your home, give these five DIY projects a try to get the most money for your house.

1. Update Your Hardware

It is easy for kitchen cabinets to look dated, but replacing them can be a significant expense. Luckily, you can update your current cabinets with one simple trick: replacing your hardware. Simply changing the knobs and pulls can bring a completely different feel to the surface of your cabinets and drawers. It is also fairly inexpensive.

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When replacing your hardware, make sure you choose a finish that is in-demand today. You also want to pay attention to the holes that are in your cabinets, so you can pick items to match. For example, a knob requires a single hole, while a pull handle needs two. Pull handles can also come in different sizes, so measure the distance between the holes and use that to guide your selections.

2. Paint and Paint

If you want to go the extra mile on your cabinets, consider adding a coat of paint. It can be a cost effective, though a bit labor intensive, way to completely change the look of the space. It can also make outdated cabinets look more current. For example, the look of honey oak cabinets was huge in the 1990s, but isn’t so popular today. A coat of paint can give them new life at a fraction of the cost of replacing them.

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Your walls are another spot where new paint can give you a big bang for your buck. Find a color that leans towards neutral for a wider appeal. However, if you have white cabinets, you may want to choose a color other than white to give the space some variance.

3. Focus on Your Faucet

Another piece that is easy to update is your kitchen faucet. Look for a design that complements the style of your kitchen, but also feels up-to-date. You want it to move smoothly, and have a steady flow of water as well. As with cabinet pulls, you need to make sure you get the right faucet design.

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You don’t want to get a faucet that has two separate knobs for hot and cold water when your current option features a central lever attached to the base of the faucet, or vice versa. Otherwise, you don’t have the right holes for the new piece, and that makes the process much more complex.

4. A Better Backsplash

Backsplashes can have a significant impact on the look of your kitchen. If you don’t have a backsplash now, then it may be time to add one. Or, if yours is outdated, then replacing it may be ideal. When it comes to backsplashes, tile is your go-to option. It is highly water resistant and can add instant style.

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If you want to avoid using a tile saw as much as possible, look for small or mosaic tiles that come in sheets. The mesh backing helps maintain the spacing, but it can easily be cut to create a custom fit around outlets and light switches.

5. Update Your Lighting

Another place where old fixtures can seem dated is lighting. Finding a more modern fixture can be the crown jewel of the space.

Look for a fixture that aesthetically works while also providing the function you need. No one wants a dark kitchen, so make sure you bring in the light.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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