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How Laundrettes Are Making Life Easier!

How Laundrettes Are Making Life Easier!

Doing your laundry can be an absolute mission these days. Not only do you have to push bundles and bundles of dirty clothes through the washing machine, you then have to wait for them to dry (unless you are lucky enough to have a tumble dryer), and once dried the majority of items will need to be ironed. This process can take up so much time leaving you feeling unproductive and slightly exhausted, and that’s just assuming you even have a fully functional washing machine.

Washing machines and tumble dryers maybe one of the quickest solutions to sorting your laundry at home, but how many times have people had to get them fixed from them constantly breaking down? Granted this maybe down to the how certain individuals are using them, for example overloading a wash cycle just to cut down the time, putting items through with loose fastenings, and many other factors.

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Once the washing machine is broken you then have to call someone out to have a look at it, which of course will involve a charge for their services. Then once they have figured out the problem, a decision will be made to whether they can fix it there and then. They might just need to purchase a new part, or they might have to take it away to dismantle it if the problem is quite severe.

Overall the maintenance side of things can work out really costly, so much so that sometimes its better if you just hand wash your items. However choosing to hand wash your dirty laundry can take up a lot of your time, and you can’t guarantee it will be it will be as effective as a machine wash when you need to get rid of stains and other marks.

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Tumble dryers similarly to washing machines can be a great way to cut hours off your laundry time, and if your laundry is treated with care after the cycle there might not actually be a need to iron it at all. Again the problem here is that should your tumble dryer break down then it will cost a fortune to get it serviced. However a common problem people face when tumble drying laundry is that some clothes can shrink. To avoid this, the care label should always be checked beforehand, and the same goes for the washing process.

So what’s the best way to get laundry processed by the mass in the most time effective manner?

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Well one of the best ways to do laundry is by doing it at a laundrette. The machines there are heavy duty industrialised machines that can cope with large laundry piles by the dozen on a daily basis. The laundry process can become pretty speedy, and in the meantime you can always pop down the local shop, or read a book whilst you’re waiting. Some people even consider the laundrette like a community where you can chat with the locals, make some friends and catch up over a brew and some biscuits. The only downside to a laundrette is the idea of transporting your dirty laundry from point A to point B. If you have a large load it’s impractical to carry it all by hand, but at the same time it’s a waste of money and a trip to wash a load that’s not quite big enough.

Having a car can be pretty useful in situations like this but not everyone is lucky enough to own one. Taking your laundry on public transport can be another option however it is strongly advised that you avoid rush hour like the plague, especially with a big bag of laundry as that could be chaotic.

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There is one more option that can be extremely beneficial and that is to use a laundrette who will provide a collection and delivery service. Most modern laundrettes will offer this service and may even give you the option to have your laundry dry cleaned as well.

I currently live in the capital’s favourite seaside town Brighton, in which these services are trending as the population’s lifestyles are becoming busier. As London is only an hour away, most of the people who live in Brighton are commuters to the capital, meaning they have limited chances to get their laundry done. Some laundrettes in Brighton offer this flexible service which allows the collection and delivery of their laundry to fit around their lifestyles. This service alongside many others are helping life become that much easier on a daily basis moving forwards. No wonder it’s currently trending.

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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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