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5 Tools to Add Colors to Your Life Routine This Autumn

5 Tools to Add Colors to Your Life Routine This Autumn

In our hectic times, being efficient, doing more in less time, avoiding spending time on trivial tasks is an everyday concern. Be it optimizing the way you spend your time or finding better ways to find and listen to music, it is all about one and the same thing: making your life easier and more comfortable.

And today we are going to talk about some tools that can help you along this way.

1. Spotify

It’s hard to imagine anybody who hasn’t heard about Spotify by now, but the fact that it has about 100 million active users suggests that there is a host of people who still don’t use it. And it’s a shame, because it is a real find for anybody who is interested in music.

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In addition to giving you an opportunity to surf through tens of thousands of tracks, choose whatever you like and listen to it for free, it is indispensable for organizing your music collection and getting in touch with other music lovers. Find new artists based on recommendations from other users – Spotify isn’t just a streaming service; it is a giant community where you are sure to find like-minded people.

2. Postmates

Postmates, where it is available, is probably the best delivery option you will ever find. Place an order through the app, and anything within your city, from takeout food to store goods, will be delivered to your doorstep within an hour.

Day of the week, time of day and your location matter not – you still will be served quickly and efficiently. Real-time tracking is a nice touch as well – you can always track the progress of your order on a live map without having to wonder if the courier moves around at all.

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3. VIDGO

VIDGO is a streaming service offering you an easy, affordable and flexible way of watching TV – whenever, and wherever you are at the moment. It provides access to all your favorite shows and movies in high definition, includes local channels and doesn’t demand that you get into technical details.

The associated app works on all conceivable devices, from normal TVs to tablets and game consoles. You don’t have to worry about catching the show you want – you may watch it either on the go or record it to a cloud-DVR to watch later at your convenience. In other words, if you like TV but don’t want to be dependent on channels’ schedules and your own timetable, VIDGO is certainly a thing to consider.

4. Canned Emails

There are types of emails that you may have to send fairly often: to reschedule an appointment, to apologize for a problem, to cancel a purchase or a service and get a refund and so on. Some people get in such situations more often than others – and they can find Canned Emails to be that much more convenient.

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Simply put, Canned Emails is a service offering you a set of pre-made emails for a number of occasions like the ones mentioned above. Simply visit it, choose the type you need, and you will be automatically transported to your email client with a pre-made message you can alter to suit your purposes.

5. 1Password

It is appalling how many people still use passwords akin to “12345” or “password” today. The scale of the problem becomes evident every time a new set of several million passwords gets leaked, endangering privacy and finances of their owners.

1Password helps those incapable of remembering complicated passwords or developing algorithms for thinking up passwords for every new website or service – it keeps all your passwords safe in one place and can only be accessed with a digital key nobody but you can use. What’s more, it can manage passwords of your entire family – one of the very few password managers that do this.

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Today’s life carries with it so much stress that everything that helps to relieve it even a little bit is indispensable. Everything that brings more convenience and comfort into our lives helps us fight the everyday problems all of us encounter – and the tools we mentioned here can be used in this fashion. Some help more, some less – but all of them can certainly make your life that much easier.

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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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