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4 Ways Paved Walkways Increases Safety

4 Ways Paved Walkways Increases Safety

Let’s say your yard doesn’t have a walkway, and that you don’t see why a walkway’s absence is such a big deal. Well, whether you’re stumbling from the car in the dark with arms full of groceries or leading your toddler to the front yard after a long day at the park, lacking a walkway is a safety concern. Paving your walkway with interlocking pavers creates safe footing for you and your family as you approach the front yard and increases your home’s curb appeal, too. Learn about four ways having paved walkways promote safety around a home.

Secures Your Footing on Steep Slopes

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    Your yard’s gradual slope doesn’t look steep, but when you’re making your way up a grassy slope in work shoes or sandals, the slope feels much steeper and becomes a dangerous place for small kids and the elderly.

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    A steep slope up your yard is difficult to traverse even in ideal conditions. At night, the tricky footing becomes doubly difficult. When the ground is wet, you may find yourself slipping and sliding on muddy ground.

    Installing a walkway with pavers and one or two shallow steps, makes walking up your inclined yard much safer and easier, especially for younger and older family members.

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    Prevents Erosion That Causes Uneven Ground

    Rain and wet weather can produce mud that you could slip on and erosion you could discover in your yard. Even when you keep your grass maintained and trimmed, the ground will never be entirely flat.

    As the weather changes, the consistency of the ground changes. Erosion makes securing your footing on uneven ground difficult. You and your family members might stumble over exposed tree roots or rocks if you’re not careful. A paved walkway covers these spots and pavers won’t erode the way dirt does.

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    Eliminates Concrete and Asphalt Cracks and Holes

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      Poured concrete and asphalt are walkway paving options that many people seek. However, concrete and asphalt wear out, and when they do, cracks appear and their surfaces become uneven. These cracks and uneven spots create tripping hazards. Minor erosions that are difficult to see with the naked eye are especially dangerous because they present falling hazards that you might not see until you’ve already tripped over them.

      Ensures Wheelchair and Walker Access

      A grassy slope or an old, damaged concrete walkway is not a wheelchair or walker-friendly way to access your house. The older members of your family will appreciate the safety a paved walkway offers them. Wheelchairs will be easier to operate or push across a walkway with interlocking pavers. Walkers won’t get stuck in imperfections in concrete or asphalt. Uneven bricks won’t trip up your grandmother or grandfather at the beginning of a visit. Your loved ones will appreciate your concern for their safety every time they visit.

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      Makes Melting Snow and Ice Easier

      Correctly installed pavers interlock to create a seamless surface with no cracks or divots where snow and ice can accumulate. When you’re blowing or shoveling snow, you’ll have an easier time removing all the snow from the walkway. If you’re scattering salt to eliminate packed snow and ice, a paved surface can help snow and ice to melt evenly without pooling and freezing to create dangerous slippery patches. A slip-resistant snow- and ice-free walkway is especially important when you have children or older family members who often use the path.

      Versatile, attractive pavers are the safe choice for a paved walkway. Choose pavers that match your home’s exterior decor for a welcoming yard with a lovely path. Paving your walkway is a worthwhile investment when you realize you’ll be helping your family stay safe with such a simple action.

      Image via Flickr by Field Outdoor Spaces

      Featured photo credit: positionmktg via flickr.com

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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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