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8 Quick Tips To Make A Stress-Free Move For The Family

8 Quick Tips To Make A Stress-Free Move For The Family

According to surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau, only 12% of the total population move each year for the past years. These numbers are not so surprising. There aren’t too many people who are open to the idea of moving. Simply because it can be a daunting task.

Moving can be overwhelming, especially for the kids. If you are in a rush, relocation may bring negative impact to your child’s emotional and mental aspects. This is the very reason why, as parents, you have to make relocation and transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. Here are the 8 quick tips you can do to make a stress-free move for the whole family.

1. Be Specific With Your Checklist

Moving checklist

    Just like any other task, making a checklist is essential in relocating. However, unlike the usual, you need to be very specific with your checklist. If you are doing the packing on you own, creating a timeline checklist would be ideal to avoid mistakes or missing out important details. Take, for example, this checklist. You can follow this checklist or you can create your own similar to this so you will never get lost on what to do next.

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    2. Allow your Kids To Get Involved In Moving

    Work-related subjects are one of the most common reasons why most families move. But as stressful as it is for you, it can be more stressful for the kids. According to some studies, frequent moving can cause anxiety and inflexibility to kids. Kids can also miss the chance to build friendships and bond among others his age.

    You have to give them time to prepare emotionally and mentally. Explain to them why you have to move and what they have to expect during your first weeks in the new place.  It also helps if you take them to trip to your new home few weeks before moving. Take them to their new school and let them know where are some of the places they can hang out, play, make new friends and build their self-esteem.

    Riley In Inside Out

      As parents, they need your support to have a stress-free move, overcome this stage and make a fast transition. Remember Riley from the animated film “Inside Out”? Don’t let them experience the same thing. Let them participate. It would also help them if you would allow them to pack their own things and design their new rooms. Do not rush them to adjust immediately because it can be more stressful to them than you think.

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      3. First In, Last Out

      Most of the time, our essentials and necessities are the last one to get packed and the first one to be unpacked. Do this in all your stuff. Determine the things you seldom use and packed them first. Often times, people tend to forget packing stuff of less importance. Packing them first helps you avoid such situations. These items are also the last ones to be unpacked.

      4. Don’t Spend Too Much On Boxes And Bubble Wraps

      Those bubble wraps and boxes could really cost a lot when relocating. But you can cut down the expenses on these items when you know where to ask for them. The good bets for boxes would be bookstores, grocery stores and people who just moved into your neighborhood. They are also looking for ways to dispose of their boxes so might as well ask from them. Also, unused clothing like socks and shirts would be a great substitute for bubble wraps.

      Quick Tip: When you are done unpacking, you can also give away those boxes to whom you know are preparing to move.

      5. Make Some Money On Garage Sale

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      Garage Sale

        While you are packing, you’ll be surprised to know that you have a lot of stuff you no longer need and use. Having a garage sale on these items will alleviate your expenses and give you less stress in packing. You can save packing space and plus you will earn some money for other things you need to do or buy, thus, you can have a stress-free move.

        6. Inform Those Who Needs To Be Informed

        One thing that most people forgot when moving is to inform people that need to know. This is an important matter especially if you are moving your business with you. Your clients need to know where you are relocating and you need to keep your relationship with them. Your relatives also need to know you are going to move so they may know where to look for you.

        7. Prep Your New House Before Your Move

        Before you move, make sure to inform your service providers about your plan. Utilities such as phone, electricity, internet connection and others should be cut off and/or transferred to your new home. Your new home should be ready when you moved in. If you have a business and you need to continue your operation immediately, you need your landline, electricity and internet connection running as soon as you move in. Also, it is a must that you change your address and update your postal service so you can still receive mail and other government benefits.

        8. Have Some Time To Say Goodbye

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        say goodbye to people

          Moving can be emotionally draining especially if you have built tight relationships with friends, relatives and colleagues. To help you move forward, host a party before you relocate. Invite you closest friends, people in your neighborhood and officemates.

          Quick Tip: Remember the garage sale? You can use the money you earned for a moving-away party.

          Last Words

          Let’s face it, as much as possible most people want to avoid moving.  But when situations ask you to and you feel that your family will have a better life in a new place, would you let the opportunity to pass? True, it can be exhausting at first so allow yourself and your family to settle in and adjust. Give it time and when you have finally felt like it is your home, it can be fun and rewarding.

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          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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