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5 New And Innovative Things You Can Use In Your Home And Personal Life

5 New And Innovative Things You Can Use In Your Home And Personal Life

Life is rapidly changing. Technology has made it more possible now than ever to live the life of our choice and dreams.

New technology has improved our homes, offices, and overall environment. Technology, like home-controlling devices, self-driving cars, 3D printers, and food ordering apps are just few examples of how things are rapidly changing .

Here are five of the new and innovative technologies, products, and services you can use to make your life lot easier:

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1. Tech-Savvy Toilets

The toilet is something everyone uses every day. Some luxury toilets come with a price tag of as high as $75,000, which is certainly a price point most of us would never be able to afford in our lives. But there are a bevy of new toilet innovations that are worth looking into.

Toilets with SD Card slots, remote controls to adjust its heights, automatic opening and closing of the seat cover, air drying, and automatic deodorants are some of the technological advances that are emerging in new toilets nowadays.

But before you start looking for the best toilet to suit your needs, you must make sure it is in line with your budget. A bathroom is more than just a toilet, so if you are buying a high-tech toilet, you should not ignore other necessities and accessories for your bathrooms.

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2. RFID Blocking Card Wallets

RFID skimming is a common fraud. People who commit fraud in advanced technology can easily scan information from the cards placed in your wallets through the use of RFID Scanners.

To avoid being digitally cheated and to save yourself from digital pick-pocketing that occurs, you may need RFID blocking card wallets.

You can choose between using slim leather RFID blocking card wallets to secure your cards or you can also use larger RFID blocking wallets to keep your money along with your cards in one wallet.

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3. Lighting Controls

Are you still switching off your appliances and lights the old fashioned way? Well, the new technologies and apps that are emerging can help you control your entire home just through your smartphone.

Apple launched its own Home app to make your home smarter and easier to control and operate, while you’re indoors and outside of the home. A task like adjusting your thermostat while you’re away from home can easily be done without much of the effort on your part, just a click of a button.

4. Wi-Fi Based Switches

Can you believe that it is possible to use the internet to turn your appliances on and off? Well, you can. Belkin has rolled out Wi-Fi enabled switches.

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Next time if you want to switch off your lamp, you can easily do so through your wireless internet connection and do not have to move an inch to physically turn off appliances at the source.

5. Amazon Echo

I am sure you are aware of the Jarvis, the artificial intelligence assistance in the Iron Man series. If you want to have a Jarvis of your own, Amazon Echo is the tech innovation for you.

Amazon Echo is like a physical version of Siri or a Google Now assistant. It can tell you the weather or help you crawl the web. It can even help you play music and control other enabled devices in your home. If you are a busy person and can’t manage things on your own, Amazon Echo fills those voids by acting as a virtual assistant.

Above is a simple list of some new and innovative technologies the world has to offer that you can start using in your home immediately. Though they are a bit pricey, the improvements they make to your home and personal lifestyle can prove to be worth the investment.

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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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