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Five Cleaning Tips Professionals Won’t Share With You

Five Cleaning Tips Professionals Won’t Share With You

Your office may be messy- full of unnecessary paper and other waste sitting in the corners and piling up over a period of time. The same could be the case with your home if you are single and working long hours. If facing such a situation, it’s time to declutter your home and office and here are some very helpful tips which professional home and office cleaners will never share with you:

1. Home and office cleaning is an ongoing process.

Keeping your home and office clean requires consistent effort by all who share the space.  Everyone must cooperate by sticking with the policy of cleanliness.

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Perhaps you support green house cleaning so that you only use efficient, environmentally-safe products when it comes to cleaning your home or office. Whatever your philosophy is, cleaning is an ongoing process.  You may want to look into hiring a professional cleaning company

Cleaning companies may offer you discounted packages for a limited period of time but it may not fit into your overall cleanliness philosophy. Make sure about that before committing to any contract. You must discuss it with your cleaning company, otherwise the cost could be too much for you.

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2. Color-coded files are easier to manage.

A good cleaning company knows that it is easier to manage your color-coded files. They can simply group them according to the like material to create more space for you. Color coding of the files is one of the most effective methods of decluttering your office space and it helps a great deal in keeping it clean due to reduced paper waste and placement of boxes and files in a neat manner.

3. Dirty electronics are hard to clean and manage.

Much of the time of a good cleaning company is wasted cleaning your keyboards, tabletops, and surfaces. They will bill you more because it requires more time to clean.  They would love to exclude items which take more of their time to clean and will often neglect these items or ask you to clean them yourself. Before entering into a contract, you must be sure that your cleaning company will include these items.

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4. Take care of your curtains, drapes, and blinds on your own.

You might expect that your maid or professional cleaning service provider will also clean the curtains, blinds, and drapes. Usually these are not covered under a standard service agreement between you and the cleaner, so do not expect them to clean those items for you. If you can handle this cleaning on your own (i.e. clean and wash these items yourself) you can do some haggling to get other services done.

5. Some of their employees are their friends and family members.

Probably one of their best-kept secrets is that some of their employees are their friends and family members. Generally, cleaning companies hire temp employees or college students and many of them may be untrained. If you know this to be true, you can easily haggle with them to get a lower rate on the services that they offer.

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Keeping your office and home clean is not only a health necessity but also a mental necessity. Living in a neat and clean environment makes us happier and our lives more stress-free. If you are hiring a professional cleaning service, make sure that they meet your requirements and match your work philosophy.

Remember, keeping your home and office clean and organized is your responsibility and it is often expensive to hire outside help. Make sure you spend your money wisely or do the work yourself with the cooperation of the other people with whom you share the space.

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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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