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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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