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9 Dynamic Ways To Boost Your Internet Speed

9 Dynamic Ways To Boost Your Internet Speed

The internet is one of the most important and useful parts when it comes to using a computer, not to mention our daily lives. But sometimes it can become so annoying… If you’re facing slow internet speeds, bad reception or other internet-related problems, no worries! Here are 9 dynamic ways to boost your internet speed.

1. Change Your Modem/Router

A bad modem is one of the major causes for slow internet speed experienced by some folks. Using a modem for an extended period of time can be the cause of recurrent internet connection failures or your internet connection randomly dropping. You might unknowingly blame this on your internet service provider(s). So perhaps try to change your modem or router as this may solve your internet speed problems instantly.

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2. Scan Your Computer For Viruses

Another important thing to do is to scan your computer for viruses as cyber threats can cause havoc to your computer, potentially increasing the likelihood of identity threat and eventually slowing down the internet speed. There are a lot of antivirus softwares available on the internet that you can download to scan your computer.

3. Test For Interference From Your Software

At times, some computer programs (or even your antivirus software) can get in the way of your internet speed. It is quite frustrating, but it is identifiable. You can find out if this is the cause of your slow internet speed by simply switching off your internet, applications, etc… one by one and then checking the speed again. (Remember: it is mandatory to have good virus protection installed on your machine.)

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4. Have A Look At Your Filters

That’s another important step to boost up your internet speed. If you’re using internet that is also attached to a phone line, then try to ensure that you have excellent filters mounted on your phone line. These filters are available in the form of plugs that you can easily attach to the line; they’ll filter out any possible interruptions and disturbances.

5. Get Rid Of Your Cordless Phone

You may not agree to this statement that cordless phones play a major role in slowing down internet speed even if you have filters installed on your phone line; however, this can be the case. You can do an isolation test by replacing your existing phone set with another one and see if your speed improves.

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6. Plug Straight Into The Modem

Wireless internet connection can be a bit slower compared to plugging directly into your modem. To plug directly into your modem, get the cord out of the box and put it straight into the modem, particularly if you’re using a desktop PC and you won’t move it frequently.

7. Test For Outer Interference

There is a high possibility that you have a sound system, iPhone, iPad or any other electronic device nearby your modem. If that’s so, you may have to make sure if these devices are causing electromagnetic interference or not. If you want to  increase internet speed, move your speakers and other electronic devices away from your modem.

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8. Don’t Put TV Cables Near The Modem

Do you have any TV cable boxes close to your modem? If you do, then they might be the reason for your slow internet speed, (even if you’re not using them). Look into moving the TV cable box away from the modem, if this is the case.

9. Refresh Your Modem

This may be the easiest yet most powerful one. Turn the switch of your modem off and switch it it on again. This process is called power cycling. This will refresh the connection and speed up the internet connectivity.

Featured photo credit: manual19.biz via manual19.biz

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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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