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Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

Seven Numbers Everyone Needs to Have on Speed Dial

You never know what life is going to throw at you. From busted water pipes to random allergic reactions, navigating each day can be a challenge. The good news is that you don’t have to do it on your own. By having the right professionals on call, you can get assistance in a matter of seconds. Here are some numbers you absolutely, positively need to have on speed dial for quick access.

1. Handyman

Just because you can change a lock, patch a hole in drywall, or apply some caulk to door jambs doesn’t mean that you’re qualified to call yourself a handyman. What happens when appliances go kaput, pipes start leaking, windows get smashed, or fuses need replacing? While a YouTube video may make you feel powerful enough to handle the problem, don’t let a false sense of courage guide your decision making. A handyman is who you need– and fast.

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2. Family Doctor

Getting sick is never convenient. It always seems to happen right before a big meeting or test– or over the holidays when your doctor’s office is closed. That’s why it’s helpful to have the cell phone number of your family doctor. Most offices will give out these numbers or at least give you a number that will forward you to the doctor who’s on call. Make sure to have this number close by at all times, especially if you are a parent.

3. Trusted Auto Mechanic

Whenever you move to a new city, one of the first things you should do after finding a home is to look for an auto mechanic. Finding the right mechanic can mean the difference between wasting thousands of dollars on repairs you don’t need and getting an expert to target the problem and not overcharge you. Once you find that mechanic, put him on speed dial!

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4. Defense Attorney

Nobody ever plans on getting in trouble with the law, but you can’t always control what happens. Whether it’s an unfortunate DUI that lands you in jail in the middle of the night or an unjust criminal accusation, the last thing you want is to end up in a compromising situation without legal counsel. Finding a defense attorney and plugging their number into your phone can provide valuable peace of mind.

5. Poison Control Center

The Poison Control Center hotline is available 24/7/365 and is always free. Whether a child accidentally consumes medicine, you unexpectedly get a chemical substance in your eyes, or you’re out on a hike and suffer a snakebite, the Poison Control Center can answer your questions and quickly point you in the right direction.

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6. Animal Control

You’d be surprised how many people have to call Animal Control on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter if you live in the middle of the woods or in a crowded city, it’s always smart to have this number plugged into your phone.

7. Florist

Finally, you need to have a florist’s phone number on speed dial. This may seem a bit silly when compared to attorneys and doctors, but the fact of the matter is that you never know when you’ll need a last-minute bouquet. From anniversaries to funerals, flowers are a universal gift that show thoughtfulness and caring.

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Be Prepared to Respond

You can’t always be prepared for whatever life throws at you, but you can be prepared to respond. By having the right phone numbers on speed dial, you have direct access to expert advice and assistance, regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.

Start by including the aforementioned numbers and then consider whether there are any additional resources you need on hand.

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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