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It Turns Out That Budget Accommodations Have Better Hygiene Than Expensive Hotels

It Turns Out That Budget Accommodations Have Better Hygiene Than Expensive Hotels

So you finally get to take a break and have enough to opt for a fancy five-star hotel, a luxurious escapade in a better location with a bigger space together with a broad spectrum of amenities and think you have all in your control for your a trip of a lifetime.

Hold on. There is an issue out of your control! A survey by Travelmath that gathered sample evidence from 36 hotels revealed that colony-forming units (CFUs), (viable bacteria cells ratios) of samples found that 3-star hotels displayed fewer germs than 4 and 5-star hotels.

The tested surfaces revealed hotel rooms are more germ-contaminated than typical homes, schools or airplanes.  Remote controls and bathroom counters have the biggest invasion.

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Bathroom Counters

Bathroom counters[1] are the most contaminated. Countertops and faucets are far more soiled with germs as this is where washing up is done and the easiest ways bacteria can gain entry with bruises and cuts. Touch surfaces like handles, light switches, and door knobs are where bacteria congregates. Rubbing our eyes, touching our mouths or scratching our noses ease pathways for the entrance of germs.

  • 3 Star hotels – 320,007 CPU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels have an average of 2,534,773 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels have an average of 1,011,670 CFU per square inch

Travelmath research revealed found 3-star hotels were cleaner than the higher ranking hotels. It is speculated that designer sinks with artistic sculptures may be harder to clean than average three-star hotel bathroom counters  Bathrooms need to be cleaned regularly to eliminate the propagation of germs.

Desks

Desks[2] in 4-star and 5-star hotels get really germ infested according to the travel math study.

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  • 3-star hotels –  4,687 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 1,800,003 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 40,030 CFU per square inch

Once again 3-star hotels made it rank the best in cleanliness.  4-star hotels were the dirtiest.  The issue of business travelers may be the contributing factor here  The desks may remain unused in 3-star hotels.  This may be due to the fact 4-star hotels usually host business travelers eating and drinking accompanies working at the desk.

Remote Controls

  • 3-star hotels have an average of 232,733 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 1,400,027 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 2,002,300 CFU per square inch

The more luxury the hotels are, the dirtier the remote controls are. People decide to spend more time changing channels in the lap of luxurious 5-star settings.

Phones

Travelmath found that phones in hotels:

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  • 3-star hotels have 11,403 CFU per square inch
  • 4-star hotels an average of 137 CFU per square inch
  • 5-star hotels an average of 1,217 CFU per square inch

The smallest germ colonies were found on hotel phones, probably because people use mobiles except for room service. This is where three-star hotels rated the highest in germ collection. Many bacteria types do not really pose health risks, but it is best to stay prepared. Hand washing reduces respiratory infections. When you stay at any hotel, wash your hands all the time and disinfect surfaces before you touch them.

Humans and Their Connection to Germs

The human body is like a breeding ground for bacteria. These living things are so minute that the naked eye cannot see them. They are everywhere and can only be seen with a microscope on books, clothing, food, dust particles in the air.

The ranges of germs found were linked to various kind of infections. By keeping a healthier focus, your body can fight off contaminated bacteria. This harmful bacteria can also be halted from affecting your body with disinfectants applied on doorknobs, faucets, counters, light switches, telephones, and remotes.

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Minimize risks of illnesses by washing hands on a frequent basis. Take along disinfectant sprays, and wipes to frequently disinfect touched surfaces, such as desks, counters, phones and bathroom counters.

The Popularity of Luxury Hotels

The spokesperson for Travelmath, Chelsea Freeburn, stated that

we were surprised the findings revealed that five-star hotels had more germs than others because you pay higher rates and you expect higher quality levels in cleanliness.

Luxury hotels are extremely popular. Even the masses of various germ creeds prefer to check in at four and five-star hotels. Maybe think twice before you decide to check in at a luxury hotel and hang out with the unseen miniature inhabitants. Details of the findings can be found here: Hotel Hygiene Exposed.

Featured photo credit: TravelMath via travelmath.com

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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