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4 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Home

4 Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Your Home

Everyone wants to keep their valuables and important and original documents safe from theft and damage. There are two ways to do that, one is to rent a locker in a bank and the other is to get a house safe. While probably a bank locker can be considered more secure, however, it can be a recurring burden on your monthly or quarterly budget.

However, getting a house safe is a more feasible option as it is a onetime investment. So you need to consider it as an investment while selecting one.

What should you consider while selecting a home safe?

The purpose of having a home safe is concealment. Not everyone should be able to view or access it. So, first of all, you need to select a place which is hidden and only you know where it is. Usually, in cases of a break-in, the burglars don’t want to stay for longer time in the house in order to avoid getting caught. This is a fact shown by many surveys.

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So by keeping a safe hidden in a cabinet or cupboard which is less obvious can be useful.  The other features or qualities you should consider while selecting a safe are as follows:

Fire Proof:

There are documents or valuables which are too important to risk being lost in case of fire. So select a safe which is fire proof. Although most of the safe out there is fire proof but the extent to which they can resist heat is different. Some are better at this than others.

Fire is a factor which cannot be pre-estimated or told. It is very hard to declare a building or an area to be prone to fire as the circumstances that lead to fire can be or cannot be natural. So if such an accident occurs to you or near you, then you would definitely want your valuable documents or items to be safe and sound.

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There are some companies that are so sure of their safe to be fire proof that they give you a warranty that is covered by insurance. If you can you should opt for such safe so you are covered in that regard.

Water Proof:

Thieves are not the only ones to whom you can lose your valuables, nature can do that too. In the case of natural flood or flooding of the plumbing, your important things can be harmed, so you should consider it as a major factor in your selection.

There are areas which are prone to natural floods and these floods are recurring. If you live in such an area then you should definitely look for a waterproof safe. Water might not damage your jewels that much as it can harm or damage your documents and expensive electronic equipment. So if you plan to store your camera or external hard drives etc. in the safe then select a one which is waterproof.

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Impact or shock Proof:

You need to know that your safe should also be impact or shock proof. In the case of storms or earthquakes, your safe can experience an impact like falling of a heavy object on it or falling down with a jerk. The safe should have the capability to resist any damage from the result of such event.

This can also happen if somebody is trying to break into your safe by throwing it from a height or using a hammer. If this is a case then definitely you should select a cabinet safe which is impact proof.

Security:

There are a number of different types of security mechanisms used in safe these days, some are just good old combination safe, some are digital code operated, while others are biometric fingerprint and electronic ones.

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You need to identify the level of security you want and the budget you can spare for the purchase of the safe. Do remember, they don’t come cheap so better consider it as a long-term investment or a one-time buy before setting a budget.

If you consider the explained features in a safe, I am sure you will be able to select a house safe which befits your requirements and budget.

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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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