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Automobile Accents and Bumper Beautification

Automobile Accents and Bumper Beautification

Cars are one of the most expensive forms of property to maintain and repair, yet many owners are willing to splurge on their cars in a heartbeat. Some people treat their car as their “baby,” giving it names and taking it to weekly car washes and even grooming sessions.

Your car cleaning routine should be more than just a scrub-down with some soap and water and interior vacuuming. If your car has been serving you for years and constantly going the distance, the least you can do is go the extra mile for it every once in a while. Professional decorating and cleaning doesn’t have to be costly.

Here are some car detailing ideas and DIYs you can do from the comfort of your own garage with minimum expenditures.

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Cheerier Interiors

Car seat covers protect your seats from rips, wear and tear, and stains. When you buy your first car, adding seat covers is usually optional. A majority of first-time buyers are torn between protecting their leather seats and flaunting them.

    Rather than availing themselves of the initial package offered by the car dealer, buyers usually skip the seat cover add-on. Keep in mind that leather seats will feel uncomfortable on both warm and cold days. Once the “new car” euphoria dies down, you may need to scramble to protect your car’s upholstery with customized seat covers. It’s possible to save money by only covering the seats that are used most, like the front seats. Choose firm and comfortable seat covers that won’t inconvenience you on long trips.

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    Another way to bring more color to your car’s interior is by adding LED lights and moulding trim along your dashboard and along the seats. Crafty and creative individuals even go as far as adding monogrammed items, such as car mats, reupholstered door panels, and visors.

        Whether you want to set a theme for your car interior, like a certain color or bringing on the bling, there are designs for you. Some even go as far as wrapping their steering wheels with faux fur covers. This isn’t advisable for those whose hands are sensitive and ticklish, because the change may affect the way they drive.

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        For families with kids who want minimal maintenance but maximum cleanliness, shoe organizers hung behind the seats will keep the kids’ toys and necessities organized.

        Exterior Flair

        There will always be car owners who simply aren’t satisfied with their state’s official license plate design. Manipulate your plate design however you want, but ensure that it doesn’t break any regulations regarding car registration or identity. Vehicle owners can pay extra to have their choice of words, phrases or numbers on their plates. The modified plates are also known as personalized or “vanity plates.” There’s also the option of encasing your license plate in a frame.

        If you want to add interest to your car’s exterior, make sure your stickers don’t block your view. Combined with some rain or bad weather, stickers will make your view of the road even more obstructed. This could possibly cause a road accident.

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        In addition to the usual engine and technical maintenance, we all have the right to tweak our car’s appearance according to our preferences.

        Whether or not you indulge in personalizing your car, make sure you keep everything organized and clean. No matter how spotless your car looks, there will always be something worth fixing. Enhance the beauty, safety and comfort of your car with these interior and exterior décor ideas.

        Road trips are already fun on their own. Make your car a more relaxed space for your family and passengers with these tweaks, decorations and updates.

        Not a fan of stickers, moldings and trinkets? No one’s stopping you from upgrading luxuriously to cause some heads to turn.  Your money has to go somewhere, right?

        Featured photo credit: Gratisography via Pexels.com via pexels.com

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        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

        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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