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5 Techie Things Designed to Bring IOT into Your Kitchen

5 Techie Things Designed to Bring IOT into Your Kitchen

The internet of things, otherwise known as IOT, is here to stay. And with advances in science, virtually every aspect of life as we know it will soon be interconnected with one another, thereby simplifying human activities. This technical revolution will have its effects on the domestic setting of every family and for homeowners who love to be on the right side of cutting edge technology. Here, I will cover some interesting items designed to transport your kitchen into the 22nd century:

Cook Precisely with a Tech-Enhanced Precision Cooker

Pressure cookers are nothing new. They are shiny pots that you put items you either need to deep-fry or boil into that plug in an electric circuit, and voila – your food is ready. Although pressure cookers are known for their speed in cooking, they do not provide much else. This is the opposite of a precision cooker. Precision cookers are designed to provide your kitchen with speed, accuracy, and a way to keep all nutrients in your food intact throughout the cooking phase.

The practical reasons for using a Sous Vide precision cooker include: ensuring that food retains its nutritional value and speeding up your overall cooking time. This is due to the fact that the cooker boils water to a precise temperature. Simply put food contained in vacuum sealed bags into the water and you’re halfway there. Now, the techie reason to own one is that you can control your cooking via a mobile app and the Bluetooth on your smart device.[1] This means you don’t have to be physically in the kitchen to do your cooking, which is an awesome advantage.

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Stay Clean with a Sensor-Powered Kitchen Faucet

The kitchen sink has always been noted as one of the more germ-infested areas in most homes. And sadly, it is almost impossible to cook without paying a visit to your sink—to wash one item or the other—periodically while cooking. Here, not much brain power is needed to know that these periodic visits may transfer germs to places and plates they have no business residing in.

That’s where sensor-powered kitchen faucets or ‘touchless’ faucets come in handy. Touchless faucets are technology’s answer to fighting the transportation of germs into the food that we eat. A touchless faucet works with sensors that ensure you do not come in contact with your kitchen sink when cooking. Simply put the needed objects—your hands or food—and the sensor does its job, ensuring you receive water without a touch and decreasing cross-contamination.

Make Fries with a Smart Frying Pan

There are only two ways to cook an egg or a salmon without overcooking them and they are: staying close to your frying pan throughout the cooking process or getting yourself a smart fryer.[2] While the former has been the tradition for hundreds of years, human fallibility has led to more than one salmon getting roasted beyond recognition, a problem that the latter technique can help you do without.

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A smart frying pan comes integrated with sensors and its own application, which provides you with accurate feedback on the cooking situation. The smart fryer takes responsible cooking further by telling you when to flip your salmon and the right time to take it off the fire. Of course, it comes in handy with a lot of other cooking in your kitchen as well.

    Size-up Your Food with a Smart Scale

    Cooking is an art form that must be practiced for one to become a master at it. This is because the amount of food one cooks determines the amount of spices or ingredients that must go with it. And as the quantity of food being cooked increases or reduces, the amount of ingredients to be used also increases and decreases proportionally. So how does one stay on the right side of the scale?

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    The smart scale is the answer to that question for it provides you with detailed recipes and the exact quantity of food and spices needed to cook your chosen meal. Smart scales come with their own applications, which allow you to view recipes and weigh food items with ease.

    Keep Trash Out with Bins that Talk

    Smart trash cans are all the rage now and if you reside in a smart city, you may have used a sensor-enhanced trash can to hold waste without any contact with the bin whatsoever. But what if a domestic bin can take it two steps further by sending you mail notifications that tell you to take the trash out? For that reason, with smart bins, good kitchen hygiene is definitely guaranteed.

    With these five useful items, you are bound to be equipped with a smart kitchen for the ages.

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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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