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5 Cheap and Useful Ways to Protect Your Home

5 Cheap and Useful Ways to Protect Your Home

Many people think that installing a security system in their home needs to be a very expensive project. Certainly, many security systems won’t fit into your budget, but the reality is that you can find many affordable and easy ways to protect your home and avoid spending lots of money on that task.

Sometimes, when people go on a vacation or simply leave their home for a couple of hours, they leave with the fear of being robbed. We know that every home can be a vulnerable place, so you should take steps to keep your property and your home safe. Following a few simple tips and installing a few gadgets will help.

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Install fake surveillance cameras near your windows and doors

We know this is an old trick, but it is still useful! Fake cameras really do keep thieves away. You just need to find the most realistic-looking fake cameras and install them high up on your walls.

In addition to adding a fake security camera, you can also put warning stickers on your doors and windows with legends like “24-hour guarded property” or “Under video surveillance.” Despite the fact that the cameras are fake, thieves will not risk entering a house that seems to be guarded. If a security system is not in your budget, you can buy security signs and security decals that show the presence of a system even if you don’t actually have it.

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Install a secret doorbell camera

This useful security gadget lets you watch people at your doorstep right from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Some people get nervous about answering the door without knowing who is there, and if you’re one of those people, you can avoid that problem by installing one of these gadgets at home. There are many versions on the market at different sizes and prices, but you can certainly get one for less than $50-$100.

Many secret doorbell cameras have other good features like an easy installation process, easy instructions for use, and the ability to capture live footage and even talk to the people that are outside your door.

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Pretend to say “good-bye” to someone inside your home before you leave

Most of the time, people who are trying to get inside your home and steal your things are watching your moves and your daily routines. Saying goodbye to someone can make thieves think that someone is at home.

You can also leave an indoor light or the TV on to confuse thieves. If you are about to take a long vacation, instead of driving your car, contact a transportation service that can pick you up and drop you off. Some thieves think that when there are no parked cars at home, it is their time to attack.

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If you need to travel and take your car with you, try to load up the car in the garage with the door closed. If you have to carry your bags to the car in public, do it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Do NOT publish your plans, vacations or status updates when you are out

People just love sharing ALL their plans on social media, and some research has shown that one of the most common ways that thieves find targets is by scanning the victim’s social media accounts for their status updates.

Protect your outdoor belongings

You must know that leaving things (like your bicycle, scooter, or BBQ tools) lying around your backyard or in plain sight from the street can lure thieves onto your property. Someone could easily walk away with your stuff. You should lock them in a shed or in an enclosed garage area.

Another good idea is to take some pictures of your outdoor belongings or anything of value in the backyard. That way you can check whether something is missing after you come back home.

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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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