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Tips on Choosing the Right Window and Door Expert

Tips on Choosing the Right Window and Door Expert

Opting for a home makeover is a move that will prove to be worthwhile as it not only upgrades the safety of your home but also saves you money, and adds a modern flair to your decor. When considering a home makeover, you have unlimited choices when it comes to window and door renovations. You should get information from your local window and door contractors and also find out the benefits of insulations and installations.

You should know that energy that leaks through old, damaged or wrongly installed windows resulting in extra cost. If you can feel a draft when you place your hands close to your windowsill and around the edges, then it’s time to consider window replacement. New windows and doors should not just provide visibility and style for your home, but also perfectly fit into their frame.

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Desist from the temptation of covering your windows with plastic to trap in energy. Not only is this improper and completely useless, it also creates a ghoulish impression about your home. An entirely new and branded window and door will offer you great performance, a lovely design, and also save you the stress of setting up a sheet of plastic. A new branded window is definitely worth the cost as you not only save money but also enjoy a fresh artistic touch.

With poorly fitted doors you risk losing energy and also render your home insecure. Your door serves as the main protection for your home, barring you and your family from the rest of the world. For a sense of safety and comfort contact your local door contractor today and be certain that your door can actually hold energy and provide security from intruders. Without breaking the bank, you can replace a rusted hinge screen door or the door that initially came with the house for a unique and refined look.

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Poor installation and siding is the major cause of energy loss, which results in senseless loss of money. If you notice your energy bills rising then consult your local expert siding contractor or insulation contractor today. These installations come as batten, blown in or even spray foam.  A totally new siding will provide you the opportunity to give your home a makeover and add a new level of protection in your home against the elements.

Things to look out for

There are numerous professional window and door experts everywhere these days, so selecting the ideal one is truly difficult. Your ideal company will do anything in its power to meet your needs. However, companies like these are quite rare, so be sure to stick with them if you find them.

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  • During the initial consultation, usually a representative from a particular company visits your home to check it and will give you a quote. During this first consultation, check to see if the representative is interested in minute details about your home and interested in you as well. If the rep makes deliberate efforts to get to know you then you should consider retaining him because this shows that he is committed to satisfying you.
  • Reps may present you with a very costly window they have for sale without considering your own desire or taste. If you lack any knowledge of windows and door installation, it can be difficult to ascertain if you’re getting the best value for your money, or if this will even fit the design and architecture of your house.
  • You need a company that won’t only sell you what works best for the house alone, but also your special requirements. Also, you want to work with a company that truly desires to raise the beauty and design of your home. Simply put, you want to choose a company that provides you with something special, not merely another window or door.
  • Let’s suppose you need that really unique concept for your door or window that is not readily available. The ideal company will cooperate with you to produce the exact result you desire, regardless of the time or stress that will be involved. Insist that the installer measure each replacement window before ripping out the old.

In summary, choose a company that puts your interest first, not one that is only interested in selling a high end product without considering what is really needed to beautify your home. You should also go for a company that is dedicated to spending time with you to in a bid to discover exactly what your needs are. Your company should be ready to do everything it can to increase the value of your home.

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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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