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Unravel the Secrets to a Successful Long Distance Move with 8 Incredible Tips

Unravel the Secrets to a Successful Long Distance Move with 8 Incredible Tips

Long distance moving is a bit trickier with the excess loads. Let alone the issues of handling climate change, relocation is something that is troublesome given the huge responsibilities in loading and unloading.

This article will provide you with some valuable tips, pulled out directly from the experiences of moving out.

1. Take the help of a move representative

Relocation is something, which can cost you a lot. First-time movers are hardly aware of the expenses involved in the entire activity. They are the worst sufferers because the cost comes as a shock to them.

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The tip for all novices will be to invite a moving representative to their house to conduct a visual survey. This will assist you to get an accurate price for all the goods that are to be shifted. Be wary of the fact that only a genuine moving company provides such a service as long distance moving also involves taxation and custom duties which you may not be aware of.

2. Downsize your belongings

The heavier your luggage, the more money moving companies will suck out from you. Consequently, it is best for you to go through your possession to find out the items that are still in use and others, which can be disposed of. However, do not just dump the unused items. Either sell them off through a garage sale or donate it to a charitable trust.

3. Declutter for increasing the space

Remove the unnecessary items from your belongings because it is imprudent and irrational to pay for the items that are of no use. Remember that, the space occupied by them means money spent redundantly. The more space you save for essential items, the better will it be. Hence, try to take advantage of the space in the moving van.

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4. Keep dresser drawers filled with necessities

Experience has taught individuals that it is wise to keep the dresser drawers filled with linens. This step taken by you will not only save space in the moving vehicle but also save you the extra cost.

You get to enjoy a twofold advantage from this particular step. In terms of fewer box requirements, it is beneficial and trouble-free from the perspective of locating your stuff after moving in.

5. Use black trash bags for packing soft items

One of the smartest decisions for long distance moving for you will be to make use of the garbage bags. Fill them up with soft items such as stuffed toys and pillows, to make them better space fillers. You can also use them for cushioning the inside of a truck. If you are apprehensive about the items being tarnished, then double the garbage bags and use a tape to tie them up. This will keep the items inside clean even after the long haul.

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6. Collect free moving boxes

It is rational to collect as many cardboard boxes as possible. These are available free of cost from stores. Try to assemble such boxes from the people who have just moved into your neighbourhood or accumulate them from grocery shops. This will save you from the extra expenses involved in long distance moving.

7. Label the boxes

After stuffing the requisite items into the boxes, label them for your own benefit. Write down the names of the items packed into it. Keep in mind to mark up the boxes with keywords like ‘dining room’ or ‘bedroom’. This will assist you to identify the items for either of the two rooms. By listing the contents, you are sure to get a helping hand when unpacking everything.

8. Take advantage of an offseason

Moving companies charge higher rates during the summer season since people mostly relocate in such a time. If you want to cut down on the extra cost, then move in the off-season. For instance, it is best to relocate during winter and spring time when others choose not to shift.

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If you are using the air services to move your cargo, make sure you hire additional limo services or car services to get you and your cargo cleared through the initial check-ups at various checking points. This is especially important in the case of finding the right gate and the entrance point to the airport as professional drivers know the spots very well.

Hopefully, the above-mentioned tricks and tips will support you in the entire moving process.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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