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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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Published on September 25, 2018

The Careful Art of Delegation

The Careful Art of Delegation

Do you find yourself constantly feeling busy? Or, maybe you feel like you have too much on your plate? Perhaps you have a to-do list with no end in sight, or many responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis at work. When you get home, you have household responsibilities to take care of, too, and it just seems like you never have much time for a breather.

Being busy is good, it’s better than not having anything to do and letting time slip away. But, what many people don’t realize is, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. The more time you take to complete something does not equal to more success. Many people end up falling into this trap as they pack their day with tasks and errands that may sometimes produce little outcome or output for the effort that they’ve put in.

For example, let’s say that your washing machine at home broke down and you need to fix it. Instead of calling the handyman to come, your husband decides he’s going to fix the machine. He ends up spending half a day figuring out the machine, and does eventually fix it. He did however have to make a trip to the tool shop to buy some extra tools and parts for the machine. Now, if you had called the handy man, it would probably have taken the handyman much less time, and he would have all the necessary tools and parts already, because that is his job. So in this instance, was your husband’s time and effort worth it? Oh, and because he took half the day fixing the machine, you now had to take over his duties of dropping the kids off at soccer and swim practice.

We Need Not Be That Busy

I hope you would agree, that it would have been ideal to delegate this task to the handyman. That would have saved you time and effort, so that you and your husband could focus on doing other things that were more important to you, like being there for your kids or spending time with each other. This is just one example of how we often impose busyness on ourselves without us even realizing it.

But, I’m going to show you just how you can gain quality time from external sources. Whatever big goals or ambitions that you may have, it’s normal for them to involve a lot more of your time than you first expect. I’m talking about things like starting a new business, changing careers, perhaps even moving to a new city. New challenges often involve things that are outside of our experience and expertise, so covering all the bases ourselves is sometimes not feasible as it takes too much time to learn and do everything.

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You Are Just One Person

At the end of the day, you are just one person, and you have a limited amount of time. So, you have to do things that are meaningful to you. While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones needed to get there may be meaningful. Because we all have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, not every task will be enjoyable or all fun & games. Some simply require pure willpower and discipline to grind through. And that is where delegation comes in.

What is Delegation?

You may hear this term a lot in the business or corporate world; it’s an effective way for managers to distribute (or sometimes avoid!) work. But, that’s not what I’m referring to. Instead, delegation means leveraging time from an outside source to give you opportunities to increase your quality time. By outside source, we simply mean that it’s not your own time that you’re spending.

What Should You Delegate?

To delegate effectively, it has to be done with deliberate intention. So the aim of delegation is to create more quality time for yourself. There are 3 types of tasks that you should generally delegate, called the Delegation Triangle.

The first are tasks you don’t enjoy doing. These are things that you know how to do, but don’t enjoy. Second, are tasks you shouldn’t do. These are things you know how to do and may even enjoy, but may not be the best use of your time. Third, are tasks you can’t do. These are things that need doing, but you don’t have the skills or expertise to follow through with them at this moment.

Have a look through your daily tasks and responsibilities, and see if you can fit them under these 3 categories.

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Pitfalls of Delegation

Using the Delegation Triangle, you can decide which tasks are worth delegating. In theory, it might look easy to sort actions at first glance; but often, it’s actually harder than you think! 

One such example, is diverting time on tasks you shouldn’t do. Let’s go back to the washing machine example. Your husband decides to fix it on his own instead of simply getting an expert to fix it. Why? Because it’s probably a challenge he enjoys, and it’s an accomplishment that would bring him satisfaction. However, if the value of the task is too low, you really ought to delegate it to others.

Sometimes, when you have a larger goal in mind, you might have to sacrifice some actions in return for making progress. Always think about the bigger picture! One thing that can help you avoid this pitfall is to keep your deadlines in mind whenever you set milestones for a project or task.

Deadlines are a commitment to yourself, and every bit of time is precious. So if an activity you’re focusing on is taking time away from progress towards your goal, it may be time to let go of it for now. You can always decide to pick it up again later.

Then there’s the other extreme of delegation. And that’s when you start delegating everything you dislike doing to external sources.Sometimes it’s tempting to abuse delegation and get carried away outsourcing everything on your “don’t like doing” list.

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Some people are too picky on what they’re going to do. But sometimes, if you don’t like doing so but you’re the only one who can do it, you still need to finish the job. At the end of the day, it does take your own hard work and effort to achieve the success you want.

So if you find that you’re constantly running into this problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation, or reason for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

Ask yourself, “Is this task contributing towards a meaningful objective that I want to achieve?” and “what kind of progress do I make each time I carry out the task myself?” If the task is both meaningful and creates progress, then the next step is to ask yourself questions that can help you create actions.

What obstacles are causing you to avoid this task? Is it because of low confidence in your ability? Do you think someone else can do a better job? Is it your level of focus? Or is there an alternative action you can take that can produce the same results?

Take Action Now

Take a look at your current tasks or to-do’s that you have planned this week. Which tasks are possible candidates that fall under the Delegation Triangle? Are there any that fall under the pitfalls mentioned above? Which tasks can you immediately identify that should be delegated out right now?

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I hope this exercise helps declutter your tasks and responsibilities a little and allows you to see how much more time you can be saving for more important things. But, this is not the end of delegation. After you’ve sorted out the tasks that can be delegated, the next step is to determine who it should be delegated to. Besides people like your co workers, or spouse/family members, did you know that there is a whole delegating industry out there?

If you’re keen to learn more about this delegating industry, and find out how you can decide who’s the best fit to do your delegated tasks, subscribe to our newsletter today. We will help you discover many more skills that will boost your productivity by leaps and bounds!

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