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Easy Ways To Freshen Your Home This Winter

Easy Ways To Freshen Your Home This Winter

More people spend time indoors once the winter season begins to switch from warm to cooler temperatures. For those who want to maintain a comfortable setting, it’s important to have a tidy and fresh interior setting that is enjoyable to spend time in. To ensure that you freshen up the interior of your home during the season, there are a few important steps to take.

Purge the Home

Decluttering the home is one of the most effective ways to clean up the space and allows it to shine during the winter season. Purge each room of the home to remove excess junk and clutter that is taking up space. Consider throwing out products that haven’t been used in the last year by donating the items or hosting a yard sale. This will free up extra space in each room and closet for a more spacious interior setting.

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Use an Air Purifier

An air purifier is effective in removing dust, allergens, and pollution that may be present in the home and continue to circulate. You can improve the air quality with an air purifier for the most-used rooms of the home in order to breathe easier and reduce the affects of allergies that many residents suffer from.

You can also replace the air vent filters to improve the indoor air quality and prevent dust from circulating when the heater is turned throughout the season.

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Bring in Flowers and Plants

Allow your home to feel fresh by bringing in flowers and plants that can help to clean the air throughout the day. Consider using spider plants, magnolia, and anthurium flower blossoms, which are easy to keep alive during the winter season. This will brighten up the home and will allow a bit of greenery to be incorporated into the setting.The added color from the plants and flowers can also make for a cheery addition for bathrooms or bedrooms.

Deep Clean the Home

You can feel more comfortable spending time indoors during the winter season by deep cleaning the most-used areas on the property. Consider cleaning out the chimney before turning on the fire or scrubbing down the oven from spilled food that has accumulated throughout the year. You can also clean the grout, power wash the driveway, and steam clean the carpets to remove stains that have developed.

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Wash the Linens

Because we spend more time indoors in the winter, we also spend more time on our couches, wrapped up in blankets and in bed. This means we should be increasing our washing routines. Wash different linens that are used frequently in the home to brighten up the setting, allowing it to become cleaner. Decorative pillows on the couch and beds can be thrown in the washing machine, including curtains that are used for window treatments. You can also wash throw blankets and rugs to create a fresh environment.

Redecorate

You’ll want to spend more time in your home after you redecorate for the winter season to create an interior setting that matches the holidays and the cold weather. Consider using a couch cover that changes the color of your sofa, or pillow covers that have a winter theme. You can also add a new area rug or paint an accent wall to create a cozy interior setting that will transform the atmosphere.

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Rotating art to different rooms can also change up the style of the home and allow it to look different, which is easy to do in minutes. Temporary wall decals can also be added to a guest bathroom or a hallway to create a new style that looks modern and unique.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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