Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Top 10 essential facilities to be considered in equipping a modern home

Homes are places of refuge, solitude, and comfort. Ideally, your home should be where you feel more comfortable than any other place. However, this comfort depends largely on the tools and appliances found in the home. If the home is equipped with the right tools to fit your behavior and living pattern, it makes living far less stressful. There are some appliances and facilities that transcend all living patterns which every home should have. These appliances are sure to take some of the stress off your shoulders and can even take care of specific tasks on their own. Want a modern home? Let’s look at some of these facilities.

1. Home Gym

This facility is for those who have very demanding jobs and still insist on keeping themselves in optimal body shape. The trip to the gym is exhausting and inconvenient. To save some time, you could have a gym built inside your home. This means you don’t have the usual twice-a-week drive to the local gym. It also increases productivity and you get more time to exercise right there in the comfort of your own home. Talk about killing two birds with one stone.


2. Range Hoods

A range hood is a useful cooking tool. Basically, it removes smoke and other cooking smells before they spread all through your home. They are typically installed above the stove, and they use external ventilation to direct smoke and odor outdoors.

3. Stack Lightning

When the smart-home innovations began, one problem they went after was the control of lighting around the home. However, Stack is completely redefining this process with an awesome line of electric bulbs that automatically adjust to you. Stack bulbs are equipped with built-in motion detectors, meaning they are aware of your presence or absence) in a room. You won’t ever have to flip a switch in your home. The light intensity of these bulbs will also shift throughout the day, starting with a crisp white setting that will prove useful in waking you up, and they gradually move to a warmer tone in the evening, offering a complete feeling of relaxation. These lights will also adjust to the natural light intensity of the room, and offer excellent power saving features so you won’t have to replace them frequently. Efficient and pocket-friendly.


4. Broadband Internet

Broadband is an extremely fast and wonderful way of surfing the internet, depending on your current location. Broadband is a must-have for a modern home and is available in different forms. There are many broadband service providers in the market today. One popular option is They offer reliable broadband internet and their plans are also very pocket-friendly.

5. SkyBell Video Doorbell

Answering your door has never been more convenient. With SkyBell, you see the faces of your guests before they come into your home. It also offers full high-definition display, night vision, motion detectors, and full audio support, making it possible to communicate with whoever is at your door. Skybell includes a quiet mode (basically disabling the doorbell) and a live feed, so you can monitor what is going on in front of your home.


6. Google Home

Make running your home as easy as it can get with the Google Home, a Wi-Fi activated smart home hub. This awesome device connects to other appliances in your home. In a nutshell, the Google Home is a tiny speaker tower that is activated by voice command (and touch control) and can perform tasks such as setting alarms, surfing the web, playing music and checking the weather.

7. August Smart Lock

This device, like other related smart security measures, helps you remotely control your door. It has an added advantage over other security devices as it goes over your deadbolt instead of replacing it completely. Also, with a compatible August Connect Accessory, you can instruct the smart lock to let certain people into the house, whether you’re physically present or not.


8. Sonos Play:1

The Sonos Play:1 is an all-out music player. It’s a full-blown Wi-Fi sound system that has the ability to stream music from Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and other streaming services. Although you’ll need the Sonos app for this sound system to work optimally, it is still a wonderful choice if you’re looking to set up an awesome sound system for your home.

9. Nest Smart Thermostat

This smart home blockbuster controls the entire temperature of your home irrespective of whether you’re home or not. By studying your schedule and preferences, it maintains a specific temperature while you’re not at home. It learns fast (usually within one week) and after the learning process has been finished, it sets out automatically controlling the temperature of different rooms in your home as suits your preferences.

10. LG HomeChat

The LG HomeChat also controls other devices in your home. The only difference between this and other smart home appliances is the fact that while the others control devices autonomously, the HomeChat sends you notifications in chat-forms on your mobile phone and makes changes and modifications to connected devices upon your approval.

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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.


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.


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, 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.


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.


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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