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5 DIY Ideas To Consider This Spring

5 DIY Ideas To Consider This Spring

Why do we love DIY projects? Because it’s an awesome feeling to make something yourself. Not only will you save money by tackling DIY projects, but you’ll get much more satisfaction from putting together a project your family will use than simply going out and buying it. If you can’t wait for winter to be over, you’re not alone. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about DIY projects you can tackle this spring. Here are 5 ideas to inspire you as we move toward warmer weather and longer days.

1. Kids’ Sandbox

A sandbox is a classic for little ones, but prefab boxes can be expensive. The good news? It’s a simple project you can easily complete on your own this spring. Getting outside is great for the whole family, and kids will love celebrating the warmer weather with a handmade sandbox, full of toys and imagination. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be ready to with a new toy your kids will love.

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You can make a sandbox out of salvaged lumber (like wooden pallets) and a few other simple tools. You will need a power saw and power drill, but the construction of the box is fairly simple—and the finished product looks great. Just be sure you have enough room in your yard for the box—it’s 8’ by 4’ when open! The cover slides over the top to keep the sand nice and clean when it’s not in use.

2. Bird Feeder

Got some old dinnerware you’re not using much anymore? Let the birds have some new dishes! This DIY project is just what you need to bring the prettiest birds of spring to your backyard. Plates make up a tray for birds to perch on while they eat, and a roof for covering the food. A bowl is suspended between them to hold the bird seed.

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During the spring, you’ll likely get some colorful visitors if you string up this easy DIY project in your yard (and it looks great too!). All you’ll need are the dishes, some rope, and a drill to feed your local cardinals and sparrows.

3. Fireplace Renovation

Right now, you might not feel like you’ll ever stop using your fireplace. But spring will come, and the gorgeous weather might make you forget the chill of winter. Don’t forget it too much, however, or you’ll miss out on an opportunity to renovate your fireplace for next winter. Take your fireplace to the next level by giving it a DIY makeover.

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These DIY stacked stone panels will add a beautiful finish to your fireplace and give your home a nice modern touch. By getting started this spring, you’ll ensure you have plenty of time to complete the renovation when the chill comes around once again.

4. Small Gardens

Admit it—you’ve sometimes felt sad recycling a pretty wine bottle. Most of us don’t want a collection of old bottles in the house, but they can have a very practical purpose if you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands a little dirty this spring.

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Gardening can be a fun and fulfilling pastime, but getting started can seem daunting. You don’t have to spring for a full size garden, however, when you make these DIY wine bottle planters. These mini wine bottle planters are colorful and elegant, perfect for indoor plants. Even city dwellers can explore gardening by making small gardens with wine bottles! This is a great project for spring, because it brightens up the house by adding some life and color to your countertops. All you’ll need are wine bottles, a few tools, and some small plants for imaginative decorations!

5. Colorful Window Boxes

Have some space to express your creativity in your windows? Try making some colorful window boxes to celebrate spring! The warmer weather is perfect for showcasing delicate spring flowers and lifting your spirits.

You won’t need more than some boards, some paint, and a few tools to bring your beautiful window boxes to life! Spend a weekend on this project in early spring and enjoy the beauty of your windows all season.

The Power of DIY

For most people, the idea of making something or decorating the house can seem time-consuming or not worthwhile. But building something yourself and adding a little decoration to your home this spring can make you appreciate the changing of the seasons a little more—and give you the satisfaction of creating something. Plus, it’s fun! So get out there as the weather gets warmer, and see what you can do with a few tools and salvaged materials.

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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.

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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.

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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 Lifehack.org, 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.

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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.

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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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