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4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

4 Automotive Life Hacks That Will Change Your Life

From keeping your car clean to getting the most out of its performance, there are a ton of automotive-related life hacks that you may not be familiar with. But with a little knowledge and know-how, you can keep your ride looking great and doing more than you initially bargained for. Here are the top 4 automotive life hacks:

1. Clean your headlights with toothpaste

That’s right, toothpaste is not only great for making your pearly whites shine bright, but it can also make your headlights shine even brighter. Your headlights may fog up over time, and not only will this give your entire vehicle a dingier appearance, but it will also severely inhibit your light output. But after you squeeze a little toothpaste on your lights, polish them with an old toothbrush, and rinse it all off with a little water, you’ll find that the casing of your lights will have become crystal clear. You’ll really notice a difference when you’re driving after dark.

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2. Use your seat warmers to keep your dinner warm

This one works for vehicles with built-in seat warmers. If you’re picking up takeout or pizza – especially on a cold winter night – get your passenger seat warmer going on your way to the restaurant. On your way home, set your piping hot meal on the seat warmer to keep things warm until you arrive at your destination.

Your loving family and friends waiting at home will definitely appreciate the special attention to detail, and so will you! Your pizza will be cheesier, tacos will be crispier, and hamburgers will be juicer thanks to this genius trick.

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Bon appetit!

3. Park outside in icy weather? Keep your nose pointed east!

There are few things as annoying as getting up to scrape your windshield on a frosty cold morning. While outdoor car covers[1] can be a great way to keep your ride ice free, there are also other ways to keep your car moving in the morning. One way is to park with your windshield headed east. As the sun rises, the eastern rays will work to warm up your windshield for a couple of hours before you get up.

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You may still need your scraper, but it’s likely that your windshield wipers will be able to finish the job now. Either way, you’ll be glad to have the sun lending you a helping hand. This tasty trick will get you on the road even faster, so you may have time to stop in for a foaming hot latte before pulling into work. Why don’t you pick one up for us while you’re at it?

4. Stuck in mud or snow? Your floor mats can get you out of that jam

By putting your floor mats right in front of your tires, you’ll yourself a sold surface to drive on. This can be the difference between pulling yourself out of a ditch and just spinning your wheels. It might trash your mats if you have cheaper mats or carpeted mats, but safety is always more important. And if you have a set of durable mats like these from Husky Liners, they’ll probably hold up to the stress, but you may need to hose them off once you get home.

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Whether the problem is snow-covered roads, or wet, post-rain mudding trails, this floor mat trick is one that you’ll be glad to have learned.

So there you have it, the top 4 car hacks that while you may not have thought of them, now you’ll never forget them. Thanks for reading, and hopefully some of these tips can help you out!

Reference

[1] Auto Accessories: Outdoor Car Covers

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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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