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10 Smart Home Gadgets You Need To Live A More Efficient And Productive Life

10 Smart Home Gadgets You Need To Live A More Efficient And Productive Life

Our smartphones have become the ultimate gadget to compliment our lives. There’s an app to help us improve almost any area of our life and we’re always curious to see how the latest phone can help make our lives more convenient.

While having all this in our pocket is advantageous to our busy lives, we mustn’t overlook home gadgets that can help provide us comfort and convenience. From directly controlling our heating and lights without even being in the house, to remote control vacuum cleaners, there are a plethora of handy inventions to make life a little bit more productive and efficient.

10 Gadgets to Enhance Your Home Life

With all the tools and gizmos on the market it can be easy to miss some that could potentially be of benefit to us. Here are a selection of weird and wonderful gadgets that are designed to help you in living a better life.

1. Spigo Indoor LED Light Grow Garden, Pearl White

    For people with green fingers who live in the city, this is the ultimate way to grow your plants indoors in an eco-friendly way. It provides 8 hours of adjustable white light that mimics sunlight to help your plants grow efficiently. It also has a water gauge that helps determine how much water you have left in the reservoir. It’s a convenient size so it can fit on your kitchen top or even office desk.

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    2. Greater Goods Nourish Digital Kitchen Food Scale and Portions Nutritional Facts Display

      Want to know the exact nutritional information in your food without the hassle of scanning barcodes and researching online? This scale will help you live a healthier lifestyle and keep you cognisant of the nutritional value in your daily meals. It tracks sugar intake, calories, fat and much more to help you keep your health goals.

      3. TrackR pixel – Bluetooth Tracking Device

        If you’re prone to losing things this is the gadget for you. Tag your items using the TrackR pixel tracker and use it together with the TrackR app on your phone to ring and find your misplaced item. If found, the TrackR global Crowd Locate will alert you when your missing item has been spotted.

        4. Philips Digital Airfryer, The Original Airfryer

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          This contraption will allow you to fry with 75% less fat making it an essential addition if you’re frying habits need to be more healthy. It fries quickly and evenly without compromising on quality or taste. As a Philips collaboration with Gordon Ramsey, this is an excellent component to your kitchen gadget haul.

          5. PETKIT FRESH METAL Smart Digital Feeding Pet Bowl

            Make feeding your pets much easier with a bowl that calculates the amount of calories your pet is consuming based on breed and weight. It works together with the app so you can easily track information and suggests how much food your pet should be eating. It has a handy measurement converter, anti-bacterial bowl and removable dish that can be washed in the dishwasher.

            6. Violife Style Zapi Luxe UV Toothbrush Sanitiser

              We probably don’t think too much about the health of our toothbrush but this device will clean it for you after each use. It uses UV light technology found in hospitals and a high end water purification process that helps keep your brush, and ultimately, your oral health tip top.

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              7. FOREO LUNA 2 Personalised Facial Cleansing Brush & Anti-Aging Face Massager 

                If you want to rev up your skin routine in one process, this facial brush will do the trick. It’ll reveal brighter, radiant skin using the power of T-Sonic pulsations that unclog pores and removes dirt and makeup. You can adjust the pulsations to make it more anti-age friendly helping to eliminate wrinkles and create firmer skin.

                8. Bidet4me Music Showerhead Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

                  If you like to sing along in the shower then this will allow you to not only connect up the music on your phone using bluetooth, but lets you answer important calls. That’s not all, it contains water-saving technology and is easily detachable so you can use it as a speaker in any room in the house.

                  9. eTape16 Digital Tape Measure

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                    If you like to do a lot of house improvements then you’re probably never far from a tape measure. This digital version displays your measurements clearly and remembers several at once, it features centerline calculation and allows different measurement units as well as being weather resistant and durable.

                    10. Wireless video doorbell with WiFi-Enabled Smart Home Security Camera

                      If you want to be more vigilant when it comes to your home, this doorbell is the ultimate security device. It allows you to video chat with whoever comes to your door whether you’re at home or not thanks to the DorBell App. It’ll even send you photo updates and mobile alerts when someone approaches your front door giving you peace of mind.

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                      Last Updated on November 18, 2019

                      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      Everyone of my team members has a bucketload of tasks that they need to deal with every working day. On top of that, most of their tasks are either creativity tasks or problem solving tasks.

                      Despite having loads of tasks to handle, our team is able to stay creative and work towards our goals consistently.

                      How do we manage that?

                      I’m going to reveal to you how I helped my team get more things done in less time through the power of correct prioritization. A few minutes spent reading this article could literally save you thousands of hours over the long term. So, let’s get started with my method on how to prioritize:

                      The Scales Method – a productivity method I created several years ago.

                      How to Prioritize with the Scales Method

                        One of our new editors came to me the other day and told me how she was struggling to keep up with the many tasks she needed to handle and the deadlines she constantly needed to stick to.

                        At the end of each day, she felt like she had done a lot of things but often failed to come up with creative ideas and to get articles successfully published. From what she told me, it was obvious that she felt overwhelmed and was growing increasingly frustrated about failing to achieve her targets despite putting in extra hours most days.

                        After she listened to my advice – and I introduced her to the Scales Method – she immediately experienced a dramatic rise in productivity, which looked like this:

                        • She could produce three times more creative ideas for blog articles
                        • She could publish all her articles on time
                        • And she could finish all her work on time every day (no more overtime!)

                        Curious to find out how she did it? Read on for the step-by-step guide:

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                        1. Set Aside 10 Minutes for Planning

                        When it comes to tackling productivity issues, it makes sense to plan before taking action. However, don’t become so involved in planning that you become trapped in it and never move beyond first base.

                        My recommendation is to give yourself a specific time period for planning – but keep it short. Ideally, 10 or 15 minutes. This should be adequate to think about your plan.

                        Use this time to:

                        • Look at the big picture.
                        • Think about the current goal and target that you need/want to achieve.
                        • Lay out all the tasks you need to do.

                        2. Align Your Tasks with Your Goal

                        This is the core component that makes the Scales Method effective.

                        It works like this:

                        Take a look at all the tasks you’re doing, and review the importance of each of them. Specifically, measure a task’s importance by its cost and benefit.

                        By cost, I am referring to the effort needed per task (including time, money and other resources). The benefit is how closely the task can contribute to your goal.

                          To make this easier for you, I’ve listed below four combinations that will enable you to quickly and easily determine the priority of each of your tasks:

                          Low Cost + High Benefit

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                          Do these tasks first because they’re the simple ones to complete, yet help you get closer to your goal.

                          Approving artwork created for a sales brochure would likely fit this category. You could easily decide on whether you liked the artwork/layout, but your decision to approve would trigger the production of the leaflet and the subsequent sales benefits of sending it out to potential customers.

                          High Cost + High Benefit

                          Break the high cost task down into smaller ones. In other words, break the big task into mini ones that take less than an hour to complete. And then re-evaluate these small tasks and set their correct priority level.

                          Imagine if you were asked to write a product launch plan for a new diary-free protein powder supplement. Instead of trying to write the plan in one sitting – aim to write the different sections at different times (e.g., spend 30 minutes writing the introduction, one hour writing the body text, and 30 minutes writing the conclusion).

                          Low Cost + Low Benefit

                          This combination should be your lowest priority. Either give yourself 10-15 minutes to handle this task, or put these kind of tasks in between valuable tasks as a useful break.

                          These are probably necessary tasks (e.g., routine tasks like checking emails) but they don’t contribute much towards reaching your desired goal. Keep them way down your priority list.

                          High Cost + Low Benefit

                          Review if these tasks are really necessary. Think of ways to reduce the cost if you decide that the completion of the task is required.

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                          For instance, can any tools or systems help to speed up doing the task? In this category, you’re likely to find things like checking and updating sales contacts spreadsheets. This can be a fiddly and time-consuming thing to do without making mistakes. However, there are plenty of apps out there they can make this process instant and seamless.

                          Now, coming back to the editor who I referred to earlier, let’s take a look at her typical daily task list:

                            After listening to my advice, she broke down the High cost+ High benefit task into smaller ones. Her tasks then looked like this (in order of priority):

                              And for the task about promoting articles to different platforms, after reviewing its benefits, we decided to focus on the most effective platform only – thereby significantly lowering the associated time cost.

                              Bonus Tip: Tackling Tasks with Deadlines

                              Once you’ve evaluated your tasks, you’ll know the importance of each of them. This will immediately give you a crystal-clear picture on which tasks would help you to achieve more (in terms of achieving your goals). Sometimes, however, you won’t be able to decide every task’s priority because there’ll be deadlines set by external parties such as managers and agencies.

                              What to do in these cases?

                              Well, I suggest that after considering the importance and values of your current tasks, align the list with the deadlines and adjust the priorities accordingly.

                              For example, let’s dip into the editor’s world again.

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                              Some of the articles she edited needed to be published by specific dates. The Scales Method allows for this, and in this case, her amended task list would look something like this:

                                Hopefully, you can now see how easy it is to evaluate the importance of tasks and how to order them in lists of priority.

                                The Scales Method Is Different from Anything Else You’ve Tried

                                By adopting the Scales Method, you’ll begin to correctly prioritize your work, and most importantly – boost your productivity by up to 10 times!

                                And unlike other methods that don’t really explain how to decide the importance of a task, my method will help you break down each of your tasks into two parts: cost and benefits. My method will also help you to take follow-up action based on different cost and benefits combinations.

                                Start right now by spending 10 minutes to evaluate your common daily tasks and how they align with your goal(s). Once you have this information, it’ll be super-easy to put your tasks into a priority list. All that remains, is that you kick off your next working day by following your new list.

                                Trust me, once you begin using the Scales Method – you’ll never want to go back to your old ways of working.

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