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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 September 28, 2020

                      How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

                      How to Create an Action Plan and Achieve Your Personal Goals

                      There’s no denying that goals are necessary. After all, they give life meaning and purpose. However, goals don’t simply achieve themselves—you need to write an action plan to help you reach your goals.

                      With an action plan, you’ll have a clear idea of how to get where you want to go, what it will take to get there, and how you’ll find the motivation to keep driving forward. Without creating a plan, things have a way of not working out as you waver and get distracted.

                      With that in mind, here’s how you can set goals and action plans that will help you achieve any personal goal you’ve set.

                      1. Determine Your “Why”

                      Here’s a quick experiment for you to try right now: Reflect on the goals you’ve set before. Now, think about the goals you reached and those you didn’t. Hopefully, you’ll notice a common theme here.

                      The goals you were successful in achieving had a purpose. Those goals you failed to accomplish did not. In other words, you knew why you put these goals in place, which motivated you to follow through.

                      Simon Sinek, author of Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Finding Purpose for You and Your Team, explains:

                      “Once you understand your WHY, you’ll be able to clearly articulate what makes you feel fulfilled and to better understand what drives your behavior when you’re at your natural best. When you can do that, you’ll have a point of reference for everything you do going forward.”

                      That, in turn, enables better decision-making and clearer choices.

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                      I’ll share with you a recent example of this in my life. Earlier this year, I decided to make my health a bigger priority, specifically losing weight. I set this goal because it gave me more energy at work, improved my sleep, and helped me be a better father—I really didn’t care for all that wheezing every time I played with my kids.

                      Those factors all gave me a long-term purpose, not a superficial short-term goal like wanting to look good for an event.

                      Before you start creating an action plan, think about why you’re setting a new goal. Doing so will guide you forward on this journey and give you a North Star to point to when things get hard (and they inevitably will).

                      2. Write Down Your Goal

                      If you really want to know how to create an action plan for goals, it’s time to get your goals out of your head and onto a piece of paper. While you can also do this electronically through an app, research has found that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goal if it’s written down[1].

                      This is especially true for business owners. If they don’t schedule their time, it’ll be scheduled for them.[2]

                      When you physically write down a goal, you’re accessing the left side of the brain, which is the literal, logical side. As a result, this communicates to your brain that this is something you seriously want to do.

                      3. Set a SMART Goal

                      A SMART goal pulls on a popular system in business management[3]. That’s because it ensures the goal you’ve set is both realistic and achievable. It can also be used as a reference to guide you through your action plan.

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                      Use SMART goals to create a goal action plan.

                         

                        By establishing a SMART goal, you can begin to brainstorm the steps, tasks, and tools you’ll need to make your actions effective.

                        • Specific: You need to have specific ideas about what you want to accomplish. To get started, answer the “W” questions: who, what, where, when, and why.
                        • Measurable: To make sure you’re meeting the goal, establish tangible metrics to measure your progress. Identify how you’ll collect the data.
                        • Attainable: Think about the tools or skills needed to reach your goal. If you don’t possess them, figure out how you can attain them.
                        • Relevant: Why does the goal matter to you? Does it align with other goals? These types of questions can help you determine the goal’s true objective — and whether it’s worth pursuing.
                        • Time-bound: Whether it’s a daily, weekly, or monthly target, deadlines can motivate us to take action sooner than later.

                        Learn more about setting a SMRT goal here: How to Set SMART Goal to Make Lasting Changes in Life

                        4. Take One Step at a Time

                        Have you ever taken a road trip? You most likely had to use a map to navigate from Point A to Point B. The same idea can be applied to an action plan.

                        Like a map, your action plan needs to include step-by-step instructions on how you’ll reach your goal. In other words, these are mini goals that help you get where you need to go.

                        For example, if you wanted to lose weight, you’d consider smaller factors like calories consumed and burned, minutes exercised, number of steps walked, and quality of sleep. Each plays a role in weight loss.

                        This may seem like a lot of work upfront, but it makes your action plan seem less overwhelming and more manageable. Most importantly, it helps you determine the specific actions you need to take at each stage.

                        5. Order Your Tasks by Priority

                        With your action steps figured out, you’ll next want to review your list and place your tasks in the order that makes the most sense. This way, you’re kicking things off with the most important step to make the biggest impact, which will ultimately save time.

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                        For example, if you have a sedentary job and want to lose weight, the first step should be becoming even a little more active. From there, you can add more time to your workout plan.

                        The next step could be changing your diet, like having a salad before dinner to avoid overeating, or replacing soda with sparkling water.

                        Learn these tips to prioritize better: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                        6. Schedule Your Tasks

                        Setting a deadline for your goal is a must; it prevents you from delaying the start of your action plan. The key, however, is to be realistic. It’s highly unlikely, for example, that you’ll lose 20 pounds within two weeks. It’s even less likely that you’ll keep it off.

                        What’s more, you should also assign tasks a start and end date for each action step you’ve created, as well as a timeline for when you’ll complete specific tasks. Adding them to your schedule ensures that you stay focused on these tasks when they need to happen, not letting anything else distract you.

                        For example, if you schedule gym time, you won’t plan anything else during that time frame.

                        Beware the temptation to double-book yourself—some activities truly can be combined, like a run while talking to a friend, but some can’t. Don’t trick yourself into thinking you can both write and catch up on Netflix simultaneously.

                        While you can use a paper calendar or planner, an online calendar may be a better option. You can use it to set deadlines or reminders for when each step needs to be taken, and it can be shared with other people who need to be in the know (like your running buddy or your mentor).

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                        7. Stay on Track With Healthy Habits

                        Without healthy habits, it’s going to be even more challenging to reach your goal. You could hit the gym five days a week, but if you’re grabbing burgers for lunch every day, you’re undoing all your hard work.

                        Let’s say your goal is more career-oriented, like becoming a better public speaker. If you practice your speeches at Toastmasters meetings but avoid situations where you’ll need to be unrehearsed—like networking gatherings or community meetings—you’re not helping yourself.

                        You have to think about what will help transform you into the person you want to be, not just what’s easiest or most comfortable.

                        8. Check off Items as You Go

                        You may think you’ve spent a lot of time creating lists. Not only do they help make your goals a reality, but lists also keep your action plan organized, create urgency, and help track your progress. Because lists provide structure, they reduce anxiety.

                        There’s something else special about lists of tasks completed. When you cross off a task in your action plan, your brain releases dopamine[4]. This reward makes you feel good, and you’ll want to repeat this feeling.

                        If you crossed out on your calendar the days you went to the gym, you’d want to keep experiencing the satisfaction of each bold “X.” That means more motivation to go the gym consistently.

                        9. Review and Reset as Necessary

                        Achieving any personal goal is a process. Although it would be great if you could reach a goal overnight, it takes time. Along the way, you may experience setbacks. Instead of getting frustrated and giving up, schedule frequent reviews—daily, weekly, or monthly—to see how you’re progressing.

                        If you aren’t where you’d hoped to be, you may need to alter your action plan. Rework it so you’re able to reach the goal you’ve set.

                        The Bottom Line

                        When you want to learn how to set goals and action plans—whether you want to lose weight, learn a new skill, or make more money—you need to create a realistic plan to get you there. It will guide you in establishing realistic steps and time frames to achieve your goal. Best of all, it will keep you on track when you stumble, and we all do.

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