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15 Wonderful Airbnb Homes That Will Inspire You to Live a Little Differently

15 Wonderful Airbnb Homes That Will Inspire You to Live a Little Differently

Vacations in a rented home always seem so restful, which isn’t strictly because it’s a vacation; a lot of it has to do with a sense of no responsibility. When you’re out of your own home, you aren’t surrounded by the constant reminders that you haven’t put the dishes away yet, or you need to dust the ceiling fans and do laundry. When you can focus more on resting and less on daily chores and responsibilities, you feel revitalized and more zen.

Change your home to change your perspective.

Just a small change can make a big difference at home. Finding inspiration through homes on AirBnb is a great place to start. Maybe you and a loved one just took an incredible trip and stayed in a tree house. Sure, it may not be possible to go home and turn your home into a tree, but you could still incorporate that airy feel. If you loved the greenery through the window, how about some house plants to bring the outdoors in? Find small things to add and feel free to make changes frequently. If it makes you feel like you’ve just transported yourself, then you’re doing it right!

When you can make those little detail changes in your home, it can boost that happiness you feel — just like when you travel. In fact, the change of scenery in general is a big part of why vacations are so rejuvenating.

Even the color tones at home can make you feel differently. For example, yellow shaded wall encourages a peaceful environment; green is a calming color that is nice to act as a transition from the outdoors; gray color boosts relaxation and serenity; and browns’ natural roots give it a relaxing touch.[1]

Now that you understand how you decorate your home, and the color of your home have a great effect on health and mood, how do you start to work on your home?

The list below is filled with homes in the States that will inspire you to live differently. Scroll through the photos on the site and notice the decorative choices the owners have made.

1. Secluded Intown Treehouse

This incredible home in Atlanta, Georgia provides Southern charm in an unbeatable location. While you’ll feel like you’re completely secluded, don’t worry, there’s still Wifi! Notice the clean, neutral tones and all the natural sunlight. Find out more about this home here:  Secluded Intown Treehouse

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    2. Malibu Dream Airstream

    Talk about galloping! This Airstream in Malibu, California offers visitors an unforgettable escape. Get all the calming blue you could ever wish for with views of the Pacific ocean and gorgeous starry nights with no light pollution. Find out more about this home here: Malibu Dream Airstream

      3. The Joshua Tree House

      With neutral lighting, clean, open spaces and no neighbors for miles, this beautiful home in Joshua Tree, California is sure to recharge your spiritual batteries. As if the home itself wasn’t beautiful enough, there’s even a hot tub on the property which is perfect for use at night when all you can see are starts. Find out more about this home here: The Joshua Tree House

        4. Off-Grid ithouse

        This home in Pioneertown, California brings the outside in. Whether you need seclusion or just want to take in the breathtaking surroundings. Find out more about this home here: Off-grid itHouse

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          5. Dreamy Tropical Tree House

          This lush treehouse in Hawaii features bright, clean color schemes and gorgeous views. Find out more about this home here: Dreamy Tropical Tree House

            6. Perfectly located Castro

            This beautiful space in San Francisco, California offers the perfect balance of warm and neutral tones. The art on the walls is especially great if you enjoy eccentric (and non-stressful) decor. Find out more about this home here: Perfectly located Castro

              7. A Pirate’s Life For Me – Houseboat

              This amazing houseboat in Charleston, South Carolina will let you live like a glamorous pirate. Wake up to natural light and have your morning coffee while watching dolphins play in front of you. Find out more about this home here: A Pirate’s Life For Me – Houseboat

                8. Tiny House in Seattle

                This adorable tiny home in Seattle, Washington was built by an architect and a graphic designer. An ideal getaway for a totally new view, this rental is minutes away from stores and restaurants, but you’ll feel totally at peace. Find out more about this home here: Tiny House in Seattle

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                  9. East Nashville Cozy & Cute Cottage

                  This space in Nashville, Tennessee has so much natural light, you may never need to flip a switch. The white walls provide a clean slate in each room, allowing you to truly focus on doing nothing but relaxing. Find out more about this home here: East Nashville Cozy & Cute Cottage

                    10. Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach

                    With perfectly placed pops of cheery color, this adorable space in Los Angeles, California is sure to reset your happy button. Copy the look with neutral tones and splashes of color. Find out more about this home here: Sweetest Cottage in Venice Beach

                      11. Stylish Lincoln Park 2BR w/patio

                      The neutral tones in this Chicago, Illinois space are so soothing. The browns and tans make for a beautiful transition from outside. Find out more about this home here: Stylish Lincoln Park 2BR w/patio

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                        12. Private Apartment Hip Logan Square

                        This Chicago, Illinois home does a great job of incorporating house plants into the open, sunlit rooms. Copy their style for a modern, yet welcoming feel. Find out more about this home here: Private Apartment Hip Logan Square

                          13. Designer Flat in Chicago

                          This Chicago, Illinois flat incorporated a ton of grey hues to make for a really relaxing experience. Steal the style with minimal decor and clean, grey shades. Find out more about this home here: Designer Flat in Chicago

                            14. Great Space in Heart of Hawthorne

                            This home in Portland, Oregon is all clean colors, no clutter and an amazing outdoor space. Take inspiration from their color palette and decorating. Find out more about this home here: Great Space in Heart of Hawthorne

                              15. YURT: Mountain Farmstead, Hot Tub, Hiking Trails

                              This Stanardsville, Virginia Yurt is everything a glamper’s heart desires. It’s filled with warm tones, gorgeous furniture pieces and you can’t beat the view. Find out more about this home here: YURT: Mountain Farmstead, Hot Tub, Hiking Trails

                                So, after looking at so many wonderful AirBnB homes, have you got any inspirations on how to make some differences at home? What do you love? What could you incorporate into your own home?

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                                Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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