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Dash! The Convenient Way to Grocery Shop Without Going to the Store

Dash! The Convenient Way to Grocery Shop Without Going to the Store
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Have you ever come home from grocery shopping and start to put the items away only to realize that you forgot a few vital things?

It might not seem like a big deal, but sometimes those items were the whole reason that you decided to go shopping in the first place. Things like toilet paper, dish detergent, or coffee. Now you have to go back out to get them which can not only be frustrating, but time consuming as well. Now you have to interrupt your entire schedule to retrieve one single item.

With Amazon Dash, You will never need to worry about running low of your favourite items

    Amazon Dash is here to alleviate that issue. This feature makes grocery shopping a sinch! And it all can be done from the comfort of your home.

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    The buttons are Wifi connected devices that you can place anywhere in your home. When you begin to run low, you just press the button, and your Amazon Prime account will be alerted to reorder the item.

    Virtual Dash buttons are also available. They can be accessed through your mobile device. And since these are free you can add as many as you like.

    Easy as the push of a button

    You can get your Amazon Dash buttons from Amazon Prime for just $4.99 a button. You instantly get $4.99 credit for that buttons item automatically, so you are already seeing a return on your investment.

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    Set up the button in accordance to the app, so you will receive notifications when the order has shipped, or if they button has been hit by accident resulting in a double order.

    Place the button near the appropriate item for easy access when you realize it is running low. This way you can quickly order before the item runs out.

    What happened if someone accidentally press the button?

    If you live with little kids, they may press the buttons for fun, not realizing what they are doing. You may also accidentally press the button to reorder something, forgetting that you have already placed the order.

    You can set the buttons somewhere that are hard to reach to avoid this issue, but that may end up taking away from the convenience of the product.

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    Amazon has designed some damage control for just these occasions. No matter how much one button has been pressed, the next order will not be sent until the previous one has been delivered.

    If you have set up the notification feature, you will be alerted every time a button is pressed. This makes it easy to cancel accidental orders instantly.

    There are Dashes for nearly everything you can think of!

    There are Dash buttons for just about everything! From cosmetics, toiletries, paper items, condoms, snacks, beverages, pet food, you name it, there’s a dash button for it.

    The top 5 dash buttons at the moment are:

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    Prime Surprise Sweets

      Tide

        Bounty

          Charmin

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            Cascade

              Get a button for your favorite items now!

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              Last Updated on July 21, 2021

              The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

              The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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              No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

              Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

              Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

              A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

              Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

              In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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              From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

              A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

              For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

              This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

              The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

              That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

              Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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              The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

              Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

              But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

              The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

              The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

              A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

              For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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              But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

              If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

              For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

              These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

              For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

              How to Make a Reminder Works for You

              Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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              Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

              Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

              My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

              Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

              I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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              Reference

              [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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