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Live Your Life Smarter and Easier With These 10 Amazing Products

Live Your Life Smarter and Easier With These 10 Amazing Products

On daily basis, we face diverse challenges and the sum of it all is that, life is actually made up of small repetitive problems; and no one is exempted from these.  Little but awkward conditions could involve the basic need to cut a birthday cake evenly, forgetting to take your pills, having no umbrella, or taking up so much space for your travel mug.

These may seem like trivial little things.  But while small individually, imagine how much extra effort and time they take up when you deal with them again and again!
  Here at Lifehack, we make life easier for our readers, so here’s a list of affordable products that can help you tackle common little problems in life!  With these affordable and valuable items, you can cut down on the daily irritations and focus your energy on doing the things you really want to do.

1. 4PCS BeautyMood Cake Knife

    This is the perfect cake knife for cutting the perfect pieces of cake or pie. Creatively manufactured, it has no blades, and is super safe for Kids! This gives you the perfect cut and sizes and the labor of cutting piece by piece with a traditional knife is forgotten. All you have to do – is press the cake server into your cake, then squeeze gently and lift, and you are ready to serve your perfectly sliced cake. This is great for home use, weddings, birthdays and every occasion.

    2. Gourmia GK320 Travel Foldable Electric Kettle

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      This kettle offers you absolute convenience, as you fully enjoy amazing cup of coffee/tea, cocoa, oatmeal, noodles and so much more. A collapsible kettle that’s great for boiling water and an outstanding appliance to carry with you on your travels as it can be folded.
      This amazing Foldable Electric Tea Kettle is a must-have appliance that you won’t want to be without! When it senses there is no more water within the pot, it automatically shuts off so you don’t have to bother about possible hazard.

      3. Stojo Collapsible Cup

        Forget about disposable cups! The Stojo Pocket Cup is both convenient and reusable, and is the worlds’ only leak-proof reusable cup that perfectly fits into any pocket, backpack, glove compartment, or laptop bag; you name it. After a good drink, just collapse the cup, seal the lid, pack & go.

        4. Portable Rain Hood


          With the portable rain hood, you don’t need to carry an umbrella or put on any bulky rain gear simply because it looks like it will rain. Just pack this stylish rain hood within your pocket/purse and you will be ready to withstand the weather’s unpredictable nature. This will shield your hair, protect your outfit and allow you to stay dry.

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          5. Asobu Combine Daily Pill Box Organizer with Water Bottle

              With this product, you will never forget to take your vitamins and pills along with you. It is a water bottle pill holder that’s designed with a seven-compartment pill organizer – making it possible for you to have water at hand to gulp your pills at set time. This is a clever design as you’ll always have water along with your daily supplements to take, anytime.

              6. The Original Bear Paws Shredder Claws

                This item is indeed your TIME SAVER as it helps you to perfectly shred meat (pork, chicken, beef and more) without the mess and hassles of forks and knives. It’s easy and fun to utilize. It’s an amazing BBQ accessory and a must-have.

                7. Chateau Spill Red Wine Stain Remover

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                  This is a special Wine Stain Remover that breaks down stains & eliminates them without the use of chlorine bleach or peroxide. It is simply powerful on stains and was voted best red wine cleaning solution by Wired Magazine.

                  8. Bite Helper – Bug Bite Itch Neutralizer


                    This is an easy to use groundbreaking product that quickly terminates itch & irritation of mosquito bites. With this, No more itch! It works by delivering heat and vibration to the affected part – increasing blood flow & circulation and thus soothing the itch. Simply enjoy your life – itch free, daily!

                    9. CouchCoaster – The Ultimate Drink Holder For Your Sofa


                      This product is great for holding all your favorite drinks whether hot or cold. Keep your drink within easy reach with this ultimate drink holder. It works by wrapping it over the arm of your sofa or tucked between seat cushions. This is perfect for solving everyday problems.

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                      10. All-Natural Anti-Blister Balm

                        This is great for stopping blisters. Once you prep your feet with this all natural anti blister balm, you don’t have to worry about your shoes hurting you. It simply works as an invisible barrier on your skin and eliminates friction from all kinds of shoes. Wear your shoes now without fear, comfortably.

                        Remember that tackling repetitive problems is a time-waster and you can use any or all of the above listed recommended products to live that hassle-free life you deserve!

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                        Last Updated on October 22, 2020

                        How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

                        How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

                        Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and exhausted. Therefore, if you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, it’s time to do something about it.

                        Here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm, leaving you calmer, in control, and a lot less stressed at work.

                        1. Write Everything Down to Offload Your Mind

                        The first thing you can do when work feels overwhelming is to write everything down that is on your mind.

                        Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s occupying your thoughts[1].

                        For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind, write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind.”

                        The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will help you stop feeling overwhelmed at work. Writing things down can really change your life.

                        2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

                        Once you have emptied your head, go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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                        As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

                        Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. You can learn how to create a more meaningful to-do list here.

                        3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

                        Here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago to help when work feels overwhelming. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and we humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take[2]:

                        When feeling overwhelmed at work, use Parkinson's Law.

                          This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad. It’s more wishful thinking than bad judgment.

                          We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage when we’re feeling overwhelmed at work. If you have estimated that to write five important emails will take ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

                          Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is that you put yourself under a little time pressure, and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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                          When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time, so it plays tricks on us, and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our team members to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

                          Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening, and we get more focused and more work done. This will help when work feels overwhelming.

                          4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

                          Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos to avoid getting overwhelmed at work. Schedule time for each task, especially high priority tasks, while also grouping together similar tasks. This will help relieve stress and anxiety in your daily work life.

                          For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

                          Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done, and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer, and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

                          5. Make Decisions

                          For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one[3]. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

                          If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend, or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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                          If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss or a colleague and get advice.

                          Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away and will only make you feel more overwhelmed at work. You need to make a decision to deal with it, and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved.

                          I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed, and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend about the problem.

                          He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem, and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I pay a smaller amount for a couple of months.

                          This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

                          The first was: don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second: there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

                          6. Take Some Form of Action

                          Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we are feeling overwhelmed at work (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

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                          The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

                          It also means that, rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible, and you can make decisions about what to do about them.

                          Often, it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be that you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

                          When work feels overwhelming, it’s not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work. It can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

                          The Bottom Line

                          It’s easy to feel like you have too much on your plate, but there are things you do to make it more manageable. 

                          Make a decision, even if it’s just talking to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution.

                          When you follow these strategies, you can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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