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15 Amazing Gadgets That Make Your Life Easier

15 Amazing Gadgets That Make Your Life Easier

Do you love quirky and original gadgets? Or do you hate spending your time doing chores? Either way, there are lots of gadgets and tools out there to help make your life easier.

From waterproof notepads to cake slicers, check out 15 unique and useful gadgets.

Phone Gadgets

1. Light Up Charging Cables

Light Up Charging Cables

    This light up charging cable comes with a handy added bonus: it shows you when your phone has finished charging. The light dims as the phone charges, so you don’t have to waste any electricity.

    2. BiKN Tracking Device

    BiKN Tracking Device

      The BiKN Tracking Device is the ideal gagdet for anyone who regularly loses their keys and phone. Simply attach the tracking device to your most precious items, so you never lose them again.

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      Home Gadgets

      3. AquaNotes

      AquaNotes

        Do you feel like your mind is at it’s most creative when you’re in the shower? From book ideas to shopping lists, AquaNotes means you never have to forget about the genius ideas you have in the shower.

        4. Bottle Ice Cubes

        Bottle Ice Cubes

          If you wish your bottled drinks would stay cold, this bottle ice cube tray can help you. The bottle ice cubes keep your drink cool and refreshing when you’re on the go. Ideal for anyone who is energetic, or who lives in a hot city.

          5. Sugru

          Sugru is pretty much Play-Doh for adults, with the added bonus of being a great tool for fixing nearly anything around your home. ry your hand at DIY; you can use it to fix cracks in the wall, to stick items to walls, or to hold items together – the list is pretty much endless!

          6. Compartment Pan

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          Compartment Pan

            This Compartment Pan is a great way to save on time and washing up, as you can cook multiple items in one pan. Perfect if you’re cooking for one, or a party of people!

            7. Twister Fork

            Twister Fork

              Do you struggle to eat pasta without making a mess? If so, this Twister Fork, made to hold as much pasta as possible without dropping any, is perfect for you.

              8. Credit Card Lightbulb

              Credit Card Lightbulb

                This Credit Card Lightbulb is basically a flashlight that fits in your wallet. Simply flip the bulb to switch it on, this gadget is super handy for emergency situations.

                9. Magisso Cake Server

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                Magisso Cake Server

                  The Magisso Cake Server will make all of your parties and events much easier. This smart cake slicer takes away all of the mess of slicing a cake; simply press the cake server through your cake and squeeze lightly to grab a slice.

                  10. Herb Scissors

                  Quintuple Bladed Herb Scissors

                    These handy herb scissors are ideal for anyone who loves cooking. The five blades mean you can effectively cut herbs into food as you cook – a handy time saver!

                    11. The Ultimate Wine Glass

                    The Ultimate Wine Glass

                      The ultimate wine glass is pretty self-explainatory. The 750ml ‘glass’ will save you from ever having to top up your drink – great for any wine lover!

                      12. Pizza Scissors

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                      Pizza Scissors

                        Make cutting and slicing pizzas easier with this nifty gadget. Guarantees a perfect slice every time, without losing any toppings!

                        13. Sharky Tea Infuser

                        Sharky Tea Infuser

                          The Sharky Tea Infuser is a funny and unique gadget for anyone who loves tea. Watch the shark fin swim menacingly around your drink as it infuses your tea!

                          Cleaning Gadgets

                          14. Remote Control Mop

                          Remote Control Mop

                            Cut down on your household chores and cleaning with this nifty gadget. The Remote Control Mop turns cleaning into a fun game – who knew it was possible?

                            15. Broom Groomer

                            Broom Groomer

                              The Broom Groomer is a step-on dustpan with rubber bristles to stop dust and mess sticking to the brush. A simple, but totally effective cleaning gadget.

                              Do you know any other super useful gadgets to make life easier? Comment with your ideas below!

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                              Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                              Boundaries are limits

                              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                              • When do you feel disrespected?
                              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                              • When do you want to be alone?
                              • How much space do you need?

                              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                              Sample language:

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                              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                              Final Thoughts

                              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                              Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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