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Creative Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

Creative Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

No matter how much we love a room or our entire house, sooner or later it comes to a point when we get a little bored of the same things. Before you go overboard and start planning a whole redesign, even if you can afford it, consider small changes.It’s easier to start with the areas or corners you like the least or the ones not working with your everyday flow anymore. A little moving around, stacking, rotating, adding, or subtracting can result in desirable results. If more action is needed, grab some paint and give furniture – or part of it – a new face.

Using personal pictures and memories ensures for not getting bored easily, if you are strongly connected to what you see. There’s no need to keep the fine china or the expensive objects tucked away in cupboards either. Display everything you love proudly and let your home be a reflection of who you are and how you live. For everyone crafty and with spare time, DIY projects that cost next to nothing can be easily tackled. Adapt the colors and shapes to your likings and again, do whatever expresses your taste. For the harder projects that require more strength, technical knowledge, or tools, you might need some help.

Before hiring a professional, look among friends and relatives for someone who can help you for less money or in exchange of another task you’re good at. Let’s have a look at the easy ideas to help you transform any room.

1. Paint a wall in a rich color to add warmth and focus to the room

bold wall

    2. Incorporate a raw element from nature into the room decor

    branch

      3. Add bookends on the shelves or library

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      bookend

        4. Paint or wallpaper the ceiling and two walls facing each other, to tie an asymmetrical room together

        ceiling

          5. Add a swing chair on a corner of a room for extra character and a cozy space to wind down

          swing chair

            6. Create your own simple art to display

            art

              7. Amp up your stair game with pictures of favorite memories or a theme you like

              stairs

                8. Refresh your fridge with washi tape or contact paper

                fridge

                  9. Stack a couple of random objects to create a nightstand or side table

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                  nightstand

                    10. Divide an open space into zones with airy shelves made of wood

                    divide

                      11. Turn classic architectural details into modern ones with paint or washi tape

                      washi tape

                        12. Hang plants from the ceiling or put them above higher furniture

                        plants

                          13. Stack all your books or magazines in a single high pile for visual interest and less clutter

                          books

                            14. Make a display of vases and flowers to hang and form a hook in the kitchen or bathroom

                            vases

                              15. Decorate a simple mirror with colored or natural stones

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                              mirror

                                16. Hand write on the walls for a unique, statement making, decor

                                handwriting

                                  17. Make a coastal style light with driftwood

                                  light

                                    18. Add a big framed mirror close to a room’s corner to shift the perspective and create the illusion of bigger space

                                    framed mirror

                                      19. Raise your bed on a platform with built-in storage to gain more storage

                                      raised bed

                                        20. Hang a basket from the ceiling and fill it with fruit or flowers for an impromptu accent

                                        basket

                                          21. Create a shelving unit with modular shelves, boxes or crates, and paint the insides with a splash of color

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                                          shelves

                                            22. Make whimsical curtain rods with wood branches

                                            curtain rods

                                              23. Revamp simple tables or stools with paint

                                              tablest

                                                24. Put pots of greenery across your room to brighten up the whole space

                                                green pot

                                                  Don’t forget that in order to eventually love your home and not get bored easily, you should take your time. Reflecting and considering how you want it to look like should take much more time than doing the projects and changes. So go easy and start small, letting some time pass between each change, to see how you feel about each one. The last thing you want is go overboard with all of the projects above and end up hating how your space looks, after spending valuable time and money.

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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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