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How To Create The Right Atmosphere With Colors For Your Home

How To Create The Right Atmosphere With Colors For Your Home

Are you redecorating your home? Many people feel the psychological powers of different colors. They can influence your body, your mind and your emotions. Different colors can affect you in different ways, so some colors are better suited than others. Check out 12 different colors that are great for creating an atmosphere in your home.

1. Green

Green is a very calming color, associated with stability and relaxation. Green bridges the gap between warm and cool colors, teaming together the relaxing tones of blue with more revitalizing yellow tones. For these reasons, green is a great color choice for the bedroom. Plants are a great way to add green to your bedroom. Another way to add green to your bedroom is to buy a green wardrobe, or a green throw for the bed.

2. Blue

Blue is often seen as a very calming color, as many people associate blue with water and peace. The calming effect of blue makes it the perfect colour for a home office, as it is also associated with productivity. Instead of painting the walls dark blue – it can be quite oppressive – go for light blue accents for the room, such as office furniture or a rug.

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3. Red

Red is the most stimulating color, and is often linked to power and importance. Surprisingly, the color red encourages your appetite – so it is perfect for use in the dining room. Try red plates, one red wall or a red vase to bring a hint of red to your dining room.

4. Yellow

You probably already know yellow is associated with happiness – it is so cheerful! Yellow can really brighten a room and give it some energy, so it is the perfect color for your kitchen. If you want to paint the whole room yellow, try a pale shade so it isn’t too distracting. You could also try a yellow fridge, table or oven!

5. Orange

Orange is an energizing, warm, friendly color, perfect for many rooms. It is a versatile color, so you can use it in many rooms, but it works really well in the hall, as it isn’t very distracting and doesn’t steal focus. Try out orange posters and pictures, or if you’re feeling more daring, paint the whole hall a light orange!

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6. Purple

Purple is typically a very intense shade, associated with luxury and royalty. It can be quite distracting in your home, but there are more relaxed shades that are great for decorating with, such as lavender. Lavender is a relaxing shade of purple, and it isn’t distracting – so you can paint the whole room lavender if you’d like! Lavender is well suited to the lounge, as it will help you to wind down and relax while you’re in the room.

7. Pink

Pink is a calming color associated with love and romance. As it helps to sooth and relax, pink is an ideal color for the bedroom. A rosy shade will work for a child or an adult’s bedroom, but avoid too much pink if you don’t want the room to look overly feminine. Try a pink bed frame to make a unique statement.

8. Black

Black is a very strong color associated with power. In large amounts black can be very intense and overpowering, but small amounts will give your room a sophisticated feel. Try black towels and a black washing up basket in your bathroom to create a stylish and chic vibe.

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9. Gray

Gray is a very neutral, formal color, perfect for a home office or a bathroom. Add one gray wall to an office or study room to help create a professional feel.

10. White

White is often associated with virtue, cleanliness and minimalism, but it can also be viewed as quite stark and bleak. Add some white to your bathroom and kitchen to help promote cleanliness, but avoid using too much and taking away the personality of the room. White appliances are a simple way to do this.

11. Ivory

While ivory is similar to white in simplicity, it has much more warmth than white. Ivory is a great color for the walls, as it makes the room look big, bright and fresh. Try to avoid using ivory furniture, though – it doesn’t take long to become visibly dirty.

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12. Beige

Beige is a color best used to bring out other, brighter colors. If you would like to use bright, vivid colors in your home, beige is a great compliment. It adds focus to the other colors, without making the room look busy.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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