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5 Items That You Never Thought About Recycling — Until Now

5 Items That You Never Thought About Recycling — Until Now

Recycling can be about more than just reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill. Sometimes recycling can involve putting things to good use that you no longer want. Instead of throwing something out, think about the many ways that you can recycle it and brighten someone else’s life.

Christmas Lights

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    These days, people are ditching the old style Christmas lights for the newer LED types. The LED lights burn less energy and they can also be programmed to do a variety of patterns. Throwing out your old style incandescent light bulbs with your glass recycling is not a good way to dispose of them. But you can take those old lights to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s during the Christmas season and have the store recycle them. Many of the stores that take trade-in Christmas lights will also give you a small credit towards the purchase of new LED lights.

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      As Americans, we sometimes take something as important as shoes for granted. When we don’t like the pair we have or they get a small hole in them, we will usually throw them out and buy new ones. But instead of throwing them out, you can recycle your shoes and even save a life. When you donate your old shoes to charity, you are helping nearly 300 million children around the world who do not have any shoes at all. It is estimated that the lack of proper footwear causes the deaths of up to one million of those children. That is how your recycled shoes can save lives.

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        Technology changes rapidly these days, and many people do what they can to keep up. A common practice is for people to throw an old laptops or cellphones in a drawer and then move on to buying a new one. But you can sell that old cellphone or computer and use that money to buy a new iPhone or Ultrabook. There are plenty of places that will buy that old device and let you recycle it into cash. There are also non-for-profit organizations like Cell Phones for Soldiers that collects donated cellphones. When upgrading your electronics, look for positive ways to discard the old alternatives.

        Batteries

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          When non-rechargeable batteries die, most people usually throw them away. The batteries that contain metals such as nickel are recyclable. As a matter of fact, the more hazardous the battery material is, the more likely you will be able to have it recycled. Instead of throwing out those dead batteries and unleashing harmful materials into the environment, find out if your retailer has a battery recycling program. If you cannot recycle them locally, then there are companies you can mail the batteries to for proper recycling.

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            The corks that are used in wine bottles are often discarded after the bottle has been opened. But there is actually a national network of cork recycling retailers that will take those used corks from you and recycle them into flooring materials, ceiling tiles and corkboards for school classrooms.

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            Recycling is one the best ways for anyone to help the environment. You should always check and see if there is way to recycle something and preserve our natural resources before throwing it into the garbage. Remember that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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