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25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

Are you always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help make your life more productive and organised? Make your life easier with these useful hacks!

Hack #1

If you’ve started a new roll of wrapping paper and you have some left over, simply slot an old toilet roll around the wrapping paper to keep it from crumpling or tearing.

    Hack #2

    Try tying a piece of luggage to your suitcase when you travel, so it is easy to find when you are collecting baggage at the airport.

      Hack #3

      To make taking the bins out less messy, try lining the bottom of your bin with newspaper, as it helps to soak up any liquids.

        Hack #4

        Try this nifty trick so you don’t get food on your cookbooks whenever you are cooking.

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          Hack #5

          Put a bar of scented soap with your dirty clothes in your luggage, to help disguise the smell while you’re on the move.

            Hack #6

            If you don’t want to spend money on a watering can, try poking holes in the lid of an old milk carton to make your own cheap and effective watering can.

              Hack #7

              Hate taking more than one trip to the car when you’re unpacking shopping? Keep a washing-up basket in your boot to save you time!

                Hack #8

                If you love ice lollies, try pushing a cupcake wrapper underneath the lolly to catch any sticky mess.

                  Hack #9

                  If you have candles with wicks that are hard to reach, this hack is perfect for you. Light the end of a piece of spaghetti and use it to light the candle.

                    Hack #10

                    Try using a piece of paper from a sticky pad to clean crumbs and dirt from your keyboard.

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                      Hack #11

                      If you are re-heating food in the microwave, push a hole into the middle of the food so the food heats up much faster!

                        Hack #12

                        This tip is great for anyone who is struggling to find room in their wardrobe. Try hooking a ring-pull onto a coat-hanger so you can attach a second coat-hanger below.

                          Hack #13

                          Save time by painting your keys different colors, so you can always find the one you need quickly.

                            Hack #14

                            If you’re throwing a barbecue or party, serve up the condiments in a muffin tray to save yourself extra washing up!

                              Hack #15

                              Use a paperclip to help you if you have any jewelry that is difficult to put on.

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                                Hack #16

                                Shape your eggs beautifully by cooking them in either a slice of onion or pepper.

                                  Hack #17

                                  To save on mess, hang your spoon through the end of your pan while you’re cooking.

                                    Hack #19

                                    If you love chilled white wine, try using frozen grapes instead of ice in your drink. Grapes are much tastier, and won’t dilute your drink.

                                      Hack #20

                                      If you are in a hotel and you can’t find somewhere to charge your phone, check the back of the television. They often have USB ports many phone chargers fit into!

                                        Hack #21

                                        Cut up a tennis ball for a fun, quirky and cheap way to store your keys and letters.

                                          Hack #22

                                          If you don’t have a roasting tray, this hack using spoons ensures your dinner is still cooked perfectly.

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                                            Hack #23

                                            If you have lots of cables, use old toilet rolls to individually store them. This trick makes the cables easy to find and stops them tangling together.

                                              Hack #24

                                              Use non-flavored dental floss to cut cakes perfectly, without creating any mess.

                                                Hack #25

                                                Tired of your snacks going stale? Use an old coat-hanger as a thrifty way to keep your food fresh.

                                                  Do you have any hacks that help you keep your life organised and productive? Comment with your ideas!

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                                                  Published on April 16, 2019

                                                  How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                  How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

                                                  When was the last time you did something for yourself?

                                                  Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

                                                  Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

                                                  However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

                                                  And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

                                                  So how can you make that happen?

                                                  Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

                                                  Listen to Yourself

                                                  The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

                                                  This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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                                                  What is your purpose?

                                                  Have you ever thought about this question?

                                                  Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

                                                  In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

                                                  Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

                                                  All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

                                                  If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

                                                  But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

                                                  For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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                                                  If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

                                                  How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

                                                  Seek Out Continuous Education

                                                  Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

                                                  It’s Super Practical

                                                  Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

                                                  You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

                                                  When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

                                                  Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

                                                  You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

                                                  You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

                                                  You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

                                                  Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

                                                  With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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                                                  In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

                                                  Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

                                                  People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

                                                  We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

                                                  “Knowledge is choice.”

                                                  Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

                                                  Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

                                                  Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

                                                  Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

                                                  Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

                                                  Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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                                                  When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

                                                  Habits Make Your Time a Priority

                                                  How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

                                                  It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

                                                  This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

                                                  Your Well Being Comes First

                                                  We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

                                                  If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

                                                  The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

                                                  Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

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