My Tips For Stay Productive And Organized

I figured it was time to write another blog post, one of the concepts I’ve been really interested in recently is how to increase my productivity and decrease the amount of time I spent procrastinating. Procrastination is something I know a lot of people have to deal with. This article by Forbes was a pretty interesting read on the subject. I quickly realized that my procrastination was mostly caused by not have a clear set of goals for my day, week and month.

So I started with lists, creating a list for each day with the task’s that I wanted to achieve. Although this really helped at first, I soon realized that I was creating large list with no end in site. I could visually see all the things I needed to accomplish but I still didn’t want to perform each task. It’s only once I started to really drill down onto each task, set an importance, and a reason why it had to be done did I actually start to become more productive.

planner-guideHow can you get started? Let’s start with how you can stay productive each day. The most obvious way to keep track of your daily tasks is to use a planner. I found a ton of planners on Amazon but I really didn’t find any that tickled my fancy, I figured if I’m going to use this thing every day it better be really freaking cute. I found a blog that searches the web for cute office products and I found a blog post on their favourite cute 2017 planners.

If having a planner with you all the time seems like a pain, you can also use to-do list, I found a bunch of great to-do lists on Etsy. If you’re more technically minded you can use a free online app called Wunderlist to keep yourself organized. They even have an app for your phone so you can stay in sync with your tasks when you’re on the go.

As far as staying productive on a monthly level, I’ve found it really helpful to keep track of longer project on a calendar. However, instead of buying a calendar and scribbling all over it, I found getting buy calendars online that I can print from my printer to be the most efficient way to track my monthly goals. Again, The Pretty Office Things Blog as rounded up a number of great 2017 printable calendars. I bought a couple of these so I can change it up as I go. I also really like I idea of being able to tear one up and print it again if my plans for the month change.

Getting on track with my goals and keeping a concise list of my tasks has been a massive help when I comes to my productivity, I really hope this has helped some of you and if you’re struggle with procrastination definitely give some of the above tips a try.


The Best Way To Speak To Locals When Travelling

While traveling to new countries can be exciting, it can also be intimidating. A lot of people don’t know how they should behave when they interact with locals. Different countries have different customs; there’s no standard when it comes to behaviour. In fact, there are often a lot of cultural differences in different parts of the same country. Because of this, it’s important to always be prepared when you travel. If you keep these tips in mind, you should be able to find out how to speak to locals when traveling.

Research In Advance

As soon as you’ve decided what your travel destination will be, you should start doing some research. Find out what the area is like, and how the people who live there generally behave. LonelyPlanet is a great resource for learning about the customs and languages of different countries.

It can be especially valuable to learn about things that are considered to be rude in certain countries. You don’t want to make a gesture that will offend people. Focus on learning the basics of polite behavior in that area.

Take A Course

There are many free ways to learn languages. Of course, you can always take the traditional role and apply for a college course. That being said, there are many other free ways to learn other languages. One great resource is the free app Duolingo. Using this app a little bit each day will help your build your conversational Spanish, German, Italian, etc.

For those speak looking to learn or improve their English, there are plenty of resources for you as well. You can always check out Rosetta Stone’s Classes. If you’re looking for something closer to your budget, AJ Hoge’s course How to Speak English is a phenomenal way to introduce yourself to new words, phrases and conversations. See the video below to learn more about that.

In addition to all this, you can always head to your local library or book store and starting reading up on your favourite languages and places. That leads straight into our next point!

Learn A Few Key Phrases

Unless you have a huge start, there’s no way you’re going to be able to master a language before your trip. Instead, you should try to learn a few essential phrases.

Learn how to ask for a few simple things, like the time and directions. You should also learn how to greet people and how to say thank you. It’s easy to learn simple phrases like this with the right instructional materials at your disposal.


Talk To Other Travellers

There are a lot of communities online that are aimed at travellers. Take advantage of some of these communities and get to know people who have already traveled to these areas. Meeting people at hostels and other areas where lots of travellers meet is a great way get to know people and start conversations.

If you talk to these people, they should be more than happy to let you know what you should know before some travel. In fact, you may be able to learn from their mistakes; most people will be happy to tell you want went wrong during their trip.

Make friends with other travellers and gather the information you need in order to have a successful trip.

As long as you keep these suggestions in mind, you should be able to learn how to speak to locals when traveling. Doing a little research can make you a lot more comfortable on your trip, and can help to ensure that you have an enjoyable vacation.

How To Know When It’s Time To Repair Your Furnace

If you are having problems with your furnace, it may need to be repaired. Here are a few ways to tell if it’s time for you to call a heating repairman to fix it for you.

Has your heater stopped running? If you are turning on your furnace, but not hearing it run or trying to turn on, it may be time to repair your furnace by calling a heating and cooling repair business. They will be able to tell you exactly what is wrong with it.

In the meantime check out this video that may shed some light onto what the problem could be.

cold-days-warm-housesDoes your heater sound like it is going to turn on but doesn’t? If so, make a phone call to a heating repair company to fix it for you. Is your heater running, but the air coming out is cool? That could mean a few different things, but either way you will need to call someone to repair it for you.

Does your furnace make funny noises when it turns on? This may mean it needs repaired or at least looked at by a professional. Make a phone call and have someone look at it for you to see what is wrong with it. Is your furnace old? If you have a furnace that is older, it is bound to break down at some point. You may need to get it repaired, but you may also need to completely replace it. Call a professional to look at it for you. They will be able to tell if it can be fixed or if it needs to be replaced. It is pretty easy to figure out when you will need to have your furnace repaired. If it’s blowing cold air or making noises, it’s obvious you will need to call someone to fix it.

Check out this article to get some more in depth details as to what the problem could be:

Best Tips For Studying For An Exam

Well, the truth is that exams are an inevitable; especially to students. However, even though this is the case, they do not have to be a painful experience. However, research has showed that many people do fail in exams because of panic, anxiety and lack of proper preparation. Well, through this short article, you will get to know the best tips for studying and preparing for an exam.

1. Plenty Of Rest

Did you know that having plenty of sleep does help in studies? In other words, did you know that sleeping properly does improve a person’s metal and physical activities? Well, if you know you are about to sit for an exam, it is important to prepare in advance and also ensure that you have plenty of rest.

According to a research by Harvard, taken back in 2010 showed that those people who get enough sleep are more likely to perform better in class and get what they are learning about or what they have read.

2. Exercising

There is a popular saying that says ‘Work without play makes Jack a Dull boy’. Research has shown that 20 minutes of physical activity such as running, playing a physical game or any other physical activity can really improve your memory. For this reason, consider going for a walk, running, dancing or exercise at least for 20 minute every day. Did you know that physical activity increases energy and reduces the effects of stress? Very Important

3. Find Out About The Exam

It is also advisable to know what the exam is all about or what it will cover. In other words, try to find out as much as you can about the exam. For this reason, ask yourself the following questions:

•    How much is the exam worth to you?
•    What type of exam is it?
•    Will there be a choice of questions?
•    What will each question be worth?

4. Ask For Help

Do not feel bad if you do not understand a particular area of your studies. For this reason, do not be afraid to ask for help. Talk to your teachers or students and pick their brain. If you feel really stressed, talking to a counsellor might help.

Learn A New Language Passively While You’re Driving

The best way to learn a language while driving is to start listening to the language and practicing. There are many ways to do this, and people even say that it is possible to learn a language subliminally while sleeping. If that is the case, then the same rules could apply while a person is driving.

When listening to your english speaking course, there are language learning CDs and other recordings, or you can listen to a radio station in another language while driving. I suggest also watching movies or television shows in another language that you’re trying to learn. This helps you to think in the language, instead of just using memorization techniques.

Nowadays, there are apps for leaning languages that you can use while you’re driving. Of course you’re not going to be touching your phone, but you sure can be listening. This one app that I’m looking at says that if you were to listen for a couple months for just a half an hour daily, you could memorize a couple thousand words already!driving in a foreign country

That’s quite a lot for passive learning, but I still do recommend that as you continue learning the language, you listen to programs in that language. When you’re not driving, you should be using a combination of methods, such as watching those movies I was telling you about.

For right now, however, focus on vocabulary word lessons while driving, and you can expand upon that when you’re at home relaxing. You might try to learn the language subliminally while you’re sleeping as mentioned, too.

Learning a language, especially when not a child, is one of the most difficult things to do for many people. Once you do learn the language you’re going to want to keep using what you know and practice or you can lose what you’ve learned quite easily.

Reasons Sleeping Boosts Performance – Research, Statistics, And Finding

Did you know sleep goes hand in hand with performance? According to research by The National Sleep Foundation showed that better sleep is linked to improved physical and mental performance. The same research showed that even a brief nap could boost learning, memory and creative problem solving.

There are also other studies that strengthen the connection between sleeping to physical and mental performance.

According to research conducted back in 2010 by Harvard study showed that dreams could reactivate and reorganize recently learned materials and overall physical activities.  In this study, volunteers who were taken randomly were required not to sleep for one full day. Later, they were presented and required to navigate through a complex maze in 90 minutes. Only 2% of the volunteers completed the task successfully under the specified time; 10% did not complete the task under the required time but completed the task, and the rest were unable to complete the task.

Later, the same volunteers were taken to a room where they were requested to have a good sleep. Later, they were given another complex maze to complete less than 90 minutes. It was reported that 97% of the number completed the task in time where the others did not complete within the time, but did complete the task.

It is a well-known fact that physical activities deplete energy, body fluids and breaks down muscles. Because of this, time is needed to allow them to build up and even heal torn or worn-out muscles. According to scientific research, it showed that muscle and worn-out muscles can only be repaired through sleeping. It does also play a big part in muscle building and replenishing nutrients. Overall, sleeping helps in maintaining accuracy, speed and body endurance to athletes and everyone whose roles, work or activities involves physical movement.

Tips On How To Be More Productive At Work

Staying focused, productive and energized at work is not easy, especially in the afternoon hours when your body starts experiencing fatigue.  You stop being creative and all of a sudden you slow down on activity. However, there are some things that you can do to make sure that you are always productive and looking forward to more work during your working hours.

1. Get Enough Rest

Most people are not aware of this, but the lack of rest or sleep can affect your productivity at work. You need a fresh mind to be productive and focused at work. That is why it is advisable that you give your body and mind time to rest.

2. Start Your Day Slowly

Take time to prepare mentally and physically. You can start the day by engaging in physical exercise or by reading a newspaper. After that, you might want to prepare a healthy breakfast that will stimulate your body and mind.

3. Prioritize Your Duties

Just because you have a fresh mind in the morning does not mean that you multitask to get more work done. Doing this will only get you exhausted within a few hours, which is why it is advisable that you prioritize your tasks and set an appropriate deadline.

4. Avoid Consuming Too Much Caffeine

You can take caffeine in the morning to start off your day, but consuming too much of it is not advisable. That is because it can easily disrupt your sleeping cycle, which is why you might want to avoid drinks that have caffeine during the day.

5. Change Your Working Location

Either you have a fantastic office or not, it is advisable that you switch working environment if possible to keep the brain alert. Try working from outside for a few hours and back in the office. This will keep you focused throughout the rest of day.


By acknowledging this few tips, you can make the necessary changes to ensure that you stay productive and focused at work.