Whether we like it or not, we always have this one day in our lives when we have to deal with our due dates. May it be the utility bills, work tasks or our kids’ school projects (which we parents actually do), we got to deal with them.
Daily home tasks are never ending, so as the work tasks. Stressful as it may sound, but I believe this a good problem. When you have deadlines looming and clients’ requests piling up, it seems like trying to stay on top of them is nearly impossible. In my case, since I work from home, my desktop starts to clutter with unwanted files. The more I get loaded with different tasks assigned to me, the more stressful it gets. Of course, I don’t want to stay in chaos so I searched for online tools that would help me stay organized and be on schedule. If you have worked in both worlds, office-based and home-based, you know very well the difference between working in an office with numbers of drawers and box files and working with your computer alone. Okay, let’s go over them one by one…
You want your garden to be a place you can spend time in when the sun comes out, and you want it to be a place you can be proud of. Making it look pretty is all well and good, but sometimes we can go the extra mile by incorporating some mundane garden features in innovative ways. Nature is spontaneously creative, so we should be as well. Here are a few ideas that can get you started on opening up a whole new world of creativity in your man made paradise.
A Privacy Fence We think of fences in terms of enclosing space, but at the same time they can open it up as well. You can see for definite how much room there is in your garden, and also use it to build up from the ground with your plants. Fences are stable enough for the extreme wind and rain, and keep you garden for you alone! If you need more information on the benefits of privacy fences then feel free to check out sites such as the blog link above. Having something that encloses your garden in such a finite way doesn’t have to be boring and brown.
Starting a blog is easy but getting it established can take a while. I officially started blogging on its own domain in 2007 but I had been on free-hosted blog for quite a while before I finally decided to get it hosted on its own domain, and monetized it. Here are the basic steps on how you can start:
(1) Choose your preferred blog platform. Choosing a platform where you want to build your blog is of course the first thing you need to do and have decided on. I assume you’ve already heard about WordPress and Blogger. The platform I am using is WordPress and I would say it is the most well-known platform worldwide.
It is user-friendly. You don’t have to be an expert to get it working especially that everything can now be searched online. There are tons of free themes available, and almost all the plugins that you need are also free to use.
(2) Decide whether you want it self-hosted or free-hosted. In a free-hosted blog, you won’t be able to get your preferred domain name e.g. www.mitchteryosa.com. However, in some cases, you can get www.mitchteryosa.wordpress.com for example, if it’s still available. Still, it doesn’t look personalized at all and if you plan to get it monetized, chances are very low as most of the advertisers prefer a self-hosted blog. There were cases that blog sites were suspended due to some issues, and simply because you do not own your blog. You can check www.godaddy.com for the domain names and hosting, or search on Google some other hosts that charge cheaper.
For whatever reason, many people choose to forsake the annual vacation for a staycation instead. It’s less stressful for starters, and there is less expense involved when you choose to enjoy your holiday time at home. To help you make the most of your staycation, before the rigors of work begin again, here is some great advice you might find useful.
Plan ahead If your plan is to rest and chill at home for the summer, there may not be a lot of extra planning involved. However, you may want to use the time you have at home to the fullest. Make a checklist of what you want to achieve, and stick to it as much as you can. Buy what you need as well. For example, you may want to stock your kitchen with food and treats, cutting out any visits to the local supermarket. There may be books you haven’t read or films you haven’t seen, so make those essential purchases to suit the way you like to spend your downtime.
Switch off It can be difficult to switch off from normal life when we have a holiday at home. However, do whatever you can to help you escape your usual routine. You may want to ignore your emails for a few days, to help you avoid any reminders of work. Turn off your mobile too, if colleagues are prone to calling you. You need to avoid any distractions that will disrupt your relaxation time, so work out what they are, and eliminate them.
Dress to impress You can still have a summer wardrobe without packing it into a suitcase. Check out this website and check out the summer fashion. There are outfits for any woman, including dresses for older women as well as the young. You may not be turning heads on a faraway beach this summer, but you can still wear something sunny and attractive at home or outside.
Try new food Part of visiting another country is trying out some of the cultural delicacies on offer. However, you can grab a taste of another culture, or try a new menu, through your own cooking or visiting a local restaurant. Take a look at what’s available near you and check out recipes online. There are bound to be foods you have been meaning to try, so take the opportunity.
Visit new places Your hometown may have areas of interest that you have never had the time, or inclination, to visit. We often forget the natural areas of beauty, or tourist opportunities, when we live nearby. From museums to nature walks, there will be places near you that can enrich your holiday time. Go and visit your local tourist information office, or search online, and make it your mission to visit somewhere you have never visited before.
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