Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts
Showing posts with label clean. Show all posts

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Workplace Distraction

Did you pay your electric bill? Did you put money on your kids lunch account? Did you turn off the hair straightener this morning? With a million things constantly running through our minds, it's easy to become distracted.

Most of our focus seems to fall on proactive things. But in some cases, it may be more beneficial to ask yourself what you should NOT be doing. As New York Times reported, a UC Irvine study found that a typical office worker gets interrupted every 11 minutes-yet it takes them an average of 25 minutes to get themselves back on their original task.  Continue reading to learn about the top 12 workplace distractions. And more importantly, how to eliminate them!

The problem: An open office works great for jobs that require a lot of communication, but not so much for a job that requires a lot of focus. In short, many different people having many different conversations. In a 2011 review from psychologist Matthew Davis found that an open office hurts creativity, attention spans and productivity. 

The fix: Headphones. Headphones not only block out background noise, they let others know that you are deep in focused work and prefer not to be bothered. You don't even have to play music. Although, studies show that music (without lyrics) helps to increase your focus and productivity. If music isn't your thing, try a white noise app. 

The problem: What a blessing. And a curse. Part of the reason we are so addicted to doing things such as checking our Facebook, Instagram and text messages is because it releases dopamine, the feel good chemical that makes us feel like we are completing tasks. The issue is that the pleasure dopamine provides is fleeting, which causes us to trigger those releases more often. We check our phones constantly, an easy way to flood our minds with dopamine. 

The fix: Turn off your notifications. You can silence all notifications from social media and text messages to help you remain focused on the task at hand. 

The problem: We all try to do it. Answer phone calls, taking notes, working on spread sheets. Maybe even ordering lunch. The thing is, our brains weren't made for multi tasking. When we attempt to multi task we distract ourselves. 
The fix: Priorities, priorities, priorities. Accept that you have to focus on one task at a time then make a list in order of importance. Quality is better than quantity. 

The problem: Pretty self explanatory. You get interrupted. By someone wanting to spread some office gossip, ask what you brought for lunch, or ask basic questions. 
The fix: Create a strong signal when they needs to be no interruptions. A sign, wear your headphones, or flags can be used as a sign to not disrupt. 

If your work space is cluttered, you already have things working against you. Your brain reacts to its surroundings. A cluttered space equals a cluttered mind. 
The fix: Clean up! Minimal clutter results in minimal distraction. Take away the risk of your brain getting fixated on something other than the task at hand. 

The problem: We all get hangry. So hungry that we get a little irritable. And when it comes to performance, you'd be hard pressed to find something more impactful than nutrition. Nutrition is extremely important for focus and cognition. You may not know that brain cells require twice the energy as the rest of the cells in our body! You may be quick to make a run to the vending machine or eat a candy bar you grabbed when you stopped for gas but after that sugary crash, you'll inhibit your ability for concentration, making the problem worse. 

The fix: Avoid unhealthy fat and sugar filled snacks. Fill up with foods rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber and complex carbs to maintain your maximum focus. 

Roughly 18% of the population suffers from an anxiety disorder. Even before it becomes a full blown problem, anxiety is a factor in everyone's life. One side effect of anxiety is its effect on concentration. Moderate to severe anxiety can make concentration almost impossible. 

The fix: Naps and mediation rooms are a great option, but not realistic for many. Small table top waterfalls are a great way to relax your mind. Forming positive work relationships can also help. Make sure you exercise, get enough sleep and eat healthy foods that are beneficial to the body. 

According to a study that made headlines worldwide, humans now have shorter attention spans than a goldfish, all in thanks to our smartphone addictions. Even before we had our smartphones, concentration has always been limited. Your focus and concentration are not infinite. Think of your concentration like a fuel tank, if you fill it up in the morning and spend the better part of your day driving around aimlessly, you run out of fuel. 

The fix: Tackle your most important, highest leverage task first. Getting this out of the way creates relief and an early win for you, helping you to get through the rest of the day. 

The problem: Checking your email throughout the day may not seem harmful but it is a surefire way to torpedo your productivity. Although we have been taught that responding the emails is a way of professionalism, constantly checking and following different threads distracts us from the task in front of us. 

The fix: Designate time for email. Don't sporadically check your email throughout the day leaving yourself open for distraction. Designate a time, in the morning or evening to check and respond to all emails. Having a designated time helps focus on your other task throughout the day knowing that all emails will be responded to at a certain time everyday. 

The problem: Pretty self explanatory. When you have to many decisions to make, your brain gets tired. Just like our concentration fuel tank, the ability to make decisions can run out, too. As The New York Times Magazine described, "No matter how rational and high-minded you try to be, you can't make decision after decision without paying a biological price." The price? Irritability, inaction and lack of focus. 

The fix: Routine. Develop a routine that you can stick to. When you already know what to wear in the mornings, that's one less decision you have to make. Have your lunch ready and things you need in their place. Save some decision making for the work day ahead. 

The problem: Talking about the work we should be doing instead of doing it. 
The fix: Hold better, more productive meetings. Designate a leader. One who makes sure everyone stays on topic. Keep a strict time limit. Write everything down. 

The big problem: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and more. There are so many habit forming apps that we are all guilty of using. We have become addicted to these apps, and it effects our brains in a very similar way as opioids. 
The fix: The best way to break a habit is to take away access to it. Put blockers on certain websites and apps during work hours taking the temptation for mindless scrolling away. 

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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Spring Cleaning


spring clean·ing

Dictionary result for spring cleaning

/spriNG ˈklēniNG/
  1. a thorough cleaning of a house or room, typically undertaken in spring.

Spring has been linked to renewal and rebirth for a long time. The changing of weather, from cold and dreadful to bright and sunny presents many opportunities to start fresh. What better place to begin than at home?

While some people may dread the task of giving their house a good scrub down, there are a few health benefits to busting out the broom!


1. Cleaning helps you breathe better.
It may not just be the pollen that comes with Spring that is responsible for your seasonal allergies. Dust and pet dander are big disruptors for people who are prone to allergies. Clutters home tend to gather a lot of these in the cold months of winter. Say goodbye to clutter and say hello to feeling better!

2. Cleaning reduces stress.
The old saying you've probably heard a hundred times, "A cluttered home means a cluttered mind." It's an old belief that our outer environment is often a reflection of our inner, mental state. This being the case, a clean home should enable to you relax and think more clearly! Studies have shown that doing housework for as little as 20 minutes can reduce your stress by up to 20%! 

3. Cleaning is a workout.
The more you clean your home the more exercise you are getting! On average 30 minutes of vacuuming can burn up to 111 calories! If you are feeling sluggish, 20 minutes of low intensity exercise (such as cleaning the house) three times a week can increase your overall energy levels and reduce your fatigue! (by up to 65%!)

4. A clean bedroom equals a good nights sleep.
Your momma knew what she was talking about when she asked you to make your bed every morning. A bedroom poll conducted by The National Sleep Foundation found that 75% of those polled sleep better on a clean sheet with a fresh scent. If you're having trouble catching Zzzz's, try tidying up your room and throwing those sheets in the wash!

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019




Recycling facilities can use the porcelain and turn it into concrete for roads and other paved areas.

This may be the most surprising! The waste from cigarettes can be re-purposed! The cigarettes and packaging are separated and melted down, turning into hard plastic pellets used for a variety of things!


The standard toothbrush cannot be tossed into your recycling bin. It's made of hard plastic and nylon bristles. But in an effort to change the fate of many toothbrushes, Colgate and Sam's Club have both partnered with TerraCycle to recycle them.

It seems so wrong to throw them away but you can't keep adding to the drawer full of old cards, can you? Now, you can get rid of them and feel good about doing it! St. Jude's Ranch for Children accepts both new and used greeting cards of all occasions. They can recycle the cards to create new ones to sell. The money raised from the new cards will go towards abused and neglected homeless children.


There are several options for recycling e-waste. You can donate it to a school or non-profit if it still works properly. There are also electronics recyclers that take old devices to separate and then reuse the materials inside. Or you can also return the device to the manufacturer!

The safest way to recycle medications is through the drug store you received it from. Many pharmacies have mail-back programs at their stores where you can drop off your prescription drugs.


After you've gotten down to the last drop of your foundation, don't just toss the container into the trash. Many cosmetic companies offer a discount if you bring in your empty makeup containers.


Most shampoo, conditioner, and body wash containers can be recycled along with your plastic water bottles. Don't forget to rinse out the bottles before tossing into the recycling bin.

When it's time for the Holidays you may be ready to start taking out your decor and lights. But there may be a few strands that have burned out, which you only discovered after untangling them all.
Instead of chucking them in the trash, there are programs that recycle them and pay you in return.

According to RedBook Magazine, the average woman owns 9 bras but only uses 6 of them. You can donate your lightly used bra to a local organization to distribute to women who can't afford them. 

As odd as it seems to recycle oil, the damage that oil can do to your plumbing makes it totally worth it! To start collecting oil for recycling simply designate a container for the used oil. You can take it to a local recycling center or even your fire department!

You can give someone the gift of good vision! Several organizations will accept your old prescription glasses to help those with the same prescription as you to see better when they cannot afford their glasses!

If you clean your aluminum foil after using it you can take it to your local recycling center. Make sure it is not contaminated with food or oil. 

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Thursday, 10 January 2019

Why You Should Have A Clean Garage


Storing unused items in the garage may seem like a good idea, until you need to use your garage! Continue reading to see the top five reasons a clean garage is important and get tips and tricks on how to get your garage clean and organized!

Although rain water isn't inherently hard on your car, some elements left behind after the rain has evaporated can be concerning. Dirt, dust and other small particles can be left on your vehicle and cause your car to lose its shine.
 Acid rain is defined as “rainfall made sufficiently acidic by atmospheric pollution.”
Acid rain can occur in a lot of places, more commonly found in the Northeastern United States. The pattern of high acidity is caused by large numbers of cities, the dense population, and the concentration of power and industrial plants. Not to say acid rain doesn't occur anywhere else. Wind carries pollution. The best protection for your car in your vigilance. Making sure to keep your garage clean and clear to ensure your car can sit nicely in covered protection during every storm is your best bet to keep that shine as long as possible. 

There's no better feeling that needing something and knowing EXACTLY where to get it! Keeping your garage organized may seem like a big job but you'll be happy you did it! Having all your tools, garden tools, hoses, ladders etc all in specific places will prevent getting frustrated from having to dig deep into a mess to try and find what you need. Check out THIS handy and inexpensive garage storage organization rack! Totes are also a great tool to help you stay organized. Especially when it comes to storing holiday decorations!

Aw, HAIL! A rain and hail storm just welcomed itself to your city and you parked outside! Damage caused by hail can include dents, broken windows, cracked windshields, and if they are large enough, even engine damage! Not to mention the high winds that accompany storms. Powerful winds can cause trees to fall right where you decided to park your car. Make sure your garage it accessible to protect your car from Mother Nature!

And I'm not talking about those cute little ones who dig through your trash. I'm talking about actually thieves. The one who break your windows to steal your electronics, cash, cards or even your identity. If you leave your car out of your garage overnight, you may be unknowingly welcoming these lowlifes to steal your belongings. Parking in a garage makes your car inaccessible and ensures that what is yours, stays yours!

Having your garage clean, clear and organized can protect more than just your car! Creating a space where you can safely store tools, lawn mower, leaf blowers, weed eaters and more will protect these items. Having them safely stored away prevents rust from the rain, someone stealing them or even someone hitting them with their car! 

Remember, cleaning out your garage is beneficial in so many ways! Disposing of boxes, bags, old Christmas decorations and so much more opens up some much space! Call Bin There Dump That @ 404-692-2838 to learn more about dumpster rentals

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