How to Quickly Get Back on Track 282

how to get back on track

The holidays are over. We all enjoyed them. And now we have to deal with the consequences.

No matter how well we behaved, and how hard we tried to keep doing what we regularly do (exercising, working on projects, eating clean, being active, etc.), the atmosphere and all the people around us made us feel awkward and not part of the whole thing if we didn’t join them and instead decided to keep doing our daily rituals and habits.

This may refer to your last vacation, time off from work, a long lazy weekend, a depressing period of not going out, or else.
But when it comes to an end, we all need to do something to get back to reality with all its commitments, important projects and tasks right away.

What happened?

 The result may be:
– you ate too much;
you’ve been lazy;
– you did nothing for days;
– you put off your school or work projects;
– you ditched your hobbies/workout/meetings/tasks;
– you lost motivation to try new things and improve yourself.

During this time you probably didn’t think about anything connected to the outer world with its problems and worries.

The problem is that we get used to this kind of lifestyle so quickly that by the time the holidays are over, we feel like we can go on like this forever. And, in fact, we can.
But the rest of the world will move on.

We forgot what it was to have a day full of things to do, to feel active and passionate.

So it’s time to recall that and get back on track.

What to do about it?

 You may feel guilty when you realize all the consequences this time off had. They may not seem important to someone else, but you’re the only one who knows how hard you’ve worked on making each of these healthy and successful habits a part of your day.

And now not only have you stopped doing them for a while, but you went a few steps back in your development.

You may now start to overanalyze all the unhealthy food you’ve eaten and all the time you’ve lost that you may have invested in something more productive. And then come regret and disappointment.

Well, don’t!

This is a waste of time and energy. Instead, smile for all the quality time you spent with your loved ones, the memories you’ll cherish for a long time and the break you took from reality. And then get back on track.

Here are a few tips on how to do it:

  • Act! – Go out to meet friends, do housework, go for a walk, try something new. Just do something to break the monotony of your current state and become active again.
  • Do it now! – Start immediately, otherwise you’ll put it off again and again and ‘later’ will never come.
    Buy a gym membership, throw away the junk food, arrange meetings, set deadlines…
  • Just do it! – Thinking too much – including planning, finding the perfect time to start and so on – is bad.
  • Start small! – Do things in small steps, slowly and easily so that you can be in your old active mood in around 10 days. Don’t push your limits the first time you’re back to the gym, don’t make drastic changes in your eating plan and don’t plan all tasks in one day.
  • Keep yourself busy! – Act slowly but don’t relax too much. The point is to lead the same life you led before the holiday. So try to always do something, no matter how small it is, so that you don’t go for a nap every time you pass the bed or have a snack every few hours.

It’s not hard at all. What you need is a little motivation and a desire to get back on track. And once you do it, you can start working on new things and making yourself proud… until the next holidays.

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5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home 18

5 Smart Ways to Incorporate Technology into Your Home

A smart home was something we could only see in sci-fi movies just a few years ago. Today, smart technology is becoming more available in terms of prices and offers. Therefore, it’s not so surprising that many homeowners are choosing to introduce technology into their homes and make their lives more convenient, safe, cost-efficient and fun.

In fact, a recent report predicted that a global smart home platform revenue will increase from $4.2 billion (2017) to $39.5 billion (2026).

There is no doubt that the concept of a smart home will revolutionize our interaction with our interior, and impact various other aspects, such as the potential resale value of our properties. Knowing all this, it seems wise to start thinking about the ways to incorporate new technology into your home, today. Here are our top five.

Be smart – save energy

If there are two trends that have marked the previous year when it comes to home design, those are energy-efficiency and new technologies.

So, why not combine them and make smart technology work for you and help you save money on your electricity and heating bills? Your first step towards doing that is installing smart lighting. This change will enable you to remotely manage all the light bulbs in your home by using an app, so you won’t have to wonder whether you left your lights on ever again. The best way to use this technology is to pair it with LED bulbs and thus maximize your savings.

Another popular upgrade that helps you save money and automate your home is a smart thermostat. This device connects to your home Wi-Fi and allows you to set the desired temperature no matter where you are. Some models can even remember your habits and adjust the temperature accordingly.

An important safety upgrade

The times we are living in may be new and exciting, but they are still dangerous. That’s why you should do everything you can to make sure that your household is protected both from the unwanted guest as well as various hazards.

Smart home security takes care of that by offering state-of-the-art locks, high-resolution cameras, smoke detectors and motion-triggered alarms. Compared to the traditional security systems, smart security systems will not only alert everybody with a loud alarm but can also send an alert to your phone in case of emergency.

Comfort and convenience with smart furniture

Smart furniture is not being discussed enough, and we’re here to change that. It is set to completely change the way we live our lives.

Let’s start with a smart table or side table. These pieces can feature LED lights, Bluetooth speakers and wireless phone chargers.

The innovative smart sofas offer similar perks but with more coziness. Besides LED lights and speakers, they provide you with a convenient place to charge your phone, allowing you to have everything you need at your fingertips.

Other innovative pieces include color-changing wardrobes and TVs that can be “masked” into artwork, when turned off.

Make everything work together – smart hubs

You might find it difficult to control all your smart gadgets individually. A smart hub allows you to create a centralized system where all your devices are connected to the cloud, and you don’t need more than one app to manage all of them.

Additionally, smart hubs enable you to automate your devices. For example, this would mean that as soon as you unlock the door (using a smart lock, of course), the light in your entryway will be turned on and the thermostat will set the optimal temperature.

The only problem with smart hubs is that this new technology is still in its infancy, and there are too many manufacturers who do not collaborate. This makes pairing up devices from different manufacturers into one hub impossible. Until that changes, to avoid any problems, you should buy the products from the same brand.

A helping hand voice

If you are among those people who remember the Halloween special episode of the Simpsons on the mention of a smart home assistant, don’t be afraid. The assistants of the real world are nothing like Ultrahouse 3000 voiced by Pierce Brosnan. In fact, this technology can make your life a lot easier by helping you make the home automation run smoothly.

Just like Cortana and Siri are improving the smartphone user experience, smart home assistants will make your life easier.

They can be set to react to voice commands, which allows you to control various smart home features without having to use any app. Also, if you have a camera above your entrance and a smart lock, your assistant can unlock the door when they recognize your face.

It’s an exciting time to be alive, and we are sure that there are plenty other surprising smart home innovations on the horizon. Until then, try out these five, and see for yourself how they can change your life.

About The Author

Emma is a writer and a home décor enthusiast. She believes that good design can be found at the intersection between beautiful and functional. Her inspiration comes from traveling and exposing herself to new experiences.

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