The Only Way to Take Control of Your Life 152

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There are so many unpredictable situations in our life, outer factors like people, events, misunderstandings, notifications, the future and so on, that affect the way we feel.

And we can’t really control it. But what we can control is our behavior, how we react to all these. And once we decide to take this in our hands, our life can finally be in control.

Your behavior consists of what you do daily. As every single action, when repeated more than once, has power, becomes energy, affects our reality and eventually shapes our identity and how we live.

These are our habits.

What we repeatedly do is who we really are. And in order to take control of our life, we need to take control of our habits. In fact, it’s the only way to let go of the chaos, go back to our path in life and follow it without losing direction.

But how do we do that?

Taking Control of Your Habits

1. Analyze your daily actions.

Most people have so many bad habits without even realizing. They complain about feeling tired all the time, not being productive, not having good relationships, not being motivated, not seeing results, and so on. But they don’t take the time to look closely at their daily schedule.

Write down everything you do today. Add the time you do it, how long it takes, and even how you feel during and after that.

Do it for a few days, and you’ll be able to see the bigger picture.

You’ll probably be amazed at how many unnecessary actions you take, how much time you waste in unproductive activities and how bad things are organized.

2. Make adjustments.

Think your day through. Carefully make a plan and try it out.
It will take time until you find what works best, but the experiments are worth the effort.

Move your creative work in the morning, for instance. Most people find themselves being more productive in the early hours.

Start getting up an hour earlier. That will give you more time to get ready for the day.

Stop doing some of the things you always do but which don’t get you anywhere.

3. Plan out your days.

A great little habit to develop that will make your days organized, is to plan them out the night before.

Simply spare a few minutes before you go to bed to write down all the things you need to do tomorrow.
Define what your most important tasks are and you’ll know where to start when you wake up.

Also, you won’t need to memorize things, won’t miss appointments and meetings, will have a plan to follow and will always know what’s left to be done.

4. Eliminate temptations.

Taking control of your habits is a rough road. Many things will get in your way and will distract you, or tempt you. So it’s better to avoid these.

If you’re trying to eat better for example, and thus take control of how you look and feel, and your health in general, you’ll need to throw away all the junk food at home, say no to going to lunch with friends if you think you’ll consume too many calories, or even do grocery shopping less often.

If you’re trying to give up nightlife, together with the drinking, sleepless nights and poor decisions, and want to be more serious about your work instead, then you’ll have to stop spending time with your party friends.

These are the sacrifices that need to be made in order to get rid of the chaos we live in.

5. Have a fixed time for everything.

That makes life so much easier and more organized. Your performance increases and you just don’t need to think about time anymore, as everything will have a set hour throughout the day and you’ll just follow the plan.

These are just 5 simple methods that can help you take control of your habits, and eventually your whole life.

It takes some time, but if you’re tired of getting the same results and seeing no improvement, then you’ll find the willpower and motivation to change.

Do you have control over your habits? What helps you stay on track?
What other techniques do you know that are useful?

See also:

How to break a bad habit and replace it with a good one
7 little habits that can change your life
3 steps to changing any bad habit or forming any good one
Want to kick a bad habit? Change your scenery
7 good habits of highly successful people

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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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