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Book Summary: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Summary

If you are someone who is taking small steps every day towards your goal yet not sure about your progress or results: this book is definitely for you. The Slight Edge compels you to carry on consistently. The book reinforces the power of repeated actions done consistently over a considerable amount of time. The author gives examples of how the smallest of the actions taken repeatedly can accrue massive results over a period.  The book is an excellent take on the power of “Compound Effect.”


The Slight Edge : Turning Simple Disciples into Massive Success by Jeff Olson





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Things to Keep in Mind When Buying or Creating a Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands have come a long way in design and utility. They can be real conversation starter or can be a place where the family hangs out around.  Consider the following points while buying or creating one for your home.

Size & Clearances around the Kitchen Island

The major thing to decide is the size of the island you are looking for in your kitchen. This is primarily governed by the size of your kitchen. As a rule keep a minimum clearance of 24 inches (60 cms) around the movable island for working and movement.  For fixed islands consider having 36 inches (75 cms) all around.

Fixed Kitchen Island

Fixed Kitchen Island

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6 Ways to Increase Kitchen Counter Space

Kitchen Counter space is getting tinier as the kitchens are becoming smaller . This is especially true in the larger cities where real estate is a costly affair. Apartments in the city centres cut on the kitchen counter space to fit in all the appliances. But you can increase kitchen counter space by these simple hacks and additions:

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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1

Define the Space

A good entryway design is generally the one which is clearly defined and is not spilling into adjoining spaces. If you don’t have an entryway or don’t have a clear demarcation between the entryway and your room, a good idea is to understand the amount of space that can be allocated for it. Having a sense of the area you have, however small, it may be will help you plan the things that can be incorporated that space accordingly. Define the space by adding a rug or painting the walls (or using wallpaper).




Entryway area deofned by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area

Entryway area defined by placing a rug and treating walls differently from the rest of the area.

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Entryway Design Basics + Ideas for an Impressive Entrance to your Home (Part 1)

An entryway makes the first impression when you enter the house and the last impression when you leave. The following are the basic design tips will ease the way you design and decorate your entryway to create a lasting impression.

Identity the Main function of Your Entryway

An entryway can serve one primary purpose or many purposes as per your need. Begin with an understanding of how you and your family use the entryway. Also, envision how you would like your entryway to be keeping in mind the needs of all the family members. Below are some of the functions that an entryway can serve.

 

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4 Tips for an Effective Kitchen Workflow

The way you design your kitchen layout determines how efficiently you can breeze through all the kitchen activities saving loads of time and energy. Have you ever analyzed your kitchen’s workflow? An efficient kitchen workflow will not just prove to be a time savior but can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, the tips below can come handy and prove beneficial even if you make small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the workflow.

1.     Understanding the Major Activities with a Kitchen

There are mainly three main activities under which other sub-activities within the kitchen can be categorized into.

  • Preparation
    • Preparing and setting up food (cutting, mixing with or without using appliances)
    • Access to consumable  items required for cooking (Pantry- small or big)
    • Non-consumable items needed for preparation (Cutlery, dishes)
  • Washing/Cleaning
    • Washing food items before cooking (Vegetables etc.)
    • Washing Utensils after cooking (use of sink and/or dishwasher)
  • Cooking
    • Using a Cooktop
    • Cooking with other appliances (Microwave or oven etc.)

The ratio of space required by each activity also depends on your cooking style. For example, if you are into baking, you may need more worktop space for preparation than an elaborate cooking area.




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Five Things To Do to Headstart your New Year 2018 + Worksheet

For many of us, the New Year signifies new beginnings, new resolutions, new goals that we set for ourselves. Though one can start afresh at any time of the year in your life, having a fresh start  with a headstart when the calendar changes the year give a new high.

In the past, at the beginning of every year, my initial days and sometimes the whole month went into planning for the New Year. This eventually made me hard to catch up on the days lost. Not that it was impossible but just the feeling of not starting on the first day or week of the New Year did not feel right. I was hit by this realization last year that I should have started early or could have got a headstart on the New Year. So I made December my month of planning and head-starting my New Year with a bang. I did whatever I thought that I should have done earlier well before the New Year and this included not just my professional planning but also prepping me for personal growth.

The question remains that this being the last month of the year, what can you really do to feel accomplished this year and give your new year a much-required headstart. Well these are the things I did and will be doing this year end as well:

1.Declutter:

This is the most powerful thing you can do to clear out your mental and physical space before saying goodbye to this year. A cluttered space and a cluttered mind never function right.

  • At Home: Start with your personal areas like your wardrobe, nightstand further going on to your living areas and other parts of the house. A clean space will have fewer distractions thus helping you focus on the more important things like spending quality time with your family.

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Guide: Three Simple Ways to Uncluttered Looking Homes

Neat and clean looking homes are what we wish for every day. But in this fast pace life, it is difficult to take out time to deep clean the house or maintain the uncluttered look for long. So here are three simple, fast and efficient ways to uncluttered looking homes:

    1. Make your Bed:

The bed occupies the significant part of your bedroom, so why not start here. Making your bed first thing in the morning will give you instant gratification in less than five minutes. If that doesn’t motivates you then just imagine the sense of relaxation when coming back to a well-made bed in the evening after a long day’s work.

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Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

Make it a habit to make your bed first thing in the morning

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Guide: Choosing Terracotta/Ceramic Pots verus Plastic Pots

Choosing the right pots to contain your plants is a difficult choice to make when there are endless options available in the market.  One needs to not only decide the type, form, and aesthetics of the container but also the material of the containers. The two widely used materials are terracotta/ clay (glazed and unglazed) and plastic polymers. You need to choose a container not only to suit the budget but also suit the plant’s requirements and your upkeep practices.

Terracotta and ceramic glazed pots have always been the traditional favorites and have been used for centuries now. But the in the current age, plastic pots taking over.  Both the materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the factors to consider while making a choice.

 

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How to calm an overactive creative mind?

Creative minds are very active all the time, which makes it difficult to concentrate on designated tasks. Random thoughts tend to populate the mind keeping it active and busy all the time. This often leads to difficulties in concentrating on assigned tasks. Many times there is a chain of thoughts that goes on in our minds. Whether it is some issue that concerns us or some sudden burst of ideas, an overactive mind drains us not just mentally but also physically. You may feel low on energy even though you do no physical work.



Signs that you have an overactive mind

  • You have a chain of thoughts always running in your mind, be it an issue or a streak of ideas or your plans.
  • You feel physically drained not by any significant physical activity but just by thinking about something.
  • You have difficulty in falling asleep at night because you have random thoughts crisscrossing your mind
  • You tend to overthink or over analyze situations some of which don’t even concern you or those which you can’t control.

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