Sleep plays a very important role in everyone’s daily life. People who lived in the old world do not have many things to do in the night, so they can sleep early. But in today’s world, the advanced technologies bring people so many entertainments in the night, such as watching TV shows, playing video games or having a party with friends, etc. Research shows that more than 60% of people have problems with sleep nowadays. You will not have the energy to do anything if you do not sleep well, so you may want to see psychologists. In this article, I will introduce you 10 tips to make you sleep better.
Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.
If your biological clock is messed up, you really need to reset it and make it right. To make your biological clock right, you should go to sleep and get up at a fixed time every day, so that your body will know when do you sleep and make you sleep better.
Do not take too many naps in the day.
People need to take napping during the day. However, if you take too many naps, you will have problems to sleep in the night. Be smart about napping. I recommend people do not take more than 30 minutes in the day.
Do some exercises.
Doing exercises benefits everyone’s health. It also helps people’s sleep. You can spend your excess energy by doing exercises, so you will feel tired in the night which makes you sleep easier.
Drink some milk before going to sleep.
Research shows that drinking milk before going to sleep improves sleep quality. Milk can make you relax. So when you are ready to go to sleep, have a cup of warm milk, then you will have a wonderful night.
Do not use any electronic devices in one hour before you go to sleep.
Some people enjoy watching TV shows or movies in the night. They never feel tired in the night, and it makes them very hard to sleep. The screens of TVs, monitors or even our mobile phones make our brain excited in the night, that is why some people never feel tired in the night. Give a try to leave any electronic devices in one hour before you go to sleep, and you will definitely have a good sleep.
Make sure the room is dark and quiet when you sleep.
The environment of your sleep is a very important to sleep as well. If you are living in the centre of the city, it might be very noise downstair which affects your sleep quality. If this is the issue, there are something you can do. Firstly, you can close the windows and doors to make the room quiet. Secondly, make the room dark by curtains. Finally, if both of the previous methods do not work well, you can move to another place. Moving to a new place to improve your sleep quality is definitely worthy because bad sleep quality will affect your work and daily life.
Do not be afraid if you have problems with sleep. It is a very common problem that most of the people are facing today. Try to follow these 6 tips, your sleep quality will be highly improved.
Moving into a new home, especially for the first time, can be stressful for many, but with these tips, you’ll be able to move in feeling little if any pressure!
1. When Packing, Create One Box for “First Day Essentials”
The day you move in, there’s no way you’ll have time to unpack every single box and put each and every item in its designated spot. That’s why smart home-movers come up with a “First Day Essentials” box containing items their family with need for the first day without having to rummage through several boxes. Some local movers recommend using a different box for first day essentials such as a plastic box as opposed to a cardboard box, so it stands out from all of your other moving boxes. Your first day essentials box should contain your family’s toothbrushes and toothpaste, hairbrushes, a roll of toilet paper, any medications or vitamins you or your family members take, pajamas, an outfit or two for each family member, paper plates and plastic-ware, and whatever else you know you’ll need for your first day.
2. Keep, Sell, Donate, or Throw Out?
Before packing, make four piles: Keep, sell, donate, and throw out. For the items that you don’t want but can’t bring yourself to simply give or donate it, that’s when you make consider selling it. An item that is broken or rundown may be best to be put in the “throw out” pile. Also consider putting items up on Ebay approximately six weeks before you move, and host a yard sell two or three weeks before the move to ensure you’ll be able to sell off the items you no longer want in time, saving plenty of room in your moving boxes for things you actually want to keep. Plus, nobody wants clutter and unwanted items in their new home! Photo Credit: Simplify and Restart
3. Organize and Plan Ahead your Moving Tasks
Before, during, and after the move, it’s important to keep organized by creating tasks for what you’ll do each day in relation to your home shift. For example, before the move, maybe you’ll make plans to contact family and friends exactly one week before the move to help you unpack. During the move, maybe you’ll plan to have all your household items packed and ready at least two weeks before your move out, and maybe you’ll plan to have all your kitchen products unpacked by day three after you move in your new home. Scheduling and keeping tasks throughout your move makes everything so much easier, plus, you’re less likely to be stressed knowing you already have everything under control!
4. When Unpacking, Be Sure to Prioritize
So many movers anticipate decorating and prettying up their new home, but don’t make that mistake. First, lay out all your furniture and fill up your kitchen cabinets and drawers. All decorative items go last! When you just move in, you’re going to want things unpacked based on importance. Chairs, plates, cups, beds and mattresses, and towels are likely to be more necessary than candles, picture frames, artwork, and decorative mirrors, so be sure to unpack the decorative items last. After all, when you first move in, everything should be set up by what you need, not by how you want it to look at the moment! You’ll have plenty of time to decorate as you wish after you unpack the things you and your family need first and foremost.
Meeting project deadlines can be a real challenge especially if there are very limited resources and time constraints associated. Today, I am writing in support of all those hardworking teams out there who overcome all hurdles to met deadlines. I still remember that day when our team was given a exclusive project, which was to develop a new programme for a client from construction industry, to finish in just three weeks. I, as the project manager knew its going to be challenging but was confident that with the help of newly appointed three member team, we will finish that before time.
We started working on but very soon realised that there were very limited resources. Only thing I knew at that early stage that the manager would not give me such a task if they do not have trust in my ability and that of my team. So, with determination of my team and trust gained from my project management training , I embarked on the project. We discussed our strategies to make this a successful project.
Inspire and Motivate your Team
As the team looked bit low in confidence, I called them to discuss about the issues which are bothering them. Alex, a team member, said that he was thinking that maybe the company was trying to get rid of us. I asked him why he thought of that. He said it’s because he was thinking that there was no way we could finish the project on time, and the limited resources would be a big stress to all of us.
He could have a point there. But I did not let his thoughts dampen my spirit and that of the rest of the team. Again, I told them that we have the trust of the company. We have been providing the management with several successful projects and this could be either just a test of our abilities, or maybe the company was going through some financial crisis .
That made sense to me, and I saw that my team had similar feelings. When I saw them agreeing, I knew that I gained back their confidence in my leadership skills.
Before I gave them their assigned tasks for the project, I asked them to make researches. We have two weeks to finish the project, and we need to spend one day looking for ways to plan and commence project.
The following day, my team was a little more positive. They presented some great suggestions and most have potentials for success. One suggestion was to go through the project management training. I was all for that. But with the time constraint, we need to go through a crash training. I asked them if they were willing to go for overtime. They all agreed. I really love my team.
One of my team members, mentioned that she found a good resource for effective management of project budget. That one report has big impact on all of us. We were not really worried about the time constraint, but more on the project budget. So, I encouraged that member to elaborate.
So, she started telling us what she found out. She started by saying that it is a fact that the top priority of the project manager is to ensure the project’s overall success. We all agreed to that. She went on to say that some projects do get wildly over-budget; she’s got a point there. When that happens, the project could not be considered a real success even if it was timely delivered and it met the needs of the end users. Over-budget is not good. It could only mean that the project would not have been finished on time if there was limited budgets. Thus, effective and meticulous budget management is very vital for every project.
She said that one of the first thing that a project manager should do is to regularly forecast the budget. This means that to avoid failure - budget-wise - I need to keep on re-forecasting the budget. I was smiling by that time. This team member has really done her homework. To continue, she said that resource usage should also be regularly monitored. With regular budget forecasting and resource monitoring, we should be able to avoid going overboard.
Her suggestions were good and have taken note of them. There were other suggestions and along with my own research, we were able to come up with a definite project plan. We got the project scope set up that day; we have determined and documented a list for particular project objectives, deliverables, costs, tasks and deadline.
Team members might need support
During the entire time that we were working on the project, I noticed a different kind of perseverance among my team. Though some would complain every now and then, encouragement from me and other team members would alleviate any fear. So, we carried on.
Throughout the project management process, I was elated, frustrated, excited and disappointed. But, overall, I was also proud of my team. We had an open line of communication. I encourage them to make regular reports on their progress. I, on my part, made sure that everyone is aware on the status of the budget and the resources. We are all aware of the time, but I still remind them of the deadline. I hated doing that, because I know that they would feel pressured. But, as the project manager, that’s my job.
Within two weeks, our project was finished and I am proud to say that it was a big success. It was a real team effort. And I can honestly say that our team was able to meet the project deadline on time and with limited resources, because we all worked hard for it. Not just that, we all worked together from the start.
It was indeed a great journey for all of us. To be given that kind of challenge. It had taken most of our time and we certainly had to exert all our efforts. But the result was all worth it.
Changing roofs is not a decision that can be taken by home owners, but needs an experienced roof installer’s suggestions and inspections. Different types of roofing options are available to upgrade or change the home roofs.
Homeowners change roofs for various reasons. Some change it just to renovate their roof while other change it to stop the leak in their ceiling. But apart from these reasons, there are also ways to find out if you really need a new one. Typical roof lasts for about 20 to 25 years but a roof that was installed over an old layer of shingles is recommended to be replaced on its 20th years.
Roof has a lifespan too just like human, they are not furnished to last forever. Roofing installers are required to professionally change your house roofs without any hazzle. One needs decide on when to change to a new roof by regularly getting done a roofing inspection. Roof is an integral part of a house maintenance so consider the following:
i. How old is your roof? Usually, if your roof is between 20 to 25 years, roofers will advise you that you need a new roof but it still depends on your old roof materials and its condition. So here’s your guide:
3 tab Asphalt shingles can be replaced after a maximum of 15- 18 years
Architectural asphalt shingles 25-30 years
Steel Galvalume - 30 to 45 years
Concrete tile- 35 to 50 years
Built up- 10 – 16 years
Neoprene roof- 10- 16 years
ii. Is your attic still okay? But how will you know if your attic is okay? The attic is one of the best determinant to know if you need to change your roof. So get ready to go to your attic with your flashlight. Then check for a sunbeam coming though the highest point of the house. If you found one, this means that you have a leaking roof.
So, the average lifespan of any roof can actually depend on its quality and on its present condition, there are various aspects that can contribute to its lifespan such as color, angle or shape and orientation. So do not underestimate the significance of your roof’s angle and color.
3 factors that can contribute to your roof’s lifespan
Dark roof has a shorter lifespan because it absorbs more heat compared to light colors such as white and cream.
Angle of roof slope is observed to have longer lifespan.
A roof that facing south is likely to have more sunlight which will have a shorter lifespan than those roof slope facing the east.
iii. After a storm, check for the rooftop if it is still in ship-shape. Also check the drainages and downspouts for shingle granules and if you see that there are a lot of roof granules then it’s is a sign that your roof needs replacement.
iv. One of the easiest way of knowing you need a new roof is just by checking if it’s drooping so before any further loss happens, check for rotting boards and sagging spots.
v. Moss, mold and fungi on a roof is a sign of moisture which significantly ruins a roof. So check for trapped moisture once in a while to avoid further damage. Moss usually grows in areas that do not get sunlight and this can damage the roof shingles overtime. No matter how you remove it, it will just keep on coming back.
vi. Cracked shingles is also another indicator that you need a new roof so, if you see any parts that are cracked or damaged, it means it needs repair or replacement but it depends on the severity.
vii. Check if there are missing roof granules and visible curled shingle edge.
viii. You can also change your roof if it really looks worn out and old. There is no need to wait until your roof is leaking. If you have the money and you want to maintain your house, invest on the roof first.
Changing roof can really stress you out because you would have to spend money and spend time to look after your contractor but think about the possibilities of not changing your roof after it has served its purpose. Think about the dangers it can cause, it can in fact even save you more money if you maintain your house by changing your roof before it leaks.
So aside from the lifespan, also try to check your roof’s condition? Is your ceiling leaking or is there any sign that it will be leaking when a storm comes in the next couple of days?
There are things to do to avoid being stressed when thinking about changing your roof:
Plan ahead of time- this will allow you to make a sound decision. Research more on the different kinds of roof and then decide which suit your budget and which one is the best option in your location.
Find out when is the best time to replace your roof, is summer better? Winter maybe? So consider all the benefits and the disadvantages when choosing the right time to replace your roof.
Choose the right contractor. Finding and choosing the right contractor can save you a lot of money. Changing roof like an investment so make sure that you are dealing with the best local contractors to avoid blaming your spouse, your neighbor or your friends. Choosing which contractor to deal with is both you and your spouse’s responsibility. What your friends and neighbors can only do is to suggest and it’s up for you to decide.
Many homeowners skip changing the roof until an emergency arises but if it will cause danger and will cause you more money and more time, why not change it when you need it instead of just temporary fixing it which will eventually cause you more trouble? These above mentioned 5 ways to find out if you need a new roof will help you decide and plan and keep you out of trouble.
Of course inspecting your house regularly and fixing minor roof issues can save you a whole lot of money but once it can’t be fixed, it’s about time to change it.
Also consider asking a help from your local contractor to see if you really need a new roof if you are not changing it for remodeling purposes. There are contractors out there ready to provide quotes.