8 Tips to Help You Manage Your Time

Many of Singapore’s millennials are sleep-deprived for numerous reasons, some related to work either on-the-job or in school. Surely, it’s not easy to say that there is a clear answer to being more productive and working efficiently. But, learning to manage our time effectively can maybe help ease out on the stacking papers.

1. Wake up early
You’ll be surprised at how many things you get done in the morning if you get out of bed early. You’ll be able to think more clearly about your objectives for the day, you can get some exercise in to get yourself energized, and you can even get to work and start early.

2. Establish goals
Determine the things you have to do and finish for the day. Having a list can help make it clear to yourself that you’d want to finish these tasks as efficiently as possible. You’ll also be able to determine which things to prioritize and things you can simply do for later.

3. Set a time limit for each task
Establish a time limit in which to finish a task. By doing so, you challenge yourself to fully commit to finishing that task while not getting distracted. This can help you focus and complete the task successfully and possibly faster.

4. Finish the important ones first
Prioritize the bigger, or more important tasks before anything else. You don’t want to start with the smaller and easier ones and be too tired to finish the major tasks later on. And because you’ve finished, you will find yourself relieved of a heavy burden.

5. Take breaks
Some may think that this is counterintuitive to time management. “How can taking a break even help us save time?” But having our brain work non-stop doesn’t really help us in the long run. Giving our mind a time to rest can help keep it fresh and alert.

6. Avoid multitasking
Many would think that they’re good at multitasking, but this is actually a delusion. When we do multiple things at once, we’re making ourselves more prone to making mistakes. We’ll then waste more time trying to fix our mistakes rather than spending the time to make progress.

7. Do something while waiting
There will be times when you’re not doing anything relatively important, like if you get stuck in line or when you’re just sitting on your commute. In these times, try to read books or listen to their audio versions. This isn’t multitasking, though, because you’re only doing one thing.

8. Say no
Sometimes, the temptation to go out with your friends can far outweigh your intentions of finishing a project. But instead of accepting invitations directly, developing the habit of saying no to unnecessary things can help you use your time more efficiently.

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Benefits of Waking Up Early

Many of us hate that worn out, groggy feeling that we get when we wake up early. Sometimes waking up is just hard to do. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of benefits to getting out of bed early. And here are only some of them.

You get to have breakfast
When you rise up early, you can get an important meal off first thing in the morning. Being able to get a healthy breakfast can be a start to better eating habits. You won’t have to feel too hungry and end up eating food full of sugar and fat while waiting for lunch. If you’re late to rise, you often have to rush and just get something “convenient” instead of having a full, healthy meal.

A time to exercise
Waking up early gives you the opportunity to get some exercise in your daily routine. Of course, exercising can be done any time of the day, even after work. But chances are you’re going to be too tired or you’ll still have obligations at work or with your family. Furthermore, exercising in the morning can give you a boost and keep you energized throughout the day.

Better sleep
Having enough time to sleep by going to bed early and waking up early can improve sleep quality. If you consistently sleep and wake up at the same times each day, you will find that you’ll be sleeping deeper and more comfortably. When the body gets used to your schedule, it will help our internal body clock and facilitating sleep more naturally.

Increases productivity
Establishing your goals first thing in the morning will help you achieve accomplish them. After waking up from a good, quality sleep, the brain becomes fresh and ready to hustle. You’ll be able to focus more and make better decisions. There will also be less interruptions early in the morning so you can get things done without much to distract you.

A time to enjoy peace and quiet
These days, it’s very hard to get some “quiet time” for yourself. The silence and peacefulness early in the morning allows you to enjoy a certain calmness and may help you have an amazing start for the day. In addition, because you get nearly no distractions, you can have a time to think about important things and focus on your day.

Easier commute
Traffic really isn’t much of an issue in Singapore because of its efficient road network, but the rush hour crowd is no joke. Especially with the MRT being used by thousands daily. But when you wake up early and leave for work early, you get to avoid contesting for a ride and get in a train that’s not too crowded. Plus, remember that you get 50-cent discounts when you enter stations before 7:45am.

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How You Can Fix Broken China at Home

Seeing cracks on a favorite piece of chinaware can be really frustrating, and even more so when it breaks or shatters into lots of tiny pieces.

However, damaged china doesn’t always have to stay damaged. There are different ways to repair broken china using all kinds of tools and epoxies (the process is still cleaning and gluing the broken pieces).

Securing the Pieces
The first thing you need to do is gather all the broken pieces and them in place. While it’s not a good idea to hold two pieces together by hand for a long time, you can hold them together using different methods.

There are ways to secure pieces:

• With sand (bury one piece halfway, broken side up, and secure the other broken pieces using clothespins);
• With clamps (be careful since this may add more strain to the porcelain); and
• With modeling clay (molded around the part where the two broken pieces connect).

Make sure the pieces are aligned properly before proceeding to bond them together with a filling or glue.

Fixing the Cracks
Once the pieces are held down, it’s time to There are a few techniques and materials used in filling the cracks made in porcelain to help restore its strength and appearance:

• Epoxy Filling – Applying epoxy filler directly is the easiest way to seal most cracks and add as filler for small chip marks on ceramic, since the excess epoxy can be scraped and left to dry overnight.

• Peg – Long, deep cracks in chinaware (excluding thin, fine, or bone china) can be fixed by adding copper wire and epoxy filler with the help of ceramic repair supplies.

• Using Milk – For hairline cracks, place the piece in a pot with about two or more cups of milk and let it simmer for about an hour. After this, turn off the heat and allow the bath to cool before rinsing the piece.

Keep in mind that repaired pieces can only be used for display and not for eating, since the adhesives used for them are toxic. The only exception for this is for those pieces repaired using milk.

If these methods don’t work for your piece/s, your last resort is to send them to a professional restoration service to restore your chinaware to their former state.

Hiring a Professional Restorer
If the piece is heavily cracked or shattered into many small pieces, the best way to get it fixed is to send it to a professional restorer with the tools, expertise, and the space for fixing different pieces.

There are different levels of service that a restorer can offer, from the bare minimum crack sealing, to higher quality services, such as shade matching, UV testing, and even using special epoxy coatings.

Professional restorers also provide online estimates, which helps you know if the process (wait time included, which can take several months depending on the piece) is worth the cost.

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Ideal Pest Control and Why You Should Hire an Exterminator

Pests like termites, cockroaches, and rats can be hard to deal with especially when left unchecked. It is ideal to not get rid of these pests on your own, as you may put yourself at risk of injuries or maybe even getting bitten. Accordingly, it would be best to call pest control services for immediate and quality results.

Pest control management is important for your home and business. You can avoid damaged furniture and walls, unusual odor from pest droppings, and actual sightings of cockroaches and rats. You won’t have to worry about having a pest problem if you have a pest exterminator ready on contact.

Should you do it on your own?
Pest removal may sound easy enough, but there are still many other factors to consider. At one time you may think that you’ve gotten rid of these pests, but you may overlook the possibility of them coming back. You may not notice it, but to terminate pests on your own may simply be a ‘band-aid’ solution. This is why seeking pest control services may be more important than you think.

The proper use of pest control chemicals also requires some expertise. These chemicals may have harmful and dangerous effects on us humans if not used properly or if we accidentally take these substances into the body through inhaling or ingestion.

Getting rid of pests
Because of the high humidity and tropical climate in Singapore, termites can easily thrive and populate. This means that wooden furniture, walls, and some other properties may be easily damaged as termite populations increase. To remove termites, hiring a pest control worker will be perfect because they understand the living and feeding conditions of these creatures and know how to handle them. These specialists also have knowledge on how to exterminate rodents properly and maybe even offer to get rid of cockroaches.

Rats can also be very problematic pests because they can contaminate food, spread serious diseases, and cause substantial damage overall. To exterminate, prevent outbreak of rats infestation, and kill rats, there are Do-It-Yourself products in Singapore that you can use yourself. But, it may be better to call a pest exterminator when you’re faced with repeated infestations or colonies for guaranteed pest control.

24/7 pest services
Being faced with pests at night can also be pretty annoying. You might wake up one night because of a bed bug bite, or you hear rodents running around. By then, calling 24 hours pest removal will be a good option. These services can be very practical because the damage caused by these pests may affect us at any time of the day. Termites might have destroyed the foundations of big wooden furniture, or rats may have nibbled on electrical wires, without us knowing. Either way, these things might cause accidents and even put us in grave danger.

Again, pest control management can be a great long-term investment. You are assured safe with proper usage of chemical pesticides and you’ll be able to save money from repairs and overall, maintain a healthy household (or office) that is free from pests.

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3 Signs that Tell You it is Time to Ditch Your Favorite Sneakers

A lot of what Singapore has to offer is easily accessible either by walking or by using public transport. However, while a reliable pair of walking shoes will last you a long time, sometimes it may cause a few problems and annoyances before you realize that you should have ditched it for a new one some time ago. Here’s how you know when:

1. Your shoes are worn out
This is the most visible and obvious sign that your favorite (and sometimes only) pair of shoes need to be replaced. However, there are less obvious signs of wear and tear that you need to look out for.

For instance, the shoe’s overall structural support or the midsole shock absorbers could already deteriorate even if you think the shoe looks good. This depends on how far and how much time you spend walking in a day.

If possible, try rotating between two or three pairs to allow them to rest, and will last much longer.

2. You have visible signs of foot stress (i.e. callouses, in-grown toenails, blisters)
You should never have to “break in” any pair of shoes just to make yourself comfortable with it, and no amount of breaking in will build up your immunity to these kinds of foot stress. If you experience signs of irritation, ditch them and buy yourself a new pair immediately.

The same could be said if you feel pain in your arches. Because you will end up walking in them, your shoes should provide you with as much comfort as possible, and the shoes you have probably aren’t doing you any favors.

Unsupportive footwear will cause the muscle and tendons in your foot to continuously flex and tighten throughout the day to keep your feet up, which can cause painful injuries resulting from overuse.

3. Your toes touch the front of your shoe
Just because your foot grazes the front of your shoe doesn’t mean it fits perfectly. In fact, much like our fingers, our feet also swell and shrink throughout the day. Ideally, the best time for fitting new shoes is late in the afternoon, as your feet will be at their biggest.

This is generally accepted as the “rule of thumb” when it comes to fitting, and it allows you the maximum wiggle room for your feet.

Because your shoes don’t always look like they’re about to give out, don’t wait for these signs to cause you problems after three to five months. As much as possible, if you experience them right now, it’s time to get a new pair.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

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The Things to Know About Snuff Bottles

If you are fond of snuff bottles, you should know that there will be an exhibit here in Singapore that will feature intricate Chinese snuff bottles. The exhibits already started on April 20, 2014 and it will continue for the next two weeks. It will be housed at Tian Fu Tea Room located in Beach Road, Singapore. You should head straight to the exhibits and marvel over snuff bottles.

 

 

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Snuff bottles originated from China. It was seen during the Qing Dynasty. Snuff bottles only contain powdered tobacco. History tells us that smoking tobacco was forbidden during the Qing Dynasty but snuff bottles are acceptable because it is a good cure for common illnesses like stomach pains, headaches and colds. In Western culture, snuff bottles are similar to snuff box used by some Europeans.

If you are interested in snuff bottles, you can refer to the following things:

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  • Size and materials: Snuff bottles are very small that it can only fit inside your palm. It is made of different materials like metal, ceramic, porcelain, ivory, jade and wood. The most common material in making snuff bottle was glass.  
  • Symbolism: Chinese snuff bottles are intricately decorated. There are bottles that are hand-painted or hand-carved. The value of the bottles differs according to the decoration. Chinese use snuff bottles because it is a symbol of happiness and longevity. Dragons and horses are common animals depicted in snuff bottles. These animals symbolize speed, rank, wealth, power and perseverance.

There are still people who use snuff bottles but the large population goes to collectors. If you like to collect snuff bottles, you can go to the event mentioned above. You will surely enjoy it.

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