The Homebody Life

How To Live as a Productive Homebody

Automation at Home

I’m lazy, didn’t know if you could tell by my headlines and blog, but I’m extremely lazy.  I’m a homebody so I love automation and not having to do things more than once or have it streamlined.

Now it’s difficult to automate tasks such as vacuuming floors, folding laundry, but I think eventually they will be fulfilled by machines. As for now, we got to do all of those ourselves, but there are other tasks that we can have automated and done on autopilot.

For instance, washing dishes and washing clothes have been automated. Let’s talk about other things though, how about smart tv’s that have been recent;y invented. Amazon also released Nest, which is a smart home system. I see this invention taking over households and that’s certainly what Amazon wants. The same as Facebook wants you to spend the majority of your time on their site. Google has also launched a similar system to Nest, which is called Google Home. Amazon Nest and Google Home are now competing with each other to be present in your home. What will be next, robots fulfilling your chores for you?

Think of the cartoon, The Jetson’s, a family that lives in the future with flying cars and floating homes. They have a family robot named Rosie who is their robot maid. I feel like that’s the future and may know it as well. Where do we stop though? Or will we stop? A.I. is something that many tech entrepreneurs are afraid of because of the potential dangers for our future.

Stay tuned for next post…

Productivity by Tim Ferris

Tim Ferris is becoming a household name for his ability to help people escape the rat race and sharing his tips on creating “muses”, micro-businesses that are set on autopilot to generate passive income. He recently came out with his new book, Tool of Titans, that he wrote because he wanted to share tips on how to take control of your life from tips by extremely successful entrepreneurs, artists, best-selling authors, and the like.

I’ve read his three past books and took what I needed from each. He is a master at productivity and he structures his life strategically for the maximum effect on his life. I haven’t bought Tool of Titans just yet, but I feel like it can give me tips for being productive while at home. Since I’m a homebody and love to work from home, I feel like I can find his book useful. It’s useful for everybody and will be useful for the one struggling to get their business and life together.

I’ll include a video at the end of this post where he goes through some tips. I really found the video useful, but then again I find everything Ferris writes as a huge help in my life.

You see many people, including myself, get what Ferris calls “analysis paralysis”, where we have a hundred things to do and it makes us busy, but not productive. There is a big difference between those two concepts and until we recognize them, we’ll be more busy than productive. Productivity will increase our efforts and efficiency and being “busy” is just a state of losing one’s mind. In my opinion, when I’m busy, I’m having a tough time what I should exactly be working on. I debate what task is the most important and what needs to be done first. Remember in my last post where I discussed how I should make a list of the 5 most important tasks? Well, for some people they have a tough time trying to decide what exactly is important. That’s where Tim can help you out. If you want to get his book, I suggest getting it on Amazon, or stop by your nearest Barnes and Noble and read the fist chapter. I guarantee you’ll never be disappointed by Tim’s work. Cheers!

Here’s the video…

My 5-Step Daily Ritual

Not too long ago we had to move a few things to storage because our place was getting out of control and crowded. We usually do everything ourselves because we plan our days strategically and so we can get the most amount of things done. We dislike having to wait and we dislike working with people that don’t stay true to their word. Here are some steps I take to get my day going.

  1. We get up early in the morning and start a pot of coffee. I love to read in the morning because it gets me ready for the day. Reading a good book and drinking some coffee is my daily ritual. I got into having a ritual when I noticed that if I didn’t, then I’d be staring at my phone for an hour every morning. I wrote about that in my last post, about how you should keep your phone away from your bed at night to keep yourself from doing the very same thing. Well, now I found out that a daily ritual definitely helps me.
  2. About an hour of reading, I’m ready to start breakfast for myself and for anyone who also wants to eat at that time. If there is anything that needs to be done around the house, then I make sure I get the most important done first. I recently got this idea from another writer who put together a piece explaining how putting together a list of 20 tasks and then narrowing it down into a top 5 list really helps with your schedule. He found out that the list of 20 was what people normally do to waste time. We create distractions around our life and it stops us from completing the important things. I find this to be true because I also tend to clean around the house when there was something else that needed to be done right away. The house cleaning was just a distraction from the important task. House cleaning was important too, but it could wait.
  3. After you’re done with one task, take a 5-minute break and start the next task on the list. I needed to move things to a storage unit and I said I love to do things myself. The problem is that with my tight schedule, I needed help so I decided to hire people. The moving was the 4th task on my list but since I knew it’d take awhile, I decided to call some Austin movers and then get right down to the second task while waiting. It worked out perfectly because I finished my second and third tasks just in time. I always advise people to manage their time effectively. The most successful people in the world know how to manage their time perfectly.
  4. If your 5 tasks are finished before noon, you can start the other tasks from the original 20 or you can pick 5 from them for tomorrow’s list and waste the whole day. I said I was a homebody and I love to waste time, but I also love to be productive and get stuff done. If you do start some more tasks, then it is important to take the fifth step.
  5. The fifth step is to take a nap before you so any more tasks. 30-60 minute naps are ideal, no more and no less. It is important to take a nap before you start other tasks. If you don’t start the other tasks, then don’t take a nap and instead get outside, work out, get sweaty and tired. Follow your normal day routine, visit friends or family because in the morning you’ll need to get up and do the same thing. I like to read at night and write down my list for the next morning.

I recommend starting these five steps with a friend, family member, or partner so you can both be on the same page. You two can practice with the same list, mix & match, or have two completely different lists and get back together in the afternoon. It works wonderfully and until I find a better way to start my day, I’ll keep using these 5 steps. If you don’t, you’ll start being like I was before…

How To Not Waste An Entire Day

In the past when I had days off, I typically started my day by waking up and staying on my phone for about an hour. It’s a super bad habit and it kills productivity. That bad habit led to another bad habit and then another after that.

That was in the past and I learned some better habits to kickstart my day.  It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.

Now, I wake up and get out of bed instantly. You see, it’s at those small moments that lead to a cycle of unproductivity and constant laziness. I’m going to give you a few tips to do the same as me.

1. Keep your phone far away from your bed at night.

This was the most helpful because I used my iPhone as an alarm and since it was far from my bed, I had to get up from my bed to go turn it off. The hardest part of waking up is not actually getting up. Also, the snooze button is the devil…

2. Plan Your Day’s Agenda the Night Before

This helped me because I got up from bed and didn’t know what was going to be my first task. My very first task is to brush my teeth, make my bed, shower, and get dressed. Those are tasks we do everyday though, the first task of the day needs to be planned beforehand. You’ll walk around not knowing what to do next. There was also something I’ve read in the past where it advised me to write down my agenda for the next day into 20 bullet points. Out of those 20 bullet points, choose the 5 most important. I don’t remember where I read it from, but it helped tremendously.

3. After You’re Done, Take A Break

This means that after you’re done with a task, take a small 10-minute break. Grab a glass of water, eat a snack, anything. This is because it spreads out your day into tasks and breaks. Many people do too many tasks one after the other, but that doesn’t mean it works for everyone.

4. Get A Workout In

No matter what, you have to get a workout in your day. It won’t happen everyday, but it’s important to attempt to workout at least every other day. A workout can last 15-20 minutes. Many people have this idea of exercising for an hour or two. Let’s be honest, how long are you actually working out for in that hour?  Many people don’t even break a sweat. Resting while waiting for your next set is killing your precious time. In a later post, I’ll give some qworkoutsuick and fat-burning workouts for the busy people that have no time.

Hiring a Moving Company

Moving can be complicated especially after years of accumulating too much that you can’t pack and move by yourself. While there are many moving companies that can be hired for the job not all can be trusted. First, you are not ready to allow your baby grand piano to be handled by a stranger. The question here is: how are you going to choose a reputable mover that you can trust? You need to do your own research and plan in order to avoid moving scams.

The reputation of a moving company is the first thing you ought to consider. This will save you valuable time and money. However, note that a great reputation attracts great rates as well. If you have to take only one tip then consider reputation. Here are questions you can ask yourself while hiring a moving company:

  • What level of experience does the moving company have in the business?

In other words, find out the period of time the moving company has been in business. Experience is very important since you can look at the mover’s track record and see for yourself the ability of the company to deliver. For example, you may ask if the moving company has moved countless kids’ clay handprints.

  • Is the moving company licensed and insured?

If you are moving from state to state be sure to hire a company that has a US DOT number which is valid. This number is usually a unique license issued by the Department of Transportation. If you are just moving within your state confirm whether the company has a state license. Hiring a moving company that doesn’t have license number or an insurance is not a good idea. It is not wrong or an offense to request the company to provide you with policy number as well as the name of the insurance company.

  • Does the moving company possess and use their own equipment?

There are companies that will hire a sub-contractor after they are given the job. Find out if another company will be used to provide the service. Be sure to ask for the name of the company and their record.  

  • Are there any reviews about the company online?

You can see the company’s reputation from the reviews.

  • What is included in their rates?

It is essential that you study the rates. Note that lower rates won’t necessarily mean you’ll pay a low final bill. Ask if fuel charges have been incorporated in the rates. Some companies offer their rates depending on the days of the week and seasons. Look at the reviews and see the company’s reputation.

  • Do they care about the surroundings and the community?

If yes, then chances are they will be concerned about you and your move.

  • Does the moving company have questions for you?

This is very important. A reputable company will want a few answers from your side. If this doesn’t happen yet you are being given an estimate run.

If you have a long distance move, let the company inspect your belongings before providing a quote. Provide precise information to the mover about the location of your residence (old and new). Asking friends,, local real estate agents, and coworkers can help you find a reputable moving company. However, after getting a list of recommended moving companies, do your screening.

How to Find a Reputable Remodeling Contractor

The most challenging part when it comes to home renovation projects is not even the work to be done, it’s how to find a contractor that is competent and reliable. This is because there are so many remodeling companies with different levels and degrees of expertise and experience. It is important to hire a reputable remodeling contractor for your home improvement project. A good contractor is more likely to deliver better results especially if you have major remodels such as basement remodels, room additions, and complete renovations.

Choosing the right contractor for your project will help you to avoid the hassle associated with the job. The best thing you can do before reaching out to contractors for quotes is to do a research on what your project requires. Simply find out what you want the contractor to do. Here are several tips on how to find a reputable remodeling contractor:

  • Find out what you want.

Do not talk to the contractor before having a plan and some ideas about what you want done. The only way you can get a more accurate estimate is by being specific about what should be done. Know the materials that are needed as well.

  • Ask for recommendations from neighbors, relatives, and friends.

The best contractors will always have plenty of satisfied customers. Neighbors who have had project that are similar to yours can be the best source. As for referrals from coworkers, relatives, friends, or employees of local hardware stores. Remember that none of these people will simply pass by your house and inform you about the contractor that made them happy. It is up to you to go and look for them.

  • Interview the contractors

Once you’ve found some referrals, ask questions to find out more about the companies. Compare bids and don’t be afraid to negotiate. Find out if the contractor is licensed and insured. It is not advisable to hire a contractor that arrives late for their appointment or seems disorganized. Experience is very important. Look at the period of time the company has been in business and the reviews available online.

  • Select the right contractor for your project.

A contractor might have done a satisfying job in your neighborhood but that doesn’t qualify them for your project. You need to choose a remodeling contractor that routinely does projects similar to the one you want done.

  • Go through online reviews  and check references

Google and Yelp can provide you with some reviews about the contractor. This will help you make the right decision. Checking references involves talking to clients who experience working with the company. This is very important because it will help you know if the contractor will work well with you.

  • Find out what if the contractor will hire subcontractors or other companies

Some companies claim to have employees yet they are not there. Ask the contractor to provide you with a list of employees to make sure he is saying the truth. This will help you avoid a disaster since the contractor could be planning to hire casual labor off the street.

A good contractor will be ready to respond to all your concerns and questions without any problems. In fact, most will be happy to deal with someone who is interested in finding quality service for their project. If you find a contractor who is not willing or gives you a hard time responding to your questions they might not be trustworthy.

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