End of Summer Home Improvement Projects

As summer is coming to an end, you begin to realize that your summer renovation and home improvement projects haven’t been finished or haven’t even been started. No need to worry, these quick and easy tips will make it seem as if you spent your whole summer remodeling.

When it comes to a quick kitchen spruce up, I’m not looking to start replacing or painting cabinetry. The easiest way to make your kitchen look brand new is to start with the details. Updating details like hardware, lighting, accessories and your paint job will surely give your kitchen a face lift, while saving a buck!

1. Let’s see what you have to work with. Take a look at the elements of the space that can’t change. Typically these would be your countertops, cabinetry and appliances. See if you can notice a theme or design style that is already there. Look for details in the shapes and colors of your space. Since we are not going to be changing these elements, we need to make everything work as cohesively as possible. Do you have knotted, rustic cabinets; reminiscent of an old world villa? Do you have sleek modern countertops with a bold color screaming contemporary bistro? The bones of your kitchen are there, it’s up to you to decide what to dress it up with.

2. A great place to start once you’ve figured out the identity of your space is with lighting. Updating a ceiling fan with warm tones, accenting an island with sleek pendant lighting or creating a dramatic look with a chandelier will bring not only light into your home, but life as well. Lighting is a key way to establish different spaces within one room. Highlight a dark corner with a tabletop light to bring your eye there. New and updated lighting will give the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.

Increasing Your Productivity on a Home Business Blog

A home business blog can be a very lucrative way to earn a living but it is by no means a free ride to wealth. The blogging business involves so many different responsibilities in order to be successful. Responding to blog comments, researching content, composing blog entries and tweaking your layout are just a handful of tasks a blogger performs. With all the responsibilities to look after it is essential to learn how to boost your work productivity in order to make your efforts worthwhile.

Your ultimate goal if you are blogging to make money is to satisfy the blog reader. It therefore makes sense to focus more on those activities that accomplish this goal.

Let’s take a look at 5 principles you should keep in mind to help increase your work productivity so that it will make your efforts all the more effective.

The 80/20 Rule

We have all heard of the 80/20 rule where we can expect to get 80 percent of our value from 20 percent of our efforts. As time goes on learn to identify what activities you are performing that are getting you the results you are looking for. After a while you will be able to shift your emphasis from the less productive to the more productive activities. The net result will be a more rested and productive you.

Don’t Over Think

Parkinson’s Law states that any task will seem more complex and require more time to complete in accordance to the time you’ve set aside for it. In so many words ‘getting ready to get ready’ will only make an otherwise simple task more difficult to start and therefore longer to finish. Just do it and before you know it you will be finished and moving on to the next task.

Group Your Task

When you have a number of mundane tasks that may be boring or time consuming just group them together and complete them one after another. Using this ‘assembly line’ approach will spare you the ‘start up time’ and will also help you focus better on the individual tasks as you are performing them.

Take Aggressive Action

Don’t wait for situations to occur to react to but rather think ahead and take the necessary actions to move your blogging business forward. By reacting to everything is the equivalent of swimming in quicksand, nothing gets done you are just struggling to maintain the status quo.

Concern yourself more with what else you can do to get more visitors, find better content, or maybe improve your design or layout.

Learn From Setbacks

I have a prediction here and that is that you will make mistakes, gasp! OK now that we have got that out of the way learn from your mistakes. You make a mistake so what! Learn from these errors and don’t beat yourself up about it or you will miss the lesson you could/should be learning.

These internal whippings serve no purpose and in fact will succeed in demoralizing you resulting in lost productivity. Move on and feel good knowing you won’t make the same mistake again.

A home business blog can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. The experience however can be even more satisfying and productive if you learn to put your time to better use. The blogging business itself entails multiple responsibilities ranging from handling blog comments to composing and editing blog entries. Learning to coordinate these responsibilities in a more streamlined fashion is critical especially if you are blogging to make money. By more closely adhering to the 5 principles that we spoke of above both the blog reader and your own income will most likely benefit.

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina.