5 Things Productive People Do

Were you distracted by that photo? It’s ok my feelings weren’t hurt. In fact, I knew you would be because "5 Things Productive People Do"

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Were you distracted by that photo? It’s ok my feelings weren’t hurt. In fact, I knew you would be because people love distractions. That’s why you check your phone, Facebook and email multiple times during the day.

According to business insider we are only productive about 3 days a week with close to 40% of your typical working week considered to be unproductive.

Outsource to create time
Time is precious and you should be spending it with the people that matter to you most whether it’s a loved one, mates or your pet dog. Getting someone to do the little things such as clean the house or cook you some homemade meals can save you valuable time. Thousands of Airtaskers are doing just that – check out how they’re helping people save time here.

RELATED READ: How To Use Online Outsourcing

Manage your mood
Productive people start the day in the right headspace allowing them to focus on the goal at hand. If you’re late to work or didn’t’ get enough sleep, you’ll be playing catch-up all day. It’s important to have a routine and keep up the mood all day by taking breaks, eating regularly and sleep – that is the most important.

Cut down your to-do list
Every morning or the night before, write your to-do list for the day ahead and then cross off half the items. You could be left with one thing getting finished but that’s better than having three things started but not completed. Spreading yourself too thin won’t help you focus on the biggest picture.

Clean their desks
Cleanliness is important, not just because it looks nice but you also come into a work environment that is not cluttered and provides you with a space for more creative thinking. Plus your co-workers would probably appreciate it too!

Block your workload
Also called sprint work, blocking your working time into 30-60 minute blocks will allow you to power through tasks and also take those necessary breaks to wake up the body and take a moment to step back.

Got any other useful productivity tips? Let us know in the comments below.

RELATED READ: Time Management Tips

Moving Homes With Airtasker

It could be your first home purchase, a rental move or even making the leap to head overseas. Regardless of "Moving Homes With Airtasker"

Moving Homes With Airtasker

It could be your first home purchase, a rental move or even making the leap to head overseas. Regardless of why it’s an exciting time but it can also be stressful, so a helping hand is always welcome or sometimes needed.

moving homes with Airtasker

After noticing a few tasks on Airtasker asking for help moving furniture or even the entire contents of a home, I decided to reach out to a couple of Task Poster’s to get first hand accounts about their experience from start to finish.

Round the corner move

Tash had decided to move from her share-house in Richmond, Victoria into her own place but really loved the area and wanted to stay local. Lucky enough for her, an apartment became available just around the corner. However, she couldn’t lift some of her bigger items, such as the couch and fridge, by herself and need some help.

Only requiring a couple of guys and trolley to move furniture, professional moving services weren’t necessary. Not wanting to bother her friends or housemates she decided to use Airtasker.

After watching a quick how to get started video, Tash posted a task for a strong guy to come over help her move for 3 hours. Airtasker Richard made an offer on a Tuesday and the following Saturday at 10am he was there ringing the doorbell with a friend to help.

Airtasker moving furniture

With the wonderful help from the two guys, Tash told me that in just a few hours she was out of the house and into her new pad. She paid the $150 after all their hard work and said there was no way she could have done it without their help.

Need advice on how to organise your moving day? Download our free Moving Home Checklist

Moving houses

Moving the contents of a house you’ve lived in for 10 years means there’s a lot to pack up, throw out and move. This is the problem that Dean and his wife, Susie, had but they also had the additional issue of a 2 year old and another one on the way, which meant Susie couldn’t do too much.

So, they turned to Airtasker to find someone to pack and organize boxes a couple of days a week, while Susie could work from home, meaning they still had time on weekend to look at houses.

After negotiating a fee with Airtasker, Lauren, the University student was able to give a helping hand wrapping and packing for two days at $20 p/h, which meant a total of $320 that she could put it towards her study fees.

packing home items with Airtasker

Susie and Dean were so thankful that she managed to pack their entire kitchen, lounge room, and clothes, leaving them only with the essentials to be done. It saved them precious time and lucky for them they managed to find a new home quickly.

Opting to do the move without professional help, they enlisted a few friends and also a couple of reliable Airtasker’s with trucks and trailers to help.

The result: they were all moved in over the course of a weekend and were eating pizza for dinner surrounded by boxes on Sunday night in their new home.

Thinking of moving? Be prepared and take the first step by downloading the Airtasker App here. It’s free to post a task and there are no obligations to hire.

Read our Top 5 moving tips here and if your looking to deck out your new house checkout the Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home.

IKEA Pick Up & Delivery

Whether you go to IKEA for the $1 hot dogs and moreish Swedish meatballs or to actually buy furniture, you’re "IKEA Pick Up & Delivery"

IKEA Pick Up & Delivery

Whether you go to IKEA for the $1 hot dogs and moreish Swedish meatballs or to actually buy furniture, you’re guaranteed to leave with things that weren’t on your shopping list.

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When I say this, I’m speaking from experience. The last time I went to IKEA, I bought a bunch of colourful drinking straws when I really only needed a coffee table. However, this ‘binge buying’, while always exciting, can sometimes present a problem for me. I often purchase more than I can carry and don’t have access to a car that can handle my shopping splurges.

See also: Top 5 Furniture Delivered To Your Home

This exact problem occurred recently when I decided to finally invest in some bigger furniture items in my home. The closest IKEA in my area is the big store at Tempe, Sydney, a good 20 minutes away. I was working on completely refurnishing my place in Bondi, when I realised that I didn’t have the time to go and purchase the furniture, let alone transport it back home.

Now IKEA does offer delivery services such as using a GoGet car or IKEA staff to bring it to your house, but at a starting price of $59AUD, they were asking a premium on the price. I needed to find an alternative option to get my goods home.

The solution? IKEA Delivery on Airtasker.

Using an Airtasker to purchase the goods and deliver them to my door was an option that worked really well and helped me keep the costs down. This is how I did it:

My Airtasker Experience

After finding the furniture I wanted bought in a current IKEA catalogue (I chose a sideboard table and a large mirror), I used the free Airtasker mobile app on my iPhone to post a job on the board to get the goods purchased and delivered to my home. I then went about my day.

Within a couple of hours after posting a task on Airtasker, I had three offers from willing and skilled people, eager to help me out. I decided to choose a guy called Yuqi, who had already completed similar delivery tasks in the past and received great reviews. He also had his own car and tools to make it easier for him.

Yuqi was able to use the description and imagery from the IKEA catalogue to buy the exact side table and mirror I wanted. He even sent photos via text message just to double check that he was buying the right furniture.

ikea table assembly

After picking up the items, he drove to my house and promptly got started putting the table together in record time. He then moved onto the mirror. That was went we were presented with a problem.

A screw loose?

As Yuqi was unpacking the mirror and checking that we had all the parts, he discovered that a bag of washers and screws was missing. I never realised how important it is to check this first before you start assembling the furniture.

I offered Yuqi another $20AUD to go back to IKEA in Tempe and pick up the missing parts, which he was happy to do. He soon returned but had been unable to get the replacement screws on the day as they were out of stock. However, showing real initiative, he had organised them to be mailed to my house once they were back in stock. Yuqi even said he would come back when they arrived to finish off the assembly.

A couple of days later Yuqi came back and finished up the task and other than a slight delay, I was chuffed with my new furniture.

ikea mirror assembly

Need to move IKEA furniture? Find out how to move with ease here.

Time Management Tips

Ask a co-worker or friend to name three things they could improve on and I bet that time management is "Time Management Tips"

Ask a co-worker or friend to name three things they could improve on and I bet that time management is one of them. It is something I strive to improve everyday but sometimes it’s a struggle to figure out how to do it in the most efficient way. Sure there are books, courses, slideshares and planners galore; I find that they can consume more of our time which defeats the purpose to begin with, right?

Before we get started on the time management tips the most important lesson you’ll learn today is that no matter what you will be interrupted. Unfortunately as you climb up the corporate ladder or decide to branch out and become an entrepreneur, these distractions will only increase. You might not be able to get rid of them completely but you can decide how to manage them in a productive way.

Here are a few tricks I use to get me through the day more efficiently:

1. Put a note book by your bed and write down your thoughts so you clear them from your mind and get adequate sleep. Nothing makes you less productive then not getting enough sleep.

2. Schedule appointments and block out time for important activities and conversations.

3. Schedule ‘interruption time’ – whether it’s emails, Facebook or reading your favourite blogs. Take time to chill out and take a break so you can focus harder on the activities that matter.

4. When you get into the office, before you turn on your computer revise your day, make a list of 3 things to tick-off and nail them.

5. Got big deadlines? Lock yourself away in a meeting room and put an out-of-office on your emails, or better yet turn them off.

6. Before every meeting take a minute or two to establish what are the two questions you want answered from the meeting and leave with the questions answered and an action list.

7. Stop multitasking – focus on one thing and get it done.

8. Set realistic personal deadlines before the real ones are due. This will challenge yourself and increase your productivity. It also has the added bonus of some buffer time for corrections and even some preliminary feedback from a trusted colleague.

9. Turn key tasks into habits – if it’s something that’s regular it can become part of your natural routine and not a daunting task but something you can knock over fast.

10. Step back and appreciate. Remember to celebrate the wins and take time to enjoy your efforts.

Got any other tips? Share with us below and I’ll add them to the list!

10 Of The Best Jobs Ever

Already think you have the coolest job in the world? Well this list might make you think again. I’ve put together "10 Of The Best Jobs Ever"

10 Of The Best Jobs Ever

Already think you have the coolest job in the world? Well this list might make you think again. I’ve put together the ultimate list of jobs we all wish we had.

If you had one of these jobs I bet that you would wake up on time, wouldn’t need endless supplies of coffee and you wouldn’t even complain about any additional hours. Although these jobs are pretty awesome the salary probably wouldn’t be the best unfortunately, but maybe it’s worth the pay cut.

Check out the list and let us know which one you’d pick in the comments below:

1. Island caretaker

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Looking after an island like the one above would be at the top of my list. In exchange for looking after the island and it’s facilities, you get a rent-free accommodation and an income. This is the ultimate stress-free lifestyle.

2. Sweets taste tester

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For every sweet-tooth out there this job is for you. Giving feedback on candy flavours and sweetness would be your daily routine. We just hope that the job comes with good dental cover.

3. Movie critic

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Being paid to watch movies and give your thoughts sounds like a pretty easy life. But if you’re one of those types of people that falls asleep in movies, then perhaps this isn’t for you.

4. Water slide tester

Testing our water slides sounds pretty cool, but hopefully it’s a seasonal job, I can’t imagine this would be very fun in winter.

5. Travel blogger

travel blogging

The job that will fix anyone who has the travel ‘bug’. There might be the downsides of personal safety and constant jet-lag, but reviewing amazing places many others wouldn’t ever get to ever see sounds worth it.

6. Bed tester

bed tester

Don’t like getting out of bed on a Monday morning? How about being paid to stay in bed instead? Sounds like a dream.

7. Sky diving trainer

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For the adrenaline junkies this job would satisfy your cravings and let you meets a lot of interesting people as well.

8. Trivia writer

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Wikipedia would be your best friend as you compile lists of questions and answers for websites and game companies.

9. Video game tester

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Getting access to some of the most sought after video games so that you can test them would be pretty cool and you wouldn’t be nagged by your partner, family or friends to stop playing video games.

10. Being an Airtasker

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People get to complete a whole range of tasks which they might not otherwise have the opportunity to get experience in. With thousands of tasks on Airtasker, there are no limits as to what you can do.

Ten Hilarious Garden Hedges

Hedges are commonly used to separate land, provide privacy, protection and can also look a lot better than your traditional "Ten Hilarious Garden Hedges"

Ten Hilarious Garden Hedges

Hedge trimming

Hedges are commonly used to separate land, provide privacy, protection and can also look a lot better than your traditional wooden fences. They can be as tall (see above) or small as you want, however I hope you have some time on your hands as a hedge can take anywhere from 2-20 years to grow.

Hedges are a traditional garden feature and in the UK some hedges can date back thousands of years. Through my research I’ve stumbled across some more interesting modern adaptions of the more classic straight-lined feature.

Let’s take a look at some of the finer examples of topiary (yes that means the art of creating hedges):

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1. Nelly the elephant – You’ll agree he’s pretty cute although getting the trunk and the ears just right can’t be easy.

F1 hedge

2. For every F1 obsessed guy

Filimg hedge

3. Lights. Camera. Action

Lizard hedge

4. For our lizard friends – Serious digging the hairstyle too!

proposal hedge

5. For the nature lovers – A proposal with a difference.

christmas pudding hedge

6. Getting into the Christmas spirit – Pudding without the calories 😉

whale hedge

7. Isn’t this hedge just having a whale of a time…

pig hedge

8. Oink oink!

house hedge

9. Guessing losing your keys is the least of your worries if you’re trying to open the front door to this house.

Caution!!

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10. Avert your eyes

Would you have any of these hedges in your garden? Well if so, a trusty Airtasker with a hedge trimmer will surely be able to help you.

For some more laughs, check out our top pranks here.

Stain removal – Myths vs Facts

I’m not sure about you, but getting stains on my clothes is a regular occurrence and if I happen to "Stain removal – Myths vs Facts"

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I’m not sure about you, but getting stains on my clothes is a regular occurrence and if I happen to be throwing a dinner party there’s bound to be wine spilt on the tablecloth, floor or more commonly both. If you asked 10 people the best way to removed a red wine stain, I guarantee that you’ll get a variety of responses, so I thought I’d put my MythBusters hat on and look at the myths vs. facts of stain removal. Here are the results…

Myth or fact – Hairspray removes ink stains
It’s been debated whether hairspray removes ink on laundry items e.g. sheets and clothes, and while there has been some instances where its been successful, it should be approached with caution.

Hairspray contains alcohol so it shouldn’t be used with certain types of materials as it will do more harm than good and leave behind another stain for you to deal with. Make sure you look at the garment tag and dry clean if recommend, if not a few washes will see the ink come out eventually.
Answer = Myth

Myth or Fact – WD-40 for Crayon stains
For all the mums and dads out there I’m sure you’ve had the problem of giving a child a pen, texta or crayon and as soon as you’ve turned your back they’ve drawn on the walls, sofa, themselves or even you.

While for the material stains I recommend looking up the manufacturer website, WD-40 will remove crayon stains from a variety of surfaces such as wood, walls, and most other surfaces. Give it a try next time, might be easier than some very exhausting scrubbing with spray and wipe.
Answer = Fact

Myth or fact – Rub the stain to remove it
Your first instincts tell you that you need to get rid of that stain as quickly as possible, which means you’ll start rubbing and scrubbing the stain because it’s the fastest way to remove it.

But stop, right there! Do not rub a stain ever because you’re only rubbing it in further. The best way is to use a damp cloth and dab from the outer to the inner part of the stain.
Answer = Myth – dab it!!

Myth or fact – Soda water/ white wine/ salt removes red wine
Picture this – You’re hosting a dinner party, everyone is a bit merry and all of a sudden someone has spilt red wine all over the carpet. Next thing you know people are telling you to five different ways to get the stain out and with a barrage of theories it can get a bit confusing. Here are three common theories:

  • Salt can stop the stain from setting so you have more ‘thinking’ time to consider which removal option your going to go with.
  • White wine should be poured on top of the spilt red wine. Well, I can’t say I’ve tested this one but apparently it neutralises the red colour. Have you tried it?
  • Soda water (aka water with bubbles) is a party favourite, however there’s no chemical reasoning as to why it would work more than ordinary water. The stain removal community is largely divided – have you got a preference?

The overall conclusion is that you could add soda water, wine or vinegar straight away but whatever you do, dab DON’T RUB as it will only make the stain worse.

What do you think? Got any other theories or disagree with any of the above? Let us know, we’re keen to hear!

We always have someone on Airtasker to help you! If you need someone with loads of know-how and experience make sure you post a home cleaning task on Airtasker today!

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