Showing posts with label Life Hacks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Life Hacks. Show all posts

How to make a Sous-Vide Cooker !

How to make a Sous-Vide Cooker !

Want to make a juicy steak?? without all the mess and the timing stress to get the perfect cook ?  Well, the handy-guy in the household found a way to make a cheap sous-vide cooker to cook our food - saves time and tastes great !

Here's a list of materials if you want to get started on this project:

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Swamped ? Here's my productivity solution

If you're starting your new blog, a new business or any project in general, you'll know how much time it takes to get things started. I'm currently trying to start my own consulting business and i've been so distracted by all the task i need to start doing !  If you've read  The 4 hour workweek then you'll know that it suggests getting a virtual assistant and outsourcing your work...well, that's exactly what i'm trying to achieve.  My first concerns are

  1. how do i choose a good reliable company?

  2. how can someone do my own work better than me ??

  3. do i really have the money to hire  a virtual assistant?

to answer those questions here's how I decided on getting help:

choosing a good company

i decided on using Fancy Hands because they charge by task where as other companies count by hours and each task is around $5, which is pretty affordable.  Another thing i like about this is they're based in the US, where as other VA companies might be based in India or Phlilppines and the lanuage barrier might be big and the quality of work might not be as good.

Can they do work as good as me ?

I realized that i have to let go of this thought if i need to get help.  Of course i'll always like doing my own work because i get to control the quality of my work, but when it comes to freeing up your time, you'd have to learn how to delegate.  What i realized too was that sometimes I don't do work as good as other people and one big this is that working with other people gives me new perspective which is really important.

Can I afford help ?

If you're starting a business one thing you'll have to learn is to use your resources.  When you can outsource your mundane repetitive work at maybe $10-$15 to someone else, it's worth it.  You won't get bogged down on the details and get to actually work and expand your business ideas.

Can you think of any start-up tips that would be useful? 

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5 easy steps for a cleaner kitchen

A busy person’s cleaning hacks !

Let's face it...nobody likes cleaning...especially the kitchen!  It seems like it's always grab and go and the effort of cleaning the kitchen seems not be at the bottom of the priority list..I mean..I want FOOD not CLEANING !

Here are some quick cleaning tips that can help you clean faster the next time around:

Lemon Wedge your Sink and Taps

This is a simple way to get your sink to look shiny and brand new again, which will give you that wonderful feeling when you enter your kitchen every day. Something about a clean, shiny kitchen sink, just makes us feel better. Cut a lemon in half and rub the juice all over the metal. It cuts grease, disinfects and smells awesome!

Baking Soda and Vinegar

These two general household items you have in your cupboard will help you with a myriad of cleaning problems. Mix a paste of a half a cup of baking soda with a few teaspoons of water and apply it to your sink, your oven door, your stove, or in your refrigerator. Let the paste dry completely so that it really permeates the tough grease and dirt. Then spray with vinegar. Beware it will start sizzling! But this is exactly what you want, because that means that you don’t have to scrub for hours. Once the vinegar has done all the hard work for you, take a hard sponge or steel wool and scrub the remainder of the dirt. Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth once clean.

Hot vs Cold Water

Washing dishes has to be the worst, most miserable, time consuming task in the kitchen, but you could be making the task so much more difficult by not understanding the difference between hot water and cold water for certain dishes. For caked on egg and milk that has been burnt into a pan, hot water will make it worse. These items are proteins and will become more resistant when in contact with heat. Use cold water for cleaning egg, milk, yoghurt, caked on cheese or any other protein based food item.

Bowl of Vinegar in the Microwave

For those annoying, hard splatters of food, the best way to clean it is to place a cup of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar in the microwave for 5 minutes. It will loosen the grime and you can very easily wipe it off.

Cream of Tartar

This works wonders on stainless steel appliances. Make it into a paste and rub it on your toaster, kettle, or refrigerator door with a soft cloth to get rid of those grease splatters and dirty finger marks. Wipe it off again and you will have shiny, clean appliances.

We procrastinate when things aren’t easy, or when it seems like such a mission to do. So, all you have to do is find a way to make cleaning the kitchen simple.

Want to learn more time saving cleaning tips?

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How to increase productive this year!

asana how to increase productivity

It’s a bit late to talk about New Year’s resolution, but since December, I’ve been trying Asana for my personal projects.  This seems like more of a business app, but I decided to give it a try for all the projects in my life.

So far, this has proven to be a very useful tool to keep track of all the projects I have going on.  Even small ones like grocery lists.  I used to keep everything in a note book, but then things get lost in old pages and you can never find where you wrote that task you forgot to do.

Here are things I like about Asana:

Great planner for couples

It doesn’t have to for your other half, but you can share your “projects” or task list with someone else.   It gives an organized view of what needs to be done around the house or for you vacation planning and it sends email reminders for tasks with due date.

An overview of all my tasks

I can see all the tasks I’m doing for each project together.  You can also have sub categories for each project so you can break down your tasks.  It works well for my mind dump of all the blog ideas I have !

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You can access it pretty much everywhere

I like to use Asana on my browser, but there is also an app you can download on your phone.  That means you can add those extra tasks that comes to mind when you’re out and check what tasks needs to been done when away from your computer.

You can sync to your Google Calendar

Another good features is that you can set deadlines for each task and see each deadline in you Google Calendar.  You can do this by getting the link for a specific project and then adding it to your Google Calendar.

Increases your productivity!

I find that because I have an organized list of what needs to be done, I am able to get things done faster and prioritize what needs to be done.  And a feeling of ACCOMPLISHMENT when you check off a completed task!
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