Six types of music to boost productivity

Music can be an excellent motivator when it comes to boosting productivity and that applies to anything, whether you’re inputting data or going for a jog. When it come to boosting productivity however, not all music was composed equally. Find the best for the job with this list.

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Boosting creativity

Sometimes, we need to get the creative juices flowing. The best thing here is music that has been composed by original artists who are known for their ground-breaking and experimental tunes. This includes artists such as Bjork and Radiohead.

Workout music

If you find that you’re constantly cutting yourself short in the gym or ending your jog earlier than planned, then maybe you’re just not listening to the right music. High tempo music, such as techno or house, is ideal for working out to.

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Boring jobs

Repetitive tasks are best accompanied by involving music. Ideal choices include music that you can sing along to, provided you work at home or somewhere where singing is permitted. Nothing jollies up a bit of boring data entry or wall painting than blasting out some songs from the musicals.

Best for cleaning

Cleaning the house is boring, overrated and something that most of us avoid. However, when you push yourself with the right music, you can get it done faster and be in front of the telly with your feet up in far less time. This job calls for a bit of 70s/80s/90s rock. Get rocking round the house with a bit of AC-DC, Zeppelin or perhaps a power ballad.

Christmas wrapping

We all know what happens with Christmas wrapping – it starts so well, but by the end, it’s become boring and the wrapping starts to look like it’s been done by a five-year-old. Get in the spirit with some good old festive music. Whether it’s carols, Slade or Michael Bublé, it all has the same effect.

Focused work

Some music requires you to have deep focus and this kind of work doesn’t require power ballads or musical songs. Instead, it calls for the kind of ambient background music you might hear in a coffee shop or in store music from audio providers such as https://moodmedia.co.uk.

Next time you need to boost your levels of productivity, look into blasting out one of these genres to help you on your way.

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How to make a simple dress

If you’ve always wanted to make your own clothes but had no idea where to start then, follow this easy step-by-step guide to making a simple T-shirt dress and kick start your dressmaking skills. This dress doesn’t even require you to use a pattern but if you’re still not convinced, why not try making a smaller version for a little girl and see just how easy it is.

Step 1

A T-shirt dress has just four basic panels – a front, back and 2 sleeve parts. The first thing you need to do is find a dress you already own that fits you well and trace around the front and back panels with dressmaker’s chalk onto your chosen fabric. The great part is you don’t have to rely on what’s in the shops but can choose whatever colour, pattern or style of fabric you desire. For an exciting range of Dressmaking fabric, visit quality fabrics

Make sure you leave a 1cm gap between the edge of the dress and the chalk outline on the sides for hem space and about a 5cm gap at the bottom. If you don’t have a dress to outline, then you can always measure yourself from across your chest and from your shoulder to your waistline. You can then decide on the length you want the dress to be. Cut out your outline, making sure you have two panels for front and back.

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Step 2

Making sure that the ‘right’ sides of the panel fabric is facing inwards, sew the top parts of the vest panels together so it resembles a tabard.

Step 3

For making the sleeves, simply take some fabric that is big enough to fit around your arm. Folding it in half, position it underneath the curve of the shoulder on your vest panels. Mark the curve with the chalk onto the sleeve fabric and then cut along the line. The curves should match when unfolded.

Step 4

Sew the sleeve piece onto the shoulder. Curved sewing can be awkward, but it doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect as it won’t show. Use some pins to position the sleeve in place and then sew from top to bottom into the armpit.

Step 5

Now you need to sew the sides of the sleeve from armpit to cuff and then the sides of the tabards together too, from armpit to bottom. This is the perfect opportunity to try on the dress and check the sizing is good. If all is good, then let the hemming commence!

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Step 6

It’s a good idea to fold over the material twice when hemming to avoid any fraying issues. Sew along the fold in a straight line. The neck curve can be tricky so it’s best to do it slowly and not to pull the material too much in any one direction. Trim any loose threads that might be showing, iron the hem lines and you have just made your first dress!

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Prevention is better than cure

Most of us don’t give much thought to mould, only that it’s unpleasant and a bit of a nuisance. However, it’s not something that should be ignored especially if there are signs of it in your home. It’s a common problem in homes, often caused through no fault of our own. If the design of your home leads to poor ventilation, high levels of moisture and condensation then you have the ideal breeding ground conditions for mould to appear.

Believe it or not, mould has a useful job. It helps to break down dead or old organic matter and whilst this works well in nature, it’s not so great for the air in our homes. Mould releases irritating spores into the air which can be harmful if we breathe them in.

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Allergies and other respiratory problems are attributed to mould. It can be a devil to get rid of too, so prevention is better than cure. Ventilation is key to a healthy home and here’s why:

  • It removes condensation which can cause long-term damage to your property
  • Ventilation helps a healthier lifestyle and reduces the risk of asthma
  • Removes the build-up of moisture and damp which contributes to the growth of mould

Thankfully, there are many treatments and products available to combat mould. Make sure your home is well-ventilated, there is no persistent build-up of condensation and often damp areas like bathrooms and kitchens receive plenty of air and any sign of mould is nipped in the bud. Mould can grow in areas that aren’t often cleaned or noticed such as window blinds. Blinds are particularly susceptible as they sit next to the glass which fluctuates temperature and is often moist. A great solution is to install WaterProof Roller Blinds as a more hygienic option. For more information, visit http://www.ucblinds.co.uk

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Different mould types

Mould comes in all colours of the rainbow, you might be surprised to learn! Black, white, orange, green and blue. Some types are more dangerous than others and the same variety can come in different colours so it’s not always easy to tell which is which.

The most prevalent moulds found in the home are the green and black variety. Green mould comes from aspergillus or penicillium group and generally occur on walls, damp fabrics and carpets. They can cause sinus problems, lung inflammation, bronchitis and even pneumonia.

Black mould is also a common sight and comes from the same family as the green variety. It can be treated the same and is not particularly harmful. Watch out for toxic black mould though, it’s really unpleasant!

Also known as stachybotrys, it’s dangerous because it contains mycotoxins. These mycotoxins can be ingested, inhaled and even enter the body through the eyes. The problems they cause vary from reproductive issues, skin complaints, vision problems, respiratory illness and even psychological effects. Mycotoxins have also been known to cause headaches, confusion, dizziness and seizures. It is often seen as a greeny-black and slimy substance.

The Work of a General Contractor

A home renovation can range from putting in a new spa to building out a master bedroom to building stairs for a deck. It all depends on the budget, the home, and the homeowner’s dream for a house that really works for them. Many homeowners choose to renovate their home rather than moving to a new place, as renovating may be a more financially sound move, and it’s a change that doesn’t involve leaving a good neighborhood.

What’s involved in a home renovation? The first step is for the homeowner to study ideas in home design magazines and websites to get a sense of how some renovation ideas would look in their own home. Once some good ideas have been established, it’s wise to start thinking about bringing in a general contractor.

The Work of a General Contractor

A general contractor will have experience in construction and planning. They can help the homeowner create a plan for the renovation and review the practicality of certain ideas. Some ideas may need to be adjusted in order to bring the project in on budget, and the contractor will be able to offer suggestions for various ways to accomplish remodeling details, and see which one seems most sound for the homeowner’s specific project.

Finding a Great Contractor

In years past it could be hard to find a good contractor if a homeowner wasn’t in the construction business. Today however, the search can be much easier, as there are now some great resources online for locating contractors. Several quality websites are available that offer listings of local contractors, along with samples of their past work and client referrals. These listings can be reviewed by the homeowner, and when some good candidates are found, phone consultations can be arranged.

A free phone consultation gives the homeowner a chance to discuss the project and get a sense of how the project can all come together. Once the right person is found, an agreement can be drawn up, and the real planning can begin.

Yes, remodeling a home is a big project, but done well, it can be an enormously rewarding undertaking. So let the planning begin!

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