7 Steps to Stop Procrastinating

StorPlace Self StorageEveryone battles varying degrees of procrastination. Some people will even avoid difficult tasks by deliberately looking for increasingly available distractions. Procrastination, in large part, reflects our perennial struggle with self-control as well as our inability to accurately predict how we’ll feel in the future. We sometimes rationalize our procrastination by convincing ourselves that we perform better under pressure, but that’s not always true in reality. The bright side is, however, that by taking the proper steps we can remove procrastination from our lives once and for all.

For me, technology offers constant distractions. Text messages, emails, and advertisements constantly seem to bid for my attention. If you’re like me, you fall prey to these distractions, as well. The steps I took to help me overcome my issues with procrastination are listed below in hopes they can start helping you too!

1. Exercise Every Day

Exercise always seems to help my physical and mental health—it can also seem to fuel my attention span. A walk during a lunch break could help you concentrate when you return to work. Regular exercise also provides long-term benefits to your attention span.

2. Set a Break Time Reminder

Trying to focus on a task for hours on end will wreak havoc on your attention span. The more you sit and try to make yourself pay attention, the less attentive you may become. In an effort to meet a deadline, many people avoid taking breaks. But taking short breaks may be the secret to getting your work done in less time. Setting a reminder to take a break every 50 minutes can help you return to your task with improved attention.

3. Turn Off the Obvious Distractions

Every interruption, whether it’s a phone call, a question from a co-worker, or an email, disrupts your concentration and impairs your performance. Even a disruption as short as 2.8 seconds doubles your chances of making an error, according to a 2015 study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Interruptions lead to poor quality and can cause you to take longer to finish the task. If you really want to improve your attention, limit as many distractions as possible. Turn off your smartphone and email, then watch your productivity improve!

4. Drink Black Tea

Although most people reach for another cup of coffee to get through an afternoon slump, black tea may be a better choice. I read in a report that theanine—an amino acid exclusive to tea— can help provide laser-light focus. Theanine, which increases calmness and relaxation, interacts with caffeine to synchronize the brain activity related to attention processing. Additionally, tea provides more consistent alertness throughout the day compared to coffee, even when matched for caffeine content.

5. Meditate

I have just recently started to set aside a certain part of the day for simple meditation. Among the many benefits of meditation is an improved attention span. Research conducted on Buddhist monks who have spent years training in meditation show they enjoy a much longer attention span than most people. But the good news is, you don’t have to study meditation for years to reap the benefits.

6. Enjoy the Outdoors

Spending time in nature could greatly reduce your mental fatigue and restore your attention span. Nature has such a powerful impact on attention that “green time” has become a recommended treatment for children with ADHD.

7. Tackle the Task Head-On

If you know you have a project that has a deadline, don’t wait to the last minute to start it! Sounds simple, but I am just now finishing a blog that was due today at 5:30 pm! I knew this blog had a deadline, but kept putting it off until I thought I would have time to sit and finish it. What I should have done—as soon as I found out I would be responsible for this—was to start it that day. But as I continue to learn and grow in this area, I’ll make sure that’s what I do next time.

I hope that by reviling some of my weakness and hardship with some simple approach, it will help someone else that finds themselves in the same boat.

Three Key Factors When Choosing Self-Storage

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When storing there are many factors to consider so do your research:

  • Choosing the right packing supplies is a very important starting with boxes and tape.
  • Picking the right location for storing your goods is very important.
  • Deciding on the right storage unit for your storing need is the most important thing to consider.

The self-storage tips below will help you make an informed decision on all your self-storage needs.

Packing for Self-Storage

First thing in storing is packing your personal goods. Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people have the notion that the bigger the box the better, not always the case. When selecting boxes think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Small boxes which are great for heavier items, such as books and dishes, can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items such as towels, blankets, and comforters.  StorPlace Self Storage offers many special-sized boxes, like mirror boxes, which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when using boxes to properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts for extra security.

Storage Location

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, an important consideration is location.  A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. For example if you are moving to a new town, it is best to find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving instead of one across town. The more convenient a location is to where you live the easier it is to access your personal goods. StorPlace Self Storage has 14 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee ready to accommodate all your storage needs. Location is a convenience when dealing with self-storage.

Selecting a Storage Unit Size

Once you have packed your belongings and determined the right self-storage location for your storing needs, you must select an appropriate storage unit. Storage units come in many different sizes and with many different features. Selecting the right storage unit for your belongings sometime requires a little extra insight. The storage professionals at StorPlace Self Storage can provide the insight and help to determine the storage unit size  that will best serve you. Do you require a small or large unit or a drive up unit, or maybe a heated and cooled unit? These are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with.  Your personal belongings are very important and you want to take great care of them. Choosing a storage unit should be no different; take the same care when selecting your self-storage unit.

There is no unimportant part to self-storage. Starting with getting the proper packing supplies and materials necessary for the job ahead. Another very important part of storing with self-storage is find a location that suits you best, a location down the road is better than across town. Finally, select the right unit for your storage needs, if you don’t know ask! A storage professional will help you determine what type of unit would benefit you the most and if that unit will be enough or not enough for your storing needs.

Organizing and Decluttering

Decluttering and Organization Tips

Spring is around the corner: flowers are blooming, bunny rabbits are hoping and the house is full of clutter. You are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and know it’s time to get rid of all of that clutter. Take control of your life and reclaim your space.


It’s important to have a clear goal in mind of what you would like your home to look like after getting rid of all the clutter. Your vision should give you a clear ideal how to reclaim the space in your home. Having a project goal for your organizing your house or garage helps you to decide what to keep or throw out in your decluttering process.

First, declutter the area or room that is causing you the most stress.  Start small, but, also set a fixed time and day to have the project completed. Have four bags; label them as “Keep” “Throw out” “Donate” and “Not sure”.  Use a fast sorting approach, ask yourself a few questions to help determine what to toss or keep:

1.    When was the last time I used or worn the item?
2.    Will I use or wear it again?
3.    Is it worthy holding on to it or is it taking up space?

We have many products and items in our house which we rarely us. This is a good time to decide options for storing these items. Some people decided to rent a storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage  offers a wide variety of storage options, some have heated and cooled units for storing pictures, antiques or oil paintings. Sizes of the storage units can range from 5×5, 5×10, and 10×10 to 10×30. The size of the storage unit you choose will depend on how much clutter you need to get out of your house or garage.

An important part of clutter control is having a place for everything and keeping your stuff in its place. Organizing your home will make your life less stressful and lessen feeling overwhelmed when you walk in the door. Plus, you get more time to enjoy the Spring!!!!

Finding the Right Food for Your Pet

Choosing the Right Pet FoodDo you ever walk into a pet store and become overwhelmed with all of the different pet food you can choose from? Of course you want the best for your furry friend, but how do you know which pet food to buy? Just like people, our pets have different needs. Some can do just fine on about any food, but other pets may have special needs, such as sensitive stomachs, allergies, or even conditions such as dry skin. Always make sure you do your research on your specific breed of cat or dog before shopping for their food.

Questions to Ask Before Buying Pet Food

Here are some questions that you might want to ask yourself before making your purchase. Is my cat or dog going to be mostly indoors, or will they spend a majority of their time outdoors? Do they have dry skin or any allergies that you know of? Is he/she a breed that has special needs? Some examples are Sharpeis, Bulldogs, and Pugs. What size is your pet? Is he/she very active or likes to lounge around a lot? Is he/she long-haired or short-haired? These are the most important things to focus on when finding the right food for your pet. If your pet has a condition such as diabetes or even if they’re very overweight, you might just need to go for a special prescription diet through your veterinarian, which will narrow down your results significantly.

Which Type of Pet Food Do You Need?

So, how about some answers to those questions? The first question is more important for cats, but can be important for dogs too. If your cat or dog is mostly indoors, you should find something with less fat assuming that your pet will be less active than a primarily outdoor cat or dog. If they have dry skin you should look for food primarily made from fish. If allergies are an issue, look for food with an uncommon protein such as duck or even bison. If you have a small dog, always buy food made for small dogs. This is important because smaller dogs need less protein, and also need smaller bites of food to avoid choking on large pieces. There are also special foods for larger dogs which have primarily larger kibble and more protein. If your pet is very active, look into foods with a higher fat content and once again more protein so that your pet can stay active. Dogs and cats that love to just lounge around need food with less fat, so they don’t become overweight which is a very common issue in pets, especially cats. If you have a pet with long fur, look for food with more omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids; there are even some foods made especially for long-haired pets to keep their coat shiny and manageable.

While those are the main things to look for before buying food, every pet is very unique, so once again, do your research before making your purchase. Sometimes, it will take a few tries before finding the perfect food, and your pets’ needs can also change. Finding the best food for your pet is very important for their health, and their overall happiness. So, if you want a happy pet, follow these guidelines and your furry friend will thank you!

Nashville’s New Outdoor Venue: Ascend Amphitheater

Ascend AmphitheaterRiverfront Park is located along the Cumberland River in the heart of Nashville. It has always been a favorite summer hangout spot to enjoy the Nashville skyline and the beautiful downtown lights reflecting from the water. In April of 2015, Ascend Federal Credit Union unveiled a new outdoor venue housed in Riverfront Park to give the area even more of a Music City feel. The Ascend Amphitheater is an outdoor entertainment venue housed within the 12-acre park where it plays host to various forms of entertainment including concerts and comedy shows. The amphitheater itself can accommodate up to 6,800 people (2300 seated and 4500 on the lawn), but on non-event days, the park is open for Nashvillians and visitors to enjoy the trails, dog park, and gardens.

The first concert that opened the venue took place on July 30, 2015 by Eric Church, followed by Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire. Live Nation operates the venue and has signed a 10-year contract with Ascend Federal Credit Union. During the summer, the amphitheater is also home to the Nashville Symphony’s summer concerts.

Future concerts for 2016, include Bryan Adams, Alabama Shakes, Styx with the Nashville Symphony, Jimmy Buffett, The Music of John Williams with the Nashville Symphony, Modest Mouse, Journey, and Ray Lamontagne. Tickets for events can be purchased through Live Nation or Ascend Amphitheater’s webpage.

The Ascend Amphitheater is not the only exciting place in and around Nashville. One local business that has been serving residents of Middle Tennessee for many years is StorPlace Self-Storage. We offer a wide variety of storage options and packing supplies for their customers. With locations all over Nashville, Hermitage, Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Bowling Green, Kentucky, you can be sure to find a location convenient to where you live and work. Whether it’s parking for your boat, RV, work trailer, or heated and cooled storage for your antiques and household items, StorPlace Self Storage has what you need. Feel free to give us a call or stop by to check out what StorPlace Self-Storage has to offer!