Making Your Morning Routine Work

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Are you the sort of person who jumps out of bed each morning when the alarm goes off, eager to start another day? Or are you the kind of person who dreamily rubs their eyes, hits the snooze button and turns over for a precious few more minutes in bed? The former probably doesn’t need help with making their routine work, but if you are the latter, you will be pleased to know that there is a way to ensure you are not so late every day, and to help you feel more energised in the morning. So read on to find out how to make your morning routine work.

1.      Make Lunches the Night Before

Whether you have young kids, or require sandwiches for yourself for work, you can shave minutes off your usual morning routine simply by making the lunch the night before and storing it in the fridge overnight. What’s more, this will prevent any early morning arguments with kids over what they want on their sandwiches as they will just have to eat what you’ve made them. And if you’re the kind of person who likes an extra few minutes to come round in the morning, making your lunch the night before will allow you that precious time to properly wake up. Plus, you’re less likely to have to run around getting everything ready so you’ll get out of the door feeling less stressed.

2.      Set Your Alarm Ten Minutes Earlier

If you always struggle to come round first thing in the morning, but hate that you’re always rushing to get out of the door, a simple way to solve that is to set your alarm to go off ten minutes earlier than usual. That way, you’ll be able to hit the snooze button and you’ll still have time to get ready and get out of the door and arrive at work for a reasonable time.

3.      Shower in the Morning

You can make your morning routine go faster if you take a fast shower in the morning. Make sure to use some citrus shower gel as well to really help wake you up. Those who prefer to have a bath; you should do so in the evening as it calms you down and is a good way to relax before bed. You have to remember however, that showers should be fast, not a chance to really pamper yourself, so if you have hair that takes ages to wash, try to do it the night before.

4.      Cycle To Work

Are you fed up of battling the jam-packed commuter train or bus every day on your way to work? Do you find that you often arrive at the office feeling super stressed and frazzled before the day has even begun? If this scenario sounds familiar to you, you may like to consider the prospect of cycling to work. The government has introduced a cycle to work scheme that employers can get on board and encourage healthier habits for their employees. Cycle gear at Halfords is affordable and will ensure that you are kitted out properly – plus, once you arrive at work, you only need to change into your usual work attire.

5.      Benefits of Cycling to Work

There are a great many benefits associated with cycling, including the obvious improved fitness and weight loss. Cycling to work gives you the chance to avoid the busy and over-crowded commuter transport and arrive feeling less stressed and frazzled. That means that you can start the day feeling a lot more refreshed and ready to face the daily challenges. Many people find it hard to fit regular exercise into their hectic schedules, so what better way to ensure that you get your recommended amount of exercise than by taking advantage of the fact that cycling is a mode of transport? What’s more, by increasing the amount of regular exercise you do, you will feel more energised and revitalised, so you’ll find that getting up each morning actually is not as hard as it once was. If you do start cycling to work, you’ll need to ensure you have the correct gear – you can get your mtb shoes at Halfords.com.

By following the above tips, you should find that your morning routine is not only faster, but that it is also a lot easier to manage, leaving you far less stressed and more ready to face the day.

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Staying Safe With Ladders – The Top Five Rules

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Ladders can be dangerous. The first thing you need to know is that all ladders are weight rated – do not exceed this limit. They are one of the most common agents involved in falls from height and account for more than a quarter of all falls.

Before doing anything, you have to make sure you have the right ladder for the job – companies such as Slingsby Ladders have a wide range for every need.

Reaching something in the centre of the room will obviously require something along the lines of a stepladder. If you are cleaning gutters, an extension ladder might be the right one for you. There are even specialty ladders which bend to help you get to hard-to-reach place – but they are probably for the more advanced worker.

The different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe. Using the wrong one or ignoring some important safety tips can result in a trip to the hospital – or potentially something more serious.

Check

Before going up your ladder – whether it is a lean-to or a stepladder – you should make sure it is all in good working order. Make sure the legs are secure and the ladder feet are not worn-down and attached correctly. Also, wear shoes with non-slip soles.

As pointed out by the government’s health and safety division, the ground should also be firm and level. The maximum safe ground side slope is 16 degrees and you should check this with a spirit level once the rungs are in place. The maximum safe back slope is six degrees. You should then have a strong upper resting point – not plastic guttering – and the floor you are resting the ladder on should be clean and not slippery.

The 1-4 rule

If climbing a ladder isn’t something you do regularly you may not be familiar with how dangerous it can be if not angled properly. Here you have to remember the four to one rule. For every four feet of height you have to climb, move the base one foot away from the wall. A good rule of thumb is also to never stand less than three rungs from the top of a stepladder and four from the top of an extension ladder.

Height is also important for stepladders. If using one to get on a roof, it is best if the ladder extends around three feet beyond it.

Don’t overdo it

You should keep work to a short duration – half an hour at the very most. When working with a ladder, do not carry overly heavy loads. Up to 10kg is the most you should consider. Move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose your balance and don’t exceed the maximum weight of a ladder.

Never overreach, keep both feet on one rung while working and make sure the majority of your waist stays within the stiles at all times. A good way to measure this is to keep your navel or belt buckle in between.

Maintain

Make sure you keep your ladder in top condition, even if you are not using it regularly. There are various things you should look out for with each type of ladder. All should be inspected for broken or frozen joints or latches.

Aluminium ladders should be checked regularly for cracks or broken welds. Before the first use look out for burrs and rough spots. If you are using a wooden ladder, make sure you are inspecting for cracked wood, splinters and rot.

Wood ladders can be protected with linseed oil or clear sealant, but never paint a wooden ladder. It can hide imperfections.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

If you’re not sure, or wary of the height you may have to climb, you should always get someone to help by holding the base of the ladder.

If you’re still not certain, get a professional to do it. It may not be as cheap, but it will be safer.