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Features Of Portable Standing Desks

A portable standing desk is important for people working on their laptops for long hours. Although sitting might seem comfortable, it becomes unhealthy if it goes for endless hours. Prolonged sitting can become tiresome, leading to negative effects on people’s health.

Sitting for long hours is not the only reason why people buy portable standing desks. Professionals, students or people with the need to carry their laptops outside their workstations might need the desks more. Working in the field comes with the need for a surface or platform to hold laptops.

A quality portable standing desk makes working outside the office comfortable. With the many portable standing desk retailers on the market, there’s a desk for varied applications. A portable standing desk can be used in the office, during fieldwork or in any other place away from an office working station.

Manufacturers differ in the ways they produce their desks and so does their end products. However, the desks have the same purpose and thus possess the same essential features. Here are some important features a standard quality portable standing desk should have:

Top 9 Features Of Portable Standing Desks

1. Portability
The main reason for investing in a portable desk is to use it on the go when moving from place to place. People always on the move need desks they can easily carry around in their backpacks or fold to fit in their cars’ boots. A good desk is made from a material able to hold it together when in transit.

2. Light in Weight
Standing desks weigh less than their fixed counterparts for ease of portability when moving around. A heavy desk can weigh one down or drain their energy when they need to work. A lightweight desk is also preferred because persons on the move often have limited packing space.

3. Ease-of-Use
A portable standing desk should be easy to assemble, disassemble and adjust. Many people go for desks they can easily pack even when in a hurry because they take little time to detach and pack. When in transit, a user needs a desk designed for easy unpacking and assembly, meaning getting to work with ease.

4. Affordability
Laptops are expensive gadgets that cost users lots of money to buy. An expensive portable desk can be financially draining for a student who might have already used a lot of cash to invest in work or studies. Portable standing desks come in various models and getting an affordable one takes just price comparisons.

5. Strength
Quality portable standing desks have strong panes to hold a laptop or any other working material in use. A good standing desk is neither weak nor breaks easily when in use. The panes should be strong to withstand multiple assembling, dissembling, and packing.

6. Stability
A stable portable standing desk can hold and withstand varied work activities without shaking. When working in the fieldwork, nobody has control of the prevailing environmental, working conditions.

An unstable portable desk can be uncomfortable to use if the ground is not flat enough to hold the desk. Therefore, there’s a need for such desks to be strong.

7. Sustainability
At times, portable desks need replacement parts for use in case of wear/tear or if they get lost. A desk with readily available spare parts is more sustainable. Choose a standing desk with easy-to-access parts whenever the need arises.

An unsustainable desk requires total replacement of an entire pane or the whole desk even if just a small part is missing or gets faulty.

8. Comfort
Comfort is required when working on any task or project. A portable desk with an adjustable height is suitable because it can be used in varied working conditions. A user might need to type on a straight angle or bend a bit when taking notes. An adjustable desk is comfortable to use under any working condition.

9. Has A Favorable Texture
Portable standing desks are designed for use outside a working station. A desk built with rough parts can be difficult to carry around because it might scratch other packed items.

Slippery surfaces are also uncomfortable with the risk of dropping the laptop in use even with slight movement. An ideal texture grips a laptop without scratching other things getting into contact with it.

Portable standing desks make working outside a workstation more comfortable and healthy. People often buy standing desks for use in the office because sitting for long is unhealthy. Work should involve some movements and a portable standing desk helps users move around and stretch a bit while working

Portable standing desks save users from buying different desks when not stationed in one place. One portable desk can serve as an office standing desk used in the boardroom when making a presentation or be going on work-related trips. Investing in one makes workers enjoy working even when away from the office.

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They say that in life, you make your own luck, and to a great extent that’s true. There are certain strategies that you can implement in order to improve your luck, and they’re actually simpler than you might think. Here are 7 strategies to ensure good luck:

1. Take note of the unexpected

Personality tests indicate that people who are anxious and tense do not tend to notice the unexpected. It’s possible to get so wrapped up in whatever you’re going through at a given point in time that you can miss opportunities that are literally staring you in the face.

2. Listen to your gut

Although it can be difficult to trust your instincts blindly, you’ll often find that whatever your initial feelings were about something were right all along. It is said that lucky people tend to make decisions by following their intuition, however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t sleep on a big decision first.

3. Be expectant of good fortune

Getting into the habit of having positive expectations creates self-fulfilling prophecies in your life. An example of this is a married young woman suddenly having to sell the home she shares with her husband because he received a promotion at work that requires them to move to a new location.

She envisaged signing the contract of sale on her wedding anniversary, and it turns out that that’s exactly what happened. Remember that what you think about, you bring about!

4. Add variety to your life

Nothing ever changes if you do the same thing day in, day out. Doing something as simple as changing your route to work or taking up a new activity invites new situations and people into your life, so try and change up your routine a little and see what happens.

5. Flip bad luck on its head

Taking a resilient approach to bad luck can actually help you turn bad luck into something good. The famous brain scientist, Jill Bolte Taylor, suffered a stroke before she turned 40. Over the course of the following four hours, she experienced all of her brain function shutting down one by one.

Although it took her eight years to recover, she went on to become a leading researcher into stroke recovery, because she was “able to study losing brain function from the inside out.”

6. Meet good fortune halfway

You need to put effort into whatever you want to achieve. If you do that with confidence, good fortune will kick in during the last phase of the process and carry you forward to your goal and ensuing success.

7. Align goals with your aspirations

This strategy is best explained with an example. If you aspire to be kind to be people, it’s not ideal for you to be involved in a venture that centers on ripping people off. On the other hand, choosing a business opportunity that allows all involved parties to win will put you in alignment with what you true aspiration is.
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Life is made up of good and bad lessons we accumulate along the way. In order to understand it, we must separate it into a few domains, each with their own lessons to teach us.

This list of good advice was given by a group of people from all ages. So here are 40 great tips for a great life!

Improve your health: 

1. Drink a lot of water.
2. Eat your breakfast like kings, lunch like princes, and dinner like beggars.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat fewer foods made in factories.
4. Live your life according to the TEE principle: Truth, Empathy and Energy.
5. Make time for contemplation and/or prayer.
6. Involve more game playing in your life.
7. Read more books than you read last year.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes a day.
9. Get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
10. Take 10-30 minutes to walk somewhere each day. Smile while you walk.

Improve your character: 

11. Don't compare your life to those of others. You have no idea what their journey actually looks like.
12. Don't waste time on negative thoughts or things you cannot change. Instead, divert your energy to a positive moment in the present.
13. Don't exaggerate in your actions, keep yourself in check.
14. You don't have to win EVERY argument. Agree to disagree.
15. Don't waste your energy gossiping. It never ends well.
16. Dream more while you're awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You may already have all you
need, but if not, envy won't get it for you.
18. Forget past events and don't remind your partners
of their past mistakes. It will ruin your present
happiness. The past should stay in the past.
19. Life's too short to hate people. Don't hate in vain.
20. Make peace with your own past, or it will destroy you at present.
21. No one is responsible for your happiness but you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you're here to learn. Problems are just a part of learning, but the lesson they teach will be with you for life.
23. Smile more. Laugh more.
24. Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else will!

Build a community: 

25. Call your family often.
26. Every day give or do something good for another.
Even if it's as small as holding a door for someone. Add to the good in the world.
27. Forgive everyone, for everything. At least try.
28. Spend time with people over 80 and under 6 - it will teach you a lot about what life is really about.
29. Try to make at least three people smile, every day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your concern.
31. Your work won't take care of you when you're sick. Your family and friends will. Your priorities should reflect that..

Improve your life:
32. Do the right thing. It pays in the long-term.
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or brings you enjoyment.
34. When you are angry or upset, seek solitude before taking it out on the people around you.
35. Forgiveness heals all wounds.
36. No matter how good or bad the current situation is, it'll change.
37. The best is yet to come.
38. When you wake up alive in the morning, don't take it for granted - embrace it.
39. The secret of secrets in your heart is that you CAN be happy - so don't be afraid to go for true happiness.
40. Never forget to enjoy the time you have, the moment you are experiencing, and the people who share these things with you!
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If you can't seem to find yourself motivated because of several reasons, take a deep breath and try to motivate yourself with these simple yet effective tips:
  1. Close your eyes, and visualize yourself reaching your goals.
  2. Try something new today.
  3. Take a walk in a park, and let nature reset your mind.
  4. Make a to-do list. You'll feel encouraged as you cross off items.
  5. Get more sleep. Sleep deprivation could be making you less motivated.
  6. Drink coffee for a quick jolt.
  7. Start exercising, and you'll feel like yourself
  8. Take a small step. You don't have to immediately immerse yourself in the project and see it until completion right away. Just make baby steps, and take it one day at a time.
  9. Wake yourself up from your slump with a cold shower.
  10. Have a reward system, so you'll have something to look forward to.
  11. When doing a task you don't want to do, find a you tube video for quick assistance
  12. Get the hard stuff done first thing in the morning. Once you're done with the most challenging projects, you'll be able to tackle the others with ease.
  13. Prepare early so you're not in a rush. When you're late all the time or feel rushed, this may stress you out and kill your motivation.
  14. Push yourself. Realize that getting things done means giving yourself a little push sometimes.
  15. Grow your willpower. Read The Willpower Instinct for how to do this.
  16. Make motivating yourself into a habit. Read The Power of Habit to help you learn how to form habits.
  17. Set a deadline for a task to spur you to get it done before the time is up.
  18. Focus. Doing too many things at once can overwhelm you, so drop the multitasking and focus on one thing at a time.
  19. Get a friend to join you to make whatever you're doing more enjoyable.
  20. Clean up your home or your workspace, and you'll feel like you can get more done in a decluttered environment.
  21. Let go of your fears, and you may feel brave enough to take on challenging tasks.
  22. Eat right. Treating your body well will put you in a better place mentally.
  23. Take a break to get some rest and recharge your mind.
  24. Do something you enjoy when you first get up. Whether it be drinking hot chocolate while reading a chapter of a book you're currently glued to or taking a hot shower, start your day off on a positive note.
  25. Share your goals with others. Being public about your goals will give you a sense of accountability, which may make you more inclined to get going.
  26. Fake it till you make it. Act like you're motivated, and it'll become a reality in time.
  27. Focus on the positive instead of the negative, and you'll feel more inclined to start new projects and take risks.
  28. Bring light into your room. Open up your curtains. Let fresh air into your room by opening up windows if it's not too cold and if it's not polluted outside.
  29. Find out what it'll take to get there. When you set a goal for yourself, begin by doing some research, and you'll be done with the first step.
  30. Encourage others, and you'll automatically start seeing encouragement from them in return. It's a cycle of positivity!
  31. Don't compare yourself with others or you'll get discouraged. Compete against yourself.
  32. Have realistic expectations. Know yourself and how far you can go.
  33. Stay excited. Experiment and keep coming up with new tweaks so you won't get board.
  34. If you fail, pick yourself up and keep going. Don't let it derail you or cause you to lose confidence, which ends up affecting your motivation.
  35. Keep track with a journal. If you track your progress, you'll be able to see it, which will help motivate you to continue or try even harder.
  36. Read biographies of the people you look up to for inspiration.
  37. Listen to motivation stories from audiobooks, Ted Talks, documentaries, and more.
  38. Place motivational quotes around your home and workspace. They can come in such forms as a sticky note on your memo board, a note taped to your mirror, or an inspiring quote on a coffee mug.
  39. Volunteer. It'll help ground you and make you realize that you're fortunate, so you should take the opportunity to make the most out of your life.
  40. Read The Last Lecture. It's a book written by a professor who managed to squeeze the most out of his final days after a terminal cancer diagnosis.
  41. Dress to impress yourself. You'll feel like you can get more things done when you're putting your best foot forward.
  42. Write down a few things you're grateful for. If you have a more positive mind-set, you'll find yourself more motivated and looking forward to what's in store for you.
  43. Reflect on the times when you worked hard and succeeded at your task.
  44. Remind yourself that it's better to try and fail or succeed than living with regrets.
  45. Give yourself a pep talk, and tell yourself that you are awesome.
  46. Drop the projects that you might not be totally committed to and focus on the ones you're really passionate about.
  47. Tell yourself that nothing worthwhile is ever easy.
  48. Know that only you have the power to create your dreams and generate motivation.
  49. Write down where you see yourself in five years, and stick that note in a visible place.
  50. Turn it into a challenge with a time limit. You can create your own or join an existing one. There are plenty of challenges that already exist out there, such as the NaNoWriMo, which challenges participants to complete a novel in a month.
  51. Set your alarm clock to remind you when it's time to start on your task.
  52. Find something you truly enjoy, and do it. Pick up a hobby or start a collection, and it'll make you excited about life.

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By JunaidTahir

Buying property is not something you do every month or every year hence being vigilant prior to making purchasing decision is very important.

Whether you are considering an apartment for your own living or investing your money to make some passive rental income, a careful approach will lead to more satisfying experience and better value for money outcome. Thinking on the same lines, below Property Investment Guide has been prepared containing 19 aspects for your consideration.


 1- Cost Analysis
The foremost important question! Before making your mind for a specific property, check market price for similar properties from local agents (minimum 3) or respective market portal/website. Consider that fact that local agent and
online property portals will quote the same price for the highly sophisticated/educated societies whereas for emerging countries or less-educated countries, asking price mentioned on website is usually 10-15% higher than the actual market price. Know the right numbers with thorough search. 

2- Built-Up Area Vs Carpet Area
Remember, construction area and livable areas are different. Construction Area or Built-up Area (BUA) is actual used area of an apartment. Built up Area is the carpet area plus the thickness of outer walls and the balcony. Some apartments/houses might have large balconies which may not prefer specially for hot climate countries.

3- Cost per Square Foot
Cost per square foot can give you a quick idea about your investment Vs Size. Posh areas would have higher cost per square foot. Most of the mature websites/portals usually show this value automatically. Check the cost per square feet value for similar apartments for quick comparison.

4- Annual maintenance cost
If you are purchasing the unit/house for investment, remember the fact that your take-home income is after the payment of maintenance cost. Maintenance cost are usually calculated on per-square feet basis. In some buildings, maintenance cost is paid by tenant to the building management whereas for other countries, the owner is required to pay the maintenance charges (Monthly or Quarterly). Check who will be paying maintenance charges and how much.

5- Currently rented? If not, why not?
Many investors prefer to purchase the unit/house which is already rented because they know how much they are going to earn out of it and also they want to start their income as soon as apartment is purchased. If the unit you plan to purchase is not rented, try to find out the reason. Probably, the building is not in-demand in the vicinity or tenants have more new buildings available in the community or the building has maintenance issues etc. Speak to the tenants and find out!

6- If Rented What is ROI?
Your Return on Investment ROI = (Annual Rent – Annual Maintenance Charges)/Total Investment
For example: you purchased an apartment in $600000 having annual maintenance cost of $10,000. If the annual rent is $50,000 then the ROI = (50000-10000)/600000 = 6.7%.
Each property market has different ROIs. On a general note try to invest where ROI is 7% or more.

7- Closed Kitchen Vs Open Kitchen
Consider the most-likely nationality of the tenants of the area. European/American tenants usually prefer open kitchen setup whereas Asian wives mostly prefer closed kitchens to manage their large crockery. Since you want to be a good investor, always consider end-user perspective else not a lot of tenants would be interested taking your unit on rent.

8- Balcony Availability
Most of the tenants would prefer the apartments with balcony for evening chit-chat, for drying their clothes or for simply placing kids cycle or other stuff. Depending upon the type of community (congested community vs wide area community or nice-view community) the size of the balcony also matters.

9- Free hold vs 99 year lease
If you are expat or investing in another country, always check the land/apartment ownership rules. In some countries the ownership is granted for 99 years from the date of construction. Although you are not going to live this much, but at the time of selling the unit, the new buyer might prefer buying free-hold property. None the less, 99-year lease will also be sold out sooner or later because human psychology is different for everyone!

10-  Builder Repute
Always prefer to buy an apartment which was built by reliable builder. Check the reputation of the builder prior to making buying decision. Don't just go for the outlook of the construction. All that glitters is not gold. It's quite easy to make a poor-quality building look awesome. Beware of dodgy builders. Don't get deceived. This article appeared on originally.

11- Community Services at walking distance?
Community services are very important aspect of any living. You don't want to purchase a fantastic apartment with all the great feature but do not have schools, markets, parks, pray areas, banks and hospitals nearby. Such a waste of investment !

12- Security, Gym, Pool availability
In-building features are equally important. Many tenants prefer to stay in buildings having gyms and sauna. If the family has kids, they will love having kids play area and pool. Also check the security features of building such as physical appearance of guard, wireless remote based car parking entry and CCTV in lobby, common area and parking.

13- Car Parking included?

Check how many car parking are being provided. Are parking slot shaded/covered? You would not like to park your car outside the building which is prone to dust, sun and even stealing.

14- Built-in Wardrobes?

Some architects consider providing built-in wardrobes. This is to facilitate the tenants to move to the apartment without much hassle of being new cupboards. This is definitely an ad-on you should consider. 

15- Number of Washrooms? Extra Store Room? Maid Room?

Extra rooms are definitely a plus however with large apartment space, the investment will also be higher. If you are buying for your own, do your need vs wants analysis and make decision based on your buying capacity.

16- Take Your lady:

Sorry, I am writing this recommendation at number 16, whereas it should be one of the top considerations. Highly recommended to take your wife, daughter, mother, sister to see the apartment because females have that strong critical aesthetic sense which males simply don't possess. They will surprise you by looking into the nitty gritty of interior designing aspect.

17- Agent Reliability and Legitimacy

Remember, agents work to get commission. Be strict, logical and analytical when dealing with agents. Agents are simply sales person trying to sell a product which means you may become their victim if not being careful. Verify agents credibility by checking his (and his company's) repute, asking for his legal identity, visiting their office and checking his LinkedIn profile. Never pay anything (cash or cheque) without proper legal documentation. Read this article 10 Qualities of Good Real Estate Agent

18- Cash vs Mortgage

Personally I do not recommend mortgage approach. Firstly, you do not have clear understanding about your rate of return on investment since you have to pay monthly charges for many years of your life. Secondly, having a liability of returning massive amount of loan causes psychological pressure. I know many people who have lost their peace, got sick and deteriorated relationships due to loan stress. Think twice before you take any decision involving financial liabilities. 

19- On-Plan vs Off Plan

Generally speaking off-plan investment generates more profit however it requires careful ROI calculations and good understanding of future-cost-analysis of the property. While doing the analysis you need to consider:
  • Currency depreciation factor (especially if you are a foreigner and investing in emerging countries where currency value depreciates drastically), 
  • Revenue which you could have earned if not invested in off-plan.
  • Assurance from the builder on whether the forecasted completion date will be ensured. If not what compensation will be given to you? What are your rights as an investor and how the legal entity of land department is protecting you.
  • Check the financial status of the building company. Seek guidance from local agents or real estate companies.
  • Consider taking legal counselling before you sign the deal for off-plan  
  • What are the exact deliverables of the off-plan property (furniture details, tiles finishing, paint type etc. Check all of the features which are mentioned in this article above. All deliverables should be written in the contract. 
Final words:
I hope these points will help making your property purchasing decision easy. If you have any other recommendation for this guide, please do share. 
Please drop me email if you want to have excel based Return On Investment ROI analysis file and excel based check list so you can compare multiple properties for making any decision.
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How To Reassure Your Roommate To Have A Cat
Getting a pet is always a big deal, and you will need to confirm with your roommate to see if doing so is acceptable. Now some people may have reservations by welcoming a cat into the home. However, these fears are typically unjustified. Cats are great pets that can enhance the household with a minimum of hassle.
We will let you know some convincing information that you can pass on to your roommate to make them pro-cat.

Cats Are Independent
You will find that cats don’t require babysitting. They are self-sufficient and can look after themselves for days. That’s not to say that you should be slack about feeding and playing with them, however, they won't need lots of attention. This is in sharp contrast to other pets (dogs!) that need constant looking after.
Make sure that your roommate is aware that having a cat will only require a very small workload.

Cats Are Cheap To Look After
After some initial investments such as bedding, a scratching post, and kitty litter, you will find it pretty easy to afford a cat. You just need to buy them food, and that’s about it. Of course, you can always spoil you furry friendly with toys and accessories.
Regardless of how you plan to manage the cat expenses (you pay, your roommate pays, or you split the bill) neither of you is likely to be out of pocket. Just make sure you have some spare funds for the initial setup.

Cats Are (Usually) Quiet
Unlike some pets (we are looking at you again dogs), cats don’t cause much noise disturbance. You're not going to hear them howling in the night. Rather, you will only need to listen to the occasional loud purring.
The only exception is if a cat and dog collide (In that case, things will get very loud).
If your roommate is concerned about noise, then you can quickly lay this issue to rest. 

A Cat Makes A Great Playmate
Face it; cats are fun. Just start throwing around a toy, get the animal moving, and you will be in for a good time. Let your roommate know that when they are bored, they will have an instant source of entertainment
The same goes for companionship. If you're going to be away on holiday and your roommate will be the only person left at home, then they will still have company.

There Are Medical Benefits To Cat Ownership
Studies have shown that a cat can have a positive effect on its owner's mood and stress levels. In fact, health researchers at Prowriting recommend getting the pet to improve overall quality of life. Just being around them can cause the release of beneficial hormones.
Let your roommate know that a cat will provide real health benefits

You Won't Become A Crazy Cat Person
Cats aren’t just for crazy old reclusives. Make sure you let your roommate know that cat ownership can enhance their social life. Not only are they a conversation starter but they are also give a reason for friends to stop over for a visit (Hey, come and see my cute cat!).
Don’t forget about social media. If your roommate is a Facebook junkie then they can rake up likes with photos and videos of the cat. Just don’t let them get carried away.

Allergy Rates Are Fairly Low
You may have heard about people being allergic to cat fur. However, it is their proteins that cause symptoms. Fortunately, only around 2% of people are allergic to the pet, and many of them don’t experience severe symptoms. Of course, if your roommate is such an individual, then you are flat out of luck. The same is probably true if they are dating someone who is allergic. Otherwise, you’re good to go.

Final Thoughts
Putting in the effort to get your roommate on board will pay benefits when you eventually get the cat. They will be able to embrace the addition to the household, rather than being annoyed by it. So try and pass along this information without sounding too much like a salesperson. You want to subtly convince them that having a cat is a great idea.  In fact, if you're really skilled, then you may be able to convince them that it was their idea in the first place.

Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger, and currently works at She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on Twitter.