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How Glass Fences Make Tiny Backyards Appear Larger

The problem of small backyards in cities is a pervasive one. Almost every homeowner in town has adopted the mantra that good things come in small packages and then they stay in cramped backyards, unable to enjoy the luxury of life. Thanks to research and modern technological breakthrough, you can turn that problem around.

Why are Glass Fences Good for Tiny Backyards?

A tiny backyard is only as tiny as it appears. This means there are ways to minimize the tiny appearance and make it seem bigger than it really is. This technique should be tried when selling homes or when you have guests over. Here’s how you can achieve this with a glass fence.

Glass Fences are not Cumbersome to Install

A tiny backyard is cramped because the available space after installation and other construction activities is not enough for certain activities. When you install wood or metal gates in an already cramped space, they take up more space. You might even need to change the landscape totally to accommodate the new installation and this further consumes space.

On the other hand, glass is only a few millimeters thick. There’s no extra space to be created, just the region where the glass fence can be placed strategically. There’s no need for excavation, drilling, ground preparation, etc. and this makes considerably easier to install.

Glass Fencing Systems Create that Optical Illusion

Glass has reflective properties and with this, it is able to trap light and then use it advantageously. You can mimic this experiment by putting mirrors in your room and then observing the effect. The installation of glass fences also means that you can easily see the outer environment (as a result of transparency). This is another way by which glass fences make tiny backyards appear bigger.

Glass Fences easily fit Your Budget

No one says it is inexpensive. However, there’s always something to suit your taste and budget. The flexibility of glass fences are unparalleled and this ensures that everyone can partake and enjoy the innumerable advantages. Don’t forget that when you install glass fences, you do not spend on painting, repair of worn-out parts, lubrication, fixing termite-infested parts, etc.

Why Should You Create Space in Your Backyard?

There are 3 reasons why you should use glass fences to expand the tiny space in your backyard.

2.You Increase the Value of Your Home

There are several home renovation techniques which raise the price of a house for sale. Of all, glass fencing ideas are the best to execute.

3.Your Children can Play Around Safely

Children love to play in open space, even if there’s no assurance of safety. They will play even if that means they’ll fall and injure themselves. You can avoid this though.

4.You Demonstrate Your Style and Panache

Your home is one sure way to express your creative intellect and assure the world of your genius. You can use well-designed glass fences to prove your point.

Conclusion

Tiny backyards have nothing on you now. Now you can make the most of the space you have and get to enjoy your outdoor living area in ways you never imagined.

The laws of meetings: How to maximise your business efficiency

It doesn’t matter whether you’re in a large or small company; views on meetings are largely universal. They’re often overused, inefficient, and generally a waste of time.

Of course, there are plenty of exceptions, but in a nutshell, meeting dynamics across the world can be reformed.

Taking this into account, when it comes to your own company’s meetings, how should you approach matters? Should you go with the flow and “become one of them”, or should you challenge the norm and take matters into your own hands? Suffice to say, today’s post is on how to achieve the latter.

Tread carefully with recurrent meetings

The software companies gave themselves a huge pat on the back when they allowed recurrent meetings to be scheduled at the quick of a button. In truth, this is a worthwhile feature for many meetings – but not all.

After all, while you might build a case for a weekly performance meeting, many other recurrent ones aren’t perhaps needed.

Now, before you suggest that you can simply “play it by ear” and decide when you get to the meeting, this is one of the easiest mistakes to make. After all, by the time everyone has arrived and discussed the matter at hand, regardless of how briefly, valuable time has been eaten away.

The moral of the story? Carefully decide whether your recurrent meetings really need to be recurrent.

Get the agenda out there – and make it actionable

There’s nothing worse than being called into a meeting only to find that there is no structure or agenda. In these cases, it often leads to a free-for-all where people can talk about anything and everything, regardless of how important it actually is.

Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule, but in general, an agenda is key. Not only does it give the meeting some much-needed structure, but it also allows you to assign actions to specific people. This, in turn, makes the meeting far more actionable and less of a time waster.

Stop people from going off on tangents

There’s always one person in every meeting that just can’t help themselves. They see the meeting as an opportunity to show off their knowledge, regardless of how relevant it is to the discussion.

While it’s important to allow some level of creativity, you also need to rein people in when they start to go off on tangents. After all, if everyone in the meeting starts to do this, it quickly descends into a free-for-all where nothing gets done.

Could a remote meeting do the trick?

It would be fair to say that we’re now well and truly in the age of remote meetings. Most of us are used to them now and like them due to how much time they can save us.

However, they don’t always work. This is particularly true if you want to impress new clients or perhaps need a whiteboarding session. In these instances, nothing quite beats the dynamics of a face-to-face affair. If you decide to go down this route, the obvious caveat is the knock-on effects. Whether booking that dreaded meeting room or ensuring your insurance obligations are up to scratch ahead of receiving external visitors, make sure you’re prepared for in-person meetings.

Keep it short and sweet

There’s no need to drag out meetings unnecessarily. If you can achieve everything you need to in 30 minutes, there’s no need to make it an hour-long affair.

How to Use Poker as a Mindfulness Practice

Most common mindfulness practices are fundamentally simple. Things like deep breathing, counted breaths, and short breaks and walks can help to calm us, clear our minds, and generate simultaneous states of relaxation and awareness. As much purpose as these small, simple practices have though, there are also some more involved activities that can assist with the development of greater mindfulness. And it may surprise some to learn that the game of poker is among them.

Gaming and Meditation

It is first important to understand that a link has been established between gaming and meditation in general. For a long time there were a lot of misconceptions about gaming as an active, almost violent practice meant solely for young people. But perceptions have changed over time. We now understand that people in all age groups play games of all kinds, and we further accept that a lot of these games have meditative qualities. Gamer testaments and a few scientific studies alike have indicated that the right game can have a soothing effect on one’s mental state.

This is the case with poker as well. A passion for many around the world, it’s a unique game that doesn’t necessarily fall under the umbrella of traditional “gaming” as we tend to think of the term. It is nonetheless similar with regard to mindfulness, however. Approached with intention, it can be a calming, almost meditative hobby for players.

Mental and Emotional Calm

When considering the game of poker specifically, one tends to think first of strategy, luck, and mathematics. In some sense, these are the building blocks of any given game of poker, and it will of course be important for any aspiring player to learn how they all factor in. However, what really helps successful players to win at poker is a sound mindset. The manifestation of a sound overall poker game requires that players learn to accept defeat and to avoid getting too high from a win. It demands reasonable approaches to betting and competition, clear-eyed social interaction, and the ability to operate without ego.

Add those factors up, and what success in poker really demands is mental and emotional calm. Players need skill and strategy to be sure, but above all else they need to be able to clear their minds of various pressures and shut out hasty impulses. This in and of itself is nearly a form of meditation, and certainly serves as a sort of training for mindfulness practice.

Focused Meditation

Beyond helping players to establish a general sense of mental and emotional calm, poker also leads to an ability to focus that, in its own way, is meditative. Generally, a focused meditation is described as the practice of focusing on something intently as a way of staying in the present moment and slowing down inner dialogue. It more or less means zeroing in on one subject to the exclusion of all else for the purpose of clearing one’s head — which is pretty much exactly what one has to do in poker! Even the slightest distraction can be a problem, and while the game demands a lot of attention it still makes for such narrow focus that one can clear one’s mind in a useful and soothing way.

Even given all of these benefits, poker does not comprise an entire mindfulness or meditation routine. For those interested in working on these aspects of personal wellness though, it’s always good to have one more option! Some will find this simple, popular card game to be legitimately beneficial.

If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our piece on how to boost your energy, especially useful as we enter a new year and search for fresh motivations!