You know the saying, prevention is better than cure? It’s a popular saying for a reason because it’s true. Also, because it can be applied to any aspect of your life and can actually save you a lot of money, if you apply the concept of preventive maintenance to just about every aspect of your life, you’ll see that it’s not about fixing problems, but preventing those problems from ever happening in the first place.
For example, it is far better to invest your time and money in quality equipment rather than having to fix and replace all the time. You can do this in many ways, with a bit of careful planning and thinking ahead, and your wallet will thank you for it.
In Your Business
Having your technology and equipment up to date, fast, and in top condition is so important today. Also, Going green is a brilliant financial move, keeping equipment on a power strip and turning it off when not in use, replacing your existing printer with one that prints on both sides of the paper to reduce paper waste and cost. Whatever you can do to save energy will help you save expenses too and better to do it from the beginning rather than have to do everything twice.
While it might seem a lot in the beginning, buying in bulk can also save you a fortune in the long run, whether its inkjet cartridges or purchasing from bulk warehouses or online suppliers to save money, you will benefit from both the cost of the product cost and the shipping cost. Analyze your ongoing expenses and pinpoint the ones that are purchased randomly or at middle-man suppliers. Finally, knowing your customers can help you prepare and prevent. If you know your customers well enough to know where they go online, then you can focus your online marketing efforts there instead of spreading your resources out over a whole arena of Internet options. If you know what your customers like, how they respond, what they want, and what they’ll spend, you eliminate all the other options from your budget. Eliminating useless options means the money you do spend is more focused and will garner a better response, so you’re not only saving money initially, but you’ll be producing more profit from what you do put forth.
Your Home Life
Have you ever got home late after work to find you have no food in the fridge, you’re too tired to try and attempt to throw some ingredients together and make something worthwhile, and you’re definitely too tired to go out to the shop and get something? So what do you do, get out your phone and order something from Deliveroo which costs almost the same as a weekly shop! So, how can you prevent this? Easy, you need to plan your food for the week. When you do your food shopping, do it with thought. Make your shopping list from a plan of what you’re going to eat each night and to save on those nights when you don’t have time or can’t be bothered, either make sure you’ve got something easy planned or cook ahead at the weekend and freeze a few meals so that you can just come home and warm them up.
When it comes to your car, there is a lot you can do to prevent small problems from turning into big ones. Automotive insurance company, AssuranceAmerica believes that prevention is key so check your engine at least once a week. You don’t need to be a mechanic to keep up with the basic demands of your vehicle such as checking the oil levels in the tank, ensuring the optimum level of fluids such as coolant, power steering fluid and brake fluid, taking care of the screenwash levels and keeping a check on the air filter condition. If you can stay on top of at least these things, you’ll be far more likely to notice if any other problems arise too.
When it comes to your clothes, while you might enjoy shopping, if you are looking to save money rather than spend it, then you need to limit the need for new clothes, and you can do this by looking after the ones you have. First of all, if you are going shopping for something new, make sure it’s good quality and timeless so that it will last you a long time. Secondly, look after it. Pay attention to care labels and only wash how it says to and make sure you sew up any holes as soon as they appear to stop them from getting bigger.
As well as this, when it comes to your home, the physical security of your home is essential to keeping you and your family safe. Make sure all your windows and external doors have strong locks. All accessible doors and windows should be double-glazed, and if you have key-operated locks, then this may put burglars off. Just remember to hide the keys out of sight and somewhere the burglar can’t reach if the glass is broken.
Another thing to be aware of is clothes dryers. While they can be very handy, they are also dangerous at times as they can catch fire and have been the cause of many house fires. The leading cause of the fires is lint in the trap, the vent, and the area around the dryer. Lint is highly combustible, and if your clothes take a long time to dry or the dryer is hot to the touch, your dryer vent may be obstructed. Make sure you clean this out after each use before it catches on fire. You can do this by unplugging the dryer and pulling the dryer away from the wall.
When it comes to your health, it is far more effective to prevent illnesses rather than to wait until you have one and then treat it. There are several ways you can look after yourself and limit your risk of diseases, so if you don’t already do these things, then take action today and reap the benefits later. First off the best way to do this is with your diet, so to keep it simple, avoid saturated fats, cholesterol, refined carbs and sugars, and trans fats as these foods contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer. Everything in moderation is a good rule to live by, so make sure you get a balance and don’t overdo it on any one particular food.
Diet, however, surprisingly isn’t the most crucial factor when determining your cholesterol level, and only 20 per cent of your body’s cholesterol comes from your diet, while your liver makes the other 80 per cent, so it’s essential to keep an eye on this and prevent anything serious from happening.
Incorporating exercise into your life doesn’t mean you have to start going to the gym; it just means finding 30 minutes during the day don’t. It could be short and brisk walks two to three times a day, three 10-minute spurts, or two 15-minute spurts of activity to keep your heart healthy.
Sleep also has a massive effect on how you feel, so if you’re having trouble sleeping, it could be because of your diet as food relates directly to serotonin, which is a critical hormone that promotes healthy sleep. If you can stick to these key things, then you’re already well on your way to keeping your health in check and making sure that you stay as well as you can.