Reducing Stress

Stress levels are at a all time high. Especially this time of the year. The approaching holiday season. Reducing stress is easier then you think.

There is an endless list of suggestions online on how to lessen your stress. Something I find helpful is being organized. Basic organization is a business must. Stacks of clutter like bills, mail, receipts, etc are stressful.

Idea Number 1

Go paperless. While it is difficult to go 100% paperless, there are many apps that can help. Get one that will scan and file receipts, photos, documents, etc. Don’t forget to get rid of the items after scanning. Saying goodbye to all those stacks of files and mail will be a big help.


Idea Number 2

The TO DO LIST. Since we have decided to go paperless, get an on-line to do list app. There are several good ones. I use Do.List . It is simple and easy to use. One tip is to limit your “tasks” to a manageable number like 6 items.


Idea Number 3

Loose the junk . Being surrounded by junk and clutter is stressful. Just get rid of it. Whether it is a junk drawer or your garage, all that stuff adds up and up. Set a reasonable goal and go for it. If it makes sense to have a garage sale, do it. If it makes better sense to just give it away or donate it, go for it. One thing I find helpful is to NOT go through everything. Just box it up first.  For example dump that junk drawer into a box. Instant empty drawer! Then one evening while watching TV maybe, go through the box. You will be surprised how much goes in the trash.

Another idea to consider is “subbing” things out. If you are inclined to do “everything” yourself, consider getting help. There is someone out there qualified and willing to do almost everything you do daily. Cutting your grass, Painting your house !!!, etc.

Reducing stress starts after taking the first step. Trying any or all of these ideas is a great way to start.



Painting Exterior Metal In Cold Weather

Painting exterior metal can be a challenge, especially in the cold. When cold outside you can’t feel your hands, face, etc. Imagine trying to work outside in such conditions.

The biggest challenge with painting exterior metal in a cold environment is it tends to retain the cold and is slow to warm up during the day.

We were lucky enough to recently have a window of opportunity to paint a commercial exterior that was largely corrugated metal. We only had two days but made the most of them. We of course used a product that would work in the cooler climate. Sunproof is a good choice for colder weather painting.








To be successful, stay well away from the days dew point temperature. Check to see what the temperature is dropping down to at night and wait several hours for things to warm up before you start laying down the paint. The North side of a structure can sometimes pose a challenge. The sun doesn’t have a chance to warm that side up. Waiting until the warmest part of the day for that side will help.








Try to pick a day where the temperature is within the coatings range of temperature for 24 hours and don’t forget to stay away from the dew point temperature.