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30 Really Smart Summer Parenting Hacks

30 Really Smart Summer Parenting Hacks

Summer is in full swing, but it’s never too late for some tips and tricks to get you through the dog days of the year. Check out these life hacks to help make your life a little easier while you’re sweating your butt off:

PVC Towel Rack

pvc towel rack

    Tape and Sidewalk Chalk Game Board

    deck gameboard

      Rainy Day Mission Impossible Game

      yarn laser game

        Altoid Tin DIY Travel Game

        candy tin travel games

          DIY Sundial

          DIY sundial

            Activity Picker

            activity sticks

              White Sheet Artist Canvas

              white sheet canvas

                PVC Pipe Sprinkler

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                pvc sprinkler

                  Bubble Recipe

                  bubble recipe

                    Giant Bubble Recipe

                    huge bubbles

                      DIY Cereal Station

                      Cereal

                        Bead Container Food Storage

                        bead container snack case

                          Magnetic Cups

                          cup magnets

                            Egg Carton Fruit Container

                            egg carton plums

                              Gelatin-filled Ice Pops

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                              gelatin ice pop

                                Frozen Water Balloons (for drinks)

                                frozen water balloons

                                  Frozen Aloe Vera for Sunburn

                                  Frozen Aloe Vera

                                    Shoe Rack Storage

                                    shoe sorter in trunk

                                      Vacation Storage

                                      pack clothes ziplock days

                                        Cupcake Liner Drip-Catcher

                                        cupcake wrapper ice pop

                                          Cupcake Liner Drink Covers

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                                          cupcake wrapper drink

                                            Press’n Seal Drink Covers

                                            press'n seal cup

                                              Apple Cider Vinegar for Mosquito Bites

                                              apple cider vinegar mosquito bites

                                                Bug Repellent Bracelets

                                                bug repellent bracelets

                                                  Inflatable Pools Keep Blankets Dry

                                                  kiddie pool blanket

                                                    Fitted Sheet at the Beach

                                                    fitted sheet beach

                                                      Diaper Decoy

                                                      Diaper

                                                        Baby Powder to Get Sand Off Your Body

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                                                        baby powder

                                                          Cupcake Tin for Condiments

                                                          muffin tin condiments

                                                            Can for Grease Catcher

                                                            grease trap

                                                              Aluminum Foil as a Sauce Pot

                                                              aluminum foil pot

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                                                                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                10. Find some competition.

                                                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                11. Go exercise.

                                                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                12. Take a good break.

                                                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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