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6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

6 Crazy Activities To Try This Weekend

Everyone always looks forward to the weekend, it signals the end of a long boring working week for most of us. Do you think about your weekend though and realize you have nothing fun planned and no ideas of what to fill your weekend with? Try something new! Have a look at these activities you should totally try this weekend.

1. Anti-Gravity Yoga

You might think hanging from the ceiling in a silk hammock and working out is further down on your list of things you want to do on the weekend, but it’s really accessible and a completely new way to experience yoga. It’s great for anyone whether you are a yoga master or just a beginner, although it isn’t suited for women who are pregnant. Anti-gravity yoga has advantages over standard yoga as it allows you to try out different positions called inversions which causes blood to rush to your head which is great for your thyroid and pituitary glands. The style of this kind of yoga also improves blood flow, can help to increase strength and flexibility, and will stretch out your spine. Find out locations all over the world here!

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2. Skydiving

If you enjoy thrill or just want to challenge yourself then skydiving is perfect for you, approximately 3.1 million skydives take place every year so why not be one of the 3.1 million!  People have been jumping from 15,000 feet since the 18th Century when a Frenchman called Andre Garnerin in fact jumped from a hot air balloon. Freefalling during a skydive can last anywhere between 45 seconds and 80 seconds and you could reach a speed of up to 130 mph. I recently did my first skydive in my home area of Cambridgeshire where the centre take a video of your dive for you! Definitely somewhere to check out if you’re in the UK.

3. Run 5K for Charity

Feeling charitable this weekend? Find a local fun run and sign up, get your friends involved and make them run with you (or walk, after all it is for fun). There are lots of different charities you can support and some races are specifically organized for certain charities. Not only are there a range of charities but there are also different types of runs you can take part in where you can dress up or get covered in colored powder on a color run.

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4. Zip Lining

Zooming along a zip-line in a beautiful location is an exhilarating way to spend part of your weekend, as there are over 700 zip-line courses worldwide you’ll be sure to find one near you. Is it great views you’re after? Then check these amazing zipline tours out. Worried about it being unsafe? Be assured that even though zip-line cable is only half an inch wide but it has a break strength of 22,000 pounds even an 8-ton male African elephant could hang from a zip-line and not break that cable (although he would probably be too big for the harness).

Just remember to make sure you wear the correct footwear when you go zip-lining and leave the flip flops at home because if your flip flop falls off the last thing everyone will want to do is waste valuable zip-lining time looking for your lonely sandal, don’t be that guy.

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5. Indoor Rock Climbing

If the weather isn’t looking excellent for your weekend or you don’t have access to a real cliff face to climb on (although this isn’t recommended unless you’re a rock climbing expert) then indoor rock climbing is your solution as the artificial structures are built to mimic the experience of climbing a real rock. When you go to a climbing centre there are lots of really helpful, experienced staff who will set you up with all of the safety equipment and spot you as you climb as you are always attached to a member of staff who will stop you from falling. With lots of different difficulties of walls to try, there will always be something for everyone to try.

6. Zorbing

Rolling down a hill while sealed inside a giant transparent inflated plastic orb, why not? Loads of companies offer fantastic zorbing experiences where they have their own custom built runs down different gradients and terrains of hill. If you’re not in to rolling down a hill at speed you could try the water alternative, still sealed inside the plastic ball you can then walk or roll around on water. Find out more about zorbing here!

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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