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10 Tricks To Cheat Cold Weather

10 Tricks To Cheat Cold Weather

Sometimes, no amount of hand rubbing can coax the blood back into your fingertips (especially when you’ve been holding snow in your hands—do not imitate the above photograph, ladies and gents.) We know all too well how awful another delayed train can be when you’ve left your gloves at home. The best solution might be to leave the country (I hear Thailand’s pretty nice at the moment) but if you have jobs and responsibilities that still exist throughout winter, then I guess you’ll just have to settle for these simple anti-cold measures instead.

1. Layer

There’s nothing like a good Marshmallow Man look to keep the chill at bay (and see how cuddly you are now?). Throw on your vest, t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, jumper, scarf, coat, gloves, hat, ear muffs, balaclava—do not skip a step or you will regret it.

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2. Walk quickly

We all fear that dreaded moment when we have to leave the cozy indoors. Our solution? Walk as fast as you can without breaking into a run and you’ll soon be sweating through those layers, lads and ladies.

3. Drink hot drinks

Scientifically, I hear, hot drinks are actually meant to cool us down. But psychologically, who doesn’t hug a warm takeaway cup between their hands, sip tentatively, and feel instantly warmer?

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4. Find a winter partner

Central heating is a costly expense, folks, so don’t be leaving it on all night. Find a winter more-than-buddy to keep you warm instead—maybe you’ll even keep them over the summer if they’re good. And, hey, maybe they’ll offer other pluses too, like companionship, comfort, the odd massage—if you like that sort of thing.

5. Double up

This goes beyond layering—call it layering 2.0. This means not just one pair of socks, boys and girls—try wearing at least two pairs. Don’t just wear jeans, put on some tights or leggings underneath. No one will ever notice—your secrets are safe with us.

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6. Hotspots

I’m not talking about wifi, you techfiles. I am talking about hot spots: spots that are hot, areas that are warmer than others. These can include the rare patch of sunlight on a train platform, the perimeter of a circle of youths (penguin style, if you don’t mind creepily lurking) or the table in Starbucks that isn’t anywhere near the door. Spot the hot, people.

7. Don’t think about it

It’s always warmer when you’re chatting, solving a math problem, or choreographing a new dance routine to Adele in your head. Think about anything else. Distract yourself with your vivid imagination from the fact that your limbs have lost all circulation and may fall off at any moment and maybe you can trick your body into not developing frost bite.

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8. Beer jacket

We’re not condoning Baileys coffee with breakfast, before you all get ahead of yourselves, but if the bar’s full and you’re standing outside, don’t fear, the beer will keep you warm (if you drink enough of it).

9. The final type of layer…

It’s okay to develop an extra layer over the winter, guys. We are all friends here. It’s grey and cold and miserable, so it’s natural that things like cake happen more. Be healthy but embrace a little insulation—it’s nature’s answer to the frozen condensation on your windows.

10. Spot jog

Have you ever seen a shameless I-need-the-toilet dance in a busy public place? Said dancer probably did not need the toilet but was executing an on-the-spot warm-up jog. Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it. Let’s face it, folks, nothing looks more ridiculous than that pinched, red-faced, goose-flesh look, so what harm could a bit of movement do, really? Fight the freeze, friends.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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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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