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Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

Protecting Your Phone at the Beach or Pool

In today’s world of rapidly evolving technology, it’s no wonder many of us are so consumed in it. We tend to bring our cell phones almost everywhere, including places where damage can easily occur. For this time of year, two of the most dangerous places for your cell phone is the beach and the pool. Luckily, there are plenty of easy tips and tricks to keep your cell phone safe. We all know the obvious waterproof options, but what about those of us who prefer our traditional cases without spending the extra buck? After all, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to document your summery experiences on Instagram!

Plastic Zip Lock Bag

The great thing about this trick is that you already have the bags out for your sandwiches. There’s no need to buy an expensive product if you only plan on checking it every once in a while. Another benefit is the fact that it’s clear because you can see right through it. While in the plastic bag, your phone will remain dry and free of sand grains and sunscreen smudges. Avoiding contact with liquid is one of the many ways to preserve the value of your phone. If you plan on opening the bag for a quick text or a photo, wipe your hands on a fresh towel or napkin. The goal is to keep your cell phone clean, but this cannot be done without a clean bag as well. Remember, it’s even possible for sand to find its way into those heavy-duty cases. You can never be too prepared.

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Handheld Fan

A handheld fan is easy to travel with and it’s the perfect helper if your phone overheats. Electronic devices can only take so much heat, making the sun at the beach or the pool a threat to your phone. It’s advised to keep it out of direct sunlight, either by keeping it in a closed bag or underneath an item of clothing. When the phone is in proper shade, its temperature stays regulated. If your phone does overheat, you may see a message on the screen or it may just shut down. A handheld fan can help to cool it down again before putting it somewhere safe.

Dust Plug

Whether you go for a stylish option or one that is strictly for function, a dust plug is helpful, especially at the beach. A dust plug is for protecting the earphone jack from not only dust and dirt, but sand as well. Head to the beach or pool with the peace of knowing your phone isn’t at risk of being clogged. This affordable option fits tight inside the phone, ensuring the plug will not fall out or get lost.

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Hiding Spot

This doesn’t necessarily fall under the same umbrella of safety as the other tips and tricks, but it doesn’t make it less important. If you plan on leaving your cell phone while you go for a dip in the water, it’s best to have someone stand by. If this isn’t an option, it’s a good idea to have a hiding spot. Avoid leaving your phone in an obvious compartment in your bag and go for something unique. Ideas include washing out an old sunscreen bottle and sliding your phone inside or an empty snack container. The same can be done for your money and car keys.

With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should also remember to take a break from your phone every now and then. If it’s a safety concern, switch off with a friend or family member – one day you can bring and they can bring the next. Also, just because you’re by the pool, it doesn’t mean you have to float around with your phone. Leave it on a nearby table and enjoy swimming!

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Since this is easier said than done for many people, it’s good to know the mentioned tips and tricks. You probably already have some of these items at home. Therefore, you’re saving money by utilizing items you already have, as well as saving money by keeping your phone unharmed.

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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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