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5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

5 Awesome Activities for Kids Besides Pokemon Go

When my mother would tell me to go outside, get some fresh air, and participate in some outdoor activities, that used to mean no computers, no tv, and no electronic gadgets of any kind. I suspect that most of us mean roughly the same when we tell our kids to get their heads out of a screen. We were definitely not expecting them to go outside willingly, as they have been in troves, to play the new game Pokémon Go.

Attitudes towards video gaming and the internet have changed a lot since we were kids, but even with our high levels of tolerance for electronic entertainment, there does seem to be something a little bit off about playing too much Pokémon Go. Especially after incidents such as two players falling off of a cliff because of their attachment to the screen.

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Here are some great activities for your child to take up this summer that aren’t Pokémon Go.

Bowling

Although it doesn’t usually appear on lists of kids’ all-time favourite sports, bowling can be a great activity in any season. It’s no track run, but it is a great way to stay physically active and healthy. Even more so in air-conditioned bowling alleys as temperatures soar to record heights this summer.

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The deal gets even sweeter when you take a look at programs that give kids free bowling over the summer. Bowling is a great physical and social activity that’ll get your kids out and about without sending them off cliffs.

Activities at the Library

Yeah yeah, I’m not the first person to say this, but there’s so much to be discovered at your local library! If your kids are playing Pokémon Go, though, you can trick them into checking out some books. It’s no secret that local businesses are jumping on all of the opportunities that Pokémon Go affords, with promotional offers and Pokémon lures to attract customers.

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Libraries across the country are also taking advantage of these marketing opportunities. This library director created badges based on the ones that players can earn in older Pokémon games. Except in this iteration, players earn badges by completing book and library related activities, rather than by battling Pokémon.

Playing a Musical Instrument

Pokémon Go is all about training to become the very best, like no one ever was. You can harness this pursuit of excellence and encourage your child to work at developing a difficult skill like playing a musical instrument. Try creating a badge system like that librarian and award badges for musical milestones, like graduating to a higher level method book or learning a new piece.

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If you live in a rural area or you just don’t want to commit to a drive across town once a week, online music lessons are a great way to save time and money while working with a high-quality teacher.

Go Camping

Camping is the classic outdoor activity. It’s got everything from fresh air and jaw-dropping scenery to exhilarating hikes and exciting boating adventures. Plus, in this day and age, there’s the added benefit of little to no wifi or 4G. Your kids may not believe you now when you tell them that there was once a time when you couldn’t get the internet on your phone, but they’ll come around once they’re confronted with the “harsh reality” of device-free living for a few days. If you want to ease them into it, try setting up your own glampsite and explore the outdoors in style.

Take a Trip to the Zoo

Many Pokémon are based on real world animals. Everything from lions to tigers to bears are covered in the Pokémon pantheon. Some are obvious, such as the aptly named Squirtle, a water-blasting turtle Pokémon. Others are not so much. Encourage your child to figure out what Pokémon look like what animals and to learn more about those animals.

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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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