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Learn Five Ways to Capture Memories

Learn Five Ways to Capture Memories

Most of us travel to unique places or meet unique people. Sometimes we encounter such fantastic moments that we wish to swim in the memories forever. The best way to keep these memories alive is to freeze them. Luckily both old and new technologies allow us to be able to accomplish this quite easily. In fact, modern lives are so well documented it’s easy to know what’s going on in the life of someone you haven’t seen in years. Certain memories lend themselves more readily to certain means of recording and storage.

Archive photos.

There are lots of photographers who capture beautiful moments like births, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings at very affordable rates. Also most gadgets including phones, tablets, and even any office or gaming laptop that are under $100, have fantastic cameras that allow you to capture memories. You can create photo albums or digital photo frames for storage. It’s also possible to have backup storage of soft copies. Many older hard copy photos can also be converted to soft copies for ease of storage and safe keeping. Currently, there exist hundreds of apps for storing photos off-site for a long time.

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Write a biography or keep journals.

You don’t have to be a famous personality to write your biography. There are precious relations, memories, and seasons that would be wonderful to record. You can have a notebook computer file for such purposes. Alternatively, you can have a private online blog or memory book. A journal enables you to capture the different seasons of life and the various emotional and mental journeys that you walked through and how they influenced your view of reality and relationships. Well-written biographies with properly-defined timelines are always treasured. It’s often easier to write down your thoughts than verbalize them into a recorder.

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Create a scrapbook.

You can pin awards, certificates, testimonials, memorabilia, and precious letters into a scrapbook. You can also have a small scrapbook with old photos, which you can fix or edit with Photoshop or PhotoLemur for Mac users. In it you can let friends or loved ones write beautiful thoughts or memories about each other. Make sure the scrapbook memory captures as much of your essential stories as possible. These books could be general or dedicated to specific topics like cooking or child development. The books, trophies, and memorabilia can all be stored in a keepsake box. These are boxes (preferably wooden or metal) which act as a treasure chest of all the times that you value.

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Record an oral history.

The best part about modern recordings is that they don’t have to be top-quality. Most digital phones have video cameras that provide remarkable quality. If there are beautiful family moments like a Christmas message from a distant relative, a goodwill message to/from Granny, or a visit abroad, they can all be recorded. Capturing voice and motion images of events adds more life and realness to the memories being captured. It’s also a very efficient tool to record family traditions and family history that are on the brink of getting lost.

Make a video.

There is a high probability that you have lots of movies that can no longer be played in the old format. You can have them converted from VCR to the latest format for preservation. Videos differ from oral recordings in that they are less officious and of better quality. You should enlist the service of a skilled videographer, whether they own the best drones available in the market to capture moments from high buildings, or just high-end DSLR cameras to record the moments for weddings, graduations, or birthdays. Well-made videos tend to connect the younger generation to people and events from the past that they may have missed.

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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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