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6 Hi-Tech Winter Fashion Trends You’ll Absolutely Love

6 Hi-Tech Winter Fashion Trends You’ll Absolutely Love

Many people feel disheartened when thinking about the inevitable long and freezing winter. The goal is to get through the season by successfully navigating from one warm spot to another. While there are great times to be had enjoying the outdoors, the cold is still cold.

Getting out each day to go about the normal routine will involve the normal cold weather gear like a coat, scarf, and a hat, but what if technology could make your day go smoother?

Check out these hi-tech inspirations that you can add to your go-to cold weather lineup. They are not only practical, but they look good and will help you to stay warm.

1. Ear Muffs by 180s

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Ear Muffs

    These are not just any earmuffs, but a pair that will keep your ears warm and deliver your own sweet tunes right into your ear canal. Instead of trampling begrudgingly through the tundra, you’ll be skipping through your own winter wonderland when your earmuffs also act as headphones.

    Your commute will no longer be the most dreaded part of your day when you can jam out to your favorite playlist or laugh along with your favorite podcast. This headphones/earmuff combo will work with most smartphones, so all you have to do is plug in and go. The water resistant outside shell and soft lining made of faux Sherpa will ensure that you won’t sacrifice functionality for comfort.

    2. Battery Powered Heated Jacket by Ravean

    Battery powered heated jacket

      Having a nice jacket is a given when you live in a place that is cold for any significant length of time. A heated jacket is the perfect item to invest in that will get you through a mild day and harshly cold night.

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      It is light enough to wear as a regular jacket but warm enough when you need it to keep you toasty on a camping trip. Never again be underdressed or overdressed, and you won’t lose the game of guessing what the weather will be like 12 hours in the future.

      3. Bugaboot Plus Electric by Columbia

      Bugaboot Plus Electric

        If you have never experienced the feeling of your toes being so cold you question whether or not they are going to fall off, consider yourself lucky.

        There are now boots available for purchase that are not only totally waterproof but also heat up thanks to a battery and a quick push of a button. There are 3 settings for heating, and you can even purchase an extra battery pack for the trips that will be longer than normal.

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        4. USB Heating Gloves by UsbGeek

        USB Heating Gloves

          Cold hands are very common in a cold room, but what about when everywhere inside and out is freezing? Heated gloves are the answer.

          This pair even has a USB plug that powers them so you can be productive while warming your digits. Focus on meeting your deadlines instead of fighting to keep yourself warm, since you will be able to have full function of your hands and fingers while they are warming up.

          5. Electronic Hand Warmer by HotRox

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          Electronic Hand Warmer

            This electronic hand warmer will fit in the palm of your hand or pocket with no problem at all. Normally shaped like a pebble and customization through multiple settings, you’ll be able to charge this warming rock from a wall outlet or via a USB cord to your computer. They heat up rapidly and are the perfect solution to prevent frost bitten fingertips when venturing outside on your commute.

            6. Heel To Toe Heated Socks by Hammacher Schlemmer

            Heel To Toe Heated Socks

              For the most part, these are a great alternative to dropping the cash for heated boots. These socks are powered by batteries and come with multiple heat settings to toast your toes.

              Each sock uses one C battery, and you can count on 10 to 12 hours of warming, depending on which setting you are using. Perhaps the best thing of all, you can feel confident that you will never have cold feet again thanks to the lifetime guarantee.

              When you choose one or more of these great hi-tech devices to keep you warm, you’ll get to enjoy winter, rather than wishing it was over already.

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              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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              Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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