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How to Make the Best of Beach Days

How to Make the Best of Beach Days

A day at the beach can be something to look forward to for many people. But, it can be hard to figure out how to make the best out of your day. Luckily, there are a few tips that can help you enjoy your time on the beach as much as possible. Consider these points for your next beach vacation, and see if you don’t feel like you’ve successfully seized the day.

Pack with a Plan

Although the thought of writing a list of everything you want to bring doesn’t sound appealing, it is one of the easiest ways to help you make sure nothing gets left behind. As you plan your day at the beach, begin by writing down the items you need to bring. Then, when it comes time to pack (or shop) you have a point of reference regarding everything you need.

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Some of the basics for beach days include sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, and sunglasses. You may also want to bring food, and you should definitely have some drinking water on hand. If you are staying overnight, make sure to bring your toothbrush and Waterpik (check out these Waterpikwaterfloss reviews for some recommendations), any medications you need, and suitable clothing.

Don’t Over Schedule

While having some planned activities can be fun, try making room in your schedule to allow for delays or spontaneity. Over-scheduling can actually make the trip more stressful than restful, especially if things don’t go to plan. Give yourself some flexibility to adjust as the day progresses. That way, you can enjoy the trip based on what it is instead of comparing it to what you wanted it to be.

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Don’t Get Tied Up in Reviews

A lot of people check travel reviews, such as those offered by TripAdvisor and Yelp, to help decide where to go. While these sites can provide excellent information, it is easy to get caught up in them. When reading this information, it is important to remember that almost every attraction will have some positive and negative reviews. That means you are unlikely to find a “perfect” place to stop regardless of your destination.

Additionally, reviews aren’t your only source of information. Sometimes, you can get better recommendations by asking people who live and work locally to the beach you are visiting. If you stop by a gas station, hotel, or visitor’s center, ask the people who work there what they enjoy. You may find yourself directed to a hidden gem you would have otherwise missed.

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Be Polite, Always

When you go to a beach, it is important to remember that you aren’t the only person there who is trying to enjoy their day. Other people are looking to dine at local restaurants, lounge on the beach sand, and generally enjoy themselves. While some people’s actions can be frustrating, especially during busy tourist seasons, it is important to remember that (generally) none of it is personal. Take a deep breath, and make an effort to be polite to those around you. Often, expressing your frustration won’t make you feel any better, but being polite can yield positive results.

Ditch Your Digital Device

Most people are chained to their devices. Whether it is a smartphone or tablet, it can almost feel weird to go anywhere without one. But bringing a device to the beach isn’t the best plan. The sand and surf can damage electronics, and may even cause them to fail. Whenever possible, leave your devices in a safe location that isn’t on the beach itself. Plus, it will make it easier to enjoy the company of those who came with you on the trip, and sometimes that is what a day at the beach is all about.

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With this list you will be ready to hit the beach in no time at all. Don’t let the stress of the beach take away your fun. Happy beach day!

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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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