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Stuck At A Computer All Day? 9 Relaxation Websites That Will Soothe Your Soul

Stuck At A Computer All Day? 9 Relaxation Websites That Will Soothe Your Soul

Despite having the world at our fingertips via the internet and social media, sitting at a desk can still be boring. Writing daily expense reports or doing research quickly makes your eyelids heavy. Then again, maybe you’re the opposite of bored. Maybe you’re endlessly scrolling through walls of text and raising your tension levels. Either way, sitting at a desk and staring at a computer all day can be draining. To counter that, it’s easy to try and distract ourselves using the web.

However, if you look even harder, you can find helpful distractions to use at your disposal, too. So instead of drumming a hole in your desk, why not try browsing the following websites for useful tools to help you find a little relaxation?

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1. Calming Manatee

Cats aren’t the only friendly animals online responsible for stress-relief. This site offers a double dose of relaxation and mood lifting. It features various images of manatees paired with cute and cheerful sayings. This is a pretty simple site but can also make for a great pick-me-up in the middle of a long, hard day.

2. Playster

Perhaps background noise isn’t what you need to de-stress. If that’s the case, Playster offers a few options on how to clear your mind. Offering books in both text and audio form and movies and games, ranging from retro to educational, Playster engages your brain in a different way. An added feature to this site is that you can create a unique login (or use an existing social account) so you can have your games or playlists saved and ready to go on-the-go.

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3. Get Relaxed

This option requires no effort from you whatsoever. The primary focus is a slideshow filled with gorgeous and soothing backdrops that you can add various soundscapes to. And don’t fret about choosing the photos, there’s an auto-setting that causes them to change automatically. You’ll feel like you’re reconnecting with nature.

4. Weave Silk

If being still isn’t your idea of relaxing, you can try another creative outlet. Art is one of the most common methods of getting rid of stress and anxiety. Weave Silk operates on a black background and is something like digital watercolor painting. The longer you use your cursor paintbrush, the more detailed your image becomes. This site also offers an extra perk in that your designs are mirrored and create organic randomized patterns.

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5. Calm

Calm is an obvious choice in any search for a website meant to soothe. You choose from three different time options (two, ten, or twenty minutes), depending on how long and how far you need to take your break. It operates on the idea of guided meditation, using a variety of ambient backgrounds (bodies of water like the ocean or lakes) and gentle sounds to help calm your nerves.

6. A Soft Murmur

This site lets you drown out the noise in your head with a series of ambient noises. By making your own playlist, you’ll be able to only hear what you want. You can choose up to ten different sounds and play them all at once, or just choose your favorites.

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7. Blah Therapy

Sometimes, you need a little more human interaction in order to get your tension out. This site offers the option to get it all off your chest while remaining anonymous. It also lets you be an outlet. Blah Therapy allows you to either be on the couch listening, or on the other end ranting. You can vent your built-up frustrations to a stranger or offer an ear to someone else.

8. The Quiet Place

Imagine if you weren’t trapped at your desk, where would you go? Save the tropical vacations for your daydreams and use this site for a shorter, but equally effective break. For thirty seconds, all you have to do is breathe and take in the positive messages on your screen. If you don’t have much time between meetings or sending emails, this is a great way to find your center and get a small piece of your time back.

9. Do Nothing for 2 Minutes

As the name suggests, this is literally a chance to stop, take a breath, and get a couple minutes to unwind and recover. While this seems deceptively simple, being still is a hard thing in a time when our hands are always busy with some form of technology. Just sit back, enjoy the sound of crashing waves, and you’ll be amazed at how relaxed you feel.

Featured photo credit: Networking Times via networkingtimes.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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