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12 Cultural Date Ideas In Aberdeen That Cost Nothing

12 Cultural Date Ideas In Aberdeen That Cost Nothing

Dating can be expensive – dinner, drinks and movies all add up, especially if you’re seeing someone worth the costs. The port city of Aberdeen is a beautiful place to date, and you’ve just got to be a little creative to find some romantic but cultural date options that won’t cost you a penny. I have compiled my absolute favourite date ideas that will inspire you to learn new skills, get healthy and expand your mind as you get to know your date in Aberdeen for free.

1. Attend a lunch hour concert at Aberdeen Art Gallery

    At Aberdeen Art Gallery, there is a great line-up of free concerts to attend during your lunch hour. It’s a perfect option for meeting a date who loves culture, but lacks time due to a heavy workload or has children to look after in the evening. Browse the extensive list of concerts here.

    2. Have a bike ride along Aberdeen Beach boardwalk

    aberdeen coastline

      The two-mile stretch of the beautiful, sandy Aberdeen Beach is the perfect setting for a romantic dog walk or paddle in the sea. Also perfect for a race or ride along the boardwalk for fitness lovers. Enjoy the sound of the waves and watch the seagulls as you get to know your date. No bikes? No problem. Borrow your bikes for free from beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop.

      When asked about the dating scene in Aberdeen, dating site comparison website, Top Aberdeen Dating Sites commented, “There are a great range of free and affordable, but memorable hotspots to take a date in Aberdeen, come rain or shine, whatever the budget. Our favourite spot has got to be Aberdeen Beach at dusk, with a picnic and a bottle of champagne.”

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      3. Spot dolphins at Aberdeen Harbour

      Aberdeen Harbour dolphin watching

        If you walk along the Aberdeen harbour’s edge, you may catch sight of seals and dolphins that often play near the entrance. What could be more romantic than watching dolphins play whilst breathing the fresh sea air?

        4. Attend a free Edinburgh Quartet concert

        Edinburgh Quartet

          It’s rare to have the opportunity to listen to music for free, but the vastly popular Edinburgh String Quartet provides free concerts that includes numbers by Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich. Open to all, and hosted all over Scotland, you’ll find a concert and a date to suit you.

          5. Take a free workshop at Aberdeen City Library

            Aberdeen City Library host free workshops such as drawing, sketching and crafts for those who like to get creative. It’s a perfect chance to learn a new skill or hone an existing one for free whilst enjoying the company of your date in a relaxed atmosphere.

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            6. Meditate with your date at Aberdeen Wellbeing Centre

              Meditation is probably not the first thing that springs to mind when figuring out where to take a date. It’s actually a great opportunity to wind down and be in the company of someone new without the pressure of having something to talk about! You’re sure to be super-chilled following your session, and have something to talk about afterwards.

              7. Take a guided tour of Aberdeen Maritime Museum

              Aberdeen Maritime Museum

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                If you’re of a nervous disposition around new people, especially ones you’re attracted to, a date idea like this is a great option as there is always something to turn your date’s attention to if you feel the conversation is drying up. The free tours at Aberdeen Maritime Museum are a perfect introduction to the Museum which tells the story of the city’s long relationship with the sea.

                8. Listen to the Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery

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                Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery

                  If the history of Aberdeen interests you, a free Lunchtime Talk at Aberdeen Art Gallery may be right up your street. It’s the perfect way to spend a lunch break from work, or a midday date.

                  9. Go on a nighttime bike ride

                    If you’ve gotten to know someone a little better, you may want to look for things to do at night that don’t involve drinking and eating. How about attending a free nighttime bike ride around Aberdeen’s centre, hosted by beCyCle, Aberdeen’s community bicycle workshop?

                    10. Master the orienteering courses at Duthie Park

                    Orienteering in Aberdeen

                      For dry days, orienteering is a fun activity to enjoy with a date. There are two free orienteering courses at Duthie Park in Aberdeen. It’s also a great option for dating single parents who want to spend time with each other’s children.

                      11. Have an outdoor adventure with the Countryside Ranger Service

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                      Aberdeen Nature reserves

                        If you love nature, consider attending a free outdoor adventure with the Countryside Rangers. From mushroom spotting to guided walks, to shelter buildings, there is something for every taste and age.

                        12. Get to know the countryside with a Health Walk

                          For those looking to increase their physical activity, take part in a series of free Health Walks. As well as getting some fresh countryside air whilst chatting to your date, you’ll also get to burn a few kcals.

                          Keep your game fresh by introducing some cultural but affordable dating options into your life. You and your date will be sure to have fun whatever the cost.

                          Image Credit: Music book via unsplash.com; beach via visitabdn.com; harbour via bbc.co.uk; Edinburgh String Quartet via edinburghquartet.com; painting via unsplash.com; meditation via unsplash.com; art gallery via aagm.co.uk; bike ride via unsplash.com; park via bhowie25.wordpress.com; woman with binoculars via naturalawakeningsmag.com; countryside via unsplash.com

                          Featured photo credit: Unknown via bbc.co.uk

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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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