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Poor Man Hack: Nike+iPod Sport Kit Shoe Mod

Poor Man Hack: Nike+iPod Sport Kit Shoe Mod
Nike+iPod: Step 0

    I got myself a Nike + iPod Sport Kit recently. Sometimes I buy a gadget because it is new and innovative, but this time it’s a rational purchase. I have a iPod nano and I want to exercise by running. Plus it is quite affordable.

    What I don’t want is getting a new Nike+ shoes, at least not now. Frankly it is too expensive for me, plus I already have couple of running shoes. So I want to figure out a way to attach the Nike+iPod transmitter onto my old Nike running shoe.

    I searched a bit on the Net and found couple ways to equip Nike+iPod sport kit without the Nike+ Shoe – however they do not impress me. It is either purchasing an extra pouch to tie onto your existing shoe, or gutting a hole in a shoe.

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    I figure I should create a better hack for this. Here it is, a lazy and cheap mod, but it serves me quite well.

    Step 1. First, get a transparent plastic bag. You can use a CD sleeve. They are pretty strong and thick. You will also need some sticky tapes and a pair of scissors.

    Step 2. Put the Nike+iPod transmitter into a corner of the plastic bag.

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    Nike+iPod: Step 2

      Step 3. Leave around 2cm on the top and right hand side and cut the section out.

      Nike+iPod: Step 3

        Step 4. Next, use sticky tape to close the side and the top. Here you go, you made yourself a transmitter pouch. Half way through now.

        Nike+iPod: Step 4

          Step 5. Now we need to cut a hole for each corner so that the shoe laces can stitch through the pouch and secure it onto your shoe. Use the scissors to cut a hole at each of the four corners.

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          Nike+iPod: Step 5

            Step 6. Now move on to your shoe. Untie your shoe lace.

            Step 7. Use first shoe lace to stitch through the bottom set of the holes.

            Step 8. Use another shoe lace to stitch through the top set of the holes.

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            Nike+iPod: Step 8

              Completed! Now go and have some trial runs.

              Nike+iPod: Step Completed

                The hack took me under 5 minutes. It looks pretty nice and holds pretty well on the shoe. I had couple of runs with it and I don’t see any sign of losing it. Feel free to comment on any feedback or improvements on this Nike+iPod Sport Kit hack.

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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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