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When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

With Google’s balloon-powered internet in the news, you might be wondering what else a balloon can do. The answer is, a heck of a lot. Check out these creative uses for balloons:

#1 Give Yourself Waterproof Pockets

Simplest waterproofing ever: carry a balloon in your pocket. When you need to keep your cash and other small objects dry, stuff them inside the balloon and tie off the neck,

#2 Support Your Papier Maché Creations

Paste newspaper strips over your balloon, let the whole thing dry, then pop the balloon and trim the stiffened paper to the shape you want. You could make a giant egg, a bowl, or even a candy-filled piñata.

#3 Play Water Darts

This one is easy and a lot of fun on a hot day! Fill balloons with water, hang them from a wall, and throw darts at them until they burst. Darts are sharp — duh — so watch out for children, animals, and other innocent bystanders.

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    #4 Make Your Own Stress Ball

    Fill a balloon with grains of rice or wheat and tie a knot in the neck. Squeeze and squish for instant stress relief!

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    #5 Help Your Garden Grow

    A balloon used in place of a gardening tie will support your plants without cutting into them, because it stretches as they grow.

    #6 Go Cluster Ballooning

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      This is like something from the movie Up: fill lots and lots of balloons with helium, then use them to lift you into the sky. You need large, super-strong balloons to pull off this stunt, so maybe start with a trial at home using normal balloons and an action figure.

      #7 Exercise With Balloons

      You might think a balloon isn’t heavy enough or resistant enough to exercise with. You’d be wrong. Holding a balloon between your hands or between your knees during push-ups, for example, makes you more aware of your posture and muscle tension, improving your form.

      #8 Hold on to Your Glasses

      Use a long, thin balloon as a strap for your eyeglasses or sunglasses—just tie one end of the balloon to the end of each glasses arm, stretch the balloon around the back of your head, and it’ll hold your glasses firmly in place.

      #9 Make Chocolate Eggs

      You can use small, rounded balloons as the support for your chocolate creations. Inflate them enough to hold a firm shape, then dip and roll in just-melted chocolate before hanging from a line to set. Stick a piece of tape over the exposed rubber near the neck and push a pin through it to let the air out gently before removing the balloon.

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        #10 Power a Car

        Yes, really. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held a balloon car contest in 1998 and the fastest vehicle reached speeds greater than 10 feet per second.

        #11 Make Cola Explosions

        You remember the Mentos-and-cola fun of a few years ago, right? Well, this uses the same chemistry with a bit of extra physics. Put your Mentos inside a balloon and stretch the balloon neck over the neck of your cola bottle, then push the mints down through the balloon into the bottle. The balloon lets pressure build up inside it until it either pops off the bottle or bursts, showering the surrounding area with minty cola foam. [Fun but potentially dangerous. Play responsibly!]

        #12 Pipe Frosting

        If you fill a long balloon with frosting or buttercream icing, then prick a hole in the bottom end, you can use it as a piping bag to decorate cakes and cookies. Don’t apply too much pressure, or the exit hole will stretch and give you uneven lines.

        #13 Give Your Pens Grip

        Trim the neck from a balloon, or cut a tube from the midsection of a narrow balloon, then slip it over the body of your pen to give it extra grip. Also works on drumsticks, laser pointers, and other stuff you need to hold.

        #14 Paint With Colour Bombs

        Fill some balloons with liquid paint, stretch a large canvas or sheet of paper over a hard backing, then throw your balloons at the canvas to make a fun work of art.

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          #15 Pee Anywhere

          You’ll need a large balloon and a small funnel. Put the funnel neck inside the balloon neck, pee into the funnel, then carefully remove the funnel and tie off the balloon. [Hygiene note: clean your funnel after each use and dispose of the filled balloons responsibly!]

          #16 Make Your Own UFO

          Activate a glowstick and push it inside the body of a balloon before inflating with helium. Tie off the balloon and add a long string so you can float it above your house to freak people out.

          #17 Keep Your Drinks Cold

          Fill balloons with water and freeze them. On a hot day, keep your drinks in a bucket surrounded by ice balloons and they’ll stay chilled for hours. Perfect for picnics and garden parties!

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            #18 Build a Terrarium

            Use a funnel to put soil, seeds and water into a clear balloon, then inflate it and tie off the neck. Stand it in a spot that gets some sun each day, and watch your seeds sprout inside.

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            #19 Make Floating Gift Bags

            To balloon-wrap a small gift, push it inside a balloon along with some confetti and then inflate the balloon with helium before tying it off. Tie a ribbon to the neck and add a gift tag, then leave the balloon tied to the recipient’s bedpost or door handle to surprise them. [If you use this trick to propose, wrap the ring in a scrap of cloth or crepe paper first and tie it up with a piece of ribbon. Cut jewels can burst balloons!]

            #20 Create Your Own Cloud

            Inflate several balloons with helium and tape them all together, then cover with glue and roll the balloons in lightweight polystyrene pieces or cushion wadding that you’ve pulled apart and fluffed up. Add a string and you can take your cloud with you wherever you go.

            #21 Make Balloon Porn

            It happens. If you don’t believe me, see Rule 34: “If it exists, there is porn of it“.

            And finally…..

            #22 Make the next famous party animal

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              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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