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40 Best Things To Do In Summer

40 Best Things To Do In Summer

1. Run barefoot through tall grass.
2. Treat yourself to a Mr. Whippy, two flakes, unashamedly.
3. Bury your friends in the sand.
4. Watch the sunset from a rooftop, any rooftop.
5. Make your own Pimms, stuffed with fruit, for the main course of your picnic.
6. Dip your feet in the sea, a river, anything wet.
7. Take a long walk in the country and have deep and absurd conversations about being trees. Don’t forget snacks.
8. Drive a convertible, top down, speakers blaring One Direction, Missy Elliot, or (insert-other-cheesy-music-hit.)
9. Dance on a hilltop at sunset.
10. Dance on a hilltop at sunrise.
11. Dance on a hilltop in the middle of the night.
12. Just make sure you dance on a hilltop.
13. Take creative photos of tiny monuments balanced on your head.
14. Skinny dip with new friends.
15. Lie perfectly still in the grass and make conversations out of clouds.
16. Rifle through those books on the shelf that you haven’t gotten around to yet.
17. Put handfuls of sand in your housemate’s pockets and watch their reaction when you ask for a mint.
18. Choose a hot day and jump straight into an ice cold outdoor swimming pool, eyes shut, legs tucked.
19. Enjoy the cinema from a rooftop or a drive in — no need to shut yourself away from the sun and stars.
20. Don’t miss out on a summer fair if there is one — eat drink ride.
21. Stock your freezer with Jubblies and fight the brain freeze as you eat all of them in one sitting.
22. Discover the beauties of the ocean floor with a bit of snorkeling.
23. Swim alone in an empty freshwater lake in the early morning sunlight.
24. Get lost in a foreign city and spend the day finding new things.
25. Play volleyball on the beach.
26. Throw a BBQ and invite everyone – not just the usual crowd. Get the world to mingle with your Pringles.
27. Have a good old-fashioned water fight while the sun’s out and you’re feeling silly.
28. Go for a long cycle and enjoy fast-paced breezy moments in the hot weather.
29. Have a brunch that turns into lunch that turns into dinner and let your day blow in the wind like a leaf.
30. Stand with your feet in the sea and feel the water dragging the sand away from your toes.
31. Have a jamming session in a field at noon and let out your inner hipster with some acoustic guitar or a throaty song.
32. Enjoy the simple fact that the sun is shining and choose a walk over that taxi — think of that happy vitamin D.
33. Enjoy a dose of outdoor theatre and let the outside world dissolve around you as a whole new host of quality entertainment whisks you away, while you tan effortlessly in the summer rays.
34. Sleep outside beneath the stars (or the sun, depending on how demanding your daily routine is…)
35. Indulge yourself in the magic of fondue. Dip ALL THE THINGS in a chocolate fountain — strawberries, short -breads, chocolate. Dip chocolate in chocolate. Don’t think, just do.
36. Walk around, freely, unencumbered by winter coats, layers, or wooly accessories. Living that light life.
37. Invest in a hammock or befriend someone who has, because there’s nothing like hovering in the warm fresh air on the most comfortable bed there is, staring up at that beautiful blue sky.
38. Enjoy your chance to picnic — scoff your favourite finger foods: that’s right, cocktail sausages, strawberries, carrot sticks, and hummus, all the very best of fresh summer food. And don’t forget that checkered blanket on the grass. It just isn’t a picnic without it.                                                                                   39. Notice how different the world looks through sunglasses and then through your own eyes.
40. Appreciate a breeze when it blows.

Featured photo credit: Flikr – Thomas Mues via flickr.com

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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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