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8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

8 Obscure July Holidays to Celebrate After the 4th

July 14th: Pandemonium Day

Pandemonium Day is exactly what it sounds like: a day to go nuts. It’s basically like the 4th of July, but with less America. Or more America. Possibly pandas? They all make no sense…which, on this day, technically makes sense. Go wild (safely).

    Pandamonium/Shena Tschofen via flickr

    July 15th: Tapioca Pudding Day

    Ah, tapioca pudding; it either makes you want to eat a whole tub, or makes you want to blow chunks. Depending on which one is you, this day could go quite differently for some…

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      Banana Tapioca Pudding/qlinart via flickr

      July 19th: Caviar Day

      Are you so rich you can afford to eat smelly, expensive fish eggs? Then this day is for you, my good sir or madam. Throw a Gatsby-style dinner party and invite all your posh friends over for some caviar. Yum?

        Caviar & Mother of Pearl/Renée Suen via flickr

        July 22nd: Hammock Day

        Do you really need an excuse to relax all day? Still, July 22nd falls on a Friday this year, so you might be thwarted by that whole job thing you’ve got goin’ on. You could always remind your boss of this extremely important holiday. Or juts call in sick, whichever works.

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          No Hurry/Nathalie Babineau-Griffiths via flickr

          July 23rd: Hot Dog Day

          Didn’t get your fill of hot dogs on the 4th? There’s a holiday just for one of America’s favorite summer foods. And, in years past, some food chains have given customers hot dog discounts on the 23rd, so keep an eye out for cheap weenies.

            Hot Dog with Fries/TheCulinaryGeek via flickr

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            July 24th: Tequila Day

            Not much needs to be said about this one, except a gentle reminder to order a cab and not plan to keep much of your dinner. Cheers.

              Tequila and Lime/Eric Diggers via flickr

              July 27th: Take Your Pants For a Walk Day

              We all know that taking your pants for a walk is part of a healthy pants-owning routine. Roll yourself out of bed, put on the pants you were most definitely not wearing, and go for a hearty stroll. Note: some sites across the interwebs list July 27th as Take Your Plants For a Walk Day. So, there might be some slight confusion. Or just some very well-exercised plants.

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                The Sentry/Just Ard via flickr

                July 29th: National Lasagna Day

                What could be better than eating the deliciously melty, cheesy, pasta-y goodness that is fresh lasagna? Answer: a whole day dedicated to it. Invite people over to make some or eat out somewhere that has a world-class lasagna dish. Actually, just go out by yourself. More lasagna for you.

                  Meaty Lasagna/FoodThinkers via flickr

                  Featured photo credit: 4th of July Aftermath/Lee 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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                  Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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