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Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Five Products to Help You Live Adventurously and Still Be Home for Dinner

Not everyone has time to take three weeks off of work and live somewhere deep in the wilderness. The hustle and bustle of a 9-5 job with only a few days off a year leaves many of us bored and looking for ways to spice up the days. But many of us don’t want to dive with sharks or jump out of a plane, and many of us need to be home for dinner!

So how can you add some spice to your life without canoeing down the Amazon or climbing Mt. Everest? Check out these five products that will help add some serious adventure into your life, while still letting you be home by dinner time.

Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

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Metolius Wood Grips Training Board

    Rock climbing is by far one of the most awesome ways you can add some adventure into your life, but all rock climbers need to start somewhere, and chances are there’s a rock climbing gym located somewhere near you. Rock climbing lessons can be damned expensive, though, so adding something to your living room that can help you train is key.

    Check out the Metolius Wood Grips Training Board. The board is crafted with a bunch of rock climbing holds to help you target your weak spots and improve as a climber. You can easily hang the training board over a doorway in your house so you can work on a variety of climbing techniques. The smooth wood feels good on your hands, and it’s a great workout too. Adding one to your living room will help you prepare for when you can finally hit the backcountry for some serious rock climbing.

    Lifeproof Case

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    Lifeproof Case

      Not all smartphone cases are created equally. That’s definitely the case for an iPhone case from Lifeproof: these smartphone cases are shock-proof, snow-proof, dirt-proof, and water-proof, meaning they can survive everything from an overturned canoe to being dropped on a city sidewalk.

      Additionally, you can actually take underwater pictures with your smartphone with a Lifeproof case. Hit the river after work, go for a dip, and bring your phone in case you see any sweet fish. Lifeproof backs up their cases with a warranty, so you don’t have to sweat should anything happen to your valuable electronic.

      BioLite CampStove

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      BioLite CampStove

        The BioLite CampStove is arguably one of the coolest camping products on the market today. Funded from a successful Kickstarter campaign a few years ago, the BioLite CampStove cooks food using just sticks and twigs you find outdoors. Whether you’re cooking something in your backyard or in the backcountry, there’s no need to lug around fuel.

        The BioLite CampStove takes it a step further than just acting as a stove, however: the stove actually converts the heat from the fire into electricity that you can use to power USB devices, like cell phones, lights, or anything else. The technology is now being implemented on a bigger scale to help combat climate change in many countries around the world.

        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

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        Sony Digital Recording Binoculars

          A good set of binoculars is something that can make adventures 10 times more awesome, and a great set of binoculars can make adventures even more awesome than that. A set of binoculars that records things? Yeah, it exists.

          The Sony Digital Recording Binoculars have the capability to zoom up to 25x while still recording full HD and 3D video. Whether you use them for backcountry animal viewing, bird watching, sports watching, or anything else, the fact that you can record what you’re seeing through the lens is simply awesome. It reduces the need for multiple products if you’re into bird watching, sports photography, or anything similar.

          Poler Napsack

          Poler Napsack

            While at first it might look a little ridiculous, the Poler Napsack might end up being the most practical, comfortable, and all around convenient piece of “clothing” you own. It’s sort of like a sweatshirt/sleeping bag hybrid, with no sleeves and a hood. While it might seem a little bit unnecessary at first, you’ll quickly realize how much  easier life is when wearing it.

            Whether you use it as a post-surfing way to heat back up or a puffy jacket to keep you warm around a campfire, the Poler Napsack will likely become your second home. You can zip up the shoulders so your arms stay warm down by your side, and you can cinch it open and closed at the bottom for your legs.

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            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

            20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

            Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

            If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

            1. Create a Daily Plan

            Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

            2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

            Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

            3. Use a Calendar

            Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

            I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

            Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

            4. Use an Organizer

            An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

            These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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            5. Know Your Deadlines

            When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

            But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

            6. Learn to Say “No”

            Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

            Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

            7. Target to Be Early

            When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

            For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

            Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

            8. Time Box Your Activities

            This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

            You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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            9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

            Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

            10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

            Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

            You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

            11. Focus

            Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

            Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

            Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

            12. Block out Distractions

            What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

            I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

            When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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            Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

            13. Track Your Time Spent

            When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

            You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

            14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

            You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

            Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

            15. Prioritize

            Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

            Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

            16. Delegate

            If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

            When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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            17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

            For related work, batch them together.

            For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

            1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
            2. coaching
            3. workshop development
            4. business development
            5. administrative

            I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

            18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

            What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

            One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

            While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

            19. Cut off When You Need To

            The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

            Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

            20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

            Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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