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What To Do With Your Car Keys When You Go Swimming At The Beach – 10 Ways to Keep Them Safe, Prepared or Not!

What To Do With Your Car Keys When You Go Swimming At The Beach – 10 Ways to Keep Them Safe, Prepared or Not!

Going to a beach should be a relaxing experience, right? But how many times have you stepped out of your car, took your towel, locked the car, came to the beach ready to get into the water, and bang! Your car keys! No one will take your towel, but your car – and everything in it? Of course, the more valuable your car is, the lesser the chances that the beach you’re at has lockers – Murphy’s law.

It’s not a problem if you’re with someone – as long as that person is willing to stay in the sun while you’re having your relaxation time in the water, which isn’t very likely (unless you have bribed him). If you think that hiding the key under the towel or even burying it in the sand under it would provide you the place that no thief would ever think of looking, then think again. And, if you have one of those fancy electronic keys, you can’t just tie it to your wrist and go swimming with it. So what can you do?

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To come prepared:

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  1. Buy shorts with waterproof pockets (if your key is electronic – or that have pockets with regular zippers if it’s a regular key). That way you will be free to take your key to the water with you.
  2. Get a waterproof case for your electronic key, like this one that can hold your cell phone as well; they come with the cords that you can tie around your bathing suit strap. Now, pay attention: these cases are only safe if you’re swimming – they float well and are splash proof, but they won’t stand immersion, so forget about diving with them.
  3. Get a pair of water shoes with tiny zippered pockets. The pockets are just big enough for a key and are hidden in the tip of the shoe so they won’t hurt your feet.
  4. Buy a magnetic key holder and put it on your car. The best places for this are usually in the wheel well or up under the lip of a chassis. You should clean that spot when you first put it on.
  5. Buy a house near the beach, or rent one – then you won’t need to take your car to the beach at all!

…you came unprepared!

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  1. If there are houses near the beach, see if you can quickly make friends with the people who live there and ask to leave your key (and the rest of your personal belongings) with them. If you don’t trust people, find a bush in some hidden backyard and burry your key there. Note: make sure that you remember where the bush is.
  2. Tuck your key under the car, or somewhere not so obvious (like on top of the tire or somewhere on the brake caliper).
  3. Leave it under your towel. Yes, we did say that you shouldn’t do that but if you’re a very religious person, just leave it there and pray that the thief didn’t see you leaving your car or that s/he isn’t that thorough to try your key on every single car parked near the beach.
  4. Make a sand castle and bury the key under it.
  5. Winner hack: Find a mom with a little baby and ask her if she wouldn’t mind giving you one diaper. Wet the diaper (there’s water around you, you don’t have to do anything inappropriate) and put your key under it, near your towel. Don’t forget to put the diaper in a bag and to throw it in the dumpster on your way home.

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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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