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June 21 2011

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6 Things Designers Should Do in Summer To Keep Themselves Fit And Healthy

Summer’s here – ready or not. For some of you it has certainly brought some changes but some of you haven’t even noticed the new season’s here. I live in a resort town couple of minutes from the sea so summer has definitely changed my daily routine. I’ve spent nearly all these past days by the sea and acquired a quite red skin color which hurts a bit. For that reason I’m now at home and sharing this article with you. Summer can be incredible and memorable if want it to be. This article presents seven tips for designers (and anyone else) to make your summer superb and get you ready for the next working season.

Exceed your boundaries

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Summer is the right time to do something wild and special. Break your routine and step out of your comfort zone. Put that laptop away and go surprise yourself. I bet you have a roaring desire for summer adventure. If you have always wanted to learn to water-ski, go and do that. Perhaps some of you dream about skydiving or scuba diving. What keeps you back? You’ve worked hard all year and it’s time to rest. Test yourself, get to know your body, exceed your limits. Next time when a friend calls with a spontaneous idea don’t grunt that you’re busy. You go for it with a grin on your face.

Exercise

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Summer is also the time to get back in shape. Designers spend most of their time sitting and that does not help your health at all. An immobile lifestyle can lead to a lot of serious health problems. Summer is the perfect time to start working out. Wake up earlier in the mornings and go for a run. If you have a lake or a sea nearby take a swim after the run. You’ll feel great and lively. Revise your diet – no more synthetic food from supermarkets wrapped in ten sheets of plastic. Drink a lot of water, eat fruits and vegetables. Visit your local market and buy naturally grown food. Summer offers so many active ways to spend your spare time. Go out and start training – your body will be grateful.

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Tribesports is a recently launched website which helps the sports person in all of us do more. You can create your ultimate sports profile, follow other users, create or join tribes and take challenges. It’s a great place to start off. I suggest starting with the easiest challenges and slowly move upper. With Tribesports you can easily share training updates, get inspiration, guidance and advice from others that are taking or have previously completed a challenge.

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Livestrong is dedicated to being a users most valued online source of inspiring, relevant and useful health-related information. To achieve that goal, they have combined the best in health, fitness and lifestyle content. You are going to find dozens of useful articles on Livestrong as well as exercises, diet programs and inspiration. You can also set your weight loss goals, track your daily caloric intake and log your fitness activities. Livestrong provides all the needed features to start working out and live healthy.

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Zen to Fitness is an online magazine with free weekly articles on health and fitness that can be read in under 5 minutes. The focus is a quality design/content and the site is ad-free. All the articles are easy to follow advice that you can use in your day to day life.

Go over your past work

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No matter if it’s school, casual work, or freelancing – if you’ve been diligent during the past months a thick folder of work should have been piled up. Excellent projects you might be proud of, ordinary worksheets, or maybe something you haven’t quite finished. Going over your past work and analyzing it is a great way to improve your future results. Try to recall what and why you did certain things, analyze your work and think what you could do to make your work better next time. Learn from your own mistakes.

The “Do it later” list

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Yes, I’m talking about the very same list each of us have to organize and plan our work. The list which we so enthusiastically wrote, but of which we flee and dread right now. I have a do it later folder in my bookmarks which stretches three times my monitor size. Interesting articles, inspiring interviews, useful websites – it’s all there, but somehow I’m still afraid of that list. Don’t be like me, though. Don’t sit there for two hours motionless refreshing your Twitter and Facebook. Instead close everything unnecessary and devote time to yourself and your unfinished tasks. No more naah, I’ll do this later. Sit down with your list and go through each point in turn. Organize your work smart and be awakening about your time. In the autumn you’ll be thankful, as you’ll be able to start work with no debts to yourself.

Widen your viewpoint

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So you’re a designer and always wondered how would it be to be able to code your designs? Summer is the right time to give it a try. And I’m not talking only about design related things. Advance yourself, learn, digest. Traveling is the best way to get to know new cultures and societies. Why not to take a trip to some far-away place and stay there for a while? Go get to know the countryside if you’re a town dweller. Read the books you wanted. You accumulate your inner fortune with by doing things you thought you’d never do. Knowledge is never enough, keep that in mind.

Enjoy

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Summer is supposed to be fun, joyful and full of adventures. Don’t spend your summer in front of a 24 inch screen reading some superior marketing techniques secrets. Put away those cutting-edge freelancing books and get out of the house. Believe me, computer tan ain’t as cool as you might think. Meet your friends, connect with people, do something crazy and just enjoy the summer. Memories are invaluable, you don’t want to remember trying to unravel that impossible CSS trick. You want to remember those beautiful nights by the sea with your friends, barbecue and beer. Reconsider your priorities and taste the life. Take a trip to some remote country, propose spontaneous ideas, break the lines. You won’t regret it looking at the pictures in autumn and remembering the times you had. So quick, close this window, think of something funky and awesome and go do it.

June 18 2010

11:00

Ordinary Tips For Better Summer: Brighten Your Life

Preview-tips-for-better-summerSummer’s first week is over and finally I can fully enjoy it too (passed my exams). I wish you all to have a great time in summer, so here’s a few tips that hopefully will help you enjoy the summer even more.

I can only give you some guidelines, just when we all are so busy working and completing our own projects we forget to enjoy our life fully – but remember we are living just once and after my own experience – when I get some good rest I am working a lot more effectively and recover the vigor of life! You should do it too!

1. Enjoy summer

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You have worked so hard all year (I hope you did), so now it’s time to take a rest.

  • Step away from your computer and go outside
  • Get some sunburn and enjoy the weather
  • Make new friends and explore the world
  • Go to the beach, exhibitions, parties, anywhere you want to
  • Just say yes

Later in autumn you’ll have a great memories and plans for the next summer. You wouldn’t want to remember how you spent all summer in front of monitor exploring HTML,CSS,PHP and all that stuff. Nobody (except other geeks) cares about it. Of course, don’t leave job behind, just don’t overwork. So I hope you got it, now decide what you want to do and go for it. Call an old friend, go to a trip, attend a rock festival – it’s all up to you.

To man, who knows where he is going, the world shows the way itself. /David Jordan/

2. Do some sports

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Summer is the best time to keep yourself fit and take care of your health and body. You can take off some fat accumulated during winter. Have you got a gym in your town? I bet you have, but you have never been there. Find time to attend it at least twice a week. That will enlarge your muscle and you will have a good rest too.

Wake up earlier and go for a run around neighborhood. After that take a cold shower. You’ll feel great and that will improve your stamina.

  • Try to jump with jumping-rope at least 100 times a day.
  • Take a longer ride with your bike.

There are plenty of things you can and should do. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t so good at them. You have to start from somewhere, right? Create a schedule with your activities. For example, start day with a mile run, then take a cold shower, after breakfast do some 3 x 10 push ups. Before lunch jump 3 x 100 times with jumping rope. In evening go for about 5 mile ride with your bike. Finally take shower and have a great sleep. Next day you can have a good rest in beach with your friends, a movie or something relaxing. Don’t stick to routine if you don’t want to. Don’t exercise every second day if you don’t want to. Just don’t make a habit of doing that.

Our biggest success is not to fall, but the ability to always get up after we have fallen /Confucius/

3. Accomplish yourself

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Have you wanted to do something for a long time but always prorogue it? Summer is the right time to do it. No matter if it’s physical or mental. Whether you want to learn to surf, learn a new language, quit smoking or something else – just go for it. Create yourself a programme and stick to it. Don’t give up – success come only with hard work and strong belief. You can start with a little research on internet and then give it a practical try. Don’t be lazy, think for future. Your achievements will depend on your past work.

If you don’t have any specific goals, you can just try to live better, to be smarter. For example, read some books, magazines about history or art. Just put away those freelancer tips. What have you learned from them? To sit and slave all day at front of computer?

Success is the effect, it does not have to be the ambition /Gustav Flober/

Do not expect fast and do not acquiesce with modest success. Hurry – and you will not achieve intended, be modest, will not achieve anything great /Confucius/

4. Don’t worry about autumn, but get ready for it

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Autumn’s far enough, but there’s a saying – create cart in winter, sledge in summer. Don’t worry about autumn, but keep in mind that it will come. Do some work to make it easier later. Clean your house, workspace, buy and arrange everything necessary. When everything’s set and you know you have done everything, it’s time to forget your cares and let the summer take you.

5. Give your eyes a rest

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I bet a lot of you guys are have been spending too much time in front of any kind of monitor and that’s bad for your eyes. Some of you realize that, some don’t care. But I’ve set a goal to improve my vision this summer. I’ve actually found a great method to do it. It’s called the Bates method. You can learn more about it at http://www.seeing.org/. There’s also a free book available here. You should really give it a try, because a lot of people are saying that it works. Vision is our main sense and it’s very important.

Don’t ruin it everyday reading useless roundups, playing video games or just surfing in twitter. If you feel that your vision starts to impair, take care of it.

Who knows  –  what he wants, can do - what he wants /Rainis/

Finally – just don’t become somebody like in this caricature! Fun stuff to make you smile and realise truth:

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May 31 2010

21:00

50 Insanely Awesome Pieces of Summer Inspiration

The wonderful summer is right around the corner for many of us. This inspired me to this time find some truly refreshing and inspiring pieces of art that cherish summer. Whether you love summer, flowers and beach life or not, I’m sure you will find some inspiration here. This collection has illustrations, photo-manipulations, drawings and photos for you to get refreshed and inspired by!

All of these artists have managed to capture the spirit of summer in their own unique ways. Remember to click on the artworks to go visit the originals in full size. Enjoy!

1. Frisky Summer by ~sushi-boy

2. Last Day of Summer 2006 by *zelda994612

3. Chillaxin’  by *celesse

4. Summer Delicious by *JrDragao

5. Summer…  by =viamallorca

6. In the Summer by ~SheDreamsInColour

7. Sun Flower  by *CQcat

8. Heart of Summer by ~Caoimhe-Aisling

9. …Jinki’s Lazy Summer… by ~CLassicNightmare

10. Summer Car Wash by ~villa82

11. Summer Days by *Nightingale628

12. Summer Days by *kokamo77

13. Summer Flowers by ~kikks92

14. Marilyn Summer by ~Kitakutikula

15. Vacation by *pesare

16. SummeR MadnesS by ~detwayler

17. Summer evenings… by ~Mbalenhle

18. Summer in Foreign Colors by ~MuuuSaki

19. My first summer by ~grazrootz

20. SUMMER FRUITS by ~DarkKokeshi

21. Summer Breeze by ~pure-forest

22. Retro Summer by ~fabianzoeller

23. summer by ~lejaaaaaaaa

24. Summer Dreaming by =mskate

25. First Of Summer by ~lalalaiizaa

26. Summer Vacation by =pyro303

27. Summer Fairy by ~gatasombra

28. summer le summer by ~cookiekeencookie

29. Summer Skies by *sweet-reality-xo

30. Summer time by ~IbrahimAmr

31. Summer is here by *recycledwax

32. Summer daisies in sunshine by ~LeCygne

33. Summer by ~donnat

34. Last summer feelings by *P3xelArt

35. Summer cocktail by ~pollina

36. Summer by ~iDesignUS

37. :: Summer loving :: by =Liek

38. I Love Summer by ~designslave

39. End of Summer by ~KPetrasko

40. Summer by ~sahandsl

41. Four Seasons – Summer by ~skullyan

42. Ready For Summer by ~robmmad16

43. Summer by ~mfggomez2

44. Summer by ~Zzanthia

45. Summer.  by ~MellyBaldin

46. Flowers by *mashi

47. Summer fun that never ended by `thienbao

48. Perfect Summer by ~D-e-v-i

49. Summer trip by =Surround

50. The sun is riseing by ~Hellobirdtreecat

Those were 50 summer pieces for your inspiration. I hope you enjoyed them!

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