Friday, June 14, 2013

Break the Cycle of of Busyness with These Three Questions

Humans are habitual creatures. We fall into habits and routines to help us get through the day, but after awhile, some of those habits might become unnecessary, and can cause us to constantly feel busy or overwhelmed. Every few months, it's worth stepping back and taking inventory to break out of the cycle of busyness.

Jessica Latham at Tiny Buddha worked hard all day, every day for years, and eventually suffered a neck injury due to stress and lack of rest. During her recovery, she asked herself three questions to find a healthier routine:

First, ask: What am I doing in the day that does not serve me? Do I need to spend three hours every weekend cleaning the house or can my family divide, conquer, and clean in only one hour?

Do I need to spend two hours each day updating my social media status or can I update my profile once a week? What am I willing to sacrifice for internal sanity and calm?

Second, ask: Why do I do all that I do? You might be shocked to see that you cling to a number of superfluous tasks for money, pride, power, or recognition.

Third, ask: What would happen if I stopped doing this? Clearly, if you abruptly quit your job you might face immense challenges. Maybe start by identifying something small to erase from your over-packed day.

Be as specific as writing down each hour in your day to see where you spend most of your time and what you can remove from your day. You might surprise yourself when you see how much television you watch or how much time you spend driving around to do errands.

Once you've asked yourself these questions, Jessica offers up five suggestions to help you act on them, and break away from being unnecessarily busy. For example, you could look at your life from someone else's perspective, and try to identify what you're doing throughout the day that doesn't make sense anymore. Be sure to check out the source link for more suggestions.

5 Tiny Steps to Move Away from Unnecessary Busyness | Tiny Buddha

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Build an All-In-One Arcade Stick that Works on Multiple Consoles

Arcade sticks are a great way to play games, but swapping out different sticks for systems is a pain. To solve this problem, DIYer Dave Nunez made a single arcade stick that works on NES, SNES, and an Atari 2600.

The process is by no means for amateurs, but Nunez's guide walks you through the process of picking components, soldering, and building the case with a CNC mill. The end result is a single arcade stick with outlets that plug into a SNES, NES, or Atari 2600. You could certainly add different systems as well with a bit of tinkering. Head over to Nunez's site for the full guide to make it for yourself.

Creating the Multicon_Retro | Dave Nunez's Blog via Hack a Day

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The Farm Table Workspace

A long desk made with cedar planks and recycled wood. A sun-filled window. And plenty of plants. Today's featured workspace is warm, rustic, and unique.

Donna at Funky Junk Interiors takes salvage items and turns them into inspiring items. That's certainly the case with this 12-foot long, 3-foot deep desk. Besides the loose cedar planks for the top, 4x4 pallet oak posts serve as the legs and chunky reclaimed 2x4's make up the sturdy framing. Black accents, including rolling file carts, a built-in computer pad, and, yes, that cat in the window, round out the rest of the space. Hit up the link below for more shots of this nature-inspired workspace.

If you have a workspace of your own to show off, share them with us by: a) posting it in the discussion below, attaching your image to the post, b) posting it to your personal Kinja blog using the tag featured workspace, or c) adding it to our Lifehacker Workspace Show and Tell Flickr pool. Make sure any photos you include are at least 640x360. Keeping them to 16:9 helps, too! Include a little text about the stuff you used, how you came up with the design, and any other relevant details. If your clever organization and good design sense catches our eye, you might be the next featured workspace.

Pallet Farm Table Desk - Part 3, The Reveal | Funky Junk Interiors

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Make a MacBook Dock with Sugru and a Few Cables

Laptop docks generally don't come cheap—especially when you have a Mac. DIYer Johan Frick put together a simple docking solution with the necessary cables and a little bit of Sugru, saving a ton of money in the process.

As you can see from the video above, the process is pretty simple. Just plug in all the cables you want to connect, surround them with a healthy amount of Sugru (carefully, so as not to get any on your MacBook), smooth it out, and let it dry. When you're done, you have a dock!

Make a plug hub for your MacBook | Sugru

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