Thursday, 27 December 2012

OUGD504 // Design for print and web // Things to do in 3 minutes

1. Raise your activity level to pump up your energy.
If you're on the phone, stand up and pace. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Put more energy into your voice. Take a brisk 10-minute walk. Even better...

2. Take a walk outside. 
Research suggests that light stimulates brain chemicals that improve mood. For an extra boost, get your sunlight first thing in the morning.

3. Reach out. 
Send an e-mail to a friend you haven't seen in a while, or reach out to someone new. Having close bonds with other people is one of the most important keys to happiness. When you act in a friendly way, not only will others feel more friendly toward you, but you'll also strengthen your feelings of friendliness for other people.

4. Rid yourself of a nagging task. 
Deal with that insurance problem, purchase something you need, or make that long-postponed appointment with the dentist. Crossing an irksome chore off your to-do list will give you a rush of elation.

5. Create a more serene environment. 
Outer order contributes to inner peace, so spend some time organizing bills and tackling the piles in the kitchen. A large stack of little tasks can feel overwhelming, but often just a few minutes of work can make a sizable dent. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see what you can do.

6. Do a good deed. 
Introduce two people by e-mail, take a minute to pass along useful information, or deliver some gratifying praise. In fact, you can also...

7. Save someone's life. 
Sign up to be an organ donor, and remember to tell your family about your decision. Do good, feel good―it really works!

8. Act happy. 
Fake it 'til you feel it. Research shows that even an artificially induced smile boosts your mood. And if you're smiling, other people will perceive you as being friendlier and more approachable.

9. Learn something new. 
Think of a subject that you wish you knew more about and spend 15 minutes on the Internet reading about it, or go to a bookstore and buy a book about it. But be honest! Pick a topic that really interests you, not something you think you "should" or "need to" learn about.

2. turn on upbeat music
3. wipe crumbs off the table
4. take something to another room where it goes
5. reply to an email (one email, don’t get lost in your email inbox)
6. water a plant
7. file a paper
8. empty a trash can
9. check the toilet paper supply
10. wipe spots off a mirror
11. bring empty glasses back to the kitchen
12. put your plate in the dishwasher
13. start the dishwasher
14. cut a loose string off your clothing
15. swish a brush around the toilet bowl
16. hang the towels up off the floor
17. shake out the welcome mat
18. sweep the entryway to your home
19. check your calendar
20. toss the junk mail
21. put your bag by the door so it’s ready to go
22. toss old vegetables from the fridge
23. stack magazines and remove the old ones
24. throw dirty clothes in the laundry basket
25. rinse off the soap dish
26. add a couple things to your grocery list
27. plug in your cell phone to charge it
28. take receipts out of your wallet
29. close drawers and cabinet doors
30. put your shoes away
31. give someone a hug

-make ramen noodles
-boil water
-make toast
-play a song
-listen to a song
-fight someone/something
-brush your dog
-run to your friends house
-swim…for 3 minutes
-say a prayer
-cut down a small tree
-run a mile…really fast
-restring a guitar string
-hold your breath
-have a water drinking contest
-try to eat a handful of cinnamon
-brush your teeth
-make a pot of tea
-put gas in your car
-fold a load of laundry
-sweep the floor
-eat a sandwich
-fill up water balloons
-drink a 2 liter bottle of soda

1. Get a glass of water.
2. Give yourself an eye socket massage.
3. Take a deep breath.
4. Twist again.
5. Smell a flower, orange peel or herb.
6. Pound your thymus.
7. Turn off your computer.

1. Make your bed – This three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness. Trust me it just is!

2. Bring every room back to “ready.” I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Display sentimental items around your home. One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories.

4. Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal. Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day. (If you have kids, you can ask them, “What was the best part of today?”) Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude. (An added bonus: Later, when your memory is defunct, you will already have all of your meaningful adventures recorded!) If you have trouble getting started with journaling, consider buying a book to guide you. Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach, is a great one.

5. If you can’t get out of it, get into it. This tip comes from The Happiness Project. I love the message: The dishes are not going to clean themselves, so you will do it, and you will like it! (Unless, of course, you can outsource this job, in which case I say: Nice work!) Otherwise, get into doing the dishes. Feel the soothing warm water on your hands. Enjoy the tickle of the tiny bubbles. Crank your favorite album at an unusually loud volume, do a couple fist-pumps while shouting “Can I get a hell yeah for the dishes? Hell! Yeah!” and pretend you love it.

6. Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day. In The Art of Happiness, the Dali Lama says “”Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” Wow. What a wise man. I tend to wake up with a strong visceral reaction that says, “Attention human beings: Be afraid of me before coffee. Be very afraid!” Setting a daily intent makes a huge difference. Your daily intent could be something like “be productive” or “enjoy today’s delicious moments” or it could be something more specific like “say thank you to my loved ones today.” But it should not be another “to do” item on your list.

7. Do small favours for your housemates, expecting nothing in return (not even a thank you!). (That’s right, I said it: nothing!) Mow the lawn for your husband, but don’t expect him to pat you on the back. Make the bed for your wife, but don’t try to get bonus points for it. Take the rubbish out for your roommate, just because. The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributors to health and happiness, but when you start to keep score, the benefit is lost. (No! It’s YOUR turn to clean up the dog poop!) It’s a well-known fact: When you do good, you feel good.

8. Call at least one friend or family member a day. You can do this while you clean, while you make the bed, or while you walk the dog. Texts and emails do not count! Make an actual phone call to a loved one, just to chat and catch up. We humans are social beings and studies show that even when we don’t feel like it, even if we are naturally introverted, socializing with our loved ones makes us feel better.

9. Spend money on things that cultivate experiences at home. Save money for a new grill for parties or a new DVD for family movie night — something that will encourage you to have people over and entertain. Plan a summer barbeque, invite your closest friends, kick back and relax. (And don’t forget to print out the pictures to remember the good times.)

10. Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself. Whatever your spiritual beliefs — or non-beliefs — may be, studies show that connecting to a high power is correlated with happiness. Just stepping back to realize that we are part of an enormous universe can put some perspective on your annoyance with the those-are-definitely-not-mine-and-they-are-abso-fricking-lutely-repulsive socks under the coffee table. Before bed, spend just a few minutes contemplating something larger than yourself. Take a walk in nature. Write in a journal. Create a sacred space in your home. (Or if spirituality is really not your thing, create a home spa: light some candles, soak in a hot bath, delve into a good book… are you feeling better yet?)

-Count to 180.
-Listen to some songs.
-Hand write 93 words. (Average person hand writes 31 words per minute)
-Have an advanced typist type 360 words. (Advanced level is considered at 120 words per minute)
-Download a 21.6 MB file at an average 120k speed.
-Flee from a burning building.
-Find Waldo.
-Boot up a laptop/desktop computer.
-Read and solve a 30-second mystery short story.
-Complete the movement phase in a 1500pt or below game.
-Crop and resize a photo for upload to the sprue database.
-Clip all the parts of a single finecast mini out of its sprues.
-Remove all mold lines on said finecast mini (maybe).
-Watch a YouTube clip (most anyway).
-Listen to a song.
-Ring up and pay for your purchase at a shop.
-Fill a water bottle from a fountain.
-Bait a fishing hook.
-Write a check.
-Dial a phone number and leave a voicemail.
-Floss your teeth.
-Gargle with mouthwash.
-Brush your teeth.

Get the mail.
Drink a beer.
Watch a clock for 3 minutes.
Microwave a burrito.
Eat said burrito.
Get dressed.
Get undressed.
Win a game of tic-tac-toe.
Send a text message.
Brush my teeth.
Install an air filter in your average car or truck.
Read a menu and make up my mind on what I will order.
Fold a paper airplane and fly it.
Tie my shoes.
Peal an orange.
Lose interest in a conversation.
Put a basecoat on a Word Bearer
Put a wash on a Word Bearer
Plant a plant
Tie my shoelaces
Read a double page
Switch on the lights
Pet the cat.
Draw a circle.
Read a comic.

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