Top Ten Productive Activities To Commence When You Are Bored

10. Read

Whether you want to read an entire book or just a short article from a magazine, reading shapes people’s minds and thinking processes. For example, most books seem long and tedious to read, but that is because those people are not good at summarizing and speed reading. You do not have to read word-for-word to acquire knowledge, just by focusing on the main idea gives you a general understanding of the content presented to you.

9. Play games

Not only does playing games improve your social skills and quality time you spend with friends and family, it also helps you think. Whether you are playing a spelling-based game like scrabble or a business-based game like monopoly, or even video games, which helps improve your hand-eye coordination, you increase your cognitive skills and thinking patterns which help you become smarter and grow as an individual.

8. Listen to music

Not only have there been studies proving that listening to classical music makes you smarter, but it can inspire you to do things that you have never done before, or looking at an occasion from a new perspective. For example, listening to the lyrics of “Imagine” may make you wonder why the world is the way it is, or listening to antiwar songs such as Metallica’s “One” may spark an interest in becoming a political activist.

7. Daydream

While dreaming does not sound very productive, many of the great inventions and processes were though up just by dreaming about “How can I do this better?” or “Could this be done differently?”

6. Rest & nap

Along with dreaming, resting does not sound productive. But if you give yourself just a 30-minute nap, you will be able to rejuvenate energy lost earlier in the day and are enabled to perform important tasks more efficiently.

5. Exercise

Even if you only exercise for a brief period of time each day, the work will add up and your health will improve. Taking a walk around the block or doing 20 sit-ups will assist you in achieving various goals, such as losing some weight or increasing your endurance.

4. Work on a hobby

Not only can you have fun participating in an activity you enjoy, but you can turn your hobby into a successful business if you decide to become an expert in its field and you understand basic business principles.

3. Surf the web

There is a vast amount of information available on the internet and you will most likely be surprised at the new things you can learn in just a few minutes online.

2. Write your thoughts

This can be a great money maker, for example one day I thought about creating a website about top ten lists, so here is the article, making money for me from my site with programs like affiliate links. Maybe by just writing a few of your thoughts down will put you on the path to becoming the next Leonardo DaVinci.

1. Ask people if they need help

If you cannot or do not want to do anything with yourself during your free time, you can always help others. Your family may need help around the house or you could volunteer at local businesses, but no matter who you help, chances are they will appreciate the time you take to assist them.

Copyright © 2007 by James Lewitzke

3 Productive Activities That Help You Make Money Blogging

With so many things to do, you can easily get overwhelmed. Although they make it seem so simple, the devil is always in the detail. Fortunately, you can focus on the most important things and still multiply your income. Figuring out which tasks are important can be difficult. Based on years of my experience, here they are.

1. Persuade
You need to persuade in everything that you do. You want to readers to peruse your blog content. For that, you write magnetic headlines or titles. Make the title irresistible so they can’t help but click and read the rest of the article.

When you need them to subscribe to your RSS feed, you sell them the benefits of doing so. The same thing applies to the buying decision. You want to persuade them so they feel good about buying.

If you decide to be an affiliate and sell other people’s product, you also need to persuade people to they click and take a look at what you recommend. This technique is called pre-selling. Basically, you want to learn how to make people take action.

This doesn’t have to be a bad thing as long as the action they take are going to move them at least one step close to their goal.

2. Network
Blogging is a communication and interaction tool. You can’t grow your blog if you don’t network with other blogs. Bloggers will link to other people if they already know him/her. At least it is more likely for them to do so. They also will pay more attention if you already cultivate the relationship with them.

Talking about relationship, you also need to do that with your audience. Don’t leave them cold. They don’t like that. Especially nowadays, they expect to be a part of the community by participating actively. That’s why they try to be active in blog comments. So talk to them.

3. Optimizing
You need to keep finding things that you can optimize to get better results. Perhaps you should ask the readers to subscribe to your RSS feed if they find your blog post interesting.

You should also test different spots to place ads. If you use AdSense, you should find ways to get the most clicks by testing shapes and colors too.

By constantly optimize your blog, you will increase your income from existing traffic. When you grow your blog, you will be able to make more money with less traffic compared to other blogs who fail to optimize.

Natural Skin Care Product Active Ingredients And What They Do

The active ingredients you will find in commercial skincare products can also be found in many foods and ingredients you have at home. Here are what they do for your skin and how they are used in skincare products.

ALPHA HYDROXY ACIDS (AHA’S)

These are fruit acids naturally derived from fruit extracts. They slough off dead skin cells to reveal younger more youthful looking skin. As we age our skins renewal process slows down and these help to replace that process giving your skin a younger appearance.

ANTIOXIDANTS

Ingredients that contain vitamin A, C end E, green tea, copper, grapeseed, and kinetin help skin by neutralizing or scavenging free radicals which are molecules that destroy skin cells.

BETA-HYDROXY ACIDS

These work in a similar way as AHA’s but are less potent so therefore less irritating to skin. The most common and well known one is Salicylic acid which is used in acne treatments and dandruff shampoos.

BOTANICALS

Ingredients from a naturally derived source (usually plants) believed for centuries to have healing or regenerating powers for the skin. Examples are Aloe vera, ginkgo and ginseng.

COENZYME Q10

This is a nutrient found in every cell of our body known to be a powerful wrinkle buster.

ESSENTIAL OILS

Most commonly used in aromatherapy to scent products but also as complimentary and healing or regenerating active ingredients in skin care products.

EMOLLIENTS

Found in moisturizers these ingredients help protect the skin by reinforcing the lower moisture barrier deep in the lower epidermis of the skin. Natural emollients include:

Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Borage Seed, Evening Primrose, Grape Seed, Hazel Nut, Hemp Seed, Kukui, Macadamia Nut, Mango Kernel Butter, Organic,, Rose Hip, Organic Sesame Seed, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sunflower, Safflower, Sesame Seed, Shea Butter, Sunflower, Sweet Almond, Tea Tree, Wheat Germ Oils.

HYPOALLERGENICS

Ingredients that are low allergy producing ingredients in products.

MATTIFYERS

Ingredients that soak up oil like cornstarch and witch hazel.

HUMECTANTS

These are compounds that attract moisture from the air to the skin. Examples are hyaluronic acid, honey, glycerin, glucose & propylene glycol.

LIPOSOMES

Delivery agents to help skin absorb ingredients deeper.

RETINOLS

Products high in Vitamin A, for protection against free radicals and some (Retin A and Retinova) dramatically reduce skin damage from the suns rays.

NON-COMEDOGENICS

Ingredients that don’t clog pores and encourage blackheads. The ingredients used in this book are all non-comedogenic.

ANTI FUNGALS AND ANTI BACTERIALS

Ingredients that combat bacteria and acne related problems. Essential oils like Rosemary, Neem, Tea Tree and others can be added to beauty products to fight bacterial problems.

HYDROSOLS

Hydrosols are the “left over” by products of making essential oils. Hydrosols in themselves make great toners and have other properties that are very beneficial for skin.

INFUSIONS OR TEAS

Infusions are herbs or other parts of plants, fruits, skins and barks or teas. They make great toners with soothing, calming & many other properties that are very beneficial for skin. Often used in skincare or hair care recipes to compliment ingredient blends with invigorating, sweetening & other beneficial scents and aromas.

All of these ingredients can be found in every day foods and oils including nuts, seeds, oils, vegetables and fruits. When blended together in the right way you can make powerfully effective home made skin care products, masks, treatments and serums any day of the week in minutes.