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Aahhh golden break time. Everyone’s favorite part of the day. But are you overdoing it? Can you improve your discipline and get more from yourself?

Sitting at a computer for hours at a time is soul-destroying (not to mention really really bad for your back. But too many breaks does not a bank account make.

So how do you strike the balance?

The physical facts:

  • The brain is not like a computer. It gets tired depending on the type of work…


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In a parking lot, a man who would soon wash my car waited while I frantically searched for my mask. I was at the shops to buy a new medication that would, ironically, help control a panic attack. My embarrassment and overwhelm grew heavier and louder with each thud of my heart.

No matter what your own unique brand of panic attack looks like, the chemical response in your brain is the same — its fear. Some trigger has set you off into a physical fear response. …


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I was trying my best to hold back tears while talking to my best friend on the phone.

“Everything’s just so amazing.”

“The scenery is mind-blowing. It’s like something out of an anime.”

“It’s just a bit hard.” *cue tears*

Going to Japan was my life-time dream. At 25, it was my single greatest goal and achievement. I had been working towards it for years.

And here I was, sobbing on the phone like a millennial who’s been told avocados just went extinct.

What does this all have to do with lockdown?

Lockdown is weirdly similar to remote travel and work (even if you don’t have a job).


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If you’re reading this, I’m betting that you’ve looked around your makeshift home office and thought “this is sh*t”.

Despite a worldwide pandemic, remote work is still working from home. And just like working from an office — there are plenty of reasons why it sucks. Especially at first.

In between rushing for the mute button while kids launch into a Starwars battle, trying to reclaim your keyboard from your cat, and working up the energy to do at least one pushup… the light at the end of the tunnel can get pretty dim.

I’ve been doing this for 3…


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Here’s a lesson I learned from my early days as an animation student:

That extra 6 seconds it takes you to complete some annoying task adds up. Six extra seconds to click through an extra folder repeated 10 times a day turn into a full minute.

Not a big deal you think?

In two months… you’ve wasted an ENTIRE HOUR going through some stupid folder.

And that, my friends, is letting the computer use you. Not you using the computer.

This article doesn’t deal with 6-second folder structure stuff. Each of these tools and strategies will save you at least…


This is going to be an unpopular opinion. But I need to be honest and say it so here goes:

Should we really be donating all this money to Australia?

*waits for save-the-koala’s shouting to end* Man, those koalas sure are cute…

I agree, Australia is on fire. And it’s on a scale that none of us have ever seen in our lifetime. The images look worse than a world war.

Massive portions of bushland are burning. It’s killing countless animals, and so far it has destroyed 2000 homes, and 25 people have died.

The world is heartbroken. And most…


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Last night I set the intention to do deep work in the morning.

Here’s why it’s not happening.

I woke up early, had a glass of water and a coffee, journaled, and then my mother (who I’m visiting this Christmas) decided to hit one of my weakest points with a painful comment.

She said “I’ve noticed you have this bit on your stomach that bulges over your pants when you sit. Maybe you shouldn’t wear such tight pants when you work.”

As if I didn’t bloody well know. My half-anorexic teenage self squirmed. My inner mean girl reared up and…


Back in the good old 2000s, I spent my early internet days trawling DeviantArt, responding to forum posts and speaking to strangers on MSN. And like every other South African kid, I had a favorite type of person to flame.

Stupid American kids.

I don’t know how it happened, but somehow Americans got it into their heads that South Africa was a rural village. “Africa” meant riding lions to school, dodging Zebra’s in the park, and fighting off crocodiles on the weekends. Sounds pretty cool, but my home town was pretty normal. …


This article is based on the Blonde Abroad article “The Best Time To Go To Ireland”.

With an ancient history, vibrant oceanic culture, delectable food, water festivals galore, and ocean cabana’s nearly on every corner, there’s something new to discover year-round on Kepler-22B.

This “Waterworld planet” — as first dubbed by Earth scientists back in 2009 — has a warm and tropical climate that can make planning a trip to Kepler-22B a bit tricky. With the extreme hurricane season in the winter, you’ll want to think about activities, crowds, and your budget.

This is my guide to the best times to travel to Kepler-22B!

March to May

Although March is the beginning of spring, the weather on most of…


Japanese culture remains a mystery to Westerners.

After hours on Wikipedia, ten months living among the locals, and a lifetime of Naruto, I still know nothing.

Weirdly packed-but-silent trains and polite McDonald’s staff are the typical things you’d expect, but there is so much more to discover.

Here, the word ‘potato’ can make you a badass while wearing trainers at the beach in 40-degree weather is considered normal.

And in a surprising twist of fate, dad jokes are called old-man jokes. We might not be so different after all.

1. English words on clothes are cool

The first time I saw ‘Milk Fed’ emblazoned on a man’s…

Claire Heginbotham

Tech and travel copywriter who writes content, kickass websites, and emails that convert. Low key Star Trek fan.

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