How Do You Guys Create The Right Environment To Relax In Between Working? An Aquarium Perhaps?

by Dal.K
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Working hard all day can make us less productive.

The past 2 weeks I've been switching off my laptop after 11pm. I usually work until 1am.

I've figured that less is more. After hours of working, I begin to lose focus and start to just surf the net pointlessly.

This usually leads to distraction.

Anyway, I am thinking of creating a soothing environment in my bedroom to allow me to completely relax and do other stuff unrelated to marketing.

I've been looking into ways I can do this. One idea is to buy an aquarium. I love the sounds and enjoy staring aimlessly at the fish doing what they do. (this post is a little weird, I know).

Also, I've just brought a water feature, waiting to see if helps.

The problem with buying an aquarium is, that I have to feed the damn fish. I'm not cut out for it to be honest, but I found cool moving picture of an aquarium which looks like the real thing which I can hang up on my wall, I saw it in a local store, so that's a fuss free option.

What I want to find out is, what do you guys do create a relaxing tranquil environment to allow you to unwind?
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
    I would recommend to get plenty of breaks and to not limit yourself to one enviroment to get your work done. Go to StarBucks, the library, office, home,etc.

    Play music in the background helps me.


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  • Profile picture of the author hotftuna
    Ha.. I used to work in the pool with my laptop near the edge!

    Computer never got wet but I did drop a cell phone in.
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    • Profile picture of the author ExRat
      Hi Dal,

      Good question. Here are some of my tips (RE - what I do/have in my home office) regarding my environment, but also other things I do to counteract the effects of the work environment that we can't avoid -

      An ioniser.

      A variety of different houseplants - (Google it - I did when I bought them and certain plants allegedly do the same as an ioniser - they can neutralise electro-magnetic forces, apparently.)

      An aromatherapy burner.

      Plenty of photos and pictures on the wall.

      Exercise equipment just behind me (used regularly to reset/recharge the mind). You can do a lot with just a swiss ball and a mat - perhaps also a bosu and a medicine ball (those last two are on the list to buy). All the exercises can be found for free on youtube and are all low-impact/quiet - handy for not disturbing neighbours if you don't have a mansion, or work 'funny' hours.

      I look out for little items/tricks to help - EG sit on a swiss ball instead of the chair. I picked up a little ridged roller that massages the soles of your feet while you roll it.

      A lava lamp and other (cheap but effective) mood lighting for night times - EG I have a globe that changes colour slowly.

      Plenty of work related paperback reading matter close by.

      Musical instruments nearby.

      As mentioned by Frank, a wide variety of music. If the words distract you, try world music with lyrics in a language you don't understand.

      I also have a lot of DVDs - EG David Attenborough natural world stuff (great for background ambience) and big wave surfing. I also enjoy studying DVDs like Tribe (Bruce Parry) and all of Ray Mears bushcraft type DVDs - I find the contrast between studying the the type of work that tribal people do/did, and the advanced technology we use to be very balancing, and I also find interesting insights from their fine work, to use in mine.

      While having Ray Mears on the TV just to the side of me, with all the natural sounds that go with it, where he is (for example) building a birch bark canoe next to a river, it often feels like I am being sucked into his world and I am tapping away on the keyboard, next to him, just by the river. Nice...

      Incidentally, I was born and lived most of my life in your neck of the woods and moved away three years ago to be on the south coast - and this provides easy access to moorland as well as beaches, which again provides the perfect contrast and solution for time spent hunched over a PC being zapped by electro-magnetic stuff. I also work behind a large bay window arrangement (consisting of four sash windows) which provide constant fresh sea air, bird song and a sea-view (priceless.)

      I used to get S.A.D. syndrome when I lived in the Midlands at this time of year, with all of the rain on grey concrete. But here, even on a lousy day, it doesn't bother me one bit, the sea gales are quite exciting when the windows all rattle and walking on the beach in driving rain is exhilarating and refreshing, rather than miserable.

      I'm not sure if it's obvious, but control of my environment and enjoyment of it is more important to me than my actual work, and I consider it 'wages' more than my actual wages. I don't think you can put a price on the ability to control and adjust your environment - and the benefits provided by this - especially to your creativity.

      What I want to find out is, what do you guys do create a relaxing tranquil environment to allow you to unwind?
      I use the above things to help me unwind, but also to create a continually pleasant environment to work in. Why save it just for unwinding? Work in an unwound manner constantly, instead. I think it's wise to be aware of the toxic environment you can create with all of this technology. My work-place requires about 25 electric plugs.

      It's not in tune with the way we have lived and prospered for hundreds of years, so it I think it's wise to invest in your environment to align it more with your inherent preferences. This work can also be particularly frustrating/lonely, so to avoid burn-out I think it's important to make allowances.

      On the list for future is the ability to rotate location around the world throughout the year - maybe three very different locations.

      I could probably list more stuff, but you probably get the picture. Hope this helps. My main point is this - even if my suggestions aren't right for you, the point I want to make is that it's great to 'get the bug' for these environmental 'tweaks' and constantly seek more of them - David Attenborough nature DVDs might not work for someone else, as they do for me. But something will - so find it.

      Edit - Oh yeah - as much peace and quiet as you can possibly get - it's fantastic and seems to slow the world down.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dal.K
        Thanks for the post guys.

        Hi Exrat, thanks for the tips and the inspiration. I can see you understand the importance of controlling your own environment, and it's possible effects on the mind.

        I think I'm going to take you up on the suggestion of keeping plants, music (fan of world music) and a lava lamp.

        I was down south a few months ago. I'd love to have a retreat down there, but in the mind, I'll bare with the West Midlands and find ways to splash some colour on the drab skyline of my suburbia the best way I can.

        Thanks mate- Dal
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
      Originally Posted by hotftuna View Post

      Ha.. I used to work in the pool with my laptop near the edge!

      Computer never got wet but I did drop a cell phone in.
      You're really pushing the IM life style to the extreme, nice
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    you really think that "feeding fish" is a big deal?

    Do me favor and get cats..or a dog. "Feeding" them is the smallest problem

    Really, what's the deal with feeding fish?
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    • Profile picture of the author Dal.K
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      you really think that "feeding fish" is a big deal?

      Do me favor and get cats..or a dog. "Feeding" them is the smallest problem

      Really, what's the deal with feeding fish?

      George, I'm not responsible enough to keep a pet

      When my partner told me that I'd have to feed the fish each day, I knew it wouldn't be possible. I live alone, and I am out most days.
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    • Profile picture of the author Andy Money
      Originally Posted by GeorgR. View Post

      you really think that "feeding fish" is a big deal?

      Do me favor and get cats..or a dog. "Feeding" them is the smallest problem

      Really, what's the deal with feeding fish?
      Cleaning the tank and maintaining it is way worse than anything you deal with a cat/dog, just saying. Tedious, wet, disgusting in a lot of cases and you have to do it pretty frequently.
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      • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
        Originally Posted by Andrew Maule View Post

        Cleaning the tank and maintaining it is way worse than anything you deal with a cat/dog, just saying. Tedious, wet, disgusting in a lot of cases and you have to do it pretty frequently.
        I had fish when i was a boy..and yes, cleaning the tank is a bitch...but feeding is simple because you just put some of those flakes in the tank.

        By the way --> There are AUTOMATIC and TIMED fish feeding "machines"!

        As for cats and dogs, we have cats now and saying they are a handful would be an understatement. (Our appt looks like a bomb exploded because they go outside and come in, with mud on their paws.)

        Furthermore, if we put them in the kitchen at night they start to MEOW and wake us up (i didnt get enough sleep again today!) - and if we put them in our room they start playing and making noises when we want to sleep

        That being said we love them...but sometimes i want to strangle them And yes, they eat more than we, seriously. I have no idea how that is physically possible.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob Anderson
    Hi.
    My solution is very simple.
    I have a very large padded luxury hammock chair.
    The swinging motion of the hammock chair can clear out any knots in your head in 15 minutes.
    SERIOUSLY.
    excellent therapy.
    dont ask me how or why it works but it has always astounded me as to how well and how fast it works.
    rob
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  • Profile picture of the author pwnzor
    I keep an acoustic in my room, I have been playing guitar for 7 years... it realaxes me.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      In the office?

      Sirius satellite radio on the dish - A wide variety from Baroque to Reggae to Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar.

      Staying hydrated - fresh-ground coffee in the morning, icy spring water in the afternoon and evening.

      Plenty of breaks, when I remember to take them. Including trips to the nearby beaches and fishing piers. Something about the waves washing up, the sea breeze, the salt air and the sounds of the birds working pulls the stress right out.

      When I can't get out for some reason, I take breaks to watch or read good fiction. Has to have a story and characters I can get involved with.
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Originally Posted by Dal.K View Post

    what do you guys do create a relaxing tranquil environment to allow you to unwind?
    Two words: hot blonde.

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    • Profile picture of the author Big JP
      Originally Posted by CDarklock View Post

      Two words: hot blonde.

      Two words...you wish...




      I live rite by a mountain (plenty of them here in Wales) so I take a walk with the girlfriends dog whenever I can, I also have Koi Carp in a huge tank, they are amazing fish to look at, and if you have trouble feeding fish once a day, don't bother getting Koi ! I feed mine 3 times a day, and they could happily guzzle more
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      • Profile picture of the author SantiSantana
        Vodka&Red Bull does it for me , followed by a nicotine hit. Good as new for a couple more hours.
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        • Profile picture of the author derekwong28


          Strangely just as you speak, I set ths up in my bedroom yesterday using an aquarium for sea monkeys!

          1 * Gold Fish
          1 * Crayfish
          2 * Smaller fishes
          3 * Japanese Red Shrimps


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  • Profile picture of the author charto911
    Everybody has their own niche for a relax whether its gettng high a massage a good glass of wine a walk through the park you just have to find your own zen
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  • Profile picture of the author DAS_Matt
    That's why God invented DVR's!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Bruno
    Now thats lazy...lol

    Even my very young kids feed their own fish...lol

    Just a few flakes of food sprinkled on top of the water and thats all you have to do unless you want to treat them to brine shrimp or another snack.

    Don't get me started on saltwater fish thats a whole nother game....

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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    I am pretty versed in aquariums as it has been a hobby of mine for over 20 years, what kind are you thinking of saltwater or freshwater. If you want salt i can tell you a good list of cheap and hardy fish to check out, colorful to!
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  • Profile picture of the author captivereef
    saltwater tanks are easier then you think guys, they just have a bad reputation that has stuck with them. Set up right they are as easy as a freshwater system
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