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8 Ways to Beat Procrastination Forever!

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8 Ways to Beat Procrastination Forever!

No one is immune to procrastination. Even people who are diligent about getting things done are sometimes struck with it. In today’s world, it’s easier than ever to get distracted, and procrastinate on the things we need to do. Too much procrastination, and our list of responsibilities grows and grows, until we find ourselves buried and behind.

Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks that you can use to beat procrastination for once and for all. Use the eight tips in this article to get back on track and to increase your productivity by decreasing how often you put things off.

1. Know Why You Are Procrastinating
Want to stop procrastinating? Figure out why you are doing it in the first place. Sometimes, we just get distracted with other things. But, sometimes there could be a deeper meaning behind our procrastination when it comes to certain activities. Don’t always assume procrastination is a bad thing. In fact, it could be your mind or body trying to get your attention. Are you hungry? Tired? Frustrated? Think about why you are putting something off. Once you get to the bottom of it, you can try to rectify the issue, and you will be less likely to keep putting off your duties.

2. Get Started Right Away
If you start something right when you are presented with it, you are far more likely to finish it. The first step is usually the hardest to take. For example, if you have a report to write for work, start out by immediately writing the first paragraph. Don’t give yourself the option of putting it off. You might be surprised how quickly that single paragraph turns into the entire report!
Make a commitment to dive right into something right when you get it and take that first step as quickly as possible. The more you follow this practice, the easier it will be to accomplish things.

3. Cut it Into Pieces
One of the biggest reasons people procrastinate is because they feel overwhelmed by the task at hand. A big project or goal can seem daunting, so we avoid even getting started. So, before you dive into the project, cut it into smaller, more manageable parts. Set smaller goals for yourself and determine what you can get done in a certain amount of time. When pieces of a big project are cut down to size, it is far less intimidating.

4. Create the Perfect Environment
In order to be productive, you should be in a place that makes you feel productive. Create an environment or space to work in that doesn’t distract you. For example, it is probably not a good idea to sit down in a room with a TV or music playing. Distractions are the enemy when it comes to accomplishing your tasks. Determine what motivates you to get things done and surround yourself in a space that evokes those feelings.
You can also choose to change your scenery if need be! If you have been sitting in one place for too long, it can start to feel uninspiring and maybe bore you into procrastination. Hit the ‘reset button’ as often as necessary to keep yourself motivated by your surroundings.

5. Give Yourself Reminders
If you are having trouble staying on track with your tasks, set yourself reminders to do so. You can set up alarms and reminders in your phone. They can go off after a designated amount of time, reminding you to either get started on a certain project, or to keep working on it. Sometimes, these little reminders can give us the push we need to keep going. A word of warning, though; don’t get too distracted by your phone in setting reminders or acknowledging them!

6. Wake Up Early
Not a morning person? If you struggle with procrastinating, it might be time to switch up your routine! By waking up early in the morning, you can give yourself a bit of extra time to get some work done. Why is morning so important? It is quiet and still, and there are fewer distractions all around. This can be the perfect setting so that you can give complete focus on what you need to get done.
Of course, one of the keys to getting up early is going to sleep early! Don’t expect to be productive in the early morning if you haven’t gotten enough sleep. Develop a nighttime routine that allows you at least 7-8 hours of sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed and ready to work.

7. Create a List
Make yourself a task list each day of the things you need to get done. It’s easy to procrastinate when you don’t know where to get started or you are unsure of all the things you should get done. By creating a list either the night before or in the early morning, you will know what needs to get accomplished for the day. This can actually be a great motivational tool, too. Crossing items off your list can be a very rewarding feeling!

8. Set a Timer
Some people work better if they know they have some kind of reward waiting for them. That reward can be something as simple as 10 minutes of ‘free time.’ So, if you need an incentive to get things done, set yourself a timer. A good place to start is to set a timer for 25-30 minutes and designate that time strictly to the work you need to get done.
When the timer goes off, you can give yourself 5-10 minutes to do anything you would like: Check your email, browse social networks, make a phone call, etc. Once that time is up, reset the timer for your next block of work time. Small rewards can add up and can make it easier to keep going.

Beat Procrastination Once and For All

I hope this article has given you a few ideas on how you can kick procrastination to the curb! It’s easy to get distracted from time to time. But, once you know the techniques on how to stay motivated and not put things off, you’ll be amazed at how much you can actually accomplish in a day!

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

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6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

 

1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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