Why You Always Procrastinate.

“Why do today when you can do tomorrow?”

We’ve probably heard this being said by people that we know and it’s a common procrastination phrase.

The problem with this is that it creates something called the procrastination loop.

Say you have to do Task A today and then Task B tomorrow.

Say you’re feeling extra unmotivated and lazy today and decide to do Task A tomorrow.

When tomorrow comes, you’ll have to do Task A and Task B together.

Then you realise you can only finish Task A for the day and not Task B so you push Task B to the next day.

When the next day comes, you’ll have to do Task B together with Task C or Task D.

This is what I call the procrastination loop.

We think it’s okay to miss a day of doing work but it always comes back to bite us another day.

Instead of thinking “Why do today, when I can do tomorrow?”, think “The more work I do today, the less I have to do tomorrow.”

If you’re supposed to do Task A today and Task B tomorrow, get Task A done today and get half of Task B done today too while you’re at it since you’re already on a roll.

This would mean having to do just half of Task B the next day, freeing up your day and causing you lesser stress.

Then you won’t find yourself stuck in the procrastination loop.

We’re more likely to procrastinate when tasks we have to complete seem to be too daunting or overwhelming to complete.

Get work done as soon as you can without letting them pile up.

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Why Rushing Doesn’t Help You.

Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.

We’re always rushing to get stuff done as much as possible.

We go into a frantic haze, burn the midnight oil, and burn ourselves out all the time.

It’s counter-productive.

Sure we want to get as much done as possible but rushing doesn’t help us in the long run.

We don’t actually achieve much by constantly burning out.

In fact, the more we burn ourselves out, the more downtime we need to recover.

Slow down and find a comfortable pace.

In the military, the phrase ‘slow is smooth, smooth is fast’ is often used by the Navy Seal.

Going slow means making fewer mistakes.
Going slow results in a higher quality of work output.
Going slow means not stressing yourself out and not burning out all the time.

Slowing down is not necessarily a bad thing.

But there’s a fine line between being slow and being too slow.

So how do you know if you’re going too slow?

If you feel too relaxed and find yourself getting distracted too easily then that’s quite a big sign that you’re going too slow.

Going slower means you still have the ability to concentrate on the task at hand while doing it smoothly and not feeling like you’re rushing yourself to get the task done.

This smoothness is what makes work efficient and what gets stuff done quicker than if you were to be in a rushed and frenzied state.

Rushing only leads to mistakes, mistakes and more mistakes.

Pace yourself and flow.

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How to Stay Positive in a Negative Environment.

You want to stay positive and happy but you find yourself stuck in a negative environment.

Some of us are in this situation ourselves.

We’re stuck with toxic people that we have to interact with on a daily basis.

It could be your teacher or your boss.
It could be a relative or friend that you’re living with.
It could even be your closest friend or your spouse.

What do we do then?

I’ve always believed that you have control over every aspect of your life and every situation that you’re in.

But we can’t change people, as much as we really want to.

It’s almost impossible to expect another person to change their ways and be less abusive or negative.

The only person we can be sure to change is ourselves.

So if we’re being affected by people around us, it’s time to build up that mental and emotional shield of ours.

We’re not going to run away from those people.

Because you don’t grow and learn anything from doing that.

We need to snap out of this mindset of running away from our problems.

We need to stop pointing our fingers at others and saying stuff like, “You’re the cause of the problem, I don’t want to be around you”, and then run away.

That doesn’t do anything for us.

We’re just going to keep running away whenever we encounter something that makes us uneasy.

Be comfortable with discomfort.

So whenever you encounter a problem or a negative situation, remember that there’s an opportunity for growth.

Stop sulking, blaming and running away.

Face it and grow.

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Technology.

Technology is improving and advancing at such a fast rate.

But some of us aren’t really making full use of it.

So how can we use technology to live better lives?

Go paperless. There are so many things that we used to do offline that can now be done in an app on your smartphone or computer. Like creating to-do lists, paying the bills, taking down lecture notes, and much more, all in one device. And you even have the ability to sync with multiple devices thanks to cloud computing. The idea of living in a paperless world is becoming a reality fast. So go save some trees.

Automation. The concept of automation is simple. Technology automatically does certain things for you. Think of something that you have to do on a regular basis. They can be very trivial tasks such as turning on the lights in your house when you come home, locking your door when you leave the house or even paying the bills on a certain day every month.

Connection. No, I’m not talking about your Wifi connection. I’m talking about your personal and professional relationships such as with your friends, relatives, colleagues and business partners. Social media has made it really easy to connect with others. Think of Facebook and Instagram.

The benefits are quite obvious.

We save a lot of time, effort and we’re able to do so much more with technology.

We’ll be a lot more productive and efficient with the things we have to do and the time that we have.

And that means more time to focus on the more important things in life.

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Making the Most Out Of Your Day.

We only have 24 hours a day, which isn’t a lot of you think about it.

So it only makes sense that we maximise and make the most out of it.

There are just 3 main things you have to focus on every day.

Once you’ve covered them within the 24 hours, you would have covered significant ground in making the most out of your day.

Work. Human beings are productive creatures by nature. Working hard means having a work output that’s desirable for your own business or your job. Work hard and complete what you set out to do for the day. The daily grind never stops and that’s not a bad thing at all.

Relationships. This is so easy to neglect on busy days, probably because we don’t realise how much it affects us. But the people you have close relations with can definitely tell when you’re drifting away and neglecting them. So always try to find time to talk to your close friends in some way, even if it’s through text or sharing with them a funny video you watched. It shows that you were thinking about them and that goes a long way.

Health. A healthy mind and body are the most productive. You’ll be able to do so much more in a day without feeling sluggish or tired when you’re in a healthy state. This means getting enough sleep, eating clean foods and exercising.

Ideally, your day should have time devoted to these 3 areas.

We don’t want to neglect any of them.

And we don’t want to focus too much on any single one while abandoning the others either.

I know how tough it is because I personally find it hard to balance the 3 every now and then.

I’ll spend too much time getting work done and studying, and find myself neglecting the personal relationships that I have.

It’s too easy for us to spend a significant amount of time and effort on certain aspects of life while we neglect others which are just as important.

Balance is what we’re aiming for here.

And without that balance, it’s almost impossible to live a happy and meaningful life.

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The Biggest Time-Waster.

Addictions.

It doesn’t matter what the addiction is. If you’re addicted to something, there’s a high chance that you’re spending an exceptionally large amount of time (and possibly money too) on the task/thing that you’re addicted to.

It could be anything from watching Youtube videos, browsing through social media, playing video games, to even doing work.

Addiction takes up a lot of time. So much that it detracts you from other important things in your life.

You could be neglecting your personal relationships, your studies or work, and even your health by indulging in your addictions.

It’s a wasted usage of the 24 hours that you’re given.

But know that there’s always a way to break your addiction if you really want to.

Many others have done it and so have I.

Acknowledge it proudly. Step 1 is to acknowledge that you do have an addiction. And accept it fully. You can’t change something if you don’t accept it as an issue that needs to be addressed. If you’re always in denial and saying that you don’t have an addiction problem, then you won’t have the desire to fix it. Accept that you have an addiction and that you’re ready to embark on a journey to break it.

Tell someone about it. It could be your closest friend, a relative or even a public post on Twitter. Making yourself accountable to others is perhaps one of the best ways to create or break a habit. And it’s a really bold thing to do too. The more people you tell about this addiction-breaking journey of yours, the more you’ll try really hard to succeed and prove to them that you’re capable of doing what you set out to do.

Track and cut down the amount of exposure. This is where a lot of people fall short. The most common way people go about trying to break an addiction is that they go cold turkey and just stop. This isn’t very sustainable in the long run because sooner or later you’ll start experiencing withdrawal symptoms, cravings and the uncontrollable urge to indulge in the addiction. A better way to handle this is to track and cut down on the amount of exposure to the addiction.

Depending on how bad the addiction is, it might take just a few weeks or even a few years to break it.

But the most important thing about breaking an addiction is progress.

If you’re addicted to watching videos on Youtube, watching 1 less video than you did in the previous week is progress.

If you’re addicted to fast food, eating 1 less fast food meal than you did in the previous week is also progress.

Even if it’s just by 1, you’re still progressing.

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Energy.

The source of life and vitality.

The more energy we have, the more we can do and accomplish in a day.

We’re all looking for ways to have more of it.

So how do we have more of it in the healthiest and natural-est way possible?

Consume right. 
They say you are what you eat and drink, and this couldn’t be further than the truth. The more junk you consume, the more sluggish you’ll feel. You can try this out as an experiment for yourself. Before you go to bed tonight, eat some fast food and see how you feel when you wake up the next day. It’s been proven that processed foods impact our bodies negatively compared to organic ones. What you eat affects your productivity and energy.

Sleep right. 
Sleep early, get up early. Our bodies follow a certain circadian rhythm. Following a sleep cycle that’s not aligned with that circadian rhythm makes us feel sluggish and tired, even if we’ve slept for more than 8 hours. So it’s not just the duration and quality of sleep we’re talking about here. The timing matters too. Personally, I try to get to bed at 10 pm and wake up at 5 am.

Exercise right. 
A healthy body is a productive body. Devote just 30 minutes to do an intense workout, 3 times a week. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym or lift weights to have a good workout in. And you certainly don’t need to work out for an hour if you think that’s the only way to be fit and healthy. Your body weight and the floor is all you need to get in an effective and intense workout. And 30 minutes is enough too.

Don’t forget to drink a lot of water too.

If you’ve been following this blog for some time, then you should know by now that I’m mildly addicted to drinking water!

But seriously, you shouldn’t be neglecting proper hydration throughout the day if you’re looking to double your productivity and still have a ton of energy to spare.

Unless you have an underlying medical condition, there shouldn’t be any reason for you to feel sluggish and tired throughout the day if you have all of the above in check.