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11 Things Only People Living In Temperate Zones Understand

11 Things Only People Living In Temperate Zones Understand

Obviously, the temperate zones are huge, and they incorporate a large number of countries, from the U.S and Canada in the west, to Russia and China in the east. But from the cold north of Sweden to the hot south of Spain, there are some principles that hold true for everyone living in the temperate zones.

1. You feel like adventure is anywhere but where you are

It doesn’t matter where in the temperate zone you were brought up – if you’ve lived there your entire life, you will be bored with it. And no matter what you have nearby, “adventure” is something you can only find far away from wherever you happen to live. That’s just the way of thinking in the temperate zone; every place in the world is full of adventures, except for the one place where we happen to live.

2. You view the year as four distinct seasons

One thing that is the same for anyone living in the temperate zones is that we divide the world into four distinct seasons. We just can’t imagine a world where the year isn’t clearly divided into spring, summer, autumn and winter.

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3. You can’t understand how other cultures can be so different

If you’ve grown up in a temperate zone, chances are you’ve been raised in a western culture – and that’s all you’ve ever known. Movies, newspapers and TV shows all tend to show you how the world only works the way you expect it to. Therefore, you just can’t understand how other cultures could possibly view the world any differently than you.

4. You KNOW your country is the most civilized in the world

It doesn’t matter which country you live in – if you live in the temperate zone, you just KNOW it’s the most civilized country in the world. Outside the borders of your country, only chaos and barbarians exist.

5. You only see the beach during summer

If there is one thing all people from temperate zones hold for granted, it’s that the beach equals summer. Be it golden tropical beaches far away, or the local beach down by the lake, you just never visit the beach unless you have the summer heat backing you up.

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6. You’re ruled by the western ideals for success

One thing that is more or less unique to the temperate zone is our fixation with conventional success – to build a career, make lots of money, and buy fancy things. In fact, this ideal is so wide-spread in this part of the world that it tends to rule over our entire lives, putting pressure on us to live up to all the social norms of our society.

7. You view the rest of the world as unsafe

No matter which temperate country you’re from, you view it as being the safest place in the world. It doesn’t matter what any statistics or indexes happen to say – anywhere outside your country’s borders is unsafe!

8. You see the rest of the world only as vacation destinations

As you grow up in a temperate zone, you see your home country as the only possible place for “real life” to occur, and you view the rest of the world only as temporary places to go for your vacation. You’ve come to divide the world into two separate locations; the “real life” places, and the vacation places.

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9. You couldn’t go a day without technology

The temperate zones are known for their large-scale adoption of technology – every single part of our society has been either computerized or simplified by technology. And as great as this sounds, it has also made us completely dependent on technology for our survival. We simply cannot imagine life without constant access to the internet, TV or central heating.

10. You can’t imagine living anywhere else

Growing up in a temperate zone, you just can’t imagine living anywhere else on the planet. Sure, you occasionally fantasize about what it would be like to live in a tropical paradise, but you never actually take those fantasies seriously. And those fantasies usually begin and end with laying on the beach sipping a cold drink all day.

11. You can’t understand anyone living in a different zone

No matter how hard you try to understand, people living in different zones will always remain a mystery to you. You just can’t seem to grasp the concept of people living in a world that’s different from your own.

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20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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