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13 Things Only People Who Live In Tropical Regions Would Understand

13 Things Only People Who Live In Tropical Regions Would Understand

Usually, tropical regions are one of the premier travel destinations during summers, given that most are filled with lush rainforests, jungles, and beaches. Basically, these tropical locations are commonly understood to be in: the area surrounding the equator, including Panama, Brazil, the countries in the Caribbean, and those in Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Though the tropics are perceived as the ‘gateways to paradise’ and home to exotic cultures, what are these places like for the people who live there in the first place? Here’s a list of things that only people who live in tropical regions would understand:

1. You see tourists every day

Given that the tropics are warm throughout the year, seeing tourists walking around the streets and engaging with the local population is nothing new. In fact, you see it every day.

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2. You live near a beach

If you live on an island or an archipelago in an area like the Bahamas, Indonesia, and the Philippines, you’re just a short drive away from the sun, salt, and sand. Going to the beach can become a weekly activity instead of an occasional trip.

3. You live near a forest

There are landlocked tropical countries, particularly in South America (Bolivia, Paraguay) and Africa (Burundi and Chad). These countries, (along with many other tropical countries), are filled with forests hosting a wide array of flora and fauna. Rivers and geographical attractions are also close by, giving you a variety of places to visit.

4. You can wear the same types of clothes year round

You don’t need to spend much money on season-specific clothes, given that there are only two seasons: dry and wet. The good part about having two seasons is you can wear the same type of clothes regardless of the season- though you’ll need coats and jackets to keep you dry when rain starts to fall.

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5. You wear flip flops every day

Particularly in Southeast Asian countries, flip flops are everyone’s staple footwear. Regardless if you’re in the streets or on the beach, they’re everywhere and are good for your feet if it’s extremely hot.

6. You consider air conditioning bliss

The dry season can get extremely hot, and given the high levels of humidity in tropical countries, summers can be pretty exhausting. Air conditioning gives you a temporary reprieve from the discomfort, and so you find places where air conditioning is installed to be blissful spaces to spend time.

7. Your skincare procedures are different

If you look up “skincare tips” on Google, you’ll most likely find tips tailor-made for a western, non-tropical audience. Bear in mind that weather conditions and the climate are different in these places, which in turn changes the way you deal with your skin. Common examples include dealing with humidity, the constant necessity for sunscreen, and the importance of moisturizers as human skin can absorb humidity from the air.

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8. You’ve encountered too many bugs

Insects and other similar critters thrive in tropical countries, and you’ve likely met the gargantuan spider that made a home in the hole in the bathroom ceiling. Ants, cockroaches, and flies can be found anywhere, which is why cleaning is a frequent requirement and food is stored away meticulously.

9. You eat fruit and seafood regularly

There is no shortage of fruit trees in tropical countries. Bananas, guavas, mangosteen, watermelon and less familiar fruits like lanzones, durian, and star apple are cultivated and widely distributed. If you’re near the sea, squid, various fish varieties, and seafood options like crabs, oysters, and clams can be in abundant supply – just go to the local market to find out!

10. You bathe frequently

At least once or twice a day, bathing is a necessity, particularly during summer. It’s humid all year round, and by the end of the day, your skin is always left sticky.

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11. You never run out of activities

There’s so much to do, you’ll never get bored!

12. You have seen the negative effects of deforestation and littering

Unfortunately, the influx of both local and international tourists takes a toll on the environment. Litter is everywhere, from the white sandy shores to the muddy forest floors. That aside, you’ve also probably seen green mountains with balding brown spots brought about by deforestation and slash-and-burn farming.

13. You love it

In your lifetime, you’ve probably gone to other countries and regions with a different climate. You’ll find the winters of Europe too cold, while the ‘urban-ness’ of American cities will make you wish you were back home. You just can’t forget about your favorite forests, rivers, and beaches.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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