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10 Things Only People Who Grew Up In Metropolitan Cities Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Grew Up In Metropolitan Cities Would Understand

Metropolitan cities can be among the happiest or the loneliest places to grow up. It all depends on the way you see things. To most people, it can be a combination of both.

Among other things, you’re raised in a culture that encourages you to both work and play hard. And it is this very bifurcated lifestyle that makes you so different from the rest.

Having been born and raised in a metropolitan city myself, here is a list I have compiled of 10 things only people who grew up in metropolitan cities would understand.

1. You were raised playing a sport of some sort.

If you grew up in a metropolitan city, it’s highly likely that you grew up supporting a local sports team.

And in hopes of one day being among your heroes, you probably spent a lot of your days playing the sport either with your friends or better yet, as a part of an amateur team.

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So at some point in your life, if not for a prolonged period, you’ve virtually been fixated with the sport.

2. You have loyalty to certain local brands.

Big metropolitan cities may be a major market for large international companies but there are plenty of local brands as well. It doesn’t matter if they have established themselves globally or not, you have a soft corner for them.

You never cease to love these brands and they are parts of your connection to the city. You feel attached to the city when you use something that came out your local enterprise, in a distant land.

3. You have lived behind doors with multiple locks.

Life in big cities is loud. It’s not to mean that life in big cities is scary all the time. But more than once you must have lived behind doors with multiple locks. Remember that time when gang wars broke out around the corner?

Big cities are full of hustle and tussle and sometimes circumstances get crazy. For safety concerns, you and your family might have spent some nights inside a house with multiple locks on the door.

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4. You feel that being different is good.

“You laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.” You must have lived by this Jonathan Davis quote as someone who grew up in a big city.You want to stand apart from others in the crowd.

The love for something different extends beyond personal motivation as well. You don’t want resort yourself to same sort of routine all the time. You always want to explore things new and march into the unknown.

5. You grew up really fast.

Kids in big cities seem to grow really fast. With so many people living around you as you grew up, it was very easy for you to be exposed to many of the ways and adversity of adult life. And with your parents busy in their vocations, you might also have needed to act like a grownup from the early stages of life.

Whether it be in the form of learning to drive, getting a taste of alcohol or going on a first date, you must have experienced the stuff of grown-ups at a pretty early age compared to kids from smaller cities.

6. You have seen the evolution of advanced technologies.

Metropolitan life is always in demand of change. It always wants to experience something new. And it’s served in that manner pretty aptly as well. The newest of technologies make their presence first known in these big cities as son as the are invented.

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Over the years, you must have seen the advancement of technologies at your city and in your life. You have lived through the early years of the internet, the growth of e-commerce, the emergence of social media and rise of smart phones. Things always keep changing in your cities.

7. You have read at schools with racial diversity.

The populace of metropolitan cities are generally diverse. People from different ancestries, races and cultures gather in such cities from all around the world. So as a student, you must have read at schools with racial diversity.

Having grown up in a racially diverse environment, you’re positive towards people of different cultures. Your friend circle is highly likely to be diverse in nature. Such is not the case in small towns where certain races are dominant.

8. You learned to use public transportation at a very young age.

Your folks were off to work and couldn’t always drive you to your destination. In those circumstances, you learned to use public transportation from a very tender age.

Whether it was going to school every day or visiting a relative or going to some fun event, you had to take public transportation at a very tender age. You should have plenty of vivid memories on buses as a child.

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9. You never had a legitimate reason to feel bored.

Boredom in a metropolitan city is very rare or almost doesn’t happen. There are too many things you can participate in. Feeling bored? There are plenty of fun things to do in these cities.

Visiting fun parks, discos, gaming parlors and late night parties are some of the common things people do to avoid boredom.

In those times you felt bored, you have visited malls, taken a free outdoor yoga classes, visited a stadium and cheered for your favorite football team or enjoyed street food.

10. You never had to wait long for your favorite band to come to town.

This is the most joyful reason to grow up in metropolitan cities. Whether you are a fan of international bands like AC/DC, Green Day, Metallica or local bands in your country, prepare yourself, they may visit your city anytime.

You may also get the chance to get an autograph or even to take pictures with them if you are lucky enough. Different bands frequently visit metropolitan cities enlarging your joy of being part of the city. Of course, you may have to struggle and skip work or school though to get a ticket.

Featured photo credit: Metropolitan City (Wikipedia) via upload.wikimedia.org

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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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