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What Self-Made Millionaires Do When Others Are Wasting Time on Social Media

What Self-Made Millionaires Do When Others Are Wasting Time on Social Media

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
― Anthony G. Oettinger

Let’s face it, spending so much time on social media has its hazards. It is easy to say that doing so is an ideal way to relax your nerves and catch up with all the drama with what is happening with your “friends.” Yet many self-made millionaires understand why spending such time on social media may not be beneficial to their goals. Since time is such an important commodity, self-made millionaires will rather spend their time somewhere else.

They read

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.”
― Dave Eggers

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It is important that self-made millionaires continue building their reading skills. They know that reading remains a lifelong skill that will build and sharpen their minds to the world around them. Through reading they can build their verbal and comprehensive abilities. This is important to a self-made millionaire since he or she will be making pitches to investors, speaking to an audience every now and then and communicating their vision or goals to their team.

They connect with their friends and family

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
― Mitch Albom

Self-made millionaires understand the importance of relationships. They are always busy building their businesses and careers and whatever time they have between that should be used to connect with their family and friends. Climbing the corporate ladder should not be engaging enough for you to neglect your family and genuine friends. Such relationships are vital to the success of a self-made millionaire as this affects an all-round outlook of his or her well-being.

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It goes beyond connecting passively, self-made millionaires actively connect with their family and friends.

They have hobbies

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Yes, while many advise that the best route to success should be a fast tracked one, self-made millionaires try not to burn themselves out. Hobbies have a way of offering us a breath of fresh air to keep us grounded and relieve stress. It could also be an avenue to develop other life skills and networking opportunities.

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They network

“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

A lot of networking activities occur outside the realm of corporate hours. Instead of simply networking on social media, self-made millionaires go above the virtual into the real world of weekend breakfasts, cocktail hours, and after-hours gatherings for conversations. For them it is not about meeting people to land new sales or to find a new employee; rather, it is about talking to people and meeting people and partaking in exciting discussion that will propel more success.

The more people you have in your network, the more opportunities will emerge. Every self-made millionaire knows these.

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They learn something new

“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

Millionaires know that they don’t need to get stuck. Life is constantly changing and it is necessary for them to adapt to such changes by improving their knowledge and skills. Many think that education in a formal institution is what defines success. But self-made millionaires know that this assumption is wrong; success is about facing the real world and offering solutions to problems. To be fit for this, self-made millionaires move ahead by learning new skills or enrolling for professional classes.

There is no point in reducing their productivity or getting caught up in the endless drama that takes place on social media. Self-made millionaires are pursuing more success and doing well to attain it.

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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