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Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Learn More Vocabulary Words and You’ll Be Amazed!

Bueno. Konnichiwa. A good hello is one way to start up a relationship.

It’s interesting, I was in Phoenix, AZ all last week, and I noticed a Japanese man sitting outside smoking a cigarette. I smiled at him and said, “konnichiwa.” He was startled. He appeared lonely, and it looked as if no one had spoken to him. Isn’t it amazing what one friendly word, accompanied by a smile can do? I wonder what the rest of his day looked like…

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1. You will be puzzled when you learn more vocabulary words.

Being puzzled is a good thing because it gets you outside of your comfort zone. It takes you out of your intrepid state of homeostasis, and places you into a world unknown. In other words, you’re in the position to learn something new. Isn’t that exciting? You are going to learn something new today! You may already be sitting up a little bit straighter in your seat. You may already be a bit more focused. Learn more vocabulary words.

2. You will see fresh roses gently replace dated plaids.

In other words, new patterns will develop. Our minds were created to be utilized to their fullest potential. You might have failed miserably in the past at science or math or writing business plans or whatever it may be, but each new word you learn will build a bridge to a larger vision of your future. Rather than making a New Year’s resolution this year, check out this book and website My One Word: Change Your Life with Just One Word. Learn more vocabulary words.

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3. You will love it when it rains.

Welcome, you are now a pluviophile. You find joy and peace in hearing the melodic dripping of drops of rain on the window pane.  Do you love music? Then, you are an audiophile. Do you have any idea how important it is to realize who you are? It is so important to find your identity. Who would have thought you could find that through learning a word? It is important for you to learn more vocabulary words. You will become a seeker.

4. You will find yourself in a position to leapfrog.

One word might make the difference between getting a job and not getting a job. Competition is fierce in the job market today. No matter what kind of work you do, opposition is out there. Imagine if knowing the difference between a terabyte and a megabyte during a casual conversation over coffee with a stranger either opens or closes a door to your future.

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If you don’t know those words, look them up!

5. You will comfort others by speaking their language.

Do you have a friend with Cancer? What is chemotherapy? Learn more vocabulary words. Do you have a friend that has diabetes? What is insulin? How does it effect the body? Learn more vocabulary words. Can you learn a word a day? Do you have a friend from a different country? Are you up for the challenge? Join me in learning 30 new words for the next 30 days. Then, start over, duplicate it. Learn more vocabulary words.

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If you learn more vocabulary words, you may also be provided the opportunity to teach another person; to pay it forward as they say. You may find yourself in the position to mentor or coach someone. Yes, even you! You may find yourself experiencing success beyond what you had ever imagined.

One thing is certain though, you will have a larger reservoir of words from which to draw. No matter where you are in life, that is not a bad thing. We all need to keep ourselves hydrated, be it literally or metaphorically. Reach beyond the 6 inches in front of your face and establish a vision for tomorrow. It’s okay to take it step-by-step. The world will not stop moving because you stopped talking. You only live once. Enjoy the journey!

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Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Is Procrastination Bad? The Truth About Procrastination Revealed

Procrastination is very literally the opposite of productivity. To produce something is to pull it forward, while to procrastinate is to push it forward — to tomorrow, to next week, or ultimately to never.

Procrastination fills us with shame — we curse ourselves for our laziness, our inability to focus on the task at hand, our tendency to be easily led into easier and more immediate gratifications. And with good reason: for the most part, time spent procrastinating is time spent not doing things that are, in some way or other, important to us.

There is a positive side to procrastination, but it’s important not to confuse procrastination at its best with everyday garden-variety procrastination.

Sometimes — sometimes! — procrastination gives us the time we need to sort through a thorny issue or to generate ideas. In those rare instances, we should embrace procrastination — even as we push it away the rest of the time.

Why we procrastinate after all

We procrastinate for a number of reasons, some better than others. One reason we procrastinate is that, while we know what we want to do, we need time to let the ideas “ferment” before we are ready to sit down and put them into action.

Some might call this “creative faffing”; I call it, following copywriter Ray Del Savio’s lead, “concepting”.[1]

Whatever you choose to call it, it’s the time spent dreaming up what you want to say or do, weighing ideas in your mind, following false leads and tearing off on mental wild goose chases, and generally thinking things through.

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To the outside observer, concepting looks like… well, like nothing much at all. Maybe you’re leaning back in your chair, feet up, staring at the wall or ceiling, or laying in bed apparently dozing, or looking out over the skyline or feeding pigeons in the park or fiddling with the Japanese vinyl toys that stand watch over your desk.

If ideas are the lifeblood of your work, you have to make time for concepting, and you have to overcome the sensation— often overpowering in our work-obsessed culture — that faffing, however creative, is not work.

So, is procrastination bad?

Yes it is.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you’re “concepting” when in fact you’re just not sure what you’re supposed to be doing.

Spending an hour staring at the wall while thinking up the perfect tagline for a marketing campaign is creative faffing; staring at the wall for an hour because you don’t know how to come up with a tagline, or don’t know the product you’re marketing well enough to come up with one, is just wasting time.

Lack of definition is perhaps the biggest friend of your procrastination demons. When we’re not sure what to do — whether because we haven’t planned thoroughly enough, we haven’t specified the scope of what we hope to accomplish in the immediate present, or we lack important information, skills, or resources to get the job done.

It’s easy to get distracted or to trick ourselves into spinning our wheels doing nothing. It takes our mind off the uncomfortable sensation of failing to make progress on something important.

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The answer to this is in planning and scheduling. Rather than giving yourself an unspecified length of time to perform an unspecified task (“Let’s see, I guess I’ll work on that spreadsheet for a while”) give yourself a limited amount of time to work on a clearly defined task (“Now I’ll enter the figures from last months sales report into the spreadsheet for an hour”).

Giving yourself a deadline, even an artificial one, helps build a sense of urgency and also offers the promise of time to “screw around” later, once more important things are done.

For larger projects, planning plays a huge role in whether or not you’ll spend too much time procrastinating to reach the end reasonably quickly.

A good plan not only lists the steps you have to take to reach the end, but takes into account the resources, knowledge and inputs from other people you’re going to need to perform those steps.

Instead of futzing around doing nothing because you don’t have last month’s sales report, getting the report should be a step in the project.

Otherwise, you’ll spend time cooling your heels, justifying your lack of action as necessary: you aren’t wasting time because you want to, but because you have to.

How bad procrastination can be

Our mind can often trick us into procrastinating, often to the point that we don’t realize we’re procrastinating at all.

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After all, we have lots and lots of things to do; if we’re working on something, aren’t we being productive – even if the one big thing we need to work on doesn’t get done?

One way this plays out is that we scan our to-do list, skipping over the big challenging projects in favor of the short, easy projects. At the end of the day, we feel very productive: we’ve crossed twelve things off our list!

That big project we didn’t work on gets put onto the next day’s list, and when the same thing happens, it gets moved forward again. And again.

Big tasks often present us with the problem above – we aren’t sure what to do exactly, so we look for other ways to occupy ourselves.

In many cases too, big tasks aren’t really tasks at all; they’re aggregates of many smaller tasks. If something’s sitting on your list for a long time, each day getting skipped over in favor of more immediately doable tasks, it’s probably not very well thought out.

You’re actively resisting it because you don’t really know what it is. Try to break it down into a set of small tasks, something more like the tasks you are doing in place of the one big task you aren’t doing.

More consequences of procrastination can be found in this article:

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Procrastination, a technical failure

Procrastination is, more often than not, a sign of a technical failure, not a moral failure.

It’s not because we’re bad people that we procrastinate. Most times, procrastination serves as a symptom of something more fundamentally wrong with the tasks we’ve set ourselves.

It’s important to keep an eye on our procrastinating tendencies, to ask ourselves whenever we notice ourselves pushing things forward what it is about the task we’ve set ourselves that simply isn’t working for us.

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