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10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

10 Things Young People Can Do That Old People Wish They Could

It’s been said that age is nothing but a number. However, anyone over a certain age who has tried to rock a pair of ripped denim shorts or show up with their girl squad at a Taylor Swift concert has probably learned why that’s not always true.

The older generation has become fascinated with the trends that today’s younger crowd is wrapped up in. In fact, trends are actually growing from the bottom up as far as age is concerned. Today’s biggest stars, artists and influencers are getting younger and younger by the minute. Any adult will tell you that they’re feeling a little envious of the freedom and unapologetic attitude today’s young movers and shakers seem to enjoy. Need proof?

Let’s look at the 10 things young people can do that older people wish they could.

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1. Become the Next American Idol

A timeless voice doesn’t translate to an ageless voice when it comes to America’s top talent show. It turns out celebrity judges aren’t concerned with hearing from talented people who have been on the planet for more than a quarter of a century. You must be under the age of 24 if you want to audition in front of the judges to become a superstar on “American Idol.”

2. Become Miss America

Your pageant dreams are about to get dashed if you’re older than 24. It turns out that ladies must be between the ages of 17 and 24 in order to qualify to take to the stage in pursuit of the crown.

3. Join the Armed Forces

Older adults don’t have a lot of options to serve if they are struck with a sense of patriotism later in life. The maximum age for Army recruits is 35. The Navy won’t consider anyone over the age of 34. Of course, older adults are really out of luck if they dream of being in the Marines. The elite division caps the recruitment age at a mere 28.

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4. Learn Technology

When it comes to learning how to use the latest gadgets and apps, study after study has shown that people under 30 are as fast as lightning when compared to older adults. This can be frustrating for older adults who struggle with understanding how to update a Facebook post or upload a photo to Instagram. Growing up with technology at their fingertips since birth has given today’s young adults an edge when it comes to keeping up with technology at home and in the workplace.

5. Rock a Chained Swimsuit Harness

Leave it to one of the Jenner sisters to prove that style definitely comes with some age restrictions. Kylie Jenner recently channeled vintage Princess Leia by rocking a chained swimsuit harness at the beach. Of course, girls everywhere were rushing to get their hands on one of their own. Sensible fashionistas over the legal drinking age could only roll their eyes at this impractical look. This is one popular beach trend that anyone over the age of 21 will have a hard time pulling off without feeling a tiny bit foolish.

6. Define the Art Scene

Pablo Picasso was just 13 when he entered the Barcelona’s School of Fine Arts and started churning out some of the most iconic paintings in all of history. If you haven’t picked up a paintbrush by the time you’ve reached the voting age, there’s a good chance you might never become the darling of the art scene. Many of today’s biggest art exhibitions actually close off entry to artists over the age of 30. For example, A British publication hosted an exhibition that invited 40 young artists between the ages of 18 and 30 to create and show works that demonstrated the response of today’s youth to the idea that multiculturalism is dead. Anyone older just wasn’t allowed to participate.

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7. Engage in Texting Drama

Staying up all night in bed shooting off texts to friends or a sweetheart is something that all young people do these days. In fact, the drama doesn’t even begin to heat up until it’s time to turn on Jimmy Fallon. Of course, staying up late just to spit out argument-laden texts all night is something that older people simply don’t have the luxury of doing. Responsibilities like getting the kids to school, getting to morning meetings or catching a train make it essential to put the texting drama to bed when it’s time to actually go to bed.

8. Date College Students

Once you’re out of your 20s, dating someone who is still in college will turn some heads. While there is certainly nothing illegal or immoral about dating a student once you’ve entered your third decade on the planet, it will draw a lot of opinions from friends and family. If you want to avoid drama, the basic rule is to avoid dating someone if you are technically old enough to be their parent.

9. Use Dating Apps for Free

Maturity comes with a price tag in the world of dating apps. Many popular apps actually charge a higher fee to users over a certain age. For instance Tinder charges a monthly fee of $19.99 if you’re over the age of 30. That’s nearly double the cost charged to younger users.

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10. Be an MTV Reality Star

“The Real World” became a television show that defined a generation after it debuted in 1992. While the cast members of each season deal with some very mature subject matter in the house, none of them are actually that mature in age. You must be under the age of 25 to send in an audition tape for the show.

Featured photo credit: The U.S. Army via flickr.com

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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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