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7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

7 Surprising Benefits Of Leasing A Car

We all have a dream car that we presume we can’t afford. We settle for the “sensible choice” that will get us from A to B and won’t break the bank.

But what if you could drive a car without worrying about the overall cost? What if you could drive a car for a year without having to commit to it any longer? What if you could just borrow a car and then give it back?

Car leasing is an increasingly popular way for motorists to drive without having to purchase the vehicle. It gives you the freedom to drive a car without any strings attached. If you’re considering buying a new car, here are seven surprising benefits of leasing a car that might change your mind.

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You avoid damaging depreciation costs

One of the biggest problems motorists face when buying a brand new car is that these cars lose their value very quickly, and by the time you’re ready to sell and move on, your car is worth much less than you bought it for.

If you lease a car, you will never have this problem and you do not have to worry about the car’s resale value. This makes car leasing an attractive option to those who want to change their car frequently without losing any of the cost.

Low monthly payments

If you choose to lease a car rather than buy it, your monthly payments will be lower as you are only renting the car. This means that you can spend the money you save elsewhere–on holidays or those oh-so-expensive shoes you’ve been coveting. Also, if you only use your car for work, it may be more beneficial for you to lease a car rather than own one, and then spend the money you save on having fun on the weekend.

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    You can drive the car of your dreams

    As you aren’t paying to purchase the whole car, you are much more likely to be able to afford the car of your dreams. If you’ve always fancied a particular car but never had the money to buy one, this could be the perfect time to do it. You know that sexy convertible city car you’ve always wanted? Lease it now and your dream will become reality.

    Road tax is included

    When you lease a car, road tax is included for the duration of your contract! This means you don’t have to worry about making sure it is up to date yourself. Remember to check with your car leasing provider first, as some companies only include road tax for the first year.

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    There’s no need to sell your vehicle—just give it back!

    Let’s face it, there’s nothing fun about selling your car. You have to spend time fixing any small issues, taking flattering photographs, uploading them to online car sites, negotiating with time-wasters, and using up your precious free time meeting potential buyers. A lot of hassle, right? Well, if you lease your car, you can simply hand it back once your contract is over. Most companies will even come and collect the car from you so you don’t even have to leave the house—perfect!

      You can show off

      Yes that’s right, with car leasing you can show off your brand new stylish car to your friends, family, and co-workers—which is what everyone really wants, isn’t it?

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      Having an impressive car could do wonders for your business, especially if you are self-employed and want to look successful. You know that ridiculously expensive flashy car that would impress your clients and seal the deal? Lease it and no one will be the wiser.

      You can add maintenance packages

      Car leasing companies such as Stoneacre Leasing will offer you a choice of maintenance packages for the duration of your contract. A full maintenance package will give you peace of mind and will cover servicing, repair costs, and extra tires. This means that no matter what happens, you will not be faced with any surprising repair costs!

      Car leasing is an easy, hassle-free way to obtain a personal car on a budget. If you’ve not thought about leasing a car before, give it a try—you’ll never go back!

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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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