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7 Superstitions Tatar Kids Grew Up With

7 Superstitions Tatar Kids Grew Up With

Although its against our religion to believe superstitions in general, they were widely used by our parents. Now I realize that it was all done as a way to teach us good manners. Though, a very few, I believe to be true until today. Let’s explore.

You will not grow taller if you sit on the table

My height is 5 foot 2, hence, you can understand how scary it was for me to hear. Years had passed and even though I never sat on the table I am still short.

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Your house will burn down if you play with a ball inside the house

My mother would go crazy if she saw me playing with a ball in the house. I was driven with curiosity of course, at what point would the fire start and where would it come from. I thought since I am so “on alert” for the fire, when I am playing with the ball, I could be fast as the lightening to stop it. The fire never happened of course.

You attract evil spirits if you jerk your feet under the dinner table

This one also stroke curiosity in me, sometimes I would do it on purpose, while secretly looking around for any abnormal behavior in the room.

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Your mother will die if you lean on your chin

I could never stop doing it, of course not because I wanted some death to occur, but wouldn’t you agree that it’s just so comfortable sometimes?

Your will have an unlucky day if you wear your I left shoe first

I am left-handed person, for me left is right. Hence, until today I my days are lucky even when I wear my left show first.

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You have to take your “house goblin” with you when you move to a new house

This is probably the only thing I still believe until today. “House goblin” or translating word to word ” house owner” – is a creature (which cannot be seen, only on a very rare occasions you might feel its presence)  who lives in the house and protects it.

Your trip will be unlucky if you clean your house the night before your flight

Oh the amount of mess in my room I’ve had to leave behind before our family vacations.

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When I think about all those which were mentioned (and many others which were not) I think that life is just one scary place. Yet, until today I find myself thinking that should’ve worm my right shoe first, and I tell my niece not to play with a ball in the house and stop jerking her feet under the table. At the end of the day these are all good manners, I got affected by them and it made me very clever mannered person I must say.

Featured photo credit: Farida K. via m.facebook.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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