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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.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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