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6 Things Anyone Thinking of Adopting a Pet Must Know

6 Things Anyone Thinking of Adopting a Pet Must Know

There are millions of pets out there that need a lot of caring and love. This is the main reason why people decide to adopt one of these lovely creatures. Whether it is a cat, a dog or some other type of pet, adoption is something that should be taken seriously. Having a pet is one of the unique joys in life, but it is in no way something to be taken lightly. There are simply many things that you should know before you definitely decide to adopt a pet.

1. Dedicate some time for appropriate research

Before going to the local shelter, you should scout your town or city for a good veterinarian. This way you are going to be certain that you have someone to turn too in case something goes wrong. The vet is going to help you out with picking the right food for your adorable pet, get to know which type of vaccines you should get for the future and so on. These are the small things that are very important for a more secure future.

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Additionally, give your best to find other owners who gather from time to time and let their pets play. Socialization is equally as important for pets as it is for us people. Your little furry friend will love to play around with its pals. You can do some research online, so that you know what steps you could take to make your living space pet-friendly. By doing this you will begin to understand that adopting a pet is a serious commitment.

2. Do not rush, having a pet creates obligations

Make sure that you have enough time in your schedule for the pet you are planning to adopt. Your home is going to be a whole new surrounding and the pet is going to need some time to adapt to it. It is necessary that you have a certain amount of time to dedicate to the little one. If your day is already cramped with numerous obligations, wait for a more peaceful period, which is going to leave a window of time for your little friend.

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Adopting a pet is a serious task due to the fact that cats, dogs and many other animals are there to stay for years to come. If you think that at some point of your life you are not going to be able to take care of it, simply avoid adopting one just because it is cute.

3. Know that you are going to have increased expenditure

These expenses are not usually high, but for some people, pet related expenses can be quite a stress on the budget. You have to think about grooming your pet, paying for a veterinarian, medications and vaccinations, not to mention the food. These are not expensive things, but it is important to keep them on your mind in case you are going through a rough patch. Simply postpone adaptation if these expenses are going to present a shock for your budget.

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4. Analyze the pet’s personality

This is an easy task – while you are in the shelter simply spend some time observing animals. For example, if you are planning on adopting a dog, there are several factors that can easily show you the character of a dog. If you are planning to adopt a younger dog, you can already predict that it is going to have a lot more energy and that it is going to require more than three walks a day. However, if you go for a mature dog, a couple of walks every day will do just fine.

Talk with the people at the shelter – they can give you a description of every pet, the type of character it has, how it behaves, what you can expect from a pet like that etc. Doing these things is going to help you pick the pet that suits your character the most. With the right choice, both you and your pet are going to be happy.

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5. Remember that you are going to clean your home more often

This is not a problem, but it is an important reminder. Most furry pets shed their hair each season. This is the period of the year when you are going to have to do a bit more grooming. If there are any stains made by your pets, there is a wide variety of products that can help you keep your home fresh and clean no matter how bad the situation is.

If you have carpets in your home, they can easily be cleaned nowadays, which is going to keep them pet odor free. These are simply some things that you are easily going to adapt too. It is just like taking care of your home regularly, with a little bit more effort.

6. The first month is critical

Once you have adopted your pet, the first month is going to be the toughest, as this is the adjustment period. Before adoption, make sure that you are going to have a lot of time during this period. This is the period when a lot of your focus should be on your pet, as it is going to bond with you. This does not mean that later on you won’t have to do anything, but take this time to build a strong foundation in the relationship between you and your pet.

These are the most important things you should know before adopting a pet. In the end, it is important to mention that with all these things comes something priceless and that is the feeling of learning to love your pet and sharing a timeless bond of friendship.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

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.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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