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10 Things You Will Not Regret Doing In High School

10 Things You Will Not Regret Doing In High School

One day you’re in grade 9 and the next day you’re at the graduation ceremony wondering “How did I get here?”.

Everyone tells you how fast high school goes by, but really, you never understand that until it’s over. Here are ten things you need to make sure you do before the door hits you on your way out!

1. Join A Team.

I can’t stress this enough. It doesn’t matter if you start, sit on a bench, or fill up water bottles, joining a team is a great way to make friends, and it can help you learn about yourself, how to deal with struggles, and how to set aside your differences to work toward a common goal. After all, you’re going to spend the rest of your life on a team, whether you’re a rock star touring with your band mates or sitting in an office looking at daily task sheets. Joining a team will help you deal with all the drama that comes with sticking a bunch of people in a small box; it will also give you the best memories of your life.

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2. Not Fight Over A Girl Or Boy — Or Anything For That Matter.

Teenagers in school like to fight. Don’t be that guy or that girl — it’s not worth it. It doesn’t make you cool and it won’t make you popular. If anything, it will be news for the week and then you will continue with your mundane high school life. But you know who won’t forget about it? Your teachers and your parents and your principal. And you know what all these people have in common? They dictate your future. And don’t forget those universities and colleges that will see it on your record too!

3. Extend Your Skills Beyond The Classroom.

Life is bigger than high school. Find some hobbies: do yoga, work out, make some art, write a story. These are the days to sort yourself out and set your feet for the future. Find out what you’re good at, or what you’re not good at. Make a band and put out an album. Explore. All these things will help you grow, whether you succeed or fail. Just enjoy the moment.

4. Talk to Your Teachers.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked into a classroom with a story to tell my favourite teacher about why I was late or why my homework was missing. It ranged from a group of little gremlins eating my homework to the day I misplaced my wallet, found it, and came back late with an espresso shot for him. He didn’t even bat an eye and we laughed about it. These interactions will be pretty memorable, and they allow you to grow in a school environment that can sometimes be difficult. Remember, teachers are people too. There was nothing better than to sit down and talk about the best movies, music, and history topics with a substitute teacher. I had one who taught me on a fairly regular basis. He was always supportive about my writing, which allowed me to reach new heights.

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5. Find Romance.

Romance doesn’t usually last in high school, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. After all, high school is like a super-condensed version of real life, so why not run the romance simulator? Yes, you may get your heart broken one, two, or three different times, but you’ll learn about yourself and others in the process. On the other hand, you may have a four-year long relationship with someone that will help you grow and become a better version of yourself. And at the end of it, you might go separate ways, or you just may get married in ten years.

6. Go To Prom.

Doesn’t everyone go to prom? Most do, but not everyone. Some people don’t go to prom for something as small as not having a date! Just do it. You can only do it once, and avoiding prom is like giving a middle finger to all your graduates. Sure, you don’t need to like them all, but prom is a day you set aside your differences and just smile and wave. You’re a king or a queen today. Just please, don’t get drunk. Save that for later. Prom is a place where you dance, have fun, eat, and be polite and respectable. No one likes that guy or girl that is struggling to stand up, keeling over to vomit. What you will regret is when you end up being escorted out by two officers and have to spend the night at home.

7. Go To A Party.

When you think of life as a teenager, partying is probably one thing that comes to mind. By grade 10, I advise you to go to a party. However, I don’t advise you to drink your first night out. A party can get hectic pretty fast, but it can also be a good time. Go to a party with people you know, always. Never go alone and always have a set of guidelines you and your friends will follow. Stay out of trouble and know that nothing good happens after 1 AM — remember that rule. It will save you from getting jumped by six guys and losing a tooth. Take that lesson from me.

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8. Your Grades Matter, But So Does Your Sanity.

If you’re anything like me, homework is death, but in saying that, don’t fail any of your classes. There is absolutely no reason you should come out with less than a 50 — you will regret it later in life if you do. You’ll only be wasting your own time. Time is success, and if you’re too lazy to pass a class, then how are you going to succeed in life? They tell you what to do, and if you do it, then you succeed. Life isn’t like that, and sometimes I wish it was. If I was told what to do to be successful, I would do it. Life is tough, but high school doesn’t have to be.

If there comes a time where you feel overwhelmed or something major is happening in your life, talk to your teacher about it. Ask for a day or two extension. Sometimes they will give it to you and sometimes they won’t, but it’s worth asking — just don’t abuse that privilege!

9. Don’t Stress Too Much Over Others.

Yes, I understand Sally didn’t like your dress today. I understand John laughed at your performance in the football game yesterday. But don’t let those people bring you down. High school is life in a little box. You can’t necessarily get along with everyone, but you will always have friends. Don’t waste your time on others’ opinions of you, because if you fix your “flaws,” people will always find more. Just be yourself and grow on your own.

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I knew a girl once who had a brand new argument with someone on Facebook every day. She loved drama, and she stressed over anything and everything. Do you know how much time you waste looking at others? How much energy you burn focusing on everyone but yourself? A lot. Turn off your phone, do your homework, and relax. High school isn’t a lifestyle. It’s a place you go to grow. When times are tough and the world is on your shoulders, remember this: there’s always another weekend to look forward to.

10. Appreciate The Little Things.

From your friend who brings you coffee in the morning to the school pride assemblies, it’s important to remember that this high school is your home for the next four years and you should treat the student body with respect. You don’t need to like everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to say “hi” to the quiet person in the corner, to smile at the janitor cleaning up your filthy bathrooms, to wish the cafeteria ladies a good day. Don’t forget to join in on the school pride days. Go out and cheer on your school teams and remember to clean up after yourself. These little things go a long way in ensuring that your school environment stays happy, clean, and welcoming for the generations to come. So when you leave, you can look back and say, “weren’t we one hell of a school.” After all, you may leave high school, but the memories of high school will never leave you.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

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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