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10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

10 Things You Need for Your Next Flight

Whether you’re an expert traveler or this is your first time leaving the mainland, there’s a good chance you’re going to forget something important. Or, you may not even think you’ll need it. Well, hold tight because while this may seem like “just another travel packing list” – it’s not. We’re here to be your Expert Packing Assistant. You just have to keep reading.

We’re going to list these friendly reminders ‘countdown style’ because chances are, you’re counting down to your vacation. Here we go:

10. Pets/Mail/Plants.

No, we’re not telling you to bring them. But more so we’re asking, “Who’s taking care of these while you’re away?” If it’s a friend-of-a-friend’s neighbor’s kid, pay them in cash. If it’s your bestie, tell them you’ll bring them something nice from your travels. Everyone wins.

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9. Bring your own headphones (BYOH).

Yes, your own ear-wax free headphones. (If you think about that for a minute, you’ll never forget them again. Some airlines ‘sanitize’ the rentable headphones, others let you keep the foam covered cheapies.) Our pick for under $100 (on a long flight, quality can come in handy without breaking the bank) are these easy-to-pack Shure headphones.

8. Small waste basket liner bags.

Yep, you read that correctly – use them for your dirty clothes!

7. Hydration items.

Think reusable water bottle + some Vitamin C packs to mix in-flight AND when you land. Flying seems to naturally dehydrate most people, so chug that H2O. Tip: Don’t forget about your skin. Bring a carry-on friendly moisturizer for your eyes and face!

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6. All the electronic pieces you’re likely to forget.

Phone chargers, camera and memory cards. Yes, we said “camera and memory cards” – ditch the phone camera and actually take quality photos on your next trip!

5. The eco-friendly reusable mug.

That little tiny cup of (sometimes free) in-flight coffee is never enough, let’s be real. Bring your empty mug and have the flight attendant keep the endless coffee flowing.

4. Snacks.

Trader Joe’s exists for a reason, so don’t overspend at the airport. There are also many airports with healthy food options that won’t break your beach body.

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3. Entertainment.

When’s the last time you held a book, became completely engrossed and couldn’t put it down? Well, combined with your headphones above and your endless mug of coffee, you can probably knock out a New York Times best seller and have expanded your vocabulary and imagination by the time you land. Read away!

Also, don’t forget to download your favorite movie or TV shows before you board.(Note:Just beware that some trans-oceanic flights may not offer WiFi for personal use, so check with your carrier ahead of time.) You may need your own screen. Examples: iPad, iPad Mini. Know ahead of time if your flight is fancy enough to have screens on the seat back in front of you. If not, don’t waste a carry-on with your company laptop.

2. Your in-flight travel attire.

Lay them out the night before for those early morning flights. With athliesure styles being all the rage for ladies this year, women can get away with leggings, tunics, maybe a scarf and booties. It’s not all about the ladies though. Men, don’t fret, there are plenty of comfy pants and loose fitting shirts for you too. If you pair them with some loafers or casual tennis shoes, you’ll be flying high in comfort and style. Tip: Compression socks for long haul flights. You won’t have swollen feet when you arrive.

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1. Cash/credit cards/ID’s.

Pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how many people forget their driver’s license or passport upon arriving at the terminal. There are other forms of ID that may get you through, but if you remember anything, be cognizant enough the day you leave to not lose or forget these items. Tip: Get a few hundred dollars’ worth of local currency ahead of time if you’re going international.

Another tip: Switch out your wallet and/or purse to something more efficient. This way, you won’t accidentally head to the airport with your pepper spray still on your key ring.

There are so many ways to find cheap flights and travel comfortably, so don’t fret! We hope this list helps you with packing and that above all, you have a fantastic trip. Now, go make some friends in the airport lounge. Sit back, relax and happy traveling!

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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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