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10 Reasons You’ll Never Get Bored on Your Next Vacation in Rome

10 Reasons You’ll Never Get Bored on Your Next Vacation in Rome

Realistically, there are countless things to do while visiting Rome. There are ancient structures, historical museums, fresh fountains, and everything in between. While you are taking time between having the best cuisine in the world for each meal, don’t miss out on these breathtaking places that you must visit on your vacation in Rome.

1. Explore the Pantheon

Quite possibly the best preserved structure from ancient Rome, the Pantheon sits adjacent to Piazza della Rotonda. Construction was completed in 126 AD and this structure has served as a Roman Catholic Church since the 7th century. The architecture of both the inside and the outside are well worth the visit.

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2. Throw a Coin into the Trevi Fountain

This structure is famed worldwide, as there is a legend that says whoever throws their coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome. Many times, the fountain is too crowded to get close to it, so you may need to wait a little while to be able to get close enough to toss your coin in.

3. Have a Historic Day at the Colosseum

This historic structure is said to be the largest amphitheater in the Roman world. At its prime, the space used to have a capacity of about 50,000 to 80,000 people that could use any of the 80 entrances. Construction was completed on the Colosseum in 80 AD, and today, tourists pay to see what is left of the historic structure. The last performance took place in 523. Afterwards, it was used as a fortress, then acted as a source for building materials for other now-historic sites.

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4. Pick up Fresh Fruits & Vegetables at Campo de’ Fiori

Located in the Piazza Navona, this famous Roman marketplace is where you can purchase vegetables, fruits, flowers, and fish. It is the perfect stop when you are meandering through the city. This market will give you an authentic Italian feel with the selections offered by vendors, and it is surrounded by booming pubs and local wineries that stay open late.

5. Meet up with Friends at the Spanish Steps

This is the ideal location to meet up with friends or family that are also in Rome. Throbbing with energy, this hot spot is almost always bustling with a crowd. Throughout the year, the steps are only decorated occasionally, except for late April to early in May, when the steps are consistently adorned with flowers.

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6. Entertain Kids at Rainbow Magic Land

This theme park is located about 49km away from Rome in Valmontone, and is centered around fun for the whole family. In total, 35 attractions are aimed to entertain kids and adults alike. There are thrill rides, stunt shows, aquatic ballet, fairies show, fireworks display, and water attractions in the summer. For the month of October, the park is embellished with a Halloween theme. This is a must for anyone that is traveling with kids.

7. Take Pictures at Piazza Farnese

One of the most beautiful squares in Rome, it is overtaken by Renaissance Palazzo Farnese, a 16th century structure that is currently used as the French Embassy. All of the best Renaissance artists had a hand in its construction, so it is said to be the most beautiful Renaissance structure in Rome — and also in all of Italy.

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8. Relax Completely at Monti

Smaller and less popular than some other cities, Monti will give you a true feeling of community. You can catch your breath sitting at one of the fountains or cool down with some local gelato.

9. Flock the Trastevere Flea Market

Still classically Italian, this city’s narrow roads are lined with bookstores, boutiques, bars, and clubs along with the old churches and unique cafes. Each Sunday you can find the flea market, where vendors are selling everything from artwork to clothing to antiques for next to nothing.

10. Enjoy Free Concerts at Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus is the largest Roman stadium, with the ability to house 185,000 observers. Visitors can enjoy the view of Palatine Hill, or alternatively can view the Circus Maximus from the imperial palaces on the Palatine hill. In ancient Rome, it served as the venue for horse racing, but is now used for free concerts.

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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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