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5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

5 Post-Life Hacks: Green Burial Alternatives

We all love life. In fact, for most readers out there, one of the great joys in life is to be found in the way we’re constantly coming up with ways to win at it better. Life hacks we like to call them. They’re so good that there is even a highly popular website dedicated solely to them…

With that said, i’m sure that many of you Life Hack devotees will be keen to learn more about how you can continue to hack life even when it’s over. The end of it all doesn’t have to be a time full of sorrow and grief. It can and should also be a celebration of who we were and a chance for us to put a big smile back on the faces of the people who loved us most. One last great life-hack. A post-life hack, whatever. The point is, you’ll still be winning.

These five alternative ways to go out in style should certainly get you rethinking about whether you might ultimately also fancy an ending a little bit different to the more traditional methods.

1. Italy: Sepoltura Albero

Sepoltura Albero means tree burial in Italian. One particular project that came to widespread media attention recently is called Capsula Mundi. This was developed by the Italian designers Raoul Bretzel and Anna Citelli. According to the idea behind their concept, the client simply chooses their favourite tree, and the body is then encapsulated in a big egg placed beneath the seed or sapling.

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A traditional burial often requires a coffin. Coffins are made out of wood and the forests that are chopped down to make them are pretty useful for our planet. This facts means that eco-friendly burials have already become popular and this project simply takes that to the next level. And it is only a project at this stage. In fact it is an art exhibition at the moment, but the people behind it believe it really could be a legitimate post-life hack of the future.

The irony in this particular example is that this post-life hack would actually be illegal under Italian law.

2. Sweden: Grow Your Own Garden, Literally

A Swedish company called Promessa has come up with a system to provide another eco-friendly burial service, but this is much more than a just a concept. The people behind this project are deadly serious about its potential as a post-life hack.

Their machine cools the body to -18°C, and then uses liquid Nitrogen to turn this into a deep-freeze of around -196°C. A little bit of gentle vibration later and you’re all set. The resulting powder is buried underground and in 6 months time your loved ones will be left with fertile soil for growing some beautiful flowers or great big trees.

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3. The Ocean: One Last Dip

Burial at sea is already one of the most commonly popular methods for those people who are choosing alternative final arrangements. With the scattering ashes at sea log having been a favourite for those people who have lived their lives along the coast.

It is normally just the ashes which are scattered at sea, but it is also possible for a full sea burial to performed. You just need to have all the correct paperwork in place for this to be realised.

This exit has become so popular in recent years that there are companies offering complete cruises based around the final ceremonial act.

4. Switzerland: Diamonds Are Forever

A Swiss company is now offering a service that turns your beloved’s ashes into sparkling diamonds. These very unique diamonds are created by extracting the carbon from the ashes and then compressing the carbon at a temperature of 2,500 °C (4,500 °F). Basically recreating a similar environment to that in which natural diamonds are brought into existence by nature.

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It is not actually all that uncommon for people to wear ashes encased within jewellery items. This innovative and unique service just upgrades that method, with the associated costs that you would expect.

 5. Space: The Ultimate Post-Life Hack

Any big Star Trek fans will already be familiar with this method as it was the one chosen by Gene Roddenberry after he had faced the final frontier.

The ashes are sealed into a special kind of spaceship before being launched beyond the atmosphere. The orbit of this spacecraft are carefully studied so that the cremated remains do not contribute to any space debris. The actual destinations on offer are pretty awesome, with your available choices being either Earth’s orbit, the moon’s orbit, or all the way outside of our solar system.

In Earth orbit missions, the spaceship which carries you re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere and the ashes are burned up completely on return.

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Anybody hoping to sign-off with this ultimate post-life hack should know that it does not come cheaply. Just 2 grams blasted into deep space will cost you around $20,000.

Featured photo credit: JuergenPM via pixabay.com

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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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