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5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

5 Ways To Live A Life People Will Remember You By

From the moment we realize that we have the power to leave a positive impact on the world, we want to give ourselves every chance to do so. We’re so busy with every day life though that we forget to make our lives rewarding. One day when we’re gone, we hope that people think back to good things we’ve done.

There are five categories of activities we can do that help us aspire to be remembered. They are:

  • Social
  • Personal
  • Physical
  • Spiritual
  • Mental

Let’s go through how each of these five categories can help us live a life that people would want to remember us by with a few examples.

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Social: Touch People’s Lives

The next time you go to a store, have a look at the name tag for the person who’s serving you. That name tag isn’t there just to look pretty. To you, that person might just be there to be a convenience.

However, they have their own hopes and dreams. They might be secretly waiting for someone to reach out to them and see them as more than someone who simply gives change. Say their name and watch the shock come across their face. Maybe they might suddenly smile. It’s amazing how much a simple acknowledgement can make someone come alive.

Personal: Look After Yourself

You are unique. You might not feel that way when people are all around you and you’re made to fit into a certain mold. You might have loved doing something when you were younger, but then let it fall away once you became an adult.

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What if that was meant to be the thing that you were doing all along? What if that’s what gave your life meaning. If there’s one thing I could recommend, that would be to write. Some people blog, someone people write in a diary. Some people write books. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to escape the horrors of WWI. What came out of that? The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.

Physical: Your Body Is Your Ferrari

Our bodies are all that we’ve got. Whatever we’re born with we’ve got to use the best out of our ability. Some people try to blame their race. Maybe they’re not slender enough, tall enough, big enough, heavy enough or something else. Blaming is for people who don’t have any accountability for their success. They’re the types that will be forgotten in history.

The visualization that I use is that all of our bodies are Ferraris. They’re sleek, powerful, fast and sexy. We might not be anywhere near that right now. Our bodies could be caked in fat and have bad skin. We could be shoveling poor quality fuel into our systems and be outputting some nasty fumes too.

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But if we believe that our bodies are already a Ferrari and that we simply have to chisel out the definition and fix the transmission and engine, then we will be on our way from being a mediocre nobody to someone who evolved to keep up with his or her mindset.

Spiritual: Look After Your Being

Who are we really? We have such a sure sense of self but in reality, we’re just a bag of bones encased in muscle, skin and flesh. A self-conscious and -aware brain is running the game, sending signals and hormones coursing through our body to suit its needs.

You might have never thought about it that way, but that’s the reality of who we are – on a corporal level anyway. On a spiritual level, we have a sense of self and feel like the world contains meaning. We all have something that makes our spirit sing. Do that and do it honestly, whole-heartedly and powerfully. Recognition and being remembered will come with that.

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Mental: Your Mind Is Your Control Center

Our minds tell us what to do. If you think about it, they actually called themselves “the brain”, so they know more than we give them credit for. The key is to be aware of this. Some people let emotions get in the way of things and this causes the brain to misfire.

There have been some magnificent insights into different fields due to focused thought. If you have an idea that resonates with people, you can be remembered for a long, long time… as long as the idea stays relevant.

So there you have it, five ways to live a life that people will remember you by. Which way will you choose to make an impact on this world?

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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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