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10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

10 Reasons Why Going Out Helps You Get Out From A Rut

Life can be a hassle sometimes. The constant stress and the everyday grind creates a rut that is almost impossible for some people to escape.

Getting away from the daily routine isn’t enough to get rid of the stress that’s always waiting to pounce on the unwary. Escaping from the daily routine is what needed; Putting significant geographical distance between your home and yourself is what’s really needed.

By leaving your normal, mundane life behind for just a while you can experience the world around you instead of just watching from showbox on your android screens or televisions. Here are ten reasons why you should get away and experience life.

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1) You get to leave the stress of your everyday life behind for awhile

Let’s face facts, most people experience at least some stress in their lives, and after a while. we’re all ready to get away for a while. I find that a nice walk on the beach can take away the stress of my everyday life from the first step to the last.

2) You can see new, exciting locations

Even if you don’t leave your country there are new sights to see and new experiences to enjoy. I’ve been from one side of USA to the next and despite the similarities between different locations, each place has its own unique feel. New locations can broaden your horizon and remind you that there is an entire world outside of what you know.

3) Relaxation is the key to enjoying your vacation

No matter how you relax, a vacation is your time to do what you want. The pace you set is your own and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to do. My own experience in vacationing involves everything from kicking back with a frosty drink to engaging in whatever high impact activity that is available.

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4) Vacations can kindle or rekindle a relationship

The rut you find yourself in can and usually, does extend to the relationship with your significant other. Taking a nice vacation with each other can reignite that spark in your relationship that will keep you young and remind you why you got together in the first place. If you don’t have special someone, this might be a great chance for you to meet somebody and flirt with a guy. Who knows this might lead you to the person you are destined to be with!

5) Alarm clocks are a nuisance, not a necessity

I did say that vacations are on your time, didn’t I? Leave the clocks at home and sleep in. Getting out of your rut means you stop living by the clock, if only for a little while. Personally, I’m an early riser due to long years of rising early for work, but on vacation. it’s easy to just lay back and remember that my day isn’t dictated by how fast or slow I go.

6) Traveling to different countries offers a new perspective on how other people live

Experiencing new cultures and witnessing how other societies live is enlightening. Such an experience can remind you that your own existence is just one among many representations of humanity. For instance, my first trip to London left me absolutely speechless. The knowledge of other cultures gained from a vacation is an invaluable experience.

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7) There are many different ways to see new places at a reduced cost

It’s true that going anywhere costs money. Sometimes the cost of a trip can be more of an aggravation than the rut you’re trying to get away from. Nowadays, there are a vast number of promotions that are designed to give people better deals. Remember, many locations depend heavily on tourism, so they will make the effort to get you there. You just need to look. I’m always looking at hotel rates, deals on airfare, and any other deal that can get my family away from home for a little while.

8) The cuisine from different parts of the world is always interesting

Your regular eating habits can be a part of your continual rut too. When you’re on vacation you don’t want the same old things you eat at home. On vacation, the best attitude to adopt is “when in Rome“. It doesn’t matter if you try a little or a lot, your taste buds will thank you for the change of pace. My experience in The Tower near Edinburgh castle in Scotland was a culinary delight I won’t soon forget.

9) All work and no play makes for a long and miserable day

Some of us like our jobs and some don’t. But regardless of this, it’s always necessary to unplug and unwind. If all you do is work then you’re allowing one of the life’s absolute necessities to pass you by. At some point in life, everyone needs to get away from their life and experience the world. I know for certain that after each assignment I need at least a short vacation away from the constant grind.

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10) You deserve a vacation

You read that right. Anyone who works the long, hard hours trying to support themselves or others is constantly racking up personal vacation time that eventually needs to be taken. You work hard for your money, busting your back for others, making sure they’re taken care of, and it’s time to cash in on that fact. I like to treat myself to a short one or two-day vacation every so often just because I feel it’s necessary.

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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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