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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 November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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