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6 Commonly Overlooked Things to Check Before Relocating

6 Commonly Overlooked Things to Check Before Relocating

Whether for work, school, family or adventure, there are many reasons people decide to move to a new city. Humans live today with a desire and/or motive to relocate, not knowing how good they have it; for the majority of history, we lacked the technology for feasible travel.

With nothing more than our two feet to carry us, most folks were born, lived, worked and died all within a very small geographic area, perhaps no bigger than 20 miles. In short, take advantage of any and all opportunities to explore new places.

The major factors to consider when moving to a new city have already been covered in a previous Lifehack post – things like cost of living, crime and climate. We assume readers are already taking these elements of relocation into account. This article is concerned with additional factors most people overlook, especially first-time long distance movers.

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ISP Options

Few folks today can live without good internet access. Yet how many people think to check out the available home internet providers in a given city?

The ISP available in one region may not be operating in another. Furthermore, some ISPs are better than others, so checking before moving is vital for getting the best service possible upon arrival.

Transit

Is there a comprehensive mass transit system in the new city? How easy or hard is it to drive an automobile there? Again, we have a situation where every urban core is going to be a little different.

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Folks used to a city with a vast array of commuter trains, may move to a new place only to discover, the so-called mass transit system has fewer stops than a disposable camera. It pays to know in advance. Who wants to show up late on their first day of work in a new city?

Pet Laws

Roughly one out of three Americans own a pet. Animal ownership laws and regulations vary greatly from city to city, state to state. California, for example, has relatively tight animal welfare laws and registration requirements compared to neighboring states.

Nobody wants to move cross country only to discover their beloved pooch is an outlawed breed.

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Culture Clash

Local cultures vary wildly. This is true even without leaving a country, as the various cultures within the US would indicate. While part of moving somewhere new is appreciating the subtle albeit noticeable differences in ways of life, not every city is for everyone.

Doing some light research (usually not drifting far from Wikipedia) can reveal the prevailing cultural attitudes of a particular region and give clues as to whether or not it sounds like an enjoyable atmosphere from your point of view.

Corruption

Readers may think government corruption is ubiquitous and to some degree this is true. However, some governments are markedly more corrupt than others, especially certain cities.

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Considering “all politics is local ” the potential effect of corruption a city’s government can have on the average citizen is profound.  Therefore it’s imperative to look into whether or not a particular city is known for public corruption, or whether its elected officials have a reputation for playing on the level.

Signs of Success

In addition to levels of corruption, there are other signs of a city’s potential. Recent reporting conducted by a traveling pair of writers for The Atlantic, concludes that there are 11 signs a city will succeed. Among them, high frequency of private-public partnerships, clearly identifiable “local patriots” and close proximity to one or more research universities. If a city calling to you is lacking in most of these elements, it might be worth looking for another place to move.

Most of us know how to look into cost of living, crime, real estate prices and so forth, before moving to a new place. However, there are a few other things to consider before deciding to relocate.

Whether it’s the quality of the local internet access, transportation logistics, laws, culture or civic integrity, these aspects of another city are worth considering prior to making it your new home.

Featured photo credit: Wikipedia via upload.wikimedia.org

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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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