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Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Why Short Term Fixes Are A Waste Of Time

Any quick fix, that encourages you to bury your head in the sand and ignore the main problem will always come back to haunt you.

How can you address the issue if you’re not fixing the root cause? There are plenty of events in our lives that see this exact situation occur. Many people are looking for instant gratification, an overnight solution and a relief from lives problems without having to do anything.

Lets take a look at some of those situations below. Quick Fixes With Lasting Consequences :

Get Rich Quick Schemes

Money simply doesn’t work in this way. It takes years and years of hard-work and dedication to establish a secure money generating platform that will make you rich and support you in future years.

If someone is promising huge profits overnight then ignore them. The only time overnight money is possible is when you jump on a trend before everyone else, or have foundations already in place to take advantage of an opportunity when it arises.

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Facial Reconstructing

This includes braces, occasionally plastic surgery and Botox. Your face is determined by facial posture, oral posture, head posture and lifestyle/habits. If you have braces put on, but your diet consists of soft foods, your mouth posture isn’t correct and you tend to let your mouth hang open often, then the problems will resurface once the braces are off, your teeth will gradually go back to being crooked.

It’s like putting makeup on a terrible skin. The makeup is a temporary fix but a terrible diet and lifestyle is causing the terrible skin in the first place so it’ll remain afterwards.

Liposuction

This is such a popular quick fix. This is for those people who are too weak to diet and exercise. They get the liposuction, lose the fat and feel as though they’ve achieved. Yet they abuse this situation because it took such little work, go back to their old lifestyle and pile it back on again.

Starving Yourself

People trying to get in shape sometimes opt for the starving themselves strategy as a quick fix. But this simply changes the body to have a lower metabolism and other complications. Once they get bored of their drastic diet they go back to their previous lifestyle and their weight increases more than ever. Their body adapted to deal with small amounts of food, went into panic mode and jumped at the chance to store fat once it became available again.

Steroids

This is popular among men who want to add muscle but can’t seem to get the formula right. In the short term they get the results they require and quickly. Overtime however, they begin to develop injuries, side effects and health risks.

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The trade-off between having muscles and being healthy simply isn’t worth it. Instead keep learning about fitness, keep testing and stick with it. Eventually you’ll get there with your health intact.

Hair Transplants

Just look at footballer Wayne Rooney if you need evidence for this one. Wayne lost all of his hair, had a transplant and thought everything was fixed. However anyone can clearly see that he’s loosing it again.

Why is this happening? Because the reason he was losing his hair in the first place is still apparent, it hasn’t been addressed but rather covered up.

The Doctors tell Wayne that he’ll need regular top-ups in order to maintain his new hair, but in reality they’re just putting newspaper on-top of newspaper to cover up spilled milk.

Energy Drinks

This is how so many people get their kick in the mornings. It works just like coffee. Your body gets a huge sugar and caffeine boost and thus energy boost when you didn’t actually have any energy.

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We’ve already said everything that should concern you. You’re getting energy that you don’t have! This is dangerous. Once the effects of the drink wear off you’ll be even more tired than before and have probably caused some level of damage to your body.

If you’re running on fake energy, then eventually your body is going to crash. It’s tired for a reason, either your lifestyle isn’t great, your diet is poor or you simply need to sleep. Perhaps it’s all three. Whatever it is, do it naturally, forget the energy boosts.

Short term loans

You need money for this weekend but you don’t have it. What do you do? Well most people take out a short term loan or borrow money from a friend. But this is a very short lived advantage. You’re going to pay this money back next week/month and be in the same boat again. For a lot of people this ends up becoming a lifestyle, they spend at the beginning of the month, struggle at the end, then borrow money to get them through.

If you want to get out of this situation, then you need to start sacrificing or cutting back on your current spending in which ever way possible. Sometimes life asks you to take 10 steps backwards before it lets you move forward once again.

Conclusion

Chopping the head off the weed won’t get rid of the problem, it’ll just grow back later on. Stop burying your head in the sand and start addressing the true problems in your life.

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If you’re low on energy, then there’s a reason why.

If you’re continuously broke then you’re not living right.

If you keep crash dieting but seem to gain more weight afterwards then it’s time to put the real work in.

Find the root cause, stop being lazy, the results will come.

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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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