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7 Dead Ends in Life and How to Avoid Them

7 Dead Ends in Life and How to Avoid Them

Everyone wants a carefree life, but few ever attain it. Since we’re bound to encounter obstacles at some point, it is wise to think ahead about how to avoid them.

Some problems in life are effectively “dead ends” that take a lot of work to get out of. Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, take note of these seven common pitfalls and learn ahead of time how to prevent them.

1. Getting fired

Many people worry about losing a job when things start going bad. You might get on the wrong side of the boss or realize you don’t have the necessary skills to do the work.

As soon as you realize the problem, take steps to address it. Schedule an informal meeting with your boss to explain your determination to do a good job, asking how to improve the situation. Get additional training or ask for a transfer if you can’t master your current position.

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Don’t wait to get fired. Be proactive. Make a goal right now to always do your best in every job you get hired for. You might not love every job, but if all of your employers give you good references, you’re sure to stay on the right path.

2. Being in a bad relationship.

When the relationship you’re in just isn’t working, decide whether to keep on going or call it quits.

Sometimes a little extra effort can repair a troubled pair, but other times it’s best to amicably throw in the towel and go your separate ways rather than wait for tensions to escalate.

3. Receiving disappointing health news

Most people will get an unwanted health report at some point in their lives.

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Whether it’s something they can individually control like the need to lose weight or a newly-discovered congenital disorder, the goal should be to stay as healthy as possible to either prevent bad news over things you can control or minimize negative effects by being in the best physical and emotional shape possible to deal with something that pops up eventually.

4. Choosing the wrong college major

After selecting a major and taking several classes you may realize a particular career path is not for you.

By then you’ve already invested considerable time and money. Before enrolling for classes, take a major aptitude test to find out what you’re naturally good at or what interests you before you start working on earning your degree.

5. Buying the wrong home

No one wants to make a sizable down payment and end up in a home they don’t like.

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Make a list of essential home qualities you must have, such as a fireplace and a finished basement, along with a list of those you won’t tolerate, like a small lot or noisy neighbors. Then when you shop, you’ll be less likely to fall in love with a home that has plenty of charm but few of the amenities or necessities that should be X factors.

6. Making a bad investment

It’s easy to be lured into investing in a killer new stock that’s predicted to explode and make tons of money for investors.Due diligence is critical before putting money into an unknown stock, bond, or other investment.

Study the stocks on a regular basis to see which perform well before sinking your money into one. Then be prepared to sell off if it begins to nose-dive. Don’t leave all the major decisions to a stock broker.

7. Getting a really bad deal on a purchase

Most of us worry about getting ripped off on a significant purchase, like that new 40-inch television you bought a month ago that blows up, without a warranty.

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For peace of mind, you can buy an extended warranty on major purchases. To avoid buyer’s remorse, it’s also important to compare models of things you plan to buy to see which has the best ratings and performance record,

With some added thought and effort, you can avoid some of life’s major issues and frustrations, and keep yourself on the right path, far from dead ends. If something does happen, you can take comfort knowing you did your best.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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