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Gardening is Not Only Fun and Engaging, It Benefits You in Many Ways

Gardening is Not Only Fun and Engaging, It Benefits You in Many Ways

When initially starting out, gardening can seem a bit overwhelming as it takes a bit of effort to really get it going. This is why it is vital that you have researched it and know what type of equipment you will need, as well as what type of compost and seeds are best for your region and time of year. There are so many benefits to having your own garden and the resources available are pretty much unlimited, as the trend of being green is only getting stronger. Whether you are looking to benefit your wallet or your body, you can’t go wrong with a garden.

Benefit Your Mind, Body, and Soul

Gardening gets you into the fresh air, helping you to unwind after a hard day. Mentally, your focus will shift to nurturing the garden—this allows the daily bothers to slip away. You will also be expanding your knowledge to learn what does or does not work for your garden in terms of nutrients and the like. Stepping out into a garden allows you to breathe in all of the greenery to revitalize your body and put you in touch with the things that truly matter.

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Your Home’s Resale Value

It has been said that a garden has the potential to increase a home’s value anywhere from 5% to 11%, or more depending on how much you commit to investing. The garden should complement the size and style of the home. A smaller home can support a modest garden, while a larger home will support a garden that is larger with a bit more intricate planning.

Large Families or Low Income Families

Growing your own food will help to offset the cost of food, which is beneficial for anyone, especially those who are part of a low income demographic or those who have a large family. People all over the world are seeing the effects of the current economic state of the world but luckily a garden can be outside or inside at just a fraction of the cost of regularly purchasing fruits and vegetables.

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Food Will Taste Better

You will have greater satisfaction with eating something that you have grown. And one of the amazing things about having a garden is that you will know exactly what is or is not used in the growth process. Pesticides can alter the taste of fruits, vegetables, and herbs and if you are taking the natural route, your food will taste amazing right off of the vine.

It is Really Exercise

Don’t worry if you don’t make it to the gym—it is amazing how much your body will benefit from gardening. All of the building, digging, and planting will cause your body to ache—but in a good way. The first few days you will be sore in places that you didn’t know there were muscles, and that just means that you got in a great workout.

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Your Body Will Benefit in The Long Run

There is a stigma that gardening is for older people, but the truth is that there are great reasons that so many older folk take part in the activity. All of the digging, rearranging, and planting actually work on the dexterity of the hands and strengthens them, keeping the muscles in the hands quite agile. Older people may pick up gardening to gain this type of strength back, while those who are younger will hopefully build the strength and keep at it for the future.

Great Source of Vitamin D

Many people don’t realize that they are lacking in vitamin D, and gardening will ensure that the body gets all that it needs. It is vital to remember to put on sunscreen though, even if you live in an area that is overcast. Vitamin D will help you inside and out, boosting your mood while you are productive with your fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Natural sunlight is the best way to get Vitamin D.

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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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