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5 Simple Tips to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

5 Simple Tips to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

“The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will” – Chuck Palahniuk

To live by this statement of Chuck Palahniuk we need to stay healthy and fit for our entire lifetime then only we could create something which would eventually serve as an epitome for the generations to come. Being immersed in work, trying to do something worthwhile we often forget to take care of our body and mind which could potentially lead to some unforeseen problem in old age. That’s why we have come up with some simple, yet effective tips for living a healthy life.

So come on folks, here is a list of 5 simple tips to live a healthy lifestyle.

1. Stay hydrated

We all know that 70% off our body is made up of water, which makes it an essential component for sustaining a healthy body and mind in order to get all our work done without feeling any fatigue.

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So it is advised to drink enough water daily to keep your thirst at bay, but while doing so don’t start living on aerated drinks or other sweet drinks because they come with lots of unwanted sugar which makes you obese in the long term and also creates lots of other problems in your body.

If you want to drink something good, you can go for fruit infused water in best fruit infuser water bottles or drink natural fruit juice to get the required vitamins and minerals besides serving your taste buds with something different and tasty.

2. Eat good food

Eating healthy food like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, etc. gives your body metabolism a solid boost of energy besides making your immune system strong which would eventually keep your body far away from any kind of diseases in long run.

Eating junk food like pizza, burgers, etc. on a daily basis adds unwanted fats in your body thus making you obese and entailing itself with lots of unwanted problems like diabetes, joint pains, etc. in the following months.

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So try to stay away from excessive junk food. But if you want to eat them, you can do so once in a while or when you go for a party with friends.

3. Follow a workout regime

To keep your body strong and active, you need to follow a workout routine in your daily life. Going for exercise daily helps you to strengthen your immune system and build stronger muscles thus keeping you away from all kinds of infectious diseases.

To get started with a workout, you can get yourself enrolled in a gymnasium and work with the trainer to get your body in shape or go for a yoga session in a nearby park in morning or evening.

Besides that, if you don’t want to go out, then you can also set up a mini home gymnasium with few workout equipments like spin bikes, bike trainers, rowing machines, treadmills, etc. on your roof top and get started with daily exercises after taking a look at some of the YouTube tutorial videos to get your body fit in no time .

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4. Take proper sleep

Years of research have found that our body requires at least 7 hours of sleep daily to keep working and give rest to our body parts.

So it’s advised to get proper sleep if you want work efficiently in whatever pursuit you undertake because if you start disturbing sleep routine often then you will encounter lots of body problems like insomnia, headache, body ache, depression in the long term.

Power naps of 20-30 minutes are also beneficial for all working people whenever they feel tired. This rejuvenates the body thus keeping fatigue away and gives the energy boost to work again with full creativity This helps you become more productive at work as you are less stressed and you can solve all kind of problems calmly.

5. Laugh often and avoid being angry

It’s said laughter is the best medicine for life because it helps to heal all kind of body ailments thus giving you many reasons to live as long as you want.

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Laughter keeps your worries away for a long time, so laugh as much as you can each day to stay blissful from within thus giving peace to your inner soul.

Anger comes with bitter experience to sour life, so try to stay away from anger and whenever a situation arrives which could make you angry, try to calm down and take a deep breath. Then think of a better solution to get out the situation rather than remaining angry and ruining your life.

I would like to end with this quote

“Each day brings its own colors to be chosen, mixed, pigments of joy, happy moments, smiles and laughter… And which will you choose? For ‘Life’ is choice…” John McLeod, from Awakening.

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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about productivity, creativity, entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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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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