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8 Things You Should Know About Bonsai Trees

8 Things You Should Know About Bonsai Trees

Bonsai is an art. The art of planting a tree in a container. Though it is a Japanese art and cultural phenomenon, it has its roots in China.

Traditionally, Bonsai trees are not cultivated to produce food or medicine but rather they are used to not only show the hard-work and discipline of the grower but they are also created to give the viewer an opportunity to contemplate and think.

Here are 10 things you probably don’t know about Bonsai trees and how to cultivate them:

1. Bonsai originated in China

Contrary to popular belief, this art emerged from China and gradually shifted to Japan. Currently, it is Japan which has made this art of growing trees or potted plants a global phenomenon.

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2. Growing a Bonsai is not About Gardening Only

Traditionally, this art is not seen as a demonstration of your gardening skills but rather as an indication of your stamina, patience and ability to focus and concentrate.

Growing a Bonsai tree, therefore, is more of a self-help type of effort to discipline your mind and character. Traditional Chinese and Japanese culture views growing a bonsai tree as an experiment to test one’s limits of patience and acceptance.

3. Grow them from Seed

It is always great to grow the tree from a seed instead of buying one from the market or getting one from the forest.

Growing from the seed could be challenging and time-consuming but it is considered as the most rewarding experience of growing a Bonsai Tree. You need to make sure you choose the seeds carefully and obtain them directly from the Bonsai tree itself instead of buying it from the market.

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4. Bonsai Trees require caring and time

If you want to cultivate a Bonsai Tree, make sure you give proper time to it. The pruning and wiring of the tree requires time and care.

If you are someone who wants quick results, growing a Bonsai tree may not be for you.

5. You need to buy equipment

Bonsai tree care requires some equipment to purchase and make use of. To effectively do the wiring and pruning, you will require buying relevant equipment.

Make sure you have them handy and available with you so that you can start the care right from the start.

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6. Repotting of the tree

It is extremely important that you continue to repot your tree as it grows in size and vigor. As the tree grows, make sure you report them at frequent intervals.

Changing the pot is extremely important for the overall growth of the tree and if you ignore the same, you may not be able to grow a healthy bonsai tree in the minimum time required.

7. You can also buy them instead of growing them on your own

If you decide to buy the tree instead of growing it, make sure you buy it from specialist nurseries. Since their care requires time, therefore, you must invest time in finding specialist Bonsai nurseries to buy the one which suits your budget and personal preferences.

Make sure you do your research before deciding which quality Bonsai tree you want to buy.

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8. Choose the style carefully

Growing a Bonsai tree is the great source of inspiration if you can also carve out a style of the tree. Carefully deciding on the style matters a lot and you need to be clear on this before planting and growing your tree. Probably one of the most important criteria to decide on the style of the tree is to check whether the roots are fixed in soil or in the rocks.

Above are simple facts you should know before deciding to grow Bonsai trees because if you learn more about them, you will be better able to grow and cultivate them.

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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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