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Ten Things you can do Right now to Stay Safe in the City

Ten Things you can do Right now to Stay Safe in the City

Your safety isn’t a thing to take lightly. I understand that it’s difficult to know how to be cautious when you have never had any experience with criminals, but you should do your best to keep it that way. Big cities are dangerous and the fact that you may have never witnessed or felt what it’s like to be robbed or hurt doesn’t mean that you never will. Therefore, you should do everything in your power to protect yourself so that if something bad happens, you won’t have to beat yourself up because you haven’t done anything to prevent it. Good precautions significantly lower the chance of you becoming a crime victim. Here’s what you need to do.

1. Take responsibility.

In order to introduce a new protocol into your life, you should first change your mindset. You are responsible for your safety and it’s time to take matters into your own hands. It’s necessary for you to understand that bad things happen randomly and that you might be a target without being aware of it.

2. Be aware.

Speaking of awareness, I know it’s easy to get lost in your thoughts while walking to work or taking a train ride for example, but that’s exactly the opportunity criminals are looking for. You should work on being in the present moment a bit more. However, you shouldn’t allow yourself to go to the extreme and become paranoid and scared. Moderation is the answer here.

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3. Change your routines.

Considering the fact that premeditated crimes require planning, you might be involved in someone’s plotting without realizing it. Once again, I’m not trying to make you paranoid, but that’s just the way criminals work. For example, for a robbery to be successful a criminal will make a replication of your schedule by establishing your habits. That is why you shouldn’t stick to the same routine or route, so make sure to change things. Walk down different streets and try not to be predictable.

4. Secure your home.

This is one routine you should establish and stick to, even when you’re late or in a hurry to get out of your home. A basic checkup will do here. Make sure that all windows are locked, be positive that you locked your doors, and take good care of your keys.

Building a good relationship with your neighbors should be a priority and not just because you can hang out with them every now and then. If something unexpected happens while you’re not around, your neighbors will react more quickly and with more attentiveness if you’re on good terms.

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5. Stop carrying cash.

You should do your best to make it very difficult for criminals to rob you. Face it, walking down an empty street makes you an easy target and if you actually get assaulted, not much damage will be done if you have just a couple of bucks in your wallet. If the assaulter steals your credit cards you can simply call your bank and cancel them.

6. Late night walks are a no-no.

I’d like to emphasize how imperative it is not to do this. I know it seems to be a cheap alternative to taking a cab, but it actually isn’t. Taking a cab will definitely cost less than a robbery and no one will hurt you physically along the way. Therefore, paying for a ride is actually investing in your safety.

7. Sign up for a defense class.

Besides being a very healthy form of exercise, a defense class will help you understand what it’s like to be attacked which will lessen confusion in case it does happen. Confusion is often the reason that crime victims are incapable of reacting. You should also get familiar with legal self-defense products you can have with you to use in case you get assaulted.

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8. Start parking safely.

It doesn’t really matter whether you use a bike or a car for transport. Either way you should pay special attention to where you leave your possessions. I know that this can skip your mind, especially if you’re in a hurry, but it’s better to be safe than sorry which is why you should park only in secure spots in the city.

9. You shouldn’t overshare.

The newest wave of crime happens because of the lack of precautions people take on social platforms. A majority of users are quite reckless when it comes to sharing their personal information, leaving important data like a home address for everyone to see. Do you overshare? Obviously this piece of information combined with you checking into places you visit is a recipe for a home robbery. Simply rethink future posts on social networks and check personal information boxes in order to remove everything that makes you an easy target.

10. Don’t push your luck.

The unfortunate truth is that even the most cautious people in the world sometimes become crime victims. By not even trying to protect yourself and your possessions, you’re almost asking for it. You work hard for what you have and you should introduce changes in your life to protect yourself and your property. It’s not necessary for you to start wearing a suit of armor in order to be safe. You just need to adapt your way of thinking to the fact that crimes happen and take precautions to lessen the chance of becoming a crime victim.

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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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