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5 Things To Do Now While You Are Younger

5 Things To Do Now While You Are Younger

Since it is a new year, we have all probably realized that whatever we have done and decided on in the past year are things that we can never get back. It is the nature of time – it is fast and fleeting. And since it is a new year, we will gain another year in this thing called life. We will keep having New Years and before we know it, our years and our age will keep adding up. Here are tips on how to make the most of each year that passes you by:

1. Don’t dwell on situations

Everyday is a chance for a change. Whether you like that change or not, it is something that we may or may not be able to control. If you can’t control it and if it is not a good change, make sure that you do not dwell on it. Instead, be the type of person that can adapt to change. As Charles Darwin had said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

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2. Don’t say no to opportunities

Remember that concert that you did not end up going to because you chose to stay inside the house? Well, that artist might never go back to your town, or the artist might not have enough hits in the future for you to see or watch their concert.

If you get the chance to work in another country for a year or a chance to make a change in your life for the better, do it. Opportunities that go by might not come back again.

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3. Try new things

You only live once, and if you do not try out new things in this lifetime, when will you? Get to experience what that raw salmon dish really tastes like, or why a particular dish is a hit in India. Do try doing something that you think is beyond your comfort zone. Be bold and adventurous.

4. Learn to let go

Not everyone that we meet or that come into our lives are meant to stay for long periods in our lives. People come and go. So if you find people that cherish you, make sure that you treasure the moments that you have with them. And make plans together to add to your memory banks.

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Also, people do change. If you find that someone you have known for a long time had a change in attitude or beliefs, and is not working out for you anymore, do not be afraid to let go from them. Sometimes, we have to let go of other people to be a better person.

5. Learn now or never

There are things in life that you can learn while you are young, but might be harder to learn as you get older. For exmple, learning a new language or learning how to swim. If you want to learn something, do it now and not later, because before you know it, your body might no be able to anymore. And situations do change. For example, learning something that requires a lot of effort might be a harder task when you need to balance taking care of a baby and doing a full-time job.

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The things that we are able to do now may not be the things that we are willing to do or able to do so in the next year. So, do what you can do right now. Do not procrastinate because procrastinating does not work well with a fast-running time of life.

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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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