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6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

6 Wonders of the World Nobody Talks About

You have heard of the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Over the centuries, many cultures have created remarkable structures that the rest of the world marveled at. There are many that you probably never even heard of before.

Here are some underappreciated wonders of the world. Did you know about them?

1. Banaue Rice Terraces

Rice is one of the most important crops in the world. It accounts for 21% of all calories consumed around the world.

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A lot of rice is grown in the Farmed Rice Terraces in The Philippines. This is a remarkable structure that was built around the time of Christ. Many experts claim that if the steps were laid next to each other, they would stretch halfway across the glove. According to many Filipinos, it is the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

2. Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval is an exquisite palace in Paris. Ferdinand Cheval, a local postman began building it in 1869. It took him several decades to complete this masterpiece.

The most remarkable thing about this building is that it was built by a man with no formal training in masonry or architecture. The Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval has been an inspiration for artists around the world for decades. In 1969, the building was classified as a historical monument by André Malraux, the French Minister of Cultural Affairs.

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3. Transfiguration Church

The Kizhi Transfiguration Church in Russia is a wonder beyond words. It is over a hundred feet tall, yet it was built without a single nail. How was it constructed? All we know is that it was built with thousands of logs, which were imported from the center of Russia. The rest of the dome’s history will forever remain a mystery.

One legend claims that it was built by a single carpenter, who used a single axe. The carpenter reportedly threw his axe into the ocean after he was completed, stating “there was not and will be not another one to match it”.

4. Tower of Hercules

While the stories of Hercules were born in Greek mythology, they have touched people all over the world. While the Roman Empire ruled Europe, they constructed a monumental lighthouse in the mythical demigod’s honor. The Tower of Hercules sits in Coruña, Galicia, a city in Northern Spain.

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The Romans built the lighthouse to last for eternity. They did a phenomenal job, because it is still in use today. The United Nations World Heritage Convention reports that the structure has been renovated:

“The Tower, built on a 57 metre high rock, rises a further 55 metres, of which 34 metres correspond to the Roman masonry and 21 meters to the restoration directed by architect Eustaquio Giannini in the 18th century, who augmented the Roman core with two octagonal forms.”

5. Standing Stone of Callanish

Everyone has heard of the Stonehenges in Wiltshire, England, but few people have heard of the Standing Stone of Callanish, Scotland. This structure is very similar in structure, but has not received nearly as much attention.

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Ironically, the Standing Stone of Callanish is older than the Stonehenges. They are over 5,000 years old and were an important place for rituals for over 2,000 years. It is unclear why the specific location was chosen, but the Historic Foundation of Scotland speculates that it had something to do with astronomic activity near this site.

6. Eight Foot Great Dane

Major, an eight foot great dane from Wales, is the world’s biggest dog. He even towers above other great danes. This is odd, because the great dane species doesn’t even make the list of the ten largest dog breeds in the world. His owner, Brian Williams, says people come from all other the world to look at him:

“He is the biggest-hearted dog in the world. He is such a fantastic animal. People love seeing him. They play with him all day.”

Conclusion

We live in a world full of wonders and mystery. There are plenty of wonders that you never even heard of. Do you hope to visit them someday?

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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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