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This Is What Living in Long Beach Is Like

This Is What Living in Long Beach Is Like

We all know that California is one of the best states to live in and raise a family in. People love California because of its weather, lovely landscapes, tourist attractions, and quality of life in general.

Long Beach is centrally located between Los Angeles and Orange County, and of course, that is a great location. When the summer arrives, SoCal is a favorite destination for many people. There are Long Beach residents who say that their hometown is just like Los Angeles, but shrunk to a more manageable size, and that’s completely true! This place is like a breath of fresh air after spending time in big cities.

Some citizens say that Long Beach is “a big city with a small-town vibe.” It’s full of arts, culture, adventures, sunshine and smiles. It is also a multicultural place with a cosmopolitan feel, where you can find people from many states, countries, faiths and denominations! So, here are some great things Long Beach offers that will show you why people enjoy living there. After reading this, you might consider a move or a vacation to Long Beach!

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1. Great Location

As we’ve already mentioned, Long Beach is located within Southern California, and it is pretty easy to move around the area. You can head to Los Angeles, visit Anaheim and Disneyland for the weekend, or maybe visit Santa Monica’s Pier. California road trips are famous, and tourists love to drive around the area.

2. Nice Weather Conditions

Long Beach is where the beaches in Southern and Northern California have the hottest temperatures and warmest ocean water for both summer and winter vacations. You will find many sunny days here, and you can enjoy walking around the city even during winter (which is not very cold or harsh, compared to most other cities and states in the nation).

3. The City Has Its Own Airport

This is one of the biggest benefits of this locale, and tourists and residents alike are glad this airport exists. We all know about all the chaos and traffic of LAX, so you should consider this alternative option for traveling without any hassle.

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4. Many People Are Moving to Long Beach

It seems like there are more and more people moving to this city and the surrounding area due to its popularity. If you’re already a resident and you want to beat the incoming crowds, there are companies able to buy a house in Long Beach quickly, which will allow you a quick transition. Locals say that their life quality is pretty good and involves nothing like the chaos and movement of L.A. Long Beach is a relatively quiet city with a big essence, and there are many of us who think that “life is better and happier close the beach.”

5. Living on the Beach Is Healthier

You might think this is not serious, but living on or close to a beach can bring multiple benefits to your health. Here are some of them:

– The ultraviolet rays in sunshine can improve your sense of physical and emotional well-being by stimulating the production of vitamin D.

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– Hearing the sound of the waves will definitely bring a state of calm; it has been scientifically proven that the sound of waves can make us feel more calm and relaxed.

– You can exercise on the beach and enjoy your routines more than if you are confined to a gym. You can take a daily walk on the sand, practice some yoga, or even run around. People love working out in Long Beach.

– Teresa Tarmey, a skincare specialist, says that the sunshine and seawater can help to clear up problematic skin issues just by drying the skin out. She also says that the salt is a natural exfoliant and that the seawater leaves skin looking younger, tighter and smoother.

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You should also know that Long Beach has a beautiful downtown area with many tourist attractions, like the famous Aquarium of the Pacific, multiple bars and restaurants, and of course, the East Village Arts District. You can be sure that you will find the perfect attraction for everybody in your family.

Certainly, living in Southern California is like living on vacation. There is always something to do or a new place or neighborhood to explore. This big city with a small feel has many things to offer, and that is what makes Long Beach such an awesome place to live in or travel to.

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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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