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6 Wonderful Places to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

6 Wonderful Places to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

February brings us Valentine’s Day, which is an excellent, perfect opportunity to surprise your loved ones. It is the day of showing love and appreciation to the people who fill your life with love and help you in living a happy, content and fulfilling life. If you want to plan a big surprise this year, then you should plan a surprise trip. There are so many romantic places that can make your Valentines’ day perfect.

Here are some of the best and most romantic places that are ideal for spending your Valentines’ day.

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1. Thanda Private Game Reserve

It is a breathtaking place, located in the heart of Zululand, South Africa. If you are an adventurous person, then you are going to love a romantic safari. The place is an excellent way of enjoying a luxury safari. It is a private reserve that is extended over 14,000 hectares of wilderness that is full of rare and beautiful animals. Couples can enjoy an authentic African experience in Zulu along with declarations of local love and star-lit dinners.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

You want to make your romantic vacation unique, exotic and frenetic then Istanbul is the perfect destination for you. There is such an extensive variety of places to see in the city. Here you can find bustling bazaars, grand mosques, galleries, exhibitions, shows, exotic cuisine, etc. If you find the city or famous places like Taksim square too hectic, then you can always choose other areas that are less hectic and more peaceful such as Heybeliada. It is one of the Prince’s islands, which is just a short ferry ride away. The island is full of Greek Orthodox churches and Byzantine monasteries where you can explore. It is incredibly peaceful as there is no traffic on the island.

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3. Bagan, Myanmar

It is an astonishing destination full of history and wonder. Most of the tours of this city are focused on exploring the ancient city and the rich history it has to offer. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the city by enjoying a ride on a hot air balloon. There is a superb villas collection that sits on the peaceful and serene shoreline. There is an extensive collection of pagodas, temples that are worth exploring.

4. Prague, Czech Republic

It is one of the best places to enjoy your Valentines’ Day as it full of beautiful sights and high-quality restaurants. The city has everything to offer when it comes to creating the perfect romantic vacation. You can enjoy the music recitals held in candlelit churches; fire lit restaurants with mouthwatering and appetising food and gorgeous red wines. The city is full of charm and romance which has endured centuries, and it makes it the perfect romantic spot for a special occasion like Valentines’ day.

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5. Patagonia’s, Argentina

If you want to get away from busy cities and enjoy some peace and quiet, then you should choose to go to Patagonis. It is present amidst massive and majestic mountain ranges which have snow-covered peaks and extensive plains. There is no traffic, and if you want to explore the place, you have to do it on foot or horseback. There is also a beautiful lake present there which you can explore and enjoy by kayaking. The heavenly beauty of the place when combined with an excellent cuisine of Argentina and the delicious red wine make this place truly romantic.

6. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

These are a group of Indonesian islands that showcase the immensity and breathtaking beauty of Indonesia. You can enjoy these wonder by sailing across the isles. The water presents these are said to be among the richest waters as it is home to an extremely diverse marine life. You can also stop on islands and hike through the rainforest and enjoy beautiful waterfalls. You can spend your days exploring the beautiful islands while enjoying your nights by having candlelit dinners on your private sand strip.

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Valentine’s Day is an excellent day for making happy memories so you should not miss the chance and choose to go to a place that can eternalize your trip and the memories stay with you forever.

Featured photo credit: Tim Mossholder via unsplash.com

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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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