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Life Is Too Short. Not Every Book Is Meant To Be Finished. Learn About This Rule

Life Is Too Short. Not Every Book Is Meant To Be Finished. Learn About This Rule

Many people think that once we buy a book, we should finish reading it. When we can’t, we feel kind of guilty. And that unfinished task would stay in our mind for a long time. This is called sunk cost fallacy, which means your decisions are based on previously invested resources. The more you invest in something, the harder it is to quit it.

But think about it, if you pre-pay 1,000 dollar to dine at a restaurant, while it serves you a dish with a number of insects in it, would you stay or leave?

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Likewise when you get a crappy book, or a book that just doesn’t suit you, what’s the point of holding on to it?

So how to decide if a book is worth reading or not? “The Rule of Fifty” might help you.

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The Rule of Fifty

The concept of this rule has been taken from a book by Nancy Pearl called Booklust. As per the rule, time is limited while books are uncountable. Life is too short to read books that you don’t feel a connection with.

This rule states that if you’re under the age of 50, you should read the first fifty pages of the book before you decide either to complete it or quit reading it. For chronic bookworms, reading 50 pages is a matter of an hour. In this way, you become well aware of what the book is really about. If it interests you after finishing fifty pages, you can choose to go on. Otherwise, you can gladly dump it. It saves a considerable amount of time and also excuses your brain from storing useless information.

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If you are above 50 years of age, the rule differs from you since time gets even shorter. Subtract your current age from 100 and the result value will be the number of pages you should read before deciding on the book. For example, if you’re 54 years old, just read 46 (100-54) pages to decide if you should continue reading or quit it.

Within the span of 50 pages, everything like the key message would become quite evident.

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If you don’t want to waste your money buying a book and only to find it crappy afterwards, or you don’t want to stand in a book store for an hour, you may use Amazon which many books offer free samples. The free samples would be sent to your device with a click. Around 10% of the book would be shown as free sample.

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6 Reasons Why Perfectionism Kills Your Productivity

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Perfectionism sounds like a first world problem, but it stifles creative minds. Having a great idea but doubting your ability to execute it can leave you afraid to just complete and publish it. Some of the most successful inventors failed, but they kept going in pursuit of perfection. On the other end of the spectrum, perfectionism can hinder people when they spend too much time seeking recognition, gathering awards and wasting time patting themselves on the back. Whatever your art, go make good art and don’t spend time worrying that your idea isn’t perfect enough and certainly don’t waste time coming up with a new idea because you’re still congratulating yourself for the last one.

1. Remember, perfection is subjective.

If you’re worried about achieving perfectionism with any single project so much that you find yourself afraid to just finish it, then you aren’t being productive. Take a hard look at your work, edit and revise, then send it our into the world. If the reviews aren’t the greatest, learn from the feedback so you can improve next time.

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2. Procrastination masquerades itself as perfectionism.

People who procrastinate aren’t always lazy or trying to get out of doing something. Many who procrastinate do so because perfectionism is killing their productivity, telling them that if they wait a better idea will come to them.

3. Recognize actions that waste time.

Artists and all creative people need time to incubate; those ideas will only grow when properly watered, but if you’re not engaging in an activity that will help foster creativity, you might just be wasting time. Remember to do everything with purpose, even relaxing.

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4. Don’t discriminate against your worth.

No one is actually perfect. We often have tremendous ideas or write things that move people emotionally, but no one attains that final state of being perfect. So, don’t get down if your second idea isn’t as good as your first—or vice versa. Perfectionists tend to be the toughest critics of their work, so don’t criticize yourself. You are not your work no matter how good or how bad.

5. Stress races your heart and freezes your innovation.

Stress is a cyclic killer that perfectionists know well because that same system that engages and causes your palms to sweat over a great idea is the same system that kicks in and worries you that you’re not good enough. Perfectionism means striving for that ultimate level, and stress can propel you forward excitedly or leave you shaking in fear of the next step.

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6. Meeting deadlines beats waiting for perfect work.

Don’t let your fear of failure prevent you from meeting your deadline. Perfection is subjective and if you’re wasting time or procrastinating, you should just finish the job and learn from any mistakes. Being productive means completing work. You shouldn’t try for months or even years to perfect one project when you can produce projects that improve over time.

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