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Tapping into the Fountain of Youth

Tapping into the Fountain of Youth
Fountain of Youth

    The Fountain of Youth

    The Fountain of Youth is inside of all of us. To tap into it requires some action on your part, but the good news is that the benefits from this fountain are accessible to all. Will it make a 70 year old look like a 20 year old? No, but it can make you feel like you’re 20 years old, and how you feel is the main thing. OK, looking young is nice too, but keep reading because these tips can make you look younger too.

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    There are plenty of young aged people who are so burdened with worries that they feel like they are 100, so what good is looking young when you feel old? Would it be great to look younger too? Yes, and you know what? If follow these steps, over time, you will look younger too. Maybe you won’t look 20 again, but younger, yes!

    What is Youth?

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    There are many things that describe youth. Here are a few. Do you recognize yourself in this list? Or would you like to capture some of these attributes again? Keep reading to find out how.

    • Experiencing Joy in the Small Things
    • Being Present in the Moment
    • Uncensored Creativity
    • Easygoing
    • Happiness, Silliness, & Laughter
    • Awareness of the Current Cultural Trends
    • Playful
    • Excitement
    • Day Dreaming
    • Activity
    • Flexibility in movement and temperment
    • Curiosity

    How to Tap into the Fountain of Youth

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    Here are the ways to retain or regain your youth, no matter what your age is:

    1. Smile as much as you can every day!
    2. Humor. Laugh as much as you can every day! Watch funny shows and movies. Hang out with funny people. Be funny!
    3. Let go of Fear. Face it. Observe it. Drop-kick it and get busy living your life. There’s nothing to fear, but fear itself.
    4. Stay Curious. Ask lots of questions. Always be learning.
    5. Play! Seek out people who are good at play and go have some fun with them.
    6. Stop Judging. Stop being critical of yourself and others. Let go of being nasty, mean, and vindictive. These things make you old, fast. Instead try compassion, acceptance, generosity, contentment, and gratitude.
    7. Create Joy each day through appreciation of the good in the world and in your life. Notice the good and then life is good.
    8. Keep an Open Mind. Don’t reject things right away simply because they are new or you’ve never tried them. Have the attitude of “I’ll try it at least once to see if I like it.”
    9. Do New Things. Everyday and every week do something new even if it is little. Try a new route, a new food, a new topic to learn, or join a new group. Let us know some of the new things you have done lately in the comments below.
    10. Be Active! Move your body everyday. Get a little bit of each of these: Walking, stretching or yoga, strength training, and balancing. Be sure to make it fun by enjoying your favorite sports or activities. If you’ve been inactive for a while, it’s never too late to start. Just begin with small steps and build slowly. (Check with your doctor if you have any health issues.)
    11. Be Choosy who you hang out with. Seek out Enthusiatic people.
    12. Anticipation. Create things to look forward to.
    13. Believe. Have faith that making these changes will have a massive positive impact on your life, happiness, and youthfulness. Have patience and watch yourself bloom.
    14. Ownership. Take ownership of your destiny. Only you can make these changes. Our bodies age, but we can slow down that process, and our spirit can remain forever young if we remain flexible and open to life!

    Examples of Youthful People, Past and Present

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    Frank Shearer – Still water skiing at over 100 years old.
    Rolling Stones – Still rocking out at over 60 years old.
    Bob Hope – (1903-2003) Stayed young all his life telling jokes.
    Johnny Kelly – (1907-2004) Still ran marathons up until he was 84 years old. He ran the Boston marathon 58 times!

    Who are your favorite youthful role models? What are your favorite ways to stay young? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

    K. Stone is author of Life Learning Today, a blog about daily life improvements. A few of her most popular articles are Ultimate Goal Setting Guide, How to Write a Book in 60 Days or Less, Should You Start Your Own Work at Home Business?, and Things You Can Do Today to Help Save the Environment.

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    Last Updated on April 8, 2019

    22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

    Unless you’re infinitely rich or prepared to rack up major debt, you need to budget your income. Setting limits on how much you are willing to spend helps control expenses. But what about your time? Do you budget your time or spend it carelessly?

    Deadlines are the chronological equivalent of a budget. By setting aside a portion of time to complete a task, goal or project in advance you avoid over-spending. Deadlines can be helpful but they can also be a source of frustration if set improperly. Here are some tips for making deadlines work:

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    1. Use Parkinson’s Law – Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time given to them. By setting a strict deadline in advance you can cut off this expansion and focus on what is most important.
    2. Timebox – Set small deadlines of 60-90 minutes to work on a specific task. After the time is up you finish. This cuts procrastinating and forces you to use your time wisely.
    3. 80/20 – The Pareto Principle suggests that 80% of the value is contained in 20% of the input. Apply this rule to projects to focus on that critical 20% first and fill out the other 80% if you still have time.
    4. Project VS Deadline – The more flexible your project, the stricter your deadline. If a task has relatively little flexibility in completion a softer deadline will keep you sane. If the task can grow easily, keep a tight deadline to prevent waste.
    5. Break it Down – Any deadline over one day should be broken down into smaller units. Long deadlines fail to motivate if they aren’t applied to manageable units.
    6. Hofstadter’s Law – Basically this law states that it always takes longer than you think. A rule I’ve heard in software development is to double the time you think you need. Then add six months. Be patient and give yourself ample time for complex projects.
    7. Backwards Planning – Set the deadline first and then decide how you will achieve it. This approach is great when choices are abundant and projects could go on indefinitely.
    8. Prototype – If you are attempting something new, test out smaller versions of a project to help you decide on a final deadline. Write a 10 page e-book before your 300 page novel or try to increase your income by 10% before aiming to double it.
    9. Find the Weak Link – Figure out what could ruin your plans and accomplish it first. Knowing the unknown can help you format your deadlines.
    10. No Robot Deadlines – Robots can work without sleep, relaxation or distractions. You aren’t a robot. Don’t schedule your deadline with the expectation you can work sixteen hour days to complete it. Deathmarches aren’t healthy.
    11. Get Feedback – Get a realistic picture from people working with you. Giving impossible deadlines to contractors or employees will only build resentment.
    12. Continuous Planning – If you use a backwards planning model, you need to constantly be updating plans to fit your deadline. This means making cuts, additions or refinements so the project will fit into the expected timeframe.
    13. Mark Excess Baggage – Identify areas of a task or project that will be ignored if time grows short. What e-mails will you have to delete if it takes too long to empty your inbox? What features will your product lack if you need a rapid finish?
    14. Review – For deadlines over a month long take a weekly review to track your progress. This will help you identify methods you can use to speed up work and help you plan more efficiently for the future.
    15. Find Shortcuts – Almost any task or project has shortcuts you can use to save time. Is there a premade library you can use instead of building your own functions? An autoresponder to answer similar e-mails? An expert you can call to help solve a problem?
    16. Churn then Polish – Set a strict deadline for basic completion and then set a more comfortable deadline to enhance and polish afterwards. Often churning out the basics of a task quickly will require no more polishing afterwards than doing it slowly.
    17. Reminders – Post reminders of your deadlines everywhere. Creating a sense of urgency with your deadlines is necessary to keep them from getting pushed aside by distractions.
    18. Forward Planning – Not mutually exclusive with backwards planning, this involves planning the details of a project out before setting a deadline. Great for achieving clarity about what you are trying to accomplish before making arbitrary time limits.
    19. Set a Timer – Get one that beeps. Somehow the countdown of a timer appears more realistic for a ninety minute timebox than just glancing at your clock.
    20. Write them Down – Any deadline over a few hours needs to be written down. Otherwise it is an inclination not a goal. Having written deadlines makes them more tangible than internal decisions alone.
    21. Cheap/Fast/Good – Ben Casnocha in My Start Up Life mentions that you can have only have two of the three. Pick two of the cheap/fast/good dimensions before starting a project to help you prioritize.
    22. Be Patient – Using a deadline may seem to be the complete opposite of patience. But being patient with inflexible tasks is necessary to focus on their completion. The paradox is that the more patient you are, the more you can focus. The more you can focus the quicker the results will come!

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