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10 Things Only People Who Used To Live In Villages Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Used To Live In Villages Would Understand

Urbanization has been for years the main trend around the world. Most people who were born in villages rush into modern cities. Obviously, there exist great differences between village lifestyle and city lifestyle. It’s hard to say which one is better. Neither of them is above the other.

Living in a city often means higher salary, more opportunities, more commodity options, more education resources, better medical care, and so on. However, these things are gradually being available in villages nowadays. On the contrary, there are a lot of things only people who used to live in villages would understand. People that have never been to villages couldn’t get the real beauty of village lifestyle.

1. You take fresh air everyday

If you haven’t lived in villages, you could not image how fresh the air is. There’s no automobile exhaust, drainage ditches, smelly waste… While you almost have to wear a breathing mask to go out in city life, you take fresh air every day from dawn to dark by living in villages.

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2. You can live a peaceful and quiet life

The city is always busy and noisy. There are a lot of vehicles and people in the road. Noises come from everywhere: traffic noises, industrial noises, construction building noises, and noises from your neighbors and living area. However, in villages, you never need to worry about these noises. You could get deep sleep at night and enjoy a quiet stroll at daytime.

3. You eat fresh, green and clean vegetables

All food needs to be purchased from supermarket or local malls if you live in a city. To eat fresh vegetables, you have to get up early and rush into the market. However, the situation is totally different if you live in villages. You could grow various kinds of vegetables by yourself. You control the fertilizing and pesticide to make sure the vegetables are green and clean.

4. You spend less in villages

Undoubtedly, living costs in villages are much lower. The price of commodities is lower in villages than that of city lifestyle. That means to purchase the same quantity of a commodity, you spend less money in village lifestyle. Also, since there are less consumer options, you could make a big saving to keep your money stayed.

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5. You will never feel alone

Most people living in cities would have the same feeling: they’re surrounded by people only 10 meters away, but they feel alone. There’s little communication between neighbors, and friends may be tens of kilometers away. To kill loneliness, they watch movies online, play online games, go out for a short travel… However, while living in villages, you will never feel alone. Every morning you could say hi to your neighbors and you may live within only 20 feet away from your friends. You meet strangers everywhere in a city but the whole village is not strange to you at all.

6. You do more physical exercise

While there are a lot of traffic tools that could save physical exercise in cities, life in villages can be very physical. Every activity in village life requires physical exercise, like working with the land, sowing seeds into the land, chopping and collecting wood for the winter, walking along old path, or going to a nearby shop. It is said that a thirty minutes active walk will tone your system for the next 4 hours, while village life produces more opportunities for you to do more than a thirty-minute active walk.

7. You can embrace a beautiful night sky

With the industrial pollution, what you can see in city nights are only sparking lights from various houses, traffic lights, vehicle lights and street lamps, but not stars and moon on the sky. However, in village area, you could embrace a clean and beautiful night sky with thousands of stars twinkling. In a moonlit night, you could see far away from your house roof and everything is so clear and clean in your eyes.

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8. You’re not obsessed with trends

When you’re living in a city, you need to check whether your clothes are fashionable or not before you go out as others might laugh at you for being out of fashion. You might be easily driven by hot topics like stocks, gossips, Hollywood movies or stars, cars… even though you don’t like these things. But you would never get driven to these by your village friend circles. You could live as simple and freely as you like.

9. You don’t have to worry about parking

If you have a car, you will know how difficult it is to find a paid parking spot in crowded cities, not even to say a free parking spot! However, if you used to live in villages, you will know how easy it is to find a free and easy parking space. There’s no traffic police who writes a ticket and then mails it to you in villages for a roadside parking. There’s no traffic light and no traffic jam.

10. You are safer in villages

The huge pressure of city life makes a lot of people corrupted. There are lots of crimes in the city. Many thefts and murders often take place in the city. Meanwhile, there are much more vehicles in city, which results in frequent traffic accidents. While in villages, few traffic accidents happen. Another element that brings danger to you is epidemic disease, most of which extend from one city to another city. People living in cities are more vulnerable to many diseases because of the sedentary lifestyle and fast food intake. These things become less possible in villages.

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What other things do you think that are only understood by people who used to live in villages? Share with us below.

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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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