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10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

10 Ways Anyone Can Keep Their Precious Memories Forever

At the end of the day, life boils down to your experiences. You’ll have good experiences and bad experiences but you are a culmination of the things you’ve done and learned. That means it’s important to keep those memories around so you can enjoy them. What are the best ways to keep memories? Let’s take a look.

1. Get creative!

People have come up with all sorts of crazy ideas to keep memories alive. Some have painted their favorite quotes on their walls, while others have important memories written on dinner plates (literally). You can get your kids’ crayon drawings stamped in silver and turned into jewelry or commission an artist to draw funny caricature drawings. Any one of these ideas is kind of lame if done badly, but when done well and you combine a few of them, you’ll have a small stash of fun memories that can also double as art or jewelry.

2. Create your own website to hold your memories for you

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    The ultimate way to keep your memories alive is to create a website dedicated to them. You can create the website, write down stories, upload photos and videos, share easily with everyone, and do pretty much whatever you want. That’s the freedom that comes with a website. You may want to try Squarespace to build your own site because it’s easy to use and there are many awesome templates to choose from! Memories are important. They remind of us of who we are, who we were, and all the amazing things we have done. Immortalizing them is something everyone should be looking into doing.

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    3. Tell stories!

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      Telling stories as a way to remember things is a tradition that is as old as history itself. For generations, the village elders told stories to keep the history of a tribe alive and that’s the only way they could until they invented writing. This is still something that happens today. The television series How I Met Your Mother was a dad telling his life story to his kids. We’re not saying you should drone on in Bob Saget’s voice for nine years, but spinning a tale every now and then is a good way to keep memories alive.

      4. Create some vacation jars

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        This is a fun idea that can also double as a decoration. Let’s say you go camping. Grab some pine needles, a pine cone, a good picture, and some other small forest or camping things and then stuff them in a jar. With a little effort and some glue, you can create a lasting piece of art that not only helps keep memories alive, but also looks really nice on a shelf.

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        5. Get an external hard drive

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          This is probably the least creative way to keep your memories forever, but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective. External hard drives are cheap, and if you buy a good brand they’ll last for a long, long time. They’re easy to store, they’ll be there if your computer crashes or if the internet were to go down forever tomorrow. Don’t make it the only place to store your photos, but everyone who wants their memories kept safe would be wise to invest in an external hard drive. They’re even easy to use!

          6. Write them down in a book or a journal

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            If telling stories isn’t your thing, you could always write them down. I couldn’t tell you how many things in history we only know because some random person decided to write down what was going on. Writing it down and putting it in a book or a journal lets you relive those memories as you write them and then a second time if you ever read them. Plus you can pass the book on down to your kids or grandkids and show them all the fun things you did.

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            7. Use Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, or Google+

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              Social media is one of the de facto ways to store photos. You can upload them into albums to keep them organized, share with friends, and have them there whenever you need them. Sites like Tumblr and Google+ will let you upload pretty much any image size. Do beware, though, because Instagram and Facebook will scale down your photos a bit if they’re too large. With most of the world’s online population on social media, that’s where everyone is. That means it’s a good place for your memories to be because you can enjoy them with friends.

              8. Go find those things you had as a kid

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                When we were young, there were things that we loved. It could be old video games, a certain blanket or stuffed animal, or some other toy that you loved. Thanks to auction sites like eBay, it’s easier than ever to uncover those old things and own them a second time. Then you have your childhood memories right there with you whenever you want them.

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                9. Cloud storage

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                  It’s 2014 and that means more and more people are keeping their information in the cloud. Services like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, and more exist for the express purpose of storing your stuff. All services give you at least a little free storage to play around with to see if you like it. You can upload photos and videos into folders and rename them to make them photo albums. That way they’re safely stored in the cloud and they’re organized! You can also share them with friends and attach them to emails at your leisure.

                  10. Make your own home videos

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                    We’re not talking about using a camcorder and getting footage of your family, but rather creating a video of things you already have. Using software like Adobe Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro, or Final Cut Pro, you can put photos, video clips, and other special moments on a video you make yourself. You can even complete the video with music. You can save the video on your computer (or using #1, #7, or #3 on this list) or you can burn them to DVD and give them to your family. YouTube is also a great option for storing homemade videos. If you’re not into stuff like that, there are services that’ll do it for you.

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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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