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5 Tips To Survive In Megalopolis

5 Tips To Survive In Megalopolis

Big cities – you can’t live with them, you can’t live without them. All the best jobs, schools, shops, entertainment options and career possibilities are concentrated in them – but to live in a big city means being constantly exposed to traffic jams, polluted air, high prices, cramped living space, noise and other stress-inducing factors. If you let them get to you, all the upsides to living in a megalopolis will not save you from a nervous breakdown.

So what should you do to survive in such an environment?

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1. Learn to use space effectively

The price for renting in big cities is always sky-high, which means that your living space is most likely to be, to put it mildly, limited. In turn this means that if you want to keep your sanity intact you have to learn how to use the space you have as effectively as possible. Find ways to live without things that aren’t necessary, learn to perceive your flat in 3D, make use of shelves, keep things on top of fridges and cabinets and under beds and chairs and in general utilize the space you have strategically.

2. Learn to handle your stress

Whatever you may think (or have been taught to think), stress can always be traced to purely subjective sources. In other words, it doesn’t matter what happens to you, it is your attitude towards what is happening that matters. It is precisely the reason why some people are utterly unperturbed no matter what life throws their way while others go haywire at the drop of a hat. There are hundreds of methods on how to handle stress – take some time and do some research. It will pay off a hundredfold.

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3. Learn to manage your time

Big city life has a way of sucking out our time – which means that you have to learn how to keep and use what you can get, for time is your biggest asset. Some experts offer tips on time management, others believe in fancy gadgets and phone apps, still others think that you simply have to follow your common sense.

Many people budget their money, but only a few ever budget their time – although it is by far the most important of your assets. Keep track of it, notice where it is going, make sure that the majority of your time is used on things that actually matter. Appoint specific time for specific tasks and be sure to complete them as if your life depended on them – because it does.

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4. Learn to avoid traffic

Traffic jams are a plague that frays your nerves, gobbles up your time and breaks down your plans. No big city is free from them, no matter how hard municipal government tries to alleviate the problem. Just like with most things, it is no use complaining about the issue – if you want to minimize its effects on you make sure to do so yourself. Learn alternative routes. Try using them at different times of day. Use GPS devices. Swallow your pride and get out of car completely – use the subway or commute by bicycle – on a busy day it will be faster and certainly healthier.

5. Learn to live frugally

Big city life is expensive – yet there are always ways to decrease your expenses. Although you may hope to immediately find your dream job and be able to afford everything your want, it may be a better idea to prepare for all eventualities. A couple hundred extra bucks may come in handy irrespectively of how much you earn.

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Life in a big city has its pros and cons – hopefully these tips will help you make better use of the former and alleviate the latter!

Featured photo credit: Megalopolis – Tokyo/David Rodriguez Martin via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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