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50 Facts About Chinese New Year

50 Facts About Chinese New Year

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    The beginning of Chinese New Year 2014 fell on January 31 and was celebrated across the world, but there is much more to this holiday than simply celebrating the beginning of a new year. Here are 50 incredible facts about Chinese New Year that you may not have known!

    The Festival

    The first day of Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival, as it’s also knows – falls between January 31st and February 21st, and lasts for fifteen days each of which plays an important role. For example, the second day of the celebrations is thought to be the birthday of all dogs.

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    Through Time And Across The World

    Although you may consider the year to be 2014, this Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the year 4712 in China. This year is also The Year Of The Horse, the last of which fell on 2002.

    Traditions

    During the New Year festivities, red envelopes filled with money are given to children for good luck. Red is the prominent colour of Chinese New Year, as it symbolises fire which is believed to ward of evil spirits. Many also get new hair cuts, so that evil spirits cannot recognise them and follow them into the new year.

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    Things To Avoid

    Cleaning, debts, borrowing, washing your hair, scissors and crying are all avoided during the festivities.

    Food

    As eight is considered a lucky number in China, eight courses are served during the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Many also eat fish, uncut noodles, lobster, chicken and watermelon seeds, they may also display oranges outside their home to promote wealth.

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    Legends

    The order of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac is said to be decided due to a race, Rat is first as it’s said he rode on the back of the Ox, jumping in front of him at the finishing line.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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