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I, Me and MySelfie!

I, Me and MySelfie!

The other day while I was basking in the afternoon sun waiting for my bus to come, I clumsily took some random selfies of myself and sent them to my friends. With the world in a frenzy with its selfie obsession, I wonder: how did it end up this way? I realized that perhaps selfies were always there, but they weren’t explored to this extent until now.

The simple yet unexplored means of indulging in focusing and clicking countless pictures is the new rage. Duck faces, pouting, raised eyebrows, and teeth-clenching pictures; blowing kisses, bulging eyes, battling eyelids and naughty ones—who would have thought it would come to this?

Have you ever wondered why the selfie mania crept upon us like a fast-moving epidemic? Well I have. Here are some of the basic reasons you may not have thought of before as to how selfie-ism became popular.

1. Self-obsession Syndrome

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    Nobody can get enough of himself/herself in this lifetime. The self-obsession syndrome has led people to become highly involved with taking selfies. The unstoppable feeling of seeing and clicking umpteen pictures of oneself just to get the best one out of the lot is unnerving. I have a friend who looks great on camera and is selfie-obsessed. She says that since she is a little bit on the heavier side, selfies work wonders for her self-confidence since she can include just her face (and not her body) in the photos.

    2. Phobia of Being Without Your Phone

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      We are the phone-hooked generation, the ones with high-end mobile phones flashing up-to-date features who use the phone for almost everything on this planet. There are apps for finding directions, places to eat, drink, dance, read, and see movies. And once we get there, we click pictures and upload them. The special features of the phone that allow you to take all sorts of pictures in all resolutions and views, black and white, panoramic, faded, etc has driven the world to be more selfie-centered.

      3. The “Everyone Is Doing It” Mania

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        The feeling of following the crowd: your friends, neighbors, classmates, officemates and even strangers are doing it. So why should you be dwindling away time? I had never been previously fascinated with selfie-ism (as I like to refer to it), but when I saw my cousins, friends and family indulging in it, I started to follow suit. I began to take lots of selfies and uploaded them for the world to see and eventually, became one of them. The mere expression that you are not lagging behind times is of the prima facie for clicking selfies today.

        4. Simplicity

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          Yes, taking pictures is now the simplest thing ever. Just a mere touch on the interface and you have a dozen beautiful pictures smiling back at you. Everyone from my niece, who is three, to my grandmother, who is seventy-three, takes selfies! What’s even better is that you can control the positioning of the camera on your face.

          5. There’s no one else there to take the picture!

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            When we go on trips, vacations overseas or just a pub, often, we don’t have anyone who can take the picture for us. The feeling of giving your phone to a stranger and ending up with a blurred and not-so-good picture sucks. Instead, one prefers a simpler version of taking pictures: selfies with friends, alone or with a loved one.

            6. Celebrity Connection

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              Remember the selfie craze that went viral after the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie? Its net worth was estimated to be between 800 million dollars to 1 billion dollars! Yes, pure madness! But as much as it was expected,  the fans or, more specifically, the world, just blindly follows. There will be more selfies if the celebrities are doing it.

              7. Accidentally on purpose.

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                One theory of mine is that selfies were invented by mistake: imagine somebody trying to adjust his phone while in the process of handing it over for someone else to take the picture. Or maybe someone goes to check her makeup on the phone’s camera and accidentally ends up with a selfie? Quite a possibility, eh?

                8. The Selfie Song

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                  The addictive yet lucid and trance-like music of the selfie song, “#Selfie,” blew the world out of proportion with its popularity. After hearing it so much, I am so sick of the selfie song now. But we can’t deny that it took the world by storm, and ever since the song came out, selfies became even more prominent .

                  The selfie-obsessed generation is one in which we live. So should we make a fuss about this selfie-ism? No way. With everything good or bad that fades with time, so will this. Eventually, the world will have had enough of selfie-ism and will divert their focus to something much more attractive and cool. Selfies will dwindle away only to be remembered by us when our hair turns grey. So for now, sit back, relax and pose while you take a selfie!

                  Featured photo credit: Markus Bemhard via Getty Images via i.huffpost.com

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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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