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Ten Advantages of E-book Readers

Ten Advantages of E-book Readers

Before I received an e-book reader as a gift, I was completely against them. I was among those paper book fundamentalists that considered e-books almost as a heresy, and reading them almost a mortal sin.

Gradually, reluctantly, I began to use my e-book reader, and to my surprise, I got used to it. It clearly has a lot of advantages over paper books, so I decided to take advantage of both worlds. Before, I read paper books only. Now, I would say that I dedicate 50% to e-book reading, and this percentage may increase in the future.

Below you will find the reasons that made me change my mind about e-book readers:

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1. Portability

My e-book reader is small and light. It fits easily in my handbag, so I take it with me everywhere I go.

2. Capacity

In the past, I had to take three or four books with me every time I went on holidays, just in case I found one of them boring, or I read more quickly than expected. Now, I can take more than 200 books without needing extra luggage.

3. Foreign language learning

Before, I was reluctant to read in languages other than my own. I had to stop reading and stand up to search the dictionary for a word I did not understand. Now, I just click the word and a window from the integrated dictionary pops up, displaying the definition of the word.

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4. Better reading

One of the steps reading experts advise for better reading is to underline and take notes. This is very easily done in an e-book. At the end, you can export your notes and you will have a personalized resume of the books you read.

5. Reading and eating

Have you had the annoying experience of not being able to read and eat at the same time? I did, but not anymore; the e-book will remain ‘open’ on the page you are reading as long as you wish.

6. Avoiding annoyances

Do you frequently lose the last page you were reading? This often happened to me in the past, but again, not anymore; the e-book reader saves your place and keeps it in memory for you.

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7. Free books

There are thousands of free e-books on the Internet. You can save a lot of money and time using an e-book reader; there is no longer any need to go to the book store or the library anymore.

8. Discretion

Are you reading a steamy book like Sade’s novels or the Fifty Shades of Grey series? This is no problem–you can read these kinds of books in public, and only you will know it.

9. Gain of space

Forget having tons of paper books. Your library will only take up megabytes on your computer. There are actually some free programs that help you organize your books like a pro. You will never lose a book again.

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10. Avoid traveling

You do not have to go to the library to get e-books. In fact, a lot of libraries have integrated e-books in their systems so that you can borrow them online. You do not have to return them either. Once the book is due, you will lose your “license” so that somebody else can read the e-book.

Keep in mind that you can also use your tablet to read, or even your computer. There are a lot of free programs out there for reading e-books.

A final piece of advice: EPUB is the best ebook format. It is lighter than pdf, and it allows you to turn the pages very quickly. I recommend giving it preference over other formats.

 

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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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