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This List Proves Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coke, But Use It Instead

This List Proves Why You Shouldn’t Drink Coke, But Use It Instead

Coke isn’t the best thing to ingest on a daily basis. It’s usually the first thing I recommend cutting out of your diet (along with other sodas) if you’re trying to lose weight (all that sugar adds up), and as such I haven’t imbibed it regularly for at least six years now. That doesn’t mean it’s useless! Below you’ll find a list containing Coke’s harmful effects, as well as a collection of all of the ways you can use it to better your life!

How Coke Harms You

1. Cavities galore!

The sugar and acid in Coke breaks down the enamel on your teeth, and over time that can lead to lots of expensive dental work. You can sort of alleviate this by brushing your teeth a lot, but it’s better to just hedge your bets and drink water instead.

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2. It increases your chance of getting diabetes.

The food you eat is already so full of sugars (read: carbohydrates) that pouring some Coca-Cola on top of that is just overkill. Indeed, within just twenty minutes of ingesting the stuff, your blood sugar will spike and your body will have to work extra hard to deal with it.

3. Say goodbye to your metabolism.

I used to see commercials of athletes drinking soda after a workout all of the time, which in hindsight disgusts me. Sorry, but all that does is shutdown your metabolism before it has a chance to burn the fat off your body. Put down the Coke and grab some water instead!

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4. Your kidneys won’t like you anymore.

If you think you can get out of this by drinking Diet Coke instead, well, I have some bad news. Turns out the artificial sweeteners in that do more damage to your kidneys than you’d probably like.

5. The long term effects of aspartame are ominous at best.

Much remains unknown about the long term effects of artificial sweeteners like aspartame, though several studies seem to indicate that it can cause a number of diseases. So, no matter which Coke you choose, you’re doing something detrimental to your body.

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6. It might mess with your reproductive capabilities.

Continued and frequent consumption of Coca-Cola might lead to defects in your reproductive system, mostly due to all of the chemicals contained within the fizzy drink. In moderation this probably won’t be an issue, but heavy Coke drinkers might want to make a note of this.

What You Can Do With Coke Instead

So, if you shouldn’t drink it, what’s it good for? Read on…

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1. Dissolve the grime off of old pennies.

2. Clean the grout lining your tiles, bathtub, etc.

3. Place one of your kid’s baby teeth in a cup of coke and see how long it takes to dissolve.

4. Get those nasty layers of burnt food off your frying pan.

5. Kill insects (it’s all in the acid).

6. Get rid of oil stains on your driveway; just pour some Coke on it, wait, and spray it away with a hose.

7. Remove marker stains from your carpet. Just dab some Coke on it and use a damp and soapy rag on the afflicted area.

8. Clean out your car’s engine.

9. Get stains out of your toilet bowl.

10. Add it to your fertilizer to grow healthier plants.

11. Cook your food in it; Coke + some other seasonings = a decent steak, apparently.

12. Craft a custom barbeque sauce; just mix Coke and ketchup for some sweet ribs or chicken.

13. Mix it with your lotion for silky skin (I need to test this one).

14. Remove paint from a metal surface; simply soak a rag in Coke and let it sit on the painted surface for a while.

15. Make your laundry smell better; just pour it over your unfortunately scented clothes before starting a wash cycle.

16. Use it as a wasp repellent; put some in a container and place it a decent distance away from wherever your picnic/outdoor event is.

17. Unnaturally age your documents; apply to paper, pat dry, and wait.

18. Pour it on a jellyfish sting to reduce the amount of excruciating pain you’re in. I bet Spongebob wishes he knew about this one.

19. Remove the rust from a nail or screw that just won’t budge.

20. Use it as a de-greaser.

Huh…after all that, I’m suddenly even less inclined to drink soda than I was before. Looks like they should be selling Coke next to Windex at your local Home Depot! Do you have any secret uses for Coke that are unrelated to drinking it? Share below!

Featured photo credit: Coke Can/ Allen via flickr.com

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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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