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10 Ways To Change The World In Just A Couple Of Minutes

10 Ways To Change The World In Just A Couple Of Minutes

As much as most of us would like to make an impact on the world, it often sounds like it would take a lot of our time. It’s not that we’re not willing to put that time in, we just don’t have time to spare. Well, The Shop For Change have shared 10 ways you can change the world in your lunch break with us:

From little things, big things grow. Sound familiar? We’ve compiled a list of 10 small deeds you could do to make a difference in 60 minutes. Sometimes it only takes one step to start a chain reaction, spread an idea or stimulate a thought. Why not see if you can tick a few off our list, or think of your own ways to make a little or possibly big difference.

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    1. Share an educational video or article
    Make the most of those social media sites and share that TED talk you watched on foreign aid last night, or the article you read that got your social conscious ticking.

    2. Avoid plastic
    Don’t buy a pre-packed lunch with seven layers of unnecessary plastic, in a plastic bag that you eat with a plastic fork. When you buy your sushi tomorrow, say no to the plastic container and soy sauce fish – go for a paper bag and apply soy in-store! Easy as.

    3. Organise a blood drive
    Get your office, school or friends on board for a group blood run. It’s easy to register and let’s face it, everything is more fun in a group! Get the ball rolling here.

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    4. Buy a goat!
    Or a chicken, or a pig! World Vision makes once off donations in the shape of an animal or fruit tree a simple and extremely worthwhile action. Check out World Vision and see how easy it is! World Vision also has long-term donation services such as sponsoring a child and assisting in the development of disadvantaged communities.

    5. Pick up litter
    Hey, next time just bend down and pick up that plastic bag instead of walking over it. Takes all of 30 seconds… imagine the possibilities in a whole lunch break. Make it your goal to pick up a piece of litter every day and involve your company or school in the next Clean Up Australia Day

    6. Donate or assist in a local community project
    Do a quick Google search on what is happening around you, in your neighborhood or area. Show your support by offering a donation or your time to a great local project that is happening right under your nose. Being local you will also be able to watch as the project develops!

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    7. Give a $25 micro loan to a stranger
    Kiva is a company that connects people with small business owners in 3rd world countries. With $25 going towards getting a small business idea off the ground, this program provides people with the opportunity to become self sufficient. That’s a pretty rewarding investment for a mere $25!

    8. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
    You’ve all heard it done before, volunteering at your local soup kitchen is one of the easiest ways to help your community. One lunch break a week? It could be more revitalising than you think.

    9. Buy local fruit and vegetables
    Planning on cooking tonight? Hit the local grocer on your way home and bypass the corporate chain. Supporting your local businesses in every way possible is important for our economy, not to mention the produce is fresher and tastes amazing!

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    10. Buy yourself a present from the Shop for Change!
    Did you work extra hard today? Or feel like surprising someone with a little gift? Jump onto our website and have a browse. Something small or something big – everything from The Shop for Change is going towards helping women, men and children in developing countries to become self sufficient or to have access to basic needs.

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    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

    The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

    The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

    Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

    Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

    The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

    Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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    Program Your Own Algorithms

    Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

    Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

    By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

    How to Form a Ritual

    I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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    Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

    1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
    2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
    3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
    4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

    Ways to Use a Ritual

    Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

    1. Waking Up

    Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

    2. Web Usage

    How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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    3. Reading

    How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

    4. Friendliness

    Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

    5. Working

    One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

    6. Going to the gym

    If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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    7. Exercise

    Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

    8. Sleeping

    Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

    8. Weekly Reviews

    The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

    Final Thoughts

    We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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