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10 Ways to Have a Productive Holiday

10 Ways to Have a Productive Holiday

Though a holiday should be a time for us to relax, every time we have plans to fulfill our interests or to achieve something during holidays, usually it turns out that nothing is finished or started. This is an article to teach you how to have a productive holiday.

1. Take Time for You

Take some time to do something you have been wanting to do, even if it’s just to read a new book. You may not have had the time to do it before, but the holidays are a great time to recharge and do something that will make you happy, and take one more thing off your personal list of things that you have always wanted to do.

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2. Cut Back on Emailing

You don’t have to check your email every few minutes. They are going to be there, and they will keep arriving. You could spend hours simply checking emails if you aren’t careful, and it doesn’t take long to end up wasting a lot of time that could be spent doing more productive things. Set aside a certain window of time each day for checking emails, and then ignore them for the rest of the day.

3. Take Advantage of the AM hours

If you have any vacation time and are not working, don’t sleep your days away. Get up early and get a lot of stuff done while everyone else is sleeping. By the time everyone else is up, you have finished your chores for the day, and you have time to spend with family and friends.

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4. Make Plans for the Future

Write down a list of goals for the near future, as well as steps you can take to achieve those goals. That way, you will have a good idea of what you want and will be able to come up with a plan to make things happen.

5. Make those Long-Distance Calls

Now is a great time to connect with family and friends from all over the world. Because whatever time it might be where they are, you’re on vacation, so you’re free to talk over the phone at all times. Keep those costs down and take advantage of VoIP technology to make free or cheap international calls.

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6. Get Rid of Clutter

This is the perfect time to get rid of clutter, both at home and in your office. Get your home, office, and personal life into order, and you will be on your way to an easier life when your holiday is finished. De-cluttering your space will also help to de-clutter your mind.

7. Get into Online Shopping

Gone are the days when you ordered something from a catalog or magazine, and crossed your fingers that you would get the right item. Today, more and more people are finding that they are better off ordering gifts online. They get exactly what they want, and they don’t have to wade through crowded stores to do it.

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8. Stay On Top of Your Work

Even if you are on holidays or vacation, you can still call the office to check in, read up on industry news, and more. That way, you won’t feel like you wasted your time while you were on vacation.

9. Make Advance Reservations

If you are planning on a trip, or even a dinner, make the reservations as far in advance as possible. That way, you know that there will be a place reserved for you and your guests.

10. Don’t Forget to Exercise

Just because you are on vacation, it doesn’t mean that you can take a vacation from exercising. In fact, during a holiday, it is even more important than ever to exercise, because of all of those goodies you will be munching on in addition to most likely eating out more often.

Featured photo credit: Matt Gibson via flickr.com

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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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