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3 Deep Conclusions I Learned From My Hairdresser

3 Deep Conclusions I Learned From My Hairdresser

The first time I went to my wise hairdresser I was 16. He transferred from one place to another and I followed him wherever he went. Finally he bought his own place, but that’s not my point. I was bound to him. Why? Well, because I was connected with him. He made my hair beautiful, and most of all, we talked about deep subjects that I couldn’t even think to mention to my parents nor to my friends.

Even though his job was to “cut and style hair” as Zohan said, his job was also to listen to his customers and try to give solutions to their problems. We all have problems (including me) that cannot be revealed to everyone. My hairdresser doesn’t belong to the group of “everyone.” He was the guy I could “spit out” my problems.

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He always had wise comebacks. Was it his talent or his overall experience? I don’t know but I would like to share the three deep conclusions I learned from him.

1. There is a solution, ALWAYS

As I mentioned shortly before, I don’t know his mind-set or way of thinking but he always had a solution for every complication! It is easier to look at things from another view and to give advice to someone else but he always gave reasonable solutions. I crashed my car once and I didn’t know what to do so I went to him.

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He encouraged me to call my father calmly and to confess the exact story of how it happened and that clearly I was “under booze.” Believe it or not everything went perfectly. Well not perfect, but understandable. My father told me that he was also a cause in one accident under the influence. He also told me, “Everyone makes a mistake once. The second time you will pay for your consequences.”

2. Not everything turns out perfectly

I went to him for a haircut. It was summer 2011 in July. We had the deepest conversation about all kinds of stuff. If we measured the deepness of the conversation we could touch the core of the Earth, literally.

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We talked for hours. One year before, I told him that I was happy, had friends, a perfect car and I had a lot of money (from my parents) and everything was going great. He responded with a secret smile filled with sadness. I clearly remember he told me, “I don’t want to put you down Koko (my nickname), but things change all of the time and you will have to accept them.”

Fast-forward, it was 2013, lots of things had changed. I had couple of friends because all the rest became disinterested. I started making money on my own by working in my Spa Center, managing blogs and writing texts. I no longer had all the free time in the world. This was not a bad thing, but quite the opposite. I was living life on my own and it was beautiful. Far more beautiful when I was living in a false reality.

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3. Money is a must

Then a couple of years ago, we had a talk about money and its meaning. He stated it clear with two sentences, “Money is a must and you have to earn it with both your hands. Money is not going to make you happy, but an absence of money can buy you whole lot of miseries.” I live on these two sentences. I don’t know where he got this knowledge from, but I looked at him like I was looking at a wizard!

That’s most of my hairdressers’ wisdom. I had many deep conversations but I don’t want to break my fingers writing all that. I hope you will find your own “seer hairdresser.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

Let me guess.

You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

2. Use Red and Blue More Often

Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

3. Create a Break Agenda

List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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5. Take It Outside!

Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

6. Become Productively Lazy

Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

9. Prepping the Night

Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

11. Set-up Mini Tasks

If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

13. Redecorate Your Room

Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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14. Ready Your Nibbles

You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

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15. Schedule Your Chores

Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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