5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

5 Practical Steps to Stop Procrastination for Good

I have a confession to make. I am a procrastinator. Yes, that is right, I am a super lazy procrastinator, and I want to fix this to live the life of my dreams. Reading lots of self-help books have thought me that the first step to solving any problem is acceptance. I needed to accept the fact that I have a problem hence the confession to the dearest people I know, the readers of this article.    

Second step to solve the problem is researching the solution for the problem. After watching many educational videos on YouTube, (some about procrastination) I found one TED Talk that came close to solve my procrastination problem. I am sharing the details of the Ted Talk below and I highly recommend you to watch this one as I believe it will resonate with most of us procrastinators.

Tim hilariously explains how the brain of a master procrastinator is different from a non-procrastinator. Based on this completely non-sciencey talk I have understood my shortcomings and I have developed five steps plan to stop procrastination once for all.    

In the talk, Tim Talks about the mind of a master procrastinator and I believe I am one, well if the shoe fits. Tim says the master procrastinators have an additional operator in their brains called as an ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ beside the ‘Rational decision maker’, which everyone else has.

Long story short the procrastinators lose control of their time as the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ takes charge of their brain and wastes our valuable time and energy on anything fun and easy also completely unnecessary. This ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ ruins most of our rational plans and sabotages most of our projects by wasting our valuable time on illogical monkey business.

The only time this monkey gives up control is when we get into the panic mode just before a deadline. Tim calls this panic mode as when the Panic Monster wakes up and scares away the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’. This gives the ‘Rational decision maker’ a chance to take control. The problem with this situation is that we are left with a fraction of the time to do our project. This also means we end up with a hasty poor performance also sadly lower than our true potential.

The procrastinators face a serious problem when there is no deadline. In absence of the deadline, the Panic mode never strikes and hence the ‘Instant Gratification Monkey’ never loses control of our brain wasting away our life on meaningless fun and games.

Enough is enough my fellow procrastinators. Let us take back the charge of our brain again. Let us learn to control the monkey by imposing some discipline in our life. It will be hard but it will be worth it as we will complete most of our projects and live a rewarding and content life.   

“If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it.” ― John C. Maxwell, How Successful People Think

Five Steps Plan to Stop Procrastination for Good:

Step 1: Outcome:

Focusing on the Outcome than the tasks of the project can work as the right encouragement or fuel we need to drive our projects.

Step 2: Map:

We are good planners for sure but we lack in execution. In this step, we should focus on the most realistic plan that will work for us. We know our strengths and weaknesses, we can make a feasible roadmap keeping in mind all the hurdles. A detailed map will help us anticipate most of our challenges in advance so we can prepare for them.  

Step 3: Deadlines:

As we saw earlier, deadlines are crucial for procrastinators. Even if we are doing, projects that have no deadlines we need to set them as per our roadmap we prepared in the second step. These deadlines have to be realistic but not lenient. In a case of longer projects, one must break the projects into small chunks and give deadlines for every piece.  

E.q. If your project is writing a novel then you should have a deadline for every chapter or significant segments of the novel.

Step 4: Resources:

Once we have our Map and our deadline the next step is to collect all the necessary resources required for the project. If internet research is required then it makes sense to find out all required information and save it on our computers so we can work offline and avoid distractions like Facebook.

Preparation of resources as per roadmap stops delays helps us finish our task as per the plan.

Step 5: Reward:

A completed project is a reward in itself but we need to have a small recreation, reward or celebration after every successful completion to keep the playful side of our brain content. The tasks that get rewarded have high chances of getting repeated.  

TED Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban (Blogger at Wait But Why)

https://youtu.be/arj7oStGLkU

“Homecoming of Terror”: Review of House of Cards (Season 5 Episode 1)

Homecoming of Terror

Homecoming of Terror

The much awaited Season 5 of House of Cards will be aired on Saturday, 3rd June 5 pm onwards only on Zee Café #HOConZCafe and like many eager fans of this political drama I also cannot wait to enjoy this Season 5 Premium Marathon.

Spoiler Alert: This article contains spoilers from the First episode of Season 5 of House of Cards.

The opening episode of the Season 5 gives us a glimpse of the terror storm the Underwood’s are plotting to unleash on the terrified American People.

The episode starts with FLOTUS Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) public address that actually was a well-crafted political campaign reminding the people about the domestic terror and the upcoming presidential election where she stood in support of her husband President Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey).

While the First Lady was, addressing the nation President Underwood interrupts the congressional session and demands an authorization of war against ICO the Terror organization that has terrified the nation. Frank throws his Power and weight around in a ploy to stop the group from discussing his shortcomings and to focus on the retribution for the home-grown terrorists that murdered Jim Miller, an innocent husband, and father. The Underwood’s are using terror spread among the nation to keep their Power and win the 2016 election.

“I will not yield” Frank Underwood, House of Cards.

In another shocking scene of the first episode, we see that Frank has had the terrorist in custody the entire time.

He looks to the audience and says, “Did you think I didn’t already have him, that I would have left him out there somewhere? I thought you knew me.” This scene shows us the depth of his complex character. Frank Underwood is ruthless, cunning and pure evil that is driven by power and for power.

One Nation...Underwood

One Nation…Underwood

Kevin Spacey as Frank in the First Episode played his role perfectly as ever but from the look of the opening episode of Season 5, I have a feeling that Robin Wright as Claire will take the center stage. She opens the season addressing the people and we can sense that she is going to be on the front end a lot and hopefully (I like her more than Frank) overpower her husband and take his position in the future.

The FLOTUS is powerful because she comes across as refined and calm but she is an opportunistic and a schemer. We see her cold side when she meets Joshua Masterson’s (terrorist) mother and asks her “Didn’t you know what was going on in your own home?” She also persuades her to appeal to her son to surrender.

“You saw what he did, didn’t you? Would you like to see it?” Claire Underwood, House of Cards.

She also visits a burned-out gas station, and calls out Conway for “refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of the threat made here at home”.

My favorite dialog from this episode was right in the beginning where Claire is recording her message for the nation.

She says, “It’s terrifying, isn’t it?” and we cannot help but agree with her.

The political landscape has remarkably changed since the fourth season of House of Cards. The real events have would have some influence on the series but I hope the makers of House of Cards do not change their story to match with the real world.

It amazes me how this show continues to surprise the audience. How they can find new depths of evil and how they come up with so simple yet powerful dialogues that stay with us long after watching the show. The Underwoods have us under an evil spell and from the look of the opening episode, I can safely say season 5 will be a thrilling ride.

Don’t forget “Frank Underwood is coming to India with the television premiere of House Of Cards Season 5 on Saturday, 3rd June, 5 PM onwards, only on Zee Café! #HOConZCafe”

Berger Express Painting Review – A faster, Cleaner, Better Way of House Painting

Berger Express Painting

Berger Express Painting

 

Saturday Berger Paints and IndiBlogger arranged an activity-filled event about innovation in house painting. It was interesting to know how much the painting world has changed. I wish I knew about Berger Express Painting service couple of years back when I painted my house. This advanced technology makes painting job a faster, cleaner and better method then the tradition painters. If you are planning to paint your house or just get one of those fancy textured walls then do check out the Berger Express Painting service and save a lot of your time and sanity in the process.

My experience with Traditional Painting Method:

Couple of year back I planned to change the paint of my house to a very elegant cream color which I had in my mind for quite a long time. Every room in my house was of a different color and the only instruction I gave to the local contractor/ painter was to change every room to my choice of cream that I selected from a range of almost identical colors sheet of cream and white at the local store that the contractor suggested.

The store-owner and contractor spoke in their mother tongue that I could not understand which made me feel like I was being taken for a ride. I should have noticed the red flags but as he was the only painter available before Diwali, I ignored my gut feelings and went with every suggestion the contractor was throwing in my direction.

The moment I purchased the paint cans and fresh brushes, the contractor took over the project and I felt that I had no control of what was going on in my own house. Next 12 to 15 days my house was a complete mess and I felt helpless and frustrated.

The bloggers meet made me realise that Berger Express Painting would have saved my Time, Money and Sanity. 

How Berger Express Painting Tools would have helped:

Amazing “Home Painting Tools” 

1. SANDING MACHINE:

Short-handle Sanding Machine

Short-handle Sanding Machine

The workers had little to no regards about my furniture and a lot of time the ignored my suggestion to cover up the things in my house. My house was dusty and it was difficult to work, eat and even sleep because of the toxic dust in the house.

Here the Sanding Machine would have worked like a charm as it is,

  • Faster & Cleaner
  • Dust-Free Vacuum Function
  • Regulated Speeds

    2. MULTIPURPOSE MIXER

MULTIPURPOSE MIXER

Multipurpose Mixer

The shade of my choice changed in the mixing process. As every room had, a different base color that the workers did not sand of completely the cream shade looked different in every room, which was not what I demanded from the contractor.   

Here the Multipurpose Mixer could have helped get the shade and texture right as it is,

  • Quick & Hassle-free Mixing
  • Regulated Speeds
  • Putty & Texture Mixing

    3. AUTO ROLLER

Auto Roller

Auto Roller

The workers sanded off the old color with hand and it was ended up uneven and with bad finishing. The brushes could not cover up the sloppy work and the whole wall got a bad finishing.

Here the Auto Roller would have helped as it is,

  • Adjustable Roller
  • Automatic Paint Pumping
  • Superior Finish

    4. HIGH PRESSURE WASHER

high pressure washer

High Pressure Washer

The high pressure washer helps to clean up difficult to clean walls like the ones that are blackened or have fungus as it is,  

  • Hi-speed Pressure Wash
  • Pressure Regulator
  • Nozzle Adjustment

    5. AIRLESS PAINT SPRAYER

    Airless Paint Sprayer

    Airless Paint Sprayer

The Airless Paint Sprayer can give an uniform finish as it is,

  • Quick Application
  • Supports Water-Based Paints & Primer
  • Uniform Finish

About Berger Express Painting –

Berger Paints India being an innovation driven organization has come up with the Berger Express Painting service in order to upgrade the painting process. For some time now market research showed that the process of painting, for consumers was a very time consuming affair which came with its share of health hazards. Keeping this in mind Berger Paints has come up with the motto of a “Faster, Cleaner and Better” experience for consumers with its Express Painting service. It has been designed keeping in mind the upgradation of the painting process whereby both the consumers and the applicator benefits from this new service. On the one hand it promises the consumer a world class painting experience minus the dust, dirt and paint spillage with excellent finish and on the other hand it assures the applicator of more business by reducing the time required for each painting assignment.

With tools designed to specifically make the process of painting faster and hassle-free, painting is now an enjoyable experience:

40 percent faster than traditional painting!

Trained painters for efficient and better painting

Get sparkling results with our no-mess tools!

Cutting-edge vacuum suction-enabled sanding machines keep your house dust-free!

Better coverage and smoothness guaranteed each time!

Our certified tools ensure a better finish with high efficiency!

All these benefits and more offered at no additional cost!

About Berger Paints

Berger Paints India is headquartered at Kolkata, with 10 strategically located manufacturing units and about 110 stock points. The company also has an international presence in 4 countries (Nepal, Bangladesh, Poland and Russia). With employee strength of above 2800 and a countrywide distribution network of 25,000+ dealers, Berger is acclaimed as a game changer in the sector with a vibrant portfolio of paints and tailor-made customer services in every paint segment.

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Create A Better Tomorrow with Pre-Sleep Visualization

Pre Sleep Visualization

Pre-Sleep Visualisation

Recently there has been a lot of talk about what you do right after you wake up. I also have three posts on the morning and night rituals (Creative Visualisation – Why I do it? and 3 Mistakes you are probably making while you Pray).

So why I am dedicating a whole post to Pre-Sleep Visualisation Exercise?

It is because I believe this is the most crucial part of the day. Our subconscious mind is most absorbing when we sleep or when we are in a relaxed mode.

“Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

If you have seen a hypnotist at work, you would have noticed that the first thing the hypnotist do is relax the person he wants to hypnotize. He sends him into deep relaxation or sleep mode before he gives him instructions. A learned hypnotist can do wonders at this stage. He can remove fears or deep-seated habits or addictions like smoking. He can make the person confident or even enhance any skills in this semi conscience mode.

“Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly.” Charles Fort

We get to this semi conscious; open to instructions and most absorbing stage just before we go to sleep every night. What we think just before we sleep is very crucial to shape our lives.

Most of us either think of things that went wrong that day or things that may go wrong the next day. Our subconscious mind absorbs all this and marinate in that thought for the whole night before we know it that negative thought becomes a reality in our life.

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Theodore Roosevelt

Following trick may sound childish but it is a very powerful way to remember the pre-sleep visualisation exercise.

Imagine that after you sleep some angel comes and take notes of the last words you were thinking and seals those word for your future i.e. for your life. This angle does not check if it is positive thought or a negative one. It just seals our faith with our thoughts. In short, we are predicting our own future with whatever we are imaging in our mind.

Now if this really happens would you ever think, “I hate my life”; or “This never works out for me” or “Nobody loves me” or any other negative thought

or would you rather use this crucial time to think positive thoughts like;

“I am well,”
“I am content,”
“I am lucky,”
“I am rich,”
“I am strong,”
“I am beautiful,”
“I am blessed with a wonderful family,”
“I am blessed ….;”

Think about it, give it a try. After you say your prayers, count your blessings and kiss your loved ones good night think about positive affirmations or quotes and feel them as a part of your life. Give it a try you have nothing to lose. If it works out let us know.

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot

Leave a Comment below or by clicking “Comment” link under the Title of the Post, I Would Love to Know Your Opinion on This.

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Neem Oil Blend: Plus 5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free

Recently mosquito-borne disease spread has risen. People in a state of panic buy chemically mass produced mosquito repellents, which in the long run are harmful to health.

Nature has some very effective ways to tackle this pest problem but only few take advantage of these natural remedies. We love the convenience of the chemical mass produced repellent but we cannot ignore the harmful side effects it can have on our health. Especially children should not breathe in those toxic fumes.

2 Methods to use Neem Oil to keep the pesky pests away:

Method 1: Make Natural mosquito repellent by blending neem oil and coconut oil in equal parts. Apply on your skin whenever you are stepping out. The bitter smell of Neem is strong enough to keep the mosquitoes away. Coconut oil helps to keep the skin soft and hydrated.

Method 2: Take 1 Tbsp. powdered Camphor and add 1 Tbsp. Neem Oil and blend well. Fill this mixture in an empty refill unit of your chemical mosquito repellent. Use this mixture just as you use the plugged in chemical mosquito repellent or in a vaporiser. The bitter smell will fill the room and you will notice the mosquitoes will disappear. Keep the room closed for some time for faster effect.

5 Natural Ways to Keep House Mosquito Free:

1. Tulsi: As per the Hindu culture Tulsi also known as The Holy Basil should be planted and worshipped. Ayurveda has mentioned many benefits of this amazing plant. Tulsi has some wonderful qualities. It is highly antibacterial and has the ability to keep its surrounding germs free. Tulsi has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to survive or breed.
2. Mint: Mint in any form be it leaves, oil, plant or essence is highly beneficial to keep pests away. We can plant mint shrub in balcony or windows. We can spray diluted mint mouthwash around the house. One can even burn dried mint leaves or use vaporiser. This not only helps the house become bugs free including mosquitoes it also makes the air feel refreshingly fresh.
3. Camphor: In method 2 we used Camphor with neem oil to keep mosquitoes away. In a closed room, light 5 to 6 pieces of Camphor let the smoke and smell of Camphor fill the room the mosquitoes will disappear in 20 minutes. Read about another use of Camphor in Camphor and Coconut Oil Blend: 7 Uses for Skin Problems, Pain & Much More   
4. Garlic:  Garlic and garlic oil has many medicinal properties and it keeps Mosquitoes away. Crush fresh peeled garlic pods and let them infuse in water or natural oils like neem or coconut. Use this blend in vaporiser or spray around the room. The mosquitoes will stay away from garlic smell.
5. Eucalyptus/ Nilgiri oil: I love the smell of Eucalyptus. It is antiseptic and antibacterial. The smell relaxes the mind and calms tired body. I believe it also releases pain from the body. When we add Lemon Oil to Eucalyptus Oil it becomes a strong insect repellent. We can this strong oil blend in vaporiser to keep our house insect and mosquito free.   

All the above remedies are 100% natural. Some of these are not as convenient as plugging in the store brought chemical repellent but these do not come with harmful side effects. In fact, the medicinal properties of these natural cures surrounds us with an healthy antibacterial atmosphere. You will sense the positive energy in your house within first few days.   

Above mentioned methods are from the collaboration of old school knowledge passed down for generations. In extreme cases, some of these methods will fail to give expected results. Please take precautions accordingly.   

5 Easy Habits to Introduce the Magic of Appreciation in Life.

 

5 Easy Habits to Introduce the Magic of Appreciation in your Life.

5 Habits of Appreciation.

Here goes a small tale I heard from a learned speaker trying to teach her audience about appreciation:

“A husband returns home from work to find his wife sitting on couch digging in a big bag of chips while watching TV, the house was a mess and his usually dolled up wife matched the house in appearance. She was still in her night cloths with messed up hair and a pile of home delivered food’s empty containers lied on the coffee table in front of the couch. His emotions changed from stunned, angered and then worried within minutes. He went close to his wife and holding her hand he asked in a lowered volume, “what happened? Is everything fine?” She gave him a smile and calmly said “nothing.”

He went in the kitchen and saw there was no dinner prepared and the sink was overflowing with dirty dishes, he went to the bedroom and saw the bed still not made up. Laundry laying here and there, even his wet towel which he threw on the bed in the morning dried there itself. He rushed back to his wife and now with a firm voice he asked again, “Please tell me what’s the matter?” His wife gave him a sweet smile and replied “Nothing dear everyday you ask me, “what the hell you do whole day long?” So I did nothing today.”

Conclusion:

I hope the husband learned the lesson but don’t we do the same. Don’t we always take people close to us for granted? How many times do we appreciate our loved ones? Our spouse or children or parents or siblings or friends or anyone who we depend upon? we don’t realise the importance of their presence in our life. Why don’t we appreciate the people in our life? Saying a simple thank you can be more powerful than we realise.

I do most of the cooking at home. When my busy husband takes out time to cook anything I appreciate it till he blushes. It’s not at all about the food he cooks or the work he puts into it but the thought that counts the most for me. As a result he loves making more of these crazy experimental dishes for us. He puts his heart and soul in them because he knows his efforts are not only recognised but also appreciated. The result as you guessed right is always great food plus amazing quality time in the kitchen together.

Don’t get me wrong it’s not about getting work done from your spouse plan, showing your love for each other by doing something different and special together makes the life worth celebrating. In that couple of hours we forget the daily grind and enjoy the present that means not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.

“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” ~ Woody Allen.

We are the happiest when we Live in the Present. It may feel hard to spend most of our time in the present as we are used to think about our past or worry about future. We need to reprogram our mind to appreciate more and complain less. It is easy to tame your mind into a very beneficial positive appreciation habits using any or all below mentioned methods. I gathered following tricks from many influential books like The Power of Appreciation, Creative Visualization.

5 Habits of Appreciation:

1. Appreciation Prayer: Like me if you are one of those who pray, this will be the easiest way for you to start your appreciation habit. Just after your daily prayer, Thank God for something big or small. Feel grateful. It can be a single thing or a list of things. You will soon see the difference and get a feel of your prayers being answered.
2. Appreciation Diary: This can be the old school actual diary as many of us grew up writing in or the latest digital version in our computers or smart phones. Maintaining a diary is fun. We can document all our achievements big or small and when we need encouragement just going through this diary is bound to lift our spirits and help us create more reasons to write in that diary.
3. Appreciation Object: If you have read or watch “The Secret” you will immediately know what I am talking about for those who haven’t yet I would love to expand on this. An appreciation object is anything you can carry with you daily in your pocket that can remind you to be grateful of everything in your life. It can be a small rock, toy, marble, or anything small enough to carry and unique enough that you will remember its purpose. Whenever you touch it say thank you for something in your life…simple.
4. Appreciation before or after sleep: Just like appreciation prayer counting your blessing before or after your sleep can be a sure shot way to have a positive and productive day ahead. Plus it is far interesting then counting sheep. 
5. Appreciation as and when required: Saying thank you at the right time for the right reason can help not only in your work but personal life as well. So never miss an opportunity to say thank you. It is very important that these thanks are genuine and not just a formality. It will make the other person feel good and the relationship will only benefit from a good heartfelt thank you.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah Winfrey

So how have you introduce the power of Appreciation in your life?