It is said that ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ and that it is ‘darkest before dawn’. Life has the potential of springing up surprises at every corner, yet it is amazing as to how similar stimuli can impact different folks differently. At the end of the day, it is said that life is not as much as what you make of it as it is about how you take it. It is true that while there are no certainties in life, the journey certainly becomes more bearable and enjoyable if one has been careful to cultivate a habit of positive thinking.
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Here is a simple thing that you can do to beat procrastination. I have found that this technique is really helpful and if you follow through with discipline, it will really help you out. The fact is that there are a lot of thing that we need to do and we have our deadlines. However, there is this unproductive habit of leaving things till the last moment and then rushing them. I know that you have experienced this and the experience is frustrating at some level. So read carefully and implement the following if you want to beat procrastination.
1. Quality Rest
Our body is designed so that a continuous activity quickly wears us out, and there is nothing we can do but fall down. To avoid this, insert breaks of 30 minutes to an hour while working. How can this affect the intelligence, you may ask? It’s simple. The brain is involved in any work, and so it also must rest fully. Everyone must have noticed at some point that if they did not sleep well or were very tired, they couldn’t concentrate on the business at hand. If you want to boost your intellectual capacity, start with sleeping at least 8 hours a day. If you are tired from work, relax for an hour. If you keep working without giving your body a rest, you can burn out and it will affect your health and mental abilities.
In his book, “What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard Business School,” Mark McCormack made an interesting discovery about the 1979 graduating MBA class. Within the group, 3% had written goals, 13% had thought of some goals and the balance were just thrilled to be out of school.
John Douglas highlights that what’s really intriguing is what happened ten years down the road.
Here are the results and success of the group after a decade:
The group that had not-written their goals 13% of the class, but had thought about them were making TWICE in their Profession compared to the 84% of those who had no goals after leaving Harvard.