7 Applied Tips to Stop Procrastinating and Finally Make Decisions 127

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Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
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Procrastination is the disease of the third millennium. I don’t know even one person who doesn’t procrastinate. We all suffer from it — someone more, someone less — but we all are infected.

Luckily, there is a cure. A way out. It is a little painful, but absolutely affordable.

If you want to heal, look through these 7 simple tips and start following them right after.

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1. Be honest.

Admit you’re a procrastinator. It’s the only way to take the right direction. Admit you have a problem, otherwise, all your work will not make any sense.

If you didn’t do something you had to do for a long time, just confess you met none significant obstacles; you procrastinated.

Be sincere with yourself. Truth is the key to new organized life.

2. Overcome your fear.

Generally, fear of failure is the main reason for procrastination. This way, overcoming it is your main task on the way to finally make decisions and carry responsibility.

It’s not easy, sure. Fear is one of the strongest emotions and it rules our mind just like that.

However, you shouldn’t stick to this fact as to excuse. Everyone is afraid. Students before their first day at school, doctors before a surgery, moms before giving birth.

The nature of these fears is different, but the only way to overcome them is to do that frightens you.

Take a deep breath and start to work on having things done. It stops being frightening the moment you dive into it.

3. Find meaning.

Meaning is something that keeps us alive.

Even those who claim our existence has no meaning (so the wisest decision is to enjoy it all the time) actually chose the meaning of life that suits them the most — having fun. This way, they live their lives to the fullest and feel satisfied.

To get things done and make decisions, you need to find meaning in your work. And it doesn’t have to be common. On the contrary, it should be unique and it has to work for you.

For example, you’re assigned to write five essays till the end of the month. Why is it important to start writing them as soon as possible? There are plenty of answers:

  • You want to impress your professor.
  • You want that smart girl/boy to notice you.
  • You want to visit your friends on the weekend and you want to feel relaxed there.
  • You want to get rid of this task as fast as you can and spend more time on your passion.

Think how you will benefit if you concentrate on your task and do it now.

Remember, every step brings you closer to your dream if you take it with the appropriate intention.

4. Believe in yourself.

Doubts and uncertainty are okay. Every reasoning person has them. But lack of faith is ruinous. It will lead you nowhere.

It’s not enough to make yourself do something. You have to believe you can do it. You have to trust yourself and believe in your final goal.

After you learn to make decisions, badmouthing people will not disappear. There will always be some reasons or people that will make you want to give up.

The only person who can save you from those intrigues is you. So, become your most dedicated fan and act boldly.

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5. Take one step at a time.

Another important issue that makes a person keep procrastinating is a desire to do everything at once and finish with it. Usually, it’s impossible. And after a few attempts, a procrastinator gives up.

To prevent such endings, divide your work into parts. It’s better to spend 15 minutes a day on your task, then leave it to fate.

Slow movement is still movement. Just get going.

6. Disconnect from the Internet.

Oh, yes! Here is the thing that neither patience nor faith will beat. If you really want to stop procrastinating and make a decision, disconnect from social media, YouTube channels and turn off all updates. Switch your phone to airplane mode and focus on your task.

Set a time free from online presence. Again, it doesn’t have to be a long period.

To start, free yourself from the Internet for 30 minutes a day.

It’s not that long, right? Then, having eliminated the distractions, sit down and do the things according to your schedule (see the previous tip).

7. Set a deadline.

What am I talking about? You trust yourself and found meaning, so nothing can confuse you. Well, you’re mistaken. There is something that can. The transience of time.

Always set a deadline. But don’t give yourself an unjustifiable amount of time. Set the real deadline with a little room for additional time if unforeseen circumstances occur.

For instance, if you need to organize your bills, give yourself a day, not a week. If you meet the deadline, reward yourself with something simple, but pleasant to keep on track.

To beat procrastination you have to be patient.

You won’t become a super-organized person in one day. Just start and don’t look for excuses. Never. No way. Only being honest and realistic, taking it step by step, day by day, you’ll build a new amazing person who lives by the rules and enjoys it.

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What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work? 6

What is Cryptocurrency and How Does it Work?

Cryptocurrency is certainly one of the most exciting developments in either finance or technology this century—at least, that’s what you’ve probably been told. However, you might not be satisfied that you know enough about what cryptocurrency really is or how it works to start exploring the many opportunities it offers.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to become acquainted with the basics of cryptocurrency. You can get yourself off to an excellent start by checking out this article, which will put you in a position to begin investing in cryptocurrencies for yourself.

What is Cryptocurrency?

At the most basic level, cryptocurrency is simply money that exists exclusively in digital form. There are no physical bills or coins—just numbers representing sums.

That might not seem revolutionary to those of you who are used to the concept of internet banking, but cryptocurrency is more than just a form of money.

The key word here is “currency”—each crypto is a distinct currency in and of itself, akin to the dollar or the pound.

Cryptos are also unique in that the technology they are based on makes them extremely secure. Most cryptocurrencies use blockchain technology, which allows for the creation of a decentralized ledger in which to record transactions.

Instead of having all transaction records stored on a single server (or server bank), blockchain creates multiple copies of the ledger each time a new transaction occurs and distributes them to many individual devices linked to a global network.

As a result, it is effectively impossible to hack or fake transaction records that rely on blockchain technology, since they can always be verified by the copies.

Why are So Many People Investing in Cryptocurrencies?

Now that you know the answer to the question what is cryptocurrency, you probably want to know why so many people are excited about it.

The answer is simple: certain cryptocurrencies have risen dramatically over the past several years—sometimes literally overnight.

Bitcoin and Ethereum are two popular cryptocurrencies that have garnered significant media attention for exactly this reason. Ethereum notably saw a rise of 13,000% in just a year, creating unprecedented wealth for those lucky enough to be holding it at the time.

These success stories have inspired wave after wave of eager new investors, who take advantages of online currency conversion platforms like Uphold to create whole investment portfolios around different cryptocurrencies.

The Risks of Investing in Cryptocurrencies

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Before you run to change your savings into Bitcoin, you should be aware of the risks associated with cryptocurrencies. These risks stem from another crucial difference between cryptocurrency and many other assets: the value of cryptocurrency is based on nothing but the demand for it.

“Bitcoin has no underlying rate of return,” says Jack Bogle, the founder of Vanguard. “Bonds have an interest cupon, stocks have earnings and dividends. There is nothing to support Bitcoin except the hope that you will sell it to someone for more than you paid for it.”

Still, there’s plenty of reason to hope for that with the amount of attention cryptocurrencies are currently receiving. Just be advised that the cryptocurrency market can be as fickle as any of the investors in it.

Despite the risks, cryptocurrencies offer huge potential rewards to their early adopters. Use this guide answering what is cryptocurrency as a starting point to help you learn more about this exciting new technology, and make informed investment decisions that will support your future.

About The Author

Nick Rojas combines 20 years of experience working with and consulting for small to medium business and a passion for journalism to help readers grow. He writes about technology, marketing, and social media for the aspiring entrepreneur. When Nick is not sharing his expertise, he can be found spending time at the beach with his dog Presto.