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Productive Not Busy- The Mantra We All Need

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 “It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less.”

– Nathan W. Morris

We are the generation driven by competition, the culture of hustle, the hard grind, coffee, deadlines and what not. Are you often busy, but you look back after a month and wonder where all the time has gone? Do you often feel that you are spending a lot of time on something, but not getting much done? In our busy world today, many of us are good at being busy but not productive. Here are 7 differences between busy people and productive people. Which group are you in? Just introspect.

 

 Productive People Work Smart

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Busy people always keep working amidst the obstacles they face, which often leaves then exhausted. Busy people have great work ethics, which is why they are always on the go. It is no doubt good to be the hardworking person in the room. But smart work pays off with half the efforts takes. The problem is not that productive people don’t work hard, but that they don’t work smart. They work linearly without considering if there are better ways to do things.

“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”

– Herb Kelleher

 

Efficiency Is The Key 

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We all should really aim for efficiency rather than just completing the task. When you’re efficient but ineffective, the whole purpose ripples downstream. Many of us even count on that adrenaline that comes from over-caffeinating ourselves, over-scheduling ourselves, waiting until the last minute to get things done, because we believe that will make us more productive. But if you really look at the data, what stress does is that it really impairs not only our physical health but even our cognitive faculties, like our attention and memory, not to mention our emotional intelligence, our ability to communicate with other people in effective ways.

“Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.”

Peter Drucker

 

Keep A Macroscopic Approach 

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Remember the last time you were so keen on being a perfectionist and ended up passing the deadline. The stress is already enormous and your attention to details can be terrible combo. Busy people often get drowned in the details. They are too concerned about the difference between details A and B when it’s more important to pick one and go. Of course, details are important. Steve Jobs was details-obsessed, he agonized over the way Macintosh windows title bars looked, going through 20 designs with his team before he was happy with the final output. The key is to focus on details that will affect your end outcome.

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”

-Bruce Lee

 

Set You Own Pace 

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Instead of buying into what others try to sell you as the truth, think about what you want for yourself. What is your passion? What is your vision? Even if you can’t do this right away, you can work towards it. It’s more important to work towards what you want, even if slowly, rather than do something you hate for the rest of your life. Even though society may try to sell you certain paths as the “right” choice, this doesn’t mean that they are right for you.

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”

– Oprah Winfrey

 

Learning To Say No

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Right aways, learn to say no. This could help you in a lot of situations in life. Busy people never say no: they say yes to everything. As a result, they fill their schedules with things that keep them busy but don’t change their life. Productive people say yes very choicefully. Why? They know that each yes today will take up their time later on. False promises are a waste of your time. Saying no is about protecting this limited resource called time so that you can use it for the things that matter. Do you say yes to everything? Introspect.

“If there are nine rabbits on the ground, if you want to catch one, just focus on one.”

– Jack Ma

 

There is a huge difference between being busy and being productive though we often blur the two. It is important we recognize and separate the myth from reality. Busy does not equal better. Busy does not equal important. Hope this helped you to realize which path you have headed to and make necessary changes.  🙂 Also read- Rewire Your Brain For Success! 

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iPhone 12 To Be Launched At $649 (48000) Only!

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Apple fanatics wait every year for the new improved apple products. The design, the look, the features- it has a certain ring to it. There are several leaks that are surfacing on the internet relating to the release of iPhone 12. We couldn’t be more excited! The company is expected to release the smartphone in the second week of October and some details about its India pricing have also surfaced online. According to a leak, the smartphone 12 mini will start at $649, with the highest price tag being $1,399 for an iPhone 12 Pro Max. However, recent reports have suggested that the new iPhone 12 series will get five and not four smartphones. The phone is expected to get a wide variety of colour options which includes Black, White, Blue, Red, Yellow and Coral.

 

Phone 64 GB 128 GB 256 GB 512 GB
Apple 12 mini $649 $699 $799 N/A
Apple 12 $749 $799 $899 N/A
Apple 12 Pro N/A $999 $1,099 $1,299
Apple 12 Pro Max N/A $1,099 $1,199 $1,399

 

Each iPhone 12 version will have three memory options, with the lower two going 64/128/256GB, and the more premium duo having 128/256/512GB versions. The iPhone 12 mini is said to have a 5.4” screen and cost as much as $799.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max will be the largest and most expensive. It will start at $1,100 its basic version with 128 GB storage. The screen will have a 6.7” diagonal, which is bigger than the already massive iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Features

  • Four iPhones
  • New physical design
  • 5.4″, 6.7″, and 6.1″ sizes
  • Triple-lens 3D camera
  • All OLED displays
  • 5G connectivity
  • A14 chip
  • New Blue colour option
  • No power adapter or EarPods

iPhone 12

 

No power adapter with iPhone 12? WHAAAAT?

Apple has no plans to include a power adapter or EarPods in the box with the iPhone 12 models, letting the company cut down on production costs and packaging. Instead, Apple may offer a 20W power adapter that can be purchased separately. The USB-C to Lightning cable could get an upgrade, though, with rumours indicating Apple plans to offer a new braided cable design.

Delays due to COVID-19

iPhone 12 models will not ship out in September as usual due to delays caused by the global health crisis this year. Apple instead plans to introduce the iPhones in October, perhaps on October 13, and start shipping them out later that month. Rumours have suggested we can expect a staggered release, and some models might not come out until November.

Keeping all the excitement aside, we know that the difference with this iPhone and the rest won’t be that much. But we will still buy it because it’s a style statement. How else will all the tik-tokers and our beloved celebrities take mirror selfies?

But there’s one thing we are darn happy about- THE PRICE!

Read: Japanese Souffle Pancakes- Here’s How You Can Make At Home!

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DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion: A Respite From Handwashing

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7 months into the pandemic we are still washing our hands all the time. We are doing it more than ever as we’re amidst a pandemic. Most of us are sick of it by now!  Whether you have a normal skin type or sensitive skin, constantly rinsing your hands is irritating your skin now. Our hands are prone to dryness and itching. We can’t skip it altogether it will prove to be detrimental. Moreover, the World Health Organization recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds.  Don’t worry we have got you covered. Apply hand cream or hand lotion to soothe your skin and make your hands super soft. Ditch those expensive hand creams and lotion from luxurious brands, make your own instead. We bring to you an easy peasy DIY Moisturizing Hand Lotion Formula:

To store: You can keep it in any glass container at home or small plastic bottle to keep it in your purse. You can purchase it from Amazon or Miniso.

To make the hand lotion, you need:

  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 teaspoons aloe vera gel
  • 2 teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • Essential oils: you can add essential oils to make it smell nice. If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out under the sun I recommend you don’t use any of the citrus essential oils. Some of my favorite combinations are:
    • Vanilla and Lavender
    • Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit
    • Rose Otto and Vanilla
    • Roman Chamomile
    • Lavender
    • Sweet Orange

Hand Lotion

Directions:

  • Use a hand mixer and mix the shea butter for a few minutes. Make sure it looks all fluffy.
  • Then add the grapeseed oil and vitamin E oil. Mix it for a few minutes until all the ingredients are mixed well.
  • Add the arrowroot powder a little at a time and mix it in until it’s not grainy.
  • Then add the Aloe Vera gel.  Mix it a bit more until it feels like a fluffy, soft lotion.
  • It will look like this:

Hand Lotion

 

  • Keep it in a small mason jar or transfer it to a small glass jar like this one to carry in your bag.
  • Apply as often as you want.
  • You can also use this lotion on your kids.

 

Read: Akki’s Bell Bottom: First Movie To Start and Finish Amidst A Pandemic

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Marijuana: How It Effects Your Mind & Body

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Marijuana, weed, pot, dope, grass. They’re different names for the same drug that comes from the cannabis plant. You can smoke it, vape it, drink it, or eat it. Most folks use marijuana for pleasure and recreation. But a growing number of doctors prescribe it for specific medical conditions and symptoms.

Marijuana has mind-altering compounds that affect both your brain and body. It can be addictive, and it may be harmful to some people’s health. Here’s what can happen when you use marijuana:

 

It May Affect Your Mental Health

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Not everyone’s experience with marijuana is pleasant. It often can leave you anxious, afraid, or panicked. Using pot may raise your chances for clinical depression or worsen the symptoms of any mental disorders you already have. Scientists aren’t yet sure exactly why. In high doses, it can make you paranoid or lose touch with reality so you hear or see things that aren’t there.

 

Your Thinking May Get Distorted

What are the health benefits and risks of cannabis?

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Marijuana can cloud your senses and judgment. The effects can differ depending on things like how potent your pot was, how you took it, and much marijuana you’ve used in the past. It might:

  • Heighten your senses (colors might seem brighter and sounds might seem louder)
  • Distort your sense of time
  • Hurt your motor skills and make driving more dangerous

 

You May Get Hooked

You may get hooked on it- Teens smoking marijuana

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About 1 in 10 people who use pot will become addicted. That means you can’t stop using it even if it harms your relationships, job, health, or finances. The risk is greater the younger you start marijuana and the more heavily you use it. For instance, the odds of addiction are 1 in 6 if you use pot in your teens. It might be as high as 1 in 2 among those who use it every day.

You could also grow physically dependent on marijuana. Your body could go into withdrawal, leaving you irritable, restless, unable to sleep, and uninterested in eating.

 

It May Impair Your Brain

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Marijuana can make it harder for you to focus, learn, and remember things. This seems to be a short-term effect that lasts for 24 hours or longer after you stop smoking.

But using pot heavily, especially in your teen years, may leave more permanent effects. Imaging tests with some — but not all — adolescents found that marijuana may physically change their brains. Specifically, they had fewer connections in parts of the brain linked to alertness, learning, and memory, and tests show lower IQ scores in some people.

 

Your Lungs May Hurt

How Smoking Marijuana Affects Your Lungs

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Pot smoke can inflame and irritate your lungs. If you use it regularly, you could have the same breathing problems as someone who smokes cigarettes. That could mean ongoing cough with colored mucus. Your lungs may more easily pick up infections. That’s partly because THC seems to weaken some users’ immune systems.

 

Though some might also say, that Marijuana has ZERO deaths recorded directly linked to it. Which is true. Some may also suggest that alcohol is more dangerous. Which may only seem fair to say. But do you really want to take the gamble?

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Also read- Do your dreams have a deeper meaning?

You should also visit- https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/what-are-marijuana-effects

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