To Procrastinate Or Not To Procrastinate?

For Hamlet, the student prince, procrastination is just a curse that befalls students. For many, it rings true because for them, school libraries are just for spacing out, ogling sexy schoolmates, downloading from iTunes, and organizing tonight’s booze party. If Hamlet were alive today, his procrastination woes would have been worse than it was, because he’d spend more time speculating and voicing out his anxieties over Facebook and Twitter.

Professor Piers Steel from Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, and the author of The Procrastination Equation, has done an extensive research on this issue. He found out that 95% of the population procrastinate every now and then. Professor Joseph Ferrari of DePaul University Chicago, writer of Still Procrastinating? The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done, has found that a fifth of the world population can be classified as chronic procrastinators. They complicate — and probably shorten — their lives with unnecessary delay and avoidance of various tasks. Simply looking at these figures gives me the chills.

It is common knowledge that those who procrastinate constantly end up being less wealthy, less healthy, and less happy than those who take action immediately. To make matters worse, our justifications are also untrue. We often say we work best under pressure so we wait for the last possible minute to consummate a task. What a whopper! Time and again, it has been proven that last minute jobs have more mistakes than those done in advance and finished on time. In addition, this behaviour is annoying and inconvenient for others and usually puts us in shameful situations.

People who are in the habit of putting off important decisions are in danger of becoming extinct at work. Extinct, in the sense that their behaviour angers bosses and colleagues, causes floodgates of tears to burst open, and predispose a person to unemployment. In the end, we loathe ourselves when the effects of procrastination catch up with us.

For Piers Steel, human is designed by nature to procrastinate, but he offers a few ways to avoid the pitfalls of this behaviour. First — you can divide the task into small parts and work through them one by one. The other is quite a quick problem solver — offer 50 bucks to a friend and tell him or her that if you don’t finish the task you have started, they can donate it to a political party or endure your hatred. Which one would you prefer?

To procrastinate, or not to procrastinate? Well, it is better to tell Hamlet off and end your procrastinating days once and for all. Unless, of course, you choose to end your procrastination tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year.

Source: BBC News

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The Truth About Dating Younger Men

There a lot of things to think about when it comes to dating outside your decade. Herewith, the good, the bad and the ugly of dating young:

The good
Dating someone younger keeps you young, says Jane Ganahl, former singles columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Plus, there’s that whole sexual-compatibility thing. “If we can believe that nugget that women and men hit their sexual primes at different times, then a 25-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman is the best of all possible worlds,” she says.

The bad

A lack of life experience can be both a blessing and a curse, though. On the one hand, it means your date’s baggage compartment is more likely to be free of ex-wives and kids. On the other, they may still be on close terms with their inner child, a laundry-impaired brat who can’t get enough of video games and/or Family Guy.

The ugly

None of us dates in a vacuum, of course, and remarks by friends and family can have a souring influence on even the sweetest May/December romance. Men have to deal with “vicious” comments, too. And then there’s that whole cougar thing. And let’s not forget nature’s cruelty.

“At the end of the day, the 30-year-old I was dating really wanted to get married and have kids, and I wasn’t interested in that,” says Ganahl, who documented this and other relationships in her memoir, Naked on the Page. “I already had a daughter in college. So that’s another downside. You can’t really ‘work on’ the fact that you’re older.”

The big picture

Dating someone older has its challenges, too. Men raised in a more traditional era can be controlling and/or unwilling to accept independent behavior. And society makes certain assumptions about the older man/younger woman match, too. But despite the issues, there are couples that make it, says Sarah, a 36-year-old reporter from Seattle who’s been married to a man 10 years her junior for the last four years.

Readers, it’s your time to speak out! Do you think relationships between two persons from different generations can actually last? Shout out your thoughts below!

Source: Yahoo News

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