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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

You never thought your Kindle could explain the Bible to you!





Let's admit it. The Bible, (which is free here) while being an amazing collection of books, is still pretty enigmatic to most of us. There will always be questions and what appear to be contradictions. And scholars will tell you that you must study it, yet those same scholars spend their lifetimes doing so.

But did you know your Kindle can help you? Okay, it won't explain the mystery of the Trinity, or what to do when your faith wavers, but the simple dictionary in your Kindle can do wonders. 
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Free Bible

I've decided to read through the entire Bible, the Contemporary English Version that is free for Kindle. I've done it before, but am doing it again. I'm in Joshua right now. (I'm a slow reader) and in chapter 24, I read this:

'Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve him...'

Okay. I'm reading the Contemporary English Version, and when I read 'fear', I read it in a negative light. Fear isn't something we want to do. 

But try this:

Touch the word 'fear' and its definition will pop up. You may have to touch 'full definition' so if that comes up, do so.
scroll down to read:


Archaic - regard (God) with reverence and awe.

Well! We need not dread God, but rather, we are to revere and be in awe of God. 

Then, further along in Joshua 24, we read "...he is a holy God. He is a jealous God."

Again, a negative sounding word. So touch the word 'jealous', and go to the full definition. 

-fiercely protective and vigilant of one's rights or possessions
Special usage
- (of God) demanding faithfulness and exclusive worship

Take note that the word jealous comes from 'zelosus', a Latin word from which we get 'zealous'. Touch 'zealous'.

It means having great zeal, which means having great energy or enthusiasm in the pursuit of a cause or object.

So, God demands faithfulness and is enthusiastic in protecting us. Pretty good trade off for our faithfulness, I would say. 

What I don't get is why the Contemporary English Version doesn't change those two words that have such negative feelings about them, to something like:

"Now, be in awe of the LORD and revere and serve him..." Joshua 24:1

"...he is a holy God. He is a God who demands faithfulness and exclusive worship and who is enthusiastic in his protection of us."  Joshua 24:19

Hmm. Maybe that's a bit wordy. What do you think?

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At least we have now, at a our fingertips, an opportunity to discover the real meaning of those sentences. 

So, try it today, instead of being turned off by a wording in the Bible, use your Kindle to discover what it really means.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Here is the last in the mini-series on procrastination. It's been very eye-opening, hasn't it? I hope you have learned a few things. I know I have. 
Thank you, Jack, for allowing me to post this series.
For those of you who would like to read more of Jack's writing tips, check out his blog:
https://custom-writing.org/blog/how-to-stop-procrastinating

How to fix procrastination

How to fix procrastination?

Since you’re interested in how to deal with procrastination, you’re not satisfied with your productivity. Maybe you’re stressed because of deadlines or being criticized at work.
We collected some effective tips which will show you how to procrastinate productively:
  • Don’t blame yourself.
Even if you can’t do the work in time—never blame yourself for laziness. Yes, this is a significant problem which you should resolve.
But when you feel guilty, anxious, and useless, you become even less productive and can harm your health.
  • Prioritize your tasks.
If you’re searching for ways how not to procrastinate, you should define the causes of why you put off completing a project.
When you postpone the tasks because of fear, you should make yourself do the most challenging thing first. The reason is—you can spend a long time panicking if you don’t.
As Mark Twain said: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first in the morning.”
But if you’re not stressed about your procrastination—do the small tasks first. It can boost your productivity and make you ready for a big assignment.
  • Organize your workplace.
We often can’t develop effective ways to accomplish the work because we need to organize our workplace including tools, documents, and communication. It’s easy to get distracted when looking for things lost in the chaos of your desk.
By the way, it doesn’t mean you should keep everything in strict order. But arranging your resources so that you can easily find any you need would be a helpful step in overcoming procrastination.
  • Plan every task which makes you procrastinate.
Any large project becomes easier when you divide it into parts. That’s why you should plan every assignment that seems boring and difficult.
Separate a big project into small chunks which can be accomplished in 30 minutes each.
For example, if you need to write a thesis, don’t think about the whole task—today you can research one aspect of the topic, tomorrow you’ll write the introduction, after a month there will be an hour for presentation and so on.
  • Procrastinate usefully.
Turn everything that distracts you into structured procrastination. For example, if you like to watch YouTube videos, choose only those that teach you something new—it can be lectures from top universities or interesting DIYs.
As a result, you’re engaged in self-development every minute you procrastinate.
  • Get the details.
The usual frequent reason why people procrastinate is the lack of instructions. If you don’t know what is expected of you—it’s really difficult to start the work.
People tend to postpone business they don’t understand. When you face a challenging task, the first thing you should do is an analysis of the assignment.
For example, if you need to write an essay, read a useful guide on how to accomplish it. You can find a helpful essay writing guide on our blog.
  • Don’t compare yourself to other people.
There are a number of questions which can trigger your anxiety. One of them is “Why do I procrastinate while my colleges/friends/relatives don’t?”
This is a self-destructive question, so don’t try to speed up your timing because of your colleges or competitors. Improve yourself without comparing.
  • Make a schedule.
Not only is this an excellent way to remember every task of the day, but this is also a tool to beat chronic procrastination.
Schedules motivate you to keep up with your daily routine and tasks at work. Always use checkboxes in your lists. It helps you to reward yourself when you do a great job.
Also, schedules are a lot of fun! On Pinterest, you can find hundreds of weekly planner examples. Create a schedule or choose a planner that is pleasant for you to fill in—be creative with doodles, stickers, and quotes.
  • Take breaks.
There’s a fact about productivity which is familiar to everyone. When you take short breaks during your work, you quicken your pace and improve productivity.
Set the timer to work for 25 minutes, and then have a 5-minute break. Thousands of people use this technique to overcome procrastination and stay motivated during the day.
  • Turn off your devices.
Ever heard of nomophobia? This is a fear which many of us have when the batteries of our smartphones are dead. Do you have this feeling? If you do, it’s a good idea to overcome it.
Social media is the biggest distraction in modern life. Just leave your smartphone in another room or a backpack and count how often you search for your device.
It seems unreal—but the majority of people look for their smartphones 2–3 times during just ten minutes!
To avoid procrastination, turn off your smartphone for at least 2 hours. You’ll see how more productive your work will become.

According to the Dr. Steel’s statistics, 25% of adults experience chronic procrastination. They’re worried about laziness and uselessness, while in reality—there’s nothing wrong with procrastination.
The effects of procrastination on your life are enormous. But nobody should say they’re always negative.
Moreover, there are a minimum of negative effects. Instead, this postponing characterizes you as a creative perfectionist.
The psychology of procrastination isn’t the simplest thing—the first thing you should ask yourself as a procrastinator is “Why do I procrastinate?”
The causes and reasons will advise you what to do with your idleness—is it possible to turn it into an advantage? Or should you search for ways on how to stop procrastinating?
But it doesn’t matter which you choose—never blame yourself and never compare yourself to others.
Self-improvement is a great hobby, and Custom-Writing.com wishes you luck with that!

Thank you for reading this mini series on Procrastination.


Jack Milgram

Author's biography

I have been interested in writing since I made the acquaintance of pen and paper. My first letters were really funny, and my mom still keeps them as mementoes. However, as soon as I learned how to write words, I started forming them into sentences. And do you know what my first sentence said? “I love my words”. It was written so ineptly that it looked more like “I love my weird”. When I was younger and played in a band I also started writing poems, but to be honest, prose is much easier for me and I’m doing much better focusing on exactly that. I started writing, but often left unfinished, many of my essays at school, as well as my researches at college, where I studied psychology and education. I started freelance writing when I was a student. I have never found sitting in an office appealing, and a world traveler is actually my true alter-ego. That is why freelancing was my career solution. And now, here you are, reading my tips and guidance for my favorite occupation while I am actually doing what I love all over the world.

Barbara's note: You can find more of his posts at  https://custom-writing.org/blog/

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Part Three of this mini-series is the most interesting for me. I hope you'll stop by tomorrow to read the final installment.
 
Positive effects of procrastination

Positive effects of procrastination

If you’re a creative person, you can turn many negative situations to your advantage. When we talk about delaying tasks, it’s essential to analyze the reasons.
The causes of procrastination differ a lot.
According to John Perry, there are two primary types:
  • When you delay things intentionally.
  • When you postpone because of fear.
If you’re happy to delay something, and nothing pushes you to procrastination—relax. This is a healthy and normal state.
There are lots of positive effects of procrastination.
Here are the best ones:
  1. Procrastination reduces anxiety.
If you delay important tasks and can’t make yourself accomplish them, probably it is a boring and challenging activity that demands a lot of resources, for example, time.
By delaying such tasks, many people accumulate the energy to boost their productivity and accomplish routine work in the shortest time possible.
By the way:
  1. Procrastination teaches us to be faster.
While you’re asking yourself “Why do I procrastinate?” your task is still waiting, whether it’s a promise to clean the room or a challenging assignment. Instead, you open a browser, searching for answers, scrolling through articles… And then—there are only 5 hours left to complete your thesis!
What will you do? Panic?
Probably. But also, you will find the energy to do the work twice as fast as you could do without this boost of adrenaline.
  1. Procrastination helps you to be creative.
Some people define procrastination as additional time to think about the task and get inspired. And this is true—when you wait before completing a task you develop new ideas for your project.
As a result, you start working full of fresh thoughts and plans which are productive for your job or studies.
  1. Procrastination saves a lot of effort.
You may wonder:
“How can I save effort when a ‘panic monster’ scares me to death?”
Well, imagine you have to write an essay, and there is a deadline to accomplish this task.
At the end of the first week, you realize that the topic is more specific than you thought.
Next, your teacher tells that you don’t need to write 15 pages; 5 would be okay.
And then—wow—your teacher wins the lottery and decides to quit and become an actor!
The best part? You don’t have to write your essay at all.
Who loses? All non-procrastinators, the students with completed essays which were rewritten twice.
If you’re a procrastinator, perhaps you’ve heard the quotation: “Never do today any task that may disappear by tomorrow.”
  1. Procrastination makes your routine tasks easier.
Ever wondered why people procrastinate? Because they don’t want to do some boring or challenging task.
It may seem strange, but when a person tries to escape one task, all others become much more pleasant.
In other words, you’re unusually happy to wash dishes, read an academic book, or go to the store if you do it instead of that enormous challenging task waiting for you.
  1. Procrastination can fix your perfectionism.
Many people who routinely postpone work often call themselves perfectionists. And this fact influences how slowly they complete tasks.
When you procrastinate, you don’t have enough time to polish every detail. In this case, if you learn how to beat procrastination, it doesn’t mean you will spend less time on the work.
Why?
Because your high expectations can interfere with the duration of your work. You’ll take longer to make it perfect.
Procrastination synonyms are different depending on the person—some think about laziness and unproductivity, others associate it with creativity and fresh ideas.
If the previous benefits are familiar to you, and you use procrastination to your advantage, then overcoming procrastination isn’t for you.

Jack Milgram

Author's biography

I have been interested in writing since I made the acquaintance of pen and paper. My first letters were really funny, and my mom still keeps them as mementoes. However, as soon as I learned how to write words, I started forming them into sentences. And do you know what my first sentence said? “I love my words”. It was written so ineptly that it looked more like “I love my weird”. When I was younger and played in a band I also started writing poems, but to be honest, prose is much easier for me and I’m doing much better focusing on exactly that. I started writing, but often left unfinished, many of my essays at school, as well as my researches at college, where I studied psychology and education. I started freelance writing when I was a student. I have never found sitting in an office appealing, and a world traveler is actually my true alter-ego. That is why freelancing was my career solution. And now, here you are, reading my tips and guidance for my favorite occupation while I am actually doing what I love all over the world.

Barbara's note: You can find more of his posts at  https://custom-writing.org/blog/