Ways to Avoid the Adrenaline Junky Procrastination Trap

In school, did you wait until the night before final exams to study? Did you put off a 15-page paper until 4 hours before the due date? Do you still need that extra jolt of “get it done now or else” to get started on your projects? If the answer is yes, you may have fallen into one of the top procrastination traps–the Adrenaline Junky trap. Here’s how to climb out.

1. Start early.

Really early. As in ASAP! Is your project due in 3 weeks? Start now. How? Discover new ways to get the job done that don’t rely solely on adrenaline in the following tips.

2. Tap into the Now.

Find out what motivates you right now to get going on the assignment. What pleasure or fun can you get out of getting something started now instead of putting it off?

3. Reward yourself.

Every time you start early, tell your brain that this is a good thing. Splurge on the special at lunch. Go to the gym after work. Celebrate starting now, and continue to celebrate your progress each week.

4. Increase the pain of the last minute.

Did you conveniently forget how much trouble you were in when you and 3 co-workers had to stay overnight at the office to pull off your eleventh-hour project? Tap into the pain and you’ll remember: “The only way I pulled off that last deadline was by downing 6 cups of coffee the night before. Then I suffered from headaches for the next 3 days, did poorly at work, and had to take a sick day to recover.” Is it really worth it?

5. List your stress triggers.

What things trigger stress in you? List them. For each item–for example, giving presentations–list a strategy you can use to deal with the stress in advance. My client Deanna took this approach. Now, whenever she has to prepare a presentation, she obligates herself to update her boss 2 weeks before the speech. This forces her to prepare and do a practice run at that stage. It also lowers her anxiety and reduces the likelihood of her putting the work off until the last minute.

Increase your awareness about what triggers stress for you. From there, you can build strategies to address that stress proactively, so that you won’t have to rely on the last minute to instigate action.

6. Kick the coffee.

If you’re downing 6 cups a day, cut the number in half. Take the edge off. Rely on things such as oxygen to increase your energy. Replace at least one cup of coffee with a brisk 15-minute walk around the block or at your company gym.

7. Meet your need for excitement outside of work.

Do you hunger for adrenaline in your life? If so, find other places to meet your need besides work. Don’t create stress at your job just to get that adrenaline rush. That’s not the place for it.

The world is full of sports and other challenging activities. Find one you like. Try rock climbing, running on the treadmill at your gym or playing video games. Get your high-adrenaline activities done in your leisure time. Then you can feel calmer, more focused and more productive where you need to be–at work.

Break the adrenaline habit once and for all! Use one or more of these 7 tips to help you start projects in advance and turn them in on time. Experience greater ease and productivity as you climb out of this major procrastination trap.

Must Have BMW Performance Upgrades for Speed Junkies

How do you make a fast car go even faster? This is the question countless BMW owners ask themselves once they feel the power of their highly-engineered, performance-driven vehicles in action. So how can you push your BMW to the next level? Fortunately, there are a wide variety of upgrades that can optimize speed and performance and help you get the most from your BMW. Here are just three reasonable, must-haves for BMW speed junkies.

Performance Chips. Aftermarket performance chips replace the factory-installed chip in order to boost power and performance electronically. A chip’s job is to adjust performance parameters, including timing, fuel-to-air ratio, turbo boost, and a performance chip allows you to change these parameters. This can increase your power and torque. A good BMW chip will adjust your air-to-fuel ratios and supply more fuel to the combustion chamber. The result? More power and more speed. You can choose the level of your upgrade, too, to achieve the level of performance you want.

Power Programmers. Power programmers run along the same lines as performance chips and are designed for those who not only want to boost performance, but also have greater control over the quality of their ride. It is an electronic component as well; a microprocessor optimizes the ignition spark advance and fuel maps. This delivers improved horsepower, handling, acceleration, torque, and throttle response.

Power programmers, unlike performance chips, are not permanently installed. You simply plug it into an under-dash OBDII port. It works on an as-needed basis. The results of both performance upgrades are similar, but according to many, you get more control from a power programmer.

Speed De-Limiters. Even the fastest BMWs, like the M3 Coupe, top out because the manufacturer installs a speed governor in the car. While 135mph (155 mph for those with the sport package) is more than enough for most drivers, those who want to kick it up (on a safe, closed track with professional driver only, of course) can try a speed de-limiter. This will eliminate BMW’s factory-installed speed limiter.

The cost of these high-performance upgrades varies,depending on the model and year of your BMW. If you love speed and love pushing a finely engineered vehicle even further, this is additional cost is well worth the value of getting just a little bit more out of your BMW automobile. Of course, don’t take our word for it. Try these upgrades out for yourself and see what we mean!

An Outdoor Junkies’ Guide

There’s no denying that one of the most popular outdoor sports today is scuba diving. With 71% of the world’s surface covered with water, humans have always been curious what lies underneath that blue and pristine water. Today, people no longer need to just imagine the beauty of marine life because scuba diving has made it possible for us to finally explore the depths of the oceans, seas, and lakes.

Although scuba diving has indeed made it possible to discover the splendor of marine life, the sport is still considered as quite dangerous. And that’s the reason why divers (both beginners and pro) should always take precautionary actions in order to avoid accidents and disasters while diving. If you are planning to try scuba diving on your next adventure, here are some tips that will help you make the trip fun and at the same time, safe:

Check Your Equipment

Before diving onto the waters, make sure to check all your equipment first, and in case you felt that something is wrong with them, report right away to your dive master. Another thing to do is check that your tank is about and that the air on it should be 3000 PSI or more. Try also breathing on your regulator and thoroughly inspect your BCD. If you want, you can also bring your own diving accessories such as diving computers or even reactor watches. Lastly, you go diving, always remember to check also your diving buddy’s equipment.

Pay Attention During Dive Briefing

Just because you are already a professional scuba diver doesn’t mean that you are protected against accidents. When you are underneath the water, a lot of things could happen to you, that’s why it is very important that you pay attention to what your diving master discussed prior the activity. Dive briefing is very important because it will help you prepare against unforeseen circumstances when already underwater. During the briefing, the diving master will discuss the dive plan, possible hazards you might encounter and how to address them, and a lot more. So make sure to lend your ears for a while during the dive briefing for you to have a fun and safe scuba diving adventure.

Follow the Rules

Apart from paying attention during the dive briefing and checking your equipment before the dive, you also have to follow some diving rules. Don’t dive alone, don’t drink heavily the night before the dive, and don’t dive when you are not feeling well – these are just some of the rules that you should follow when having a scuba diving adventure.

The Binocular Of The Sports Junkie

Alpen binoculars have a reputation of excellence and high quality monoscopes, binoculars, as well as accessories. I was not surprised when Alpen won twice in the Outdoor Life’s “Great Buy” rating. Alpen Pro series binoculars have a wide variety of models of different sizes with both roof and porro prisms. They also have waterproof, wide-angle, and zoom models. Alpen takes pride with their high quality, multi-coated optics that provides high-resolution and clear images. Maybe you’re thinking that with all these innovations, it will be impossible for you to afford this kind of binoculars. Well, that’s not the case. Though Alpen’s products are highly competitive, they are also very affordable. Alpen’s Pro series are top performers which offer high-class features to meet the needs of ordinary optic users and dedicated sports optics alike. And so, Alpen presents the Alpen Pro 268 10×25 Binoculars.

This binocular is made from high quality multi coated optics with both roof and porro prism that is BAK-4 rated for brighter, clearer, and high-resolution images with wide-angle viewing. It also features rubber armoring for protection and durability; therefore, rendering a shock proof quality. This is one of the main reasons why Alpen proudly provide a lifetime warranty for each of their products.

It also possess soft rubber rain guards and fold-down eyecups that provide comfort during use, especially for individuals wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses. It also includes long eye relief which is mostly incorporated in all Alpen Pro series. Although this binocular weighs 2.00 pounds, its ergonomic design makes it very easy and comfortable to use. This is very important to many sports optic users. Its package comes with a stylish and durable carrying case and a premium extra wide neck strap.