11 ways to stop procrastinating—for good – Big Think

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  • Most of us feel guilty or lazy when we put things off until a later date or time, but procrastination is normal and happens to everyone. The key is not to eliminate the word from your vocabulary, but to find ways to work and rest smarter so that tasks get done.
  • In this video, investor Tim Ferriss, behavioral economist Dan Ariely, health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels, and others share 11 tips for mastering procrastination including focusing on long-term happiness, understanding the differences between inspiration and motivation, trying the Pomodoro technique, and removing the things that are distracting you from the project at hand.
  • One interesting tip shared by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charles Duhigg is to build procrastination into your workflow as a reward. “If you need five minutes every hour to look at tweets or to just surf the internet, you need to schedule that into your schedule.” According to Duhigg, it’s when we try to ignore that urge completely that things fall apart.

Today in History, July 14

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1997 – Four Australians died and 70 were injured when a bridge collapsed at the 15th Maccabiah Games


1544 – England’s King Henry VIII crosses to Calais to join Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in a campaign against France’s King Francis I in Picardy.

1690 – Seven French privateers capture the New England islands of Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.

1789 – Citizens of Paris storm and capture the Bastille prison and release prisoners, marking the start of French Revolution.

1798 – The US Congress passes the Sedition Act, making it a federal crime to publish false, scandalous or malicious writing about the government.

1865 – Edward Whymper leads the first team of climbers to reach the summit of the Matterhorn in the Alps at a height of 4477 metres.

1867 – Explosives manufacturer Alfred Nobel first demonstrates his invention, dynamite, at a quarry in the UK.

1881 – William “Billy the Kid” Bonney, the reputed killer of 27 men, is shot dead aged 21 by Sheriff Pat Garrett in New Mexico.

1918 – The French troop-carrying liner Djemnah is sunk by a German submarine in the Mediterranean. Some 442 people die.

1933 – German political parties other than Nazis are suppressed, and a law is passed that provides for the sterilisation of two million people deemed unfit for reproduction.

1934 – The oil pipeline between Mosul, Iraq, and Tripoli, Lebanon, is opened.

1940 – The Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

1958 – Iraq’s King Feisal and Premier Nuri-Es-Said are assassinated in a Baghdad coup, and King Hussein assumes power as head of the Arab Federation.

1994 – The UN Security Council urges the world to aid the estimated 250,000 Hutu refugees from Rwanda crushed into Goma, Zaire.

1997 – Four Australian athletes die and more than 70 are injured after a temporary bridge collapses during opening ceremonies for the Maccabiah Games near Tel Aviv, Israel.

1998 – Death of Richard McDonald, who pioneered the fast-food concept that evolved into McDonald’s, the world’s largest restaurant chain, aged 89.

1999 – Argentina and the Falkland Islands end a 17-year stand-off, resuming air links severed after the Falklands war.

2002 – A deranged neo-Nazi fires a rifle shot in an attempt to assassinate President Jacques Chirac during France’s Bastille Day parade. The man is quickly subdued and the march continues.

2004 – Prime Minister Tony Blair is cleared of tricking Britain into invading Iraq.

2005 – US scientists announce they have detected a planet outside our solar system with not one, but three suns, a finding that challenges astronomers’ theories of planet formation.

2006 – Jaroslaw Kaczynski is sworn in as Poland’s prime minister by his twin brother, President Lech Kaczynski.

2007 – The Los Angeles archdiocese reaches a $US660 million settlement with more than 500 alleged victims of clergy sex abuse.

2010 – An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared for a year heads back to Tehran, telling Iranian state media he was abducted by CIA agents, but the US says he was a willing defector who changed his mind.

2012 – UN observers investigating a reported mass killing in the Syrian village of Tremish find pools of blood in homes and spent bullets, mortar and artillery shells.

2013 – Mexican marines capture Miguel Trevino Morales, considered the country’s most vicious and violent drug lord, who led the Los Zetas criminal gang.

2014 – Alice Coachman Davis, the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, dies at the age of 90.

2015 – Indonesia slashes its quarterly Australian cattle imports from 250,000 to 50,000, the Abbott government insisting it’s a trade matter but the opposition pointing to the relationship after Jakarta executed two drug smugglers and Canberra turned back asylum seeker boats.

2016 – A 19-tonne cargo truck is deliberately driven into crowds in the French city of Nice by a lone terrorist, killing 86 people and injuring more than 430 others, including three Australians.

2017 – Australia’s dual citizenship parliamentary crisis is sparked when Greens Senator Scott Ludlam announces he is leaving federal parliament after discovering he is a dual citizen of New Zealand.

2018 – Nancy Sinatra, the first wife and childhood sweetheart of Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 101.

2019 – In the longest men’s Wimbledon final ever, Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in four hours and 57 minutes.



Today in history India 14 July | On this day special in history in india

Famous people that have birthdays on this day in history 14 July

1945-Shiv Nadar,Indian billionaire industrialist and philanthropist.

1950-Grandhi Mallikarjuna Rao, mechanical engineer, billionaire industrialist, the founder chairman of GMR Group.

1954-R. Sarathkumar, Indian film actor, politician, journalist and former body builder and former president of the South Indian Film Artistes’ Association.

1954-Tanikella Bharani,Indian film actor, screenwriter, script writer, poet, theatre actor, playwright and director predominant in Telugu cinema.

1958-Shrikant Joshi, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of L&T Realty.

1971-Madhu Sapre, Indian supermodel from Maharashtra.

1971-Pankaj Bhadouria, winner of MasterChef India Season 1.

1976-Vishal Gondal, Indian entrepreneur and angel investor.

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Famous people that had birthdays on this day in history 14 July

1794-Krishnaraja Wadiyar III was the twenty-second maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore.

1854-Mahendranath Gupta was a disciple of Ramakrishna and a great mystic himself.

1856-Gopal Ganesh Agarkar was an Indian social reformer, educationist, and thinker from Maharashtra, India.

1893-Garimella Satyanarayana was a poet and freedom fighter of Andhra Pradesh, India.

1920-Shankarrao Chavan was an Indian politician who served twice as Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1975 until 1977 and from 13 March 1986 .

1936-Upendra Trivedi was an Indian film and stage actor, director and producer who was one of the most prolific actors of Gujarati cinema.

1937-Sudha Shivpuri was an Indian actress who was most famous for her role as Baa in the Hindi TV serial Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.

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Famous people that have death anniversaries on this day in history 14 July

1663-Sivananda Saraswati was a Hindu spiritual teacher and a proponent of Yoga and Vedanta.

1936-Dhan Gopal Mukerji was the first successful Indian man of letters in the United States and won a Newbery Medal in 1928.

1971-Syed Mohammad Hadi was one of the most gifted pioneering athletes of India.

1985-Acharya D P Ghosh was an Indian mathematician, linguist, lawyer, journalist, educationist and statesman.

2008-Y. V. Chandrachud was the 16th Chief Justice of India, serving from 22 February 1978.

Today in history India 14 July – Events that took place on this day in history 14 July

1636-Aurangzeb was appointed the Viceroy of Deccan by his father and Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

1663-Hindu spiritual teacher, Swami Shivanand Saraswati passed away.

1942- British Quit India resolution is passed by the Congress Working Committee.

1992-The Lok Sabha passes a bill seeking to confer on the President the powers of the Legislature of Jammu & Kashmir.

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14 Coronavirus myths busted by science | Live Science

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As the novel coronavirus continues to infect people around the world, news articles and social media posts about the outbreak continue to spread online. Unfortunately, this relentless flood of information can make it difficult to separate fact from fiction — and during a viral outbreak, rumors and misinformation can be dangerous.

Here at Live Science, we’ve compiled a list of the most pervasive myths about the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19, the disease it causes, and explained why these rumors are misleading, or just plain wrong.

Myth: The virus is just a mutated form of the common cold

No, it’s not. Coronavirus is a large family of viruses that includes many different diseases. SARS-CoV-2 does share similarities with other coronaviruses, four of which can cause the common cold. All five viruses have spiky projections on their surfaces and utilize so-called spike proteins to infect host cells. However, the four cold coronaviruses — named 229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1 — all utilize humans as their primary hosts. SARS-CoV-2 shares about 90% of its genetic material with coronaviruses that infect bats, which suggests that the virus originated in bats and later hopped to humans.

Evidence suggests that the virus passed through an intermediate animal before infecting humans. Similarly, the SARS virus jumped from bats to civets (small, nocturnal mammals) on its way into people, whereas MERS infected camels before spreading to humans.

Myth: The virus was probably made in a lab

No evidence suggests that the virus is man-made. SARS-CoV-2 closely resembles two other coronaviruses that have triggered outbreaks in recent decades, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, and all three viruses seem to have originated in bats. In short, the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 fall in line with what we know about other naturally occurring coronaviruses that made the jump from animals to people.

A study published March 17 in the journal Nature Medicine also provided strong evidence against the “engineered in a lab” idea. The study found that a key part of SARS-CoV-2, known as the spike protein, would almost certainly have emerged in nature and not as a lab creation, Live Science previously reported. What’s more, if scientists were trying to use computer models to engineer a deadly virus based on the original SARS virus, they likely would not have chosen the mutations that actually appear in SARS-CoV-2. That’s because computer simulations show that mutations in SARS-CoV-2 don’t seem to work very well at helping the virus bind to human cells, Live Science previously reported. But it turns out, nature is smarter than scientists, and the novel coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better — and completely different— from anything scientists could have predicted or created, the study found.

Myth: Pets can spread the new coronavirus

Although pets may contract COVID-19 in rare cases, there is no evidence they can spread it to people.

There have been a few reports of cats and dogs that became infected with COVID-19 after contact with their sick owner. For example, in April, two pet cats in New York tested positive for COVID-19, and the owner of one of these cats was confirmed to have COVID-19 before the cat showed symptoms, Live Science previously reported.

Even if pets do occasionally become infected, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is no evidence that they are playing a significant role in the spread of the virus. And so far, there have been no confirmed reports of people contracting the disease from pets.

Just in case, the CDC recommends that people with COVID-19 have someone else walk and care for their companion animals while they are sick. And people should always wash their hands after snuggling with animals anyway, as companion pets can spread other diseases to people, according to the CDC.

Myth: Kids can’t catch the coronavirus

Children can definitely catch COVID-19, although reports of serious illness in children are rare.

CDC study of more than 1.3 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. from January through May found that the rate of confirmed infections in children under age 9 was 52 cases per 100,000 people in that population of children; that’s compared with an average of 400 cases (of any age) per 100,000 people in the U.S. population as a whole.

Another CDC study found that among 52,000 reported COVID-19 deaths from February through May, just 16 deaths were reported in people under age 18.

Still, not all children are spared from COVID-19. In rare cases, children with a current or previous COVID-19 infection have developed so-called multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Symptoms of this syndrome can vary, but patients seem to have symptoms similar to those found in two rare conditions: toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, Live Science previously reported. Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening condition that’s caused by toxins produced by certain types of bacteria; Kawasaki disease is a childhood illness that causes inflammation in blood vessel walls, and in serious cases can cause heart damage.

In a study published June 29 in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers described 186 cases of MIS-C in 26 states. Of these, nearly 90% required hospitalization, 80% were admitted to the intensive care unit and 2% died, the authors reported.

Myth: If you have coronavirus, “you’ll know”

No, you won’t. COVID-19 causes a wide range of symptoms, many of which appear in other respiratory illnesses such as the flu and the common cold. Specifically, common symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle or body aches, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting. In severe cases, the disease can progress into a serious pneumonia-like illness — but early on, infected people may show no symptoms at all.

And some people never develop symptoms. Exactly how common asymptomatic cases are is still being determined, although the CDC estimates it may be around 40% of cases.

If you have underlying conditions and milder symptoms of the disease, you should seek medical attention at the nearest hospital, experts told Live Science.

Myth: The coronavirus is less deadly than the flu

Though the death rate for COVID-19 is unclear, almost all credible research suggests it is much higher than that of the seasonal flu, which has a death rate of around 0.1% in the U.S., Live Science previously reported.

Among reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S., about 4% have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. This is what’s known as the case fatality rate, which is determined by dividing the number of deaths by the total number of confirmed cases. But the case fatality rate is limited for a few reasons. First, not everyone with COVID-19 is being diagnosed with the disease — this is in part due to testing limitations in the U.S. and the fact that people who experience mild or moderate symptoms may not seek out testing. As the number of confirmed cases goes up, the fatality rate may decrease.

Many studies estimate that around 0.5% to 1% of people infected with COVID-19 will die from the disease, according to Nature News. Even a death rate around 1% is still 10 times higher than that of the flu.

It’s also important to note that estimates of flu illnesses and deaths from the CDC are just that — estimates (which make certain assumptions) rather than raw numbers. (The CDC does not know the exact number of people who become sick with or die from the flu each year in the U.S. Rather, this number is estimated based on data collected on flu hospitalizations through surveillance in 13 states.) Researchers emphasized this point in a recent paper published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, describing how they found that, in the U.S., there were 20 times more deaths per week from COVID-19 than from the flu in the deadliest week of an average influenza season, Live Science previously reported.

Myth: Vitamin C supplements will stop you from catching COVID-19

Researchers have yet to find any evidence that vitamin C supplements can render people immune to COVID-19 infection. In fact, for most people, taking extra vitamin C does not even ward off the common cold, though it may shorten the duration of a cold if you catch one.

That said, vitamin C serves essential roles in the human body and supports normal immune function. As an antioxidant, the vitamin neutralizes charged particles called free radicals that can damage tissues in the body. It also helps the body synthesize hormones, build collagen and seal off vulnerable connective tissue against pathogens.

So yes, vitamin C should absolutely be included in your daily diet if you want to maintain a healthy immune system. But megadosing on supplements is unlikely to lower your risk of catching COVID-19, and may at most give you a “modest” advantage against the virus, should you become infected. No evidence suggests that other so-called immune-boosting supplements — such as zinc, green tea or echinacea — help to prevent COVID-19, either.

Be wary of products being advertised as treatments or cures for the new coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have already issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent products that promise to cure, treat or prevent the viral infection.

Myth: It’s not safe to receive a package from China

It is safe to receive letters or packages from China, according to the World Health Organization. Previous research has found that coronaviruses don’t survive long on objects such as letters and packages. Based on what we know about similar coronaviruses such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, experts think this new coronavirus likely survives poorly on surfaces.

A past study found that these related coronaviruses can stay on surfaces such as metal, glass or plastic for as long as nine days, according to a study published Feb. 6 in The Journal of Hospital Infection. But the surfaces present in packaging are not ideal for the virus to survive.

For a virus to remain viable, it needs a combination of specific environmental conditions such as temperature, lack of UV exposure and humidity — a combination you won’t get in shipping packages, according to Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, who spoke with Live Science’s sister site Tom’s Hardware.

And so “there is likely very low risk of spread from products or packaging that are shipped over a period of days or weeks at ambient temperatures,” according to the CDC. “Currently, there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods, and there have not been any cases of COVID-19 in the United States associated with imported goods.” Rather, the coronavirus is thought to be most commonly spread through respiratory droplets.

Myth: You can get the coronavirus if you eat at Chinese restaurants in the US

No, you can’t. By that logic, you’d also have to avoid Italian, Korean, Japanese and Iranian restaurants, given that those countries have also been facing an outbreak. The new coronavirus doesn’t just affect people of Chinese descent.

Myth: Drinking bleach or other disinfectants can protect you from COVID-19

You absolutely should not drink bleach or other household disinfectants, and you should also not spray them on your body. These substances are poisonous if ingested, and they can also cause damage to the skin and eyes, according to the World Health Organization.

When ingested, sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) can cause what is called “liquefactive necrosis,” or a process that results in the transformation of tissue into a liquid viscous mass, Live Science previously reported. The bleach can also damage cells as the sodium reacts with proteins and fats in a person’s tissues in a process called saponification (soap), medical doctors reported in 2018 in a publication by the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association.

Alarmingly, nearly 4 in 10 American adults in a recent survey reported engaging in dangerous cleaning practices to prevent COVID-19, such as washing food with bleach, using household disinfecting products on their skin or intentionally inhaling vapors from cleaning products, Live Science previously reported.

Myth: Drinking alcohol and eating garlic can protect you from COVID-19

Consuming certain foods, such as alcohol or garlic, will not protect you from the new coronavirus. Although alcohol-based hand sanitizers work to disinfect your skin, alcohol does not have this effect on your body when it is ingested, according to WHO. Indeed,