Before finding out how you can become a morning person, it’s imperative to have a compelling reason and understand why.
So why should you wake up early?
Dreading mornings, feeling obligated to wake up and other forms of negative energy are destroying all hope of kick-starting your day. Remember starting negative will result in you staying negative throughout the day. This can tarnish your shot at beating the 9-5 grind once and for all.
Alarm Clock? PFT its 2015 you probably have your smartphone release your morning wake up call, commencing the dreaded battle to leave your bed and sheets. Why don’t you skip this step and break the temptation to press snooze by forcing yourself out of bed in order to reach your alarm clock and turn it off. The benefits of getting straight up out of bed and moving around will amaze you.
I personally love taking a morning shower, but lately I have been making myself earn them. Your probably thinking how do I earn a shower, it’s a shower at the end of the day.
It’s easy thanks to my morning rule; if I want to have a shower, I need to break sweat first by doing some form of physical activity.
Exercising in the morning is the greatest way to become an early bird. The benefits of exercising are well known; the release of happy chemicals called endorphins, as well as enhanced decision making and mental and emotional stability. So why would you wait until after work to enjoy such fantastic benefits? The above are all capable of boosting your productivity and mood throughout the workday.
Think about how lethargic and fatigued you feel when forgetting to have even a single sip of water during the day. What’s the difference between this and not drinking throughout an entire nights sleep? Nothing! Just because you’re unconscious doesn’t mean your body isn’t becoming dehydrated.
Start your morning with a cup full of water; this will assist you in battling morning dehydration and shake off that fatigued feeling.
Have a pre bed routine that avoids spending hours in front of screens, especially for those who spend the majority of their day in front of a computer. Studies have shown conclusive evidence that reading from screen’s before bed can actually make it harder to fall asleep, and have a negative impact on our alertness the following day.
There are a heap of alternatives to spending time in front of a computer, TV, tablet and phone before bed. Try reading a book, listening to your favourite music or drinking a chamomile tea.
It’s important you also set a rough bedtime for yourself and to not ignore your body. If you have had an energy-sapping day and feel exhausted don’t ignore your bodies signals, and get to bed a little earlier to compensate.
Try not to slack off too much over the weekend, give yourself that miniature sleep-in you have been longing for. But don’t go to crazy because it will only make it harder come Monday.
We hope these tips can get you up and going a lot easier in the morning, because the early bird catches the worm.
Conducting reference checks should be a non-negotiable step incorporated into every organisations hiring process. It is far too costly for an organisation to allow for a zombie to slip through the cracks, as a result of ignoring the benefits associated with reference checks.
From my own experience I can tell you everything isn’t always as it appears. Despite a candidate looking perfect on paper and in person during the interview stage, there is still value to be derived through independent information only obtainable through reference checks.
Reference checks are a unique opportunity to validate information in regard to a positions key criterion, ensuring a candidate’s perfect fit for a role is in fact reality. It is also an opportune time to clarify any grey areas uncovered during the hiring process. For example, ensuring transparency in regard to a candidate’s reason for leaving a former employer, as well as the length of time a position was held.
One thing all organisation leaders have in common is the desire to attract and retain the highest quality talent. If you are serious about providing this as a hiring manager or recruiter, it is vital you conduct three reference checks per hire.
That may sound like complete and utter nonsense but I assure you, this general rule of thumb is a goldmine. Developing a 360-degree perspective of a candidate can by achieved by conducting a lateral, upper and lower reference check. Based on this notion we are more capable of making informed hiring decisions.
In no way is this process an attempt to scrape up dirt on candidates, it is solely about matching a commitment made to clients and senior management and ensuring diligence. If you aren’t currently conducting thoughtful and attentive reference checks, I hope we have persuaded you on their importance.
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Nowadays you can pretty much get a smart anything, smartphones; smart-cars are on their way and now your very own smart water bottle.
Meet HidrateMe. A smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to track your water intake, and glows to remind you to stay hydrated. We love this initiative, as it seeks to solve a problem that so many people struggle to overcome on a daily basis. We all have super busy lifestyles, making it easy to forget to consume plenty of water, now we have no excuse.
HidrateMe has an extremely sleek, elegant and innovative design, holding 710ml of water and coming in 5 diverse colours.
HidrateMe features a sensor stick that automatically tracks how much water you have consumed throughout the day. This information is easily synchronised with the HidrateMe App, wearable technology and other gadgets via Bluetooth.
This enables for live adjustments to your water intake based on your physical activity information and changes in the weather and altitude. Like that isn’t already cool enough, the App has a Gamification interface displaying how close you’re to your water goal.
So jump on KickStarter and show some support to this awesome Startup. For $45 you can have your very own smart water bottle later this year.
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