Why Morning People Succeed

Laura Vanderkam, author of ebook What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast, says making smart use of the early morning is a practice most highly successful people share.

“Seizing your mornings is the equivalent of that sound financial advice to pay yourself before you pay your bills. If you wait until the end of the month to save what you have left, there will be nothing left over. Likewise, if you wait until the end of the day to do meaningful but not urgent things like exercise, pray, read, ponder how to advance your career or grow your organization, or truly give your family your best, it probably won’t happen,” Vanderkam writes. “If it has to happen, then it has to happen first,” she says.

“Around 10% to 20% of folks are confirmed night owls. Screwing up your schedule is not wise for these folks–and they may have to choose professions and ways of working and ways of dealing with their families accordingly. Everyone else is in the middle–and my thesis is that there are real advantages to training yourself toward the lark side,” she said.

In the book, Vanderkam lays out a five-step process to help you make the change with the minimum of pain:

Track your time: “Part of spending your time better is knowing exactly how you’re spending it now,” writes Vanderkam.

Picture the perfect morning: “Ask yourself what a great morning would look like for you,” suggests Vanderkam.

Think through the logistics: “Map out a morning schedule. What would have to happen to make this schedule work?

Build the habit: “This is the most important step,” writes Vanderkam before explaining how to gradually shift your schedule, noting and rewarding small wins along the way.

Tune up as necessary: “Life changes. Rituals can change, too.”

How about you, what is your morning ritual? Tell us how these rituals help get you through your day!

Source: Yahoo News

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The Right Way Of Complimenting Your Guy

Everyone loves a good compliment — even men. With the help of two degreed relationship experts, we’ve come up with a solid list of do’s and don’ts to remember when sending some flattery a man’s way:

DON’T be impressed by his job, but DO notice how well he does it

While you might think drooling over his job title or salary is a great way to make a man feel worthwhile, letting him know that you’re a fan of how well he does at his chosen profession is a better way of showing interest in his career.

DON’T say that you like his shirt; DO say how handsome he looks wearing it

“‘That’s a great shirt’ says nothing about how the person making the compliment feels. ‘I like how handsome you look in that shirt/suit/uniform,’ on the other hand, makes the compliment more personal and meaningful.” And remember, complimenting him when he is wearing something you love is the first step in getting him to toss those not-so-nice clothes you hate.

DO tell him when you like his friends

Let him know that you see what makes these friendships important to him. And remember to compliment him in front of his friends, because it will emphasize the fact that you only have eyes for him. Plus, it’ll give those buddies of his plenty of reasons to wish they had a partner like you.

DO praise his manners

Say, ‘When you pulled out the chair for me at dinner, I felt really special. Thank you.” Before you know it, he’ll be opening doors for you left and right. But all joking aside, you’ll make him feel like a debonair gentleman, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that… right, ladies?

Do you know of other effective ways to compliment your guy? Share your ideas and experience with us!

Source: Yahoo News

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