Happy New Year: What Bad Habit Will You Kick In 2016? 48

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The following article is a guest post.

Happy New Year to all! With 2016 officially underway, it is time for the time-honored tradition of making New Year’s Resolutions. Plenty of people will be packing the gyms in order to get into shape and trim weight. How long they stay in that gym is the question. Another common resolution is kicking a bad habit. So whether you want to stop biting your nails or drinking soda, the new year is the perfect catalyst to do so.

For those needing inspiration, here are some ideas.

In 2016, what will be the bad habit you kick?

Phone Use Before Bed.

Phone use right before bed is a pretty common and seemingly harmless act. Just before or even after you switch out the lights, you find yourself making one last run through emails, scrolling through Facebook, or playing a candy related mobile game. The one good thing about this habit, is that it really does not hurt anyone else, except potentially your partner if they would rather not hear the clicking of phone keys before bed.

Despite the harmlessness of this habit, it actually can really affect you in a negative way. The light from your screen can actually hurt your sleep cycle. The light actually creates a biological cue that it is morning. So while you know it is nighttime, your body starts preparing for the morning.

Your body produces a chemical known as melatonin which essentially makes you sleepy. The light from your screen can trick your body, causing it to affect how it produces that melatonin. Thus, you aren’t as sleepy or you may not have as deep of a sleep.

Tip: Charge your phone someplace out of reach of the bed. Instead of leaving it on the nightstand, leave your phone on a dresser that actually makes you get out of bed to reach. That way you are less likely to use it while in bed. You should also leave it screen side down to avoid the light from incoming texts and emails, from disturbing your sleep.

Drinking a Soda/Eating a Dessert with Every Meal.

Another seemingly harmless habit is having a soda or a dessert with every meal. While everyone generally knows that this isn’t the healthiest of habits, it can’t be all bad right? Well, let’s start with the soda. Pop such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, root beer, Mountain Dew, and other are absolutely loaded with sugar. Many of them contain more sugar than desserts. The sweetness is just masked by other flavors and carbonation.

For example, in a single can of Coca-Cola there are 9.33 teaspoons of sugar. Teaspoons are small right? Well, do a trial run. Go to your sugar jar and measure our 9.33 teaspoons of sugar. Now, drink it. Stop! Don’t really drink it. But you get the point.

Desserts on the other hand might actually be less harmful to you than soda, depending on what you are eating for dessert. Triple fudge brownies? Not good. Mixed berries with a dollop of whip cream? Much better.

The point is that desserts can be okay in moderation and with respect to what type of dessert it is. You should not be eating a dessert after every meal.

Holding On To Grudges.

Moving on to a little more serious note, another bad habit you should kick is holding on to grudges. Almost everyone does it at some point. You had an argument with a family member or close friend and you refuse to move past it. Whether this was your fault or the other party wronged you, it is still a bad habit to hold on to a grudge. The reason being is that there simply is not enough time in your life to harbor negative feelings towards someone.

You hear a lot about how a daughter may not have spoken to her mother in ten year or a son has refused to talk to his father in five years. Whatever the situation is, the result tends to be the same. The two parties in question hold on to their grudges until it is too late. The parent passes away or the child has an abrupt death. Now, the living family members are left with lost time with a loved one and no way to apologize.

It is best to apologize and move on if possible. You don’t want to be that person that hasn’t talked to a loved in ten years only to learn that they have passed away. Even without the event of a death, you still lose all those years and potential experiences with that individual. If the issue between family members is severe, seek professional counseling help to mediate the situation. The sooner you are able to move past issues, the happier you will be.

[tweetthis]Staying mad at someone takes a lot more effort than being happy.[/tweetthis]

Netflix and Chill.

Finally, to end on a later note, stop binge watching Netflix. From one Netflix user to another, the addiction is real. It is really hard to hit the pause button when “Making a Murderer” is all that anyone talks about and Netflix autoplays the next episode as soon as one finishes. Try to fight the urge to keep watching. Sitting for ten straight hours watching a TV show is very unhealthy physically, psychologically, and socially. Go outside and enjoy 2016!

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 32

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.