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The Road to Becoming a Morning Person

Not a lot of people can confidently call themselves true morning persons. In fact, waking up early in the morning is something a lot of us dread doing. Sleeping in sounds just like the perfect idea – but there goes our responsibilities, upcoming deadlines, and other urgent tasks joining in the picture.

The good news is: you can always change your ways. You may not be a natural morning person, but if you begin to change your lifestyle, you can turn into this other person who appreciates waking up early instead.

Becoming a morning person means you’ll become more prepared and on top of your game, not to mention you’re likely ready for whatever comes your way.

1. Follow a bedtime
Following a bedtime is still a good idea even after you’re long done having read bedtime stories for. Accordingly, getting your body acquainted with a bedtime schedule is one way to form healthy sleeping habits. This makes it easier to wake up even in mornings when the sun hasn’t risen fully yet. If you adapt this habit regularly, chances are your body will function as a natural alarm clock!

2. Keep your alarm clock away from bed
The dangers of keeping your alarm clock next to your bed is the temptation of hitting that snooze button to continue sleeping in peace. You may not be in an alert state while doing so, and this might endanger all your important meetings, examinations, and other appointments you have to arrive in time for. If you keep your alarm clock a little further, however, you will be forced to get out of bed just to turn it off.

3. Set an alarm tone
An annoying beep or rising tone may just ruin your mornings. Hearing such a sharp sound first thing in the morning may drive you in your worst mood. In order to avoid waking up on the wrong side of the bed, set your alarm to a music you like. Hearing it in the morning may just allow you to wake up rather calmly. You are also more likely to be in a good mood as well!

4. Open your curtains
One way to let that morning sunshine inside your room is to leave your curtains/blinds open before you sleep. The natural daylight is found to help the brain recognize it is time to wake up in the early morning. If enough daylight finds its way inside your room, perhaps, you may not even need the help of an alarm clock anymore. A sunny room is enough to signal your mind and body that it’s time to rise and shine!


How to Combat Laziness

Some days you just don’t feel motivated to do anything. And it’s not like you’re depressed even, but you just want to sit on your butt and do nothing.

There are things you can do to combat laziness, so read on… if you feel like it.

What’s causing it?

Think about what’s making you lethargic. You must have had a stressful day at the office or maybe there is a task you’re supposed to complete but you don’t know how to begin. Maybe you don’t see the point of taking action at all. Identify the root of the problem, then come up with a solution.

Where is your motivation?

Maybe you loved your job the first few months, but then your boss is demanding more from you everyday. If you feel that your job sucks, think about why you wanted it in the first place. Look at the things that make it enjoyable (besides the salary).

Is it something else?

Lack of motivation could be a sign of another condition. Maybe it’s time to get a check-up. If it’s stress, you shouldn’t ignore it either. Being mentally, emotionally and physically healthy will help you cope better with challenges in life.

Can’t take the pressure?

Sometimes we’re given a challenge that we don’t want. If a project at school seems too daunting, break it up into smaller, easier tasks. If you need to finish a report for work, don’t do everything in one sitting. A few short breaks will help keep you focused.

Maybe you need a push?

You can’t avoid everything unpleasant in life. If you don’t want to complete a task, then slog through it. Push yourself until you’re done and your burden will be lifted. Sometimes a who-cares attitude is better than tormenting yourself about your incompetence.

Perhaps you do need a break?

Take a vacation, try a new hobby or go out with friends. Do something other than what’s causing you to be lazy. But don’t stay on vacation for too long. You need to study or work too. And if you’re too lazy to have fun, start with something simple you can do at home.

Maybe you need to stop having fun?

So maybe you’re too happy with your hobbies and interests that it takes up most of your time. You’re no longer motivated to work, because you ask, what the heck is it for? Well, just think that you need that job to keep having fun. Limit your time watching TV shows for example because if you lose that job, who’s gonna pay the bills?

Why not create a strategy?

Think about your future if you’re always lazy. Keep a list of your goals in life. Then make another list of things you need to do daily. Alternate those tasks with short breaks. If you see that you have a lot of idle time, then list other tasks that will help you achieve your long-term goals.


When the Time is Right…

Tips to Know When is the Right Time to Hire a Professional Painter

Are you a painter? Not the one who dabbles on ceilings the size of Sistine Chapel. Are you interested in sprucing up and improving a room or two? Maybe you have those hidden designs that you’ve been dying to try out on the exterior of your home.

How much space do you have to paint? How many rooms are you planning to fix and redecorate? Do you have the luxury of time to do so? And the most important question that needs to be answered – Do I need to hire a pro to get this home painting job done? These are some of the questions you should answer before deciding to take on a paint job on your own. The decision whether you’ll hire a professional painter for their painting services or not is actually answerable with a help of these questions and the following queries as well.

1. Why are updating your home?

The main motive in having a home updated, whether indoors or outdoors, is usually of aesthetic purposes. So if you’re planning on updating the look and vibe of your house for sales market purposes, then you should engage a house painting service in Singapore create the best possible impression on your potential buyers. Using livelier, contemporary shades of color and showing that your house was redone by a professional painting services provider will definitely give you a plus on the scorecards of the people scrutinizing your property. It wouldn’t also hurt if you check on with your realtor if the home makeover that you’re planning to do would really help in selling your home better and faster.

2. Professional Help or DIY

Watching a lot of home fix-up shows on television might’ve given you the impression that you and your spouse could update your home in just a couple of days. Well, that’s possible if you’re only planning a small house painting project, but it would still be best if you look at your situation.

Breakdown the total job into two parts – labor and materials. Price all the materials and equipment that you’ll need and figure out the worth of the time you’ll spend on the home painting project. How many hours will it take for you to get the job done? Add up everything then create an estimate on the overall of the cost of the project. If the total cost is significantly lower than the price that’ll cost you for getting a Singapore painting services, then doing it yourself might be the best route to take.

3. Planning

Professional painting contractors know that taking on large jobs, such as house painting projects, would require some serious field expertise. There’s just more to applying a new coat of paint than simply painting and scraping. It takes serious and accurate planning before you start dipping your brush to a can of paint. You might end up needing items that will only be used once, while the other materials that you’ll buy might be of use to your future, unrelated projects. The point being, unless you’ve thoroughly mapped out the entire process of doing the project, you might end starting at a disadvantaged point.

Getting a pro contractor in your area in Singapore would definitely come handy in this situations as they are already equipped with the necessary tools, and being a person who’ve done similar projects over and over again and knows all the backwards and forwards of a paint job, you’re rest assured that your home is not just in the good, but in the best hands.

4. Clear Line of Communication

A good painting contractor would keep you posted as the project takes form. Your chosen contractor will oversee the journeyman – the person tasked to supervise the paint job – and a good relationship with your journeyman means that both of you talk regularly. He gives you regular updates on your project and you voice out your opinion about the given updates. Even in paint jobs, a two-way communication is needed to ensure the success of the project.

In searching for your painting contractor, take into account that they have more to give than just painting skills. Find out if they have a valuable customer service and if they can offer a clear line of communication, because this will ensure that you’ll get what you’re actually paying for, and perhaps a little more, like some stroke of genius from folks with painting brushes.


Numbers Behind Self-Conscious Men and Women

 

Everything is made beautiful but in reality, the world is conscious about how it looks. Here in Singapore, men and women are conscious of how they look and how they behave. The society has this idea of what a woman or man should look and how to behave. If you do not follow the norm, you will be branded a deviant and for many, that do not sound good.

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It is normal that you feel moments of self-doubt and insecurity. What is not normal is letting it linger longer thereby destroying your self-confidence. If you just let negative feelings sit for a while, then you have to learn to love yourself a little more.

Everyone’s Self Conscious

In this world, there is a belief that only women are self-conscious that is why they tend to overdo everything just to look good. You have to know that men also feel self-conscious as often as women. It is just that the media does not give attention to it. There is a recent study conducted by the scientific journal – body image.

The study involved more than 12,000 adult men and women. The respondents were given online surveys regarding their personal feelings specifically on body image stressing attention to physical appearance and weight. The results were actually informative and helpful in understanding how men and women see beauty.

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Need to Improve Self-Image

Twenty percent of women and 15% of men respondents reported that they are “extremely dissatisfied” with their weight. In the case of physical appearance, 6% of men and 9% of women respondents said that they are “extremely dissatisfied”. This goes to show that men are also self-conscious about their weight and physical appearance.

On the other side of the coin, 26% of women and 28% of men are “extremely satisfied” with their physical appearance. As for the weight, 20% of women and 24% of men and respondents said that they are “extremely satisfied”. The researchers found an interesting conclusion – people who are dissatisfied have increased neuroticism, more fearful and preoccupied. Satisfied people on the other hand have higher self-esteem and openness.

Voicing Discontent

The study shows that men are also self-conscious like the women it is just that the society gives more attention to women. It would be good if there are further studies like this one in the future. It is clear that regardless of the gender, we all walk through the same path of looking good and feeling comfortable at the same time. Of course, the looks and the weight do not define your character but other people’s perception will influence how you think. So, if it makes you feel better, lose weight or apply something.

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Foolproof Ways to Become a Productive Morning Person

 

Do you have a love-hate relationship with mornings? Yeah, you already know that waking up early can make you more productive and motivated to start the day, which is why successful people wake up before sunrise.

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The problem is that you absolutely hate to get out of the bed earlier than you have to. If you badly wish to get rid of this practice and create a more success-propelling day routine, here are some simple techniques you can do that will make waking up in the morning much easier—and even more fun.

  1. Set your goal for the next morning before going to bed.

You’ll surely have a hard time getting up if your last thought before going to bed is the burden of having to wake up six in the morning. Instead of torturing your mind with negative thinking, find something that will motivate you to get out of the bed easily the next day, such as a hearty breakfast or even a good morning call to your significant other.

  1. Put your alarm clock far away from your bed.

Rather than placing your alarm clock on the side table next to your bed, move it far away from your bed. When the alarm goes off, you’ll be forced to rise and engaged to move. Moving is somehow energizing and helps you gain consciousness when you just woke up from deep sleep.

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  1. Enjoy a protein-rich breakfast.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so if you want a productive morning get a hearty fix before leaving home for work. After sleeping for six straight hours, our blood sugar and metabolism are at their lowest; a protein-rich meal will re-energize the body. A good breakfast should consist of a protein, a fruit and whole grains.

  1. Let the sunlight stream into your room.

A light box, which mimics the sun light, is probably the best fixture you can add in your room to push yourself to get up in the morning. The brain is naturally sensitive to light—the reason why we can’t sleep well in the morning even though we had the toughest day and went to bed past our bedtime the night before. If spending S$60 to S$250 on a light box isn’t an option, place your bed right across the window, so the sunlight can wake you up in the morning.

Hopefully, with these tips, your love-hate relationship with mornings may become an unconditional true love as you find the perfect and the most compatible morning routine for you.

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