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4 Tactics for Improving Punctuality

If you're chronically tardy, then you're probably a bit like the Artful Dodger, mastering ways to sneak past your boss as you roll in late to the office once again.  However, all that sneaking around can be stressful, and it's even more so once your boss, coworkers, spouse, or friends bring your poor punctuality to your attention.  To stop being late, check out our suggestions below:

1. Be Brutally Honest with Yourself.  We tend to underestimate the amount of time certain activities take.  Rather than focusing on the one time you were able to shower and get dressed in just 5 minutes, pay attention to how long things take on a regular basis.  To make this easier, you may want to track the minutes you spend each day doing various activities for an entire week.

2. Prioritize Punctuality.  If being on time is important to you, you'll find a way to do it.  After all, how often do you show up late to job interviews?  Rather than telling yourself that it won't be a big deal if you sneak in late to the office one more day, remind yourself why punctuality is your priority.

3. Set a Timer.  If you've previously determined that it takes you 20 minutes to get ready in the morning, set a timer for that length of time each time you get ready.  By being able to very quickly see how much time you have left on the timer, you won't waste precious minutes by sifting through multiple outfits, for example.

4. Avoid Overcommitment.  If you're frequently late because you're trying to cram as much as possible in your day, it's time to reevaluate your schedule.  Rather than trying to fill your day with as many tasks as possible, we suggest you look over your to-do list and cut out those things that aren't truly important or necessary.

Zzzzz...5 Ways to Get a Good Night's Sleep

Sleep Deficit: The Performance Killer reports that sleep deprivation is associated with slower reaction times, impairment of short-term and long-term memory, inability to focus, and decline in cognitive speed.  As you can see, a lack of sleep can have a detrimental impact on your career performance, so we thought we'd offer you some pointers to help you sleep better:

  1. Set a Sleep Schedule.  Rather than going to bed whenever you feel like it, create a sleep schedule and stick to it, even on the weekends.  Consistency will help to reinforce your body's sleep-wake cycle, reports the Mayo Clinic.

  2. Adopt a Restful State of Mind.  Avoid engaging in activity you find stimulating just before bedtime.  Instead, you might try dimming the lights, reading a book, or taking a bath before turning in for the night.  The more restful your mind is before you lay down to sleep, the more likely you'll drift off quickly.

  3. Exercise but Not Before Bedtime.  Exercising within 4 hours of bedtime will make it more difficult for you to fall asleep.  However, working out earlier in the day —particularly if you do cardio—will improve the length and quality of your sleep, reports Prevention.

  4. Create the Right Environment.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature to sleep in is between 60 and 67 degrees.  Once you've adjusted the temperature, take care of other factors likely to create sleep disturbances, like light and sound.  To block out light, pull your shades down or wear a sleep mask. If sound is an issue, consider ear plugs or a “white noise” machine.

  5. Distract Yourself.  If you suffer from insomnia, don't lay in bed for hours tossing and turning.  Instead, get out of bed and do something else, rather than continuing to try to fall asleep.  For instance, you could read a book or have a small snack.  After 15-20 minutes, return to bed and try to fall asleep again.  While this may sound counterintuitive, individuals who try it report great results.

Stuck in a Rut? Get Inspired with 3 Amazing Reinvention Stories

Have you been feeling meh about life lately?  Do you wish your life was different but don't feel too motivated to do anything about it?  If so, read on to get inspired.  We have 3 amazing stories of reinvention to get you out of your rut:

1. J.K. Rowling

Unless you've been living under a rock, we're sure you're familiar with the Harry Potter series.  However, did you also know the author, J.K. Rowling, experienced significant personal and professional struggles before publishing her first book?  Although Rowling conceived the idea for the Potter books in 1990, she got divorced, experienced depression, and went on welfare before finishing her first book in 1995.  Then, it was rejected by several publishers before being accepted.  Today, she is the world's richest author with a net worth just under $1 billion.

2. Jo Farkas

In her mid-60s, clinical psychologist Jo Farkas decided she wanted to pursue her passion for the arts so she auditioned for a lead role in the musical “Kudzu.”  She got the part and over the next 20 years, went on to have a very successful acting career.  You may have seen her in such films as “My Best Friend's Wedding” and “Meatballs 4.”  She's also appeared on the TV shows, “Weeds” and “Ellen,” proving that no matter how old you are, you're never too old to reinvent yourself!

3. John Corcoran

Unlike the other people we've profiled, John Corcoran isn't a celebrity, but his reinvention is no less inspiring.  Although he was a college graduate and had even been a teacher for years, he was ashamed that he could only read at an elementary school level.  Corcoran had resigned himself to this until the age of 48 when he overheard two women talking about how proud they were that their older brother was learning to read.  Not long afterward, Corcoran walked into a reading clinic.  Within two years, he was reading at a 12th grade level.  Since then, he's written poetry, authored books, and established a tutoring foundation to help others learn to read.

Feeling inspired to reinvent yourself now?  Check out our post, Reinvent Yourself at Any Age.

5 Unusual Labor Day Facts

Wanna wow your friends and family with your knowledge of Labor Day trivia?  Read on to learn some unusual facts about this federal holiday.

  1. Labor Day Was Initially Associated with Unions.  Back in 1882, the unions of NYC decided to hold a celebration for union members and to show support for unions everywhere.  They threw a parade that drew 20,000 attendees, plenty of whom were apparently big beer drinkers.

  2. For Many of Us, Labor Day Means Exactly That.  While we tend to associate picnics and four-day work weeks with Labor Day, that isn’t the case for many Americans.  Retail workers, for instance, tend to work long hours over Labor Day weekend, because that’s when retail stores offer deep discounts.

  3. Labor Day Is the Third Federal Holiday.  When Labor Day was instituted in 1882, workers got little time off.  While today we have 10 federal holidays, there were only two of them back then—Christmas and the 4th of July.  Workers also didn’t get weekends off like we do today.  Instead, they were only guaranteed a day off every other Sunday.

  4. An 84-Hour Work Week Wasn’t Uncommon.  Not only did workers have few federal holidays to look forward to in 1882, but they also had ridiculously long work weeks.  For instance, it wasn’t unusual to work 12-hour days, seven days a week.  Eight-hour work days didn’t become commonplace until the passage of the Adamson Act in 1916 which mandated them.

  5. Labor Day Weekend Is the Most Dangerous Weekend to Travel by Car.  Careful out there, folks.  According to highway accident statistics, the most accidents occur on Labor Day weekend.  It’s surmised that this is because teens and young adults view Labor Day weekend as the last one for partying before heading back to school.

5 Great Reasons to Look for a New Job

Have you been on the fence about finding a new job?  If so, read on. We have some great reasons why finding a new job might be the perfect career decision for you in 2017:

  1. Economics.  Don't go down with a sinking ship!  If you're seeing signs of impending doom at your employer like layoffs and financial losses, consider it time to move on.  Rather than waiting around until you're unemployed, take proactive steps to find a new job in a company that's financially sound.

  2. No Room for Advancement.  Do you work in one of those companies where the only way to move up is to wait for your 40-year-old manager to die?  Rather than secretly wishing for your boss to pass away, begin looking for employment elsewhere. Interestingly enough, lack of career advancement is the most popular reason people change jobs.

  3. Boredom.  While most jobs are boring at times, you should definitely consider leaving your job if boredom is your dominant feeling between the hours of 9-5.  Look for a job that you'll find challenging, but not overwhelming.  That's the type of job that keeps people interested and feeling fulfilled.

  4. Dread.  Does Monday morning fill you with dread?  Do you ever sit in your car and cry before you head into your job?  If so, it's time to find a new job stat!  Rather than continuing to tolerate a job you despise, start looking for something that's going to make you feel happier.  Your personal wellbeing is too important to continue in a job like this one.

  5. Hostile Environment.  Is your boss a yeller?  Do your coworkers take credit for your ideas?  Is your office filled with backstabbers?  Some companies foster toxic cultures.  Instead of remaining in such an unpleasant atmosphere, polish up your resume, start networking, and begin planning your exit strategy.