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5 Habits That Have the Power to Transform the Way You Look

5 Habits That Have the Power to Transform the Way You Look

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Every morning we wake up and look in the mirror as we get ready for whatever life is going to throw at us over the next 24 hours. Are you happy with the image reflected in the mirror? Chances are, if you’re unhappy with your appearance, you’re probably making less than your more attractive coworkers. If that doesn’t aggravate you, consider that depression and anxiety often stem from poor body image.

While it isn’t fair to judge a book by its cover, in the corporate world, we are judged (and compensated) in part, by our appearance.

According to Professor Daniel Hamermesh, “…attractive people are likely to earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average looks.”

If you want to maximize your potential earnings over the course of your lifetime, here are 5 habits you need to adopt right now!

1. Workout for at least 30 minutes a day

Working out before going to work is a great way to boost your mood and energy levels throughout the day. Burning more calories means you can trim body fat and appear more fit. Making fitness a daily habit simply makes common sense; it increases your lifespan, improves your quality of life and improves personal productivity.

2. Wash and moisturize your face daily

Your skin is one of your body’s most sensitive organs. Protecting it with sunblock and minimizing overall sun exposure is a great first step. But, pay special attention to your face. The oils from hair products, harsh chemicals in make-up and the foreign substances transferred from our hands when we touch our face make a relentless attack on our facial skin.

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According to this article by Beauty Mineral, “…chamomile, vitamin E and Dunaliella Salina Algae (from the Dead Sea) help to maintain the skin’s natural moisture balance.”

Smooth, moisturized skin, free from clogged pours and blemishes contributes to a youthful, radiant look that makes a killer first impression.

3. Monitor and correct the bags developing under your eyes

When looking in the mirror, pay close attention to the bags that develop under your eyes. The focal point of your face, especially in a business context, are your eyes. As you discuss projects and meet with clients, your eyes will be in focus. If you have puffy bags under them, you not only look older but potentially unhealthy.

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According to this article by Ronald Gold, “…personal lifestyle habits can prematurely cause under eye baggage.”

This means that both lifestyle choices and age can cause your eyes to puff up. Thankfully there are treatments available to help minimize this problem and help you appear younger and more attractive. But, left unchecked, you might appear subconsciously to the outside world to be too tired to be effective at work.

4. Regularly refresh your wardrobe

You’d be surprised at how many men and women forget to update their attire on a regular basis. It’s understandable. Shopping can be a pain, and it might seem like fashion is changing at a breakneck pace. But, those who can find a way to stay on top of trends and keep their wardrobe fitted well to their body type (something that changes from month to month for most people) will reap the benefits.

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Jewelry isn’t a bad idea either! Choose one item for each outfit that you feel really makes you feel beautiful. This is your power piece. Use it to buttress your confidence and make a statement.

5. Don’t cut corners on hair styling and care!

Almost everyone has hair. It’s something that can either make or break your appearance. If you don’t believe me, look at how many hairstyles Hillary Clinton has tried out during this campaign cycle. It’s clearly a challenge for her to get it just right, and she has the best stylists in the world on immediate speed dial!

Find a style that compliments your face. If you have a wide bone structure, go with volume. If your face is elongated, try and go with a flatter style. Don’t ever cut corners when picking a hair stylist. Spend the extra money and establish a relationship with someone who has a proven eye for style. Supercuts are great for maintenance, but trust a real pro with any major changes or updates.

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I wish we lived in a world that placed more value on intellect, and less value on appearance. Unfortunately, we’re stuck with the world as it is (for now). Don’t let yourself down. Use your intellect to leverage your beauty and earn what you’re truly worth in the office. Sex appeal is power, are you empowering yourself by paying careful attention to your appearance?

Featured photo credit: ciocci via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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