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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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