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Here’s how Consumers Rank the Top 6 Fast Food Restaurants in the US

Here’s how Consumers Rank the Top 6 Fast Food Restaurants in the US

Fast foods are often criticized for their association with overweight and obesity. However, for many people living in the United States, fast-food restaurants are heaven-sent, because people are always on the go.

As a result of this debate, many people love these types of restaurants, while others do not enjoy them. Without further ado, I’m going to share some information about six of the most popular fast-food restaurants. I looked through many reviews, and here’s how reviewers rank six of the top fast food restaurants today. Let’s count down from number six to number one.

Let’s go!

6- Chick-Fil-A

This franchise can be found in 1,950 locations and is still expanding. Chick-Fil-A is known for its boneless chicken sandwich and its waffle fries.

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Chick-Fil-A is also known for the religious beliefs of the company’s founder and leadership; some of their religious views have been very controversial in the media, and the restaurants don’t operate on Sundays. Nonetheless, when discussing chains with free food giveaways, you can’t fail to mention this restaurant.

5- Taco Bell

This fast-food restaurant is very popular because it’s one of the most widespread Mexican fast-food restaurants in the United States. One thing I have observed is that Taco Bell foods aren’t consumed only by Mexicans or those with a Mexican background. Many American people of all backgrounds enjoy Taco Bell as well.

As a way to make their customer service even better, Taco Bell is now teaming up with DoorDash to allow customers to get their food delivered right to their doors. I think it’s great that they’re taking the initiative to make customers happy.

4- Wendy’s

This fast-food chain was founded by Dave Thomas in Ohio in 1969. It didn’t take long for the founder to launch a second restaurant in Columbus, Ohio.

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Today, Wendy’s still provides its old-fashioned style burgers that many people like to eat, and sales are still going strong. That success can be observed in the company’s third-quarter report for 2016. “Our solid third-quarter results demonstrate the positive benefits of our brand transformation efforts,” reports their president and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor.

3- Burger King

Anytime someone talks about fast food, Burger King is very likely to be mentioned. These restaurants offer a wide variety of foods to choose from, which makes them very popular. This franchise is scattered around the world and has become a well-recognized brand worldwide.

As the statistics site Statista states, “There were 52 company-owned Burger King restaurants and 14,320 franchised Burger King restaurants worldwide in 2014.”

2- Subway

Subway is one of the fast-food restaurant chains that is best known for its fresh foods. Many customers believe that Subway’s offerings are less unhealthy than other fast foods. In fact, some people even claim that Subway’s foods are very effective for weight loss.

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Since no real study has ever been done, I can’t tell you whether or not it’s true. However, they do serve fresh food, including fresh vegetables.

1- McDonald’s

You might be wondering why McDonald’s is ranked number one while Burger King is ranked third on this list.

According to many reviews written by people who like to eat from both of these chains, McDonald’s makes better food than its competitor, Burger King. While many of you might think otherwise, as of today, that’s what the majority of reviewers on some sites claim. Feel free to give your thoughts in the comment section below.

The best thing most fast-food restaurants have in common

Although some fast-food restaurants do not have a drive-through in all their locations, drive-throughs are one of the best features of a typical fast-food restaurant. Being able to pick up your food while you’re still behind the wheel makes the exchange faster and more convenient.

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Even if you don’t own a car, you can still buy food from a drive-through pickup window. While some taxi drivers may not allow it, most Uber drivers would be happy to pass through a drive-through with you. As an Uber rider, you actually have a lot of control.  Not having a car shouldn’t stop you from buying food from a fast food restaurant’s drive-through.

Conclusion

Fast-food restaurants play a huge role in many people’s lives. If you aren’t a fan, I can’t blame you, but if you eat fast food every day, I can’t blame you either. For some people, it’s controversial whether or not fast food restaurants should even be allowed to function.

It’s unfortunate that obesity is becoming an even bigger problem in our world while we can’t afford to ban fast-food restaurants. My advice to you is to consume fast foods only in moderation. Their ingredients aren’t very healthy, as you probably already know.

Featured photo credit: Ron McDiarmid via myhealthylivingcoach.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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