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12 Things Anti-Aging Experts Don’t Do: Aging Foods and Habits to Avoid

12 Things Anti-Aging Experts Don’t Do: Aging Foods and Habits to Avoid

We can learn to shave off years (or at least strive to look 10 to 20 years younger) by following some of the tips that anti-aging experts use on themselves, and avoid aging behaviors and habits.

Here’s a list of the aging foods and habits to avoid:

1. They don’t skip the face scrubbing

With all the exfoliation tools on the market today, there’s little reason to walk around with a countenance dulled by layers of dead skin. From $7 tubes of St. Ives scrub to $299 at-home microdermabrasion machines, experts know that fresher layers of dermis can be had at a variety of budgets.

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2. They don’t walk around with yellow teeth

A smile stained golden by nicotine, coffee or other substances isn’t attractive, and for some reason screams, “Old person alert!” Youthful experts invest in whitening toothpaste and pour hydrogen peroxide atop their toothbrushes every day to shine up their teeth. Don’t forget the floss, too. It’ll help your heart.

3. They don’t ignore the scale and chow down on bad foods

Of course, we all have our days when Oreo mint cookies and Lay’s dill potato chips seem like our best friends. But beauty experts don’t live there permanently. Enjoy the junk once and a good while, however, make fruit and veggies your mainstay, in order to help keep your collagen nice and fluffy.

4. They don’t skip “hitting that steel” often

Forget the misconception that strength training will bulk you up to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger during his Pumping Iron days. We’ve all heard the edict that states you lose muscle with age, so it’s important to build your bones and muscles with resistance training.

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5. They don’t keep with the same cardio routine

Yeah, who doesn’t love sweating out the stress via 5K workouts on the elliptical machine or the treadmill? Pundits claim that wandering into a yoga class, too, could help bring new blood and life to our faces in ways that make us appear younger and more relaxed. Hot yoga, here I come!

6. They don’t leave hair on their faces – if they’re of the female persuasion

Women may find their bodies playing strange tricks on them as they age, and one of those tricks might be the appearance of facial hair that they’ve never had before. Whether they use a $2 razor or more expensive facial waxing services or laser hair removal treatments, fountain-of-youth connoisseurs get those moustaches and muttonchops taken care of, already!

7. They don’t ignore the age spots

Liver spots and dark spots left by acne scarring are another telltale aging factor that “professionals of pretty” address, usually by using bleaching creams containing 2% hydroquinone creams – FDA approved, but not without controversy – or those that contain vitamin C or kojic acid.

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8. They don’t neglect the estrogen and testosterone situation

Getting older sometimes means dealing with menopausal symptoms or “low T.” Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, especially after a hysterectomy, or testosterone treatment – but make sure to learn all the risk factors, especially for men who’ve had heart issues.

9. They don’t forget to address their acne

Adult acne can be an annoying problem to encounter, but experts don’t leave their faces in a mess of cystic acne – which can be related to hormonal problems – if they can help it. Consult a dermatologist to determine the root of your acne and the best possible treatment options.

10. They don’t act or dress “old”

Sometimes it’s not a matter of how you look, but how you act that ages you. Pick up on clues by observing how younger people speak and dress to discover what’s actually going on around you. Not that you should start dressing like Nicki Minaj, but at least be in the know enough to know what the word “thot” means.

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11. They don’t judge younger people harshly

Experts remember that they were young and wild once – or perhaps still are and just trying to hide it. Youthful people don’t look down their noses at younger folks as if they are inept and ignorant. Instead, they realize everyone has something to teach them.

12. They don’t surround themselves with strictly people their own age

You can only learn from a variety of people if you’re around folks of many different ages and backgrounds. Experts make strides to go those places where they are likely to meet many kinds of people. Go forth, be fruitful and multiply the young vibes.

Featured photo credit: Bigstockphoto.com/karonbt via bigstockphoto.com

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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