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25 Five-Minute Or Less Hairstyles That Will Save You From Busy Mornings

25 Five-Minute Or Less Hairstyles That Will Save You From Busy Mornings

This step-by-step guide to five-minute or less hairstyles can help you make more of your busy mornings.

1. Knot Your Average Pony

 

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     Follow complete instructions here.

    2. Bind Hair With Stylish Scarf

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      Get complete directions here. You can find pretty and affordable scarves on eBay or in your local stores.

      3. Milkmaid Braid

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        Braid two sections of your hair then place your left braid over your head and secure the edge to the right side of your head with bobby pins.  Do the same on your right braid.

        4. Super Long Ponytail

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          Get the secret trick by following the instructions.

          5. Tie Back

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            Part your hair from the center of your forehead. Roll the right section towards the back of your head then secure with bobby pins. Do the same on the left section.

            6. Criss-Cross Bun

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              Roll upper half of your hair into a bun. Divide lower hair into two. Cross the right part under the bun and wrap the hair around it.  Do the same with the left part.

              7. Criss-Cross Half-Up Hair

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                Take the top part of your hair, twist and secure with bobby pins at the top of your head. Take the left section over your ear and pull towards the top of your head and pin in place. Take the right part of your hair and pin it below the left part.

                8. Reverse Crown Braid

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                  Follow these easy instructions here.

                  9. Braid Bun Bang

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                    Leave a small section of your tied hair in the left side. Roll hair into a bun and pin in place. Braid the remaining hair and wrap the braid under the bun and pin.

                     10. Easy Twisty Bun

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                      Tie hair into two pony tails, braid them down to the tips and tie with transparent elastic band. Twist two braids together and secure edges with bobby pins to form a stylish bun.

                      11. Tuck and Cover

                       

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                        Watch the video tutorial for this hairstyle.

                        12. Simple Tie-Back

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                          Part your hair in the center of your forehead, twist each section and pin with pins in triangular position.

                          13. Four-Part Side Pony

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                            The full tutorial is available here.

                            14. Quick and Easy Updo

                             

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                              Braid ponytail and roll into a bun, then pin it. Pull the left section of loose strands towards the back and wrap them under the bun. Do the same on the other side.

                              15. Long Mane Ponytail

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                                See the instructions here.

                                16. Back-Braided Crown

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                                  Braid your hair into two and tie it with an elastic band. Pull the left braid over your head and pin the edge on the other side of your head. Do the same with your other braid.

                                  17. Messy Ponytail

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                                    Follow these step-by-step instructions.

                                    18. Low Knot

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                                      Take two sections of hair and tie them together. Tie again. Tuck one section into the upper part of the knot and the other one under the knot.

                                      19. Twisted Bangs

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                                        Twist a small section of bangs backwards and pin them on the other side of your head. Take another section from directly under the first one, then twist and pin it over the first twist.

                                        20. Flirty Flick

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                                          Take a small section of hair on either side, clamp them with iron plates, glide iron down the hair and twist outward before reaching the ends to create a flick.

                                          21. Pigtails Without A Part

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                                            Read the instructions here.

                                            22. Kinky Hair Solution

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                                              Tutorials are available here.

                                              23. Celebrity-Style Bob

                                                

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                                                Apply leave-in conditioner to hair,  then comb and blow dry it. Brush fringe and apply heat-protectant spray. Flat iron strands with a little bend. Apply styling cream.

                                                24. Loop Ponytail

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                                                  Tieyour hair with elastic band. Insert the tied hair into the space between the head and the elastic band. Pull the tail downwards to tighten the loop.

                                                  25. Elegant Half Pull-Up

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                                                    Back comb the top part of your hair to create volume. Gather hair loosely from the front and sides towards the back of your head and hold in place with bobby pins.

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                                                    The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                                                    The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

                                                    It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

                                                    Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

                                                    “You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

                                                    In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

                                                    New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

                                                    There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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                                                    So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

                                                    What is the productivity paradox?

                                                    There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

                                                    In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

                                                    He wrote in his conclusion:

                                                    “Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

                                                    Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

                                                    How do we measure productivity anyway?

                                                    And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

                                                    In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

                                                    But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

                                                    In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

                                                    But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

                                                    Possible causes of the productivity paradox

                                                    Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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                                                    • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
                                                    • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
                                                    • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
                                                    • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

                                                    There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

                                                    According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

                                                    Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

                                                    The paradox and the recession

                                                    The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

                                                    “Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

                                                    This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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                                                    According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

                                                    Looking forward

                                                    A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

                                                    “Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

                                                    Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

                                                    “Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

                                                    On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

                                                    Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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