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Lately I find it hard to keep my eyes open while studying, and difficult to stop from yawning in the middle of work. How can a girl concentrate on anything while wishing she was snuggled up in bed falling fast asleep? She can’t! It has become clear that I need more energy, so I decided to do a little research to see what I can do to give myself a boost. Here are some of the best tips I came up with – I guarantee you’ve heard some of these before, but some of them, or the ways some of them are meant to be done, were certainly new to me.

  1. Get Enough Sleep
    We’ve all heard this one. The “you need your rest” mantra we hated as kids, but now miss oh so much. Seriously though, get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. You’d be surprised how much it helps.
  2. Eat Breakfast
    Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Don’t skip it. Even if it’s just grabbing a granola bar as you race out the door, or grabbing an apple or banana from the break room at work. It’ll make a difference to how you get your day going.
  3. Drink Enough Water
    8 glasses a day ladies! 6 of those glasses are supposedly best to drink before 3pm because that’s when your body does most of it’s flushing out of your systems, so re-hydrating will help that process, as well as keep you ready for action AND (this is always a plus) help keep your skin looking great.
  4. Rub/Tug On Your Earlobes
    According to Chinese medicine, stimulating your earlobes also sends stimulation to the rest of your body. It also helps draw blood to your head and gets it flowing. So give your ears a little massage and a few gentle tugs when you’re feeling drowsy.
  5. Stretch
    Sitting around all day is enough to make anyone drowsy. Get up and stretch, let your body get some movement. You’ll notice that you perk up a bit.
  6. Work Out
    Working out releases endorphins, which in turn, release energy into your body. That pumped up feeling you get after working out? That would be those endorphins.
  7. Try Deep Breathing & Meditation
    Deep breathing allows more oxygen to get into your system, giving your body more to work with. Let your stomach inflate as you inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, and deflate as you exhale slowly through your mouth, pushing out the air until you can’t anymore. Meditation and visualization can help bring you to a place where you feel fresher and are ready to tackle anything at hand. Meditation however, does take practice. But don’t give up! I promise you that once you master it, it is well worth it.
  8. Take Power Naps
    No, not hour-long ones. Believe it or not, the perfect power nap lasts only 15-20 minutes. This way, your body only has time to go into the first stage of sleep, rather than going deeper and not having enough time to come out of it properly. Anything over 20 minutes can lead to waking up more exhausted than before. So set that alarm!
  9. Eat Healthy, Balanced Meals
    Making sure to eat healthy and regularly is an important life skill. It helps to nourish your body and get the right nutrients into your system as the day goes on. Choose healthy snacks as well, to ensure that you are getting your energy from the correct places, and also to help you keep up your energy longer.
  10. Play
    Remember how you could run around for hours as a kid? Well that’s because you loved it! Get out daily and play – literally. Do something fun with your kids, your pet, or a friend. Do something you enjoy. Make time for you to have some fun.
  11. Re-evaluate Your Relationships
    Relationships can easily drain you of your energy. If you constantly have to argue with someone, work hard at keeping up a relationship, or give and not get anything back, you need to take a long hard look at those relationships. There’s a fine line between putting in the effort, and being taken advantage of or being worn down. Be careful.
  12. Take Your Vitamins 
    Taking a vitamin supplement can help boost your energy (whether you have a vitamin deficiency or not) and make you healthier overall.

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1. Create routines. Make a habit of, well, sticking to habits. Choose actions like writing emails at a certain time or hitting the gym after work, and try to do them daily. Soon that routine will happen on autopilot.

2. Get enough sleepWhoever coined the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” didn’t have all the facts straight. Not getting enough Zzz’s could hinder productivity at work, so try to get those recommendedseven to nine hours of snooze time [1]!

3. Wake up earlier. If still able to squeeze in enough sleep, try extending the day by getting up an hour earlier — when it’s still quiet and there are fewer distractions.

4. Step away from the inbox. Incoming emails can be a nuisance. Make a habit to only check the inbox at certain times of the day to avoid getting sidetracked with requests and responses.

5. Make a daily to-do list. Stay away from huge to-do lists. Instead, create a daily list of realistic jobs to tackle, like folding laundry, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, or paying the cable bill. Break up big goals into micro-tasks, like going to a yoga class over getting six-pack abs, or writing a page over completing a thesis. Soon, the small things will add up to big accomplishments.

6. Make a to-don’t list: Bad habits are just as significant as good ones. So make a list of things not to do because they make you unproductive. (We’re staring at you, Netflix.)

7. Don’t multitask. Our brains aren’t wired to juggle too much at once, and we can work nearly twice as fast if we do one thing at a time [2]. (And nope, we’re not talking LOST time-travel.) [3]. So remember those childhood manners and finish tasks one at a time.

8. Silence the phone. When it comes to getting stuff done, sometimes silence is key. Turn off the cell phone ringer — that’s what voicemail is for!

9. Take a midday workout break. Can’t fathom cleaning the bathroom? Or having writers’ block? Working out during the day could actually boost productivity, so the time spent exercising could actually help us get more done later [4].

10. Stay healthy. Just like… don’t get sick. (It may be easier said than done.) But health and productivity go hand in hand, so be sure to maintain good health habits, like washing up after hitting the gym [5]!

11. Do those MITs. Nope, this isn’t college talk. MIT stands for most important tasks, and it’s a way to highlight the items that matter most on that to-do list. At the start of each day, write down a few things that must get done.

12. Hit inbox zero. Sort every email once that inbox is open. Respond, file, draft, or delete. Keeping the inbox clean is key to staying organized and on point.

13. Brainstorm. Take some time to sit and get those creative juices flowing. Without distractions, brainstorming may be the way to come up with killer ideas in record time.

14. Keep a pen and pad on hand. Make like Richard Branson and carry something to catch any useful thought that may come to mind. Get really creative and go DIY style.

15. Shut off social media. Sayonara, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Social media can be a huge time-suck. Studies have found that it can take up a significant chunk of time at the office, and may even predict lower grades in school. Let’s unpin that.

16. “Eat the frogs.” We swear it’s a real term. Do the task you’re least looking forward to first to get it out of the way. (No guarantees Prince Charming will emerge.)

17. Slow downRead. This. Slowly. Getting stuff done isn’t always a matter of making it to the finish line first. Take time to reflect, brainstorm, and recharge.

18. Track time. Take a day to record how much time is spent writing emails, reading blogs, texting, etc. We may be surprised at how much time certain activities (ahem, browsing Pinterest) take up every day.

19. Don’t bounce around. Box off a specific amount of time for every task. Assign a chunk of the day for one project, and once that time is up, move on to the next mission.

20. Look back. Schedule some time every week to see what was accomplished and if that schedule needs tweaking for the following week.

21. Tune out. Those headphones will help tune out any distractions. Plus, others may be less likely to interrupt if they see we’re plugged in.

22. Set triggers. Leave reminders around to help remember what needs to get done. Place bills that need to be paid or books to be read out in the open. Stick reminders on the fridge!

23. Eat well. What we scarf down for lunch may do more than satisfy hunger. Certain foods, likesalmon, almonds, and carrots, can give us a much-needed boost of energy. So forgo the take-out and be picky at the cafeteria!

24. De-clutter. Get rid of anything in the way that may cause distractions. Put away the dishes, fold clothes, and get rid of excess papers on the desk.

25. Say no. Don’t stretch yourself too thin — learning to say no keeps us focused and may even ward off sickness.

26. Take a break. Carve out some quality “you” time to keep a balance between the busy world and the rest of the day. 

27. Download help. Still need to get sh!t done? Luckily, there’s an app for that.

Source: http://www.greatist.com/

 

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I found this on a site I browse, and thought it was absolutely delightful. We all need a little bit more fun in our lives, so start with this. Send it to everyone you know, pick things on this list and do them, laugh, smile, enjoy life.

Love, love, love you all. 

  1. Page yourself over the intercom. (Don’t disguise your voice.)
  2. Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Always wear them one day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your boss is a different gender than you are.)
  3. Make up nicknames for all your coworkers and refer to them only by these names. “That’s a good point, Sparky”. “No I’m sorry I’m going to have to disagree with you there, Sport.”
  4. Send email to the rest of the company telling them what you’re doing. For example “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom.”
  5. “Hi-lite” your shoes. Tell people that you haven’t lost your shoes since you did this.
  6. While sitting at your desk, soak your fingers in “Palmolive.”
  7. Put mosquito netting around your cubicle. Play a tape of jungle sounds all day.
  8. Put a chair facing a printer, sit there all day and tell people you’re waiting for your document.
  9. Arrive at a meeting late, say you’re sorry, but you didn’t have time for lunch, and you’re going to be nibbling during the meeting. During the meeting eat 5 entire raw potatoes.
  10. Insist that your e-mail address be: zena_goddess_of_fire@companyname.com or Elvis_the_King@companyname.com
  11. Every time someone asks you to do something, ask him or her if they want fries with that.
  12. Send email to yourself engaging yourself in an intelligent debate about the direction of one of your company’s products. Forward the mail to a co-worker and ask her to settle the disagreement.
  13. Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing.
  14. Put your garbage can on your desk. Label it “IN.”
  15. Determine how many cups of coffee are “too many.”
  16. Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.
  17. Decorate your office with pictures of Cindy Brady and Danny Partridge. Try to pass them off as your children.
  18. For a relaxing break, get away from it all with a mask and snorkel in the fish tank. If no one notices, take out your snorkel and see how many you can catch in your mouth.
  19. Send e-mail messages saying free pizza, free donuts etc… in the lunchroom, when people complain that there was none… Just lean back, pat your stomach, and say, “Oh you’ve got to be faster than that.”
  20. Adjust the tint on your monitor so that the brightness level lights up the entire work area. Insist to others that you like it that way.
  21. Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over his or her caffeine addiction, switch to espresso.
  22. Send e-mail to the rest of the company to tell them what you’re doing. For example, “If anyone needs me, I’ll be in the bathroom, in Stall # 3.”
  23. Reply to everything someone says with, “That’s what you think.”
  24. Finish all your sentences with “in accordance with the prophecy.”
  25. Adjust the tint on your monitor so that the brightness level lights up the entire working area. Insist to others that you like it that way.
  26. In the memo field of all your checks, write ‘for sexual favors’.
  27. Dont use any punctuation
  28. Use, too…much; punctuation!
  29. As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
  30. Ask people what sex they are. Laugh hysterically after they answer.
  31. Specify that your drive-through order is ‘to go’.
  32. Sing along at the opera.
  33. Call the psychic hotline and don’t say anything.
  34. At lunch time, sit in your parked car w/sunglasses on and point a hairdryer at passing cars. See if they slow down.
  35. Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don’t rhyme.
  36. Call 911 and ask if 911 is for emergencies. (warning: you can get arrested for this, but that can be instructive too)
  37. Five days in advance, tell your friends you can’t attend their party because you’re not in the mood.
  38. Have your coworkers address you by your wrestling name, “Rock Hard.”
  39. When the money comes out of the ATM, scream “I Won!”, “I Won!” “3rd time this week!!!”
  40. When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling “Run for your lives, they’re loose!”
  41. Tell your boss, “It’s not the voices in my head that bother me, its the voices in your head that do.”
  42. Tell your children over dinner. “Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go.”
  43. Send this e-mail to everyone in your address book, even if they sent it to you or have asked you not to send them stuff like that.

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This morning on my way to school I was exhausted, to say the least. I needed a boost, some energy, a revival of some sort. But what…? As I drove on I got to thinking and it hit me:

We all have those mornings where we can barely drag ourselves out of bed, or the afternoons where all we want to do is collapse when there is still a million things to be done. And I know that we all have those moments in our lives where we’re feeling down, or tired, or just plain worn out in general. Well I have the perfect pick-me-up for that!

Rules: This can be done alone or with any number of friends or family members – in a car, kitchen, park, room – just about anywhere safe – BUT the key is to ONLY do it in an environment in which YOU are COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE.

Step 1: Find your favorite song.

Step 2: Find a music player of some sort.

Step 3: Turn volume up high – preferably loud enough to where you can’t hear yourself sing, or you can only hear your voice in sync with the singer(s). (This may best be done once the music has started to avoid hurting your ears.

Step 4: Sing your heart out. And I mean it. Sing loud, sing from your stomach, sing with feeling and passion and give it all you’ve got.

Step 5: If you feel like it, dance.

Step 6: Continue to rock out until your mood has improved. :)

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I was scrolling through my dashboard on Tumblr and I came across this: A Motivational Bundle. “How cute,” I thought, “How inspiring! How Perfect!” So I am sharing it with all of you. Make this for all your friends and I’m sure you’ll win the “cutest gift” award of the year.

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With prom coming up here’s a little something for all of you juniors and seniors (or dates of) thinkin’ about going:

From , former About.com Guide

Prom night is one of the most anticipated nights on the teen calendar. Filled with great expectations and grand designs prom very often ends up being more of a let down than a high point. How can you keep your prom night memories from becoming nightmares? We have some important prom saving tips for teens.

Go it alone, in a group or on a date?

The most common reason people have bad prom experiences is due to the company they choose to keep on prom night. While the romance of prom may make it seem like a night for couples, this is not always the best scenario, nor does going as part of a group guarantee a good time. Be smart about who you go with. Volatile relationships, quasi-friendships and dying romances have no place at prom.

Stick to a budget.

Proms are expensive. By the time you have paid for tickets, bought an outfit and arranged transportation you are easily at the hundred dollar mark. Want to pull off a painless and money saving prom night? Try borrowing an outfit from an older friend or parent, going in on a limo with a group and going dutch treat on the tickets. Prom doesn’t have to be an investment in order to be fun!

Play it straight.

Peer pressure and pop culture have many teens believing that prom night and alcohol go hand-in-hand. This is not reality. Most proms are in fact “dry” proms and the best memories are made while sober. Afterall, who wants to spend prom night hanging over a toilet or slepping it off in a corner? Want to guarantee the best prom memories possible? Play it smart and stay straight.

Don’t lose it in the romance.

It is very easy for both girls and guys to get caught up in the romantic whirlwind of prom and think that sex would be an amazing addition to the evening. This is just not realistic. The pressure to have sex on prom night is great but nothing will ruin your prom memories faster than a hasty sexual encounter. Prom night romance and sex are not a package deal – prom is more than a three letter word.

Don’t dream the night away.

While prom is exciting it is really just a big party with fancy clothes. It won’t be much different than any other party you attend throughout the year. You will likely hang with the same crew, talk about the same things and tell the same lame jokes. Don’t expect prom to be a new dawn in your social life or the beginning of a grand love affair – great expectations always end up deflated.

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Posted by: Catherine Strawn Filed in: relationships
11:00AM, Saturday February 20th 2010

quality time with significant otherWith long work hours and busy socialschedules, alone time with a significant other isn’t as easy to come by as most of us would like. But as the saying goes, quality, not quantity, is what’s important. We asked Frisky readers for their advice on making every second count. Keep reading for five tips for bonding with your boo when the clock’s a-ticking.

We always try to go to bed at the same time. That way we can snuggle for a while before we fall asleep, even if that’s only 10 minutes. To be able to just relax together with no outside factors is liberating, and reminds me every day how lucky I am. No matter what time we go to bed, no matter how busy our day is, it’s something we can work in. Sometimes we listen to records, or an iPod hooked up to the speakers as we fall asleep.
 Usually, if we aren’t extra exhausted, this leads to chatting about our day, working out conflicts in our newly soothed state, and just appreciating each other. It also keeps our sex-life fresh, and helps us connect as if we had just fallen in love. Both of us find that cuddling is a huge stress-reliever and if we keep it on the regular, like we do with sex, our overall relationship is healthier and stress-free.

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My boyfriend and I get quite busy, but we are sure to find time together to spend quality time.
 When we first started hanging out, we would often get a little pack of a California roll from a nearby supermarket, bring it back to my place, and watch our favorite show, “30 Rock.” As time went on, we began scheduling these “30 Rock” and sushi nights. It’s just a fun, relaxing night with sushi (albeit, not the best quality but that’s not the point), laughter, PJs, tickle fights, and kisses. Another thing we would do is make up all sorts of stupid kisses. We included more nationalities like German, Polish, and Italian kisses … there are sloppy kisses, tiny kisses, suction kisses. So, I guess my tip is two-fold. Have a special kind of night with PJs and laughter. Those are the best kind of nights to spend quality time together. After you’re tired from laughing so much, you can fall onto your bed with your special someone and doze off. Also, have a silly game like our kissing one. It’s something you share with only your partner, like a cute secret. I believe being silly and goofy with a BF or GF is one great way of becoming closer to them, opening yourself up, and bonding.

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It may seem odd, but we get a lot of quality time during drives to and from the actual romantic destination where we’re meant to spend quality time. That’s why I have started to prefer driving instead of flying lately. We can chat about silly things like celebrity gossip, but we can also get into some pretty deep conversations. Driving back from a little Valentine’s Day getaway, my husband and I discussed our retirement plans and what we each need to do in our respective careers to get to where we would like to be. This is a conversation that requires a few hours, and long drives are a rare respite from emails and even phones if you’re driving through an area where the reception is bad.

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Twice a year, we make each other “relationship flashcards.” We each do it separately and then flip through them together, reliving the things we’ve done in the past six months: the good, the bad, the funny, the ugly and the awkward. Inevitably we have different lists, and we relish the fact that one of us remembered something the other one totally forgot about. We get to have each moment together twice (and the not-so-good moments are 10 times better when we can look back and laugh, even at our explosive fights).

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In the evening, we lay together on the couch and he holds a book or magazine so that we can both read it at the same time. We talk to each other more than if we’re watching TV, and unlike reading while sitting side-by-side, we get to cuddle. Sometimes it’s a short article in a magazine and sometimes it’s a whole chapter of a book, but it’s always a great way to de-stress and relax before bed.

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