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Smash Your Alarm Clock

alarm_clockIt appears that fall is here. The leaves in the trees are starting to change colors in our area of the world. We saw the most beautiful fuchsia a couple of days ago in a tree. No painting could possibly capture it.

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georgeI love the coolness in the air as it hits your face. There’s sort of a crisp, clean smell to it. I love fall!

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marylynnWell, I’m a summer girl. This fall has been particularly cool and damp. It’s been so cloudy that, when you look out the window, it seems more like winter except the leaves are still on the trees.

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georgeI think the coolness of the fall helps me sleep better. Maybe I haven’t evolved enough. My genes date back generations to the time before we had air conditioning!

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marylynnThe season doesn’t much matter to me. I think it’s my parent’s fault. When I was a kid, they made me go to bed early, like around 8:30. My room was in the front of the house where I could hear all the other kids outside still playing. I don’t go to bed early to this day! So I’m not a morning person!

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Here’s our point: sometimes, for some people, waking up is hard to do.

Are you one of those people? When the alarm goes off, would you like to smash it?

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marylynnWhen I did morning radio and I was on the air at 5 a.m., the alarm would go off at 4. I definitely wanted to smash it! It was painful for me getting up at that time of the day. But I know some morning disc jockeys for who it is no problem at all.

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georgeI feel very fortunate. With the work we do now, most of the time there’s no need for an alarm. I find that some days, I wake up incredibly early and then the next day, I’ll sleep a couple of hours more.

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What we’ve been told

Of course, there seem to be some societal expectations about when you should get up. We’ve all heard the ancient proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.”

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george
Who wants to eat worms?

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No less an authority than Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

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marylynnWell, I’m a woman and you’ll hear me roar if I try to get up too early.

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Some people say that if you don’t jump out of bed ready to go, it means you’re not happy with your work.

Maybe it just means you’re not a morning person.

What works for you works

Bigg success is life on your own terms. For some people, that means going to bed early and getting up early. For others, it means staying up late and getting up late.

Do what works for you. You have a certain natural body clock. Get in sync with it for your bigg success. It may mean smashing your alarm clock.

We can hear your objections. Your job – your life – doesn’t allow you to smash your alarm clock.

You may have kids.

Your boss may expect you to be there by a certain time.

You may even be in business for yourself and your clients or your employees need you at a certain time in the morning.

It’s a journey to life on your own terms. Just because you can’t smash your alarm clock right now doesn’t mean you can’t ever do it. Know your terms and work toward them. That’s bigg success!

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Thanks so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time when we’ll talk about finding abundance in a world of scarcity. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Night Moves

moon You’re probably familiar with Bob Seger’s great song. We want to talk about a different kind of night moves today.

We have a friend who has to be to work at 9. He gets up at 5 and makes a full breakfast, irons his clothes, and still has time left over! He doesn’t need our advice today.

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marylynnI’m a night-person by nature. I set the alarm to its max and I even hit snooze a couple of times. So, of course, that leaves me rushing around in the morning.

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georgeIt seemed like whenever I was late for work, I felt like I was behind all day. It reminds me of something my dad used to say, “The faster I go, the behinder I get!”

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But there’s a solution to this problem if you’re not a morning person. Work on your night moves.

Since you have trouble getting to sleep anyway, why not accomplish something in the meantime? Here are eight ways to make the morning better with the moves you make at night:

Set out your clothes for the next day.

Our moms always told we should do this. Of course, they were mostly concerned with clean underwear! Just in case we were in an accident, right? Because that was their biggest concern if that happened!

Prepare tomorrow’s to – do list.

Spend ten minutes or so mapping out the most important things you plan to accomplish tomorrow. Even if you just decide upon the one or two things you will work on when you first get to work, you’ll be off to a great start.

Pack your lunch.

You can have it ready to grab on your way out the door. Not only will it save you time in the morning, you’ll save money and will likely eat healthier too!

Pack your briefcase.

Gather together all the papers, files, and folders you need and put them in your briefcase so you’re ready to go.

Do your hair.

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marylynnAnd time for a “girlie” tip. I have thick hair that takes forever to dry. I rely on my straightener and styling tools for an easy fix in the morning so I can do my hair the night before.

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george
Or you could be like me and just have a receding hairline!

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Establish a sleep time.

Studies have shown that going to bed at the same time every night trains our minds and our bodies that it’s time to rest. To make sure you fall asleep quickly, develop a sleep routine.

Make coffee.

Get a delayed-brew coffee maker so you can get that morning pot ready the night before. Then let the coffee maker do its job. You’ll save time and money by avoiding that stop on the way to work!

Ain’t it funny how the night moves can help you lose the morning blues!

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Thank you so much for stopping by today. Join us next time as we discuss how to “one up” your way through the New Year. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Is Your Schedule Overloaded Like A Dishwasher?

dishwasherSome couples argue about whether the toilet paper should roll over or under. Others squabble about whether toothpaste should be squeezed from the bottom or the middle. We might be unique, but we have a running disagreement about how full the dishwasher should be.

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marylynn If you’re keeping an eye on the news, you see that a lot of large companies are cutting marketing and even customer service. They’re cutting jobs and even entire departments. They’re streamlining.

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georgeAnd Mary-Lynn doesn’t fill it up enough … we spend money we don’t need to because we waste water and electricity.

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marylynn Well, we spend money when we have to wash the dishes again because some of them didn’t get washed in the overload.

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So now you see where we reach an impasse!

More importantly, this whole dishwasher discussion made us think about our schedules.

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marylynn My theory is that if you put too much into your schedule, just like the dishwasher, you can’t get it all done.

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georgeI don’t disagree that you have to be careful about overloading your schedule. I may be guilty at times of doing that, just like I overload the dishwasher according to Mary-Lynn. But you know the old saying – if you want something done, give it to a busy person.

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marylynn It’s the old 80/20 rule – 80 percent of the work gets done in 20 percent of the time. It is true that when you’re super busy, it seems like you are more productive. However, when you get too overloaded, you may not achieve what you set out to do. The result – you get frustrated and discouraged. It can even paralyze you at times.

4 ways to keep from being overloaded

#1 – Plan for reaction time

georgeWhen I first started managing people, I often overbooked myself because I didn’t allow for time to respond to my employees. I’ve seen a lot of first-time managers make this same mistake. The closer you are to the front line, the more important this is. Allow time to react to customers and employees or you’ll find yourself with too much to do in too little time.

#2 – Understand your patterns 

marylynn George is more of a morning person … I’m more of an afternoon person. So we just don’t work together at all! Seriously, plan your schedule so you’re working on your most important activities when you’re at your best.

#3 – Work at human capacity

georgeThis is a tough one. My dad, who’s one of my heroes, always thought he could get done more in a day than he actually could. He taught me well! Make sure you’re not planning ten hours of work if you only have eight hours to do it. Realize that you’re human, too. There will be times when you need to slow down or take a break.

#4 – Sometimes it pays to procrastinate

marylynn A prime example is the post you’re reading. Yesterday, we were trying to get this show done and I just wasn’t feeling well. We felt like if we pressed on, our end product wouldn’t have been as good as what you’re reading now.

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georgeSo we decided to put it off for a day. There was no reason not to … and hopefully, you’ll agree that we did alright!

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marylynn Now if I can just get George to stop loading the dishwasher so full!

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You Will Enjoy Your Vacation if You Know This

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

You probably have a good grasp of your daily pattern. The bigger challenge is understanding your patterns for refreshing yourself, for getting away and recharging.

With vacation season upon us, we thought it would talk about these patterns. Obviously, your ability to fully control how you take time off depends upon your flexibility at work. 


George said that his dad was always looking for a job with two paid vacations a year … six months each!

3 questions to make time off more rewarding

#1 – Do you need a long break or a series of shorter ones?
Some people are so stressed by the time they take a break that a short one just won’t do. They never get past the stress so they can relax and enjoy their time off. If that describes you, then take a long vacation!

Others get more stressed if they’re away from their normal routine too long. They start worrying about getting further and further behind so they don’t relax. If you’re one of these people, take a series of long weekends.

#2 – Do you need a day or two to get back in the swing of things after a break?
Do you need a vacation to recover from your vacation? If so, plan your vacation so you get an extra day or two to “unwind from unwinding”. If that’s not possible, try to schedule your daily routine a little lighter for your first day or two back in “the real world”.

Others get back from vacation, whether long or short, and are immediately ready to jump into daily life again. If that describes you, you can max out your days at your destination.

#3 – Are there certain times of the year when you really need some time off?
Some of us have extremely busy seasons. A break immediately after the season is often the best medicine! You’ll be able to keep pushing, knowing that some needed time off is on the horizon.

Another example is people who live in areas where the winter months are cold, long and dreary. Time away in the sun is just the prescription to cure their winter blues.

“Vacation is what you take when you can’t
take what you’ve been taking any longer”
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Our top 5 signs that you need to take a vacation

#5 – The last time your phone rang at your desk, you picked up your stapler and started talking.

#4 – You’re secretly hoping to get sick so you can take a day off.

#3 – You’ve been at the airport so much, security is greeting you by your first name.

#2 – You had to call your spouse and ask for directions home.

#1 – When you look in the mirror, you realize that you actually look like your passport photo.

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