9 things successful people do on Sunday night

Most people do not like Sunday evening. Research shows that 76% of US workers fall into ” Sunday Night Blues”

Even if you love the work and want to devote a lot to it. you will still feel a little confused on Sunday night, and be anxious for the tensions that await you on the first day of the week.

Expert says successful people have a way of coping with depression, by doing useful things on a Sunday night. Here are 9 things you should learn from successful people

1. Plan for fun

“This idea may be the most important advice you need to know”, said Laura Vanderkam author of “What Do Celebrities Do for the Weekend?”. This helps your mind turn to more interesting things than focus on Monday on many crises.

You need to track your emotions and realize when you fall into a depression on Sunday night to immediately pull yourself out of the syndrome. You can arrange some fun activities to avoid leisure and fall into a bad mood. You can watch a light movie, go to the spa, or play sports on Sunday night.

2. Plan for next week

Successful people always have a plan, goals, and deadlines to get things done next week. One way to deal with the stress is to have a specific goal to strive for, focus on work, plan and find yourself dealing with rather than just scaring them.

3. Exercise

Walking, playing tennis, attending gym classes are exciting options. You can also practice yoga at 6 pm, which is a good way for your body to eliminate toxins, increase excretion, relieve the stress of the past week and to focus for a new coming week.

4. Eat well for good health

Eating or drinking something that is both delicious and healthy is a good way to relax. You should not drink alcohol because this drink easily causes you to fall into depression and leave feeling tired in the morning.

Pay close attention to the preparation of food for the weekend, healthy and a combination of healthy herbs.

5. Read books

Successful people are those who read before going to bed. And one of the good things, the easiest way to do them, is to practice reading. Sunday night is a great time to start and practice this habit.

6. Answer the phone, email, message

Sunday is quite free for you to answer or visit friends, relatives – things that during the busy week you can’t perform. However, you should not reply to overly complicated business emails, which make you nervous and lose precious time to relax.

7. Stop working

Career expert Michael Kerr says successful people often have many plans on a Sunday night as long as they do not work. They do not let their mind break into their leisure time, especially on a Sunday night.

Successful people do not choose to work full time, they know how to relax and create a good sleep, as a way to recharge, triggering the best spirit for the new week.

8. Volunteer

A good way to end the weekend is to volunteer. No stress can triumph when you can help those less fortunate. “It’s a way to connect people to each other before each person goes to work separately next week,” Vanderkam wrote.

9. Plan your sleep

Busy people often feel lack of sleep. So, successful people are the ones who know how to free themselves from that discomfort. They will try to relax and go to sleep every night, struggling with “work addiction”.

Sleep experts advise that you need to go to bed on time to ensure a healthy night’s sleep, renew your health and well-being to work more effectively.

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5 Tips for Maintaining A Strong Focus While Reading

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In today’s world, handheld devices, instant messengers and other similar types of distractions, make it very hard to maintain a strong focus while reading.
Now, I know what you are going to say:
 
“But my device is the best thing that’s ever happened to me asides from discovering your super awesome blog posts Joe!!!”
 
Regardless, I urge you to put aside your bias towards my awesomeness, and take the time to take into consideration the following tips. You’ll thank me later.
  1. Turn off the instant messengers, cell phone, and email notifiers.
This is a big one for most of us because we have come to rely so heavily on these services, but they are some of the biggest distractions that exist today. If you are like me, then you probably feel a little mental nudge each time your email notifier or text messaging indicator goes off. The problem with these nudges is that they can cause us to lose the momentum we have built when we are performing the task of reading. It takes our brain a little bit of time to ramp up and zone in on the material we are reading. Every time we receive an interruption, our brain immediately ramps down and needs to ramp back up again. This can cause a number of reading related inefficiencies. Most importantly, it can lower our ability to focus on the information we are trying to retain.
  1. Practice proper posture.
Did you know that it takes more energy to slouch then it does to sit with proper form? When you sit, push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair. Make an adjustment to your chair so that your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are equal or a little lower than your hips. Adjust the back of your chair to about a 100° reclined angle. Make sure that you are also getting proper support for your entire back. Taking these steps will not only improve your ability to focus while you are reading, they will also prevent long term issues related to poor posture.
  1. Clear your mind for 1 minute.
You’ve probably heard about all the benefits you can get from practicing meditation regularly. Ideally we would want to read after a good meditation session because that is when our mind is most likely to be free from mental clutter. Since we don’t always get the luxury of good mediation before reading, we should take about 1 to 2 minutes to relax and release thoughts from our mind before we begin to read. By doing this, you will not only free up unnecessary resources in your brain, you will also be able to comprehend the information you read much better. You will be able to enjoy a higher level of focus when you read.
  1. Read in 50-minute intervals.
Peter Drucker who is my opinion the father of business management, talks about in his book “The Effective Executive”, how 50 minute chunks of time is ideal for focusing on a single task. This is because 50 minutes is the ideal amount of time to focus on one item before we start to require a break. Something happens after we go beyond the 50 minute mark. Our brain starts to become more inefficient. It’s then time for a 10 minute break. After the break, you can focus on reading for another 50 minutes. By using this cycle, not only will you get the most out of reading, you will also be able to train your focus and develop the habit of working at a specific pace.
  1. Read with a Specific Goal in Mind
Don’t mindlessly read things. You should have a specific goal in mind. This will not only improve your focus, but will also help you get through the material more quickly. The more specific your goal is, the easier it will be to concentrate.
As simple as these tips might sound, they can make the world of difference for positively impacting your ability to focus while reading. Practicing these tips will not only improve your reading, they will also help you build better focus involving other areas of your life. Implement these tips regularly to begin forming the habit of improved focus, and you will then be able to comprehend and retain the information you are reading a lot better.
 
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Joseph Rodriguez

Joseph is an Iris instructor based out of Toronto. He loves to share his personal knowledge as an entrepreneur, and credits a lot of his success to speed reading techniques and productivity strategies.