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5 Life Changing Things You Miss Out on After Pressing the Snooze Button

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When was the last time you pressed the snooze button? If it was recent, you’re not alone. Snoozing is a modern-day epidemic. You must always remember the saying “If you snooze, you lose,” because it’s not far from the truth.

As a regular commuter, it never felt natural to hit the snooze button because if I did, I would miss the morning bus. It wasn’t until I enjoyed my sabbatical that I “reinvented” the snooze button on my phone, and I quickly figured out how to find a reason to crawl back into bed. While I’d hardly fall back asleep, even if I did get more sleep, I didn’t feel good about it. 

Here are 5 things you miss out on after pressing the snooze button:

1. Missing out on quality sleep

Regardless of whether you fall back asleep once you hit the snooze button, you miss out on more quality sleep. If you press the snooze button multiple times, you confuse your brain and communicate to your body that you’re going back into rest mode. As a result, you may end up as a zombie when you crawl out of bed. On top of that, snoozing makes you feel guilty.

2. Missing out on quality time for yourself

I often hear from people that reading or journaling would impose a major weight on their agenda, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting up earlier is the best time to immerse yourself into a great book or jot down your ideas on paper.

Here’s a list that you may want to consider as an alternative to snoozing:

  • Exercise: Morning exercise has been shown to improve your sleep during the night. Doing some push-ups for 5 minutes might not seem like a lot, nor is it a vigorous exercise, but it’s more than nothing.
  • Meditation: Many of us would assume that meditation and mindfulness are types of spiritual hocus-pocus. At least that’s what I thought. However, the truth is there are more than 4,000 scientific articles on the science of meditation. Meditation has been linked to improved mental and emotional health, reduced stress, and increased creativity.
  • Journaling: Many successful individuals begin the day with journaling, which helps them to digest the lessons from the previous day, practice gratitude, and maintain focus.
  • Reading: The morning is the best time to read. Even if you just read 5 pages, you’re already ahead of people who chose to snooze. Always remember small things add up and soon you’ll become an avid reader.
  • Checking email: Although checking email in the morning isn’t the best use of your time, it’s way more productive than hitting the snooze button. If you happen to get into your inbox, make sure that you don’t spend too much time on a single message. Just use the 2-minute rule to address your duties: Everything that takes more than two minutes to do is something that might go to your to-do list.

What I’ve learned over the years is that you need to let go of your all-or-nothing mentality. The key is that you always do something. Even if this is a 5-minute exercise or a 5-minute meditation, you move the needle and that’s how you gain momentum. 

“One key to success is to have lunch at the time of day most people have breakfast.” – Robert Brault

3. Missing out on a healthy breakfast

Although there’s some debate on whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, by choosing to snooze, you may end up with an empty stomach. Even worse, you may end up in a fast-food restaurant. Preparing a healthy breakfast takes five to ten minutes. Isn’t it worth the time?

In his book, Atomic Habits, James Clear argues that you make every new habit as effortless as possible. The author introduced his own two-minute rule: “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.” Begin with baby steps and then slowly build up your desired habit. That’s how you carve out some time for your one thing.

4. Missing out on a time to do your ONE Thing

I like the ONE Thing concept published by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan. The idea of identifying the most important thing to do is simple yet so powerful. You block out time for doing your ONE Thing, and you diligently show up every day. The focusing question, as the authors coined it, goes like this: “What’s the ONE Thing I can do today that by doing it everything else will be easier or even unnecessary?”

It’s a universal formula. The 80/20 principle, the Frog analogy proposed by Brian Tracy, the Daily Big Three coined by Michael Hyatt, or the Big Rocks attributed to Stephen Covey, all arrive at the same mantra: Identify your most important projects or goals and then do something every single day to achieve extraordinary results.

The advocates of those principles mostly agree that morning is the best time to do your ONE Thing. There are few, if any, distractions there in the morning and for most people the energy levels are high.

“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln

5. Missing out on a positive psychological benefit

When you hit the snooze button, you’ll tell your brain that you don’t want to embark on your daily journey. It’s something very similar to making your bed. Making your bed in the morning can be a life-changing habit. It pulls you into an upward spiral of small accomplishments. And, you know, big things all begin with baby steps.

Stop pressing the snooze button once and for all

Sleeping feels good and getting up feels bad. Even if you’re lucky enough to get out of bed with the enthusiasm of a child who anticipates Christmas morning, getting up still hurts. Nonetheless, the point is that getting up late and feeling guilty about it is worse. Prioritize having your most important tasks done early in the morning so you set up the day for success. Over time, it becomes addictive.

Here’s a simple trick that may help you get rid of your snoozing habit: put your alarm clock far away from your bed, so that you need to get up and move your body to turn off the alarm. The odds are that it might help you to stop pressing the snooze button once and for all.

Do you have any techniques that help you not press the snooze button and get out of bed when your alarm rings? Share them with us below!

Csaba Vadadi-Fulop is the founder of Productivity95. He is on the mission to demystify productivity and share his journey with those who want to overcome procrastination and break free from mediocrity. Want to do something right now to increase your productivity? Get your free productivity bundle and set up a simple system to stay organized and get more done.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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