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  • 8 Things Every Person Should Do Before 8 am

    03/19/19 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice, Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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    Early risers are a virtuous people!

    Research suggests that successful people get up and accomplish more in those first few hours of wake time than the rest of us do in an entire day. And the list of famed early risers is long—Apple CEO Tim Cook, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Vanguard chairman Bill McNabb, and Four-Star General Stanley McChrystal, not to mention world-class athletes who squeeze in their workouts before the sun comes up.

    Here are eight things every person should do before 8am.

    Get Enough Sleep

    There’s no point in rising at 5:30am if you didn’t sleep until 2am. Seven to nine hours a night is linked to increased memory, a longer life, better focus, lower stress levels, and decreased risk of depression.

    Give to Your Loved Ones

    Sit down to have breakfast with your kids or leave a note for your spouse as you head out the door. If you start out your day by doing something thoughtful and kind for someone you love, you’ll experience more joy and you’ll probably see that act of love returned.

    Pray and Meditate

    Give thanks for the good things in your life! When you’re grateful for what you have, you change your focus. See the positive in the world and you’ll immediately see opportunity and abundance in front of you.

    Do Something Great

    You’re awake and the rest of the world is still asleep! The world is at your command, so do something brave. Send that email you’ve been hesitant about. Or tackle that one item on your to-do list you’ve been avoiding. Just do it!

    Work Out

    And nothing makes me feel more courageous than a successful workout. Regular exercise boosts your energy, decreases your stress and anxiety, and increases your clarity and creativity. It might be HIIT, weight training, yoga, or a long-distance run, but whatever you do, get your blood flowing!

    Read Something Inspiring

    Pick something motivating or informational and read or listen to it each morning to get your day started. It might be a biography of your hero, a book about psychology you’re interested in, or motivational quotes by successful professionals. You can do it during your commute, while eating breakfast, when you’re out for a jog, or while sitting peacefully.

    Keep a Journal

    Journaling is a great activity to keep you focused. Jot down your hopes and dreams, your to-do list for the day, or a list of your stressors and anxieties. By putting these things into words, you focus your actions for the day.

    Take a Step

    You probably have some long-term goals laid out for your personal life or your career—landing your dream job or buying a new home. Each morning, take just one step toward your big goals and sooner rather than later, you’ll be there! Don’t put it off for tomorrow when you can take care of it right now!

    Build a Flexible Staffing Strategy

    The right staffing strategy can help you seize opportunities and outpace your competitors. And with a national presence and a full complement of talent solutions, the Exact Family of Companies is the perfect partner to support your success in 2019 and beyond.

    Give us a call to discuss your goals – we’ll help you achieve them.

Make Every Morning Great! Adopt These Habits of Successful People

05/23/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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It’s cold. It’s raining. You’re tired. And in 45 minutes, you’re headed into another day of that firestorm/3-ring-circus you call work.

The question is:

Is it going to be a great morning or a fantastic one?

That’s not a misprint; it’s an example of choosing a positive outlook to improve your experience – and it’s just one of the tricks successful people have mastered to make every morning exceptional. If you want to get off to a great start each day, adopt these habits:

Discipline your thinking.

If you expect to have a rotten morning, guess what? You will. But if you expect to have a wonderful morning – despite any challenges work throws your way – guess what? You will! Disciplining yourself to adopt a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity, helps you insulate your mood from what happens around you. It’s not just a saying; attitude IS everything.

Eat well.

Research has shown that consuming the right foods can improve brain power by as much as 20 percent. In this earlier post, we share 4 power foods you should eat in the morning to kickstart your day and supercharge your productivity.

Get moving.

Successful people understand the vital link between exercise and work performance, and research proves there’s a relationship between physical activity and improved cognitive and executive functioning. If you want to be a better leader, manager and person, exercise before starting your workday.

Wake up earlier.

Whether you use the time to share a conversation with a loved one, meditate, cook a nutritious breakfast, plan your day or grab a workout, an extra 30 minutes can dramatically improve your morning routine. Just be careful not to short-change your sleep; every great morning starts with a great night’s sleep.

Practice gratitude.

Gratitude is antithetical to anxiety, anger and fear. And you don’t have to be Tony Robbins or a yogi to realize the benefits of this practice; you just need to take a few moments to reflect:

  • Start a gratitude journal. Each morning, write down one thing for which you’re thankful.
  • Make the first email you send each morning a positive one, thanking a friend, relative or coworker for a kindness.
  • Take a gratitude walk. Get outside (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) and observe what’s around you: the sights, scents and sounds, and even the feel of the wind, snow or rain on your face. Be present in the moment, breathe and give thanks for the promise another day holds.

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6 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine that Will Transform Your Entire Day

05/17/17 3:19 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Good morning! You woke up full of enthusiasm. You were determined to make a productive start and get a ton accomplished by 10:00 a.m.

But then your keys weren’t where you left them.

And a new construction zone made you 15 minutes late to work.

And your Inbox was flooded with emails demanding your attention.

…what was all that about a “good” morning?

Everyone has those occasional days where good intentions quickly evaporate due to circumstances beyond our control. But thankfully, there are many things you can control to ensure you spend your morning hours productively! Today, Exact Staff shares six tweaks to your morning routine that will maximize your energy and focus – and transform your entire day:

Hydrate with lemon water.

Lemon water encourages your gall bladder to release bile into your stomach, kickstarting your metabolism. Lemons are also packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Squeeze the juice of a whole lemon (half a lemon if you’re under 150 lbs.) into a full glass of water, and drink it to fuel a natural physical and mental energy spike in the morning.

Get moving.

As little as 10 minutes of exercise has been proven to release GABA, a neurotransmitter that soothes your brain gives you a more positive mindset and enhances self-control. Add a little physical exertion to your morning routine, and you’ll set a positive tone that lasts all day.

Eat protein.

Your body fasts overnight. Give your brain and muscles the fuel they need to perform by eating a protein-rich breakfast. Healthy options include cottage cheese, eggs, protein shakes, almonds and Greek yogurt.

Spend time with your loved ones.

Carving out a few minutes for those you love in the morning will help you connect emotionally. Even short conversations, if they’re meaningful, can sustain a positive mood for hours.

Skip the screen time.

When you’re checking news and social media, starting text conversations with friends, and reviewing work emails while you should be getting ready, the multi-tasking can backfire. It’s fine to check your phone after breakfast and address urgent issues. But while you’re trying to get ready and get out the door, stay focused on accomplishing your morning routine.

Write down a daily to-do list.

Create a prioritized list of specific tasks you need to accomplish.  Ask yourself, “What activities and priorities have the most heart and meaning for me today?  What do I need to accomplish, to stay on track with my top priorities?” Start with the tasks that are the toughest (but essential to accomplish), and work down to things that would be nice to get done, but aren’t a true priority.

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