Your Weekend Has 60 Hours–Here’s How To Wring The Most Out Of Them

Weekends always seem to go quickly, but they’re longer than we think. There are 60 hours between that 6 p.m. Friday beer and that 6 a.m. Monday alarm clock. Even if you sleep for 24 of those hours, that leaves 36 waking ones. That’s plenty of time for fun, relaxation and more importantly, recharging the batteries. In our competitive world, successful people know that great weekends are the secret to workday success. You want weekends that leave you refreshed, not exhausted or disappointed, so you can hit Monday ready to go.

Here are 10 tips for making the most of your days off:

1. Do make a plan. We’re all busy. When we hit the weekend, we think we want to do “nothing.” But it’s impossible to truly do nothing. Instead, you’ll do unconsciously chosen somethings, and you’ll hit Sunday wondering where the time went. As children staring at wrapped Christmas presents know, anticipation accounts for much of the pleasure we derive from any experience. So make a plan for how you want to spend the weekend and–even if all goes wrong in the moment–you’ll still derive pleasure from anticipating your fun.

2. Don’t fill every minute. Just because you’ve got a plan doesn’t mean the weekends need to look like your weekdays, scheduled in 15-minute increments. Three to five “anchor” events–things you look forward to–can make for an excellent weekend. Go for a run, volunteer at a local food bank, and have dinner with friends and you’ll have done plenty.

3. Do stretch yourself occasionally. Weekends are great for exploring. Make a bucket list of activities you’d like to try within a two-hour radius of your house. Maybe it’s biking along the boardwalk. Maybe it’s camping in a nearby park. Whatever it is, remember that life can’t just happen on vacations, so invite in some serendipity.

4. Don’t forget to exercise. One famous study of Texas women’s days found that–after sex, eating, and relaxing–they were happiest when exercising, socializing, and engaging in spiritual activities. Why not aim for anchor events in all three categories?

5. Do schedule downtime. In our distracted world, we have a tendency to putter around the house, turn on the TV, check email and otherwise fill time with things that don’t really relax us. If you want to take a nap on Sunday afternoon, figure out when that’s going to happen, if there are any logistical issues you need to solve, and then commit to doing it.

6. Don’t give in to the Sunday-night blues. Even if you like your job, it’s easy to feel weary by Sunday afternoon as you think about the next morning’s commute. One way around that? Schedule something fun for Sunday night. Knowing you’ve got a potluck dinner or a massage session coming up extends the weekend by keeping your mind focused on the fun to come.

7. Do make the most of other people’s schedules. Read a novel instead of checking your email while waiting to pick up your 8-year-old at swim practice. If your spouse has a time-consuming hobby–like one that requires you to supply sports drinks at the 10-mile mark on her long run–make sure to combine it with something fun for you (catching a movie at a nearby theater?).

8. Don’t do too many chores. Chores expand to fill the available space. If you do them on weekdays, you’ll spend less time doing chores simply because you have less time. Better to spend your weekends checking out a new neighborhood cafe than chained to the washing machine.

9. Do spend some time planning your week. On Sunday night, or some other quiet time, glance at your calendar, and set goals for what you’d like to accomplish in your professional and personal life over the next 168 hours. Schedule these high-value activities in. Once Monday morning hits, you’re in a firefight. So figure out how you’ll advance your troops, rather than just hunkering down.

10. Don’t work every minute. Sure, successful people work a bit on weekends, but they know that weekends are mostly about giving the brain a break. Even if you’re not religious, challenge yourself to keep a Sabbath of sorts: one 24-hour period where you don’t do any of your usual work. You may find yourself so relaxed you’ll look forward to Monday.


20 Interesting Facts About Love

Love is pure, love is painful, love is sweet, and love is dreadful. True love is overwhelming. Our lives depend on it and it often seems like our planet would stop spinning if love didn’t exist. Endless love is something we strive for and something we mourn the loss of.

A lovesick panda once said this love quote “if you’ve never been hurt, you’re either very lucky or very lonely.”

We understand the poetry of the heart, but over the courses of our lives, we tend to demystify this precious feeling more and more. We learn about biological processes that cause specific reactions; we learn about cultural influences on how we behave and think about love; we learn about the psychological facts about love and physiological processes that get us falling in love for someone.

And as soon as we think there’s no more place for romance in a world explained by science, we fall in love, or simply look into the eyes of our beloved, and all of that knowledge is pushed to the back of our minds. In the end, the feeling itself is what matters most.

Let us present you with some interesting theories and love facts that will explain much about this all-absorbing phenomenon without dispelling its romance and poetry.

1. Monogamous Relationships Exist Throughout The Animal Kingdom

Image credits: Vesna ZivcicEssjayNZ

Even though we often think of ourselves as a faithful species, we’re not the only one in the animal kingdom. Wolves, swans, gibbons, black vultures, albatrosses and even termites are just a few of those animals that find a mate for a lifetime.

2. It only takes up to 4 minutes to decide whether you like someone or not

Image credits: Kristina Фотограф в Мексике

If you want to make a good impression on someone, you’ve only got about 4 minutes to do it. It is believed that it has far more to do with your body language, tone and speed of your voice rather than exactly what you say.

3. When Two Lovers Gaze At Each Others’ Eyes, Their Heart Rates Synchronize

Image credits: Alexander Khokhlov

Some extraordinary research has found that couples who are in love and bond in a romantic relationship synchronize their heart rates after gazing into each others’ eyes for three minutes.


How to Hand Wash Dishes

Here's an easy step by step guide to how to hand wash dishes along with a lot of helpful tips to reduce how many dishes you have to wash and make dish washing easier.

How to Hand Wash Dishes

I recently read about a woman who was tearing her hair out because she was so overwhelmed with piles of dirty dishes. Even though she would wash them several times a day, there always seemed to be an endless pile of them from snacks and things, so she came up with a plan. She decided to pack away all of her dishes and gave one plate, one bowl and one glass to each member of the family. Then, all each person had to be responsible for the washing of that dish.

You can assign each person a certain color dish or something like that. That mom said that, the first day or two, some of the members left oatmeal in theirs and she had fun watching them trying to get the dried on oatmeal off so that their bowl was ready for the meal.

This may not be something that you want to do all the time but it might be good to try it for a couple of weeks or at least long enough to get your family to start rinsing their dirty dishes off when they are done with them. You might even get them to put their dirty dishes in the dishwasher or stack them nicely in the sink.

Here’s another way to save on dishes, especially dirty glasses: I would keep a small jug of water in the fridge that my kids could drink straight out of. Each had his own special jug and would just stick it back in the fridge after drinking from it. When their jugs were empty, they would fill it themselves.

Even with all the little tricks moms will try, there still will be a certain amount of dishes to be done. Not all of them can be put in a dishwasher and at times you may have to do without one. Most important of all, washing dishes is a skill you and your children both need to know. Here are the basic steps to hand washing dishes.

By the way, Dining on a Dime isn’t just a cookbook. It includes a big section with many more good cleaning tips and ideas.


The Beauty of Country Living

This beautiful scenery is what comes to mind when you think of Country Living.  Country Living has always been attractive because of this picturesque landscape.  Imagine, waking up to a background worthy of a painting in any grand museum in the world.  But aside from being pleasant to the eyes, country living is actually beneficial for you.




Country living is defined by majestic trees and stunning greeneries.  As such, the quality of the air is much better in the countryside.  Cleaner air provides multitude of benefits for the body.  The primary benefit of cleaner air, as we are all aware of, is a healthier respiratory system.  Clean air alleviates allergic and asthma symptoms.  But more importantly, it allows you to just breathe easier everyday.

Pollution has also increased the risk for triggering a heart attack.  It also affects the circulation that may lead to abnormal heart rhythms or high blood pressure.  Therefore, better air quality is actually also good for the heart.


Aside from the benefits of physical health, the nature environment has also proven to lower stress.  Greens, even if exposed for only for a short period of time, have shown positive results for mood restoration, as well as focus improvement. Therefore, the country lifeallows you to recuperate better after a long and hard day, and lets you tackle issues the following day with a rested mind.

Studies have also shown that living in a community with high density of green spaces lowers the likelihood of mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety.  Moreover, it also shows that memory improved, and happiness also increased when living in such an environment.


More importantly, lush greeneries provide you with the much-coveted inner peace. This tranquility is the immeasurable value that living in the country offers.  Inner Peace brings about greater enlightenment, and ultimately, long-lasting happiness.


Though living in the country has been the dream for most, it has always felt more like an impossible dream.  If you have lived in the urban jungle for most of your life, your primary fear is usually the lack of availability of the comforts and conveniences that the city provides.  Another concern may be that you do not want to leave behind the career that you worked hard for.

Brittany Corporation, a premier developer of luxury homes in the Philippines, successfully blended country living in an urban environment with Augusta located in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.  Augusta is a sophisticated American-inspired neighborhood set in gracious greeneries – allowing you to experience country living just an hour away from Metro Manila.  This luxurious property is surrounded by modern necessities such as malls and restaurants.  However, once you enter the stylish and  exclusive gates, you are transported to a whole new world of elegant serenity.


10 Reasons Why Organizing Everything is Important

Organizing is a process of arranging things and keeping them into order. It is a part of life and can be performed at all levels. Right from your small wallet to your big family, everything needs to be organized. Imagine a house which is full of clutter and has very few necessary things or a closet with things falling from it or a messed up space where you can’t find your phone. The thought itself causes frustration and stress.  You may not realize it, but a messy and cluttered home can have a negative impact on your goals and sense of empowerment. Everywhere you look, you see a situation that doesn’t ‘sit right’ within you. With a little effort, your home could be another stress management tool at your disposal. Here are 10 reasons why organizing your stuffs is important:

 10. Effective Time Management

Organizing may seem to be a time-consuming task initially but in the long run, taking out the time to organize can help you save a lot of time. Working around clutter and looking for something in a messed up room, which is full of stuff can seriously hinder your productivity. A messy, disorganized home can cost you more than just your inner peace. If you don’t have a ‘home’ for all of your belongings, you spend more time trying to put things away when you’re cleaning up, and waste time looking for items when you need them.  The best tip for organizing is to make sure that there is a proper defined place for everything and the things are kept back to where it belongs to once the work is done. So, next time when you need something, you won’t have to look in a cluttered room. Trying to locate something in a messed up and cluttered area is exactly similar to finding a needle in a haystack.


7 Benefits of Being a Flight Attendant

Thinking of becoming a flight attendant? Curious what the flight attendant benefits are? I previously worked as a flight attendant and it was one of the best jobs I ever had.

There are a ton of benefits to being a flight attendant. Everyone knows that when you are a flight attendant you can fly for free, but there are a number of other benefits of being a flight attendant that should make you consider this as a career choice.

Wondering how to get hired as a flight attendant? Read our best tips for getting hired as a flight attendant >> 7 Tips to Becoming a Flight Attendant

Benefits of Being a Flight Attendant

1. You aren’t the only one who gets to fly for free!

Benefits of being a flight attendant.

Most airline flight attendant benefits are probably better than you think. Most people realize they could fly for free, but they don’t realize that most airlines extend these benefits to spouses/significant others, dependents, and even parents.

When I worked for an airline my parents used the flight benefits way more than I ever did. Lots of airlines even give employees a few “buddy passes” a year so they can get their friends on a couple flights as well.

You only get on the flight if there is an open seat, but with careful planning you can still get on.

2. You get benefits other airlines as well

The perks of being a flight attendant keep getting better! Airlines typically have agreements where they trade benefits between their employees and beneficiaries. I flew completely for free on my airline, but had access to fly 100 others.

When I flew on my airline it was completely free, but when I flew the I had to pay a small fee, generally described as the taxes on the route. Typically the fee for me to fly from Los Angeles to New York on another airline was only about $40.

3. You don’t need a college degree to become a flight attendant

Want to avoid student loans? College not for you? Neither are necessary if you want to become a flight attendant! The age to be a flight attendant varies by airline, but it is almost always somewhere between 18 and 21 so you can start applying soon after high school.

4. Pay starts out pretty lame, but can get pretty good

Average salary for a flight attendant starts out pretty low. Even though pay starts out pretty low, there are a number of flight attendants that make $80,000 a year. That’s a great salary, especially considering the other perks that come with it.

5. Schedule flexibility

Schedules are made by flight attendants seeing all available flights and then “bidding” on the ones they most want. They are awarded based on seniority, so even though it sucks when you are new, once you have some experience you can build a scheduled with tons of flexibility. I had friends that would rush and get their hours in early in the month, and then take the final two weeks off.

6. Overnights allowing you to see the world

Many international flights come with a flight crew overnight. This gives the flight crew time to get off and sleep in a local hotel before flying back. Often times these overnights allow more time to actually do a little bit of exploring before coming back. Even though the trips are quick, if you fly to the same place multiple times you will end up getting paid to explore the world.

7. Meet cool people

One of the flight attendant perks are the people you meet. Not only can you meet people around the globe, but generally people on planes are pretty happy and/or excited to be traveling somewhere, and can typically be a joy to talk to.

Think you could be interested in becoming a flight attendant?



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10 Qualities of an Excellent Team Player

Every organization relies on effective teams to drive it toward success. But what does being a team player really mean? Yes, these individuals perform well within a team, but if we break that down, what components make someone an effective team player? Here are 10 qualities that can make for an outstanding team player in the workplace.


1. They are committed to the team

Committed team players give their time and energy to someone or something they believe in. However, genuine commitment is much more than that. Team players who are genuinely committed do so without any expectation of return, conditions, or rewards. There is no turning back and whatever the outcome, they support it 100%.


2. They are flexible 

We can’t always predict when changes are going to happen, much less prepare for them. That’s why flexibility is so important. When a team player is flexible, they typically are also versatile, resilient, and responsive to change – all while keeping calm and making sound decisions without unruly outbursts. Flexible team players understand and manage situations by looking at them from different perspectives. When asked, a flexible team player will consider how it will benefit the company, the team, or their career rather than thinking, “Really, more work?”


3. They are engaged

Simply doing your work isn’t always enough. It’s a good thing to get involved and be proactive, as long as you aren’t bothering people with questions to which you should know the answer. Great team players ask questions for clarity and understanding and contribute where they can. Collaboration is essential to the success of a team. Remember, “two heads are better than one.”


4. They are reliable and responsible

An excellent team player completes tasks in order of priority, not necessarily in order that they’re given. When they aren’t sure of what should take priority, they ask their manager. As a reliable and responsible team player, you will be able to manage your time effectively, be prepared for meetings, and be trusted to work on your own without constant supervision. Your manager and teammates will feel like they can rely on you for help and support whenever needed.


5. They actively listen

You are only a team player if you respectfully consider the viewpoints and ideas of other people as well. Active listening is harder than you think. When you hear someone saying something you don’t agree with, listen to understand, not answer. Consider what they’re saying and more importantly, why they believe that.


6. They communicate within their team

Transparency is key on a team, and good team players actively work to keep other team members informed. No one likes to be blind-sided. When team members share information and everyone is on the same page, it could be the difference between the success and failure of a project. Team members who are informed are more likely to trust you, stay engaged, and are more motivated to reciprocate.


7. They lend a helping hand

As a team, we are only as strong as our weakest link. Look for opportunities to help your team members grow. For example, if a member of your team is having trouble with a technology tool that is easy for you, offer to sit down with them and show them what you know. A word of caution: your passion may be confusing and come across as condescending to the other person. Remember to be genuine and respectful.


8. They are respectful

It is important to be self-aware of how you treat others. Respect is earned but can be lost in a moment’s notice. An ideal team player knows how to have fun but would never do it at someone else’s expense. You earn the respect of your co-workers a lot more quickly [LL1] by expressing genuine interest in them rather than trying to make them interested in you.


9. They are problem-solvers

It is easy for everyone to point out problems; however, there is no reason why you can’t offer solutions yourself. Your teammates will appreciate your skills, which can also help you earn respect more quickly.


10. They recognize and acknowledge when they are wrong 

A good team player will back off an idea when it becomes clear it’s not the right path. Acknowledge what went wrong, or won’t work, and then focus on expectations moving forward. Don’t be a stubborn stick in the mud; rather, focus on what may or may not have gone wrong. Keep moving forward.


This article was updated June 22, 2017. Original content was written by Lara Pole.

The opinions and comments expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinion of ALMA, The American Equity Underwriters, Inc., AEU LEAD or Amwins. None of the aforementioned parties or the authors are responsible for any inaccuracy of content or for any loss or damages incurred by any party as a result of reliance on information contained in this article. Content may not be published or reproduced without the written consent of the authors. Prior articles may not be updated for accuracy as pertinent information changes over time. The AEU LEAD blog is intended to provide general information and should not be construed as legal advice.
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Chinese Kung Fu

Chinese Kung Fu

What is Kung Fu 功夫 (or Wushu 武术 / Chinese Martial Arts)?

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Aside of mysterious dragons and colourful lampions, one of the first things that comes to people’s minds at the mentioning of China is most certainly Kung Fu. This is because from the 1970s onwards, an unprecedented tide of cinematic works featuring stars such as Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Lee celebrated the practice, which led its popularity to intensify beyond Chinese borders. Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way of the Dragon (1972) and The Thirty Six Chambers of Shaolin (1978) are few of the many breakthrough movies that provided a platform for Kung Fu to reach international audiences. Ever since, the praxis of Kung Fu has become a passion shared by millions of its practitioners around the globe.

Unlike many of other Eastern Asian martial arts, Kung Fu is not a martial art with a single codified tradition. Instead, Kung Fu is an umbrella term which refers to the various, often very distinctive martial art schools and styles that originated in the country today known as China, but yet, are similar in the movement they adopt, because of its emblematic circular, fluid and continuous motion, infinite and in suspense, that attempts to emulate the grace and power of animals in action. Offering the most diverse set of martial art practices as well as a towering number of schools around the world, the philosophy which underlies Kung Fu is multi-layered and complex, the depth of which is only rarely fully grasped by the Western and even Chinese publics.

tai chi diagram with kungfu postures

That Kung Fu plays a prominent role in shaping the spiritual beliefs, identities and every day lives of the Chinese is indisputable; but developing comprehensive understanding of its significance requires a contextualization of the practice within the different shifts and occurrences which, over time, came to sculpt China’s cultural landscape. As such, Kung Fu cannot be disentangled from the range of historical, philosophical and religious forces that the practice sought to either personify or rebel against. Through its different styles and teachings, Kung Fu aims to crystalize the ideals, principles and even traumas of a culture which bears the weight of a spectacular five thousand years.

The Historical Origins of Kung Fu

Kung Fu’s roots can be traced deep into the past, so deep that its very contours are barely hinted at in myth, legends and available historiography. Perhaps, only one thing can be said with certainty: that Kung Fu is as ancient as China itself.

Literature indicates that in those early days, aside of specific techniques that may have originated as part of hunting efforts and rudimentary hand to hand self-defence techniques, combat systems were likely developed for military training purposes, but were not solely exclusive to warriors, as some military martial art elements, like archery and charioteering, were included in the six arts of ancient China. The first recorded mention of Kung Fu -albeit somewhat fragmented- can be found in the Spring and Autumn Annals of the State of Lu which were written up during the reign of the Zhou dynasty. Read more on The History of Kung Fu.

Spiritual Influences

a figure of a little monk in meditation

But it was the embrace of Taoism that saw the practice of Kung Fu spread among the general population, even though as a result of the Shaolin monastery’s fame and influence, and its contribution to Kung Fu theory and practice, Buddhism, and particularly Zen Buddhism, came to be closely linked with the image of Kung Fu, and even more so in the rest of the world. The spirituality of Tao, with its teachings of patience, simplicity, fluidness, naturalness and humility, found a perfect companion in the tamed body of Kung Fu practice. Thus, the Taoist concept of Qi, which refers to the air and vitality flow through the body -a type of energy that generates life itself-, became integral and inseparable from the underlying philosophy of Kung Fu.

Shaolin 少林 and Wudang 武当

Among the many accepted classifications of Kung Fu styles, the Shaolin and Wudang classifications are arguably the most important as they philosophically diverge from the Kung Fu tradition, through the conceptual distinction between the two different -external and internal- expressions of personal force, namely Li and Neijing, as well as their differing scholarly emphasis.

shaolin monastery

On the one hand, Li stands for the external expression of personal force, which is achieved by means of a corporeal development of movement and strength, in a praxis that involves the precise manoeuvring of muscles as well as the algorithmic timing and execution of bodily moves. The Shaolin classification, which focuses on Li, draws its name from the Shaolin Monastery, which is perhaps the most important institution in the Kung Fu world. In that regard, the old adage “all martial arts under heaven originated from Shaolin” speaks for itself.


Lemon Smoothie (Sunshine in a Bottle!)

This Lemon Smoothie is like sunshine in a bottle! Yogurt, lemon, honey, ginger and turmeric will wake you up on a sleepy morning. |

Winter, man. It’s dragging on, isn’t it? At least here in Michigan, February seems to be the hardest month in terms of feeling like Spring will never come again.

The only thing getting me out of bed lately is knowing that this Sunshine in a Bottle Lemon Smoothie is only a few minutes away once I get downstairs.

I even set my blender up on the counter the night before, so I’m all ready to go.

And as you know, lemon is my favorite flavor (I even make a mean lemon margarita), so it’s kind of like I’m waking up to my favorite food.


Every single ingredient in this smoothie (well, except the ice) is engineered for maximal bright, zingy flavor and health benefits.

That’s right, I engineered this smoothie. My husband is a mechanical engineer, and I’m a food engineer.


16 Tips for Living a Happy Life Starting Right Now

It doesn’t matter your age, how much money you have in your bank account, your marital status or what you do for a living, we all want to be more successful in our lives. Of course, defining success is different for each us, but here are 16 proven ways that can make you more productive, happy and successful in life.

1. Be committed.

No matter what goals you have set for yourself in life, you have to be committed. It’s through commitment that you’ll continue to make the improvements needed to better yourself. Whether it’s taking a chance on launching a startup, getting a gym membership to improve your physical well being, or taking a cooking class because you want to become a chef, commitment is what drives us all to become more successful.

2. People care about you, not your success.

Let’s be honest. People don’t care about the expensive clothes you wear, how big is the house you own or the car your drive. That’s not to say that they don’t respect your achievements or possessions. Instead, they care you as an individual and they’ll support you no matter what — because they love you. Believe it!

3. Be grateful everyday.

According to researchers Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough, being grateful can result in feeling better about your life, more enthusiastism and more willingness to help others. Being grateful may even reduce coronary artery disease. Take the time to write down what you’re grateful each and every day.

4. Take action.

In an article in The Atlantic, authors Katty Kay and Claire Shipman share studies on the confidence gap between men and women.  The researchers discovered that confidence is just as important as competence. It was concluded in the article that “[T]aking action bolsters one’s belief in one’s ability to succeed.”

5. Money can’t buy happiness.

As The Beatles famously proclaimed, (money), “can’t buy me love.” You know what else money can’t buy? Happiness. Just because you’re earning six figures doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily content. Sure, money is obviously needed, and it makes some things easier. But, you should be focusing on your passion and not how much your paycheck is.

6. Don’t take rejection personally.

At some point we all face rejection. Instead of taking it personally, use it as a learning experience. Why did a VC reject your proposal? Maybe there wasn’t a market for your product. Perhaps you didn’t have a convincing pitch. Maybe the VC’s partner just called and said he’d spent their extra cash. Accepting and learning from rejection is one way to guide you to success.

With my online invoicing startup I get rejected daily, literally. I talked to 100+ VC’s before I got one that believed in my product. Learn from rejection and use it as motivation to make things bettter!

7. Have a backup plan.

You never know when the unexpected is going to happen, but when it does happen, you’re surrounded by chaos. Being prepared for the worst case scenario can at least make things a whole lot less chaotic. When my last business crashed, had I not had some cash set aside (that my wife kept away from me), we would have been in financial ruin. Having a three-to-six month nest egg will make the difference. I’ve found that having 12-24 months of cash to pay all bills just sitting there has significantly helped my marriage be more positive as well!

8. Improve your social skill.

After analyzing data from between 1972 and 1992, University of California, , economist Catherine Weinberger found that “The people who are both smart and socially adept earn more in today’s workforce than similarly endowed workers in 1980.”

Related: Developing People Skills Is a Brilliant Career Move

9. Travel.

As Yii-Huei Phang states on The Huffington Post, traveling is a great way to “develop a person’s character” and become more open-minded. Additionally, while traveling is a great way to get away from the daily grind, it also helps you appreciate what you have back at home.

10. Don’t multitask.

If you’re feeling constantly burnt out it’s probably because you’re doing too much at one time. Research has found that “when you switch away from a primary task to do something else, you’re increasing the time it takes to finish that task by an average of 25 percent.” You’re also burning your reservoir of energy. Both of these issues decrease your productivity and prevent you from accomplishing tasks and goal.

11. Embrace a growth mindset.

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck argues that we have two-mindsets; “fixed” and “growth.” A fixed mindset “assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static.” A “growth mindset,” however, “thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities.”

12. Balance work and life.

When work interferes with life, it can result in employees getting burned out and decreases base morale in the office. While this may not be an option for employees, it proves that everyone needs time away from the office. If you’re able to spend less time in the office by working remotely or having flexible hours, you should be able to be productive in both your personal and professional life.

13. Don’t hold grudges.

There is really no need to hold onto a grudge. It can mentally wear you out and makes you miserable. And, doesn’t life seem to go a whole lot smoother when you’re not angry?

14. Stick it out.

After years of studying both children and adults, psychologist Angela Duckworth found that one of the characteristics of successful individuals is having grit. During her TED talk Duckworth stated, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

15. Live in the moment

You can’t change the past and you have no control of the future. Live in the moment and enjoy what’s in front of you right here, right now. When you’re busy making too many plans, you’re causing stress that prevents you from enjoying the present.

16. Take care of yourself, then help others.

According to Mark Snyder, a psychologist and head of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society at the University of Minnesota, “People who volunteer tend to have higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and happiness.”

Additionally, helping others is beneficial for our health. But, how can you help others if you haven’t taken care of yourself first? Take care of your needs first and then begin to help others.