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5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

5 Daily Habits of Highly Successful People

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The Oxford Dictionary defines success as, “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose.”

That’s a broad definition which allows for success to mean different things to different people – but that doesn’t mean it’s unattainable.

In order to achieve your aim or purpose – whatever that may be – you need to start behaving like somebody who regularly accomplishes theirs.

Here are five daily habits of highly successful people that you can start mimicking starting today.

1. Waking up Early

Not enough hours in the day? You’re probably sleeping through more than your fair share.

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs can enjoy a blissfully long lie-in every once in awhile (although that’s usually the result of an unblissfully late night), but you could well be eating into your most productive hours with your shoddy sleeping pattern.

Try setting a regular bedtime and a regular alarm clock for increased productivity.

2. Eating Breakfast

Skipping breakfast sounds like a time saving strategy, but it’s actually a productivity killing strategy.

You don’t need to study the health benefits of breakfast, to realize its importance. Your brain needs fuel to function correctly, and after a solid night of sleep, it needs topping up come morning.

So, if you jump into work before refuelling, you will only have yourself to blame for a stop-start day.

3. Reading

The benefits of reading are no secret to anybody, and yet we rarely find time to open up a good book.

Finding a good book or two that relates to your life or business can give you fresh ideas, replenish your resolve to success, and even just help you to unwind.

For further reading, check out my compilation of 12 books all entrepreneurs should read.

4. Delegating

Too many cooks spoil the broth, but that doesn’t mean you should handle six different broths by your lonesome.

As an entrepreneur, you may well multi-task in that sense in an attempt to save time and money. But delegating is a habit you should get into sooner rather than later, for at least one very good reason; it will help you focus on getting your most pressing tasks done sooner

Virtual assistants are becoming an increasingly popular way to delegate, and you can find yours through websites like TimeEtc and Upwork.

5. Enjoying Silence

Silence is vastly underrated. The World Health Organization labelled noise pollution as a “modern plague”, while a recent study in the Heart journal found that two minutes of silence is more relaxing than music.

Furthermore, Dr. Craig Zimring, an environmental psychologist, demonstrated in a 2004 study that higher noise levels in intensive care units led to elevated blood pressure, increased heart rates and disrupted sleep patterns.

So, instead of filling your spare moments with music, radio shows, and background noise of your local coffee shop, give your brain a break with some silence – it will need it for all the hard work you have planned.

The above habits will bring order and value to your day, which is precisely what you need in order to start accomplishing things. They may be hard to implement, but you’ll soon find that the benefits they bring will make them easy habits to hang on to.

Above all, start acting like a success, and the success will trickle in.

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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Free Evernote Alternatives to Organize Your Life

5 Free Evernote Alternatives to Organize Your Life

With over 100 million users, Evernote is one of the most popular note taking and organization apps in the world.

Although I’m a strong advocate for actually writing things down, I must admit to being an Evernote fan myself.

Evernote’s sleek interfaces enable you to create and manage to-do lists, produce documents, and organize a range of file types across a number of devices. By all means, Evernote is pretty darn sweet.

But there’s a catch; not all Evernote features are free.

That means, if you want to be able to do things like sync more than two devices, or have more than 60MB worth of storage space, you’ll have to fork out some cash – which is not exactly ideal.

But what would be ideal, is a list of free Evernote alternatives that boast similar functionality with equally awesome user interfaces. Good thing I happen to have such a list handy.

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1. Zoho Notebook

Zoho is a software company that’s responsible for quality platforms like Zoho CRM, Zoho Mail, and more appropriately, Zoho Notebook.

Zoho Notebook lets you take notes, add images, make checklists, and record audio clips to help organise your day. It then elegantly presents your content in either a grid or landscape view.

Interestingly, Zoho Notebook displays actual notebooks on screen for you to label and work from, mimicking the real life experience of filling up notepads, diaries, and journals.

2. SimpleNote

SimpleNote is all about minimalism in terms of design. You can use it to take notes, make lists, share content with your team, tag content, and find documents using its powerful search feature.

All content versions are backed up automatically, so you can easily revert to older versions of a document if you ever need to.

On top of working across all traditional operating systems, SimpleNote is available for both Fire OS and Linux.

3. Google Keep

Google’s answer to Evernote is Google Keep, which lets you take notes, record audio, add images, and share content with friends and family.

It employs a number of different tile interfaces to organise content, using plenty of color in the process. Google Keep also lets you set location-based reminders, so you’ll never forget the milk again.

4. Dropbox Paper (Beta)

Although it’s still in beta, Dropbox Paper is available for iOS and Android – and it looks super slick.

It was primarily built to optimize the collaboration process between team members, but with functionality that includes note taking, media embedding, and code editing, it’s definitely worth exploring as an alternative to Evernote.

5. Microsoft OneNote

When it comes to software, Microsoft’s hands are usually safe – and that’s true when it comes to OneNote.

Microsoft’s app boasts a sublimely simple yet feature-rich interface, allowing you to organize your content and collaborate with others. It also lets you add doodles and handwritten notes via Microsoft Surface.

Plus, OneNote integrates well with OneDrive and Outlook, and can be downloaded on the Apple iWatch.

As much as I love Evernote, a big part of me feels that my organization and productivity shouldn’t have to come at a cost.

So if you too feel the need to access Evernote’s premium features, I strongly suggest checking out the five free Evernote alternatives listed above.

Got another free alternative to Evernote? Tell us about it in the comments section below!


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Natural Steps Towards Long Lasting Self-Confidence

5 Natural Steps Towards Long Lasting Self-Confidence

Self-confidence; some people have it, and some people don’t, right?

Wrong.

Absolutely anyone can attain a high level of self-confidence simply by working towards having a positive self-perception. The two go hand in hand; the former being the outward manifestation of the latter.  

So, while self-confidence may seem like an elusive trait that only a select few possess, the root of self-confidence – positive self-perception – is incredibly easy to cultivate.

To modify your self-perception in a natural and therefore more sustainable way, check out my five step plan that leads towards long lasting self-confidence.

1. Fix Your Body Language

Your psychological state can dictate your body language, but your body language can also dictate your psychological state.

By fixing up your body language, you will feel more confident and assertive in situations that would otherwise have you searching for a swift exit.

Paying attention to things like eye contact and hand positioning will help in abundance. For more details, check out my article on how to show leadership through body language.

2. Expand Your Vocabulary

Do you ever find yourself grasping for words in the middle of a sentence? In high-pressure situations, that awkward mid-sentence pause can send your self-confidence plummeting.

As always, prevention is better than cure, so it’s a good idea to read the right books and listen to the right podcasts in order to widen your vocabulary.

Also, get into the habit of noting down words you don’t know the meaning of so that you can research them later on.

3. Groom Yourself

You don’t have to win beauty contests in order to derive confidence from your appearance.

By making a habit of grooming yourself properly (and regularly), you’ll feel far more ready to take on the world as the best looking version of yourself.

To get the basics down, keep up with the latest hairstyle trends, look after your teeth, and invest in some skin maintenance products.

4. Evaluate Your Wardrobe

Now that you look snazzy, it’s time to dress snazzy.

By dressing in flattering colours, quality materials, and tailored attire, you’ll feel your self confidence soar almost immediately.

You don’t have to spend thousands on clothing though. Simply keeping tabs on the quality of your wardrobe will ensure that your confidence is always on a high.

5. Treat Yourself Well

Your health should be your most treasured possession. By acting in your body’s best interests, you’ll breed self-confidence by shedding excess weight, looking better, and feeling more energetic.

Thus, hitting the gym or taking up a new sport should be high on your priority list. Furthermore, cutting back on caffeine and taking hydration seriously will do wonders for your physical and mental state.

Self-Perception Dictates Self Confidence

If you work towards perceiving yourself more positively, a boost in self-confidence will naturally follow.

With that being said, the steps above will lead you towards seeing yourself in the best light possible, allowing you to reap the benefits of self-confidence without having to do anything but naturally improve yourself as a person.

Do you have any other tips on how to achieve long lasting self-confidence? Share your ideas in the comments section below!


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Rewarding Reasons to Keep a Diary

5 Rewarding Reasons to Keep a Diary

Writing things down is a surprisingly powerful way to enhance your professional and personal life.

With that in mind, here are five good reasons why keeping a diary is a worthwhile hobby.

1. Gain Some Perspective

In life, love, and work, it can be difficult to see the bigger picture. At times, it all feels like one, big, directionless blur.

But by documenting your days (or weeks), you can look back on your progress whenever you feel lost. There's nothing quite like reading about your situation six months ago to give you the perspective you need in order to get your head straight.

2. Goal Setting, Planning, and Attacking

We’ve all heard about the benefits of writing goals down, so why not write them in your diary? It’s the perfect place to keep your goals and ideas organized (and away from prying eyes).

Furthermore, you can use the private confines of your diary to expand upon each goal, detailing your plan of attack. Once you reach your goals, you can write about how it felt to do so, giving you the mental fuel you need to set new goals, and tackle the remaining ones.

3. Build Self Confidence

Entrepreneurs pretty much survive on their self confidence. Without it, your business is going to hit the rocks.

But by keeping a diary, you can hack your brain to build self confidence naturally.

The process of documenting positive experiences allows your brain to relive it. This further acquaints your mind with your successes, allowing it to easily ride out any bouts of self-doubt that may come to pass.

4. Get Smarter

Unsurprisingly, studies have found a link between writing and intelligence. The more you write, the smarter you become.

By keeping a journal, you’ll spend a fair amount of time jotting down your thoughts and ideas, and that can only be a good thing for your IQ. Plus, writing things down regularly will also boost your memory, which can’t hurt either, right?

5. Reward Your Future Self

I often wonder about the thoughts that were going through my mind at certain points in my life. When it comes to specific events, that wondering can become a lingering curiosity.

But due to not keeping a diary in my younger years, that curiosity will never truly be satisfied.

Had I kept a diary, I would have the luxury of tracing my thoughts and actions back to specific days, allowing me to see exactly what was going through my mind at the time.

So do your future self a favour; document your journey through life by writing about it as much as you can. That way, you’ll never forget about the journey your mind went through, either.

Ease Into It

If you want to be consistent about keeping a diary, be sure to ease into the habit. It’s supposed to be a long term thing, after all.

Start by writing in it twice a week on set days, and allow yourself to become accustomed to recording your struggles, hopes, dreams, and everything in between.

Do you keep a diary? Let us know about the benefits that it brings to your life in the comments section below.


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Simple Ways to Empower Creative Employees

5 Simple Ways to Empower Creative Employees

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Creativity is the lifeblood of modern business.

Just thirty years ago, the Internet was brand spanking new, with only a handful of people understanding its true potential. Today, we’re experiencing a world that is almost unrecognizable.

Some of the globe’s biggest brands have sprung up through the Internet, and for the Internet – fuelled by little other than pure creativity. Google is one giant of an example.

To survive in such a climate, your employees need to be exercising their creativity on a regular basis to keep pushing your brand upwards. To help foster that behaviour, here are five ways to empower creative employees.

1. Give Them Space (And Boundaries)

Creativity needs space to blossom.

To witness that for yourself, gift your employees some tasks where they can express themselves a little. Such tasks may include; content creation, marketing campaigns, and company events.

On the other hand, you’ll need to strike a balance between affording them space and setting them boundaries. Give them freedom to work, but make sure they know where the line is.

2. Appreciate the Extra Value

Creativity means going above and beyond, so be sure to show your appreciation for every extra step your employees take.

Show them that their extra effort is appreciated, remembered, and every so often, rewarded.

In turn, they’ll be far more willing to go the extra mile on their next project.

3. Be Flexible

If you want to foster creativity among your workforce, you’ll need to show some flexibility when it comes to things like deadlines.

Sure, structure is important, but so long as the quality is of a high standard, try not to get worked up if an employee brings you something a little late. Focusing too much on those minor details can turn your workers into timekeeping machines who care more for meeting the deadline with the bare minimum, rather than excelling to deliver something great.

4. Present New Challenges

Nothing kills creativity like boredom does.

As the team leader, you need to be providing new and exciting challenges every once in a while to avoid creative stagnation.

Even a small challenge like letting your employees organize a team bonding session, for example, makes for something fresh for them to think about. Give them a budget, a time frame, and let them deliver the goods.

Naturally, the specifics of the challenges you set will rely heavily upon your industry, but don’t be afraid to experiment a little with your ideas.

At the same time, be sure not to throw employees in the deep end of their discomfort zone. Challenges should be challenging, not traumatizing.

5. Lead The Way

Perhaps the best way to empower a creative employee, is to become a creative leader. It’ll be no use crying out for creativity when you yourself contribute nothing innovative.

To invigorate your employees, give them an example to follow by over-delivering, showing initiative, being a inventive, and being open about your ideas.

As Gandhi famously once said, “be the change that you want to see in the world.”

In today’s constantly evolving digital world, in-house creativity will often be your brand’s most valuable asset.

So, be sure to adhere to the above principles to help empower your employees with everything they need to get their creative juices flowing.

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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Things You Should Never Say to an Employee

5 Things You Should Never Say to an Employee

Your employees are the lifeblood of your brand, and as the boss, it’s your job to keep your workers content, efficient, and effective.

The easiest way to totally fail at that, is to be a typically abusive boss who antagonizes employees instead of empowering them. Trust me, you don’t want to be that boss.

To be the leader that your team will want to work hard for, here are five things you should never say to an employee.

1. “I pay your salary, so…”

Any remark that begins like this is going to sound frustratingly pompous – no matter what the context.

Bosses are always tempted by this phrase in heated exchanges, simply because it’s often true. However, reminding your employees that you can whatever you like because you pay them is outright belittlement.

Paying somebody for their time doesn’t give you the right to be abrasive when that time comes. That’s not how it works.

2. “Where have you been?”

You may think this is an innocent question to ask when an employee arrives late to a meeting, but it’s actually demeaning and intrusive.

In fact, it gives your employee the idea that – as their boss – you feel that you have the right to question their activities outside of the work place. Talk about unsettling.

Instead, focus on the fact that they were late, and that they should try to manage their time more efficiently. Getting personal in such situations is never appropriate.

3. “If you don’t like it, leave.”

If you want to make your employee feel worthless, tell them that you’re happy to see them leave at any time.

Comments like these all but push employees out the door – particularly if you use them in conjunction with other quotes found on this list.

It’s simple; if your employees don’t feel valued, they won’t produce anything of value.

4. “Nobody else struggled with this – so what’s your problem?”

Comparing one employee to another is a surefire way to solicit envy and resentment amongst colleagues. Such comments can quickly turn a friendly office into a poisonous work environment.

Furthermore, this type of comment makes the employee feel alone in their failure – which will only compound the inevitable insecurity a mistake brings.

Alternatively, try asking questions (politely) to understand why they struggled with the task in question, so you can provide assistance accordingly.

5. "Why are you getting so upset?"

If you ever happen to use one of the remarks above, this is the worst comment to follow it up with.

Not only are you continuing to belittle the person by insinuating that they’re overreacting, but you are also demonstrating that you deem your own behaviour to be acceptable. That’s the perfect recipe for escalation.

If your employee gets upset with a comment you make, try apologising before making your point in a more sensitive way.

With Great Power...

You are the boss, and that does indeed give you authority in the workplace. But the manner in which you wield that authority will determine the well-being of your business in the long run.

If your employees feel that you rule with an unfairly flailing iron fist, they will become distant from you, your instructions, and eventually, your brand.


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Vital Etiquettes of Working From a Coffee Shop

5 Vital Etiquettes of Working From a Coffee Shop

There’s something soothing about lifting the lid of your laptop in the heart of your local coffee spot.

It’s the ultimate blend of casual and professional – and it’s almost impossible to replicate it elsewhere.

But coffee shops aren’t there to be used and abused. They’re owned by business people who want to turn a profit, and they’re frequented by a community that wants to enjoy a coffee in peace.

Thus, if you plan on getting some work done as you sip on an expertly caffeinated brew, you’ll need to adhere to some rules to ensure that the owner is appeased, and your fellow coffee lovers are undisturbed.

To help you successfully navigate your days working from coffee shops, here are five etiquettes to always bear in mind.

1. Buy Regularly

If you want to drive your local coffee shop owner nuts, just soak up their free wifi for hours on end while surviving off the solitary Espresso you purchased when you first walked in. Seriously, they’ll hate you.

On the flip side, to keep them content with your lingering presence, be sure to buy drinks, snacks, and even meals throughout your stay. A purchase once every two hours should do the trick.

2. Show Digital Support

Showing your support by buying coffee is one thing, but there are other ways of getting in the owner’s good books.

If your coffee shop has a website, Twitter handle, or Facebook page, be sure to show your support on those platforms.

If you follow them and leave positive reviews where you can to help boost the image of their brand, they’ll love you for it. Who knows, you might even earn yourself a free coffee.

3. Come Fully Charged

By all means, bring your laptop charger in case of an emergency, but in an ideal situation, you don’t want to be plugging your electronics into your coffee shop’s wall.

If you do, you’ll be soaking up their free wifi and their free electricity. Talk about needy.

To save face, and to avoid awkward stares from the owner, arrive with a fully charged battery.

4. Keep Your Calls Quiet

Email and instant messaging platforms handle most of our business communications – but there’s always that one client that wants to call you.

To ensure that you don’t disrupt the casual atmosphere of your local coffee spot, be sure to take those calls quietly – or better yet, step outside of the establishment before you answer your phone.

5. Be Social

If you’re going to make a habit out of working from a coffee shop, do everybody a favour and bring some personality with you.

Greet the owner, make friends with the baristas, and don’t even think about being rude.

Furthermore, it’s likely that you won’t be the only regular in the house. Get to know other customers who regularly stop by – and if they work from the coffee shop too, it may be a golden opportunity to do some networking.

Coffee to Stay

So long as you adhere to the etiquettes laid out above, most coffee shop owners won’t mind you turning their café into an office.

In fact, they may even prefer that you’re always around, because thanks to you; their establishment never looks empty.

Do you live by any other rules when it comes to working from coffee shops? Share them with us in the comments section below!


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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5 Ways to Show Leadership Through Body Language

5 Ways to Show Leadership Through Body Language

Some people have the ability to win you over with just a handful of words – whereas others can repel you without uttering a single syllable. That’s the power of body language.

Studies have shown that – in a variety of situations – human communication is 55% body language. Tone of voice and spoken words are the other two contributing factors, making up 38% and 7% of communication respectively.

In a business setting, there are times where you need to communicate authority and leadership in a way that’s not intimidating or pompous. And that’s tricky.

The solution? Body language. Here are five simple ways to make it work.

1. Hands Behind Your Back

Nervous people subconsciously try to hide their vital organs with their hands as they speak. This involves crossing the arms, fidgeting with clothing, and touching the face. It looks weak.

You may have noticed that politicians often place their hands behind their backs as a show of confidence and strength. It leaves vital organs exposed and vulnerable – and only a truly comfortable person would do that.  

2. Eye Contact

When a person is embarrassed, they hide their faces and look away from the gaze of others. In times of confidence though, eye contact is maintained.

You want to perpetuate those confident moments by giving people a generous dose of eye contact when you are talking, as well as when they’re talking.

Don’t stare for too long though, or you’ll be branded a bit of a creep.

3. Powerful Posture

The way you stand (and sit) says a lot about your mental state.

To appear more confident and in control, maintain a straight yet relaxed posture whether you are sitting or standing.  You can achieve this by keeping a relatively straight spine whilst allowing your shoulders to relax.

4. Palms Down

You may have heard that showing your palms is a gesture of openness and trustworthiness. But what about when you need to make a non-negotiable point? Openness isn’t the trait you want to be showcasing at that time.

Turning your palms towards the ground or desk however, indicates sternness and control over the subject at hand (pun intended).

Basically, the direction that your palms face can tell a story about you. So make sure they aren’t saying anything they shouldn’t.

5. Dominant Handshakes

Handshakes are universal gestures of trust and friendliness that almost all humans do upon greeting each other. But they’re also excellent ways to measure confidence – or the lack thereof.

Nothing screams weakness louder than a limp handshake, and nothing quite introduces a leader like a firm one.

Don’t overdo it though, as an overly tight squeeze will make it seem like you’re trying too hard. The key here, as per usual, is to strike the right balance.

Act Like a Leader

Holding a leadership position and being a leader are two very different things. You don’t need the title to be considered a leader – you just have to act like one.

The body language cues listed above will help you do that, but be sure to wield any power you gain gracefully, without mistreating your subordinates.

Got any other body language tips that leaders should know about? Tell us about them in the comments section below!

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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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6 Ways to Stay Hydrated at Work (and Why It's So Important)

6 Ways to Stay Hydrated at Work (and Why It's So Important)

We all know that hydration is important for long term health – there’s no news on that front. But failing to hydrate properly has a more immediate impact, too.

Dehydration kills your productivity in a number of ways, particularly by:

  1. Causing headaches
  2. Contributing to chronic fatigue
  3. Destroying your attention span

But wait, it gets worse.

Your Business Needs Water

A dehydrated entrepreneur is a demotivated one. And that’s bad for business.

If you’re too busy nursing a headache or counting down the hours before you can take a nap, you can kiss goodbye to any progress being made on the professional front. In fact, if anything, your bottom line is going to suffer thanks to your lazy hydration habits.

Such is the importance of maintaining your wellbeing in the workplace.

Don’t fret too much though, because the good news is; hydration is easy. Here are five simple ways to stay hydrated at work.

1. The Watercooler

Seriously, it’s not just an office prop. If your workplace provides you with free water, it’s worth your while to grab a few cups throughout the day.

Leaving your desk for a moment will also benefit you, as sitting for prolonged hours should always be paired with getting up and stretching your legs every so often.

2. Super Size It

If you aren’t keen on constantly leaving your desk for cups of water, picking up a two litre bottle of the good stuff on your way to work each morning is a great alternative.

Leave it on your desk as a constant reminder to drink, and aim to polish it off before home time.

3. Tea & Coffee

If drinking water in its purest form bores you, switch to herbal teas, English tea, or coffee. Their high water content will get the job done.

Although there is some debate about how caffeine can affect hydration, it seems to be a negligible impact.

4. Skip the Soda

A smart way to hydrate includes drinking water with a meal – a practise which has been shown to improve appetite control.

So, next time you’re out for lunch, make sure the only soda you order is a club soda.

5. Fruit

Want to pair hydration with a healthy diet? A fruit is your best friend (forever).

Most – if not all – fruits are made up of a surprising amount of water. For example, Strawberries and Bananas are 92% and 74% water, respectively. So, keep a small fruit bowl on your desk for easy access to sweet watery treats.

6. Ice

Okay, so you’ve tried, but you just can’t resist the tangy goodness of a soft drink. The struggle is indeed real.

However, the least you can do is ask for some ice in your drink. This won’t be enough to keep you properly hydrated throughout the day, but it’s better than nothing.  

A Healthy Entrepreneur Is a Productive Entrepreneur

A lack of water affects your brain, which in turn affects your business. If your productivity levels wane, try the tips above – because it’s possible that you just aren’t hydrating properly.

To optimize your health even further, have a read of our article, ‘Six Health Hacks to Eat Better as an Entrepreneur’.

Got any other hydration strategies for the workplace? Share them with us in the comments section below!


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

A few years ago, I quit university and my subsequent job in order to become a writer. And they were two of the best decisions I have ever made.

But my circumstances were mine, whereas your situation is unique to you.

With that in mind, I’m not here to convince you to quit your job. That’s a call you’ll have to male for yourself.

However, if you have come to a decision, here’s how to do the deed with grace.

1. Be Sure. Be Really Sure.

The last thing you want to do is give your boss mixed signals, or worse yet, decide you want to remain at your job days or weeks after announcing your departure date.

To avoid embarrassment, and to save your boss a huge headache, make sure your decision is final before you deliver the news.

2. Be Flexible

If your boss needs you to stick around for a while, then try your best to do so  – even if that means staying beyond the company’s official notice period.

The fact of the matter is, no matter when you announce your departure, it’s likely that your boss won’t have a plan already in place to replace you.

So, to avoid leaving your employers (and your colleagues) in the lurch, try to give them as much leeway as possible – without being crass about it in the process.

3. Tell Your Boss First (And Quickly)

Do yourself a giant favour and ensure your boss hears the news directly from you, before anybody else in the office gets wind of your impending departure.

Not only does this speak volumes of your professionalism, it also stomps out any chance of an office rumors circulating.

You also don’t want to delay telling your boss, as you want to give your employer enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

4. Avoid Gossip

Now that you’re leaving your job, you may be tempted to reveal some office secrets or bad mouth your line manager. Don’t.

Each one of your colleagues – including all your superiors and subordinates – should be seen as extensions of your professional network. They can all come in handy in the future, so don’t shoot yourself in the foot by being rude at any stage of your departure. 

5. Don’t Slack

Handing in your notice doesn’t give you an excuse to slack off. On the contrary, you may need to impress your boss now more than ever.

If you’re trying to land a new job, you want a glowing recommendation – not one that highlights your laziness.

To give your boss a strong last impression in your final days, weeks, or months at work, give your job the same level of respect that you always did.

Burnt Bridges are Bad for Business

It’s in your best interest to maintain healthy ties with your former employers. You’ll need their references, their Linkedin recommendations, and perhaps at some stage in the future, a job within their company.

So do yourself a favour and avoid burning any bridges on your way out the door by sticking to the five points listed above.

Oh, and if you need that extra push to help you make a decision, here are some quotes that will make you want to quit your job to become an entrepreneur.


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Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.

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