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Daylight Savings: How to create habits during this transitional time.

So, I have a confession. I LOVE when Daylight Savings time ends. Yup, the darkness, the cool air, checking your watch and noticing that it’s pitch black, but it’s really 12 noon- ALL of it.

But most importantly, I love to feel like I have a second chance of fighting old habits and building new ones. That extra hour gives me a rebirth of something. Almost like a clean slate to try this thing called life again. So as I begin to recharge, I wanted to send some vibes along your way.

 

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What better time to change a bad habit than Daylight Savings time? 

 

Here are a few tips that can help you stretch that extra hour and reflect on the way you manage your time this daylight savings period:

A morning routine: After moving back in with my parents once I graduated from college,the mere THOUGHT of waking up early was not even a figment of my imagination. Who wants to do that? Do you really think I want to get out of my bed and work? When I wake up, I will work!  let me rest. But actually, that was wrong. Super wrong.

I have been studying successful people and their lifestyles for a while now. It is important to look at these psudeo-mentors (because they don’t really know me, yet) and almost mimic their ways of thinking, eating, and breathing (it’s not that creepy, i promise). While each person is different, I noticed that all of them have something in common: a strong, consistent morning routine. Yup, waking early and HANDLING THEIR LIVES.

Morning routines set the tone for your day. If you are waking up groggy and slow, chances are, your day might be just that. The opposite though, is fascinating. Imagine waking up early, reading a chapter of your favorite book, meditating, getting a killer workout in, and leaving the house ready for whatever life throws at you. Get it going!

Seize your day: Now that we got your morning down, what about the rest of those hours? Getting into a habit of being intentional with your time is the perfect swing to this dark weather that we are about to endure. Imagine what you can actually accomplish with the time that you are doing, hate to say this, pointless things.

I remember being fed up with my day -to-day routine. It went something like this: I would wake up late, rush to work, complain during my commute, get to work and under-perform, get a burst of energy to contact my friends and go out for dinner, hit up all of my social timelines to see what folks were doing, stay up late to watch tv, and do it ALL over again the next day. NOT OK.

We all have 24 hours to grind. Your dreams ad aspirations can be handled in that time span, but its all about what you do with them that makes your time effective. I dare you to think about what you do with your 24 hours that we all have? How much time do you spend being productive? What are you doing instead?

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-Change your mindset about Mondays: Let’s face it: You are sad that the weekend is over because you didn’t have time to do the things that you wanted to do. You were using your off-time carelessly and you can’t even imagine going back to work and starting the week all over again because you are backed-up on your personal tasks.

So now you take it out on Monday, the day that you should hit the ground running. The Monday that gives you a fresh start for your attitude of the week….

Consider this Sunday, the end date of Daylight Savings, your starting point. Instead of waking up and noticing that you have an extra hour to catch some more zzzz’s, GET UP AND GET IT. Do the work. Hit those crunches. Write like you never written before. Read like you’ve always wanted. Go ‘head. Those 24 hours belong to you. And now that extra one too.

The Demise of the Mainstream.

It is very clear that the power of technology has been sweeping newspapers, television and radio out of the way with social networks and online publications. Along with this technological turn-around people are creating their own websites and online plug-ins to give voice to the unheard. With all of this in mind, mainstream media is the trend of yesterday and it might be detrimental to society and power structures. What can mainstream do to recover? At this point, nothing. There’s a new movement coming in and mainstream might get a run for their corporation money.

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To begin, I am using the term “mainstream” here to describe all the popular, “trendy” news outlets and traditional media that we always watch for our daily news. Not too long ago, we relied on these outlets to let us know what was happening in the world. But the spin turned viewers to wake up in the morning, check their Facebooks and Twitters and find out whats trending! Talk about news at your finger tips, its literally there. 

Daily updates on trendy crime and Obama’s social status is cool and all, but that isn’t the discussion we are planning to prove. Allowing non traditional representations of people to create profiles, gain followers, and share their experiences and opinions is probably the complete OPPOSITE of what mainstream intended to show. This institutional system that fed us information for so long and control the social norm is QUICKLY giving up the power to free media, and a place for Feminist, LBTQ citizens, the Black community, and any other marginalized group known to man, a voice to be heard. 

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Bad for this capitalistic society, but good for the masses. In this epic era of change and controversy, we are allowing the people to be our source of information and social media to be our outlets and learning the things that we have been turned from for so long. We are using this channel to find out the unknown and creating a learning community for ALL to discover. And because of this outlet of virtual learning, the traditional way of getting information is slowing coming to a close. 

Sorry traditional media, but we the people are coming together and creating news for OURSELVES. Miss us with the traditional news and bullshit information. We aren’t buying it anymore. 

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