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How to be a successful morning person

How to be a successful morning person (yes you).

Bee Positive: Advice from the Hive

Let’s face it; the summer is a time where we get a little loose with our schedules. With all of that extra daylight, we tend to stay up a little later, which usually means we’re waking up a little later too. Sadly, the summer has come and gone, so now it’s time to get back on track. Conquering a morning routine is a great place to start!

Not a morning person? Relax. We don’t just do print and design. We’ve also designed some tips to help you beat the snooze button! Just adhere to these words of wisdom from the Hive, and you should be able to beat those morning blues.

Create some morning motivation.
Tell yourself at night, that tomorrow morning will be different! Set some easy morning goals for yourself. Think about what you want most in life, whether it’s a new home, to lose a few pounds or a luxury vacation and put a picture of that next to your bed. Seeing your motivation for getting up, will motivate you not to hit snooze!

You’re a human. Humans are not nocturnal.
Who doesn’t love to stay up and binge watch Orange is the New Black on Netflix? Unfortunately, staying up into the wee morning hours will not help. Try going to bed an hour earlier. That extra time could make all the difference in the morning.

Unplug from the distractions of the world.
Great, you did it—you’re in bed an hour earlier. Now comes the tricky part: put down your phone, tablet or laptop and turn off the TV. You probably spend most the day in front of the screen. By restricting your screen time before bed, you allow your brain some time to relax, and that should help you fall asleep faster.

Come up with a realistic rise and shine time—and stick to it.
Pick a time to set one alarm (not 6) and try your hardest to avoid that wonderful snooze button. Believe it or not, studies show (https://youtu.be/P6zcSFA7ymo) that hitting the snooze button makes you groggier because it interrupts the body’s sleep cycle (REM). When setting your alarm, choose a pleasant, soothing sound. A successful daily routine will start with waking up at the same time each day, so make this a habit for yourself.

You’re already awake for the day, and that’s okay.
We have all woken up a few minutes before our alarm goes off. Most of us use those extra minutes to catch a few more z’s. Instead of going back to sleep, use this time to plan your day or clear your mind before jumping out of bed.

Feed your face (we saved the best for last).
Once you’ve woken up, make a good breakfast. After waking up, your metabolism and blood sugar are at the lowest level of the day. A sensible breakfast can give you that jolt of energy you are looking for. When planning your plate think protein, fruits, veggie and a whole grain.

These slight changes, while not drastic, will be difficult at first. Keep your eye on the prize and remember that they will improve your routine and be well worth it in the end!

13 Deadly Design Sins

13 Deadly Sins Graphic Designers Should Avoid

Whether you are just starting your career, you’re a seasoned veteran or you are on the hunt for the right graphic designer for your company – here are few things to keep in mind.

Comic Sans is obsolete

This front from the early 2000s is a big no-no for any self-respecting graphic designer. Avoid this at all costs – it’s not worth it.

Not naming files correctly

Most graphic designers have a naming convention, read up on them – come up with your own. Stay organized and no “asdfghj” file names, please and thank you!

Using Photoshop filters to disguise crappy images

We know Photoshop has a few tricks up it sleeves to help hide the pixelated picture you’re using. Do yourself (and everyone) a favor and just find or request an image with higher resolution.

Create a logo that works

Make sure that the logo you created is a vector application, this way it can work on a printed brochure or an electronic billboard.

Relying on spell check

Your computer is smart, but it’s not a real person. If you use the tools at your disposal without thinking (and reading) you could find yourself in a bind.

Not proof reading.

Red it. Read it again 😉

Don’t Flatten your Photoshop file

You may never know when you need to go back and “make the logo bigger.”

Relying too much on design trends

Your work will date quickly. Design trends can be fun to play with, and you may think it’s important to jump on trends as they come, but remember that your design may have to last longer than that trend will be around.

Too much text on one line

Find a way to cut down or reformat text so it doesn’t become a long sentence that just does not fit with the design.

Improperly kerning

If your kerning, 9the spacing between letters0, is not consistent, your text can be completely misread.

Cropping excessively

If you must crop, do it sparingly and make sure to not change the composition of the image. And if at all possible, leave the image alone.

Looking on stock websites for logos

Your client is coming to you for originality – stock images are a huge no-no. Not to mention the possible copyright issues down the line. Stay far, far away.

Overdoing shadows and embossing

Amateur & tacky – steer clear.

 

These are just a few of “don’t touch with a 10-foot pole” rules, but some others include:  don’t work without having coffee first, don’t steal (or borrow) someone else’s artwork, and don’t be lazy! Get designing and have some fun!

An almost foolproof way for increasing Twitter followers

An Almost Foolproof Plan to Increase Your Twitter Followers

We are living during a time that everyone shares, well, pretty much everything. Whether you like it or not, whether you agree with them or not. One thing we can all agree on it that it’s gonna fill up on your Twitter feed.

Twitter allows users to follow important topics, people, and conversations that are relevant or interesting to them as it happens… like a breaking news feed tailored to you and your interests. This type of connection will help you find prospects for your business. Now, how the honey to do you make sure the right people are following you?

Tweet Often, at the Right Times

Who is going to follow someone that never tweets? You should be tweeting at least once a day, but truthfully if you’re looking to be visible set your goal at 4-15 times a day. Along the same lines, make sure you’re not wasting your 140 characters. The best times to tweet are before tweeters head to work (before 9 am) or after they are finished for the day (after 6 pm). That’s right, weekdays over weekends. Don’t forget to cater to different time zones if your target audience is worldwide or across the country.

Use a Scheduling Tool

Don’t let the idea of tweeting upwards of 2,000 characters a day scare you. Tweeting regularly increases your visibility, reach and ability to engage and is manageable! Using a business tool like Hootsuite or Social Sprout to schedule your tweets keeps you visible and notification alerts let you stay in the conversation on your terms. Oh and don’t forget, weekend tweets between 1 pm and 3 pm and weekday tweets tend to get read more J

Share Others’ Tweets

Did you come across something that you loved or found interesting? Share it! You can retweet it (send it to your followers as is) or quote the tweet and add your comments in a new tweet. These are great ways to create a support network and encourage others to follow you and share your posts in return. Just be careful that you don’t go wild and retweet 50 tweets from the same users in one day, spread the love.

#Awesome #Connect #Power

You can’t deny the power of hashtags! Hashtags are an awesome way to connect with the twittersphere and attract new followers that have similar interests PLUS they will increase your visibility. But like everything in life, hashtags should be used in moderation. Pick one or two relevant or amusing hashtags, which add to your tweet. Don’t just add hashtags onto words that appeared in the rest of your tweet, or include them just for the sake of it.

Follow Your Followers

It may seem pointless to do this when you’re focused on gaining followers, but people who notice that you didn’t follow them back might unfollow you. Also, when you follow back, some people might respond to you publicly, which will give you some added exposure to their followers. Don’t worry about keeping up with that many people or tweets, you can be selective in who/what you read.

Keep it Cool

A tweeter typically checks a few recent tweets before deciding whether or not to follow an account. Be sure to have fun tweets that are informative and interesting. Mix it up; make sure you are sharing links, videos, and photos. Appeal to the visual senses too.

Twitter is one of the easier Social Media platforms to figure out. And when you get lost remember the golden rule of Twitter – use it to engage.