5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Mornings Easier [LIST]

Mornings can be rough, can’t they? At LNE Consulting, we understand the importance of not being stressed out and rushed before you head out to a full and productive day of work. We put together a list of five things you can do to ease your morning routines, reduce stress and make mornings much more enjoyable.

1. Make your lunch the night before. You may be tired and would really rather leave it until morning, but you’ll thank yourself in the morning when all you have to do is grab your lunch and head to work instead of waking up earlier to make it.

2. Set multiple alarms, earlier than you need to be awake. This way you’ll gradually start to be aware that you need to wake up soon, and you’ll also be able to reward yourself when you can sleep in an extra 10 minutes before you actually need to wake up!

3. Lay out your clothes the day before. Don’t waste time in the morning trying to find the perfect tie or that left sock – if you look ahead of time then all you have to do in the morning is wake up and get dressed. Dressed for success, always. 

4. Turn on the coffee machine while you’re in the shower, this way the moment you’re out you can indulge in a wake me up and continue getting ready without having to wait for the coffee to brew.

5. Always put your car keys back in the same spot to ensure that you’re not scrambling around come morning. Routines are the best way to ensure that you don’t lose or forget important things and car keys are especially important.

Hopefully, these things will help to ease the rush and stress of the morning before work. LNE Consulting understands that coming into work after a morning where everything went wrong can be especially difficult, but we commend you for doing it because the work wouldn’t get done without you and the sacrifices that we all make to do the things we love.

From all of us at LNE Consulting we hope you have stress-free mornings and productive work weeks!

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5 Fun Facts About Halloween

October is here and we know what that means! One of our favorite holidays at LNE Consulting, Halloween, is quickly approaching!

But how much do you really know about Halloween or Hallow’s Eve as it is sometimes called? Check out the list below of 5 fun facts about the holiday that you may never have heard before!

  1. Halloween is actually believed to have Irish origins. They have a holiday called “Samhain,” which is a festival of the dead. Dia de Los Muertos is also a popular day in the Hispanic culture which is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. 
  2. Trick-or-treating used to be much more involved. For instance, you used to have to dance for your candy, or actually beg. Also, it was very common for tricksters to play jokes on the people they were begging from — and some could be quite mean spirited!

  3. Jack-o-lanterns, which were traditionally created to scare away the evil spirits, used to be made out of more than just pumpkins. People used to carve beets, potatoes, and radishes as well! Perhaps not quite as large or scary as a pumpkin, though!  
  4. Halloween is sometimes referred to as Hallow’s Eve because the next day, November 1st, is called “All Saints Day,” which is a day dedicated to the saints of the Catholic church. It is also, as previously mentioned, Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico. 
  5. In Rome, they used to celebrate a festival called “Pomona,” which celebrated the goddess of the harvest. This festival was thrown around the same time as Halloween is celebrated now, and we have adopted some of their celebration activities, like bobbing for apples!

 

Can you see why Halloween is such a fun holiday? The holiday is a combination of so many different cultures and fun events. LNE Consulting’s favorite part is definitely the fun costumes. From all of us at LNE Consulting, we hope you have a fantastic Halloween and see lots of fun costumes. Follow us on Instagram to check out what we’re doing for Halloween.

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Here’s a picture from last Halloween!

 

6 Unexpected Health Benefits of Coffee

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Many of us here at LNE Consulting have been known to enjoy one or two three or four cups of coffee throughout the day. And if you’re like us, you may even have gotten some flack over your impending addiction from your friends, family, or coworkers. But coffee lovers, rejoiceit turns out that indulging in a reasonable amount of coffee each day is actually pretty good for you! Don’t believe us? We’ve rounded up a list of 6 of coffee’s best health benefits.

1. Increases your energy levels

You may have already noticed the little jolt of energy that comes when you drink a cup of coffee. This effect is because caffeine boosts your levels of norepinephrine and dopamine, providing you with that burst of energy.

2. Improves physical performance

Not only does caffeine increase your adrenaline levels, but it also causes fat tissue to release fatty acids, fueling your body and improving your physical performance—making it the perfect pre-workout beverage!

3. Contains important nutrients

One cup of coffee contains Vitamins B2 and B5, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, and Niacin. If that one cup turns into four, coffee can supply a surprising amount of your recommended daily nutrient intake.

4. Source of fiber

A cup of brewed coffee can contain up to 1.8 grams of fiber, approximately 6% of the 30 grams daily recommended for the average adult. Fiber helps normalize bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, and can even help you achieve a healthy weight.

5. Full of antioxidants

Coffee contains large amounts of several important antioxidants, including hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, coffee can fulfill a substantial portion of your daily antioxidant needs!

6. Lowers the risk of several diseases

Multiple studies have shown that people who regularly drink coffee have a much lower risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, and Parkinson’s disease.

So don’t be afraid to pour that second cup, just be sure to limit yourself to the recommended daily amount: about 4 cups of coffee for the average adult.

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Celebrating National Left Handers Day:​ 5 Quotes From Famous Left-handed People [LIST]

Here at LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we celebrate originality! Did you know that only 10% of the world’s population is left-handed? To some, it may seem like a disadvantage because the world is essentially built to fit right-handed folks! Smudging ink on your hand while writing on a piece of paper, unfitting “righty” desks in the classroom, and even screwing in a light bulb, the life of a lefty is full of frustrating obstacles. In celebration of National Left Handers Day on August 13th, here are 5 quotes from famous left-handed people!

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Jerry Seinfeld, the famous stand-up comedian, and star of hit TV show Seinfeld is a lefty! Considering that he wrote all of his jokes and all of the scripts for Seinfeld by hand, being a lefty had to be frustrating for Jerry. The superstar knows hard work and determination like the back of his hand (pun intended) and understands the necessity for new challenges because it’s all part of the process!

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Morgan Freeman, the golden-voiced actor is also left-handed! He is an epic movie star who also has a successful career in narration due to his soothing voice. Freeman clearly believes that actions speak louder than words – a principle that we also stand by here at LNE Consulting!
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The producer, philanthropist, actress, and talk show host sure does have her hands in a lot of creative outlets – her best hand though? You guessed it – her left! Oprah has always maintained a very positive outlook on life and the world around her, which is why it is not surprising that she is so successful. Like all successful people, Winfrey acknowledges failure, but only as an opportunity to keep moving forward!

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As an author, philanthropist, investor, and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates is one of the most successful left-handed people alive today. Co-founding Microsoft is not something that happens overnight, especially since the company was started in Bill’s garage! His patience, hard work, and determination are what made him the enormous success that he is today!
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The Canadian singer and businesswoman is one of the most famous performers in the industry! Celine Dion also holds her microphone with her left hand! Of course, not just her microphone – she is an all-around lefty! Celine understands that we cannot always control the hardships that life throws at us; however, we do control our reaction and response moving forward!

 

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5 Podcasts That Will Get You Excited For Your Morning Commute [LIST]

At LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL), we know how unpredictable traffic can be, especially if you have a long commute to work. The radio can be repetitive and frustrating at times, especially when you’re aiming to prepare your brain for a productive day of work. Podcasts are revolutionizing the daily commute – offering compelling stories and hours of intelligent and informative entertainment. The best part? They are free and available right on your smartphone!

Here are 5 captivating podcasts recommended by LNE Consulting that will make your drive to work more enjoyable!

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 11.56.28 AM1. S-Town is an enthralling 7 part series that focuses on the life of an antique clock restorer named John B. Macklemore. Sounds boring, right? Well, he turns out to be one of the most intriguing and intelligent people on the planet — with secrets, conflict, and twists galore.

Screen Shot 2017-06-08 at 12.01.40 PM2. For those who are intrigued by the supernatural, The Black Tapes is the best thing going! An open-minded reporter, Alex Reagan, investigates ghosts, apparitions, and spirits while exploring the evidence of hauntings around the world. The Co-star, Dr. Richard Strand, is a nonbeliever who relies solely on science and tangible, proven evidence – almost always dismissing supernatural experiences as a hoax. Unlike S-Town, The Black Tapes is fictional; however, that opens up a lot of room for a gripping and tremendously spooky story. This podcast will make traffic breeze by, whether you’re on your way to LNE Consulting or running errands!

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3. Crimetown takes you to 70’s and 80’s Providence, Rhode Island, where crime and corruption were all the norm in the political system. The studio is planning on working on a new area, new crime, and new story every season – but so far, season one is the only collection that has been published. Season one is a fascinating look into the political career of Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, the mayor of Providence from 1974-1984. The story documents his infamous political career, as well as his connection to the mafia, with real interviews from ex-mob members and people in Buddy’s circle.
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4. The Nerdist Podcast, hosted by the geeky, charming, and well-spoken Chris Hardwick, is a wonderful way to hear the thoughts and opinions of famous and successful people in an informal setting. Essentially, each episode is an hour or so long interview with a stirring guest. However, like most interviews, it does not sound like a press release. The guests are completely open and engaged, answering brilliant, yet casual questions from Chris. It’s like sitting in on a conversation between two buddies! His guests have included Jake Gyllenhaal, J.J. Abrams, Keanu Reeves, and even Bill Gates!
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5. History buffs unite! Check out Hardcore History. Hey, even if you have no prior knowledge of ancient civilizations and traditional academic history, you will love this podcast if you are looking to learn – and we sure do love to learn here at LNE Consulting. Dan Carlin has an unorthodox way of making history enjoyable while blending journalism and drama to create a stimulating learning experience. It is a great podcast to wake your brain up and provide you with some new information to share with your coworkers!

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Golf is the Sport of Business: Here’s Why

Golf and business have always been intertwined. Living in Florida, all of us at LNE Consulting can’t help but notice how much golf is adored. In many ways, the golf course is as effective as any office when it comes to making a deal — and it’s a great way to inspire competition. But besides the obvious, why is golf so popular in the business world?

Well, there isn’t one specific answer, but LNE Consulting can name a few fundamental reasons.


You Dictate Your Outcome

Team sports are an effective way to work as a unit and bond, but they don’t reflect individual performance. In golf, the only person hitting the ball is you. There’s no room for excuses and your scorecard reflects how you performed individually. Golf requires initiative and composure, two traits that are valued in the office and are displayed on the golf course.

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Its Low Tension

While we all have a certain competitive nature, golf is typically a relaxed and modest game. Too much competition isn’t a good atmosphere for closing deals or getting to know someone. Golf offers an atmosphere of friendly competition with low stakes. It’s a great way to get out of the office, enjoy the outdoors, and be active. While there are many activities that are “low-tension”, golf seems to be the favorite because of all the other elements it involves.

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Opportunities To Network

Whether you randomly paired with a group, or you’re going out with prospective clients, golf gives you a solid few hours to get to know the members of your group. Usually by the time the round has ended you’ve either made a new friend, a connection, or a future business partner. Meeting new people, especially with similar interests, is a great way to grow your network and the golf course is a networking goldmine.

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There are certainly more reasons why golf is so popular in the business world, but those seem to be the three most popular. In Hollywood, Florida, where LNE Consulting is located, golf is as popular as any sport around. Golf is not limited to only professionals, but it is certainly a large component of their lives. It’s a lot bigger than just a round of golf, business professionals will tell you that.

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Food for Thought, Literally: 7 Foods that Boost Brainpower

As we power through the summertime and fight through the Florida heat, LNE Consulting (Hollywood, FL) has got you covered with a list of 7 foods that are proven to help keep you focused!

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You’ve probably heard of this one before. You may have even popped a handful of blueberries in your mouth on your way to take a big test back in school. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, which boost the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain, which improves concentration and memory.

2) Beets

These red root vegetables are another great source of antioxidants. Beets also contain natural nitrates, which similarly increase blood flow to your brain, giving you a rush of energy and improving your mental performance.

3) Broccoli

Broccoli contains high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and choline, three nutrients that are key for supporting energy and brain function. Turns out your mom was right, you really should eat your broccoli!

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We’re as thrilled as you are to have another excuse to eat more chocolate. Dark chocolate with contains 70 percent or higher cocoa is packed with flavonols, which provide your body with antioxidants, helping blood flow to the brain and heart and even lowering your blood pressure.

5) Nuts and Seeds

Both are a fantastic source of Vitamin E, which helps maintain your cognitive function as you age. They’re also full of essential oils and amino acids which can give you a concentration boost.

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Avocados are always praised as a great source of healthy fatty acids, but did you know they can also help out your brain? They’re known to aid blood flow to the brain, which yes, you guessed it, improves your focus and concentration.

7) Fatty Fish

Especially oily fish, such as salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, and kipper, have been proven to enhance your mental performance and mood due to their high levels of omega-3  fatty acids.

Try incorporating even just two or three of these superfoods into your daily diet, you’ll notice a difference!

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