The same way you can manipulate your environment to encourage sleep, you can also do it to wake up.

In a time when consumers desperately want to trust businesses - but they just don't - influencer marketing is one way to overcome this problem.

If you don't have the time or desire to do whatever is being asked of you, say, 'no.' Even if you want to bake those cookies for your kid's fundraiser or take on a new freelancing gig, sometimes you just have to politely decline until you do have the extra time. The other party may be disappointed, but it's not the end of the world.

Changing a habit or routine doesn't happen overnight. It takes a little bit of time and may take easing into the change to make it work for you. Waking up earlier is no exception.

I used to keep a coin jar and would cash it in when I was pinched a little, back-in-the-day. I would always be shocked when the amount totaled $200 to $300.

When done correctly, gift and loyalty cards can improve your cash flow, acquire and retain customers, and increase your overall brand presence.

While digital wallets are paving the way for the future of payments, you still need to assess whether or not they'll work for your business. If your target audience are less tech-savvy or you're primarily a cash-only business, it may not be worth investing too much into accepting digital payments.

Relationships are full of compromises.

By giving your feelings a name, you're identifying how you feel.

In order to handle rejection, we have to reflect on the past, analyze/study it. Next, just like a computer, we have to reboot. Next, get it out of our system by rejecting every aspect of it.

If you don't want to part with belongings but still want to monetize them, then you can rent them out.

The way that customers pay businesses is constantly evolving. Instead of paying with paper, like cash and checks, businesses are expected to accept a variety of payment methods ranging from credit cards to digital payments.

Marriage can be tricky and challenging at times.

Better to take smart risks and focus on winning because, if you don't, your competition will!

Even I have been at that point in my life where I thought I didn't have enough extra money laying around to start investing in stocks for my own retirement plans.

Coming up with a ballpark figure on how much you need to pay your expenses, such as your mortgage or rent, insurance, and utilities, is the first place to start when developing your ultimate goal of becoming a multimillionaire.

If you want to retire as a multimillionaire, then you need to start saving as early as you can.

Even after creating a budget and being more money conscience, it's still easy to overspend during the holidays.

Nothing shatters the relationship between you and your boss like you failing to meet expectations, deadlines, and goals.

We've all experienced those days when we feel like an absolute failure. It's a normal feeling when things don't go as exactly planned. And, when we feel like that, it's challenging to think of yourself as a successful individual.

Not to be biased, but digital wallets are awesome.

Make no mistake about it. Bad habits are called 'bad' for a reason. They kill our productivity and creativity. They slow us down. They hold us back from achieving our goals. And they're detrimental to our health.

We're surrounded by distractions. Whether it's emails, phone calls, text messages, social media notifications, or people entering and leaving your workspace, those distractions end up eating a good portion of your time.

Attention spans are short. Like, eight seconds short. That's why it's necessary to grab people's attention immediately.

It's amazing what people will give away for free just to get rid of it.

We all have those dreams we've never let go of. But believe it or not, sometimes a job that we're not that keen on can help us achieve those dreams or goals.

You may think having a cluttered desk isn't that big of a deal. But that couldn't be further from the truth. Disorganization can stunt your professional growth and decrease your productivity.

Learning about and from your customers isn't always easy and requires a commitment to continual observation.

I've found that most successful people do things because they get personal satisfaction from the work that they do.

I can't tell you how many times I've been writing an article only to get distracted by an email notification, either on my laptop or smartphone.

At one point, you were that employee who looked like a deer in headlights. Confused, lost, and not understanding your purpose within the organization. Even though you have the appropriate skills, you felt like you were in over your head. That is, until an amazing boss empowered you.

I produce a lot of content, both to help others online and to promote my business.

If your manager is one that isn't engaged with your career development by offering frequent advice and guidance, it's time to look for greener pastures.

An influencer with a small but loyal and engaged following can often have a far greater impact than one with a much larger fan base.

For me, personally, waking up before everyone else in my home allows me to work, respond to emails, or read up on current events without any distractions.

Keyword research is a task often left to SEOs and content marketers. However, it can be a powerful tool for anyone in your organization who wants to learn what your target market wants to read, learn and buy.

It's OK to stay at a job that you don't enjoy, because you're scared.

When you think of customer research, chances are you think of surveys. Used alongside other strategies, they can be an important way to learn more about your customer's needs, wants and habits.

We all wish that we could be more productive.

Always have a plan when you shop. Have your list ready so that you know who you're purchasing gifts for and an estimate on how much you're going to spend.

If you're receiving fewer assignments, this could be an indicator that there was a decision from upper management that you shouldn't have as many responsibilities. Whether that means your employer has lost faith in you or that your job may be in jeopardy, this is a sign that you should start polishing up your resume.

The goal of content marketing is to create content that people actually want to read/view. If you're being blatantly promotional, there's a good chance your content marketing efforts are falling flat.

I find in most circumstances, people leave bosses, not companies.

When you do snack, stick with healthier options like fruits, veggies, nuts, and low-fat, whole-grain products.

Earning a comfortable living and being responsible with your money is always a good thing. But, if you let that completely control your life, you're missing out on a lot of incredible experiences that money can't buy.

When it comes to video and pretty much everything else, the more personalized the content, the higher the chances of conversion.

I've made it clear that I have an open door policy - which means that the employee can tell me anything that is on their mind.

Wealthy individuals are known for spending their money wisely. This means living below their means by skipping the McMansion and impractical luxury vehicles.

It's a challenge to grow professionally and move up the corporate ladder when you're not receiving feedback on your performance.