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The Productive Morning Guide for Night Owls

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I don’t understand early risers! I can’t wrap my head around the idea of waking up before 11 and get going with the daily mundane duties productively. I’ve been trying to be an early bird since freshman college, since it’s the key to become a millionaire according to some Buzzfeed article, and failed..

I’d rather sleep for a couple more hours than attending an 8 am lecture, even if it means losing attendance grades.

Now, I am a grownup adult and I’ve been working full time for over two years now and it hasn’t been easy.

As the night owl I am, I had to come up with a routine to save me couple of minutes of sleep, get to work in time and be as productive as possible.

Prepare everything the night before:

A trick as old as time. Turns out mom was right after all when she nagged about getting your bag ready the night before sleep, and that’s exactly what you are going to do as a responsible adult. Get your work bag ready, keys and wallet in place, prepare the meal you’re taking to work in a box. Sometimes, I go as far as keeping the clothes I’ll wear in the morning next to my bed so that I can change first thing in the morning, then actually start washing up and getting ready.

That will save you a lot of morning hustle from deciding what to wear to making sandwiches.

Coffee is your BFF.

Best friends forever. You and Coffee.

You probably stumbled upon one of those articles talking badly about Coffee (a.k.a your bff), but you know your brain isn’t functional until it’s caffeinated.

Make your own coffee at work and get your blood running through your sleepy body moving around the kitchen.

Good playlist = Good work mood

I like to start my morning with a track I found online that relieves anxiety, it helps me calm down and get into work/inspiration mode without losing it and start killing everyone at work (Just kidding). Make a good work playlist, a one that wouldn’t sooth you back to sleep, just don’t let your music blow all over the office, not everyone would appreciate your taste.

Take Breaks. Move around.

Sitting for 8 hours straight on a desk doesn’t just hurt my body, it breaks my free hyperactive soul.. so I move! I walk around the office, move my muscles, make another coffee or say hi to random people. During those very short breaks I give to myself, I like to check something different online, maybe the latest piece of news, a scientific breakthrough or just a 10 second funny video. Anything to avoid boredom, work routine and back pain.

Nap!

That’s basically the worst advice anyone could ever give you, unless you nap during work breaks; and if you don’t, work naps are always good naps anyway; they renew your energy for more work tasks. Just don’t let your boss catch you; and if he does, don’t ever mention me under any circumstances, I’m trying to keep a good reputation here.

Have fun!

As cheesy as it sounds, if you enjoy what you do for living, rising up early would be less torturous; the dedicated night owl in you would be somehow happy compromising a bit for the sake of a good job you actually love.

The more you hate your job, the more sleep you crave

After all, a night owl will always be a night owl.

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Saudi Arabia Join Forces With Google to Launch Several Projects

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A number of Saudi ministries joined teams with tech giant Google to kick off several projects, with the vision of helping the economic strategy of the Kingdom.

According to Google, these initiatives will highlight the MENA region and the Kingdom, in an attempt to boost the economy of both, which have been greatly affected because of the coronavirus.

The program, named “Grow stronger with Google,” will include a comprehensive list of grants, digital tools and training opportunities, all of which will support the local businesses across the region.

In the Kingdom, Google will following sectors: retail, tourism and technology including Saudi Post, which will list 100,000 local entities on the company’s digital platform and train employees in online marketing.

“We are proud to partner with Google in this initiative to bring value to Saudi nationals, residents and local businesses, especially SMEs through bringing them together using the Google ‘My Business’ platform,” said President of the Saudi Post Anef Abanomi.

“Through this partnership we aim to list up to 100,000 businesses in the first phase in line with Saudi Post’s strategic transformation objectives to improve quality of life and help SMEs achieve their e-commerce and digitization goals,” he added.

Lino Cattaruzzi, managing director for Google in MENA, said in a press release: “During the pandemic, online tools have been a lifeline for many in Saudi Arabia. Making the most of the online opportunity can help Saudi people, businesses and communities and in the wider region bounce back stronger.” He said the program will equip businesses and individuals in the Kingdom with digital skills, especially in sectors that have been most affected by the pandemic, such as retail and tourism.

 

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Vision 2030 Aims at Providing Job Opportunities For One Million Saudi Women

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Another ambitious plan for the Kingdom in an attempt to provide equal opportunities for women of Saudi Arabia!

The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 hopes to provide jobs for about one million Saudi women, according to Mishaal Al-Balawi, an official at the Permanent Mission of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations in Geneva.

“The Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 have put women empowerment among their most important priorities,” al-Balawi said.

Al-Balawi praised the significant role of women in making the economy of the Kingdom much stronger, saying that women are eager to gain access to a large share of reforms especially in the employment market.

These remarks were pointed out by Al-Balawi in a discussion on a report of the working group on the issue of discrimination against women at the Human Rights Council on Monday.

The discussion revolved around the rights of Saudi women and changing the employment scenario to include them.

Al-Balawi also pointed out that Kingdom is doing its best to end to violence and harassment against women at their workplaces.

“The Kingdom, through its regulations and agencies, is striving to address the phenomenon of violence against women at their workplaces as well as to enable them to work in a safe environment. This is through enacting laws to protect women and preserve their rights, such as the Anti-Harassment Law and the Law of Protection from Abuse,” he said.

“The Kingdom seeks to encourage women to study various disciplines, especially science, technology, mathematics, and engineering, as this provides a variety of opportunities for them in the labor market,” he added.

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The Kingdom Aims at Producing the World’s Lowest-Cost Electricity

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The Kingdom has announced that it’s working on a new solar energy project that aim at producing electricity with the lowest cost per kilowatt in the entire world.

The announcement was made earlier by Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister during the “Don’t Forget Our Planet!” conference, which was organized by Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative Institute (FII-I).

Prince Abdulaziz also revealed that the Kingdom is currently in the process of activating several programs, including increasing the use of electricity by 30 percent through renewable energy, while 50 percent will be generated through hydrocarbon sources, adding that work is also underway to take advantage of the wind energy project to harness it in generating power.

The Kingdom will not back down from its commitment to the energy efficiency project, but has even become a role model for high commitment in all related projects.

Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman said that the Kingdom aims to produce 50% of its electricity from renewable by 2030, adding that Saudi Arabia has plans to expand the use of wind energy.

This project is among other ambitious projects that are part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, the vision’s main aim is to diversify the country’s economy and not have it depend solely on oil.

 

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