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Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

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Seeking inspiration In Hidden Places

We all hope to find inspiration, whether it be at work, home, or outdoors. Inspiration keeps us moving. It is the icing on the cake on our birthday; the gift of being able to live one more year, and have loved ones arriving at our doorstep.

It is the driving force fueling our dreams and desires. Inspiration lies everywhere. However, it can sometimes be overshadowed by our moods or attempts to search for it.

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    1. Start going to new places

    Go to new places. Once you start going to new places, you’ll find so many sites to inspire you.

    There are loads of these kinds of sites, but we tend to overlook them. Start taking the chance and heading out. You will be utterly surprised when you do. We all hope to achieve inspiration. So, why not start going out of your comfort zone and expanding your horizon and mind?

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      2. Start talking to more people

      Talk to more people. It will make you feel better, improve your social skills, and give you inspiration. There is so much to learn from people. You never know who will inspire you. It could be a celebrity, or a person just like you. The important thing is that a good conversation brings people together and can ignite inspiration.

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        3. Always believe that inspiration lies everywhere

        If you believe, then anything can and will happen. Inspiration will follow you.

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        Just have faith and you will come across it.

        Make your belief and conviction so strong that you step right into its path! It will make you stronger in all aspects of your life. We all want that, don’t we? Just be yourself; trust your instincts. It will be alright. Inspiration is indeed there. It is just a matter of time before you stumble across it.

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          4. Keep your eyes open

          Always have your eyes open because you never know where inspiration might be hiding. If you close your eyes, how will you see it? After all, inspiration is a wondrous thing. It is hard to come by, but nevertheless, very much present in life.

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          But, remember, once you are aware of the presence of inspiration, hold on to it. You don’t want it to escape your grasp. Keep it for future use… it will be wonderful to see what you are able to make of that pool of inspiration. Just don’t close your eyes to the possibility of finding inspiration in surprising places, whatever you do!

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            5. Listen to the voice of your heart

            Always listen to your heart because it never betrays you. When your heart says that a particular moment or object or experience is filled with inspiration, believe it. I know this to be true because I have rejected this feeling a million times, believing my heart to be naive or weak. But I was wrong.

            If I had heard my heart properly and listened to it, I would be in a better place right now. But, I have learned one important thing from my experience: to seize the feeling of inspiration right when it appears! So, make sure you don’t make the same mistake that I did.

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            6. Never Give up

            Never give up on finding inspiration. You never know where you will find it! If you feel that life is bleak, and there is nothing really inspiring about it, then think otherwise. Yes, we won’t always be fully motivated to seek inspiration, but it is there nonetheless.

            7. Make The Most Of Your Life

            Whenever you do things, or wherever you go, go with all your heart! Your life is a beautiful thing. Make the most of it by finding inspiration wherever you can. It can do wonders for your happiness and how you engage with the world around you. It truly can!

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            Published on September 21, 2021

            How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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            How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

            The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

            In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

            1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

            Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

            But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

            Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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            Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

            Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

            While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

            Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

            2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

            At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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            Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

            Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

            Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

            McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

            From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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            3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

            An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

            McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

            Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

            Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

            Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

            So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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            The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

            If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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