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This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

This Is Why Some People Always Seem To Know A Lot

Who doesn’t like to be around someone who seemingly has an answer to our many questions? People who always seem to know a lot will always be on demand as knowledge drives progress and discovery. To know a lot though means you have to commit yourself to certain things. Here are some of the things that people who know a lot tend to do.

1. They read

It is not about reading junks or materials with little or no facts. To know a lot means you have to be willing to commit yourself to learning from the masters. And what better way to garner such knowledge than through books, journals or other printed materials that contain information that needs to be read.

2. They are friends with other people who know a lot

It is hard to be knowledgeable and be amongst people who do not share your penchant for knowledge. Being around people who are not devoted to knowledge could becomes a burden on them. People who know a lot are friends with other experts or knowledgeable persons. Doing this provides them with a greater wealth of knowledge and keeps them sharp.

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3. They discover

Being curious won’t kill the cat. It will only make it smarter. People who know a lot don’t just sit down in a place and wait for knowledge to meet them. They go out there to discover and find more answers to their many questions.

4. They ask questions

People who know a lot ask questions. They want to know. They will look for the right person that can provide answers and information and ask them questions. By asking questions, the right questions, they are able to get answers. And answers are solutions to problems.

5. They travel

They do not limit their world to a particular geographic location. They explore and want to discover newer channels and gain newer experiences. They don’t just want to read it but also want to experience it.

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6. They stay away from distractions

There are things that distract people from attaining more knowledge. People who know a lot stay away from distractions like TV, social media and gossips. They focus on worthy pursuits and on things that will challenge their mental abilities.

7. They educate themselves

Whether it is in pursuing a higher degree or doing well to acquire a new skill, people who know a lot try new things and educate themselves. They don’t make any excuses about it, but know that pushing themselves to a new challenge will educate and make them more valuable to their society.

8. They are adaptable

They are not rigid. They know that things will not always remain the same. People who know a lot are flexible and are able to change with the trend and demands. They don’t want to be victims of change but masters of change.

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9. They are attentive

Whether you like it or not, you can only learn more if you observe and listen. People who know a lot know that they are not perfect and have limitations. They are attentive and observe what goes on around them.

10. They strive

There is a standard before us all. Some meet those expectations, others don’t. People who know a lot strive to be better and more efficient. Such a test could lead to mistakes, but they are willing to strive and push on beyond the obstacles and challenges.

Experiences can teach a person so much. People who know a lot strive and mature with experiences.

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Who is not fascinated by someone who knows a lot? But not everyone will know so much. It boils down to how much we are willing to learn and focus on becoming that person others either envy or want to listen to.

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Last Updated on July 13, 2020

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

How Not to Feel Overwhelmed at Work & Take Control of Your Day

Overwhelm is a pernicious state largely caused by the ever-increasing demands on our time and the distractions that exist all around us. It creeps up on us and can, in its extreme form, leave us feeling anxious, stressed and exhausted.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, here are 6 strategies you can follow that will reduce the feeling of overwhelm; leaving you calmer, in control and a lot less stressed.

1. Write Everything down to Offload Your Mind

The first thing you can do when you begin to feel overwhelmed is to write everything down that is on your mind.

Often people just write down all the things they think they have to do. This does help, but a more effective way to reduce overwhelm is to also write down everything that’s on your mind.

For example, you may have had an argument with your colleague or a loved one. If it’s on your mind write it down. A good way to do this is to draw a line down the middle of the page and title one section “things to do” and the other “what’s on my mind”.

The act of writing all this down and getting it out of your head will begin the process of removing your feeling of overwhelm. Writing things down can really change your life.

2. Decide How Long It Will Take to Complete Your To-Dos

Once you have ‘emptied your head,’ go through your list and estimate how long it will take to complete each to-do.

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As you go through your list, you will find quite a few to-dos will only take you five or ten minutes. Others will take longer, often up to several hours.

Do not worry about that at this stage. Just focus on estimating how long you will need to complete each task to the best of your ability. Here’s How to Cultivate a More Meaningful To Do List.

3. Take Advantage of Parkinson’s Law

Now here’s a little trick I learned a long time ago. Parkinson’s Law states that work will fill the time you have available to complete it, and us humans are terrible at estimating how long something will take:((Odhable: Genesis of Parkinson’s Law))

    This is why many people are always late. They think it will only take them thirty minutes to drive across town when previous experience has taught them it usually takes forty-five minutes to do so because traffic is often bad but they stick to the belief it will only take thirty minutes. It’s more wishful thinking than good judgment.

    We can use Parkinson’s Law to our advantage. If you have estimated that to write five emails that desperately need a reply to be ninety minutes, then reduce it down to one hour. Likewise, if you have estimated it will take you three hours to prepare your upcoming presentation, reduce it down to two hours.

    Reducing the time you estimate something will take gives you two advantages. The first is you get your work done quicker, obviously. The second is you put yourself under a little time pressure and in doing so you reduce the likelihood you will be distracted or allow yourself to procrastinate.

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    When we overestimate how long something will take, subconsciously our brains know we have plenty of time and so it plays tricks on us and we end up checking reviews of the Apple Watch 4 or allow our colleagues to interrupt us with the latest office gossip.

    Applying a little time pressure prevents this from happening and we get more focused and more work done.

    4. Use the Power of Your Calendar

    Once you have your time estimates done, open up your calendar and schedule your to-dos. Go through your to-dos and schedule time on your calendar for doing those tasks. Group tasks up into similar tasks.

    For emails that need attention on your to-do list, schedule time on your calendar to deal with all your emails at once. Likewise, if you have a report to write or a presentation to prepare, add these to your calendar using your estimated time as a guide for how long each will take.

    Seeing these items on your calendar eases your mind because you know you have allocated time to get them done and you no longer feel you have no time. Grouping similar tasks together keeps you in a focused state longer and it’s amazing how much work you get done when you do this.

    5. Make Decisions

    For those things you wrote down that are on your mind but are not tasks, make a decision about what you will do with each one. These things are on your mind because you have not made a decision about them.

    If you have an issue with a colleague, a friend or a loved one, take a little time to think about what would be the best way to resolve the problem. More often than not just talking with the person involved will clear the air and resolve the problem.

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    If it is a more serious issue, then decide how best to deal with it. Talk to your boss, a colleague and get advice.

    Whatever you do, do not allow it to fester. Ignoring the problem will not make it go away. You need to make a decision to deal with it and the sooner you do so the sooner the problem will be resolved. (You can take a look at this guide on How To Make Good Decisions All The Time.)

    I remember long ago, when I was in my early twenties and had gone mad with my newly acquired credit cards. I discovered I didn’t have the money to pay my monthly bills. I worried about it for days, got stressed and really didn’t know what to do. Eventually, I told a good friend of mine of the problem. He suggested I called the credit card company to explain my problem. The next day, I plucked up the courage to call the company, explained my problem and the wonderful person the other end listened and then suggested I paid a smaller amount for a couple of months.

    This one phone call took no more than ten minutes to make, yet it solved my problem and took away a lot of the stress I was feeling at the time. I learned two very valuable lessons from that experience:

    The first, don’t go mad with newly acquired credit cards! And the second, there’s always a solution to every problem if you just talk to the right person.

    6. Take Some Form of Action

    Because overwhelm is something that creeps up on us, once we feel overwhelmed (and stressed as the two often go together), the key is to take some form of action.

    The act of writing everything down that is bothering you and causing you to feel overwhelmed is a great place to start. Being able to see what it is that is bothering you in a list form, no matter how long that list is, eases the mind. You have externalized it.

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    It also means rather than these worries floating around in a jumbled mess inside your head, they are now visible and you can make decisions easier about what to do about them. Often it could be asking a colleague for a little help, or it could be you see you need to allocate some focused time to get the work done. The important thing is you make a decision on what to do next.

    Overwhelm is not always caused by a feeling of having a lack of time or too much work, it can also be caused by avoiding a decision about what to do next.

    The Bottom Line

    Make a decision, even if it is to just talk to someone about what to do next. Making a decision about how you will resolve something on its own will reduce your feelings of overwhelm and start you down the path to a resolution one way or another.

    When you follow these strategies to can say goodbye to your overwhelm and gain much more control over your day.

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