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6 Hurdles Successful People Overcome At All Costs

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6 Hurdles Successful People Overcome At All Costs

Success is a journey. It takes consistency and action and not mere words. Many people do not tend to appreciate enough the hurdles and challenges successful people must have overcome before reaching their goals. Paying attention to such details and not taking these hurdles for granted, but having a superior mindset to crush them could define how far you and I will go in meeting our successes. Even when you become successful it is important overcome at all costs these hurdles as you set forth to reaching your goals.

The lack of an identity

When nobody knows who you are it is difficult for anyone to vouch for you or offer the needed support to gain enough credit. This is why people who become successful meet several turn downs before they meet success. For the ordinary person it is easy to walk away and remain in obscurity, but people with a successful mindset don’t let their being unidentified stand in the way of their meeting success. They create an identity for themselves.

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Poor timing

Having a great idea or being a great talent is not enough. You have to take advantage of the times. Many who have failed met it because they had the right motive or desires and set forth for it at the wrong time. To become successful you don’t have to procrastinate though, you don’t have to say you are at the wrong side of age and that you need more time. Successful people set forth and take advantage of the time. They know that they even if they fail because of poor timing they would have benefited themselves in form of knowledge and be prepared enough to try again.

Being around the wrong people

There are a lot of people around who are willing to crush your spirits and dampen your self-belief. It is difficult to attain success when you surround yourself with ordinary who are okay with being average and sticking to the conventional. Getting out of the box and meeting success requires that you find your tribe of like-minded persons who will propel you and push you to maximizing your potential.

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A lack of direction

You could have the right intentions and desires but you are not channeling your skills and abilities in the right direction. All this could be dependent on not having the right knowledge or the right people around you to put you through. Having a clear cut strategy and the right approach to reaching your goals is always very important in becoming successful. Successful people gain direction through mentors, books or observing the trends.

A terrible lifestyle

Successful people understand that their body is the vehicle to success. You cannot do much without having the right vessel to take you to your destination. Many do take this for granted and do not pay attention to their health and lifestyle. You can’t do much under intense stress and pressure from what is around you. Successful people do well to minimize their stress and focus on getting the best out of their body. They eat right, exercise and have a decent rest. Ordinary people live with ordinary habits and this doesn’t matter too much, but successful people overcome the hurdle of destroying the vessel that will take them success by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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Trusting in what others think

You could be misguided with the many views on different platforms. It is hard not to listen to people and their opinions; some about your personality, others about your actions and decisions. But if you want to be successful, you have to overcome the hurdle of listening to what everyone has to say about you. Successful people believe in themselves rather than in the opinions of others. Ordinary people on the other hand become discouraged or disappointed as people dampen their ambitions with mere words.

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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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