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Master These 6 Mindsets To Get One Step Closer To Success

Master These 6 Mindsets To Get One Step Closer To Success

Sometimes it is not about strategy or “how to.” To become successful or take a step closer to it you have to understand the importance of your mindset. Even when a groundbreaking idea comes along or you are super talented, success may not come. While many have underestimated the efficacy of what role your mindset has to play when it comes to success, you should not count yourself amongst the many that ignored such to their peril. You should start learning what mindsets you have to work on to inch you further to your goals and to determine your success. Here are six mindsets that will take you one step closer to success.

A growth mindset

Mastering the growth mindset makes you more adaptable on your way to success. People who have a growth mindset are flexible and do not see things in the short term, but are focused on the long term and adapting to the journey and the process. They know that there will be failures, but they do not consider this to be disappointing or discouraging or the end point to their journey, rather they see failures as a starting point for experimentation and testing of ideas. People who are willing to be successful should not see failure as a reflection or a proof of their ability; they should see it as a platform they can build on.

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A possibility mindset

You cannot really accomplish much if you limit yourself with the “impossibility factor.” Because it has not been done before or doesn’t have any concrete antecedence of success doesn’t mean it is doomed for failure and it won’t simply work. Success requires that you should have an open and positive mindset that things will work out even when the odds seem to be against you.

An active mindset

People, who are highly successful and keep on striving for success, do not just talk or dream about becoming successful. They pursue and chase after success with every fiber in their bones. They dream it, sleep it, eat it and walk it. Their mindset in getting what they want is active and above the passive. They have the desire that they want it, but they go further by taking action and proving how much they want to be successful.

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A people mindset

Sometimes what matters very much to success is not your talent or your product, rather how much you focus on people and stirring them to giving you what you want. Focusing on people means that you do not develop relationships with those who will divert you from your goals, but will motivate and inspire you to getting to where you want to be. You can communicate, learn and be inspired in such relationships. Learn to connect with people if you want to become more successful.

A grateful mindset

Learn to say thank you often. Learn to appreciate wherever you are in the journey of becoming successful. Negativity sort of has a way of impeding your progress and debarring you from earning more opportunities. Focus on where you are and how far you have come. Your gratitude and such reminders show contentment, delight and positivity. Such attitude stirs you towards success rather than away from it.

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A responsible mindset

You understand that you are the one responsible for your success and not anyone else. you should take charge of whatever situation you are in and be willing to climb the ladder without making excuses. People who want to be successful are willing to be accountable for their actions and accept the responsibilities that will be placed before them in the process. They do not look for others to blame for their difficulties or expect them to be your driving force. You know what your future holds and you do not allow others to determine it.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

How bad really is multitasking?

It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

So what to do about it?

Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

Now, forget about how to multitask!

Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

1. Get enough rest

When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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2. Plan your day

When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

4. When at your desk, do work

We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

5. Learn to say no

Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

6. Turn off notifications on your computer

For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

The bottom line

Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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