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7 Reasons Why People Who Wear a Watch to Work Are More Successful

7 Reasons Why People Who Wear a Watch to Work Are More Successful

Keeping track of time remains important in today’s world. As clocks become omnipresent on smart phones and other devices, you may wonder if wearing a watch makes sense. There are several good reasons to keep wearing a watch in the professional world. Keep these tips in mind when you go looking for a watch next time.

While a watch is helpful, it is ultimately an accent or accessory to your style. If you have a limited budget, there is no need to go into credit card debt to purchase a Rolex.

Nonetheless, there are definite advantages gained when wearing a watch. Here are seven reasons why people who wear watches are generally more successful:

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1. They Have Elegant Style

In most companies and in most situations, there are benefits to having elegant style. Putting on a dress watch is a perfect accessory to finish off a suit and tie. Wearing a watch with a metal band or a high quality leather band is often a good choice.

Tip: A good rule of thumb is to wear watches with a metal body with suits and dress clothes. Leave the plastic and rubber watches at home — those watches are best for exercise, swimming and other activities.

2. They Know How to Impress in Job Interviews

During a job interview, it is important to leave a good impression. Mark Horstman, cofounder of Manager Tools, recommends wearing a watch to interviews. He makes this recommendation because managing time in an interview is important. Checking your watch in that setting is a subtle gesture. If you check the time by pulling out your phone, the interviewer may think you are checking your email. That’s a fast way to create a poor impression.

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3. They Know How to Fit in on Wall Street

In certain industries, wearing a good watch is an important way to show you are part of the crowd. For example, some who work on Wall Street are fond of buying vintage Rolex watches at auctions. Patek Philippe is another popular watch choice for investment bankers.

Like it or not, a watch is widely seen as a status symbol on Wall Street — your watch choices will say a lot about you.

4. They Appreciate Good Quality

Successful people know the importance of buying and using high quality products. That’s why many successful people will pay $100, $500 or over $1000 for a watch. It is worth spending on a quality watch, especially one with a classic style that will never go out of fashion.

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James Bond wore Rolex watches in the 1960s and those watches continue to be in demand, even at auctions.

5. They Know Watches Matter in Europe

In certain countries, wearing a watch shows that you are a serious professional according to this Forbes article. If you go to work for a large European company or organization, you may need to start wearing a high end watch. If you’re unsure about your watch choices, look around to see what watches, if any, managers and top performers are wearing. Based on those observations, you will know the right approach on the right watch to wear.

6. They Wear the Right Watch for the Right Occasion

You may have multiple watches for different purposes. Marathon runners, swimmers and other athletes often wear water proof watches that can take punishment and continue to function. If you are going to attend an evening event with other professionals, it makes sense to wear a dress watch.

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7. They Know How to Adapt

There are some industries that do not care much about watches. In Silicon Valley and the California tech industry, it is common to wear a simple watch like the Timex or the Citizen. If you are in an organization full of engineers or technology types, you might find that wearing an Apple Watch is a better choice if you want to fit in.

Featured photo credit: Watch/cupp260 via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

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Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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