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7 Effective Ways Calm People Plan And Accomplish Their Work

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7 Effective Ways Calm People Plan And Accomplish Their Work

Work can be tense sometimes. Ideally, we all have our different levels of temperament. While others may find it easier to deal with their temperament better than others, we all have to learn how to deal with our emotions so that we can get the best out of our work.

Calm people are able to plan and settle their work so they can function optimally. We can learn a thing or two (or seven) from them.

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1. They have an outlet to channel their frustrations and anger

When calm people are faced with pressure and stress they tend to focus on ways to release their negativity. They do not let such anxiety or stress overwhelm them, rather they use certain avenues to take away their negativity feelings. This could be through exercising, listening to music, or participating in certain hobbies. By doing this, they can be in control of what happens to them rather than allowing it to take over them.

2. They have a decent sleep

They know that being tired and sleepy has a way of making them cranky or stressed. Your mood can be greatly influenced by your body’s energy level. To keep your body’s energy level up you should learn to give your body the rest it deserves. Calm people do well to take regular siestas or short naps so as to remain energized.

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3. They maintain a clean and neat work-space

When your work-space becomes disorganized and disheveled it is difficult to remain calm. A workplace that has things piling up and waiting to be done tends to cause anxiety and stress. To avoid this, calm people are very meticulous about their environment. It is placating to have things in place and available when you need them. Calm people are great at organizing their desk so they know where everything is. When you have a tidy work-space you are more relaxed and set to do things when they need to be done.

4. They take breaks

They find time to take a break from a busy schedule. Such time could be used to blow off some steam and unwind. While many persons may not see the necessity of taking breaks and giving themselves the time to recharge, calm people know that this is a weapon they can use in planning and settling their work. Ideally such vacationing or breaks are great at preventing burnout, reducing stress, and improving health.

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5. They connect and socialize

There is no point thinking and acting that you can get everything done by yourself. Calm people are great at socializing and seeking the support of others to get their job done. They are not ashamed to ask for help or seek advice if they have to. They do understand the importance of togetherness and friendship. Such becomes reassuring for them and a channel to settle their work more often.

6. They dial back on coffee

There is something about coffee. However, more than 500 mg of caffeine a day can increase your anxiety. A moderate dose of a coffee a day is great, but if your daily routine includes drinking more than five cups of coffee, you are brewing anxiety for yourself. Calm people know that while caffeine has its strengths, too much of it can be a disadvantage for them.

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7. They write it down

To settle and plan adequately, calm people write down their thoughts. They express gratitude and their negative thoughts through this channel. Moreover, it helps them maintain clarity about their goals and desires. As much as they can look at the past, they can also strategize and prepare for the future. Writing has a way of preventing stress and worries by replacing the negative energy with positive energy, which helps meet the challenges ahead.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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