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10 Signs You’re A Highly Rational Thinker

10 Signs You’re A Highly Rational Thinker

Are you a highly rational thinker? Do you spend more time thinking things through than acting on a whim? Here are 10 signs you’re definitely a highly rational thinker:

1. You think about the future more than the past

If you spend more time thinking about your goals and your future than about past events, you’re probably a rational thinker. Rational thinkers always think in terms of goals and objectives; both of which are future- and progress- oriented.

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2. You always ask for the reasons first

Simply doing something is no good for you. You have to know why? You won’t dive in head first without a solid reasoning as to why you should even jump in.

3. You make plans often – and follow them

You refuse to go ahead with something without a solid plan, and some good evidence. You want to know exactly how everything is going to pan out: during a vacation, you probably want to know where are you going to stop, for how long, and what you are going to do while you’re there.

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4. You list the pros and cons when making decisions

Simply making a decision without knowing the impacts makes you cringe. If you never make a decision without knowing exactly what you’re going to gain and what you’ll lose in the process, you’re a highly rational thinker.

5. For you, reaching targets isn’t difficult; the key is to have the right methods

You plan out your road map to your goals, pick the proper methods, then execute those methods to get exactly what you want. You know that methodology is the key to reaching any target, no matter how lofty.

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6. You can get the information you want very quickly

As soon as a question pops into your mind or is asked of you, you know exactly where to find the answer. You can learn any new skill you set your mind to simply by committing to learning it. Google is your best friend, and you love to ask questions.

7. You seldom dwell on one thing for too long

Just as you think about the future more than the past, you can never sit and dwell on any one thing for too long. You want to move on and progress, reaching forward to hit the targets you so tediously planned to hit. Your strongest methodology is moving the plan forward, and not letting the past hold you back.

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8. You love chess

Chess is a highly strategic game. It takes a lot of insight and high-level thinking. Only highly rational and strategic thinkers are able to play it to its full potential. If you’re really good at chess or are particularly fond of the game, chances are you’re a highly rational thinker.

9. You keep a planner

Keeping a daily planner keeps you organized and stops you from forgetting your appointments. Many people have trouble keeping a planner because they forget about it and stop, or simply give up on it. Being a highly rational thinker, however, you keep it no matter what.

10. You don’t let emotions blind your judgement

Many times emotions can keep us from thinking rationally and coming to a potentially obvious conclusion. However, you know better; you never let your emotions blind you from the obvious truths. You’re a highly rational thinker, and you’re able to put your emotions aside and do what’s necessary and correct, regardless of how you feel about it.

Are you a highly rational thinker? Did you find yourself agreeing with many of the points above? If you didn’t think you were a highly rational thinker before you read this, do you think you are now?

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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