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10 Signs You’re A Highly Rational Thinker

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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.

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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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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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