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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Wearing A Wrist Watch

5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Wearing A Wrist Watch

Wrist watches are now making a return as smart watches, but millennials are still reluctant to wear them. These amazing pieces of functional jewelry lost a lot of their popularity as Generation Y grew up checking the time on their phones, which made the wristwatch obsolete. The latest generation of people are not attached to their watches as those before them were; Generation Y is not going to invest in a diamond Rolex to wear it their entire life, daily, then pass it on to their kids and grandkids, as a family heritage. Millennials are not wearing wrist watches, at least, not the conventional ones.

But apparently, the new generations are changing their minds.

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1. The Wrist Watch is an Image of a Successful Businessmen

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Mad Men, you’d know all those men wear stylish wrist watches, and this is because the image of the successful man wearing a watch is iconic. In business, people who wear wrist watches are seen as more reliable, organized and professional. Even if women embrace watches and turned them into elaborate bracelets that show the time, the image of a watch winder is still linked to men. This is it: watches are symbols of manhood. Most articles and commercials you will see about watches are going to be focused on men, rather than women. The reasons why watches are manly can be traced back in cultural suppositions of history and have a lot to do with power, money, and other manly attributes.

In a world dominated by smartwatches, smartphones, and other smart devices, the old watches seem to be out of place, but this is not true. There are multiple reasons why you should be wearing a wrist watch, regardless of whether you are a man or a woman.

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2. A Wrist Watch Can Keep You Safe

This is probably the most unexpected reason to wear a watch: it can keep you safe! In the fast-paced world that we live, con artists use very complex schemes to steal expensive mobile devices – or the simplest plan ever: they simply ask you what the time is. Then once you take out your smartphone or tablet, the thief does his or her job and runs away. As simple as that! If you wear a wrist watch, you will be able to tell the time without endangering yourself or your belongings.

3. A Wrist Watch Makes You Look Classier

If you hang out in a cafe, you will be amazed to see just how many people place their smartphones on the table even before they take a seat. This is a severe case of lack of manners, but for millennials who don’t wear a wristwatch, it is a necessary gesture. Well, dare to be different! Be the one person in the room who doesn’t need to flash their smartphone in front of everyone to check the time. Be the person who can enter a meeting without the smartphone, because you can tell the time without electronic devices.

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4. A Wrist Watch Shows People You Are Organized

When you go to a job interview and wearing a watch, the interviewer is going to notice you over the other candidates. Wearing a watch shows you are a responsible and organized person, who is willing and able to adapt to new situations. When everyone else is relying on smartphones and smartwatches, wearing a wrist watch is going to make you stand out, giving a message to the people around that you know how to value your time and your money.

5. Express Yourself With Your Watch

Women can wear a lot of accessories, but men are only entitled to wear watches and cufflinks. These are the only two accessories a man can wear at any time, with any type of suit. Of course, men can wear other jewelry as well, but at workplaces where there’s a dress code, it’s mandatory for men to hide these accessories. However, you never have to hide your watch, which means you can express yourself with that watch. You can choose from a wide range of sporty, colorful, shiny, rubber watches – for any day and every situation, you can find a new watch, matching it with your own personality.

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Wrist watches are highly versatile and functional, so don’t let them die. Embrace them and don’t be shy to be the person that says “it’s quarter past nine!”

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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