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5 Keys to Everyday Success

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5 Keys to Everyday Success

“People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else.” -Tony Robbins

In a world full of influences beyond our control that have the potential to hold us back, there are things that you can do every day to impact the success present in your life.

With media messages that are distracting and unhelpful to your goals, with people bringing you down, and even messages saying you can’t win so often occurring, there are things that you can do every day to impact your mind and your reality to attain the success that you are after.

By applying the following daily success tips you will be able to fill your mind with positivity, turn away from the negatives in a way only to enhance who you are and who you will become. The success in your life is yours for the taking.

The following are the 5 tips to everyday success:

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1. Nourish your mind

Every day, fill your mind with positive information that challenges you and forces you to grow. This means getting away from the Facebook and Twitter feeds that are complaining or gossiping. Even the daily news can be toxic to your success as it focuses on things that are wrong in the world rather than the things that are positive and inspirational.

Make it a habit where you spend 15 minutes to an hour every day digesting information that is going to be useful to your success and will help you to become a better person. There are plenty of success books out there, find one that sparks your interest and awakens your mind each day.

2. Stimulate your body

Take time each day to push your body so that it will be able to further support you in your goals. Our mind and body are one in that stress, fear, and even some physical trauma is stored in the body. By doing something strenuous you get the opportunity to exercise and exert these opposing forces.

Whether it is taking a run in the morning, doing yoga, or going to the gym after work, do something for your body. I have run every morning since I was 14. Making this a daily habit was challenging, but I can’t not do it now. Take the time to take care of your body and it will take care of you and your success.

3. Find a role model

There are people all over the world who are doing or who have done exactly what you would like to accomplish or something similar. If you don’t know of these people yet or you don’t have a role model go out there and find one. They will help show you ways of becoming an even better you.

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People like Tony Robbins, Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, Steve Jobs, and Gary Vaynerchuck are all knowledgeable examples of success that you can learn from. Pick someone that you resonate with and absorb their information to learn what they do so that you can improve what you are capable of.

4. Take action

Our rewards come only from the actions that we take. Someone once told me that there is no such thing as luck, but when you start taking massive action then one feels a whole hell of a lot luckier. The action is and will be the key to your success.

The only reason why others are having the success that you are not is because of the action they are taking. In the long-term, the sustainable success that you will find is going to come from the actions you take. Get out there and start somewhere and make that first step towards your success.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” -Martin Luther King Jr

5. Give back to others

On your journey towards success, you will come to realize that it is about more than just you. It will be a lonely and uncompelling fight for you if you are only fighting for your prosperity alone. However, when the purpose becomes larger than yourself, this is a battle you are driven to win.

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Take the time to help others who are less fortunate than yourself. Life is above giving and when you realize that we all have more than enough, then our hearts grow in the act of helping other people. You will be amazed at just how good you can feel when you give to someone else with no expectation of getting something back in return.

In any great success story, there were thousands of things getting in the hero’s way. Life will not be without obstacles and you will have to earn your way to true success. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

True success that is just given or handed to a person will go unappreciated and will be taken for granted. If, however, you change your mind, change your life, and impact the world around you then you will know a life which few only know and many dream of.

Taking these steps and making them part of your daily routine will change your environment and put you in a position of giving yourself the positive resources and tools necessary to becoming that person of success that you imagine yourself to be.

One of the most common things that I find among people is that they have the hardest time making success a daily habit for themselves. Don’t be part of this group who knows all about success, but fails to implement it in their life.

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Success or failure in life depends on you and you alone.

What is stopping you from bringing success into your life?

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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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