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5 Ways To Bring Out The Best In You

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5 Ways To Bring Out The Best In You

Success for many people may be high performance, making a good and steady income or becoming wealthy, consistently doing the greater good for others, or simply just having inner peace within oneself. With life’s ebbs and flows, it can be challenging to become successful, no matter what your definition of success may be. Many people tend to become stuck in confusion of how to even begin to get to the level of success in which they want to be. However, there are some tips you can apply to help you get started.

1. Inventory Your Talents

In order to be successful at something, you need to perform well. Every person has something they are good at doing, whether it is taking care of others, performing specific duties that require certain skills, or remaining calm while being under pressure. You can also inventory your talent by asking people who are close to you to reveal what it is that they think you are good at doing. You can also ask those you care for what they think makes you unique and special. Finding perspective from others is a great tool to try!

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2. Think of Your Childhood

Take some time to relax, close your eyes, and think back to your younger days. Reflect on the times you were the happiest, think about the things you loved doing, and contemplate about how you felt when you were doing them. In addition to this, think about when you were younger (or even now), what you didn’t want to stop doing when you were told to switch to a new task. Ask yourself, “Why do I want to keep doing this? What precisely makes me enjoy it so much?”

3. Be a Dreamer

Surely, you have spent time just thinking about how you wish your life could be. We all do, even when we are seemingly in a good place in our lives. Successful people want more; they want to reach even higher. Using meditation each morning as you awaken, or at night before you go to sleep, will help clear your mind and open it up for accepting new thoughts. Dreaming big gives hope to anyone who wants to achieve more, and eventually those dreams will enable you to find a way to make good things happen!

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4. Be Daring

It is imperative to take risks in order to achieve your goals and to become what you want to be. You may have to be proactive in your search for a better life and reach out to others. You may have to apply for a new job, decide to go back to school, or start a business and step out of your comfort zone. This may make you anxious and uncomfortable, but, with all risks, it is necessary. Take that leap of faith and a deep breath, and go for it.

Unleashing and holding tight to something you love to do, either as a means of income or for sheer enjoyment, can be done with a little persistence towards yourself. It may take time to find what makes your excitement grow as you do something productive, but it is most definitely a realistic goal to set for yourself. Living your life, day to day, should bring you satisfaction and joy. After all, you deserve nothing less!

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5. Realize That Victory Is Near

Many people think that success for them is so far away and they get overwhelmed easily by thinking about it. When you have worked on your goals for a while but things don’t seem to be working for you, you might feel like giving up or at least frustrated. Usually ,when this happens, you are just two millimeters away from victory. This is one of the beautiful lessons I learned from Tony Robbins at his UPW event in Australia. Tony called this the “2-millimeter shift“. He explained that all you need is a little shift in your strategy or mindset in order to maintain the momentum to achieve the outcome that you are after. So when things are not working and you are stuck, just remember that victory is near and all you need is to find that tiny shift.

When you realize that the success you want is within your reach, you will keep going and utilizing more of your potential and resources to help you achieve your goals.

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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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