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How to Be the Top 10% Smartest People in the World

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How to Be the Top 10% Smartest People in the World

There must have been times when you have felt less than others. Felt less intelligent, less of an achiever, less witty, less goal-oriented and frankly, dumber! We all have been there, and it’s a really depressing feeling, all in all, not being able to truly be all that we want to be. In case you too are spiraling down into a sad, small place as you read this – wait, for there is always hope when you are on the road to how to succeed.

Only Hard Work and Motivation Can’t Make You Successful. You Need to Know Self-Coaching.

Frankly, a lot of us are hard-working and willing to put in all that is needed for us to achieve our goals and ideals. The problem is that many of us lose the way of how to succeed. Being motivated and willing to work hard wins you the battle half way, but there is still a lot to be done if you really want to be the best that you can be.

The smartest people, who are also the most successful understand that there is a different approach to be used on how to succeed, more than just hard work and being motivated. In case you are wondering what their secret to success is, and if you too can join the bandwagon – there isn’t just one formula to use. The point is, you have to figure out how you can be smarter yourself , no one will tell you how to be that. [1]

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As children, we struggle in school, and often our parents and teachers become our guides, helping us see the better way. But as adults, once we enter the office realm, no boss is here to truly guide us onto an enlightened path – very often, we have to become our own coaches.[2] And since we already know the truth of all that we lack in, who better than us, ourselves, to guide us into being someone better? No one knows us better than ourselves, so we can, with enough introspection, find out the best way on how to succeed.

Why Self Improvement Is Difficult for Many of Us

That depends entirely on you. For some, their lot in life in enough – even if their counterparts overtake them and reach a lot further. But if you are pained by the lack of progress in your life, then yes, you do need to fix it… Some common obstacles on how to succeed in life are:

  • Not knowing where or what to improve in the first place
  • Confused on how to improve yourself
  • Having a laid back or carefree attitude where you are easily satisfied by your progress
  • Often give up easily when you feel that there hasn’t been any improvement in what you are trying to do – even if a minimal effort was put in
  • Comparing yourself with others and wanting things that the others have achieved
  • Feeling demotivated and depressed when success proves elusive

6 Steps To Become Smarter and Succeed In Life

Now that we know the whys and the why not’s of trying to be smarter, here are the steps we can take if we want to be smarter and know the secret to how to succeed, every time.

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Ask Yourself 5 Whys to Figure Out What to Improve

Think of a child and how he reaches the root of a problem – by asking incessant whys. So do that to yourself. Every time you are faced with a problem, like why you aren’t improving at something or succeeding in life – ask yourself why, 5 times, as a rule of thumb.[3]

This will help you identify the root cause of the problem as well as the relationship between the various causes. A simple example is: I didn’t get a promotion this year, but my junior did. So ask yourself: why did your junior get the promotion? Answer: Because my boss likes him. Again: Why does your boss like him, and not you? Answer: Because he turns in his work much ahead of time… Then: Why don’t you turn in your work in time? Answer: Because I put off things way until the last minute and then need extra time to complete it… So there you have it, in three whys you have your answer.

Never Aim to Kill the Giant Monster in One Attempt, Try Attacking Its Sore Spots One By One

Sometimes the problem or struggle we face in front of us is so big and insurmountable that we often get discouraged and give up at the start. So the best thing to do is to break down the problem into steps: each step needs to have a deadline so that the solution stays on course, with some extra time left over to review the problem and its eventual solution in entirety. [4] Say you are unhappy about your weight. The problem is your weight and the solution is to lose some. Now break it down: add 20 minutes of a brisk walk the first week, drop all desserts the second week, clear out your kitchen of junk in the third week, join a gym or aerobics or yoga the fourth week on. You should be seeing results by the end of the month.

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Learning New Skills Is Not Enough — You Need to Learn Them Fast

In nowadays fast moving and competitive world, learning new skills is not enough if takes you a lot of time to learn them. You need to up your ante and learn new thing much faster than the average Joe.[5] Instead of taking a month to learn something, cut it down to a week. Grasp the concept on day 1, master the complicated aspects on day 2 and 3, apply it to real life on day 4, work on it in a slightly different day on day 5, revise everything on day 6 and on day 7 – clear any lingering doubts or confusion.

Keep Challenging Yourself at Every Step

If you were able to do something in say six hours, challenge yourself to do it in five hours or less the next time. Similarly, challenge your old beliefs. Think of new ways to solve the same problems, and you might end up reaching a time-saving solution. [6]

Consider Yourself to be Your Biggest Critic & Competitor

No one else is your enemy or competitor as you are to yourself. In today’s socially showing-off world, there’ll be plenty of success belonging to other people that you wished were yours. Someone is buying a luxury car, someone else is off to the Caribbean or ha your dream job or got that husband and child you so wanted… Thing is, there’ll always be someone else doing better in life than you, or being better at skills than you. So? Run your own race – be your own competitor. You cannot compare yourself to the whole world, so how about you compare yourself to only, yourself. [7]

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Turn Negative Emotions into Positive Triggers

However much we try, we are likely to be faced with some or the other disappointments in the journey called life especially when are figuring out how to succeed. The trick is not to let these negative emotions bog you down and instead use these emotions as positive triggers. For instance, if you are angry about a situation, you are likely to be charged up – use this anger creatively into solving a problem that has been irking you for long. And in case you are being enveloped in green, read envy, at someone else’s success – use this to fuel your need and efforts to reach never before heights. [8]

If you are still wondering how to succeed- get up and get direction, and then put in all that hard work and effort into achieving that dream of yours. Wishes don’t move mountains, but hard work and ambition do. [9]

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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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