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Published on November 17, 2017

Are You a Peacetime Fighter or a Wartime Fighter?

Are You a Peacetime Fighter or a Wartime Fighter?

In certain situations, we fight to survive and succeed. It’s human nature. There are two types of fighter in this world – one performs well in peace time and the other thrives in war time.

The peacetime fighter is at their best when times are stable or in a position of prosperity. This is because their focus is motivated by success and their outlook can then be extended to wider areas in order to maintain advancement.

Wartime fighters exceed when the going is tough. When life isn’t so stable, they aren’t in the top position or where they need to be, they will focus on exploring new avenues, strive to solve the challenges and take risks to gain their success.

    In military terms, the way in which an army approaches both war and peace is adherently different.

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    Peacetime is used to observe and train your troops, readying them to fight the enemy on the battlefield. It’s a time of focus on individual soldiers – bettering them for future war and improving weapons for ultimate readiness. It’s all about using this time of stability to build on the foundations and enhance the army.

    When wartime comes, the approach is entirely different. In fact it completely reverses. The focus turns to practical strategies of invading more territories and killing more enemies – in other words is all about survival and protection. During this time it’s difficult to know what individual troops are doing. They are out there facing unknown movements and acting accordingly.

    Peacetime Fighter vs Wartime Fighter

    Based on these two different situations, both types of fighters react differently. While each type of fighter can thrive in the right circumstances, they equally have their weaknesses.

    Peacetime Fighters Fight to Maintain Peace

    This type of people actively define their own rules allowing everyone to follow through and get work done in an ordered fashion.With these clearer rules and guidelines, it’s much easier to see the big picture and plan for future goals accordingly.

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      But they’re much easier to be boxed in by rigid rules that can be followed easily. This limits certain directions or flourishing. It’s harder to be aware of potential dangers and decisions can be based on assumption.

        Wartime Fighters Fight to Battle

        There are less restrictions by guidelines and rules which means this type of fighter will go above and beyond to survive and take necessary risks. The survival mode means being more hyper aware of anything that may go wrong and correcting it or preventing it all together.

          But war time fighters are more likely to react to a situation depending on the circumstances rather than their own thought-out strategies. The focus is almost entirely on short-term results therefore making it difficult to see the bigger picture and plan for the future.

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            When Fighters Are at the Wrong Place

            Getting a peacetime fighter in a war situation, or a wartime fighter in a peace situation will show how each one will inevitably struggle to survive.

            The peacetime fighter lacks the sensitivity to danger and will find it hard to make necessary progress without rules and guidelines. While the wartime fighter would find it difficult to follow set rules for a long-term period.

            An example of this could be a family doctor working in local clinics. In this environment (peacetime) he is able to perform his job successfully. However, if he was to suddenly move over to the Accident & Emergency department of a hospital (wartime), his performance may drastically decline.

            This means both types of fighters have their ideal circumstances in which they thrive. Peacetime fighters prefer stable settings where rules are defined, seeing straight towards their goal. Wartime fighters work best where the lack of strict rules allows flexibility to reach their goals in their own way.

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            The Optimum Fighter

            Since life isn’t linear, we will experience both peace and war at times in our lives. This is why becoming good at both is the optimal way to survive.

              For example, traditional hotels would never have imagined needing to compete against options like AirBnB – they’ve gone from peacetime to wartime. Blackberry and Nokia were once cruising in success but now see themselves in their own wartime at the edge of the market.

              Having both skills can keep you going through the easy and hard times creating more continuity in your success.

              Learn the Rules, Break the Rules

              Know that all the training in the world and enhancement on your ‘weapons’ won’t mean anything if you don’t use them in the ‘war zone’. Understand that testing your rules and criteria for success, will allow you to learn your strengths and weaknesses and therefore improve them. Only then will you know when to break or stick to your rules.

              Be Prepared For “Sudden War”

              Creating a mindset where you realize that everything is temporary or replaceable at any time will allow you to become more prepared. Being prepared causes you to keep thinking outside the box of peaceful steady stability, and allows you to think of alternative choices in any given area of your life. Sudden war can be unavoidable sometimes, so having a plan B wherever possible will create a better stability in the face of adversity.

              You can be both a peacetime fighter and a wartime fighter. Try to combine the positive aspects of both fighting styles and you’ll achieve new levels of success.

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              How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

              How to Stop Multitasking and Become Way More Productive

              Today we are expected to work in highly disruptive environments. We sit down at our desks, turn on our computer and immediately we are hit with hundreds of emails all vying for our attention.

              Our phones are beeping and pinging with new alerts to messages, likes and comments and our colleagues are complaining about the latest company initiative is designed to get us to do more work and spend less time at home.

              All these distractions result in us multitasking where our attention is switching between one crisis and the next.

              Multitasking is a problem. But how to stop multitasking?

              How bad really is multitasking?

              It dilutes your focus and attention so even the easiest of tasks become much harder and take longer to complete.

              Studies have shown that while you think you are multitasking, you are in fact task switching, which means your attention is switching between two or more pieces of work and that depletes the energy resources you have to do your work.

              This is why, even though you may have done little to no physical activity, you arrive home at the end of the day feeling exhausted and not in the mood to do anything.

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              We know it is not a good way to get quality work done, but the demands for out attention persist and rather than reduce, are likely to increase as the years go by.

              So what to do about it?

              Ways to stop multitasking and increase productivity

              Now, forget about how to multitask!

              Here are a few strategies on how to stop multitasking so you can get better quality and more work done in the time you have each working day:

              1. Get enough rest

              When you are tired, your brain has less strength to resist even the tiniest attention seeker. This is why when you find your mind wandering, it is a sign your brain is tired and time to take a break.

              This does not just mean taking breaks throughout the day, it also means making sure you get enough sleep every day.

              When you are well rested and take short regular breaks throughout the day your brain is fully refuelled and ready to focus in on the work that is important.

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              2. Plan your day

              When you don’t have a plan for the day, the day will create a plan for you. When you allow outside influences to take control of your day, it is very hard not to be dragged off in all directions.

              When you have a plan for the day, when you arrive at work your brain knows exactly what it is you want to accomplish and will subconsciously have prepared itself for a sustained period of focused work.

              Your resistance to distractions and other work will be high and you will focus much better on the work that needs doing.

              3. Remove everything from your desk and screen except for the work you are doing

              I learned this one a long time ago. In my previous work, I worked in a law office and I had case files to deal with. If I had more than one case file on my desk at any one time, I would find my eyes wandering over the other case files on my desk when I had something difficult to do.

              I was looking for something easier. This meant often I was working on three or four cases at one time and that always led to mistakes and slower completion.

              Now when I am working on something, I am in full-screen mode where all I can see is the work I am working on right now.

              4. When at your desk, do work

              We are creatures of habit. If we do our online shopping and news reading at our desks as well as our work, we will always have the temptation to be doing stuff that we should not be doing at that moment.

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              Do your online shopping from another place—your home or from your phone when you are having a break—and only do your work when at your desk. This conditions your brain to focus in on your work and not other distractions.

              5. Learn to say no

              Whenever you hear the phrase “learn to say no,” it does not mean going about being rude to everyone. What it does mean is delay saying yes.

              Most problems occur when we say “yes” immediately. We then have to spend an inordinate amount of energy thinking of ways to get ourselves out of the commitment we made.

              By saying “let me think about it” or “can I let you know later” gives you time to evaluate the offer and allows you to get back to what you were doing quicker.

              6. Turn off notifications on your computer

              For most of us, we still use computers to do our work. When you have email alert pop-ups and other notifications turned on, they will distract you no matter how strong you feel.

              Turn them off and schedule email reviewing for times between doing your focused work. Doing this will give you a lot of time back because you will be able to remain focused on the work in front of you.

              7. Find a quiet place to do your most important work

              Most workplaces have meeting rooms that are vacant. If you do have important work to get done, ask if you can use one of those rooms and do your work there.

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              You can close the door, put on your headphones and just focus on what is important. This is a great way to remove all the other, non-important, tasks demanding your attention and just focus on one piece of work.

              The bottom line

              Focusing on one piece of work at a time can be hard but the benefits to the amount of work you get done are worth it. You will make fewer mistakes, you will get more done and will feel a lot less tired at the end of the day.

              Make a list of the four or five things you want to get done the next day before you finish your work for the day and when you start the day, begin at the top of the list with the first item.

              Don’t start anything else until you have finished the first one and then move on to the second one. This one trick will help you to become way more productive.

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