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15 Things Only Low Maintenance People Would Understand

15 Things Only Low Maintenance People Would Understand

Are you a low maintenance person, like me? You can relate to the definition which says that you do not need a lot of attention to function normally. This covers a wide spectrum, in my opinion. Anything from the workplace, clothes, shopping, getting ready, to finding out where your significant other is stuck in traffic. Here are 15 things which will reassure you that you rock. You can pass it on to your fans as well.

1. You wear the essentials.

If you are like me, your wardrobe is pretty simple and not full of clothes that you probably never wear. In regards to laundry, this is done when clothes are dirty and helps save the environment. You use less detergent and less energy, in every sense of the word.

2. You are always ready first.

This is a star quality of being low maintenance in my opinion. You are the one who spends the least time on showering, dressing and getting ready. While waiting for everyone else, you can use the time to catch up on Facebook or read a book.

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3. You treat your hair as another quick fix.

If you are a low maintenance girl, you are going to put your hair in a ponytail if you are having a bad hair day. If you are a guy, you are going to grow a beard to cut down on shaving time.

4. You are pretty relaxed about where your significant other is.

You know the constant phoning and messages. ‘Where are you now?’ seems to be the new mantra. Being low maintenance, you do not insist on constant tracking. You leave that to the satellites!

5. You decline shopping invitations.

Being a low maintenance person means you shun shopping outings. There is likely to be a lot of tension about minor choices for your friends in which you are going to be involved. So it is always best to make an excuse that you have something else (better?) to do!

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6. Your packing for holidays is dead simple.

You can easily get all your stuff in a carry-on. This saves on baggage charges and time as well. No worrying about whether your case has arrived. No pulled muscles from lugging a heavy suitcase around.

7. You rarely complain.

You are content with very little as regards clothes, accommodation and personal space. This makes life easier for you as there is no time wasted in complaining about every little thing. Now, if only high maintenance folk could take a leaf out of your book.

8. You avoid high maintenance people at work like the plague.

You know the people I mean. They are the ones who always waste time, never take the blame and they are always the first to criticize! They are on the borderline of getting sacked but they are never or rarely fired. You are on an entirely different wavelength and spend time trying to be more productive, more collaborative and more innovative.

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9. Your beauty regime is simple and quick.

You know how to keep things simple. If you are wearing a bold colored lipstick, you know that your eyes will not need any attention. Your skin does not need much care either. You know that drinking plenty of water is going to give you a great glow and you eat lots of healthy fruit and veggies to keep it that way. If you are a guy, your grooming regime consists of using whatever body wash is on sale and you can be ready in ten minutes after stepping out of the shower.

10. You hate ironing.

A great tip to get that perfectly ironed dress or shirt in no time is to put some tin foil under the cover on the ironing board. This conducts more heat on to the fabric you are ironing. So, ironing is faster and crease free.

11. You spend money wisely.

Imagine spending £140,000 in your lifetime on cosmetics and hairdos. That is the figure revealed by The Independent in the UK. This is the average figure a woman in the UK spends. High maintenance grooming for men is not far behind. When you reflect on that, you think of all the great times, holidays and outings you have had while still managing to look decent on a very small budget.

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12. You are easy company.

You are not demanding. What a great quality to have! You do not need cosseting or pampering and you are pretty relaxed. You are only too well aware of what gets in the way of enjoying someone’s company so you focus on the pleasure rather than the buts and ifs.

13. You are a great listener.

This is priceless. You do not need attention so you talk much less and listen more. You are the one to ask for ideas when brainstorming. You know how to set boundaries to avoid high maintenance people getting too much of your attention.

14. You find solutions.

Whether it is what you are going to have for dinner or the next deadline at work, you are the one to come up with solutions. While the others around you are intent on firing their egos or being inflexible, you are the one who can adapt to change. “I’m open to ideas, what would you like to eat/propose?” comes naturally to you.

15. You are not too picky.

In the film ’When Harry Met Sally’ Billy Crystal (Harry) makes it perfectly plain that Meg Ryan (Sally) is far too choosy, demanding and bossy. That is his definition of a high maintenance person and Sally fitted the bill perfectly. In spite of his preference for a low maintenance partner who would ‘go with the flow’, he ended up marrying her. As that film made almost $93 million, it seems that low maintenance people are pure gold!

Featured photo credit: I am a good listener, apparently/Quinn Dombrowski via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 12, 2020

When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

Learning how to trust your gut, otherwise known as your intuition, can keep you safe. Your gut can guide you and help you build your confidence and resilience. My own gut instinct has saved me on more than one occasion. It has also guided me into making sound career choices and other exciting, big decisions. I’m also aware of the times when I’ve gone against my instincts and really regretted it later, wondering why I didn’t tune in to that valuable internal voice that we all have within us.

In this article, we’re going to explore why and how you should listen to your gut, as well as some concrete tips on how to make sure you’re making the most out of your gut instincts.

How to Listen to Your Gut

The key when making any big decision is to always take a minute to listen well to yourself and your inner compass. If you hear your actual voice saying yes while inside you’re silently screaming no, my advice is to ask for some time to think, or simply take a breath and pause before the yes or no escapes your mouth.

Use that moment to breathe, check in with yourself, and give the answer that feels congruent with who you are and what you want, not the one that always involves following the herd. Trusting your gut means having the courage to not simply go with the majority. It can be about holding your own. Here’s how to hone that skill for yourself and reap the rewards.

1. Tune Into Your Body

Your body gives you clues when you’re faced with a big decision. There are many visible and obvious symptoms that we feel in uncomfortable situations. Our body’s reaction is often something that we might try to hide, for example, blushing, being lost for words, or shaking. There are things we might do to try and hide that physical reaction, whether it’s wearing makeup, having a glass of wine or coffee to perk us up a bit, or learning to control our nerves.

However, paying attention to your body when you experience these feelings of anxiety can teach you so much and help you to make sound choices. Some people will experience an actual “gut” feeling of stomach ache or indigestion in an uncomfortable situation.

Ask yourself what’s really going on here, and explore what is happening behind your body’s response to the situation. What can your reaction or instinct teach you? Understanding that can be a clue and can help you either learn something about yourself, the situation, or other people. The answers are often within us.

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Sometimes we’ll get this “something’s not right here” feeling and cannot quite put our finger on it or explain it. That can still be incredibly useful and really guide us away from danger, even if we don’t know the reason.

In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell also argues this, making the point that sometimes our subconscious is better at processing the answer we need, and that we don’t necessarily need to take time to collect hours and hours of information to come to a reliable conclusion[1].

2. Ensure Your Head Is Clear Before Making a Decision

Energy, sleep, and good nutrition are so vital to nourishing our minds, as well as our bodies. There are times when your instinct could lead you astray, and one of these is when you are hungry, “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry!), tired, or anxious. If this is the case–and it may sound obvious–do consider sleeping or eating on it before making an important choice.

There is, in fact, a connection between our gut and our brain[2], which is where terms like “butterflies in the stomach” and “gut-wrenching” originate from. Stress and emotions can cause physical feelings, and ignoring them might do more harm than good.

3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think and Feel

Listening to your gut and really paying attention to it might involve standing up and being counted, calling something out, or taking a stand. As someone who works for myself, I’ve become used to following the less-travelled road, and that’s given me the chance to strike out on my own in other ways, too.

As they tell you in the planes, “put your own oxygen mask on first,” and part of that self-reliance is knowing what you really want and like and what is safe and good for you, including what resonates with your personal and business values. Making good decisions with this in mind means making choices that do not go against your own beliefs, even when it may mean taking a stand. This is part of trusting yourself and trusting your instincts.

This does not always mean taking the “safe” option, although keeping ourselves safe is an important part of the process. This is how we learn and grow, by following our own inner compass. When you do take risks, go outside of your comfort zone, or choose the less popular option, spending some time researching the facts can stand us in good stead, too.

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4. Do Your Research If Something Feels Off

As well as listening to our instincts, we can also back up the evidence for our chosen course of action before taking the leap. I had a gut feeling about the need for a learning and development network when I noticed my clients getting stuck with the same problems. I set up and now run such a network, but instead of simply going for it, without evidence, I followed up on my instinct with research.

Having confidence in your gut instinct through these kinds of tests can help to minimize your risks, as well as spur you on. It will encourage you to trust your gut again in the future and trust that you are an expert with foresight and experience. You are!

5. Challenge Your Assumptions

When you look at the assumptions your making, this could be the clue to mistakes you are making.

In order to check that our instincts are wise, we need to ask ourselves what blanks we might be filling in, either consciously or unconsciously. This is true not just when it comes to our own decision-making. It’s also true when we are listening to someone explain a problem or situation, and we’re about to jump in and give some advice. If we can learn to be aware of our own assumptions, we can become better listeners and better decision makers, too.

A useful tool to become more aware of your assumptions before making a final decision is simply to ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making about this situation or person?”

6. Educate Yourself on Unconscious Bias

Unconscious bias is something we all have, and it can trip us up big time!

There is a vital caveat to bear in mind when wondering about whether you can trust your gut and the feelings your body gives you, and that’s having an awareness of your unconscious bias. Understanding your own bias–which is hard to do because it literally does happen in our subconscious–can help you to make stronger, better, decisions instead of re-confirming your view of the world over and over again.

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Bias exists, and it’s part of the human condition. All of us have it, and it colors our decisions and can impact on our performance without us realizing.

Unconscious bias happens at a subconscious level in our brains. Our subconscious brain processes information so much faster than our conscious brain. Quick decisions we make in our subconscious are based on both our societal conditioning and how our families raised us.

Our brains process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information daily. We unconsciously categorize and format that information into patterns that feel familiar to us. Aspects such as gender, disability, class, sexuality, body shape and size, ethnicity, and what someone does for a job can all quickly influence decisions we make about people and the relationships we choose to form. Our unconscious bias can be very subtle and go unnoticed..

We naturally tend to gravitate towards people similar to ourselves, favoring people who we see as belonging to the same “group” as us. Being able to make a quick decision about whether someone is part of your group and distinguish friend from foe was what helped early humans to survive. Conversely, we don’t automatically favor people who we don’t immediately relate to or easily connect with.

The downside of that human instinct to seek out similar people is the potential for prejudice, which seems to be hard-wired into human cognition, no matter how open-minded we believe ourselves to be. And these stereotypes we create can be wrong. If we only spend our time with and employ people similar to ourselves, it can create prejudices, as well as stifle fresh thinking and innovation.

We may feel more natural or comfortable working with other people who share our own background and/or opinions than collaborating with people who don’t look, talk, or think like us. However, diversity is not just morally right; having a mix of different people and perspectives that can be genuinely heard is also a valuable way to counter groupthink. Diversity stretches us to think more critically and creatively.

7. Trust Yourself

It is possible to learn how to truly trust yourself[3]. Like any talent or skill, practicing trusting your gut is the best way to get really good at it. When people talk about having great intuition or being good decision-makers, it’s because they’ve worked at honing those skills, made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again.

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Looking back at decisions you’ve made, what you did, what the outcome was, and what you’ve learned can help you become a stronger decision maker and develop solid self-trust and resilience. Making a mistake does not mean you are not great at decision-making; it’s a chance to grow and learn, and the only mistake is to ignore the lesson in that experience.

If you are in the habit of asking others for their input, then the trick here is to choose your inner circle wisely. Having a sounding board of people who have your best interests at heart is a valuable asset, and, combined with your own excellent instincts, can make you a champion decision maker.

The Bottom Line

The above tips are all actionable and easy to start immediately. It’s simply about switching your thinking around, slowing down, and taking great care of this amazing machine that is your body and mind!

Learning how to trust your gut is one of the most fundamental ways to make decisions that will help you lead the life you want and need. Tune into what your body is telling you and start making good decisions today.

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Featured photo credit: Acy Varlan via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Science of People: Learn to Trust Your Gut Instincts: The Science Behind Thin-slicing
[2] Harvard Health Publishing: The gut-brain connection
[3] Psych Central: 3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust

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