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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.

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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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Published on May 18, 2021

How To Improve Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

How To Improve Listening Skills For Effective Workplace Communication

We have two ears and one mouth for a reason—effective communication is dependent on using them in proportion, and this involves having good listening skills.

The workplace of the 21st century may not look the same as it did before COVID-19 spread throughout the world like wildfire, but that doesn’t mean you can relax your standards at work. If anything, Zoom meetings, conference calls, and the continuous time spent behind a screen have created a higher level of expectations for meeting etiquette and communication. And this goes further than simply muting your microphone during a meeting.

Effective workplace communication has been a topic of discussion for decades, yet, it is rarely addressed or implemented due to a lack of awareness and personal ownership by all parties.

Effective communication isn’t just about speaking clearly or finding the appropriate choice of words. It starts with intentional listening and being present. Here’s how to improve your listening skills for effective workplace communication.

Listen to Understand, Not to Speak

There are stark differences between listening and hearing. Listening involves intention, focused effort, and concentration, whereas hearing simply involves low-level awareness that someone else is speaking. Listening is a voluntary activity that allows one to be present and in the moment while hearing is passive and effortless.[1]

Which one would you prefer your colleagues to implement during your company-wide presentation? It’s a no-brainer.

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Listening can be one of the most powerful tools in your communication arsenal because one must listen to understand the message being told to them. As a result of this deeper understanding, communication can be streamlined because there is a higher level of comprehension that will facilitate practical follow-up questions, conversations, and problem-solving. And just because you heard something doesn’t mean you actually understood it.

We take this for granted daily, but that doesn’t mean we can use that as an excuse.

Your brain is constantly scanning your environment for threats, opportunities, and situations to advance your ability to promote your survival. And yet, while we are long past the days of worrying about being eaten by wildlife, the neurocircuitry responsible for these mechanisms is still hard-wired into our psychology and neural processing.

A classic example of this is the formation of memories. Case in point: where were you on June 3rd, 2014? For most of you reading this article, your mind will go completely blank, which isn’t necessarily bad.

The brain is far too efficient to retain every detail about every event that happens in your life, mainly because many events that occur aren’t always that important. The brain doesn’t—and shouldn’t—care what you ate for lunch three weeks ago or what color shirt you wore golfing last month. But for those of you who remember where you were on June 3rd, 2014, this date probably holds some sort of significance to you. Maybe it was a birthday or an anniversary. Perhaps it was the day your child was born. It could have even been a day where you lost someone special in your life.

Regardless of the circumstance, the brain is highly stimulated through emotion and engagement, which is why memories are usually stored in these situations. When the brain’s emotional centers become activated, the brain is far more likely to remember an event.[2] And this is also true when intention and focus are applied to listening to a conversation.

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Utilizing these hard-wired primitive pathways of survival to optimize your communication in the workplace is a no-brainer—literally and figuratively.

Intentional focus and concentrated efforts will pay off in the long run because you will retain more information and have an easier time recalling it down the road, making you look like a superstar in front of your colleagues and co-workers. Time to kiss those note-taking days away!

Effective Communication Isn’t Always Through Words

While we typically associate communication with words and verbal affirmations, communication can come in all shapes and forms. In the Zoom meeting era we live in, it has become far more challenging to utilize and understand these other forms of language. And this is because they are typically easier to see when we are sitting face to face with the person we speak to.[3]

Body language can play a significant role in how our words and communication are interpreted, especially when there is a disconnection involved.[4] When someone tells you one thing, yet their body language screams something completely different, it’s challenging to let that go. Our brain immediately starts to search for more information and inevitably prompts us to follow up with questions that will provide greater clarity to the situation at hand. And in all reality, not saying something might be just as important as actually saying something.

These commonly overlooked non-verbal communication choices can provide a plethora of information about the intentions, emotions, and motivations. We do this unconsciously, and it happens with every confrontation, conversation, and interaction we engage in. The magic lies in the utilization and active interpretation of these signals to improve your listening skills and your communication skills.

Our brains were designed for interpreting our world, which is why we are so good at recognizing subtle nuances and underlying disconnect within our casual encounters. So, when we begin to notice conflicting messages between verbal and non-verbal communication, our brain takes us down a path of troubleshooting.

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Which messages are consistent with this theme over time? Which statements aren’t aligning with what they’re really trying to tell me? How should I interpret their words and body language?

Suppose we want to break things down even further. In that case, one must understand that body language is usually a subconscious event, meaning that we rarely think about our body language. This happens because our brain’s primary focus is to string together words and phrases for verbal communication, which usually requires a higher level of processing. This doesn’t mean that body language will always tell the truth, but it does provide clues to help us weigh information, which can be pretty beneficial in the long run.

Actively interpreting body language can provide you with an edge in your communication skills. It can also be used as a tool to connect with the individual you are speaking to. This process is deeply ingrained into our human fabric and utilizes similar methods babies use while learning new skills from their parents’ traits during the early years of development.

Mirroring a person’s posture or stance can create a subtle bond, facilitating a sense of feeling like one another. This process is triggered via the activation of specific brain regions through the stimulation of specialized neurons called mirror neurons.[5] These particular neurons become activated while watching an individual engage in an activity or task, facilitating learning, queuing, and understanding. They also allow the person watching an action to become more efficient at physically executing the action, creating changes in the brain, and altering the overall structure of the brain to enhance output for that chosen activity.

Listening with intention can make you understand your colleague, and when paired together with mirroring body language, you can make your colleague feel like you two are alike. This simple trick can facilitate a greater bond of understanding and communication within all aspects of the conversation.

Eliminate All Distractions, Once and for All

As Jim Rohn says, “What is easy to do is also easy not to do.” And this is an underlying principle that will carry through in all aspects of communication. Distractions are a surefire way to ensure a lack of understanding or interpretation of a conversation, which in turn, will create inefficiencies and a poor foundation for communication.

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This should come as no surprise, especially in this day in age where people are constantly distracted by social media, text messaging, and endlessly checking their emails. We’re stuck in a cultural norm that has hijacked our love for the addictive dopamine rush and altered our ability to truly focus our efforts on the task at hand. And these distractions aren’t just distractions for the time they’re being used. They use up coveted brainpower and central processes that secondarily delay our ability to get back on track.

Gloria Mark, a researcher at UC Irvine, discovered that it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds for our brains to reach their peak state of focus after an interruption.[6] Yes, you read that correctly—distractions are costly, error-prone, and yield little to no benefit outside of a bump to the ego when receiving a new like on your social media profile.

Meetings should implement a no-phone policy, video conference calls should be set on their own browser with no other tabs open, and all updates, notifications, and email prompt should be immediately turned off, if possible, to eliminate all distractions during a meeting.

These are just a few examples of how we can optimize our environment to facilitate the highest levels of communication within the workplace.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Effective communication in the workplace doesn’t have to be challenging, but it does have to be intentional. Knowledge can only take us so far, but once again, knowing something is very different than putting it into action.

Just like riding a bike, the more often you do it, the easier it becomes. Master communicators are phenomenal listeners, which allows them to be effective communicators in the workplace and in life. If you genuinely want to own your communication, you must implement this information today and learn how to improve your listening skills.

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Choose your words carefully, listen intently, and most of all, be present in the moment—because that’s what master communicators do, and you can do it, too!

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