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Why Clarity Improves Productivity

Why Clarity Improves Productivity

Although it can be quite an entertaining mental exercise, thinking in terms of subjective view points has the extreme potential of causing unnecessary confusion. One party of a productivity team may contend that a definition of an important task is exactly what it is – while another party may go on to explain how the task is different to him (according to his background and beliefs) and as a result, may be entirely something else to others. When we’re trying to accomplish a goal, this type of foolishness and personal “re-defining” of important tasks can’t be tolerated especially in environments that depend on deadlines. Constantly re-defining what has been generally accepted by the masses is simply a waste of time – nothing can be accomplished if we’re stuck in a stage of defining things instead of acting on them. Let a fact be a fact and work to transform those facts into something meaningful and task-fulfilling.

In certain circumstances, subjective view points can become nothing but absurd in the sense that when they are improperly used, they can and will depart from what everyone expects. If these subjective view points are accepted and executed in a manner that reflects their implied meaning, they carry the danger of being perceived as “stupid” or they end up having no real meaning at all. That’s why it’s important that you use key concepts in a manner that they were intended to mean and that won’t contradict you or themselves.

Once you’ve committed to eliminating subjective view points from your project, you must also commit to eliminating them so that your present and future efforts remain consistent. Consistency is just as important as clarity and when implemented on a regular basis, as it instills trust from everyone involved. Often, our success depends upon the trust of others and enables us to stay focused on tasks that are most important. The danger in not remaining committed to eliminating subjective view points and not being consistent about it – is that you run the risk of appearing unprofessional, uncaring, or completely inept to perform a job.

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This is not to suggest however, that subjective view points don’t have a place in life – it merely points out how they can delay productivity for those of us who must deal with fact-based tasks. Leave subjective view points for the poets and the artists. Your reputation after all, just may depend upon the successful and meaningful representation of key concepts – not their creative applications.

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Nicole Miller is a developer and member of the Association of Shareware Professionals.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic

When you become an early riser, you’ll experience a lot of benefits including feeling more energized and having more time to do what you want.

If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

So how to become an early riser?

Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

1. Choose to Get up Before You Go to Sleep

You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

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No more!

If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before.

Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually, your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

2. Have a Plan for Your Extra Time

Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day?

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If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed.

You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

3. Make Rising Early a Social Activity

Your internet or social media buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am?

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The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

4. Don’t Use an Alarm That Makes You Angry

If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning?

I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

5. Get Your Blood Flowing Right After Waking

If you don’t have a neighbor, you can pick fights with at 5am, you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head.

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Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.

If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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