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10 Signs You Are a Hopelessly Ignorant Fool

10 Signs You Are a Hopelessly Ignorant Fool

Independent thinkers are a rarity in our conformist society. If you want to be a more authentic and genuine person, consider these ten signs you are a hopelessly ignorant fool.

1. You think politicians have your best interest at heart.

If you think all of your country’s problems will magically vanish if you elect a new leader or representative, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Politicians have little incentive to care about the people they serve, because the system is built to serve the needs of the most powerful (read: wealthy).

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2. You believe in a religion just because your parents told you to.

If you believe in a God for no other reason than “my parents raised me that way,” then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Faith is a beautiful thing IF it is a personal relationship between a believer and the deity they CHOOSE to believe in. But don’t you think it would be absurd to live your life according to an ancient text without considering its validity?

3. You get all of your news from a single source.

If you only follow a single television station or newspaper, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Journalists and media sources like to boast about being “unbiased,” but every person carries biases based on their life experience that determine how they see the world (and report on it). As a consequence, certain world events are covered extensively at some places, and completely neglected at others. Want to stay informed? Cast a wide net or expect to be deceived.

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4. You couldn’t tell me the last time you read a book.

If you spend all of your free time playing video games or watching TV, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Television requires no thought process, while reading is an active learning experience that will help your mind stay sharp. Click here to discover 11 more reasons to read more books.

5. You can’t have rational conversations with people you disagree with.

If you can’t respect people who see things differently than you do, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Personally, I avoid comment boards surrounding controversial issues, because I get irritated by the ad-hominem attacks and insulting tactics that dominate these conversation. Confident people don’t act this way, because they know an opinion worth having should hold up to scrutiny.

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6. You insult people based on their religion or sexual orientation

If you judge people for their faith or sexual orientation, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Even if you’re a firm believer of a particular religion, do you really think condemning people is a good way to convince them they are wrong? And how do you propose a person could re-wire their brain to feel love and physical attraction for the opposite gender? If you can’t answer those questions, then you have no business judging.

7. You vote strictly based on political party without considering the issues.

If you vote exclusively for Republicans or Democrats without any consideration of a political candidate’s stances on the issues that matter to you, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. Political affiliation is a simplistic measure of a person’s qualities. Stop mindlessly conforming to your party affiliation if you want to start being a part of the solution.

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8. You conform to society’s demands without question.

If you follow societal expectations without consideration, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. For example, gender roles are a toxic influence on the personal development of our boys and girls. Real men can cry and women shouldn’t be led to believe they are frail creatures in need of protecting. Teach your children to follow their hearts wherever their intuition might take them, unless you want to suck every ounce of creativity and independence out of them.

9. You don’t know how to function without being around other people.

If you can’t be happy without the company of another, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. It is easier to reflect with silence and solitude. Being around other people all the time will encourage constant conformist behavior, because you will never feel safe to explore thoughts and ideas that would make you feel like you don’t “fit in” with the crowd.

10. You never consider alternative views that don’t fit your worldview.

If you immediately discard ideas that don’t agree with your existing beliefs, then you might be a hopelessly ignorant fool. I consider my ability to admit when I am wrong one of my strong-suits, because this allows me to evolve into a better person. If you’re not willing to swallow bitter pills as required for your personal growth, then you will never be successful.

Featured photo credit: Dumb and Dumber/Insomnia Cured Here via flickr.com

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Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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