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10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

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10 Common Reasons Most People Fail

Failure is, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of life. While it’s never fun to fail at something, failure offers a good opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. However, if you’re finding yourself failing a little more often than you would like, it might be time to address some issues. Here are the top 10 reasons people fail, and how to fix each mistake:

1. They don’t look before they leap.

Sometimes, spontaneity is a good thing. However, it’s often good to do some planning before tackling a big task. For example, don’t go into a music audition without looking at the music first–that sets you up for failure. Instead, practice until you feel ready to perform.

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2. They don’t want it enough.

Often, to get the things you want, you’re going to have to want it really badly. This motivates you to do your absolute best. Try to envision yourself succeeding at whatever you’re working toward. That way, you’ll be pushed to do well.

3. They don’t look for alternatives.

So what if something isn’t working out? Try tackling it from a different angle. You might be surprised how many things you could accomplish if you just tried approaching it in a slightly different way. This gives you a completely new perspective and might end up in success.

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4. They give up.

For some people, failing once means never trying again. But there’s a lot to be said for those who bounce back and keep trying. It shows persistence and often leads to success. Don’t get too discouraged after failing once or twice. Keep going and you’re more likely to get what you want.

5. They don’t have a goal.

You can’t succeed if you don’t know what you want. If you haven’t defined what constitutes a success, you can’t ever reach it. Make sure you have a very clear idea of what success means to you. That way, you have a concrete goal in mind that you can work towards and eventually reach.

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6. They don’t heed advice from others.

Listening to those who have been in your shoes in the past can be very helpful. Reach out to those who understand what you’re going through and have accomplished what you’re working toward. They might just give you a piece of advice that will change your entire view of the problem.

7. They listen to too much advice.

Conversely, listening to too much advice at once can get confusing. Limit yourself to a handful of people who really know what they’re talking about. Chances are, many people who try to dole out advice don’t know much about the subject. Only seek help from people who know exactly what you’re going through and have the skill set to talk about the topic.

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8. They have too many excuses.

Excuses can only get you so far. Instead of making excuses as to why you’re failing, try thinking about what the real reasons are for your failure. The sooner you face these reasons, the sooner you can get back on track to success. Address any major issues and get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

9. They’re all talk and no show.

We all know someone who talks a big game but never follows through. Don’t be that person. Yes, you should plan and talk things out with others, but don’t let that get in the way of actually doing something.

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10. They misjudge.

Time, difficulty, monetary investment–a lot of people fail because they haven’t done their homework properly. Before you start a project, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Always overestimate to give yourself some wiggle room.

Featured photo credit: The Wit & Wisdom of Winston – Oct 2010 – Westerham Pub Wall – Those Two Imposters/Gareth Williams via flickr.com

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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