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10 Habits of Highly Respected People

10 Habits of Highly Respected People

In a world where character and integrity becomes rarer when we find someone who embodies such scarce elements we admire and respect them. What is scarce is revered and valued. That is why highly respected people are successful in maintaining certain values and inspiring others around them. However it is important to know that like a monumental structure these habits that shape highly respected people are not cultivated overnight but with consistency and perseverance. Here are 10 habits of highly respected people.

1. They are accessible

They are reachable, approachable and are willing to connect. They do not build gigantic walls around themselves rather they build bridges to connect with others and to forge relationships.

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2. They are grateful

They are not too caught up in their lives or their activities to say thank you or send an appreciative note. Highly respected are grateful to the efforts or good gestures of others. They are not caught up in their world or in their personal image not to brighten another person’s day by saying “thank you.”

3. They are passionate

They follow their hearts rather than the opinion of others. They are excited about what they do not to fall for the misconceptions or conventional opinions of the people around them. Rather than being victims of the world around them, they are passionate enough to inspire and influence the passions and creativity of others.

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4. They are courteous

They understand that they do not need to ask or request for respect. They understand that they have to earn it. Thus they reach out to everyone they can with a respectful approach. They do not single anyone out or offer preferential treatment to some over others. Rather they are willing to acknowledge everyone they meet.

5. They are tactical when they respond to criticism

They don’t respond impulsively or rashly to every comment or criticism fired at them. They understand that to attain the higher ground they do not have take the bait and go toe-to-toe with everyone who throws a punch at them. Thus they are tactful at how they respond to criticism or the naysayers, sometimes not even responding at all could show how matured they are.

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6. They practice what they preach

They do not say one thing or do another. They make sure their lives reflect what they preach and inspire others through their actions rather than words. They know that talk is cheap and rather than crumble to one scandalous act or another they preserve their reputation and character.

7. They are consistent

They do not just win and earn their respect through a singular act. Rather they keep on striving to get better. They are consistent and continue to strive to meet higher goals. Whether it is in entering a new field or challenging themselves to a different endeavor within their field, they make sure they push themselves to greater heights.

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8. They are willing to make sacrifices

They are not bigger than themselves or have a magnified image of who they are. They want to do something positive to their environment and this may mean wearing the hat of responsibility and taking charge when every other person steps back. Thus they are courageous and never act cowardly.

9. They focus on solutions rather than problems

They are constantly in search for answers on how to better themselves and those who are around. Rather than pointing fingers or playing the victim, they know that it is up to them to make their environment better.

10. They are disciplined

When they have to take a particular channel; they also understand that committing themselves to anything means that they have to wait for rewards. They wouldn’t want to take illegal or shorter routes to their destination. Rather they would go for the one that doesn’t tolerate mediocrity but excellence.

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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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