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10 Really Powerful Habits of The Highly Successful

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10 Really Powerful Habits of The Highly Successful

The highly successful have a lot in common. The habits that they keep are some of the most significant factors in their massive success. Want to know what some of those habits are? Look no further! Here are the traits CEOs and industry leaders and all-star creators have ingrained in their days to become highly successful.

1. They Exercise

Charles Soule, a super-prolific writer of comic books and a partner at a law firm, wrote that he solves most of his story problems while going on runs. It’s amazing how simple exercise can open you up to new ideas and huge potential. Follow Soule’s example by getting physically active to solve more problems and reach new levels of success.

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2. They Eat Well

Highly successful people do so well because they have the right fuel powering their bodies. For example, Richard Branson has a ritual of eating a fruit salad and muesli, a granola-like dish with high fiber, and he does pretty well! Learn about other highly successful people’s eating habits in this Business Insider article.

3. They Keep Their Brains Busy

Steve Jobs of Apple fame did a few things better than almost anyone else. One of them was always keeping his mind working. The wheels were constantly turning in his head, giving him the opportunity to come up with the many revolutionary ideas he did in his lifetime. Keep your mind busy to have similar success.

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4. They Position Themselves As Experts In Their Fields

A ‘thought leader’ is defined as an individual or firm recognized as an authority in a specialized field  whose expertise is often sought out and rewarded. The highly successful Michael Hyatt is a perfect example of a thought leader because of the posts he writes about getting the most out of the digital notebook Evernote. Follow his example by making a habit of demonstrating your knowledge about subjects you’re adept in.

5. They Think Long Term

The highly successful know that the present inevitably passes. Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com has run his business for years based on that fact. Amazon sells a lot of products cheaper than any of its competitors because that will attract more buyers and extremely loyal customers. Learn to follow a similarly forward-thinking model in your daily life.

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6. They Spend Their Time Doing What They Love

Billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban worked with computers because that’s where his passion lied. In his own words, “”More importantly no, most importantly I realized that I loved working with PCs. I had never done it before. I didn’t know if this was going to be a job that worked for me, or that I would even like and it turns out I was lucky. I loved what I was doing.” Do something you love and maybe you’ll be rewarded for it.

7. They Keep Their Heads Out Of The Clouds

While it’s good to have big dreams, it’s a bad idea to dwell on them. Another Shark, Kevin O’Leary, recommends setting goals you really believe you can achieve. If you set your heights too high, you’ll never get off the ground.

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9. They Maintain Healthy Relationships

Good relationships have the power to help us get through the bad times and make the good times great. To cite a dramatic example, the tight-knit yet wide-reaching relationship Oprah Winfrey has with her audience is awe-inspiring. I’d say she’s highly successful, wouldn’t you? Follow her lead by making sure the relationships in your life are in good places.

8. They Find Out What Works For Them

There’s a lot of research that shows that the daylight is good for you and that mornings are when you’re most productive. However, those statistics don’t hold true for 100% of the population. Brian Michael Bendis, scriptwriter and member of the Marvel Studios braintrust, writes through the night when his kids are asleep, then sleeps while they’re at school. There’s probably no one as prolific and few as highly successful in his field as Bendis. He writes for comics, animated shows, movies and a television show based on his series Powers is going to be the first drama from the PlayStation Network. Mirror his success by not sticking straight to what studies tell you and do what’s best for you.

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10. They’re Habitual

Everyone can benefit from more positive habits in their lives, so more important than any one habit on this list is that you become skilled at developing them. Bill Gates reads before bed every night not just because he’s determined to be mentally fit. He does it largely because that’s the habit he’s gotten into because he turned it into a ritual that’s easier to follow then ignore. Get yourself into a zone where you can make habits become second nature to you so that you will become as successful as the people on this list! Good luck.

Featured photo credit: Ontario Chamber of Commerce 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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