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10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

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10 Reasons To Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone Now

“Get out of your comfort zone.”

We’ve heard these words from those cheerful, annoying, inspirational go-getters so often that they’ve become cliché:

“If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”
Stephen Hunt

“Move fast and break things.”
Mark Zuckerberg

Seriously?

And we look around at the government, at the economy, at our wars, at our marriages, at our jobs, and at our lives, and think, “How is getting out of my comfort zone going to change any of this?”

Well, it’s not. At least, not at first.

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But what it WILL do is make us feel better.

Even if feeling better is the only thing we get out of it, isn’t that worth making just a little bit of effort to drag ourselves to a lecture, read a book, paint our walls, plink on a guitar, learn how to say “thank you” in another language, or change our ringtone?

I mean, what the heck? What have we got to lose, other than a few minutes or maybe an hour of our lives? And then if it was a complete waste of time, we’re only out an hour and a little effort, and we can always go back to being boring old us again if we want to.

Then again, we might find getting out of our comfort zones strangely habit-forming. Here are 10 reasons you should get out of your comfort zone asap.

1. It’ll make you happy.

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    I’ll bet you weren’t in your comfort zone the last time you were absolutely giddy, were you?

    2. It’ll make you rich.

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      Rich people didn’t “buy into” the story that their financial situation was permanent. They got out of their comfort zones, and their lives got better.

      3. It’ll make you smart.

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        Smart people tend to ask irreverent questions and poke fun at established beliefs. Sometimes, they even think offending people is funny.

        4. It’ll make you creative.

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          Which is a heck of a lot more fun than being reactive.

          5. It’ll help the human species evolve.

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            What on EARTH was that lungfish thinking?

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            6. It’s not that hard.

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              You don’t have to overthrow the whole world at once; you can stage microrevolts and still be a conqueror.

              7. It’ll prove to you just how tough and resourceful you really are.

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                And you’re the most important one to please, right?

                8. It’ll put you in control of your life.

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                  Are you really gonna wait around for life to cooperate first? Good luck!

                  9. It’ll prepare you for the unexpected.

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                    If you regularly train your mental muscles, it’ll be easier for them to deal with those nasty ambushes.

                    10. It’ll wake you up and make you feel sharp and alive.

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                      Nothin’ like not knowing what the !#@% you’re doing to open the window to the stuffy closet of your mind!

                      Surprise! You’re on life’s Candid Camera—and if you smile, life might very well smile back at you!

                      Featured photo credit: Red, White, and Blue 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.

                      Learn how to stay productive while working remotely with these tips: How to Work From Home: 10 Tips to Stay Productive

                      Featured photo credit: Jenny Ueberberg via unsplash.com

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