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10 Reasons Type B People Are Very Likely To Be Successful

10 Reasons Type B People Are Very Likely To Be Successful

How many psychological theories do you reckon were developed by cardiologists? None? Well that’s not surprising — but it’s also not true — because that’s exactly what cardiologists Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman did when they introduced their “Type A and Type B Personality Theory” in an effort to bridge the gap between a persons mental and physical health. For those who aren’t familiar with the theory, check this article out.

Since our type A friends are the ones often credited with all the successes and achievements in life — on account of their ambitious and organized character — we thought it’s time that us B types say what makes us great, and importantly what makes us just as likely to succeed as our stressed-out counterparts. Below are 10 reasons type B people are very likely to be successful, lets see how many you match!

1. They are comfortable in what they potentially lack

It has become common practice to be told that if you lack confidence in something, you should just pretend as though you don’t lack anything at all. If you lack confidence in the decisions you make, the key is to pretend that you are completely certain in your choice, “fake it ’til you make it” so to speak. The same goes for business, relationships, physical insecurities and so on. The problem with this is — apart from being highly unauthentic — is that you’ll always feel like you’re walking on egg shells, forever vigilant in case you slip-up and reveal your façade for what it is, a façade.

This is where the observant character of type B personalities comes in. They know exactly what they lack, and then they get comfortable with it. It’s easier to do when you’re a calm person, and not focused purely on one aspect in life. You’ll be staying true to yourself, and everybody else will sense it. A small trick with big rewards.

Mistaken for: Complacency

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2. They are not slow, but calculated

One of the greatest attributes of B types is their ability to effectively analyse their options. Their lack of anxiety and stress means that not only are they free from a clouded judgement, but that their decisions are never made on a whim, they are thought out and weighed up. Crucially, this means that the choices they make are informed, propelling them even faster towards success city. It’s ironic how slower decisions bring speedier success, who’d have thought?

Mistaken for: Tardiness

3. They are easier to get along with

We have all experienced that neurotic friend/colleague/boss who was a nightmare to work with. Always chopping and changing their minds, always setting unrealistic deadlines and forever biting off more than they can chew. Type B workers on the other hand are calm, patient and realistic — their coolness transfers on to the people around them — and since they are comfortable with themselves and their decisions, their team will be comfortable with them also.

Type B people know that success is seldom a solo act. They know the value of a great team therefore they treat them as such, not merely as pawns in a big game of corporate chess. This makes building a network, team or social circle a much easier goal with a higher rate of success.

Mistaken for: Overly agreeableness

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4. They may be more creative.

It’s shown that B type people are more likely to be attracted to creative occupations and hobbies such as art, writing, architecture, counselling and so on. If this is indeed the case, then it makes sense that they may also be successful within science, technology and business careers because they are equipped with the ability to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions which otherwise would have gone unnoticed. The aim of the entrepreneur is to create a solution to a need, B people are truly in their element here.

Mistaken for: Being a know-it-all

5. They are less likely to be taken advantage of.

Who here is more likely to be viewed as susceptible to being taken advantage of, someone who is anxious, stressed, sensitive but ambitious? Or someone who comes across as calculated, confident and who is supported by a strong and trusted team? These B characteristics show that although you are a kind and patient person, you are not to be taken for a fool. You are a great person to have on somebodies side for sure, but you’re also someone of whom it would be unwise to be made an enemy.

Mistaken for: Arrogance

6. They are more rounded people.

It’s easy to get caught up in the lightening fast pace of the world around us, especially if you find yourself in business. Because of this it is also easy to lose track of the other equally important aspects of life, we’ve all heard of company CEO’s with broken families, or people with all the “success” in the world but who’s social skills are abysmal. What is success to someone who’s family resent them, or who’s friends have long since drifted away. To lose track of all the important aspects of life except one is to lose success entirely.

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This isn’t the case for our laid-back B’s, they don’t get caught up in all that. They know that it is important to spread their attention across the different aspects in life, thus becoming the most well-rounded and success-prone version of themselves.

Mistaken for: Unfocussed

7. They are more introspective.

Just like the point above, it is far too common to lose this crucial skill to the wind when you’re in the hurricane of success. However this is so key to attaining success that it deserves it’s own point. Ones ability for introspection is directly proportional to their success, period. For how else would they judge toxic behaviours such as self-deception, maybe what they could have done better, or how they can make progress in their methods, relationships and so on. If you can’t improve yourself, how can you expect to improve your family, your business or your world.

Mistaken for: Being hyper-critical

8. They are not delusional.

Many self-development writers nowadays are capitalising on the all-too-common “positive energy” trend. They profess that no matter what happens in your life, if you can just stay positive then all will be swell. Now obviously this can be beneficial, but only to a point. Many writers are encouraging a delusional level of positivity such that people will ignore warning sign after warning sign. They will keep doing the same toxic behaviours, they keep believing they are right, and they fail to heed the advice of others all in the name of positivity. These behaviours are a product of the “you’re perfect just the way you are” teaching. It’s impossible to improve when you believe you’re already perfect, success is therefore a no-go.

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Self-critical type B people know to stay grounded. Their judgement isn’t impaired by sky-high levels of stress (or conversely, positivity) and their success doesn’t blow up their ego.

Mistaken for: Negativity

9. They know when to quit.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”. Who said that? Some smart guy some time ago, wait, Einstein? Yes, and he was right once again. Type B people know that beating a dead horse won’t get you much farther than a beaten dead horse. If an idea is constantly bringing back failures no matter what you try, only a fool would continue. B’s know when it’s time to move on, and that is very important and sadly often overlooked in today’s environment of “never give up, never quit, never surrender!” This kind of behaviour is an arrow to the knee of success.

Mistaken for: Being weak-willed

10. In the end, they are more satisfied with life.

One problem with type A people is that they are always battling, always accomplishing and looking for the next challenge, which sounds great in theory. However, they never stop to appreciate their achievements, like a sculptor creating his perfect masterpiece without taking a step back to look at it. B’s take joy in accomplishing things, they slow down their pace just long enough to savour the moment and to feel an intense satisfaction in their masterpiece. They are both the sculptor and the admirer of their work.

Mistaken for: smugness

Featured photo credit: StartupStockPhotos via pixabay.com

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Published on January 16, 2019

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

How to Effectively Manage a Heavy Workload at Work

We’re all busy, but sometimes we go through periods where the work piles up and it seems like it might never end.

You might have such a heavy workload that it feels too intimidating to even start.

You may have said yes to some or too many projects, and now you’re afraid you won’t be able to deliver.

That’s when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking at what’s working and what’s not working.

Here’re 13 strategies you can use to get out from under your overwhelming workload:

1. Acknowledge You Can’t Do It All

Many of us have a tendency to think we can do more than we actually can. We take on more and more projects and responsibility and wear numerous hats.

We all have the opportunity to have and take on more work than we can reasonably expect to get done. Unfortunately, our workload is not static. Even now, while you are reading this article, I’m guessing that your inbox is filling up with fresh new tasks.

To make real, effective progress, you have to have both the courage and resourcefulness to say, “This is not working”. Acknowledge that you can’t do it all and look for better solutions.

At any given time in your life, there are likely many things that aren’t going according to plan. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself and those around you about what’s not working for you, both personally and professionally.

The more you exercise your ability to tell the truth about what’s working and what’s not working, the faster you’ll make progress.

2. Focus on Your Unique Strengths

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a leader or working as part of a team, every individual has unique strengths they can bring to the table.

The challenge is that many people end up doing things that they’re simply not very good at.

In the pursuit of reaching your goals or delivering a project, people end up doing everything themselves or taking on things that don’t play to their unique strengths. This can result in frustration, overwhelm and overwork.

It can mean projects taking a lot longer to complete because of knowledge gaps, or simply not utilizing the unique strengths of other people you work with.

It is often not about how to complete this project more effectively but who can help deliver this project.

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So, what are your unique strengths that will ensure your workload is delivered more effectively? Here’re some questions to help you reflect:

  • Are you a great strategist?
  • Are you an effective planner?
  • Is Project Management your strength?
  • Is communication and bringing people together your strength?
  • Are you the ideas person?
  • Is Implementation your strength?

Think about how you can bring the biggest value to your work and the projects you undertake.

3. Use the Strengths of Your Team

One of the simplest ways to manage your workload effectively is to free up your time so you bring your highest level of energy, focus and strengths to each project.

Delegation or better teamwork is the solution.

Everyone has unique strengths. It’s essential to think teamwork rather than working in isolation to ensure projects can be completed effectively. Besides, every time you give away a task or project that doesn’t play to your unique strengths, you open up an opportunity to do something you’re more talented at. This will empower both yourself and those around you.

Rather than taking on all the responsibilities yourself, look at who you can work with to deliver the best results possible.

4. Take Time for Planning

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. – Abraham Lincoln

One hour of effective planning could save hours of time. Rather than just rushing in and getting started on projects, take the time to map everything in.

You can take the time to think about:

  • What’s the purpose of the project?
  • How Important is it?
  • When does it need to be delivered by?
  • What is the best result and worst result for this project?
  • What are the KPIs?
  • What does the project plan and key milestones look like?
  • Who is working on this project?
  • What is everyone’s responsibilities?
  • What tolerances can I add in?
  • What are the review stages?
  • What are the challenges we may face and the solutions for these challenges?

Having absolute clarity on the project, the project deliverables and the result you want can save a lot of time. It also gets you clear on the priorities and timelines, so you can block out the required amount of time to focus and concentrate.

5. Focus on Priorities

Not everything is a priority, although it can often feel, in the moment, that it is.

Whatever you’re working on, there is always the Most Urgent, Important or Most Valuable projects or tasks.

One tool you can use to maximize your productivity and focus on your biggest priorities is to use the Eisenhower Matrix. This strategic tool for taking action on the things that matter most is simple. You separate your actions based on four possibilities:

  1. Urgent and important (tasks you will do immediately).
  2. Important, but not urgent (tasks you will schedule to do later).
  3. Urgent, but not important (tasks you will delegate to someone else).
  4. Neither urgent nor important (tasks that you will eliminate).

James Clear has a great description on how to use the Eisenhower Matrix: How to be More Productive By Using the Eisenhower Box

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    The method I use with my coaching clients is to ask them to lay out their Top Five priorities for the day. Then to start with the most important priority first. At the end of the day, you review performance against these priorities.

    If you didn’t get everything accomplished, start the next day with your number one priority.

    If you are given additional task/projects during the day, then you will need to gauge their importance V the other priorities.

    6. Take Time Out

    To stay on top of a heavy workload, it’s important to take time out to rest and recuperate.

    If your energy levels are high and your mind and body is refreshed and alert, you are in more of a peak state to handle a heavy workload.

    Take time out of your day to go for a walk or get some exercise in. Leave early when possible and spend time with people who give you a lot of energy.

    In the background, it’s essential to get a good night’s sleep and eat healthily to sharpen the mind.

    Take a look at this article learn about The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

    7. Maintain a Healthy Work-Life Balance

    Maintaining a healthy work-life balance can be tough. The balance we all crave is very different from one another.

    I’ve written before about 13 Work Life Balance Tips for a Happy and Productive Life. Working longer and harder doesn’t mean achieving more, especially if you have no time to spend with the people that matter most. The quality of who you are as a person, the relationships you have, the time you spend in work, deciding on what matters most is completely within your control.

    Work-life balance is about finding peace within yourself to be fully present, wherever you are, whether that be in the office or at home, right now. It’s about choosing what matters most and creating your own balanced life.

    If you feel there is not enough balance, then it may be time to make a change.

    8. Stop Multitasking

    Multi-tasking is a myth. Your brain simply can’t work effectively by doing more than one thing at a time—at least more than one thing that requires focused attention.

    So get your list of priorities (see earlier point), do the most important thing first, then move to the next item and work down your list.

    When you split your focus over a multitude of different areas, you can’t consistently deliver a high performance. You won’t be fully present on the one task or project at hand.

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    If you allocate blocked time and create firm boundaries for specific activities and commitments, you won’t feel so overwhelmed or overworked with everything you have to do.

    9. Work in Blocks of Time

    To keep your energy up to produce your best results it’s essential to take regular breaks.

    I use the 60-60-30 method myself and teach it to my coaching clients.

    Work on a project for a sustained period of 50 minutes.

    Then take a 10-minute break. This could be taking a walk, having a healthy snack or just having a conversation with someone.

    Then continue to work on the project for a further 50 minutes.

    Then take another 10-minute break.

    Then take a complete 30-minute break to unplug from the work. This could be time for a proper lunch, a quick bit of exercise, reading or having a walk.

    By simply taking some time out, your energy levels stay up, the quality of your work improves and you reduce the risk of becoming burned out.

    10. Get Rid of Distractions

    Make an estimation on how many times you are distracted during an average working day. Now take that number and multiply it by 25. According to Gloria Mark in her study on The Cost of Interrupted Work, it takes us an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to return to the original task after interruption.[1]

    “Our research has shown that attention distraction can lead to higher stress, a bad mood and lower productivity.”

    Distractions don’t just take up your time during the distraction, they can derail your mental progress and focus for almost 25 minutes. So, if you are distracted 5 times per day, you could be losing almost 2 hours every day of productive work and almost 10 hours every week.

    If you have an important project to work on, find a space where you won’t be distracted, or try doing this.

    11. Commit Focused Time to Smaller Tasks

    You know sometimes, you need to simply tackle these tasks and take action on them. But there’s always something more pressing.

    Small tasks can often get in the way of your most important projects. They sit there on your daily To Do list but are often forgotten about because of more important priorities or because they hold no interest for you. But they take up mental energy. They clutter your mind.

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    Commit to spending a specific period of time completing all the small tasks you have on your To Do list. It will give you peace of mind and the space to focus more on your bigger priorities.

    12. Take a Time Audit

    Do you know exactly where your time is going each day? Are you spending too long on certain projects and tasks to the detriment of bigger opportunities?

    Spend a bit of time to analyze where you are spending your time. This insight will amaze you and give you the clarity to start adjusting where you focus your time and on what projects.

    You can start by taking a piece of paper and creating three columns:

    Column A is Priority Work. Column B is Good Work. Column C is low value work or stuff.

    Each day, write down the project or task and the time spent on each. Allocate that time to one of the columns.

    At the end of the week, record the total time spent in each column.

    If you are spending far too much time on certain types of work, look to change things so your focused time is in Column B and C.

    13. Protect Your Confidence

    It is essential to protect our confidence to ensure we don’t get overwhelmed, stressed and lose belief.

    When you have confidence as a daily resource, you are in a better position to problem solve, learn quicker, respond to anything, adjust to anything, and achieve your biggest opportunities.

    Confidence gives you the ability to transform fear into focused and relaxed thinking, communication, and action. This is key to put your mind into a productive state.

    When confidence is high, you can clearly see the possibilities at hand and create strategies to take advantage of them, or to solve the challenges you face each day.

    Final Words

    A heavy workload can be tough to deal with and can cause stress, burnout and ongoing frustration.

    The key is to tackle it head on, rather than let it go on and compound the long-term effects. Hopefully, you can take action on at least one of these tips.

    If it gets too much, and negatively affects your physical and mental health, it may be time to talk to someone. Instead of dealing with it alone and staying unhappier, resentful and getting to a point where you simply can’t cope, you have to make a change for your own sanity.

    Featured photo credit: Hannah Wei via unsplash.com

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