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10 Signs of a Doer (and How to be a Good One)

10 Signs of a Doer (and How to be a Good One)

Doers are deemed extremely valuable in groups and organizations. They are the go-to guys and girls when troubles arise. Discover if you have the 10 signs of a doer and learn how to be better one.

1. You start work with clear objectives in mind.

Good doers don’t just dive into a project without thinking. They rein in their enthusiasm long enough to formulate objectives and figure out a plan in order to succeed in whatever they’re set to do. Good doers give themselves enough time to think and plan.

2. You measure your own productivity.

Good doers know how to measure their own productivity and revel in it. Most even have a personal, internal “scoring” system. Following their own progress provides them a challenging working environment, firing them up to work harder. Good doers find and use tools to help measure their productivity (such as Toggl and RescueTime).

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3. You like feeling busy but like seeing results more.

Good doers love that “busy” feeling, but they don’t allow it to cloud their judgement. They need to see tangible outcomes that show work is indeed done. To ensure their efforts are not wasted, they make use of timelines to track progress.

4. You know how to balance quality and quantity.

Good doers don’t skimp on quality despite their eagerness to do more. Though they thrive on increased productivity measured in numbers, they also make sure to set standards for quality. When working on a project, they do regular self-evaluation or ask a trusted person for feedback.

5. You create your own motivation.

Good doers are self-motivated. They look forward to working hard and improving their internal “score”. They take advantage of this wonderful trait by setting more and more challenging goals every time they finish a project. They are also humble enough to use tools that help reach their goals.

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6. You relish being surrounded by other hardworking people.

Good doers like to work with other good doers, especially if they share the same goals. They know that working together is the best opportunity to compete and cooperate without anyone feeling like they lost. They find, or better yet, create an encouraging community of people who share the same goals as they do, such as GoalChiever.

7. You volunteer.

Good doers are “natural’ volunteers. They like to participate in activities that require actual work, even without pay. And while volunteering is great, good doers make sure that they leave enough time for themselves. They schedule their volunteer work appropriately so they don’t tire themselves out.

8. Your personality leans toward extroversion.

Most good doers are extroverts, especially when the work involved requires the constant company of many people. They have an almost perpetual reserve of energy that ignites enthusiasm in others.

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But this doesn’t mean introverts aren’t doers. Actually, introverts reign supreme when it comes to doing solitary work (and play). This means employers shouldn’t be so quick to judge quiet employees!

9. You teach through action.

Good doers prefer to teach by, yes, doing. They demonstrate rather than explain and often encourage their students or mentees to learn by working.

As this isn’t always a good thing, good doers make sure to encourage whoever they’re teaching to ask questions. They take the time to answer them and give feedback as well.

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10. You value the importance of celebrating accomplishments.

Good doers know when to stop working. They create regular opportunities to celebrate their achievements and progress and allow themselves the time to rest and recharge their bodies.

Doers tend to want to move on to the next challenge right after they finish their last one. But good doers make sure to acknowledge their successes by making celebration part of the plan from the very beginning.

While doers aren’t perfect, there’s no denying they posses some great qualities that we could use more of. So if you show the signs of a doer, learn and appreciate your strengths and work on your weaknesses. The world needs you to use your unique qualities.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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