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10 Things Highly Effective People Don’t Do

10 Things Highly Effective People Don’t Do
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Sadly, there are very few people who are satisfied with their current work and life. Mostly all of us want a good pay raise, a promotion or want to join a better position at a different company. Yet, in today’s economic environment, there are a few people who are highly effective at work (and life). Those effective people have secrets to their success and manage to achieve their goals. If you want to join them, adopt some of these habits of highly effective people.

1. They don’t accept negativity

If you keep a positive outlook in life, it will affect your whole life in a way that would impossible to measure. As a popular saying goes “act like you’re already rich” to “see the good side of everything.” So, be ambitious not disappointed. Be proactive, not lethargic. A cheerful, positive attitude rubs off on your supervisors and colleagues and helps grease the wheel to upward movement.

2. They don’t work “harder.”

There are two techniques to get more work on your job. You can either come in to work early or stay late at work. Or, you can work efficiently in the same amount of time. Efficiency at work amounts for a lot, mainly when your company tracks your time per task through time tracking sheet like my company does or a similar service. Joining both methods — working smarter and longer — can be a wonderful display of the ability and desire it takes to move up.

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3. They don’t lack confidence.

The biggest thing that holds many people back is lack of confidence to ask for things they want from their bosses. Whether they want raises, or a promotion, or a transfer to another department. They can never get any of them if they don’t know the way to how to ask. You need to learn how to ask for what you want. Learn to identify when a refusal is something you can work past, and when it’s an indication you should find another company.

4. They don’t lack initiative.

Be proactive and take the initiative in your life and at work. Your promotions won’t fall in your lap if you’re not improving your situation and performance. Take some serious steps to make your life and job more effective and efficient. Don’t step on others to get ahead; work with others to raise up everyone.

5. They don’t avoid risk.

Businesses need to implement risk management to hold managers accountable for revenue growth and productivity. Highly effective people treat themselves no differently. They calculate risks and choose the best possible return option for the least possible risk. At work, only you have the viewpoint to analyze your position for the risks and rewards.

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6. They don’t always work alone.

Acting without a focused and defined goal is much like driving without a destination in mind. No one can reach anywhere without knowing where they’re heading. Take some time to define your dreams and the necessary steps to reach them. Analyze and decide the way you need to approach your life for positive results. At work, pool the strengths of other people through teamwork, to achieve the goals no one person could have done alone.

7. They don’t stress out.

If you are working harder to push yourself towards your dreams, it could become a dangerous process. You could burn yourself out. Always take some time for yourself for your family. Spend time in a hobby that brings you peace of mind. Learn to distinguish the signs of stress and burnout and learn how to battle them.

8. They don’t avoid making decisions.

Successful and effective people are expert decision makers in every field of life. They help empower their associates and colleagues so they can reach a planned conclusion or they do the task themselves.  They emphasize on “making things happen” at all times and work on activities that sustain progress.  Effective people master the art of politicking and thus they don’t waste their time on issues that disturb their momentum.

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9. They don’t avoid opportunities.

Sometimes we don’t find the right opportunity, satisfaction or flexibility we desire in our current job. Effective people recognize the best opportunity and take steps to change their careers intelligently. Opportunities are always available for motivated and effective people.

10. They don’t say yes all of the time.

Many of us want to accept everything and help everyone around us. Effective and successful people set boundaries for themselves in order to preserve their energy, time and space. Learn to say “No.” Effective people recognize that they’re their own best asset and that they have to take care of themselves first before helping someone else.

So, be prepared for new opportunities, take necessary steps to reach goals and keep working towards achieving them every day. When you develop these habits for success, you’ll achieve your goals.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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