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10 Things Highly Effective People Don’t Do

10 Things Highly Effective People Don’t Do

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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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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