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10 Things Introverts Do Which Make Them Productive

10 Things Introverts Do Which Make Them Productive

Introverts may be often misunderstood because of their quiet nature, but there are several areas where their quiet nature pays off. One of those areas is productivity. Here are 10 things that introverts do that make them productive.

1. They Are Naturally Creative

Creativity can be one of the most valued skills when it comes to productivity, and this puts introverts at an advantage because they have creativity hard-wired into them. Introverts tend to spend a lot of time in introspection, and this time alone is a breeding ground for great ideas. The trick is capturing the ideas in a place where they won’t be forgotten.

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2. They Are Intentional

Introverts tend to be naturally cautious people, approaching any task with great thought and care. While this could be a detriment if they allow caution to turn into paralysis, it can a great asset if they learn to utilize it to get things done. Being intentional allows introverts to be selective about the things they do and not taking on every project that comes their way. The art of saying no frees them up to get the most important things on their plates completed.

3. They Take Communication Seriously

Introverts don’t tend to spend a lot of time speaking in front of large crowds, or at least that’s the common thinking. In fact, introverts can be great public communicators because they take the task very seriously. Introverts are typically careful about how they portray themselves in front of others. This works in their favor because they’ll put a lot of time and prep work into making sure their public communication is top notch.

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4. They Are Detail-Oriented

Introverts are naturally observant people, and because of this, they’re not likely to overlook any detail. This can be really important to an introvert’s productivity because they’re not having to play catch up on something important that they previously overlooked.

5. They Are Independent

Introverts are often in a perfect position to get things done because they don’t often feel the need to rely on someone else to get things done. In fact, introverts are more likely to choose tasks for which they don’t have to wait on someone else to tackle. Being able to jump right into a task independently can be really valuable for productivity.

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6. They Disconnect When Necessary

Introverts need to recharge. They don’t run on a boundless source of energy. Fortunately, introverts often realize this and take steps to disconnect from projects if their energy level is acting as more of a detriment to their productivity than an asset.

7. They Choose Their Words Carefully

Communication is important to productivity because not all tasks can be performed by a single person. Introverts are sometimes a part of a team, and they can be a valuable part of the team because they’re careful about the words they use to communicate information. Introverts strive for clarity and precision in their communication, and this can help teams to know exactly what needs to be done.

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8. They Are Focused

While some people can be easily distracted from a task, introverts tend to be more focused. They’re able to devote all of their attention to a task until it’s finished. In fact, introverts often like to avoid interruption of their workflow as much as possible.

9. They Are Attentive

When it comes to productivity, few things can be worse than communicating important task information whose attention isn’t completely focused on taking in the information. Fortunately, introverts are great listeners. They’re able to take in information with great understanding while also asking clarifying questions if they don’t understand something the first time.

10. They Plan Ahead

Introverts are often relentless planners. They don’t tend to enjoy being surprised, so they try to foresee every possible outcome that might come along. They work great with paper and pen and can serve teams well in making plans for maximum productivity.

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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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