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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 March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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