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11 Reasons Why You Need To Be More Independent

11 Reasons Why You Need To Be More Independent
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You’re an Independent Individual in a Complex Technological World.

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You want success and an independent life for yourself and those close to you. An independent life has always been essential in our society, but the more technology runs our world, being independent becomes both easier and more difficult.

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You have a infinite number of resources and information on the Internet that will answer about every question you can generate. However,

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independence does not mean that you can simply rely on your smart phone to solve all of your problems. You must have intellect and personal power in order to make use of technology and allow it to meet your needs.

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The Benefits of an Independent Life

Technology progresses at such a fast pace. It can make your life easier, but incorporating technology into your life effectively is anything but simple. Also, one cannot simply rely upon technology to solve every problem. For one thing, you don’t always have access to the technology you need, and there are aspects of life where a human mind and body are irreplaceable.

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Maintaining self-reliance is difficult in a fast paced technological world, but it is worth the effort. Independence benefits you in 12 broad areas:

  1. It boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem. An increase in self-confidence means that you trust yourself to be competent in the situations you confront, and a boost in self-esteem gives a positive outlook on yourself. Learning independence instills confidence because you believe in the knowledge and capacities you possess to deal with any challenge.
  2. It decreases the burden you place on family, friends, and society. If you are capable of meeting your own needs with the help of technology, you don’t have to depend on others for help. Instead of being a burden, you lighten the load of others.
  3. It turns you into an asset to help other people. It is not bad to need help. Everyone needs it at some point. But, with independence comes the ability to care for yourself and help other people with the knowledge and abilities you have. People learn to trust you as a beneficial resource and look to you for assistance.
  4. It enhances your reputation among friends and colleagues. When you prove that you are independent, other people view you positively as a contributor to society rather than a dependent. Today, reputation determines how far you can go in life. Independence creates a powerful reputation.
  5. It leads to financial freedom because you are skilled and capable. You are able to work and earn wages that allow you to provide for yourself and prepare for the future. Financial uncertainty is frightening, but independence is empowering.
  6. It gives you social independence and dexterity. The world we live in is social both in face-to-face situations and online in social media engagements. Sociability is essential to being human, and being independent provides you with the ability to maneuver in society and mingle with people. This enables friendships, networking, and collaboration.
  7. It makes you physically capable of caring for yourself and others. Despite disabilities, the more physically able you make yourself, the better you are able to deal with situations in your environment.
  8. It fills you with a sense of joy and happiness that can come from no other source. Happiness comes from independence, self-esteem, the ability to associate with and help others, and physical activity.
  9. It places you in a position to be an innovator with independent thought. Regardless of your occupation or workplace, innovation is a valuable commodity, and independent creativity makes you a powerful asset to your employer or to your own business.
  10. It makes you mobile rather than confined within your community. This means that you are able to freely act, move, and operate as you see fit. You are not bound to your current circumstances, but can alter your future for the better.
  11. It sets you up for further progress and self-sufficiency. Because you can rely on yourself, you are able to keep up with technology, and, with that resource, you can accomplish anything you want and you possess the means for infinite progression. Rather than falling behind with every new step technology takes, you are able to stay ahead of the changes and adapt as needed.

Set Goals for an Independent and Self-Reliant Life

Declare your own independence if you haven’t already. Regardless of your present circumstances, you have access to opportunities, education, and technology to elevate yourself. This is also a powerful legacy that you will pass on to children, family, and those around you. You will demonstrate, through example, that independence leads to happiness.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

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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