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15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

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15 Things Highly Effective People Do Differently

No matter what they are doing, people who are highly effective have a different way of doing things than the average person who is not so effective. That is what makes them so effective. You can do those same things, just by doing what they do.

1. They Visualize their Lives

Effective people know what they want, and they visualize and plan ways to get the things they want. Average people sit around hoping what they want will come to them. Stop procrastinating, figure out what you want, and how to get it.

2. They Don’t Take On More than they Can Handle

Everyone has their limits, even effective people. They complete one task before starting the next. Focus your attention on one thing at a time, and you will be more effective.

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3. They Volunteer

Effective people are the first to volunteer for a job. They know this is their chance to learn something new, impress their superiors, and to meet new people. You can do the same.

4. They don’t Focus on Time

When effective people are given tasks, they don’t get stressed about time limits. Because of this, they can focus on the task at hand and get it done.

5. They Stay Healthy

Effective people know they need to exercise and eat right, and compliment their diets with healthy supplements. Learn more about the best supplements through Supplement Reviews.

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6. They are Humble

Effective people can admit to their mistakes, and are humble. When they have done something wrong, they apologize, and they mean it. They are not arrogant, and they are forgiving, appreciating and learning from others.

7. They ask the Right Questions

In order to get ahead, effective people know that they have to ask questions. When you ask questions, you learn. This makes you more productive, and you will be more positive about the work you are doing.

8. They Say “No”

Effective people know that they can’t do it all, and sometimes they just have to say “no” to others. Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t feel that you have the time or skills for certain tasks.

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9. They Finish what they Start

Effective people don’t quit a project until it is completed. Even if they don’t enjoy what they are doing, they see it through to the end. You can be effective by making yourself do the same thing.

10. They Take Time for Themselves

Just because someone is busy and wealthy, it doesn’t mean that they are effective. Everyone needs to be able to relax and enjoy life. Schedule time periods that are just for you, so you don’t get burned out.

11. They take Ownership of their Failures

No one can do everything, and we all fail at things from time to time. The difference between effective people and average people is that effective people take ownership of their failures, and learn from them.

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12. They Know How to Communicate

Effective people are good at communicating. They also work hard to ensure that they continue being good at this. They know how to hold their tempers, and how to keep their emotions in check when communicating with others.

13. They Don’t Get Bored, and they Don’t Complain

No one likes a complainer, and it is the complainers who end up bored and unhappy in life. Get off the couch, and get out there doing the things you love. Effective people get things done.

14. They Pick their People

Effective people don’t waste their time with people who bring them down. They stick with those who they want to have in their lives, people who are like-minded and positive. Look at your relationships, and ask yourself if any of them are holding you back from being everything you can be.

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15. They Find Solutions

Effective people don’t see problems. They see solutions to problems. Average people see the problems and become overwhelmed by them. When you meet an obstacle, meet it head on, and figure out how to get past that obstacle.

Featured photo credit: Spyros Papaspyropoulos via flickr.com

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Published on September 21, 2021

How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

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How Remote Work Affects Your Productivity And Wellbeing (Backed By Data)

The internet is flooded with articles about remote work and its benefits or drawbacks. But in reality, the remote work experience is so subjective that it’s impossible to draw general conclusions and issue one-size-fits-all advice about it. However, one thing that’s universal and rock-solid is data. Data-backed findings and research about remote work productivity give us a clear picture of how our workdays have changed and how work from home affects us—because data doesn’t lie.

In this article, we’ll look at three decisive findings from a recent data study and two survey reports concerning remote work productivity and worker well-being.

1. We Take Less Frequent Breaks

Your home can be a peaceful or a distracting place depending on your living and family conditions. While some of us might find it hard to focus amidst the sounds of our everyday life, other people will tell you that the peace and quiet while working from home (WFH) is a major productivity booster. Then there are those who find it hard to take proper breaks at home and switch off at the end of the workday.

But what does data say about remote work productivity? Do we work more or less in a remote setting?

Let’s take a step back to pre-pandemic times (2014, to be exact) when a time tracking application called DeskTime discovered that 10% of most productive people work for 52 minutes and then take a break for 17 minutes.

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Recently, the same time tracking app repeated that study to reveal working and breaking patterns during the pandemic. They found that remote work has caused an increase in time worked, with the most productive people now working for 112 minutes and breaking for 26 minutes.[1]

Now, this may seem rather innocent at first—so what if we work for extended periods of time as long as we also take longer breaks? But let’s take a closer look at this proportion.

While breaks have become only nine minutes longer, work sprints have more than doubled. That’s nearly two hours of work, meaning that the most hard-working people only take three to four breaks per 8-hour workday. This discovery makes us question if working from home (WFH) really is as good a thing for our well-being as we thought it was. In addition, in the WFH format, breaks are no longer a treat but rather a time to squeeze in a chore or help children with schoolwork.

Online meetings are among the main reasons for less frequent breaks. Pre-pandemic meetings meant going to another room, stretching your legs, and giving your eyes a rest from the computer. In a remote setting, all meetings happen on screen, sometimes back-to-back, which could be one of the main factors explaining the longer work hours recorded.

2. We Face a Higher Risk of Burnout

At first, many were optimistic about remote work’s benefits in terms of work-life balance as we save time on commuting and have more time to spend with family—at least in theory. But for many people, this was quickly counterbalanced by a struggle to separate their work and personal lives. Buffer’s 2021 survey for the State of Remote Work report found that the biggest struggle of remote workers is not being able to unplug, with collaboration difficulties and loneliness sharing second place.[2]

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Buffer’s respondents were also asked if they are working more or less since their shift to remote work, and 45 percent admitted to working more. Forty-two percent said they are working the same amount, while 13 percent responded that they are working less.

Longer work hours and fewer quality breaks can dramatically affect our health, as long-term sitting and computer use can cause eye strain, mental fatigue, and other issues. These, in turn, can lead to more severe consequences, such as burnout and heart disease.

Let’s have a closer look at the connection between burnout and remote work.

McKinsey’s report about the Future of work states that 49% of people say they’re feeling some symptoms of burnout.[3] And that may be an understatement since employees experiencing burnout are less likely to respond to survey requests and may have even left the workforce.

From the viewpoint of the employer, remote workers may seem like they are more productive and working longer hours. However, managers must be aware of the risks associated with increased employee anxiety. Otherwise, the productivity gains won’t be long-lasting. It’s no secret that prolonged anxiety can reduce job satisfaction, decrease work performance, and negatively affect interpersonal relationships with colleagues.[4]

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3. Despite everything, We Love Remote Work

An overwhelming majority—97 percent—of Buffer report’s survey respondents say they would like to continue working remotely to some extent. The two main benefits mentioned by the respondents are the ability to have a flexible schedule and the flexibility to work from anywhere.

McKinsey’s report found that more than half of employees would like their workplace to adopt a more flexible hybrid virtual-working model, with some days of work on-premises and some days working remotely. To be more exact, more than half of employees report that they would like at least three work-from-home days a week once the pandemic is over.

Companies will increasingly be forced to find ways to satisfy these workforce demands while implementing policies to minimize the risks associated with overworking and burnout. Smart companies will embrace this new trend and realize that adopting hybrid models can also be a win for them—for example, for accessing talent in different locations and at a lower cost.

Remote Work: Blessing or Plight?

Understandably, workers worldwide are tempted to keep the good work-life aspects that have come out of the pandemic—professional flexibility, fewer commutes, and extra time with family. But with the once strict boundaries between work and life fading, we must remain cautious. We try to squeeze in house chores during breaks. We do online meetings from the kitchen or the same couch we watch TV shows from, and many of us report difficulties switching off after work.

So, how do we keep our private and professional lives from hopelessly blending together?

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The answer is that we try to replicate the physical and virtual boundaries that come naturally in an office setting. This doesn’t only mean having a dedicated workspace but also tracking your work time and stopping when your working hours are finished. In addition, it means working breaks into your schedule because watercooler chats don’t just naturally happen at home.

If necessary, we need to introduce new rituals that resemble a normal office day—for example, going for a walk around the block in the morning to simulate “arriving at work.” Remote work is here to stay. If we want to enjoy the advantages it offers, then we need to learn how to cope with the personal challenges that come with it.

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