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8 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Characters of the Avengers

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8 Lessons I’ve Learned from the Characters of the Avengers

Who would have thought a summer blockbuster could be so entertaining, yet so thoughtful? Marvel’s The Avengers worked on a lot of levels. It’s definitely a popcorn flick, but it also makes you think about important topics like honor, belief and taking orders. Here are eight lessons to be learned from The Avengers.

1. “You people are so petty… and tiny.”

thor
    “Godly” people may see the “ungodly” as weak. Some of the people who are in power need to learn the Avengers lessons that teaches how humility goes a long way. Sometimes we have to bring those kinds of people down to earth, like the way that the other Avengers ground Thor and make him appreciate humanity.

    2. “Seeing, still working on believing.”

    Iron Man
      Not everyone is going to accept the fantastical at face value. Even Tony Stark, a man who fights and flies in an armored suit, is hesitant to believe that actual gods roam the earth. That kind of skepticism is good up to a point; no one wants to be naive. However, if disbelief in something is preventing you from moving forward with your life, you need to learn to accept that thing even if you don’t fully understand it yet.

      3. “Puny god.”

      hulk
        Even if you accept the existence of gods, they don’t control your life. Even the most powerful people don’t own you; you choose your own destiny. Their control over you only reaches as far as you let it reach. Remember that even the most “godly” people in our lives are puny if we don’t give their godliness too much weight.

        4. “You don’t understand. Have you ever had someone take your brain and play? Take you out and stuff something else in? You know what it’s like to be unmade?”

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          When you aren’t in control of your life anymore, things go wrong fast. This is one of the Avengers lessons Clink Barnes a.k.a. Hawkeye learned when someone literally took over his mind, and it’s one we should take heed of in the real world, too. We run serious risk of being too controlled, whether that be by a friend, a superior, a controlled substance or something else. Remember, though, that even if you’ve been unmade, you can be made whole again.

          5. “We have orders, we should follow them.”

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          Cap

            Captain America, in true soldier fashion, believes that orders should be followed, no questions asked. Keep in mind that he just awoke from the World War II era, and his beliefs may be antiquated. Most people believe today that there’s a lot of danger in not questioning the orders we receive, including many of his fellow Avengers. Case in point:

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            6. “I recognise the council has made a decision, but given that it’s a stupid-ass decision, I’ve elected to ignore it.”

            fury
              According to Fury, even when you’re facing the most powerful people in your world, you shouldn’t take orders if you don’t believe in them. Especially not if the actions have terrible consequences such as, for example, destroying New York. Take even the most respected and influential leaders’ words with a grain of salt, unless you want to risk making a huge mistake.

              7. “We could… use… a little worse.”

              black widow
                Sometimes, as Black Widow can attest, we have to go further than we ever knew we could to achieve goals that are truly worth it.

                8. “Aaargh!”

                coulson2
                  Pro tip: don’t get stabbed through the heart with a giant spear. But if you do get stabbed through the heart with a giant spear, make sure it was for a good purpose. Agent Coulson laid down his life because he believed in the Avengers’ mission. His Avengers lesson was the most costly by far, but it was a meaningful death as he was protecting the people he put his faith in. To be like him stand for the right causes; don’t waste your time on trivial matters.
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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.

                  Learn how to stay productive while working remotely with these tips: How to Work From Home: 10 Tips to Stay Productive

                  Featured photo credit: Jenny Ueberberg via unsplash.com

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