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How To Think Like An Entrepreneur

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How To Think Like An Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur sounds so exciting and tempting. No bosses anymore, no pressure from a job which is not satisfying you, and no limited pay check. Sounds like a pretty cool deal, huh? Entrepreneurial life is definitely really exciting. But 9-5 will almost immediately turn to 24/7. Your customers become your new bosses and the size of your paycheck will vary from month to month. If you persist, work hard enough and innovate, you can join the “club” of successful entrepreneurs. How can you make your journey easier? Start thinking like the world’s top entrepreneurs.

Surround yourself with successful people

You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Do you want to be successful? Meet successful people and hang out with them. Create a small mastermind group. Learn from each other and share your ideas. Their support and positive example will motivate you to do more and make the right decisions.

Find your passion

Take a few minutes and think of what makes you feel great, what energizes you and what you cannot imagine life without. Write it down. Then think of which activities can make you money and reduce your list to that which you are passionate about and can make you money. Passion is your fuel. Your business will have its ups and downs, but passion will make you stay in the game. Plus, it can be contagious. Your vision and energy will motivate people in your team. Steve Jobs once said, “People with passion can change the world.

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Brainstorm and create ideas

James Altucher suggests that you write down 10 creative ideas every day, so you will accumulate about 3500 ideas a year. Maybe 3-4 will work, but isn’t it worth it to do this small exercise every day? Look at Sir Richard Branson. He is an innovation machine. Virgin Records became successful brand, but he didn’t stop there. He decided to bring fresh air into the aviation industry, which was not in demand that time. The biggest businessmen of that time were running from the airline and aviation industry. Virgin Atlantic now has a stable position in industry and Branson’s Virgin Galactic is just about to expand the limits of human experience to outer space.

Make quick decisions

With entrepreneurship comes responsibility. You are the person who is making decisions. Over analyzing can cost you a lot of time and you can miss many opportunities. I am not saying that every decision is good and you shouldn’t ask more experienced people for advice. But when you have to make a decision, act quickly, but accordingly. Create more space for big decisions and reduce the small ones, which are not important. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, wears the same T-shirt every day, so he doesn’t expend time and energy on things which don’t matter.

Take risks

The road to success is not smooth and sometimes you need to take risks to gain more. But take the risks that might bring you much more than you invested. Bill Gates dropped out of school and started a business in a new industry. He had a vision that people will use computers for work and at home. His risk paid off and Microsoft now has a value of billions of dollars. Start by overcoming one little fear a day. You will gain self confidence and trust in yourself.

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Do not take failure too seriously

Everyone fails from time to time. But it shouldn’t stop you from trying. Donald Trump could, probably, talk about that for hours. The man, who is now worth approximately 4 billion dollars, came through bankruptcy, huge personal debt and a few ideas which were total failures. He is not the only millionaire or, better said, billionaire, who experienced failure like this. The problem is giving up. Learn from failures and quickly get up. Failure is just opportunity for new beginnings. Whenever you fail at something, imagine it happened to one of your closest friends. What would you suggest to them? This little exercise will help you to see the situation from a better perspective.

Think big and do not limit yourself

Jordan Belford is not the type of businessman people adore for his innovation and creativity. He didn’t make his business 100% legally, and he cheated many people to get to the top. But he was damn right when he said, “The only thing standing between you and your goal is the BS story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” Believe in yourself and dream big. You can achieve anything you can think of. Start writing down your goals and dreams. The probability that you achieve them will be much higher.

Stay focused

Without focus you are wasting time on unnecessary activities and slowing yourself down. Because of this, maybe you never reach a goal you set. The best entrepreneurs are focused; they see where they want to be and they do everything to get there. Every morning when you wake up, write down your main focus for that day. This exercise will help you to finish your stuff. 

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Stop worrying what other people think

Unless they are your customers. When you achieve some sort of success, people around you change. You will see who really matters and who doesn’t. There will be a lot of them who do not believe in you and your vision. They might think it is too unrealistic or you succeeded just because you were lucky. Ignore it. Successful entrepreneurs just do not waste their energy on something as insignificant as other people negative thoughts.

Learn to trust

You might believe that you can do this and that job better than anyone else. Instead of watching someone failing, you take the wheel and do the job instead. This behavior is not very beneficial in business. Even though we could have a discussion about Steve Jobs and his managerial style, learn to trust people and delegate. It will pay off. Richard Branson is a role model when it goes to trust and delegation. 

Are you thinking like an entrepreneur? Whether you decide to be one or not, these ideas may help you to achieve more in any aspect of your life. Feel free to share in the comments your insights about entrepreneurial thinking. For more inspiration, read this great article 42 Quotes From Highly Successful Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire Greatness In You.

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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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