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6 Types Of People Who’re Most Popular At Work

6 Types Of People Who’re Most Popular At Work

When you wake up on Monday morning, do you jump up out of bed all enthusiastic to meet your colleagues at your workplace? Do you feel like you are on a mission while working with them?

Considering that we spend almost 1/3 of our lives at our working place, it is so satisfying to work with people who make you feel inspired by being in their company. If you want to be productive, fulfilled and feeling happy at your workplace, look for (or become one of) the people who make teamwork great.

Who are these types of people?

1. Resourceful people

Resourceful people have the amazing ability to see a solution in just about every problem they encounter.

Whenever you present them a problem they seem to be almost happy somebody finally asked them for the solution.
They usually start with: “Well, hmm… what can we do here? I see what you mean… Are there any other ways we can look at this? Oh, yes! What if we do it…” , and they are already on their way to finding the best possible solution.

Having such person in a team is a blessing. You know there is no place for negativity when working with them because you feel like swearing if you say words like: “It is hard, it can’t be done, why happen this to us”.

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Resourceful people always make the working process highly productive and inspiring for every team member. When working with them, it won’t be long before everybody in the team is satisfied with their great solution.

2. A visionary

Visionaries usually think in decades rather than days or weeks and have a very clear picture what they want to accomplish in their lives.

They truly believe that one man can’t do anything significant so they strongly believe in the team. They always look for the best team, not just any team. Considering this, it might not be the easiest task to work in a team led by the visionary. They are definitely demanding because they have very high standards for themselves but also for the people who they work with.

So, where is the beauty of working with the visionary?

Working with a visionary you always have a feeling you are working on something big; bigger than yourself. You know that even after you pass away something will stay here as a sign of your teamwork – one of the greatest satisfactions you can have in your life.

Stop here for a moment. Just imagine how it feels when you make a mark in your life that other people will remember, because of the improvement you and your team made. Wouldn’t that feel great?

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A great example of a recent visionary was Steve Jobs of Apple. He probably wasn’t the easiest man on Earth to work with, but people who worked (or still work) at Apple know they created and are still creating products that will be remembered long after.

3. ‘Have fun’ people

‘Have fun’ people are the kind of people who just can’t stand to be serious for more than two hours.
They can be still very productive (because they aren’t ordinary joke-tellers) but their ability to enjoy life (and work) is just a part of their personality.

Working with them is always a pure pleasure because you know from the very beginning of the project that there is simply no place for stress. Even when a stressful situation appears they’ll find a way to loosen things up by saying a small remark or a comment on how life is beautiful.

So, working with ‘Have fun’ people on a project means there will be time for laughing, excitement and even surprise.
It is natural for them to bring some funny stuff the the workplace, some things you might not expect – like bringing their little dog into the office or surprising the whole team with a big bucket of ice-cream for the break on a snowy December morning.

4. Doers

Having people who always do and finish their work in a team is a great feeling because you can always count on their promises. Doers are people who keep the workflow of any project running smoothly.

They usually don’t talk to you a lot but don’t take it as they don’t like you. The fact is, they don’t talk too much to anybody.

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Their moment of glory is always the time when they bring their results on time and this is the way they show you some affection.

Having a doer in a working group brings a lot of certainty in. They also inspire others to finish their assignment. So, if you are the type of person who has some difficulties finishing things up, try to stick with doers and your results will improve rapidly.

5. Sympathetic people

Have you ever worked in a team where there was a person always taking care that fruit was on the table all the time, or asking you if you need something from the shop?
If that was not your secretary (whose work description happens to include all these things) but your coworker, it means you have worked or you still work with a very sympathetic, caring person.

Such a person can make a working place as nice as home. As every home needs a caring personality, so too does a nice working environment.
They will always make you feel good. Feeling you matter to someone can help with any situation.

6. Focused people

If you like working in a highly effective team you will appreciate working with focused people. They are like drilling machines. If they set on a specific task they don’t like to mess around a lot. Focused people always find solutions because their task become their only purpose in their lives.

Being around focused people, you can be sure the energy in the team will always be high. Their attitude is, ‘don’t mess around and let’s get to the point,’ which will automatically exclude all time wasters.

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If you enjoy what you do, working with focused people is like driving on the highway to success…

YES, THERE ARE people who have more than one ability mentioned above. Having a person with one or more of these abilities in the team means you have a very strong reason to wake up enthusiastic every morning and head to your business or workplace with a smile on your face.

Why? Because you will become like the people you spend the most time with.

Look for the people around you who inspire you, who make you proud of them and of yourself, and work will become a pleasure.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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