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« on: November 25, 2016, 02:11:57 PM »

The 7 Lazy Habits of Workaholics

This is NOT a click-bait article. This is one of the most important articles I believe I have ever written.

There are many people who work their asses off each day only to find that all they have really achieved is burnout and resentment for where they are in life.

We all know this person…

The guy (or girl) at one of your jobs who simply worked himself to death.

He was there early and left way late.

He did everything almost perfectly and dedicated his entire life to being great at the job he had.

He exhausted so much energy, but yet, he was the one you would hear complaining about how they were underpaid, underappreciated and taken advantage of.

The hard-work had left them with above average, but still small, yearly raises and little else.

Why is this?

How can you work so hard and still be only slightly “better off” than those around you doing half the work? It can be argued that those doing half the work are actually the smart ones. At least they are getting paid more “fairly” right?

It can be argued that those doing half the work are actually the smarter ones. At least they are getting paid more “fairly” right?

Well, the workaholic has, ironically, gotten where he is because of mental laziness.

Bad Habits of Workaholics

Mental laziness is the silent killer of success. It hides itself behind long hours and repetitive labor, leaving the workaholic thinking he will surely achieve stellar results eventually.

With this approach, success will likely not come. There is little to no progress because he is not working on the right things.

He has buried himself in his work to shield himself from the harder decisions such as:

“Why am I doing this?”

“Is this the best use of my time?”

“Am I being productive, or busy?

“Is this the line of work that will get me where I want to go?”

“Am I doing this to avoid something else?”

This is a modern tragedy.

As much as we respect the blue collar work ethic that our country was founded on (let me emphasize was), it is not enough on its own to achieve amazing levels of success.

This work ethic is part of what is needed for success, but it is missing other vital components.

Purpose, Focus and Planning.

Hard work without these is like running a marathon without markers and a map. You can’t make up for your lack of directions simply by running more.

If you’re “lucky,” this brute force approach could get you up to middle management (God forbid you still are working a regular job).

You will, however, find yourself out of place and trying to do everything as opposed to thinking critically and delegating tasks as you should.

You will plateau.

This will lead to years of stagnant career growth, even though you will be “working” harder than ever.

The most dangerous part of this whole thing is that people convince themselves that they are on the right track to success. They all but turn their minds off to the opportunities around them and areas for potential growth and innovation.

Here are some of the common lazy practices that we can find ourselves in, even though we are “working” a lot.

Note: Not all workaholics do these. Some do none, others do all of them, but most do at least a couple of them.

1. Not setting relevant priorities

Effective work requires preparation.

The goal isn’t to do a lot of things, but to do the right things.

Do you ever skip stretching before you exercise? It is similar to this. You are skipping the boring stuff and just diving into what is more interesting.

Without priorities, efficiency goes to the toilet.

2. Not following priorities by level of importance

To-Do list misconceptions

Setting priorities means nothing if we don’t abide by them.

All tasks are not created equally. This is why people will create huge to-do lists and check off most of the items but still be incredibly ineffective.

There may be one task that far outweighs the others in terms of pay off. Your job is to find out what this task is and do it first.

One of my favorite books was written around this concept. If you want to read it, it is called “The One Thing” by Gary Keller.

3. Working instead of making hard choices.

Have you ever needed to make a decision that was difficult and noticed the weight of it? Really considered it I mean.

The mental stress of making hard choices releases in us the same chemicals responsible for our “fight or flight” response. This is a physiological reaction in the body which can have a negative effect on our mood and energy levels.
This can be just as strenuous if not more so than other forms of work.

4. Working to avoid problems outside of work

Health and Workaholics

For some people, work is more comfortable than dealing with other problems in their lives.

Working is an easy excuse to avoid the rest of the world. It can allow someone to hide away without too much grief from others.

It is hard to villainize a hard working person. It isn’t hard though to villanize someone who is avoiding difficulty. That is what this is.

5. Working without clear purpose and measurable goals

It takes energy to think critically. To ask yourself “why” each time you work is hard.

Workaholics approach tasks with brute force instead of precision and finesse. For every piece of valuable work they complete, they will create an equal amount of “fluff” work that just kept them running in place.

The SMART Goals approach can be effective.

6. Not learning new things

Charles Darwin Quotes“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, not the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” –Charles Darwin2

Have you ever met someone who seemed to know absolutely everything about their job but little else? There is nothing wrong with knowing one thing inside and out, but overlearning must be balanced with a certain amount of growth in other areas.

7. Ignoring their health

When you spend time in one area, you are sacrificing time that could be spent in another.

Workaholism has been connected to a laundry list of illnesses as well. It is the singular mindset of workaholics that causes them to overlook other important areas of their lives.

Aside from the medical risks involved, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you are not functioning at optimal levels. Ignoring your health is not helping you succeed, it is making you sick and less effective.

The Takeaway

There is more to work than output.
Mental work is just as difficult as all other forms of work.
Develop mindfulness and an awareness to why you do what it is you do.
If you want to learn more about productivity, check out  “The One Thing” by Gary Keller.
Do you know a workaholic who has some of these lazy characteristics?
 Do you find yourself guilty of any of these?
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 02:14:16 PM »
Article written by Nate McCallister
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 03:08:48 PM »
Gary Keller: How To Find Your One Thing

Gary Keller
Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., one of the largest real estate companies in the world. He is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and finalist for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year. He has helped many small business owners and entrepreneurs find success through four nationally bestselling books: The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, SHIFT: How Top Real Estate Agents Tackle Tough Times and his latest The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.

In this interview, Gary talks about how he avoid distractions, how he prioritizes his work and stays focused, what his “one thing” is, how to set goals and his best career advice.

How do you avoid distractions in your life when they are unlimited and we’re always connected through technology?

Success does not mean perfection. I’m not concerned with avoiding distraction every minute of every day. The perfect, uninterrupted day is impossible. It’s about figuring out what matters most, and when you’re doing that ONE Thing, eliminate distraction.

I time block. If you looked at my calendar, you’d see regular appointments with myself to do my most important work. That’s when I avoid distractions at all costs. Think of it like going to movies. You’re there for ONE Thing—to see the film. Because you’re really clear about that, you turn off your cell phone, you grab snacks in case you get hungry, and you probably even make a pit stop before you go in. All this so you can have an uninterrupted experience.

When you time block your most important work and treat it like going to movies—you make a stand around avoiding distractions—amazing things happen. When you start thinking of your days this way, the burden of always having to be “on” goes away and you end up accomplishing more.

What are some of the best ways to prioritize work and stay focused?

The best way we’ve found is what we refer to as the focusing question in our new book The ONE Thing. Based on goals in any area of your life, ask yourself, “What’s the ONE Thing I could do, such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?” Then time block to make it happen. It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than that.

The amazing thing is when people ask themselves the question, they are almost always accurate. People instinctively know what matters most. If you’re not sure, look to the people who came before you. Chances are someone has already accomplished what you’re trying to achieve and they’ve shared how they did it (in a book, an article or a blog post). Start with their answers and go from there.

Can you give an example of a goal you set and how you went about achieving it?

In 2001, we were growing and succeeding but hadn’t yet caught the attention of the top performers in our industry. I called together a group of our key executives to brainstorm 100 ways to overcome this challenge. Day two we narrowed the list to just 10 ideas, and from there we chose one big idea – write a book helping others become elite performers in the business. And, it worked. It was the ONE Thing. Ten years later, The Millionaire Real Estate Agent is still No. 1 on the Top 10 Most Popular Real Estate Books.

How do you discover what your “one thing” is?

Again, it’s the focusing question. You simply ask yourself in any given area of your life, “What’s the one thing I can do, such that by doing it everything else is easier or unnecessary?” That’s it.

Of course, we never said it was only ONE Thing. It isn’t in the research or in the book, but people add that word all the time. Success is sequential, not simultaneous. It’s one step at a time. ONE Thing at a time. It’s not your one and only thing. It’s the ONE Thing right now.

What you’re trying to do is set up a domino run in your life. You want to line things up with the end in mind.
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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2019, 01:46:58 AM »
That is really good thing no matter how do you really put them. I for sure have them not in the list more like in my mind, but that doesn't really change anything there. I do hope it will work out and we can see some action happening. Lot of people just lazy to follow them.

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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2019, 01:53:17 AM »
It looks like you know very obvious things and when I was somewhat younger I was completely lost in all of them anyway no matter what. So you should really somewhat do something with them totally and completely. How do you plan to get there ? Those are good advices.

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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 06:15:30 PM »
You know - sometimes I am so ^ lazy that I wish that it will be like that, sometimes I do want to have all this bad habbits in me no matter what. Do you understand what I mean, correct ? I hope it will make wonders over time. Good post, now post about lazy guys;)

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2020, 08:10:41 PM »
This is actually a topical topic because I myself am increasingly meeting people who are obsessed with work and think that the more they work the more they will earn or achieve incredible professional results. In fact, everything is limited by the fact that they do not know how to delegate authority, are constantly in a state of fatigue and stress. And yet they remain completely mediocre employees. They do not know how to rest and enjoy life. The most important goal is work. But at the same time they do not understand what their specific goal is and what this colossal work should result in.