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7 ways to improve your social awareness

These social skills activities can help you improve your social awareness.

 

1. Give importance to listening

2. Make it a practice to repeat what is said

3. Pay attention to the tone

4. Keep an eye on the body language

5. Place yourself in other’s shoes

6. Identify your own emotions

7. Reflect back


If you are looking to develop great relationships and build genuine friendships, you need to work on these skills. Furthermore, it forms great interactions that help build social awareness. Similarly, take ownership of your behavior and ask for feedback. It is also important to notice the behaviors of others that may cause you to respond negatively. 

 

Additionally, if you receive negative feedback, take it on a lighter note. Make sure you work on it. Work on building your positive traits. Besides, use them to your advantage when you communicate with others. Improving your social skills isn’t an overnight task. It takes consistency, patience, and determination to follow a path. With the right kind of aim and passion, no skill can’t be learned.

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20 Tips for building and improving your Interpersonal Skills

1. Be a good listener – 

2. Accept People – 

3. Be the Happy person – 

4. Don’t be a Complainer – 

5. Encourage People – 

6. Be Positive – 

7. Good communication is a must – 

8. Let go of the Ego – 

9. Appreciating Others – 

10. Constructive Criticism –

11. Team Building – 

12. Taking Initiatives – 

13. Accepting the Blame, Taking Responsibility – 

14. Be Honest – 

15. Speak Up – 

16. Good Verbal Communication – 

17. Tolerance & Patience – 

18. Respect – 

19. Socialize well – 

20. Live and Let Live – 

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Life is like a great movie with lots of ups and downs. Similarly, our lives also have a lot of instances wherein our plans don’t follow our route or don’t work out the way we planned them to. We need to remember that everything is not in our control; various other factors influence decisions. Also, it’s completely normal to have some things way out of our schedule or plan. So what should you do if things don’t work your way? Do you get angry or overstressed? 


Additionally, do you ever give a thought if you are standing in between getting the work done? There can be multiple reasons for that. Stop focusing on the things you don’t have any control over. Instead, what you can do is work on yourself in these pretty stressful situations.


Here are 4 tips to help you do things your way.

– Remember why you are doing it

– Analyze the outcome

– Focus on the important stuff

– Listen to some soothing music

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Positive self-talk has a big influence on the way we think, on the way we respond to certain life situations and overall decides the quality of our life.


Positive thinking can be an effective method to deal with stress and related issues. Having a positive outlook on life is sure to give you many health benefits.


Research suggests that optimists have a greater quality of life. If you feel you have very negative self-talk and would want to change it into the positive self-talk,  then start with changing your inner dialogues. It will improve your health and make you a positive person altogether. And who doesn’t love being with a positive person?


Be around happy and positive people, find humor in every situation, try not to be over-critical about every situation, keep your feelings in check and transition slowly into a positive self-talk mode. Give your positive and encouraging affirmations and never let yourself down under any circumstances.

If you don’t have control over your feelings, it will be others who will play around with it which can create quite a havoc. Be patient, be kind, be considerate, and eventually everything will fall into place. 

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GET QUALITY SLEEP

 

Stress and sleep go hand in hand. The amount of sleep you get has a great effect on your mood patterns. If you do not get the required amount of sleep, it takes a toll on your body and mind. Your stress levels will be magnified, and your moods will be affected, eventually so will be your day. Try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep daily to get a new head start to a new day.


The more refreshed you feel, the productive your day will turn out to be. Lack of sleep can also affect your physical and mental health. Try to get a good night’s sleep to be positive and improve the quality of your life.  

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Well, the answer to that is simple, anxiety is mostly due to stress, the moment you remove that excess stress from yourself, and you will automatically conquer your anxiety.


36 Tips for overcoming the fear of change at the workplace



1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE FEAR

2. ACCEPT THE CHANGE

3. UNDERSTAND YOUR FEELING

4. COMMUNICATE

5. STAY POSITIVE

6. EMBRACE THE CHANGE

7. INDULGE IN SOME OTHER ACTIVITY

8. TAKE A BREAK

9. MEDITATE

10. GET INVOLVED IN THE CHANGE

11. TAKE PART IN OFFICE ACTIVITIES

12 SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY

13. INDULGE IN A HOBBY

14. YOGA

15. EAT HEALTHILY

16. BE FLEXIBLE

17. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

18. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

19. PACE YOURSELF

20. DON’T OVER EXPECT

21. DESIGNATE WORRY TIME

22. DON’T OVERTHINK

23. TAKE DEEP BREATHS

24. SAY IT OUT IN FRONT OF THE MIRROR

25. ADOPT A DOG

26. GET IN TOUCH WITH MOTHER NATURE

27. LISTEN TO SLOW MUSIC

28. MAINTAIN A JOURNAL

29. LAUGH IT OUT LOUD

30. SEEK SPIRITUAL ADVICE

31. VISIT YOUR HAPPY PLACE

32. TREAT YOURSELF WITH YOUR FAVORITE FOOD

33. EXPRESS IT OUT

34. TAKE A POWER NAP

35. DRINK COLD WATER

36. LEARN FROM YOUR PAST

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Here I have described how you should make your career plan. These are some of those factors you have to do to achieve the goals you have dreamt of. Step by step process to make an amazing career plan

1.) LEARN REGULARLY SOFT SKILLS

2.) Learn about Leadership

3.) Adapt Critical thinking 

4.) Adaptability

5.) Teamwork approach

6.) Mastery of hard skills

7.) Mastery in Technology

8.) Data Management

9.) Research skills 

10.) Financial Planning 

11.) First focus on short-term goals 

12.) Long-term goals

13.) Write your action plan

14.) Maintain your list


A successful career is like a marathon. You keep running and running. You can meet darkness in your life. Some days may also be full of joy. All you need is to keep going. Because there is no fixed destination for a successful career, it is the journey that gives you everything you have always desired for. 

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Here are some amazing tips to increase your patience level. 


WALK AROUND

Some people take a small stroll when breathing doesn’t help them find their calmness.


MEDITATION

Meditation is something that is helping people from ancient times to modern days with their life choices. The study says that 10 minutes of meditation each day helps us regain our hidden truth of ourselves. It increases our ability to focus on a single thing. It clears our vision of life. Gradually, you become a calmer person than before. 


Time has come that we practice having a little more patience. Especially in today’s world, it has become an important factor in having the patience to live a peaceful life. Practice. You will be a master in some time.

Narayana Murthy was born on August 20, 1946, in Karnataka. He had to work hard to reach the position that he is in today. Narayana Murthy was academically brilliant in studies. He loved Physics and Mathematics. In addition, he wanted to gain more knowledge in these fields.

Later on, he went on to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Degree from IIT, Kanpur. Though he was born in a poor family, he always had high hopes to make it big in life. He opened a company called Softronics, which failed in the early stages. 


Though he experienced failures, he never gave up on his dreams. In 1981, he, together with six other professionals, created a company called Infosys. Today, Narayana Murthy is listed as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of all time. 


Lessons Learnt:

- Though he was born in a poor family, he always had high dreams. 

- Persistence always pays off. 

- It does not matter how many times you fail, but it's important to remember never to give up.  

J K Rowling had a tough beginning but soon rose to fame due to her passion. Her story is one of the most popular success stories out there. When Rowling turned 25, in the year 1991, she lost her mother. This incident happened six months after she started writing the book.

Later she moved to Portugal and began teaching English. Soon she got married and gave birth to a daughter. After 13 months, she divorced him. By now, she had written three chapters of the book. By 1993, her situation became miserable. Being a single parent with no money in hands made it tough. 


It took her 5 years to complete her first book. Then began her struggle to get the book published. Top 12 publishing companies turned down the book. Later on, Bloomsbury agreed to publish it. It became an instant hit among children. It also received the British Book Award for Children's Book of the year. 


Lessons Learnt:

- Never let failures stop you. It is impossible to get everything in one go. You fail and learn. But never give up. 

- Stay true to your dreams. In this case, her passion made her reach heights.

- Success won't come to you overnight. 

The giant company Uber was born when it's found Travis Kalanick's could not find a cab to reach his conference in Paris. It was then it struck him a great idea to roll out cabs to lower costs. Previously, Travis had two failed ventures.

Hence, this was the reason investors weren't interested in his idea. However, as things progressed, Ubercab first launched in San Francisco. It was a great success instantly. After having tasted success in San Francisco, they decided to expand the business. They opened in other US cities and internationally. Today Uber has a net worth of USD 69 billion. It is also the most valued tech company in the world. 


Lessons Learnt:

- Hold onto your dreams and wait for the right time.

- Not each person has a fixed time to achieve success.

- Your previous failures aren't a determinant of your success. 

- Every person starts small.

You need to get rid of the fear of failure first to avoid procrastinating over it.


Here are some tips which will help you to get rid of the fear of failure: 


•View the task as a challenge.

•Whenever fear is possible in the task, think as if it is a challenge to you.

•Find some benefits from past failures. There are always some benefits or lessons you get from past experiences. Use those skills or lessons this time and start the task.

•Treat yourself good when you face any failure. 

•Failures are the part of life so there are always some lessons hidden which help you to complete the other task more efficiently.


Here are some of the tips which will help you to get rid of the fear of failure. Some tips you may find tough but try it and you will get some absolute results within some days.

Firstly, we do it procrastinate because we are lazy. We procrastinate because we are afraid. 


We do it because we are afraid of:


•We think that our efforts are not enough.

•We’ll fail.

•We’ll succeed.

•We are not enough.

•If it won’t be perfect, then what’s the use?



There are many reasons though but here are some tips for scheduling your day which will help you to void procrastination:



First of all, set goals.


•Make a good schedule.

•Have some breaks in between which will refresh you in between the work.

•Prioritize your work.

•Reward yourself after every task.

•Make a short to-do list.

•Find a good workplace.

•Avoid distractions.

•Give some time to socialize. This will help you to remain fresh and full of energy.


Here are some tips which will help you to destroy procrastination. Give some time to yourself and take enough time to complete the task. Don’t afraid to take small steps as well as they can lead you to complete the whole task with confidence.

The fear of failure is the main reason for procrastination. People often procrastinate as they get afraid of failure in the task given to them. This may lead people to avoid finishing the task.


19 things we can do about it:


1.Avoid distractions.

2.Work on your habits.

3.Use the tools you like.

4.Review your goals regularly.

5.Make it public.

6.Use a short to-do list.

7.Use the right works.

8.Make it fun.

9.Set a reward for completing a task that resists getting through.

10.Break the work into small and specific tasks.

11.Manage your energy and not your time.

12.Do not afraid to leave.

13.Track your time.

14.Learn to say no.

15.Take a small first step.

16.Routines help.

17.Make decisions.

18.Stay calm.

19.Don’t panic.

Higher productivity needs better time management and proper motivation. This results in the high outcomes which lead us to the maximum benefits.



Here are some main benefits of higher productivity:


Higher profit.

Employ welfare.

Better return.

Nice relations.

Customer satisfaction.

Good credit rating.

Goodwill.

Better credit terms.


Follow some of the tips for increasing your productivity and you will get bigger profits for your company as well as an increased salary for an individual.


Here are some tips:


•Manage your time.

•Get the proper motivation.

•Add effective communication skills.

•Prioritize your tasks.

•Manage your work.

•Manage your working time as well as leisure time.


These are some of the common basic tips which will help you to improve your productivity. In this process avoid multi-tasking and try to work in speed. 

10 simple but effective strategies for increasing your productivity at work:


1.Track and limit how much time you're spending on tasks. 

2.Take regular breaks. 

3.Set self-imposed deadlines. 

4.Be proactive, not reactive.

5.Just say no to meetings. 

Unnecessary meetings always suck your time so try to avoid them.


6.Give-up on the illusion of perfection. 

Never run after this illusion, instead, give your 100% and move-on.


7.Quit multitasking.

Avoid multi-tasking as much as possible as it puts a negative effect on your productivity.


8.Minimize interruptions.

To minimize any interruption you should resist the temptation to have longer breaks as well as talking to someone else while working. Fix the schedule and work accordingly.


9.Choose something nice to look at.

Jazz-up your working space with plants, candles, flowers or anything else. These things increase your productivity by 15%.


10.Work in 90-minute intervals.

Have a 10-minute break after every 90-minute. This will boost you up

Your productivity and performance is all based on time management. If you master managing your time then you will surely improve your productivity.


Here are some benefits:


•Deliver work on time. 

•Provide a better quality of work. 

•More productivity.

•More efficiency. 

•Less procrastination. 

•Less stress.

•Less anxiety. 

•Improved quality of life. 

•It creates more opportunities.

•Career growth. 

•More time for leisure and recreation.



Here are some tips to manage your time and increase your productivity:


Make a schedule.

Use a to-do list.

Set the time for every task.

Learn to work fast.

Plan ahead.

Make enough time for your work and leisure.


These are some of the tips and benefits of time management in your productivity. Time management is said to be the backbone of productivity. It does not count only on your expertise in a particular sector but also on how you manage your time.

Without a doubt, Intrinsic Motivation is the better one. The ones who are genuinely motivated have succeeded compared with others. 

1. On the other hand, extrinsic motivation is not always bad. Reward programs, financial perks could help people do the work with even more enthusiasm. 

2. One type of extrinsic motivation that we saw earlier is ‘Integrated Motivation.’ It could be an alternative when an intrinsic motivation fails or not possible. 

3. To obtain the best results, sometimes external motivations could work. 

4. For a long successful run, you need a self-encouraging intrinsic motivation. 

5. When intrinsic motivation didn’t work out, you can still make people going by giving them the right reasons. The point is, with a little help, extrinsic motivation can also get work done for you here. 

At last, you are the better judge of yourself. You know what works for you and whatnot.

I am sure that the types of motivation we discussed here will benefit you. It will help you identify the motivation scale that’s around us.

On that note, 


Any type of Motivation should end up benefitting you and your values. That’s the core of how motivation works. If it’s not beneficial, not positive, and ethical, it’s better to step away from those motivating factors. Don’t matter if they are intrinsic or extrinsic. Sometimes, combining intrinsic and extrinsic could yield better results for you. In the end, you are the perfect judge. 

1. External Regulation: 

It’s like an intentional behavior or activity but controlled by external sources or factors. For example, We can see parents telling kids about the rewards they will get after getting specific grades. Intentionally you do the studying as you want to. But, mostly, your studying will be controlled by the rewards waiting for you.

 

2. Introjected Regulation: 

You do it under internal pressure. It could be due to false ego, self-esteem issues, guilt, worry, peer appreciations, approval, validation, and sorts. People do it under an obligation and not because they want to. People know that they have chosen it intentionally to do. Yet, it is not a choice of self-intent. 

3. Regulation through Identification: 

It’s a more positive side of extrinsic motivation. It’s like people do things by believing in goodwill. 

For Example: Consider a Student. 

A) The student will have a conscious decision to go to college. It’s like a self-selected goal. It motivates them to study hard and get grades. They do it intentionally but with an external motivating factor. 

B) A major difference here. ‘I want to go to college’ is different. ‘I want to go to college as everyone’s going’ is different. The former is regulation through identification. 

4. Integrated Regulation: 

It’s a wonderful type of motivation. Here, the person will self-reflect, understands the reason, see if it matches their values and needs. Finally, they take action. Though it is a confident decision, an individual runs through all options and external factors. It influences them. 

Is extrinsic motivation totally bad? No. It has some positive sides too.  Here are:

        11 facts about Extrinsic Motivation:

        1.) Things will not be under your control to process it.

        2.) When you are extrinsically motivated, you end up doing things that will not give you a feeling of content. 

        3.) You will find more restrictions and coercion. 

        4.) External factors could change. At some point, you will feel like stopping it or quitting it. But, when you are genuinely motivated, you keep going longer. 

        5.) Peoples stop performing when they don’t find enough rewards. 

        6.) In some cases, when there are no impactful results or if they don’t care about it anymore, people stop. 

        7.) Extrinsic motivation will not guarantee a solid success for a long time. 

        8.) Extrinsic Motivation works well under business establishments. 

        9.) Thought it solely requires intrinsic motivation, some areas could use extrinsic motivating factors too. For Example Sports, Education, Studying, Job, Fitness, and sometimes even in healthy people, we could use some extrinsic motivation.

        10.) If Extrinsic Motivating factors are more appreciative, positive, helpful, and supportive, people can be very well produced. 

        11.) Extrinsic motivation could be fruitful when combined i.e., Giving rewards in addition to making people feel like ‘it’s worth it’ is a wonderful strategy. 

        Though extrinsic motivation has some downsides, it can be productive when used rightly.