Saturday, February 13, 2016

4 Ways Solitude Can Make You More Successful




Some people believe that three is a crowd.
When it comes to work, others think that two is just one too many. Solitude can do wonders when it comes to planning, productivity, attitude, and decision making — assuming, of course, you're of the right mindset.
Do you think Steve Jobs came up with all his brilliant ideas when Jony Ive was nagging him to go to Starbucks? Or that the Dalai Lama's many philosophical insights came while crammed into a meeting room with the other Lamas?
There are many benefits to individualism and working alone, allowing the mind to focus, free of distraction. For every worker pleased to be in an open-plan free-for-all, from time to time, we all need space to let our creative juices flow.

1. Reject peer pressure when it comes to decision making

How can a leader make a decision with office "yes" men or women backing them to the hilt, perennial naysayers dragging things down, and those with agendas playing their own angles? It may be done for dramatic effect, but you'll notice Donald Trump always turfs out the candidates before deciding who's fired!
Your own confidence can take a hit in the melee of decision making. While it's good to talk, that final decision, if it rests on your shoulders, should be made alone, without the bickering and vitriol of most heated meetings with arguments and counterarguments raging.
Ensure you have all the notes and evidence on hand, but take the big plunge having considered all the information, distilling it into high-level pros and cons, without the pressure of everyone staring at you.

2. Time to think creatively and deeply

Being alone also helps drive focus and creativity. Steve Wozniak basked in the monastic atmosphere of his HP cubicle overnight, where he toiled after work hours on his first computer design. Even if you're doing fairly standard work, doing it alone is likely to be more productive than doing it with others, as highlighted by research into built-in response-interpretation mechanisms.
They suggest that if someone else is in the room, or in sight, your mind can waver, causing you to think about what that person is doing. It can be quite distracting. If you're  not sure about the benefits, try some simple time-based experiments to see how much more productive you are when working alone.

3. Artists work alone

Much of great art, musical works, and literature were built alone by people trying to focus on their opus. Be it a business plan, a project or other creation, the modern world is full of advice, assistance, help forums, and other sources of inspiration. However, at some point you need to lock yourself away from all that and focus on the task at hand.
Some of this might be down to personality traits or mental issues, but for others, the flow of interruptions may simply be too great to let creative juices flow. That's why anyone trying to solve a problem or craft a master plan should take plenty of alone time to get their head around the issues.

4. The thrill of the fix

Working alone means facing the challenge of solving the problems on the table without support. To some people, solving those problems is all the fun, while being alone allows anyone to thoroughly weigh up the consequences against the reward of a solution.
Setting short-term goals prevents burnout through stressing over one over-complicated boondoggle. Breaking those problems down helps the brain provide the necessary power to crunch through these problems and provides the great feeling that can drive people to becoming successful at working alone.
If you've never had the chance to try working alone, and find yourself frustrated or mired in more collaborative settings, then now is the opportunity to see if you're off better going solo.

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