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7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People

7 Strategies for Dealing With Negative People | Competitive Edge |

Pessimism is contagious. Have a plan to shield yourself from the people who know no joy.

We’ve all experienced the side effects of a negative friend, colleague or co-worker. Perhaps you work with someone who complains endlessly about his job but never offers any solutions. Or, a good friend speaks unfavorably about others in your circle and creates drama.

These negative people are markedly pessimistic and will exhaust anyone. Destructive energy and drama follow them everywhere. If you’re not careful, they can pull you into their chaos -- disrupting your focus and sidelining your goals.

Use these seven strategies to better deal with negative people in your life.

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Keeping negativity out of your life is important. It obstructs your productivity and clear thinking. Stay focused.

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10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog

10 of the most controversial productivity tips that actually work - - The Buffer Blog | Competitive Edge |

Tim Ferriss tells us "To do the impossible, you have to ignore the popular".

We’ve all heard what makes us more productive. To be more productive, get: Better sleep, better food, better work environment, etc. And I think these tips are amazing and a great focus to have. Heck, we even wrote about most of these and the science behind it here on the Buffer blog.

And yet, today, I thought of changing it up dramatically. It goes nicely with Tim Ferriss’ moto:

“To do the impossible, you need to ignore the popular.”

So with this article, I tried to really step aside from the popular and look for the counter-intuitive. Of course, it’s all backed by the latest and most reputable studies.

Let’s dig and find out some of the most controversial things you could do today to boost your creativity, happiness and productivity:

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I always like to look at everything with my 'own' eyes, ignoring the popular. So this article by co-founder and CMO of Buffer Leo Widrich makes you think about some real 'popular' assumptions.

Beth Kanter's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:42 PM
4.)  Work less

Within the Buffer team, we have an informal rule, that goes something like this:

“Working more is never the answer.”

This is derived from Tony Schwartz’ book “The Power of Full Engagement”, where he proposes a solution to working, that completely changed my productivity. His key idea is simple: “Manage your energy, not your time.”

Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow also has some explanations:

“There are first order benefits to taking the time off, but I think the real business case is (that) in working together to make that time off possible, companies actually re-think how you work and how to be productive.”

So if you start working less, you will have to think really hard about what you will spend your time doing. Here is also more on managing energy, rather than time.

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22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur

22 Powerful Productivity Hacks for Small Business #Entrepreneur | Competitive Edge |
Instead of working harder - why not work smarter? Tips for Small Businesses

Let’s face it – as a small business owner, there are never going to be enough hours in the day. Whether you’re a solopreneur or you’ve got a small team pitching in, the “to-do” list sometimes feels a thousand miles long. Next thing you know, you’re pulling 14 hour days, drowning yourself in coffee and scratching your head trying to remember what “sleep” means, all in the name of getting things done.

How’s that working out for you?

Instead of working harder – why not work smarter? Improving your personal productivity is like cheating the universe and adding more minutes to every hour. If you want to up your output, we’ve compiled a list of tried, tested and proven ways to improve your productivity. From common sense that isn’t so common to downright weird tricks with surprising results, here’s how to take back your hours, shorten up the to-do list and bring balance back to your life.

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Getting up early and getting stuff done still works best.
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