How to Be a Hardworking Employee Without Sacrificing Your Personal Life

imageLet’s be real for a second. These days, many of us live in a world of excess, where more is definitely better. We heap our plates full with seconds when we’re already full, overstuff a drawer with t-shirts we’ll never wear again, and ensure that we own at least 20 mugs. (I know, I know—each of those mugs serves a very specific purpose.)

Often, we apply this “more is more” principle to our professional lives, too. Clocking in at the crack of dawn and logging off only when our eyelids can’t stay open anymore are often heralded as hallmarks of star employees.

But, I have news for you: This type of lifestyle is not necessary for success, growth, or job satisfaction. In fact, I’d argue that it can actually hurt you(but that’s a story for a different day).

The main message here is: You can be the apple of your manager’s eye even if you don’t make working overtime a habit. Provided of course that when you’re in the office, you’re kicking ass, completing everything assigned, and turning it on time.

Ready to start leaving before dinner time? I recommend making these three things habits:

1. Stay Engaged

I used to bring my laptop to every single meeting. And, without a doubt, I’d spend the entire time answering emails, surfing random sites, and chatting with friends.

Now that I work in an office where this isn’t the norm, I realize just how annoying it is. A surefire way to signal that you don’t care about your job or your teammates (even if that isn’t necessarily true), is to spend your time with them with your eyes glued to a screen.

Instead, be present in meetings and all other conversations you have. Ask questions, provide helpful feedback and context, and flex those active listening muscles.

And yes, this applies to remote workers, too. Working off site doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to communication. If anything, you’ll probably need to make a bit more of an effort, but it’s worth it if it means you’re staying in the loop and others are, too.

2. Know When to Say “Yes” and When to Say “No”

Lending a colleague a hand or volunteering to take the lead on a new project are invaluable characteristics, and there’s an added bonus if you can anticipate needs and offer your services before someone needs to ask.

It’ll show that you’re a go-getter, a team player, and someone who wants to learn and grow. It’s a big plus for a supervisor if his staff isn’t constantly muttering, “That’s not my job.”

But—but—this doesn’t, in any way, mean you should be a “yes person.” It’s also crucial to know when and how to turn down requests for help, new assignments, and so forth. Putting too much on your plate is a recipe for becoming severely overwhelmed.

You may start producing shoddy work or missing deadlines completely, and, well, neither of those are invaluable characteristics. The key is knowing not just how much you can fit on your plate, but how much you can execute at a high-quality rate.

So if you’re at the point in which you can feel yourself starting to slip, say no.

Not comfortable with saying “no?” This strategy will help.

3. Check in With Your Boss Regularly

In each position I’ve had, my manager and I met regularly. And, I admit—these times weren’t always helpful. Sometimes, it was because my supervisor always canceled them (thanks). But other times it was because I just wanted it to be over as quickly as possible, so I didn’t say much.

That was a mistake. This one-on-one time is so important. It’s your time to update her on your progress, ask for help, discuss career goals, and get to know each other a little bit better.

Taking these meetings seriously will reassure your boss that you are, in fact, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, and it’ll also signal that you care. And caring is a big part of being a good employee.

If you’re stumped about what to talk about in a one-on-one meetings, these questions may help you get started.

And hey—If you don’t have regular time like this on your calendar, I highly recommend requesting it.

Yes—there will be occasions in which you need to put in a little extra time. But that doesn’t have to be an ongoing theme in your life. I’m here to tell you that you can be a rock star employee and live a life outside of work.

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8 Things Everyone’s Insecure About at Work

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Everyone feels insecure at different points in their career. When I first started my job, for example, I was nervous about doing well. When I began to take on more responsibilities, I was unsure of how many questions I could ask without annoying my boss. And when I went out for drinks, I was scared I’d say something dumb as the youngest team member.

The thing is, I’m probably not the only person who’s dealt with these moments of doubt, uncertainty, fear, and confusion. And I certainly won’t be the last.

So, if you’re worried your insecurities are showing at work, you should probably know you’re not alone in your thoughts.

1. Saying Something Dumb

As much as I’m concerned about bringing up something that will make me sound 12, most people fear the things they say (both in and out of the office) will make them look stupid, or unprofessional, or just plain weird.

No one’s perfect. We don’t always have the inclination to censor or rethink the things that come out of our mouth. Rather than worry about saying the wrong thing all the time, be proactive and learn how to reach when you do—whether that means apologizing, elaborating, or just brushing it off and making a joke out of it.

2. Having Zero Good Ideas

There’s nothing more terrifying than entering a meeting and having nothingto contribute (OK, there are bigger fears, but roll with me here). I mean, you don’t want to be that employee who “doesn’t add value.”

But great ideas come organically, not when they’re forced out of the need to feel included. Not having a good idea in the moment isn’t the end of the world. I promise your next big break is right around the corner.

3. Not Understanding Something

Maybe you’ve sat through a company meeting before, and as the speaker starts rambling off in buzzwords and abstract concepts, you nod your head in understanding, but secretly you’re thinking “What the Hell is he talking about?”

Well, just because everyone else is nodding their heads doesn’t mean they necessarily understand, either.

Which leads me to the best advice you’ll get all day—just ask. Mythbustersdoesn’t need to tell you that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. The speaker’s probably thrilled to clear up confusion, meaning you’ll be able to institute the changes quicker, while also looking smarter, while alsoensuring the entire team’s on the same page. Win-win-win-win.

4. Accidently Offending Someone

Sometimes, we say dumb things that can affect our reputation, and other times we say dumb things that actually offend people. If you’re afraid of hurting someone, that means you’re a good person—and shouldn’t be insecure about it.

But, for good measure, there are always fixes. Before you crack a joke in your next presentation in front of a group, you can ask one person to give you their honest opinion on it. If you sent out a memo that ended up upsetting your co-worker, you can apologize. And in general, you can avoid the situation altogether by staying away from sharing any comments that you’re unsure about.

5. Not Getting Everything Done on Time

When you’re stressed or overwhelmed, it’s easy to assume that you’re the only person who can’t seem to get a grip on your workload.

The reality is that you’re just having an off day, and tomorrow or next week will get better.

And if it doesn’t seem to be improving, the smart thing to do is be honest with your team on what you can accomplish, and what you need help on (Psst—templates here for having that tough conversation).

6. Not Being Recognized for Your Work

After you’ve worked so hard on something, there’s nothing scarier than feeling like all that effort will go unnoticed (or worse, the credit will go to someone else).

A good manager and supportive team won’t let that happen—and there are even ways to subtly hint at ways for your co-workers to appreciate you.

And if this happens more often than not after you’ve made attempts to fix it, it’s unfortunately safe to say you might not be in the right workplace for you.

7. Getting Radio Silence After Sending an Email

Whether it’s a follow-up after speaking with an important client or an important email asking to speak with your manager about a potential raise, it’s pretty nerve-wracking to just sit around and wait—and even more stressful if they don’t respond right away.

The first question to ask yourself—if this happens a lot—is if you’re sending the right kinds of emails. Then, if you’re checking all the boxes, figure out if this is actually the best form to communicate with someone.

Maybe they’re more responsive over the phone or in person, or maybe they rarely check their inbox and prefer instant messaging. And finally, accept that some people are just bad at keeping up—and that’s not your fault.

8. Coming Across as a Wise-Ass/Pushover/Suck-up

No one wants to be seen as weak, obnoxious, or incompetent by their peers. The thing is, this all rides on you. You have the power to be liked and respected at work. Do your job to the best of your abilities, be nice and helpful to others, don’t miss deadlines, avoid gossip—and there’s no reason to ever worry about getting this label.

It’s normal to experience bouts of insecurity in your career. But if you’re getting positive feedback, being included in important decisions, and overall feel good about your work, there’s really nothing to worry about.

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How to Remain Confident When You Keep Getting Rejected From Jobs

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For most people, job searching entails some rejection. You send in a resume and receive no response. You go to an interview and don’t get a callback. You go to another interview and get ghosted.

But, knowing it can happen doesn’t lessen the sting. It’s normal to feel disappointed when an opportunity doesn’t pan out, and you don’t want the fear of losing out to hold you back.

With that in mind, here’s how to rebuild your confidence.

Step 1: Let Go of the Bad Experience

Psychologist Matthew Jepsen compares uncomfortable feelings to an inflatable beach ball in a pool. Your instinct is to keep it under the water where you can’t see it, but of course it floats to the surface every time you let go. When your attention’s on keeping the ball submerged, it’s hard to do anything else. You can’t swim or splash around with your friends. It’s hard to even concentrate on a conversation.

However, you have the option to release the ball and let it float around in the pool with you. You’re now free to do all kinds of things! The ball is still there, but it isn’t keeping you from having fun or doing the things you want to do.

Too often, people become obsessed with figuring out what they did wrong. Yes, you want to reflect and avoid replicating mistakes. But sometimes, you won’t get a call because you’re not as qualified as the competition or because there was an internal candidate.

And if you carry the baggage—er, beach ball—around, you could end up sabotaging your next interview (say, by asking the hiring manager over and over again if they’re sure you can’t say anything else, or sending overly aggressive follow-up emails).

So, the very first step to feeling more confident is to make sure you won’t let whatever happened previously hold you back.

Step 2: Have More Than One Goal

As a job search drags on, it’s easy to think: I suck at this, or more simply, I suck.

And these negative thoughts can take over if your only goal is to land a job—and you haven’t met it yet. You don’t want every day that doesn’t end in an offer to feel like a failure (because there will be a lot of them).

So, be sure you also set goals that you can attain by your actions alone (i.e., that don’t require anything external, like hiring manger to call you or a contact to write you back). For example, did you do something courageous like attending to a networking event, pressing “send” on an application, or signing up for a course that’ll make a new role that much more attainable?

All of those actions take effort and guts, and you did them.

When you celebrate small achievements, you remind yourself of what you can do. That positivity will help you feel more confident, and in turn, you’ll be able to keep perservering.

No one said job searching was easy. But by letting go of disappointments and focusing on all of the positive ways you’re driving the process forward, you’re proving to yourself that you can keep going.

It’s amazing how much progress you can make if you take one tiny step at a time. Try it today and enjoy the confidence boost that comes with giving yourself credit for doing your best.

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How to Make Yourself Indispensable to Your Boss

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Ever met a doctor who couldn’t get a job?

The answer is probably no. And that’s no coincidence—unlike the corporate world, many jobs in medicine are in such high demand they’re all but guaranteed to be secure with the right degree and training.

That’s not to say you should dig up your old biochem textbook just yet. Rather, there are plenty of other avenues to job security. Chief among them is a time-tested route to success: Make yourself indispensable to your boss.

Being indispensable in the workplace is the career sweet spot. It means the wheels can’t turn without you, the bottom would fall out if you left. Someone in the boardroom is whispering in grave tones, “We can’t lose Brittany.”

Here are a few strategies to get you there.

Do Your Job (and Do It Well)

This isn’t a particularly exciting tip (sorry), but it’s the foundation for everything else: Fulfilling every last one of your job responsibilities with minimal oversight and ideally, far better than your predecessor.

Yes, this includes the less-exciting parts of your role (think those monthly expense reports), but rest assured that doing every aspect of your job well is the path to not only proving to the higher-ups that they can’t live without you, but also getting more and more opportunities.

An easy way to show your commitment to your job and make sure you get everything done? Show up before everyone else gets in to get a head start on the day. (Bonus: Researchers at the University of Washington found employees who show up early to work are thought of as better workers—even if they leave early.)

Be Proactive

Proactive people don’t wait for a task to be handed down to them; they anticipate, plan ahead, and prepare. They sniff out potential problems and find solutions before real problems arise. They become known as smooth and effective operators who can be trusted to manage projects and deliver results.

In short, they’re one step ahead, showing their bosses they’re on top of their game and can be trusted with their responsibilities.

To be more proactive in the workplace:

  • Plan Ahead: Learn the basics of project management and apply them to your daily work. Visualize projects and tasks from start to finish, identify major deadlines and milestones, and share them with everyone involved. Try to anticipate questions that you or someone else might have and provide answers upfront.
  • Communicate: Handed down a new assignment? Voice your expectations, raise any and all questions, and provide guidance to anyone who you suspect might need it. Most importantly, speak up if you sense misalignment among co-workers or clients. Confusion over expectations or roles is like dry powder waiting to blow up a project’s success.
  • Manage Up: Regularly ask your manager about his or her expectations, goals, and desired results. Then, no matter what you’re working on, make sure it contributes to those outcomes, and communicate the impact that you’re having. Most importantly, go out of your way to stay on the same page with your boss so you know you’re working on the most important tasks.

Say “Yes” to New Opportunities

Successful people don’t shy from opportunities, they pursue them. So say “yes” when your boss asks if you have the bandwidth to take on something new, whether that’s leading a new project you’ve never handled before or pitching a big idea in a meeting.

Most importantly, be thankful for the opportunity in the first place. After all, if you do a good job, you stand to become a trusted delegate for your boss. The more he or she trusts you to execute projects well, the more valuable an employee you become. And the more value you bring to your company, the rosier your career prospects.

The Bottom Line

You don’t want to be anything other than indispensable to your boss. Essential employees not only sleep better at night knowing their jobs are secure, but they have the the respect of the company’s leadership. Best of all, they probably have a promotion on the horizon.

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The 5 Things All Inclusive Leaders Do Every Single Day

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Truth: Work may be the only place you regularly have to get along with people you might not otherwise choose to interact with. In fact, as you read this, it’s likely you pictured a certain person in your head.

But that’s one of the reasons why being an inclusive leader is so important. If no one’s setting the example on your team, it becomes far too easy for your employees to become exclusive. Not only is that bad for productivity and morale, but it’s also the wrong way to lead.

Now, I’ll be honest and say that “inclusion” gets brought up by companies as a check-the-box exercise in political correctness. But when you break down the definition—T. Hudson Jordan defines it as “…creating an environment of involvement, respect, and connection—where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are harnessed to create business value”—it seems strange that it’s considered a “buzzword” and not a policy accepted at organizations nationwide.

So, what can you do today to be a more inclusive leader? The following five moves are a good place to start:

1. Recognize Your Unconscious Bias—and Be Humble About It

It’s impossible to understand all of the values, beliefs, norms and rituals that are important to every person at work. But work to understand your own unconscious bia about what you assume about others.

Notice, for, example, what assumptions get made about who should take notes in meetings, and why. It’s far more common for a woman to get asked than a man, under the assumption that they have neat handwriting.

Another example: Bosses in today’s workplaces who are selecting candidates for a promotion might automatically overlook working parents, because they just assume they wouldn’t want the added responsibility.

In order to hold yourself accountable for (or even question the accuracy of) your thought process, you first have to know what is it.

Having assumptions isn’t wrong or bad: It’s part of how all people fast track understanding. The problem arises when you’re not even aware that you’re making assumptions.

2. Make the Unwritten Rules Obvious

Every group and organization has cultural norms. But if they aren’t written anywhere, and are treated as understood, it can be harder for new members of diverse groups to know them. This is especially true on international teams where people from different cultures or backgrounds don’t know the rules and accidentally misstep.

Duc was a brilliant engineer whose promotion to engineering manager included relocating to the U.S. His boss became concerned when he noticed Duc rarely spoke in meetings, even the meetings Duc was leading. He shared his observation with Duc and asked if everything was OK.

Duc shared: “Where I am from, it’s a sign of disrespect to interrupt someone or cut them off when they are speaking. I want the people on my team to know I respect them, but I sometimes don’t know how to make myself heard.”

Spirited conversations where everyone talked and interrupted were normal at the U.S. office. Duc’s supervisor suggested he teach his team that, when he raised his hand or said, “excuse me”, he wanted to be heard on a point. These strategies helped him be heard without changing a deeply-held belief and habit.

This one example points out why it’s so important to avoid making assumptions and to instead proactively look for ways to make sure all employees are comfortable.

3. Don’t Overlook the “Small” Stuff

When you witness someone being rude or dismissive to someone else, call it out. Don’t focus on finding fault, but stating what you notice and suggesting alternatives that include everyone.

It sounds like this: “You know, not everyone in our group celebrates Christmas. I wonder what we could do this holiday season that would be both a chance to celebrate the holiday for those who do, and be a chance to involve others regardless of their faith?”

Or, maybe you notice that an employee is (perhaps unconsciously) ignoring the contributions of female team members in meetings. Get back to andamplify their points with a comment like, “I agree with what Jane said earlier about…”

4. Understand the Advantages You’re Born With

Each person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, culture, physical ability, and religious practices afford them different levels of access and privilege.

Even in simple tasks like walking though the work parking lot at night, not everyone feels safe.

Women traditionally take more care in booking travel than men do, because they’ve learned to be more cautious about their personal safety. People of color are disproportionately complimented on how articulate they are, which is, in fact, a microaggression suggesting the other person wasn’t expecting them to speak proper English.

You may be noticing a theme here—that inclusive leaders recognize that members of their team have different considerations. So, along with striving to be thoughtful, it’s also important to be understanding if your employee approaches a situation differently.

5. Believe That People Are Created Equal, But Not The Same

Inclusive leaders are able to notice and talk about difference without making anyone feel objectified or singled-out. To boot, managers are more successful when they see the unique qualities of each individual on the team.

In my work, I encourage people to acknowledge the differences in a respectful ways. For example, while I mentioned that you don’t want to go as so far as to hold working parents back from opportunities, you do want to recognize that being a parent is part of who they are. You can still hold a father to the same standards as everyone else on the team, but also make it clear he can leave early to pick his daughter up from daycare.

Either way, inclusion’s the skill that makes diversity work, and diversity isproven to make companies more successful. So therefore, embracing inclusivity isn’t only the right thing to do as a human, but the smart thing to do as a leader.

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3 Realistic Ways to Stop Stressing About Work When You’re Not at the Office

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I’m willing to bet that you can think of a time when you were about to sit down for a meal, only to be interrupted by an “urgent” update at work that pulled you away from the table. You can probably tell me about at least a dozen times when this happened to your friends—and how annoying it was to tell them it was “Of course, OK” for them to respond right that second.

Leaving work at work is tough for almost everybody. And while there isn’t one perfect answer, here are a few ideas to help you at least try.

1. Create a Calendar Reminder to Leave Work Every Day

At one of my previous jobs, work-life balance was hard for everyone to achieve. One day, I caught a glimpse of an executive’s calendar and noticed he blocked off time for himself to leave the office. At first, I thought it was sad. I couldn’t fathom having to set aside time not to be at work.

Fast forward a few years, and now I get it. Sometimes you get caught up in what you’re working on and simply forget to leave. Or you convince yourself that it’s OK to stay for just 30 more minutes, then an hour more. By the time you leave, your brain’s burnt out and you can’t carry on a normal conversation about anything else.

So create a reminder for yourself that forces you to leave (or at the very least, serves as a friendly nudge). It might not work every single time, but it’s a good start toward leaving the office when your head still feels screwed on and you can think about other things.

2. Take Your Work Email Off Your Smartphone

Full disclosure: I used to be the worst about checking work emails on my phone. Even though projects rarely got to the emergency stage, I was always ready for it. But when I caught myself checking my inbox during my brother-in-law’s graduation weekend, I realized that a simple fix was to un-sync my work accounts. After all, I was on my personal time on my personal phone.

I can’t speak for every single company on the planet, but take a minute to review your team’s email policy. If it doesn’t require you to set up your work account on your phone, be bold and remove it yourself.

It’ll feel unsettling at first, but it’s one of the easiest ways to control when you are and aren’t thinking about your job. If that’s not an option for you consider turning off notifications or telling your team that they can always email you on your personal email if it’s urgent.

3. Write Down the First Thing You Need to Do the Next Morning

This might sound silly, but think about what freaks you out the most when you walk away from your desk. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard people say that they just had too much to do before they could seriously leave for the night. And I’ve been there too—because sometimes it feels like no matter how long you work, one more task is bound to come up.

And that means you always walk away feeling like you could’ve done more. That feeling is what results in you checking your phone all night or stressing about the next day.

Rather than deal with that unsettled feeling every night, take a few minutes at the end of each workday to create a short list of what you have to do the next morning. Sure, an emergency could pop up, but knowing what’s on the docket as soon as you head in can help you feel like you’re in a good place to leave.

I don’t think anyone will ever truly master the art of leaving work at work. There will always be reasons to check in with a teammate or peek at your email on a Saturday afternoon. But if you truly want to think about work less during your downtime, there is hope for you—and it starts with these steps.

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-realistic-ways-to-stop-stressing-about-work-when-youre-not-at-the-office

ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707 ext. 5 or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

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7 Signs Your Phone Runs Your Life (and Not the Other Way Around)

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Do you put your phone on the table next to you at meals? Do you check it every 10 seconds? Do you panic when it runs out of battery, or, gasp, you forget it at home? (Just kidding, you’d never forget it at home.)

If you said yes to all three, there’s a good chance you’re addicted to your phone. Worse, you’re letting it run your life. Think about it: How many times have you been late to dinner because your phone just had to charge? Then, how many dinners have you kinda ruined by checking your notifications throughout the meal?

Before you claim you’re just “really busy” and you need it on you at all times, see how many of these symptoms you recognize in yourself. (And then see all my awesome ideas to help you start relying less on it.)

1. You Sleep With It

You need an alarm clock, obviously. But is that really the reason your phone’s in your bedroom? Or, do you want to “just peek” at Twitter when you’re trying to fall asleep?

The Fix

If you don’t want to buy an actual alarm clock or put your phone on the other side of the room—that’s OK!—try OFFTIME. It lets you schedule times to turn off your apps. This way you can still get that landed-at-the-airport call from your significant other without ending up on Facebook for the next two hours.

2. You Check it First Thing Each Day

Do you reach for your phone before you even open your eyes in the morning? Do you see news that instantly stresses you out? How about an email from your boss? If that sounds familiar, you may want to re-think how you’re starting your days.

The Fix

BreakFree is an app that measures how much you use your phone and gently reminds you to keep your screen time under control. And, with BreakFree, you can set times (like when you normally wake-up) to disable the internet so you can start your day on the calmest note possible.

3. You Have it in Your Hand at All Times

If you’re that person who takes their phone with them everywhere they go—yes, your colleagues see you carrying it with you to the bathroom—then you need an incentive to let it go (cue the song from Frozen).

The Fix

If you have a competitive streak, then you might want to grab a couple of friends and check out the Forest app. It’s somewhat silly, but also slightly addicting. The basic gist is that you nourish a tiny seed into a magnificent tree by staying off your phone long enough for it to flourish. The more you resist temptation, the faster it grows. Plus, you can track your virtual forest’s progress and see if you’re beating your pals.

4. You’re Constantly Charging It

You swear that you’re only checking email and texts, but you keep running out of juice before noon. Constantly being out of battery is a sure sign that you’re on that thing way too much.

The Fix

If you find yourself always coming up short on power, Moment will tell you where you’re spending time on your phone so you can cut back as needed. Or, if that’s not enough, you can have it coach you by setting a daily limit for how much you use it.

5. You Get Notifications for All Your Apps

It’s time to be honest with yourself. Do you really have to hear about every post, message, or tweet right now? When you think about it, I bet you’ll realize that most of them (maybe even all?) aren’t exactly urgent.

The Fix

Luckily, you can get them under control with just a few clicks in your phone’s settings. With either iOS or Android, you can choose which apps you see that dreaded red badge for, and you can even stop notifications for certain apps from showing up on your lock screen.

6. You Imagine it Beeping and Buzzing When It’s Not

You swear you’re not crazy, and yet you keep pulling your phone out of your pocket because you felt something that seemed a lot like a notification.

The Fix

The iPhone’s Do Not Disturb mode lets you decide which calls ring through or if you want to stop both calls and notifications completely when you really need to focus. And Android Nougat’s Do Not Disturb does all that, plus lets you choose on an app-by-app basis when you get beeped or buzzed.

7. Your Notification Badges Are Always at Zero

Don’t be offended. I’m not saying that you don’t have notifications because you don’t have friends. But I’ve seen this in myself—I never have any little numbers on my home screen because I rush to check every one as soon as it pops up.

The Fix

Of course you can turn off those notifications like I mentioned previously. Or, you can just do some spring cleaning on your home screen. On Android, use an app launcher like Nova Launcher to go totally Marie Kondo and remove all app icons from view. On iOS, if you’re a believer in “out of sight, out of mind,” the simplest way is to put those apps in a new folder and move that folder to the last page of your apps. You’ll be able to get to them if you need to, but that red circle won’t be glaring at you every time you unlock your phone.

Recognize yourself in any of these signs? If you did, there is a way to stop the madness! If apps don’t do it for you (or, make things worse), try leaving your phone at home when you go out for dinner, or turning it off at night and actually buying an alarm clock. It’s the little actions you take daily that will make a huge impact on your addiction. Because every time you survive without it, you’ll remember that you don’t actually need it to survive.

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