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5 Ways Solitude Can Make You More Successful, Backed By Science
It's important to spend time around people. You can improve your habits and learn new things when you're surrounded by interesting people. Of course, much of life's biggest joys stem from our relationships. But too much "people time" might also be a bad thing.

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You get to know yourself

When you're by yourself, you make choices without outside influences. Making choices on your own will help you develop better insight into who you are as a person.

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Improve your relationships

Spending time with friends, family and colleagues contributes to a "we vs. them" mentality. 

Spending time alone breaks down those barriers.

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Solitude boosts creativity and productivity

There's a reason artists, musicians, and authors seek solitude when they want to create something. Studies confirm that

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Solitude improves psychological well-being

Studies have found people who set aside time to alone tend to be happier

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Opportunity to plan your life

Setting aside time to be alone can help you reflect on your goals, dreams, and aspirations. 

Take a break from the hustle and bustle to think ...

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How to Set Aside Time

The busier you are, the more likely you are to benefit from some quiet time.

Just 10 minutes of alone time each day could be enough to help you rejuvenat...

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Better use of the commute to work

Some of the ways you can be productive during your commute include:

  • Catching up on podcasts or listening to business-related audio books
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Productive solitude

Solitude doesn't have to be a negative experience.

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Feeling active

In determining our pathway to wellbeing, it doesn’t just matter how physically active we are but how active (how energetic, vigorous, and vital) we feel.

Future-mindedness

Even though our predictions aren’t always accurate, the simple act of contemplating the future might be a key to well-being.

It usually is a 2-steps process: first, we dream big and imagine fantasy outcomes; then, we “get real” and come up with pragmatic plans.

Self-imposed solitude

Solitude can be invaluable and rewarding.

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Undercover Introverts

One in every two or three people is an introvert – preferring quiet alone time to stimulation and large groups of people.

Stepping away from the routine and rowdiness of our daily lives allows us to connect ideas in new ways, follow creative impulses, and simply think about one thing at a time.

Creativity And Efficiency Need Solitude

Being alone is uncomfortable at times. But when it comes to creative work and thinking, it’s important to take a long-term view on those moments of discomfort. 

Being alone has a kind of a rebound effect. It’s like bitter medicine, creating more positive emotions and less self-reported depression down the line.

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