We all know that no one’s great at everything.
People who manage to get a lot accomplished every day to lead their successful lives, they are not superhuman; they’ve just mastered a few simple and easy behaviors that they do religiously.
Let’s face it, in everyday life, we all want to be a little more productive and successful.
While some of us inherently have more energy than others, incredibly productive people are created — not born.
Let’s skyrocket your success.
Here are 11 tips and tricks that will help guide you to a more fulfilled and productive life.
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1. They Make Lists
Productive people don’t make lists and turn away, rather they make lists of little action steps that they know will improve their overall day.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with our busy lives but creating a daily list of ‘action items’ will help you stay honest with yourself and highly motivated.
Laura Earnest of Whole Life Productivity had this to say about the importance of priorities as a success habit:
“Let me say that I distinguish between efficient and effective, but that both are needed for peak productivity. Efficient is doing things right and effective is doing the right things.”
Start small with creating daily action steps that will work for you. Once you get the hang of it it will become second nature in no time.
2. They Avoid Multitasking
Keeping the mind focused on one task reduces the risk of making mistakes. It also speeds things up and gets that one particular job accomplishes and much more quickly.
Highly successful people know that multitasking will confuse their minds. According to a study at the University of Sussex, continuous multitasking actually damages your brain.
They found that people who regularly multitask have a lower brain density in the area of their brains responsible for empathy, cognitive control, and emotional control.
3. They work smarter, not harder
Why would you go the longest possible path if you can take the least resistant road?
A simple reason really, so you can accomplish more in the shortest possible time frame. Highly productive people already do this.
They use their main resources and tools effectively, so they have considerably more time to focus on their most important tasks.
It’s time to start streamlining your priorities to work for you — not the other way around.
4. They limit distractions
If you find yourself replying to too many messages and falling behind? Know that reducing distractions is an excellent way to make sure you complete the items that you need to prioritize.
Schedule an email check-in for your less productive times, and save your peak hours for high-value work
If you happen to work from home? Then get out of the house and go to a coffee shop if you know that working from home will cause you to focus on housework instead of work.
Successful people permit a fixed time to do their most pressing work and do not deviate from that scheduled period.
5. They use the 80/20 rule
Another way highly successful people prioritize tasks is they use the 80/20 principle.
The 80/20 principle also called the Pareto Principle, discovered by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, states that 80% of outcomes will come from 20% of the effort in any quest. This principle serves as a general reminder that the relationship between inputs and outputs is not balanced.
To sum it up, the most highly productive people you know, know what their top priorities are and are honing, shaping, and perfecting them.
6. They tackle the most challenging task first
Whether it means getting that long-winded email out first thing come morning time or booking that appointment that needs to be had, highly successful people give priority to their most toughest and annoying tasks first.
Finishing your most challenging item on your to-do list first thing will also free up mental energy that would have otherwise been spent worrying about it.
It’ll also lead to getting more done throughout the day as the brain gets a little hit of dopamine (that good accomplished feeling) every time an important task is dealt with head-on and completed.
7. They build health and wellness into their daily routines
Why do most highly successful people always seem to have time to stay active?
Research proves exercise makes our brain more alert, attentive, and better able to focus. The right food also gives us energy and enables us to move, so naturally, highly successful people know that this goes hand in hand.
So it’s best to fuel both your body and your brain by eating small healthy snacks throughout the day and move around in between doing your most important tasks.
8. They Rise Early
In terms of mental clarity, dexterity, energy, early risers really have a distinct advantage.
Early risers get a lot more accomplished throughout their days simply because they have more time to plan. So if you are mentally exhausted from very little sleep that’s not going to help you either.
Make sure that you set yourself up to win each day by both going to bed early and rising early.
9. They surround themselves with positive people
Highly successful people never let negative people hold them back.
Understand that negativity generally comes from unhappy people and it’s most likely that those people just envy you and your success or where you are heading — take that as a compliment!
Know that most joyful and highly successful people don’t tear others down. They love surrounding themselves with winners!
10. They are aware of these productivity killers
If your goal is to become a highly successful person, then you better know these top five attention destroyers. According to a 2015 survey by CareerBuilder, identifying distractions is the first step to avoiding them. They are…
- Cell phones/texting
- Social media
11. They delegate
Highly successful people know that they can’t do it all entirely on their own. After all, connections are the key to life and so is delegating the right things to the right people.
Highly successful people also know when to stop, revise, and reintroduce something new when they are not getting the desired results that they are wanting to see.
At the end of the day, getting the most out of your life comes down to a few fundamentals…
Prioritizing your time better, focusing and building upon habits that organize your day, and using your top resources when you have the most energy.
You’ll reach your goals if you follow a few of these tips!
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Hi, my name is Rebecca and I am the face behind Everything Abode! I am a lifestyle and wellness writer based out of Vancouver Island. When I’m not writing or exploring mountains and beaches with my furry rescue, I love spending time learning creative ways to manifest a healthy home. Thanks for stopping by!
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