You can improve your chances of reaching your full potential in life by modeling the practices of highly productive people.
The following is a list of eight habits that highly productive people engage in on a daily basis.
1- Eat the frog
People who get a lot done “eat the frog” first thing in the morning or do their hardest task first thing in the day.
In his book “Eat That Frog,” motivational expert Brian Tracy spread this idea.
If you finish the worst thing on your list first, the rest of the day will go by quickly, and you won’t have to put off the hardest tasks until tomorrow.
You can make “eating the frog” your most important task if you do it first thing in the morning.
Think to yourself, “If I could only do one thing today, what would it be?”
If you can get the most important thing off your list every day, you will naturally become more productive.
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2- Take regular breaks
According to a University of Birmingham study, lunchtime walks boost productivity.
Workers who walked for 30 minutes felt more energetic and able to handle stress.
Even super-productive performers know when to rest.
Tony Schwartz, author, and founder of The Energy Project says people cycle from alert to exhausted every 90 minutes.
Schwartz wrote the book on 10-hour days. After learning to regulate his energy, he now writes in three 90-minute sessions with breaks for exercise and socializing, doubling his productivity.
Your brain needs rest after working out too. Get outside for lunch, breaks, exercise, and meditation. This refreshes you for work.
3- Learn to say No
Overachievers desire everything. You never know what will spark the next breakthrough.
Although you want to take every opportunity, you must remember your goals.
This is one of the most productive time-management tips.
Because accepting non-essential activities wastes time and resources.
Productive people are comfortable saying “no”.
They appreciate their time. Simply explain your problem, provide an alternative solution, or give the recipient the correct guidance to do it themselves.
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4- Track your time.
Track your time to improve productivity.
Raising your awareness can help you stop wasting time each day.
Being aware of your day will help you observe and modify your time.
Keep a detailed notebook of everything you do. Track your time. If you like the spread, leave it. If you’re miserable, figure out how to eliminate distractions and unimportant chores.
Further Reading: 12 Practical Time Management Tips for Busy People
5- Email is the last thing you’ll do.
People who check their email all day are 50% or less productive.
People who get a lot done check their email twice or three times a day.
They don’t even empty their email trash or clean up their email.
Don’t forget the list. I set aside about 15 minutes on my calendar to check my email. This includes sorting emails into trash, junk, and even unsubscribing.
I write drafts of any emails I need to send and save them to send later.
When I go back in, I look at these again, make changes, and send them. The same “hold” time is given to all new emails.
This gives me time to think about what was said and make sure that my reply is the one I want to send.
This helps when you’re having a tough or deep conversation. The emails that come later are sent the next day.
The key is to not keep talking about the subject of the email after you send it.
6- They get and keep things in order.
People who get a lot done are always organized and can’t stand the chaos of any kind.
People like this might look like they’re doing more than one thing at once, but in reality, they’re just getting things done quickly and with their main goal in mind.
The person who gets a lot done likes to see others succeed, and they do what they can to help others do the same.
For them, it’s not enough to have a goal; they also need the help they need to reach it.
Further Reading: 11 Simple Rules For Living An Organized Life
7- They have two lists of things to do.
Many people think that if they have a list, they’ll be fine, but despite their good intentions, they end up not getting things done.
The trick is to make two lists. One should have your short-term and long-term goals, and the other should have everything you need to do for that day.
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8- Leave the distractions behind
Distractions are things that take up our time and energy and make us think they are important tasks.
This habit can be looked at from both a big-picture and a small-picture point of view. In our lives, there are both big and small things that can distract us.
These habits keep getting in the way of doing things that are useful and satisfying.
Here’s an example: I’m sure all of us have had trouble with Netflix.
This media platform gives us hours of entertainment at a price that everyone can afford, but it also makes us addicted and turns us into a window through which we throw all of our time and energy.
Dreams of a side project or a hobby die surprisingly fast.
There is also social media and using phones too much.
How much time do you spend reading posts and articles that don’t add much to your life? The idea of scrolling sounds fun, but how satisfied do you feel after doing it?
When you use your phone too much, it takes your mind off important tasks, fills it with useless information, and makes you a slave to immediate pleasure and gratification.
Those that get in the way when we’re trying to do something important.
There’s no question about who did this. You can come up with your own, but for me, email, phone, news, and music are the most important.
Every minute you spend reading emails that have nothing to do with your project is a minute you don’t have.
The same is true of your phone contacts and the news that just broke. I’ll say it again: these are not important things that look like they are.
They distract you and make you lose sight of the goal.
The good news is that it’s easier to avoid micro-distractions, especially if you do my first habit.
Set the best time for you to work, get rid of any distractions, and get to work. During your short breaks, you can talk to your Facebook friends. This can help you reset and get ready for the next chunk of work.
Further Reading: How To Eliminate Distractions And Boost Your Productivity