10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People


The highly productive people are able to get a lot of things done. Here are some simple ways how to do that.

  1. Eliminate ego commitments. Often people do things driven by ego than by common sense. Be aware if a goal is really important or it just looks important and cool. Anything you do only to feed your ego is a waste of time. The best way to stand out is the others to objectively point you out. Not to feed your ego for the sake of it.
  2. Don’t struggle for the absolute maximum. If you are competitive and ambitious, be careful. Don’t aim for the best result just to be the best. Sometimes, achieving the best result is out of importance and the matter you struggle with could be in fact of a less priority. To be good might really be ok in terms of your general priorities and values. Think about something that you do good, but you try hard to do better. Then weigh the pros and cons and try to objectively look at how important that is. The outcome should worth it if you finally decide to continue with the struggle.
  3. Find the perfect way to say no. It is important to know how gently and gracefully to say no. Most of the people say Yes by default. That way they think they look more friendly and team oriented. But again, you have to weigh the pros and cons, think sharp and don’t let being helpful ruin more important tasks.
  4. Eliminate useless commitments. People tend to commit to activities by habit. They could also afraid or reject to be taken as quitters. Have a look at the things you regularly do and decide if they matter. A good test for activities outside work could be: “if you wouldn’t do something while you were on a vacation, there’s no good reason to do it when you’re not.”
  5. Set hard limits to tasks. We tend to adjust our effort to the time we have to spend. But, tasks should take as long time as needed. Sometimes it is you who decides how long it takes. And quite often that is exactly the case. So, when you pick a task, set a time limit and stick to it. Keep working at a steady pace on the task. Do that regularly and you will manage better and better.
  6. Evening routine. Smart people prepare for the important things the day before. It helps to start up properly the next day. And the better you start, the more you will do the next day.
  7. Morning routine. A good comparison: “Pretend you’re an Olympic sprinter and your morning routine is like the warm-up for a race”. An exemplary time from bed to desk is about 15 minutes (if you work from home or close to the office), Get yourself up, clean up, fuel up and start. After you start, a good approach is to do the most important tasks before even checking your email.
  8. Outsource the right tasks. Not every job you could do yourself should be done by yourself. Write down top two, three activities that gives you the best return. Usually it is a trade off what time spend brings the most of the money. If still some job you could do yourself worths the money, it is good to think carefully – could that drop the quality of your primary work and endanger your long term prosperity? It is often tempting to try to cover all – either driven by ego or being eager to minimize expenses.
  9. Fix what you break. Postponement of tasks could result in a huge amount of unfinished matters coming back as a storm. Try to keep all in order. If something is not quite ok, use some less busy time to fix it. Thus, you could avoid nightmares when you must do something on a tight schedule. Don’t leave things undone. Keeping everything properly saves time and negative emotions later.
  10. Don’t multi task. A lot of research has stated, that multitasking is not that good. There is even an article called: Multitasking is making you stupid. It is better to choose one important task and commit until you are finished. You might agree or you might not. Or, multitasking might be inevitable. But, whenever you have a choice, think about it.

Source: http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-uncommon-habits-of-extraordinarily-productive-people.html