Have you ever had one of those days when you seem to be constantly busy, yet when you think back on your day, it doesn’t seem like you achieved much at all?
I think we can all relate to that.
Then you have those super-productive people who seem able to achieve more in a day than most of us can in a week. What is their secret? Let’s discover the habits of highly productive people.
1. A daily plan
Productive people plan out their day in advance. Rather than just drift aimlessly from one task to another, they know exactly what they are going to do each day.
They also keep their daily “To Do” list surprisingly short. They aim to complete between five to ten tasks, giving priority to the most important ones first. They know it’s not realistic to have an endless list which they can’t possibly complete. That only leads to procrastination.
2. Focus on one item at a time
We often think that to get a lot done, we need to do several things at once. Productive people know that usually, the opposite is true. They try to give their full attention to the task at hand until it’s completed. They don’t simultaneously speak to friends or update their Facebook status while writing a crucial report.
When they do multitask, they do it smartly, like loading the washing machine and putting food in the crock pot before they start work. That way, they can work while the clothes are washing and dinner is cooking all at the same time.
3. Value time
People who need to get a lot done each day are conscious of not wasting time on trivial things. They know how to wrap up a meeting or telephone conversation that isn’t constructive, and how to skim emails as they clear out their inbox.
They also know that spending time with family and friends, and taking time out to do things they enjoy is a valuable use of their time.
4. Use a timer
Productive people always work with a timer. They allocate a set amount of time to complete a task before moving on to the next. Thus, they motor through their projects and the work does not become monotonous. The end result is increased productivity.
5. Eliminate clutter
Most successful people have a clear desk policy – and a clean home policy too. They abhor clutter. Everything must have its place. They know that clutter – whether on a desk or at home – makes one feel tired and lethargic. It also wastes time because it makes objects difficult to locate.
6. Health and wellbeing
Productive people take time to look after themselves. Although they have full days, they don’t make the excuse that they’re too busy to exercise. They make the time, because they know that if they do, they will have the energy and stamina to work more efficiently in the long run.
Lastly, highly productive people try to eat a healthy balanced diet, they don’t skip meals, and they stay hydrated throughout the day. They know a proper diet is essential for alertness and energy throughout the day.
Written By: Sara Ansbacher