If you crave more efficiency or just want a few tips to make this your most productive year so far, then you’ve come to the right place.
1) Super Productive People Wake up Early
Productive people understand the value of getting up earlier than their peers and competition.
There’s an old saying, “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Starting your day early often means quitting early for the truly productive person, and by waking before the rest of the world, you have fewer distractions and impediments to keeping you from achieving your daily goals.
2) Highly Efficient People Almost Never Multitask
Did you know that multitasking can actually lower your IQ? A clinical trial performed by Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, shows changing tasks over 10 times a day actually reduces your IQ by an average of 15 points if you are a man, and roughly 5 points if you are a woman.
Work one task through to its completion, then take on another for the most productive outcome.
3) Work Backwards
Usually accomplishing goals begins with starting where you’re at and putting a plan in place that hopefully leads you to your desired destination.
But if this age-old method actually worked, everyone would be successful. The people who seem to squeeze more hours out of the day start with the end in mind, and work backward from there. They go from goals to individual milestones to tasks that help them reach those milestones.
They begin by taking action on the tasks that can be accomplished in a few hours or less. Give this a try and you may be surprised at how many more items you cross off of your to-do list when you write a game plan in reverse order from your goals to your current situation.
4) Super Productive People Outsource
No need to outsource tasks offshore like big companies do to get more done. Make a list of those dreaded low-return jobs and chores that you normally handle, and sub them out. Just think of the amount of time you can free up.
There are also work activities and responsibilities that you can hire out to outsourcers on websites like Fiverr.com and Odesk.com where virtual assistants will work for a reasonable price.
5) Productive People Plan Their Day… The Night Before
The habit of planning each day the night before, especially right before bedtime really pays off. When you wake up you hit the ground running without having to waste time trying to figure out where to begin.
Another benefit is that your brain will begin subconsciously working on your problems, goals and planned activities while you sleep since your game plan is fresh on your mind.
6) Highly Productive People Exercise
The most successful people get more done in a shorter period of time than the average person. And when you exercise, your energy levels rise rapidly, giving you the fuel to accomplish more.
Even if you are stuck at an office desk for your entire work day, stand up every chance you get, go for a brisk walk or jog on your lunch break, and find other ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine.
It is no great mystery that keeping fit and healthy can extend your longevity, and research has shown that healthier people accomplish more in their work and personal lives than unhealthy individuals. Add at least one hour of moderate to intense exercise into your daily schedule and watch your productivity skyrocket.
7) Don’t Overestimate Perfection
The founder of Coplex, a digital marketing agency, Ilya Pozin has found that when it comes to the old adage that practice makes perfect, his experience has proven just the opposite is true.
He operates under the principle of, “Ready, Fire, Aim!” Create a quick and smart game plan, then take action. There’s always time to aim or tweak your business, product or service after you have it up and running.
8) Learn to Leverage the Pareto Principal
Also known as the 80/20 rule or the Law of the Vital Few, the Pareto Principle states that roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of their causes.
Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed in 1906 that 20% of the pea pods in his garden actually produced 80% of his peas! He studied further and learned that 80% of all Italian land was owned by only 20% of the population.
Decades later, business consultant Joseph M. Juran suggested the principle and named it after Pareto, and it has become a common rule of thumb in business. 80% of your sales will come from 20% of your clients, and 80% of your results will come from 20% of your actions.
Focus on those activities that deliver the biggest bang for your buck, and handle those first to massively crank up your productivity levels.
9) Super Productive People take time to Regenerate
According to a 2013 Scientific American article, during the day our mental resources are depleted and different types of activities such as naps, meditation, nature walks and downtime can restore our reserves.
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10) Prioritize, Prioritize, Prioritize
People who are the most productive don’t confuse activity with productivity. They know what’s most important and the sequence of events that need to take place to get things done right and in a timely manner. A few minutes of prioritizing what you need to do can save countless hours, weeks and possibly even months of wasted time and money.
You don’t have to be superhuman to be extremely efficient. By simply implementing some of these tips you can have more free time, better production, and you can enjoy living your best life.
The Clar8ty Team
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