8 Habits That Ridiculously Productive People Do
Productivity is not doing lots of stuff fast. You can do lots of stuff and get nowhere closer to your ideal. Most people are living their lives this way. They are burning themselves out running in a million different directions.
After spending some time observing successful people working, I noticed that they were singularly focused and had habits that were very different from mine. I learned so much from watching just a few hours that it changed my habits entirely.What I’m saying is, ridiculously productive people don’t get there by accident. They act purposefully in the way that they work in order to maximize every minute of every day.
So what did we learn?
Here’s the secret: Optimize your work life so that you maximize your results.
Here is a list of the top 8 ways to optimize your productivity.
1.Do what you’re passionate about.
Life’s short. Do you really want to work on stuff you don’t enjoy? When you work with passion, your energy will be better, your focus will be more intense, and you’ll have a sense of purpose in what you do. It’s a game changer. Don’t underestimate the power of happiness in work.
Right now, I’m literally typing this article with a smile on my face and bobbing my head to music. And it feels great too. It doesn’t even feel like work. It feels like a mission. A calling. A journey. Do what you love.
2. Focus on one thing at a time.
Although multitasking seems like a great idea that will help you do more things at once, multitasking can actually limit your productivity and the quality of work you do. The most productive people put all of their time and energy into one task, usually the one item on their to-do list that will propel them forward into the most success.
3.Use the “20-feet” rule.
Let’s say you’re working on a project at work. Have you ever stopped to check your phone randomly to look at Instagram, Facebook, or Snapchat? If you’re doing this multiple times within an hour, it might be hurting your productivity. If your cell phone isn’t absolutely critical to your job, put it somewhere 20 feet away from your desk. This forces you to do quite a bit of walking to check your phone and helps you to focus on the work at hand.
4.Balance home and work.
The secret to real productivity is not focusing solely on work. Whether your job is your passion or not, balancing your personal relationships and downtime with office time is integral to being productive. Make time for family, friends, exercise and relaxation, so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and keep yourself from burning out.
5.Learn Through Doing.
Theory can only take a person so far. Putting yourself out there and falling flat on your face, over, and over, and over is how insanely productive people learn. Rather than having meetings and discussions, go out and practice. While most people are reading, thinking, and dreaming, insanely productive people are out doing. The goal is to learn while creating output. Non-productive people on the other hand have a lopsided ratio of input and output – with very little of the latter.
Some of your team members might have a much better grasp on a specific task or experience with performing it, so let others take on what you might not enjoy, but others do. They will execute with better precision and efficiency! Silence your inner control freak, (s)he is not doing you any favors! Delegating will make you a much better leader too, because it shows your trust in others and allows them to shine as well.
7. Constantly test.
Your ideas are just that: ideas. Don’t spend too much time trying to come up with the perfect idea. At the end of the day, the only way to know if it’ll work is to test it. The data will tell you if it’s a good idea or not. Want to know how many apps it took for me to make hour top-100 apps? Fourteen tries. When I first started out, I thought all of them could be big hits. That’s why it’s critical to test.
8. Nurture yourself with a morning routine.
The most productive people on the planet have a set morning routine that gets them ready for the day ahead: coffee, hot shower, yoga and journaling top the list, but it could be anything that sets your mind and body on a productive course for the day. Routines become habits, and good habits keep you healthy, energetic and ready for anything.