Do you want to be more productive?
The best way to do this is through habits. You can apply as many time-management tips as you want. But that doesn’t matter as much as you think.
On the other hand, habits determine your life. And if you develop the habits of highly productive people, you’ll definitely become the same.
So, let me show you 10 of them.
Habit #1: Deep Focus:
You don’t need to do more in order to be productive.
Yeah, you hear it right. I don’t know about you but for me, productivity means maximum results in minimum time.
Starting 3 projects, setting 10 goals and trying to do everything at once sounds great in theory but in reality, it never works.
Start to prioritize and focus as much as possible.
You can do this in 2 steps:
- Decide what’s your number #1 goal and work on it before anything else
- Avoid shiny object syndrome
Let’s say you want to start a blog that makes money.
You can set your number #1 goal(like getting your first 100 subscribers) and move all your actions towards that. Then, you can avoid the shiny object syndrome by developing a strategy to get these subscribers.
Maybe you can do it through Pinterest, Facebook or guest posting.
The point is, you don’t do everything. You follow a strategy. You do just one thing and keep consistency.
It’s really easy to feel overwhelmed when you feel like you have a million things to do every day.
Learn how to stay hyper-focused. And you’ll get the most out of your time.
Habit #2: Special Practice:
If you read self-improvement, then you know about the 10,000-Hour Rule. This rule says that you can become an expert in anything if you invest 10,000 hours.
But I don’t believe it’s necessarily true.
Top performers like entrepreneurs, athletes and CEO’s have another way to do things: They commit to deliberate practice.
What’s exactly that? Well, deliberate practice refers to a special type of practice that is purposeful and systematic.
Regular practice is usually mindless repetitions.
Deliberate practice requires attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance.
Hogan was one of the greatest golfers of the 20th century. For him, every practice session had a purpose. He spent years breaking down each phase of the golf swing and used different methods for each segment. The result was near perfection. He developed one of the most finely-tuned golf swings in the history of the game.
This is just an example but you get the idea. You notice what you do right, you identify your weaknesses, test new strategies, and then integrate your learning into the overall process.
Habit #3: The Flow State :
In this busy world, it seems that every hour in the day needs to count. To be productive, it’s important to work faster and more efficiently while still maintaining high quality.
How can you do that? Put yourself intentionally in the flow state.
Have you ever got so involved into an activity that you forget the notion of time? That’s what I’m talking about.
You reach the flow state while:
- you watch a great movie
- you play video games
- you talk to your friends
However, you can also reach the same state while you work.
Here are some tips:
- do your task on the full-screen
- make sure you work in a quiet environment
- don’t multitask
- turn off notifications
- turn off your phone
The idea is to get rid of distractions. If you do this, you’ll be amazed of what you can achieve.
Habit#4: Schedule Your Work Based On Your Energy:
Did you know there are certain times of the day when you can be super productive?
For me, is in the morning. If I start working at 6:00 AM, the first 3 hours I’m unstoppable.
How about you? When do you feel productive? There’s a part of the day when you have high-energy times. It could be when you wake up, in the middle of the day or during the night.
You also have low-energy times when you’re ‘’ok’’ but can’t perform so great.
And relaxing levels when you need to take a break. During this time, all your energy is gone and you can’t do anything right.
Create a habit of scheduling your tasks according to these levels.
For high-energy levels: Do creative work and take care of your MIT. You think clear during this time. For instance, 30 minutes of writing or something similar here will be as effective as trying to do the same in 2 hours when you don’t have energy.
For low-energy levels: You can take care of your regular tasks. As long as they don’t require too much thinking, you’ll be fine.
For relaxing levels: I suggest you relaxing activities. Watch movies, eat, sleep, etc. You’ll recharge your batteries for the next day.
If you manage your time this way, you’ll accomplish more than you imagine. At least, more than most people, who schedule their tasks randomly.
Habit#5: Plan Multitasking:
Everybody knows multitasking is wrong.
And I agree.
But I also believe it’s impossible to avoid multitasking all the time.
You should not even try that. Have you ever noticed that if you know you need to get a certain amount of stuff done in a short time, you’ll figure out a way to do it(even if that means doing two things at once)?
Learn how to multitask the right way. Follow these tips:
- Focus on related tasks at the same time. Reduce the amount of mental energy used when switching between different tasks by bundling your multitasking activities together.
- Go over each item alone when you finish.
Exactly, you need to be selective.
You can workout and simultaneously listen to a podcast. But you can’t write emails while talking on the phone.
The first example is still doing two tasks at once, but I don’t need the same resources to do both. Meaning, exercising and listening to podcasts is a productive way to multitask because these two tasks complement each other.
Alternatively, something like talking on the phone and writing emails isn’t a great multitasking pair because it’s just too hard to split your brain across those two things.
So, be careful about what you’re doing. If you can’t avoid multitasking, plan for it one day in advance and make sure you can do it.
Meditation is the practice of silencing the thoughts in your mind to achieve awareness or an alternate state of consciousness. It’s a great habit that could reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve sleep — all of which are beneficial if you want to be highly productive.
Some of the most influential top performers even credit meditation for their success.
Tony Schwartz has been meditating for over 20 years. He says that meditating helped him develop patience, and he also advocates mindfulness as a way to improve work performance.
Steve Jobs began practicing Zen Buddhism in 1974 and incorporated it into his daily life.
“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.”
And Arianna Huffington started meditating at the age of 13 and think that it plays a big role in her success today. She believes meditation is critical for stress relief and helps the practitioner tap into wisdom, wonder, mindfulness and addictions.
There are hundreds of commonly experienced and scientifically validated benefits of meditation. Practice at least 10 minutes/day. It will be life-changing.
Habit#7: Plan Each Day In Advance:
Make sure you wake up knowing exactly what are you going to do.
You should not use a to-do list. Schedule everything in your calendar. A list can’t make you productive because you need to prioritize and re-prioritize everything from it.
Productive people schedule everything – even their free time. Every task has a specific date, time and duration.
Your calendar is not just for meetings and phone calls. Need to find a business idea this week? It’s scheduled. Calculate your expenses each Sunday? Already on the calendar. Time to think? It’s scheduled.
You get the idea.
When you live exclusively from your calendar, you can quickly see if you are living the way you want.
Plan your day the night before and prepare everything(including your clothes, desk, food and so on). This way, you can just jump right in the next morning. Don’t exaggerate. It’s great to be ambitious, but it’s also important to have a realistic daily plan that you can accomplish.
Give every day a theme:If you find yourself juggling a lot of different work objectives or even multiple jobs at once, considering theming your days to focus on one of these at a time.
If you’re a blogger, consider setting aside specific days for specific subjects: Mondays can be reserved for writing content, for example, while Tuesdays can be dedicated to editing.
You don’t need to plan the whole month, neither the whole week. But you should plan the next day and follow your schedule.
Habit#8: Work 10 Times Harder:
There’s a difference between doing something that’s ‘just okay’ and something amazing.
Let’s say you want to write a book. You can do that in less than a month.
But will you write something amazing? Will you create something that inspires people? Will you create a best-seller and become a big author? Most likely it won’t happen.
If you want to write a great book, you need to put in the work. The same concept is true for almost anything in your life.
Most people don’t have the habit of doing everything they could with all the resources they’ve got.
They do as little as possible and live a life that’s just ‘’ok’’ but nothing more.
It sounds depressing but think about it from another point of view. By spending 10x as long on something (if you’re working on the right thing), you can get 100x the results.
Imagine being able to focus on doing just 10 high-impact things per year. Now compare that to your friend, who does 100 different things.
Who do you think will be more successful?
Habit#9: Keep Ideas:
You probably noticed your thoughts are disordered, disorganized and racing rapidly around your mind.
However, you should do something about it. Your ideas need to be easily accessible. Keep all of them in a single place. It can be a notebook but there are a number of great Apps which allow you to keep and store your notes right on your computer or smartphone. I recommend Evernote.
After your ideas are compiled, it’s time to organize them in a way that is helpful and easy to understand.
One quick and easy way to organize your ideas is to categorize them. Some of your ideas are related. Consider what links them. If you have many ideas, you could even make subcategories.
For example, if you keep notes about marketing, you could group some of them under “Ads” and even create subcategories like ‘’Facebook Ads’’ or “Pinterest Ads’’.
Keeping notes is easy and can save you a ton of time.
If you try to do everything by yourself, you’re going to get cheap results.
I don’t care how many books about time-management you read. The truth is, all of us have just 24 hours/day and they’re not enough. So, spend your time doing what’s important and for everything else, use money. Let me show you 2 ways to do that.
1.Leverage other people time:
You could think all day about the things you want to do and spend your time doing something else.
Why? Because life comes in your way. And you could get busy with many activities that don’t have any value but needs to be finished.
The solution? Pay someone to handle such problems. At least some of them. Don’t take care of all your tasks.
You could waste a ton of time because some things require different skills you don’t have.If you could outsource your work, it’s definitely a better idea.
We all have things in our lives that could be automated. This include bills, emails and numerous business activities.
Considering using apps to apply automation, get more done and increase your productivity.
Now that I walked you through the psychology behind why some people are so productive, here’s what to do next:
Apply one of these tips… FAST.
If you’ll just finish reading, you’ll get demotivated and you don’t want that to happen. Also, download my FREE Ebook, so I can stay in touch with you.