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The 11 productivity habits the most successful people use

written by Anastasia RamsayApr 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Often, we get stuck in our daily routines and habits, and we don’t think to evaluate how the ingrained, automatic aspects of our day can affect how productive our days, weeks, months and years are.

Sometimes, all it takes is seeing how someone else gets the most out of their days, to make us revaluate how we use our time.

So, we have compiled a list of the top 11 habits that the most productive people incorporate into their daily lives for you to ponder! 

1. They don’t multitask

This might come as a surprise, but focusing on just one task at a time increases your performance, and your output. Just give it a go. Start, with your most important task and focus solely on it, without any distractions from your email or your phone. See if your performance increases!

 2. They outsource

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But they carefully choose what they outsource! Productive people know which tasks create the most tangible return, e.g. selling, writing, or building customer relationships, and they outsource anything that takes them way from doing these tasks. Or, they simply eliminate it.

Pro Tip: We love outsourcing tasks we can’t efficiently complete in house! Our favourite sites to use are Upwork, Fiverr, and 99 Designs.

3. They limit distractions from technology

They are able put away their phones, log out of their emails or social media accounts and focus on the task at hand.

4. They have the perfect way to say no

Leading on from the previous habit, we also often default to saying yes, which can also mean we default to biting off more than we can chew. Sometimes, this can be because we simply do not know the best way to say no, so taking the time to craft the perfect “no” option could help you lift those unnecessary commitments! For example, you might simply say, “I’m sorry, but I am already too busy with other commitments”.

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5. They don’t make ego commitments

Think of what you do with your time. Understand if it provides you with value, or if it just strokes your ego because it seems “cool”. For example, giving radio interviews just because it makes you look important, feel cool, or appear smart, is an ego commitment. It may be best to revaluate what you commit to and learn to say no. 

6. They acknowledge the Pareto Principle a.k.a. the 80:20 rule

Successful people keep in mind that 20 percent of their effort, produces 80 percent for their results, were the other 80% of their effort will give the last 20& of their results.

7. They automate repetitive tasks

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When you find yourself doing the same small tasks over and over, it may be time to revaluate. There are hundreds of productivity apps designed to make your life easier, and free up your time, so take advantage! Also, learning shortcuts is a great way to become more efficient with tasks you can’t automate!

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8. They maximise down time

Successful people embrace the idea that there is always something new to learn! Find something you have a desire to learn, and segment your free time accordingly. Try to spend one hour practicing, half an hour reading/watching videos to learn more, then half an hour researching people’s work on the topic that inspires you. Repeat.

9. They take breaks strategically

Take your break/s when your productivity levels start to dip, rather than at a scheduled time. You will feel fresher, and your output will increase!

10. They set hard timelines

Ever noticed that your work tends to expand to fill the deadlines you set? When you set 2 hours, it will be completed in two hours, when you set two weeks, it will expand to fill two weeks.

11. They have a nightly routine that prepares them to hit the ground running the next day

What you do first thing in the morning will set the tone for the rest of your day, so be smart and wake up prepared to hit the ground running! Successful people implement a nightly routine that will takes the work out of their mornings. For example, pack your gym bag the night before so you can grab it and go.

And that is our top 11 habits successful people practice to increase their productivity! Have you learnt something new? Let us know in the comments below if you plan on implementing any of these into your daily habits!

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About Anastasia Ramsay

Anastasia has graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science Conjoint, before starting her career at Lancom. A big believer of customer-driven initiatives, Anna has joined our team to enhance our Digital Marketing capabilities. She loves rising to a challenge, learning and is driven by self-improvement.