How to become super productive and achieve success?
As any successful person will tell you, there is a very big difference between being busy and being productive. You can be running around in circles all day doing things and still actually get nothing done at all. So just how do you turn all the effort into success? How do you stop being busy and start becoming productive? If these are questions that you’ve been asking yourself, read on, because we have ten great tips that will help you become a super productive person.
The 80/20 rule has been proven to be true so many times, yet so many people choose to ignore the fact that 80% of your success will come from only 20% of your efforts. In terms of personal productivity, the 80/20 rule simply means that you should focus your efforts on the things that will bring you the greatest results. In other words, prioritise your workload so you that you get important things done first.
2. Avoid online distractions
If you are not in front of a computer, then you probably have your smartphone nearby, and both can be very distracting when you are trying to work. Switch off email notifications and Facebook notifications and put aside a specific time deal with things like that. If you are constantly dipping in out of things like email, you will lose all your focus and never get anything done.
3. Get into a routine
Successful people always have set routines they work with. They get up at the same time every morning they have lunch at the same time, and they do things, like laying out their clothes for the next day the night before. Having fixed routines for all the mundane, day to day, tasks might sound really boring, but it means that you can plan your day better and you don’t waste any time thinking about things like what to wear, or what time to have lunch.
4. Claw back those wasted minutes
You can improve your productivity by not letting precious time slip away from you. If you add all the time that is wasted waiting for meetings to happen that have been delayed, sitting in an airport lounge, or waiting for someone to call you back, you’d probably find that it amounts to quite a lot. Keep a list of all the things you need to do with you at all times and fill those spare moments getting some of the smaller tasks on your list done whenever you can.
5. Do one thing at a time
Multi-taking just doesn’t work, and that has been proven, many times over, in numerous studies. You will get far more done, and you will enjoy your work more, if you just concentrate on one task at a time. You might feel like you are getting a lot done by multi-tasking, but in reality, each one of those tasks you are trying to do at the same time will take you longer than had you done them one at a time.
6. Don’t waste time procrastinating
If you can’t make up your mind how to go about tackling a task, don’t spend too much time worrying about it, get on and something else. You will have to make a decision at some point; you can’t put things off forever, but at least you can be doing something else productive while you think about the more important outstanding task.
7. Work in short bursts
You will work more productively if you do it short bursts, rather than trying to work for hours on end. Experts agree that the optimum amount of time that you should work in one go is 25 minutes, after which you should take a short, five minute, break and, every two hours, you should take a longer break, of about fifteen minutes. By doing this you will find that you have a lot more energy and enthusiasm for the work you are doing and you will be more productive.
8. Understand your own peak times
You should listen to your own body and understand when you are at peak and when you need to rest. Some people work better in the mornings, others work well in the evenings. Schedule your workload so that you do the most difficult tasks during your peak performance time and the less taxing ones when you know you will have less energy.
9. Make lists
Productive people are usually big list makers. They start their day with a to-do list and they keep that list updated as they go through the day. They also use lists to write down ideas and as memory joggers. If you write things down, you don’t have to burden your brain trying to remember everything and you can control your work schedule much better.
10. Know when to quit
Successful people don’t win at everything, but they do pick their battles wisely and they know when to quit. If you have taken on something that you can’t finish on time or even that you can’t finish at all, ask for help ask or for an extension of time. If you carry on regardless with a task that is taking too long, you will be leaving other important tasks unfinished as well. Sometimes it’s better to quit while you are ahead and get on with something more productive that will bring you some faster results.