Some of the Smart Things Productive People Do
To be really productivity you need a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort, that according to guru Paul J. Meyer.
Below is a list smart habits to adopt that will help you be your most productive self every day, as follows:
1. Book Time in Your Calendar for Tasks: Ditch the to-do list, when I need to work on a high priority item (whether it’s creating a deck or writing an article), I set an appointment with myself in my own calendar. Think of it as a meeting of one where you will focus 30 minutes, an hour, or a couple hours of your day solely to one important project or task. Does that mean you have to get everything done in that block of time? No. Just create another appointment and repeat until your task is finished.
2. The Unicorn Principle: You’ve probably heard about the Pareto principle that 20% of your effort will produce 80% of your results, while the final 80% of your efforts will product the last 20% of your results.
Now let me introduce the Unicorn Principle.
In online marketing only about 1–2% of your stuff is really going to succeed. They will become what I call Unicorns magical content, ads, or offers that produce remarkable amounts of website traffic, engagement, and conversions.
The remaining 98 to 99% of your stuff are what I call donkeys boring content, ads, and offers that most people really aren’t interested in.
Whenever you find something that works well, learn from it. Figure out why it worked and how you can apply the Unicorn Principle to repeat the success.
3. Repurpose Your Great Content: This leads us to content marketing. Whenever you discover that you have piece of unicorn content, figure out how you can clone that awesome idea and turn it into 10 or 20 new pieces of content.
Did you publish a blog post that got 10x more traffic than usual?
Consider turning it into additional articles, videos, a webinar, infographics, a presentation, social media updates and ads, or whatever other forms of content you can think of.
Also, reuse a remarkable piece of content on other platforms, such as Medium or LinkedIn. Remember: even if your article does great, there are still many more people who have not seen it.
4. Work Less: Happy employees are more productive employees. But so many people are unhappy with their jobs.
Well, there’s the 8-hr workday. Plus useless meetings, overtime, commuting, after-hours emails, and so on. Maybe it’s time for a paradigm shift where employees work less. We’re already seeing some companies starting to experiment with 5-hour workdays. Could we see more of this in the future?
5. Work at Times You’re Most Productive: All rich and successful people start their day around 4:00a right? Wrong, No.
Work when your are most productive, whether that’s before the sun rises, right after lunch, or around Midnight. Just make sure to reserve those times every day for work. Start getting more stuff done!
6. Be an Intentional Procrastinator: I am a procrastinator. That means I intentionally wait closer to a deadline before doing the work. Doing things toward the end has 2 benefits: it forces urgency and focuses my mind. Procrastination helps me become a workhorse. Another big benefit of procrastination: sometimes tasks get changed, become a lower priority, or just go away entirely. There’s nothing worse than doing a whole bunch of work and then getting that email from a client asking you to go in a new direction or telling you to completely ignore one of their requests.
7. Prioritize Your Tasks: We know multitasking is killing your brain. But how do you solve this problem?
One way is to use the Eisenhower Matrix: This will help you decide whether you need to complete a task now, schedule time to do it later, delegate the task, or forget about it.
8. Let a Great Assistant Keep You Organized: Need some help keeping yourself organized (meetings, travel, etc.)? Are you doing things that you are not good at or do not enjoy? Hire an assistant. Find someone who can free up your time.
Once you have a great assistant, you can delegate tasks you don’t want to do and focus on things that will have the biggest impact and help your business grow.
9. Surround Yourself With Smart People: Jim Rohn had a great quote: “You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” If you want to be more productive, surround yourself with smart, creative, and productive people. Expand your network. Attend conferences. Pick the brains of experts.
10. Find Tools That Automate Repetitive Tasks: I’m allergic to doing stupid things over and over again. I would rather write a program or find a tool that does it for me. If you’re going to truly buy into the Unicorn Principle and focus on the 1–2% of things that will have the most impact, then you need help dealing with that other 98–99%.
11. Use Productivity Apps: Whether you need to manage your travel, social media accounts, advertising campaigns, or content creation, lots of apps promise to make you super productive.
12. Do More Things You Enjoy: Hobbies are important. Nonstop work is a great way to burn out quick. Find a hobby or pastime. Give you brain a rest.
Whether it’s exercise, reading a new book, or playing a musical instrument, lose yourself in something you love. You will be more productive when you work.
13. Ignore Sports Just like news, I ignore sports. Why? Because I have no control over the outcome. What I can do is focus on the stuff that I know I can have an impact on. I do not lose hours out of my week discussing, reading about, thinking about, or watching the big game. If something is important enough, it will become known.
14. Do Not Complain: Complaining is bad for you. We know this because it is a waste of time. As Eleanor Roosevelt put it: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Do not be the source of negativity in the workplace. Not only will it hurt your productivity, but it will inevitably spread to those around you your co-workers, clients, and prospects.
15. Quit Your Job: OK, you shouldn’t do this every day. But if you consistently find yourself less productive, maybe it is because you’re not happy at your job.. If you’ve accomplished all you can, lost your passion, or if you’re feeling too comfortable, then maybe it is time to quit your job.
And most important avoid sugar in your diet: Eat Real Food and Exercise!
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