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12 Timeless Habits of Insanely Productive People

Source | LinkedIn : By Bernard Marr

You wonder if they never sleep, because they get so much done. All. The. Time. They must have superpowers and you want in on the action. Somehow, they manage to complete the 100-page proposal, run 6 miles and tackle development plans for their side project, all before 8 a.m.

The good news is that anyone can learn, and then adopt, any of these 12 timeless habits of insanely productive people.

Control their Technology Addiction

While this is a 21st-century problem, the mobile mini computers that are always within arm’s reach cause a tremendous amount of distraction in our every day. Productive people discipline themselves to only check social media and email accounts once or twice a day. For the mere mortals among us, there are apps that force you to limit your phone time.

Pass on Perfection

It’s so easy to strive for perfection, and only end up procrastinating. Charles Dickens sagely said, “My advice is never do tomorrow what you can do today.” Tomorrow might have incrementally better results, but the pursuit of perfection can certainly limit progress. It’s time to pass on perfection. It’s truly not obtainable, because who’s perfect anyway?

Focus on the 20%

The Pareto Principle, more commonly known as the 80/20 rule recognizes that there are certain activities (your 20%) that propel your progress in any given situation. Insanely productive people know what those activities are and focus on what truly matters to achieve their long-term goals.

List Makers

Simple, but effective, a to-do list is the go-to tactic for many insanely productive people. Lists help calm the overwhelm, prioritize and help you visual the action items necessary to keep you moving. Update your to-do list either at the end of the day to prepare for the next or first thing in the morning, before interruptions.

Once and Done

Highly productive people deal with things only once. An email is read, evaluated and acted upon. It doesn’t loiter in an inbox. Topics aren’t hashed out over and over at endless meetings; the facts are presented and a decision is made.

Lifelong Learner

Highly productive people invest in new skills and training so they are better, and more productive, in the future. They read Robert Pozen’s Extreme Productivity: Boost Your Results, Reduce Your Hours and other books, blogs and magazines to boost their skills.

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