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3 Productivity Habits of Successful People

By | Paul Milano |

How do some people seem to be able to get so much more done in a day than you ever can? Is it some genetic potential you don’t have that these more successful people do? Turns out, not really; it’s just the routines and habits they meticulously follow each day.

Related: 12 Simple Habits That Set Ultra-Successful People Apart

I spent a month interviewing 15 Silicon Valley startup founders to dive into the habits and hacks they use to keep them productive and motivated every day. Some have sold companies for more than eight figures, and many have had their products and services featured in top-tier publications.

Here are the three biggest commonalities in how successful people create a powerfully productive day:

3 Productivity Habits of Successful People

1. They are not fans of “grinding it out.”

Contrary to popular opinion, almost everyone I interviewed was not a fan of the 24/7 grind. This false perception of being “switched on” every day can be damaging. In the short term, you can push yourself a little bit further, and a little bit further. In the long run, however, it can be devastating to your overall productivity and effectiveness.

Josh Waitzkin, author of The Art of Learning, talks about creating stress and relax thresholds: “Teaching people to turn it off is a huge part of teaching them to turn it on much more intensely.” That means you have to create planned times of intense work followed by times of rest. When you are mentally fatigued, it’s not possible to perform at your best and be your most productive; being tired can cause you to become distracted and unfocused much easier.

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