Writer Charles Duhigg defines productivity as “making certain choices in certain ways” that moves us from being “merely busy” to “genuinely productive” in his book Smarter Faster Better.
Tony Robbins’ approach to productivity focuses on ways people can systematize and better manage their lives so they have more time to do what they want.
So what is productivity? It’s getting the results you want with less time and effort.
The bottom line? We all have 24 hours in a day; productivity is being able to make the most of them. In other words, work smarter, not harder.
If you really want to change what you do in your daily life, you need to find people that embody the type of meaningful productivity that resonates with you and model your success after them.
Also keeping your ultimate purpose in mind will help motivate you, even when you hit a bump in the road.
So, if you want to cut down on wasted time, and get back to focusing on what you really care about, you need to consider the following productivity tips:
1. Be Systematic
Have a designated time to go over what needs doing each day.
There is a temptation to always give attention to things that are pressing and in the process, important things may get compromised.
A clearer plan means an increased likelihood of achieving your goals.
Create a daily schedule for the next day, before you go to bed.
This extra time you give yourself will allow you to be fully prepared and grasp what you’ll need to get done, without losing any other opportunities.
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However, don’t fill your day with a ton of work because if you did, you’d probably focus on checking off a list instead of thinking about what you’re actually doing.
There’s an art to productivity, and if you look at it from the perspective of how you can be helpful to others, you’ll find it can be very rewarding.
2. Stay Focus
Startups need to demonstrate laser focus on what’s absolutely necessary, important and not urgent, in order to be productive and successful.
The interruptions of modern life prevent you from doing your best work and weaken your ability to tackle the most challenging projects.
Began setting aside “focus time” with zero distractions. Set your schedule so that as often as possible, you can focus entirely on the task at hand.
The more you can create distraction-free work time, the more you can cultivate your attention and achieve great success.
By being focused – being sure of what one wants to do – and being methodical – having a plan and executing it individual and organizational productivity shoots up.
The reality is that burnout culture puts more distance between you and your purpose in life.
Task-switching is one of the biggest time sucks in our day.
Research shows that productivity can be reduced by as much as 40 percent by the mental blocks created when people switch tasks and lowers your IQ.
Instead, group like tasks together into blocks of time, then focus on those specifics.
The power of chunking is one of the easiest ways to increase productivity.
Not only does chunking decrease time wasted by task-switching, but it also makes your priorities clearer in both the short- and long-term.
Consider taking time to define your purpose in life and your vision.
When you lead a life with purpose, you’ll start to think more deeply about why you’re doing the things that you are.
Determine which aspects of your life connect with your purpose.
Aim to get to a place where 80 percent of your activities revolve around that purpose and watch how your productivity and passion skyrocket.
When you’re seeking success, it’s tempting to say “yes” to every opportunity.
Instead of saying yes to every opportunity and hoping to strike gold, consult your purpose.
Would this move fulfill your purpose? Does it bring you closer to realizing your personal vision?
The ultimate aim should be creating value for customers, who is a definite step forward towards productivity.
5. The Power of Good Habits
Often, it takes us years to break bad habits and form good ones, even when we know deep down that those changes would make us happier, more productive individuals.
Identify which healthy habits would benefit you and your purpose most and set realistic goals.
Many times we think that productivity requires a complete overhaul of how we already live. Instead, it’s more likely that some small changes will greatly improve productivity.
Harness the power of habit and productivity will become second nature.
6. Ask for Help
I believe in the power of thinking and, I know that people move further and faster when they work together.
The opportunity for start-ups is to cater to a large & growing market, and the constraint they have is lack of resources. It is, therefore, critical that they micromanage their cash spend and maximize collaboration to become profitable quicker.
The best athletes have coaches, the best investors have advisors. The same goes for productivity.
Getting a coach can be a great way to start thinking through how to be more productive and why you even want to.
Sometimes that outside perspective can give you insights it would otherwise take weeks or months to gain on your own.
7. Delegate Properly
When building organization grounds up most of the founders do multitasking and are more productive but at the same time, their productivity is hampered due to involvement in many issues which can be delegated.
It is very important to delegate work as one tend to do everything himself to achieve perfection but no action is worst then delayed performance.
If you assign a task to someone and then supervise them closely while they’re doing it, you’re micromanaging, not delegating.
When you delegate properly, you have more time to spend on your own work.
The key is to assign the right task to the right person, a person you know has the skills to do the job and that you can trust to get it done – and then leave them to it.
Also one should make use of technology to lower the burden and improve performance.
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One last tip, but certainly not the least; take care of yourself.
Getting enough sleep and making exercise part of your routine are just two of the things you need to do every day to be at your best and most productive.
Eat a healthy diet.
Drink lots of water.
Get rid of your bad habits, whether they are smoking or hanging around toxic people.
And be nice to yourself as well as to other people.
Take time for yourself and do whatever (healthy) thing recharges and refreshes you.
The healthier you are, the more productive you’ll be – and the more productive you are with your work, the more time you’ll have to spend however you like.
So, are you taking the best time in your daily life?