Do you often look at someone successful and wonder, how? After all, you too have talent, drive, and opportunity. The fact is, ultra-productive people are just like you, they just do things a little differently. If you want to up your game, make a few minor tweaks in how you approach your job, relationships, and personal life to improve your productivity and join the ranks of the ultra-productive.
Here are a few tips to get you started!
Focus on One Thing – The ultra-productive know their most important task and work on it first thing each day for one or two hours without interruption. Ask yourself,
“what task will have the biggest impact on reaching your goal?” Then make it your first priority every day!
Focus on Minutes, Not Hours – Average performers schedule their day in 30 or 60 minute blocks. The ultra-productive know there are 1440 minutes a day and nothing is more valuable than time. Master each minute!
Only Process Email a Few Times Per Day – The ultra-productive don’t spend their day checking email every time their phone dings. Instead, like everything else, they schedule time to process email quickly and efficiently.
Avoid Meetings At All Costs! – When asked for productivity advice, billionaire Mark Cuban quickly responded “never take a meeting unless someone is writing a check!” Meetings are notorious time killers. They often start late, lose focus, and run long. Whenever you can get out of a meeting, do it! Hold fewer of them yourself and when you do make them focused and keep it short!
Follow the 80/20 Rule – Also called the Pareto Principle, it states that 80% of positive results come from 20% of your activities. Ultra-successful people know which activities provide the best results and focus their efforts on those and ignore the rest.
Delegate Almost Everything – The ultra-productive don’t ask how can I do this task, they ask, how can I get this done! Ultra-productive people delegate. They don’t have control issues or micro-manage.
Improving your productivity can happen. Working smarter is more effective than working harder. With a few simple changes in your approach you can get more work done, and still have time left over for the important things in life. Take these simple steps and watch your productivity soar!