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10 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do
Besides the intelligent art of getting the "right things" done, there is the often-forgotten art of leaving the "wrong things" undone. This past month at our first annual Think Better, Live Better conference, dozens of people asked me how Angel and I "get it all done."

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Stephen King
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”

Stephen King

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Don't just wait around

You must challenge yourself to take action sooner rather than later.

Planning and strategizing are important parts of the beginning of a new project, but be careful not to lose yoursel...

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Don't play the blame game

Blame is nothing but an easy way out of taking responsibility for your own outcomes. It’s a lot easier to point a finger at someone or something else instead of looking within yourself...

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Start small

We tend to think really big and while this isn’t inherently bad, the downside is that it often makes the barrier for taking action quite high.

The risk translates into seeing our proje...

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Don't mind being wrong

To be productive in the long term, you have to not mind being wrong in the short term.

You have to take a stand, test your theories, and then admit it if you realize that your theory was w...

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Focus on your core objectives

When you generate lots of new ideas as you’re making progress, you tend to gradually expand your project’s objectives.

The risk: it will make it nearly impossible to ever truly complet...

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Concentrate on the positive

Our brains are naturally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are thinking negative thoughts or even neutral ones, but when they are thinking positive.

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Celebrate small wins

They ultimately ad up to big success.

It’s crucial to pause periodically to acknowledge what’s been accomplished – even if there’s a long way yet to go. The easiest way to do this is to se...

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Invest time to save time

For example, perhaps you can complete a particular task in 30 minutes, and it would take three hours to implement a more efficient method. If that 30-minute task must be completed daily, and a ...

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Practice saying No

Productive time and energy are not infinite. Seasoned achievers know they must guard their time and energy (and their focus) closely.

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17 hours of productivity weekly

People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive.

Tim Ferriss's tips for productivity

  1. Manage your moods: If you start the day calm it's easy to get the right things done and focus.
  2. Don't check email in the morning.
  3. Before you try to do it faster, ask whether it should be done at all.
  4. Focus is nothing more than eliminating distractions.
  5. Have a personal system; most productive people have a routine.
  6. Define your goals for the day the night before.

Don't check emails in the morning

If you check your emails first thing in the morning, **you're setting yourself up to react.

You're not planning your day and prioritizing, you're giving your best hours to someone else's goals, not yours.

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Work Around Your Energy Levels

Productivity is directly related to your energy level.

Find your most productive hours — the time of your peak energy — and schedule Deep Work for those periods. Do low-value and low-energy tasks (also known as shallow work), such as responding to emails or unimportant meetings, in between those hours.

Plan Your Day the Night Before

Before going to bed, spend 5 minutes writing your to-do list for the next day. These tasks should help you move towards your professional and personal goals.

You’ll be better prepared mentally for the challenges ahead before waking up and there won’t be any room for procrastination in the morning. As a result, you’ll work faster and smoother than ever before.

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Let it Go

Interruptions can be frustrating. But, the point here is that not all of them are worthy of addressing.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when faced with an interruption is nothing at all,...

Set Expectations From The Beginning

Whether you’re speaking up in a team meeting or you’re conducting a presentation, it’s important to be clear that you'll need to get all of your ideas out there before opening the floor to questions and contributions. 

This sets the tone right from the get-go that you’re aiming to share your ideas free of interruptions. This also makes it easy to halt an interrupter in his tracks.

Keep Going

Sometimes you can only fight fire with fire.

Refuse to pause for interruptions, and instead continue moving forward with your ideas. If needed, you can even pause for a second to address the interrupter and say, “one moment,” and then finish off your thought.

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