18 Habits of Highly Effective Kowledge Workers - Deepstash

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Own your work

Even if you work for others, do it as if it is your own business. Talk to your clients the same way your boss would do, when he’s at his best.

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Stand up for work that matters

Not only will this make you happy but also achieve better for the business you work for.

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Eat that frog!

Spend 80% of your time doing 20% of the work that produces 80% of the results

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Set up your smartphone to work for you, not against you!

Chances are that most (if not all) our favorite distractions are right at our fingertip these days. Another good work habit to have is to set up your phone to work for you, instead of against you.

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Work without digital distractions

You need to build your focus muscle by making it a habit to turn off notifications during most of your workday. Just like you should schedule email time, consider checking your communication apps only twice a day: once at 11:30 a.m. and another one at 5:00 p.m.

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Become indistractable

Research found that almost half of our interruptions are self-initiated, so it's important to note it, name it, and nail it.

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Train your focus muscle

Dealing with distraction is only part of the equation. The ability to focus is a must-have work habit for elite performers. 

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Schedule the priority

Most people prioritize tasks on their schedule when in fact, a better way is to schedule your priority. The things on your schedules are usually someone else’s priority, not yours.

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Master time management

Effective time management is a crucial work habit to have for elite performers. Their working hours are usually planned.

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Be well organized

If you are not well organized, it makes it difficult to find the focus necessary to produce the quality outcome you desire.

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David Allen

Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.

DAVID ALLEN

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Use a to-do list

All of us plan and prioritize all the time, but it is better to get our tasks off our head.

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Use a not-to-do list to avoid distractions

Ask yourself this questions: What usually distracts you from doing your important tasks? Mindless snacking? Social media? Web browsing? News reading? A chat with your colleagues? Add them to your not to do list. 

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Review your performance

Daily and weekly reviews are necessary for continuous improvement and expert performance.

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Practice meditation and mindfulness

Without proper rest and recovery, you can’t perform at your best. Meditation relaxes your mind and body. Research shows that when our brain is resting, it engages its “default network” to continue problem-solving, examine possibilities, and look for relevant information.

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Embrace a growth mindset

Embrace a growth mindset

There are many ways we can embrace personal and professional development at work. Reading books, peer learning/sharing, personal reflection, asking questions when in doubt… These are just a few examples. 

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Archilocus, ANCIENT GREEK POET

We don’t rise to our level of expectations; we fall to the level of our training.

ARCHILOCUS, ANCIENT GREEK POET

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Master the tools necessary to perform

Different careers need different tools so master the tools you need for your work. Knowing how to use them can get you by, but mastering those tools will let you optimize your performance.

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