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10 Things Enormously Productive People Refuse to Do

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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.”

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Don't just wait around

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 yourself indefinitely in these steps.

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Don't play the blame game

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. 

Blame is not constructive; it does not help you or anyone else.

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Start small

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 projects more complicated than they actually are and thus postponing taking actions.

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Don't mind being wrong

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 wrong.

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Focus on your core objectives

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 complete anything. Always keep in mind your core objectives when deciding what to work on.

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Concentrate on the positive

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

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 set yourself smaller milestones worth celebrating.

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Invest time to save time

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 three-hour fix would cut it down to 10 minutes or less each time, it’s a fix well worth investing in. 

The more reoccurring tasks you automate and delegate today, the more productive you can be going forward with less effort.

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Practice saying No

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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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.

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Sometimes you can only fight fire with fire.

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Develop the habit of single-tasking by forcing your brain to concentrate on one task and one task only. Put your phone away, close all the browser windows and apps that you don’t need. Immerse yourself in this task. Only move to the next one when you’re done.

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