Even extremely productive people can’t do everything, so they realize that to get done what they want to do they need to say no to many requests that come their way.
In order to get the most done, productive people aren’t afraid to decline, defer, or delegate any items that aren’t aligned with their priorities.
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Productivity comes from the inside out. If you’re feeling stuck in a productivity slump, you can find your way out of it to better use your time and get more done.
Here are five simple things that productive people do to accomplish more of what matters to them every day.
To perform at your highest level, you need to take regular, intentional breaks to recharge. When you’re doing high-intensity, focused work, you’re using up your cognitive resources.
These intentional breaks can help you be more productive, restore your motivation, and help you make better decisions and reach more creative results .
Productive people don’t ask for permission to focus on their priorities, they just begin. That could look like starting in on their top project after a quick email check or even doing their own key work before looking at email at all.
When you’re tired, it can be that much harder to get and stay motivated, especially when your work is challenging. Research shows that sufficient sleep can have a substantial impact on productivity and performance.
recognition of the importance of sleep, productive people know when they need to go to bed—and when they need to get up—for a restful night’s sleep.
Instead of waking up and seeing what happens, productive people start the day with a clear picture of what’s important to them and what they want to accomplish.
Being aware of their wants helps these productive people feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day that they have completed the work that matters most.
Laura Earnest of Whole Life Productivity had this to say on the importance of prioritization as a productivity habit:
“Let me say that I distinguish between efficient and effective, but that both are needed for peak productivity. Efficient is doing things right and effective is doing the right things. So the most productive people work on the high value tasks, making sure that how they are doing those tasks is the best way.
From CEOs to firefighters to fighter-jet pilots, the ability to stay calm in a difficult situation can mean the difference between success and failure. So how do successful people stay cool under pressure?
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