5. They Choose To Say No

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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5 Habits Productive People Use To Get The Important Stuff Done

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.

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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 .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Procrastinating on tasks—both small, nagging ones and large, challenging ones
  • Boring work that needs just to get done
  • Responding to email and other messages while working
  • Staying motivated and energized throughout the entire work day
  • Focusing and finishing the most important projects on their plates
  1. Focus on most important tasks first
  2. Cultivate deep work
  3. Keep a distraction list to stay focused
  4. Use the Eisenhower Matrix to identify long-term priorities
  5. Use the 80/20 rule
  6. Break tasks into smaller pieces
  7. Take breaks
  8. Make fewer decisions
  9. Eliminate inefficient communication
  10. Find repeatable shortcuts
  11. Learn from successes as well as mistakes
  12. Plan for when things go wrong
  13. Work before you get motivated or inspired
  14. Don’t multitask
  15. Fill the tank — recharge
  16. Sharpen the axe
  17. Manage your energy (not just time)
  18. Get better at saying “no”

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.

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Flexibility with remote work

Usually, working from home is about flexibility. Every single person will have a different schedule, which will make them more productive.

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How to stay cool during trouble

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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