“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom” ~ Aristotle
“Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them.” ~ David Allen
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” ~ Peter Drucker
“I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” ~ Donal Trump
“Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” ~ Coco Chanel
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey
“Ordinary people think merely of spending time, great people think of using it.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed” ~ Peter Drucker
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.” ~ Tim Ferriss
“Early rising not only gives us more life in the same number of years, but adds, likewise, to their number; and not only enables us to enjoy more of existence in the same time, but increases also the measure.” ~ Caleb C. Colton
“The cynic says, “One man can’t do anything”. I say, “Only one man can do anything.” ~ John W. Gardner
“He that rises late must trot all day” ~ Benjamin Franklin
“Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions” ~ John Randolph
“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today.” ~ Nolan Bushnell
Boosting your Productivity is probably the number 1 factor that keeps people from achieving success, I mean how many times have you been sidetracked by something or someone and more than likely not even related to your tasks that need to get done.
Many people get sidetracked for many different reasons and their productivity declines. If you’ve fallen victim to a lapse in productivity, be assured that there are remedies. Having a structured plan to work and follow to will help you stay on track and focused.
By developing and sticking to solid habits that can help you be more productive and goal-oriented, you can overcome these setbacks in productivity. If you want to get ahead these days you need to have an extraordinary amount of focus and drive.
Every successful person I know and have read about has successful habits. Habits we can learn, the hard part is creating them if you are not used to it. If you want to succeed in life, you have to have successful habits.
If you are following someone successful, all you see is the success, you do not see the hard work, the grind, and the HABITS they have to succeed.
We don’t see the sleepless nights, the countless hours, nor the failures and upsets., all we see is their success personified.
From luxury watches to fancy cars, super yachts, mansions, and jet-setting lifestyles, the rich seem to get richer. While the majority of new millionaires and billionaires these days are self-made it was through the development of good habits that were employed repeatedly over time. Those good habits developed a foundation for a successful and more productive life.
Make the decision NOW to create some productivity habits that will serve you instead of holding you back from greatness. No more bullshit excuses, no more spending endless hours watching Netflix, scrolling through Facebook or mindlessly surfing the web. No more procrastinating and putting off until tomorrow what needs to be done today. Now is the time to build some better habits and be more productive.
Top Productivity Habits
Your productivity can be improved by focusing on the development of 6 very important habits. These productivity habits will help to boost your overall performance in life. Studies say that it can take a minimum of 21 days to form a habit, but not a difficult one. If you can hold yourself accountable for 21-42/66 days you should be able to make the habit stick for good.
#1 – Follow a Morning Ritual
Successful and productive people follow a morning ritual. Your morning should be focused on your mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Exercise, read, meditate, or write. Do something for yourself; The first hour of your day sets the tone for the rest of it. Don’t spend your first-hour scrolling through social media unless it’s a financial app where you are looking for trade setups or relevant news broadcasts. Forget replying to emails, phone calls or anything.
#2 -Set & Review Daily/Weekly Goals
Goal setting should be on everyone’s to-do list, this is a productivity habit that should become ingrained in your mind. Having long and short-term goals is an absolute must. Achieving your goals will give you a boost mentally and help keep you focused. Successful people track their goals with precision as this helps them know where they are, how far they’ve come, and how far they have left to go. When you can see your daily and weekly goals in front of you, it keeps you focused and it’s harder to get distracted.
#3 – Prioritize Daily Tasks
Once you’ve written down your weekly goals, you can create daily tasks that will help you to prioritize what you need to do for the day. Ensure that you use lists and time management techniques for getting things done. Everyone is different in the sense that some like to take down the small frogs and others like to eat the big frogs (a metaphor taken from Brain Tracey’s book “Eat That Frog” ) Personally I would take down the biggest my challenging frog first.
#4 – Take a Rest
If you do not put breaks into your daily plan you will end up getting sidetracked and not focusing on the goals at hand. One of the best productivity habits that you can develop for yourself is to take plenty of breaks throughout the day. I have the attention span of a 3-year-old, no shit, my son probably has more focus than me, so I usually take a 5 min break every 30minutes. The rule of thumb would be to take one 5 to 10-minute break every 2 hours of work but do what works for you.
#5 – Manage Your Energy Levels
While time management is crucial in your daily planning, maintaining your energy levels to keep focused is just as important. Your diet will also have a huge factor in this, so don’t snack on junk food or overeat at lunch as this will no doubt make you sleepy later on. When your energy levels are low, so is your productivity. Eat smaller meals throughout the day and healthy snacks. If you keep your energy levels up you will boost your productivity. If you are not sure how many calories a day you should be eating or are in need of a meal plan check out my Project X 12 Week Fitness Progam.
#6 – Kick Down Procrastination
Procrastination, wow this one can get me at times. The times I have caught myself messing around doing pointless tasks when I should be focused on the grind. If there are anyone one of these rules to make a habit it is this one! If you want to achieve the success you need to stay focused and not procrastinate. Setting shorter-term goals and or prioritizing your tasks can help with procrastination But, it’s your job to ensure that you snuff out procrastination.
Let’s take a quick recap of those rules you need to start implementing and focusing on.
- Follow a Morning Ritual
- Set & Review Daily/Weekly Goals
- Prioritize Daily Tasks
- Strategically Allocate Breaks
- Manage Your Energy Levels
- Kick Down Procrastination
Now go out there, create those habits and dominate your life in every aspect.