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Productivity 101

Overwhelmed by the amount of productivity advice on Medium? Start here! Learn how to beat procrastination, cultivate willpower, practice purposeful productivity, and more.

"Even the best productivity advice won’t matter if you don’t know your purpose." John Rampton, Founder of Calender and Due
"Recovery is organizing the rest of your life to ensure you perform at your highest level. In other words, what Michael Phelps did while he wasn’t swimming was the reason he was so good at swimming. What LeBron James does while he isn’t playing basketball is why he’s so good at basketball." Benjamin Hardy, PhD, Organizational Psychologist, Author
"The most productive countries in the world do not work 8 hours per day. Actually, the most productive countries have the shortest workdays." Benjamin Hardy, PhD, Organizational Psychologist, Author
"We can look at willpower like a muscle — it can get exhausted by overuse, but just like our physical muscles, there are some researchers who believe we might be able to strengthen our willpower by training it." Belle Beth Cooper, Writer for Buffer
"Effective time management is hard. Some people have some sort of system in place to manage their work. And yet others don’t even know where to start." Dan Silvestre, Productivity Coach
"Learning to recognize these mental traps disarms them, enabling us to move past their threat to our productivity." Nir Eyal, Author and Lecturer
"All too often, we find ourselves stuck with the same bad habits because it takes time and effort to form better habits that lead to a more productive life." Lizzie Hancock, Writer and Editor
"I should be crowned as the ‘Queen of Procrastination'." Fareeha Arshad, Writer
"Don’t wait until fear, doubt, or uncertainty are gone — because they likely never will be." Jari Roomer, Founder of WealthWise and Personal Growth Lab
"The products we use can shape our perception of reality and, as a result, change our actions and lives." Nir Eyal, Author and Lecturer
"In today’s fast-paced world, we measure our own importance — and the importance of those around us — by how much we can pack into our days. We attempt to outdo, outhustle, and outperform one another. Or appear to anyways. It feels like we’re in the midst of a busyness epidemic." Doist
"If you take the time to follow the steps in this article you will be more productive, more focused, and — I’m not joking at all — live longer." Tony Stubblebine, CEO at Medium
"By establishing a clear workplace where you work, you can free yourself from distractions and break the cycle of working in an environment that doesn’t support your goals." Brian Keys, Entrepreneur and Writer
"Bundling certain tasks is a great way to squeeze more from your day with little effort. You just need to figure out which ones to bundle." Nir Eyal, Author and Lecturer
"When we don’t make any meaningful progress, we feel like crap. We know we’ve wasted precious time and it can demotivate us from doing better. It becomes a negative downward cycle. And before you know it, you feel like you’re wasting all your time. How can you break that cycle? How can you get back into a productive flow?" Darius Foroux, Author
"Sticking to big goals and long-term habits is about the choices you make every day to get there. Especially when things get hard, and the call of temptation is louder than a motorcycle horn." Rebecca Pendleton, Project Manager and Writer
"When done right, an end-of-the-workday routine can help you to leave work at work, stop worrying about all of the things left to-do, and set you up to start getting things done right away in the morning." Becky Kane, Content Marketer
"It’s really tough to string together more than several months of extreme productivity without burning out or needing a break. This is why it’s better to think of yourself as a sprinter preparing for a race than a marathon runner on a never-ending trail." Chris Wojcik, Martial Artist and Writer
"How can you maintain your productivity when you’re facing problem after problem that never seem to end?" Darius Foroux, Author

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