3 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

Common Sense, Implemented.

It’s not that ALL highly productive people cultivate those habits. They are no robots, they have their personalities and favorite methods for getting things done.

But they are common.

1. Use Calendar.

Nowadays, with general use of mobiles we all have personal calendars available.

Highly productive people actually make use of their calendars. They schedule appointments, they schedule deep work, they schedule their exercises, errands and household chores. Quite a few of them schedule even time with their family to make sure that they won’t miss it.

They not only schedule everything, they also manage their schedules. They review them often making sure they didn’t miss anything. They reschedule if life went in their way and stopped them from doing their things.

The difference between having the calendar and using it is colossal. Try, and you may be surprised by your productivity surge.

2. Define Top Daily Priorities.

Their number varies from person to person, but it is usually very low. Some folks set only the single priority. Some of them resolve to deal with three of them. I rarely encountered a person who used more than 5.

Highly productive people usually set their priorities a day before in the evening or first thing in the morning.

The exact methods of coming up with and registering those priorities also differ. Some use to-do list to manage their tasks. Others write them down in their calendar or personal notepad. Yet others use index cards and keep them in visible place to be aware of their planned activities.

What does “priority” mean in their dictionary? Nothing else gets done till they deal with their priorities. It is as simple as that.

This approach gives them unmatched focus. They knock the items with inhuman effectiveness.

This is how things get done. They can shuffle items from one day to another if they overestimated their capabilities or underestimated the challenge. But they don’t allow trivia or low-priority emergencies to get into the list of priorities till they tackle what they planned for the day.

If they get over with their priorities for the day earlier than anticipated, they either repeat the exercise or call it the day.

3. Rest and Relax.

Time management is in fact energy management. I would say that this habit is the most common among productive people and suspiciously absent among average people who aren’t notorious for getting things done.

If you are sick or sleep-deprived, it’s really hard to be productive.

There was an interesting research on sleep done. Participants were divided into groups and each group slept a specific number of hours. Scientists concluded that-not surprisingly- performance of people who slept 6 hours or less over extended period of time (two weeks and more) sucked big time.

Maybe a little surprising was how much it sucked: their performance was at the same level of folks who didn’t sleep for 48 hours straight. If you ever hadn’t sleep for so long, you know how a human being behave in that situation. More like a zombie than a human being.

Here comes the most surprising part of the research: those “zombies” didn’t realize their pitiful performance. They thought they acted normally. The gradual process of sleep-deprivation not only destroyed their performance, it perturbed also their self-perception.

Highly productive people are aware of those dangers and they counteract them on a daily basis. They eat healthy, sleep well and exercise.

What is true about body, is also true about a mind.

If your mind is occupied with family drama, it’s really hard to force yourself to do things efficiently at the office.

If you are stressed out of your mind by constant hustle, your performance will reflect that rather sooner than later.

Their relaxation methods varies, but they do them daily. Productive people meditate, take long showers, take walks, play with their kids, pray or journal (and do other things, that’s only a sample).

They do anything to optimally manage their energy levels. And they attack their tasks only when those levels are high.

It’s hard to condense the list of habits of highly productive people into just three positions. I did that with the help of my friend’s book: 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

He interviewed 7 billionaires, 13 Olympic athletes, 29 straight-A students and 239 entrepreneurs asking about their methods for high productivity.

I enumerated only the three most common habits. If you want more, read the book ;)

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Michał Stawicki

Michał Stawicki

Authorpreneur. Progress fanatic. I help people change their lives… even if they don’t believe they can. I blog on http://ExpandBeyondYourself.com/

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