3 Habits Highly Productive People Do On a Daily Basis
We’ve all wanted to be highly productive and get work done. Right?
Or it’s just me that thinks the word “productivity” is fancy.
If you are reading this blog post, chances are you want to learn from the highly productive people. The daily habits that will ensure you get the right things done without procrastinating
I love reading about how to be more productive and more importantly how others are getting things done…
… But if you’re like me, you get overwhelmed with so many productivity methods and systems that you end up not doing anything at all.
Like in this post of 18 habits of highly productive people from Active Campaign.
You might think this is weird. Or strange, but I do it for some weird reasons to be more productive.
In this article, I’m only going to share 3 of my favorite habits productive people do to get work done and be efficient.
Why Habits Work?
Do you know that where you are right now is essentially a representation of your habits?
How much you procrastinate? Result of your habits
How organized you are? Result of your habits
What results you achieve? Result of your habits
What we repeatedly do, especially on a daily basis reflects on our identity, the things you believe, the person you are, how productive you are.
Productive people already know about this, that is why they practice productive habits that will improve them and eventually produce productive results.
Most people think great result are caused by great action, they don’t know that it’s the sum of our daily actions and habits that produces our results.
The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 Rule, also known as the Pareto Principle. This rule states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your activities. This rule is one of the most helpful for life and time management.
We can take the 80/20 Rule and apply it to almost any situation. Understanding this principle helps you identify the most essential activity and focuses your energy on that activity.
Its a habit I constantly practice, which skyrockets my productivity
Examples of real life application of the 80/20 Rule
- 20% of marketing efforts represent 80% of results
- 20% of students have grades 80% and higher
- 20% of posts generate 80% of traffic
- 20% of drivers cause 80% of all traffic accidents
- 20% of a companies products are responsible for 80% of sales
How to use the 80/20 Rule to make decisions
- Identify the 80/20 Tasks
Take out a sheet of paper and write down what you do on a daily basis. Next, circle the tasks that produce the best results for your job or, school. Finally, if you have a boss or teacher, ask him or her about what is most important. Do this for your personal life as well.
- Ask a simple Question
Whenever you’re faced with a new potential project or task, ask a simple question: “Does this task help or hurt my 80% activities?”
- Eliminate or Delegate
Your project list shouldn’t be filled with items that don’t matter. If an activity isn’t bringing satisfaction or a measurable result, then you should get rid of it. Either pass it along to someone else (delegate) or completely eliminate it.
- Don’t add, substitute
Remember, your time is limited. If you feel like a new project is important enough to work on, then it should take the place of a low-value activity
- Practice creative Procrastination
When you know a project isn’t an 80% activity, then it’s perfectly fine to put it down on a “someday” list. You’ll delay this action with the understanding that you’ll only do it if it becomes more important later on in your life.
Practicing 80/20 is a skill that takes a while to develop. At first, it’ll be difficult to let go of the project you once thought were important. Eventually, however you’ll develop an intuitive understanding of what is valuable and what is a waste of your time.
Eliminate Distraction, Don't Multitask
This is a 2 in 1 habit.
We tend to think that distractions are a normal part of our life. That we can’t do without it…
…But my thoughts on it is that we just have to take a step back and realize that we are in control of our lives.
There’s a famous quote that says “We don’t control what happens to us, we do control how we respond”
Now why is this information important to you?
If you are like most people, you have a lot to do each day. Or at least a lot you think you have to do each day.
You have goals and dreams you want to achieve each month, year and beyond
You have people around you that you love so so much and care for.
You have a life you want to live and admire that life everyday, hoping that one day you will live that life.
You think that doing the most amount of work each day will make you seem more productive and make you feel happier.
And that’s true
The root of all these things I just mention is based on how you spend each day of your life. And you can’t afford to be distracted in other for you to be fulfilled in life. Not being focused will not allow you to achieve your goals and dreams, or show love to the people you care about, or live the life you’ve always wanted to live, or do the important and essential things you need to do each day.
Distractions doesn’t seem like a big deal, but if it is not controlled each day, it will have a big significance in the quality of your life. Even if you have been distracted, be conscious of it and get back on track.
Here’s a Challenge
Can you continue reading this article from this point to the end without being distracted? Can you fully dedicate your attention and intention on what you are learning right now? The answer will surprise you.
From dictionary.com Multi-tasking is the carrying out of two or more tasks at the same time by one person.
Let me break multitasking down even more?
- It is performing two or more tasks simultaneously
- It is switching back and forth from one task or concentration to another
- It is performing a number of things in rapid succession
This is an inefficient way to get things done or to complete a task. Doing this takes a toll on your productivity such as speaking on the phone while driving a car.
Your attention can only fully focus on one activity at a time. I hope it’s focused on driving the car instead on speaking on the phone.
Multitasking impacts your short term memory, increases anxiety, inhibits creative thinking, distorts the flow state and many more negative effects. This is dependent on the complexity level of the task. For example listening to music and doing the dishes wouldn’t hurt, but when one of the task needs a significant amount of attentional space, it hurts your productivity.
How to avoid Multitasking?
- Schedule time for individual tasks
- Turn off distractions – We talked about that
- Work in a productive environment
- Have clarity on exactly what your outcome is for each work session
- Take enough breaks
Focus on the most important tasks (MITs) first
MITs stands for most important tasks. This is basically structuring your to do list in order of importance, energy level, timeline, deadline and so many factors depending on you.
Today we will only discuss in the order of importance. If you look at your to do list for today. My guess is that it’s a mixture of important and less important tasks. This is when you organize and structure you to do list and identify the most important task and push it to the top as the first task you do for the day.
At the beginning of the day, you have a high energy level. Well, if you had enough sleep?
Anyways, starting with the most important task helps deal with procrastination. Pushing it further into the day will basically encourage you not to do it at all. Chances are it takes a lot of time or effort or both to do that task
Now you might be saying what if I have more than one MITs?
Great question. The deal is that you should chose between 1-3 MITs for the day – the things that matter to you and must be done that day. Even if something happened that day and turns your schedule upside down, you will still have to complete those 1-3 MITs for that day.
For you to be productive, you have to take action and do the work. Learning about productive habits would not cut it.
Building a habit takes time and consistency.
1. Use the 80/20 rule
2. Eliminate distractions and don’t multitask
3. Focus on the most important task (MITs) first
Did you complete the Challenge?
Let me know your favourite habit and the first one you will start practicing in the comments below.