Seven Habits of Productive People….

In this period of life when everything is instant, you need to get so much done within such a little time. With some principles, it is possible.

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If you’re one of those people who are waiting for circumstances or other people around you to “make you” become productive, you’ll be waiting a long time. Sorry. But it’s a good thing you hear the sad news first.

The good news is that there are people who having mastered the skills to be more productive each and every day, accomplish so much and feel good about it.

If you’re feeling stuck in a productivity slump, and want to find your way out of it to better use your time and get more done, keep scrolling.

They Think Win-Win:

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Thinking Win-Win isn’t about being nice. It is not a quick-fix technique either. It is a character-based code for human interaction and collaboration. Most of us have learned to base our self-worth on comparisons and competition and think about succeeding in terms of someone else failing. When you begin to think of how an idea can benefit all parties involved, then productivity sets in because no negative energy is being channelled.

They follow the 80/20 rule:

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This theory was propounded by Richard Koch and is recommended by most business strategists. Time and again, situations have proven that only 20 per cent of what you do each day produces 80 per cent of your results. This is why you should eliminate the things that don’t matter during your workday as they have a minimal effect on your overall productivity.

They begin with the end in mind:

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Think for a moment. Right now, are you who you want to be? Are you doing what you dreamt of always wanting to do? Be honest. Sometimes people find themselves achieving victories that are empty–successes that have come at the expense of things that are far more valuable to them. If your ladder isn’t leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster. So, next time you’re about to take that action ask yourself the right question.

They Assert Their Needs:

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Productive people don’t ask for permission to focus on their priorities. 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. That could look like checking chats and emails only between times when they’re focusing on less pressing projects. An example could sound like your boss asking to meet about an issue tomorrow instead of addressing it on a reactionary level today.

They Choose To Say No:

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Even extremely productive people can’t do everything because they realise that to get done what they want to do, they need to say no to many requests that come their way. That could look like declining certain meetings or projects directly. Or it could mean taking a softer approach, like delegating responsibilities or shutting off their phones at a certain time of day so that they don’t see or answer messages until the next day.

Create a system:

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Manage how you get things done by creating a system. This is more than just routine. If you’re one of those who check your emails compulsively, plan a morning, afternoon, and evening time slot to manage your inbox. Otherwise, you’ll get distracted from accomplishing more important goals throughout the day. The same goes for other tasks or activities that do not contribute to your major goals.

They are proactive:

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Proactive people rarely do the blame game, be it on genetics, circumstances, conditions or someone else. They know they choose their behaviour. They think ahead and make it happen rather than wait for it to happen and then react.

Your action indeed determines your outcome.

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