Five Top Habits of Highly Productive People


The Benefits of Being More Productive

By Marlene Wagner



I wanted to wrap up the final day of this series by sharing with you the five top habits of highly productive people.

The benefits of incorporating these habits into your life will serve you in many ways all your life.

The most productive people have three essential things in common: they’re organized, set goals, and stay focused.

But there are other habits that these high achievers share that you may not have considered.

Keep reading to learn about five of the best habits to help you along your journey to improving productivity.


Stop Multitasking 

Yes, more on multitasking! Multitasking hinders productivity more than any other habit.

Research has shown us that multitasking impairs your performance.

Multitasking is okay on low-level activities such as doing laundry while completing other household chores.

But you can’t multitask regarding your higher-level, big-picture objectives.

It may feel like you’re accomplishing more, but switching between tasks disrupts your cognitive processing.

The most productive individuals devote specific time frames to a single project to achieve a deep level of mental focus and get the most significant possible results.


Treat Failures as a Learning Experience

The most successful individuals are not afraid to make mistakes.

They go after what they want without overthinking the consequences, and each failure is viewed as an opportunity for growth.

Taking chances is critical to becoming productive, efficient, and self-assured.

Productive people learn from their mistakes and take measures to avoid making the same mistake in the future.  

The next time you feel like you have failed, ask yourself: What can I learn from this? What can I improve?


Have a Morning Routine

A consistent morning routine sets you up for success and improves productivity throughout the day.

Starting your day with a nutritious breakfast, 20-30 minutes of exercise, and reading or journaling can all help boost your energy levels.

It will increase your focus and create a more positive mindset.  

An easy but effective morning routine will set the tone for the rest of the day and help you maintain the motivation to get things done.


Apply the 80/20 Rule

The 80/20 rule says that eighty percent of your results come from twenty percent of your actions. 

To improve productivity, you need to understand better which activities provide the best results.

With that knowledge, you can focus more on tasks that actively move you toward your goals.

Get rid of the tasks that have little to no impact on your overall efficiency and instead focus on the tasks that will get you 80% of the desired results.


Embrace The Word’ No

It can be tempting to say yes to every opportunity; you never know what it might lead to.

Overextending yourself can lead to exhaustion, burnout, and frustration.  

You’re also wasting valuable time and resources if you say yes to things that don’t help you reach your goals.

Productive people don’t feel uncomfortable saying ‘no.’ They know the value of their time and treat it like a precious resource (because it is!).

To reach your goals, you must be deliberate with your time.

We only get 1,440 minutes each day – don’t give that time away without considering how it will impact you and your goals.

The usual understanding of productivity is the ability to complete a lot in a brief time.

While this is true, it isn’t comprehensive. Actual productivity entails the capacity to generate high-impact outcomes quickly.

This is the type of productivity that matters, not busy work that has no long-term impact.

Adding these habits to your daily routine will enable you to do just that.


The Benefits of Being More Productive 

We often assume that being productive requires enormous amounts of effort.

In reality, effective productivity should make your life easier, not harder.

There are many benefits to productivity. We are busier than ever and welcome getting more accomplished in our days. 

Read on to learn more about improving your life by being more productive.


You Can Get More Things Accomplished

You can accomplish more when you are productive and put your most important activities first.

There are several strategies for ensuring that you stay on track, including putting all your tasks in your calendar.

A dedicated time block for each task allows you to keep them separate and avoid multitasking.

Multitasking is not a route to productivity, and false believing more things are completed in less time.

You’re dividing your attention between several stimuli; therefore, you can’t focus on your responsibilities.

A better alternative is focused, deep work on one task at a time.


You Can Relax

Spending hours upon hours working without breaks can seriously impact your mental health.

Breaks give your brain time to recuperate and recharge after prolonged, focused work.

If you don’t take breaks regularly, you will have a more challenging time focusing when you really need to.

Productivity comes into play because it’s a way to make time for yourself.

Taking time for yourself and relaxing will help improve your overall well-being.

And as a bonus, relaxation can help foster creativity and usher in a new perspective.

Make that cup of tea or take a quick walk, breathe fresh air, and feel renewed to return to your task and business.


You Will Be Less Stressed

It’s no secret that most people feel an overwhelming amount of stress.

That can keep us from focusing, getting things accomplished, and improving our health.

High-stress levels can lead to low energy levels because all your energy is being used up by your brain stressing out!  

High-stress levels are draining, leading to low energy levels, as your brain is spending energy stressing about things.

Stress can also make you more prone to illness, both physically and mentally.

Thankfully, productivity can reduce the stress you are experiencing.

Being productive allows you to complete your tasks on time, keeping the stress away.


You’ll Make Fewer Mistakes

Nothing kills productivity faster than realizing you’ve made a mistake and need to rework the task or even start over completely.

Instead of moving on to the next task on your list, you’re still stuck working on the same thing.

Maybe you got distracted, lost focus, are stressed, or feel tired – all of these things make it more likely that you’ll make a mistake.

Productivity can help you get your tasks right on the first go-round.

Being productive requires keeping your time and tasks organized and prioritized.  

In turn, it reduces the number of forgotten tasks, missed details, and avoidable mistakes.


More Opportunities Will Be Available

Being productive means, you are managing your time better and can open the door to new opportunities.

If you don’t have good control over your time, you may miss things that could help you and your career grow.

Focusing on productivity and planning gives you time to do the things you need to do and time to do the things you want to do.  


Moving Forward

Everyone wants to be efficient and get the most out of their time.

To achieve those objectives, we frequently need to alter our workspace to one that encourages productivity.

Start by determining your most productive hours during the day and schedule your most difficult tasks for them.

Create a personal workspace, so your brain learns to link it with productivity and concentration.

Organize your workspace with everything you regularly use for work, so you don’t have to look for what you need.

And finally, help eliminate distractions by closing unnecessary browser tabs and putting your cell phone away.

Being more productive can take time. You are creating new habits and setting boundaries.

Start with a few, and soon you’ll see the benefits are well worth it!  

I’ve brought this series to help you through the busiest time of the year, the holidays.

But let’s face it, our lives are usually busy, and adding more work and activities increases stress.

Now was the right time to bring this series to you. But it’s not just for now; I want you to incorporate productive habits into everything from here on.

In time these habits become second nature, and you’ll wonder how you ever managed.

 You’ll find you get more done, make fewer mistakes, be less stressed, and sleep more soundly. And have time for fun things.

I’ve enjoyed bringing you this series, and I hope you’ve enjoyed and looked forward to it each week.

If there is anything particularly challenging for you, let me know. I want to help you.


Starting today, make yourself a priority and begin living your best life. 

But before we go, always remember to

Be true to your magnificent self,
Coach Marlene

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