6 Things The Most Productive People Do Every Day
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
1) Manage Your Mood
Most productivity systems act like we’re robots – they forget the enormous power offeelings.
But when we wake up and the fray is already upon us — phone ringing, emails coming in, fire alarms going off — you spend the whole day reacting.
This means you’re not in the driver’s seat working on your priorities, you’re responding to what gets thrown at you, important or not.
2) Don’t Check Email In The Morning
To some people this is utter heresy. Many can’t imagine not waking up and immediately checking email or social media feeds.
Why is checking email in the morning a cardinal sin? You’re setting yourself up to react.
An email comes in and suddenly you’re giving your best hours to someone else’s goals, not yours.
You’re not planning your day and prioritizing, you’re letting your objectives be hijacked by whoever randomly decides to enter your inbox.
Research shows email:
- Stresses you out.
- Can turn you into a jerk.
- Can be more addictive than alcohol and tobacco.
- And checking email frequently is the equivalent of dropping your IQ 10 points.
Is this really how you want to start your day?
For more on how to avoid the email trap and spend time wisely go here.
3) Before You Try To Do It Faster, Ask Whether It Should Be Done At All
Everyone asks, “Why is it so impossible to get everything done?” But the answer is stunningly easy:
You’re doing too many things.
Want to be more productive? Don’t ask how to make something more efficient until after you’ve asked “Do I need to do this at all?”
4) Focus Is Nothing More Than Eliminating Distractions
Has modern life permanently damaged our attention spans?
No. What you do have is more tantalizing, easily accessible, shiny things available to you 24/7 than any human being has ever had.
The answer is to lock yourself somewhere to make all the flashing, buzzing distractions go away.
5) Have a personal system.
What do we see when we systematically study the great geniuses of all time? Almost all had personal routines that worked for them.
How do you start to develop your own personal system? Apply some “80/20″ thinking:
- What handful of activities are responsible for the disproportionate number of your successes?
- What handful of activities absolutely crater your productivity?
- Rearrange your schedule to do more of #1 and to eliminate #2 as much as possible.
For more on the routines geniuses use to be productive click here.
6) Define your goals the night before.
Studies show this has a secondary benefit: writing down what you need to do tomorrowrelieves anxiety and helps you enjoy your evening.
For more information on setting and achieving goals click here.
I love this post. Totally awesome. I was doing a couple of these things, but this article provides a simple format to follow. I am going to start putting these into practice today. Thanks, Eric!
I concur, Rich. This is one of Eric's best posts ever.