How Productive People Think
If you want to become more productive, it helps to understand how productive people think. Even if this way of thinking doesn’t come naturally to you, you can adopt these principles and apply them to your own work life.
Priorities matter. People who are the most productive are clear about their priorities. They know that some things are more important than others and they’re able to attack the most important things first.
If this isn’t your usual habit, start each day by making a list of tasks and placing them in order of priority. This will help you to get the most important things done first and even help you to eliminate tasks that really aren’t necessary.
Understanding priorities also makes it easy to delegate tasks and avoid things that might take away from reaching goals.
Plan for success. Productive people generally make a plan. They may schedule their next day at the end of the current work day. This makes it easy to jump right into work the next day without having to take time to decide what’s next on the list.
Eliminate time wasters. There are many things throughout the day that could threaten to take away from productivity. Productive people know how to put those time-wasters on the back burner and stick to the important work.
It could be social media, chatty coworkers, emails, text messages, phone calls, or reading online news that prevents you from getting business done. Set those things aside and schedule a specific time when you’ll allow yourself to participate in those things.
Take responsibility. People who are productive are happy to take responsibility for both their successes and their failures. Rather than looking to point the finger at someone else, they make sure to stay accountable for their work.
Learn from mistakes. When you’re working to be more productive, it helps to understand that mistakes are learning tools. Productive people are aware that they will make mistakes but they look to learn from them instead of letting mistakes throw them off course or cause them to quit.
Efficient tools. Productive people also know it’s important to have the right tools to do the job. That means having a high quality computer, the proper software and even the right desk setup. When you have what you need in your workspace, it helps you to get more done.
Think about your own productivity levels. Where can you make changes in your mindset to become more productive?
Small changes can lead to big results.
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