10 Things Successful People Do To Make Themselves Insanely Productive



Successful people do things differently. They aren’t better than the others, they are doing things better than the others and they’re making good use of their time. Below is a list of things that successful people do to make themselves insanely productive :



1. They are selective: 


We’re drowning in options. There’s a lot to do and little time to do it. It’s easy to get caught up, this is why you need to be selective when it comes to getting things done. Start setting clear priorities and get the important tasks completed quickly. Make different lists of tasks, one list for the important ones that you need to start with, another one for when there’s time left, and maybe a third one for when there’s time and you feel like doing it.



2. They take action immediately: 


If you have to do a major task first thing each day, develop the skill of doing it without taking much time to think about it. Many people make wonderful plans and hold endless meetings, but never do the job.




3. They develop the habit of success: 

Habits decide the quality of our lives, and to create the habit of success, you need to keep repeating this pattern: set your priorities and get on with your most important task. Repetition allows you to lock this habit into your subconscious mind until you don’t have to think about it and it becomes a way of living. This habit has an immediate payoff, the more tasks you complete, the happier and more confident you become and the easier it becomes to complete the next task.



4. They visualize their success: 

Anything you want to reach takes two things from you: see yourself at the finish line and go towards that direction. This means that you don’t have to figure out the way, all you have to do is to see yourself with the end results and then just move towards that direction which means doing the obvious, what anyone else would be doing, if it’s sports, practice like anyone would. And while there’s nothing special about the process, all the difference is your ability to see yourself succeeding and that’s all you need.



5. They plan their day in advance: 

It only takes a few minutes to plan your day, but those few minutes can save hours in wasted time and effort throughout the day. Always work from a list and if a new task comes up, add it to the list before doing it. Write down your list the night before or at the end of your working day, that way your mind will take in the list while you’re sleeping and you’ll wake up with clear ideas and more insights.



6. They think on paper: 

The most important thing that will get you to take action and stop procrastinating is clarity. Having your goals and major tasks clear in front of you will help you take action on them and the best-known way to have this clarity is to write those goals and tasks down.



7. They use the ABC method: 

This method consists of writing down your list of tasks that need to be done and then writing an A before the most important ones that need to be done first and B before the less important and so on. You can use as many letters as it takes for each category of tasks, that way you still can add up items to a list and still have your priorities clear.




8. They keep a long view of your life: 

Long term thinking improves short term decision making. Having a long view of your life helps you make the right decision that will put you in the direction of this view.

This way of thinking is what enables successful people to delay instant gratification and do what will help them achieve their goals. It’s what enables them to wake up early, read materials about their field… instead of getting to work at the last minute, waste their time reading the newspaper or scrolling their phones…




9. They practice Creative Procrastination: 

The fact is, you can’t do everything, you’ll have to procrastinate a few less important things, the low-value things and focus on the more important tasks. Everyone procrastinate, what makes the difference is what you choose to procrastinate on. While procrastination is usually subconscious and therefore, people tend to procrastinate in the important tasks, creative procrastination, on the other hand, should be conscious. You should be mindful about what you choose to procrastinate.




10. They know how to say « No»: 

Say « No » to anything of low value that will use up your time, say it often, politely but clearly so there will be no misunderstandings. Review your responsibilities and identify the low-value tasks that you can abandon without any loss.


  
Bonus. They realize how important it is to learn how to manage their time : 

Time management is a means to an end, people learn how to manage their time so they can spend more time with their loved ones. It’s important to surround yourself with fulfilling relationships, and the most important determinant of the quality of your relationships is how much time you invest in them. Managing your time will enable you to have quality time at work and quantity time at home.
  




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