5 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People
Most people spend an average of 8 to 10 hours every day working, so it’s not unusual for our days to end good or go bad depending on the type of work we’re doing, how we feel about it, and—more importantly—whether we are able to do it well.
The happiest people at work are those who are able to get a sense of meaning and accomplishment from the work they are doing. It’s no wonder productivity is such a big thing in today’s workplaces, not only for the company but also for the individual employees. This contributes to our sense of self.
How do we become more productive?
Productivity is not a one-time goal you can shoot for. It’s a result of day-to-day habits developed over time. In this post, we’ll share with you the habits of highly productive individuals to guide you in your own journey towards staying productive.
Productive people are open to learn.
They say if you want different results, you need to do things differently. This is the reason learning never stops, and productive people know that.
They open themselves to new opportunities, learn new trends in their industry so they stay updated and relevant, and learn new ways of doing work so they remain effective and able to adapt to new technologies. They know that as long as they keep learning, they create space for improvement in their work and in their life.
Productive people are guided by their ‘whys’.
They are anchored on a purpose, and they start their day by making that purpose clear to themselves. And once the purpose is clear, they shape their day around it. They know that work is not merely about getting something done—it’s about doing the things that matter and the work that creates long-term impact.
Without a clear why, it’s so easy to get distracted by all the tasks and activities that demand their attention. But, if the purpose is clear, it’s easy to identify priorities and determine which tasks to do, which tasks to delegate, and which tasks are actually not supposed to be on their plate.
Productive people plan ahead.
Productive people are intentional. They start with a purpose, and they plan their day according to that purpose. They set time for checking and answering emails, time for focus activities, and even time for break.
Many productive people are list makers. Lists help identify the tasks that need to be prioritized for the day, and they provide easy view of the tasks as they get accomplished (and ticked off). A list with all items ticked off and marked done at the end of the day also provides a sense of achievement that is so important in keeping people motivated.
Productive people grow every day.
As learning never stops, so does growth. Productive people find opportunities for growth everywhere, and they are open to everything. They know that there is growth from trainings the same way there is growth from actual on-the-job experience, growth from books as much as from the workplace, and they take advantage of these.
They also understand that no experience is wasted, and even failure can be a stepping stone towards success—it’s all about mindset and perspective.
Productive people work smarter, not harder.
Working hard is a good virtue, but working smart is even better. Productive people understand that it’s possible to get more things done in a shorter amount of time, and they are adept at multitasking.
They use productivity techniques to accomplish more while getting enough break to keep them sharp and productive. They take care of themselves and use the right ergonomic equipment to stay healthy at work. And, they continue to work on developing the right habits to improve their day-to-day work experience.
So which habits of highly productive people do you need to develop more in your own life? Don’t be afraid to start with one habit at a time. Give them a try and see if they work for you, and then tweak according to your personal needs and experience. And if you need more tips to make your daily work productive and fun, visit our Instagram account and check the hashtag #WorkInMotion.
We wish you a productive year full of meaning and fun experiences!
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