“Be more productive.”
Isn’t it something that you hear every day in and out? There are probably 100s of people from whom you must have heard this phrase about being more productive.
People tell you to be more productive, to boost productivity, but nobody teaches you how to be more productive. Isn’t it?
Be it in Business, office, or life itself, “Productivity” matters a lot, and you probably know that very well.
We live in a world right now where productivity has never been so important.
“Focus on being productive instead of busy.”
“To focus is to ignore.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana, Philosopher+Social Critic
Pay close attention to people when they walk; most of them check their social feeds on their mobile. “Most people” are addicted to entertainment. “Most people” are addicted to their smart devices. People spend their best hours of the day watching some crappy stuff on youtube that doesn’t even matter. Tiny white screens consume people nowadays.
Most of the top achievers or “The 1% Club”, the most productive people on the planet, they work differently, because if you want to achieve the results of the Top 1%, you need to think and behave, like only 1% of the people on the planet behave. And they don’t spend their best hours of the day addicted to their tiny devices. They do work that matters.
In this article, we are going to talk about the hacks that you can apply to your life to be more productive, efficient, and be a part of the “The 1% Club”.
You probably have heard of tens or hundreds of tips about increasing productivity, and more or less, most of them are the same. These tips and tricks that are provided below are based on various researches conducted by leadership experts.
Ready? Here you go.
The 90/90/1 Rule
The rule was given by Robin Sharma, a top leadership expert. The rule is pretty simple and straightforward:
“For the next 90 days, spend the first 90 minutes of your workday on your single most game-changing opportunity to move the needle in your industry.”
According to Robin Sharma, “A lot of us get to work, and we spend our best hours on our least important activities.”
People get to work and start checking their smartphones or start gossiping with others.
Many types of research have shown that the morning hours are the most productive hours of the day, where you’re most energetic, so make sure to use those particular hours precisely. That is the showtime for you towards your goals.
Have you ever noticed that there are certain places you feel like working continuously for hours, and there are certain places where you don’t feel like working at all? Isn’t it? Ever tried to figure out the reason? Yes, you guessed it right, the ENVIRONMENT.
Most people don’t really pay attention to their surroundings until it gets either too noisy, their phones ringing again and again, or maybe there are many people around them, and they get troubled.
Your environment is one of the most significant factors that impact your productivity.
Here’s the key: Install or work in such an environment where you don’t get distracted easily. Make yourself hard to reach for people. Don’t be available to anyone during your essential work hours. Be very hard to reach during key times of your week.
Make a habit of learning from others. Look at most people around you when they are working, and suddenly when their phone rings, they check it without any further delay. They just need an excuse to get to their phone. They get distracted continuously. Don’t be “Most people.”
The research says that, on average, we lose 2.1 hours of our day due to distractions. And it takes around 21 minutes to refocus on your task.
As the famous Hindu Priest Dandapani said, “I always tell entrepreneurs to look at energy the same way they look at money. It’s a finite resource that needs to be wisely managed, wisely re-allocated, and wisely invested.”
Your Peer Group
A lot of studies have shown that the number one way to improve your behavior and productivity is to surround yourself with a peer group or circle of people who are working or playing the game where you wanna be playing at. So if you want to be a productive and high performer in terms of productivity, populate or surround yourself with top performers. It’s that simple.
If you were to learn about share marketing and investment, who’d be the best person to learn from? Warren Buffet, right? Why? Simply because he’s at the top of his game. Similarly, you need to surround yourself with the most productive people and learn from them.
“You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With.” This is a very popular saying, and, is indeed true.
Another research shows that our brain tends to model the behavior of people whom we surround with. Subconsciously, we model the behavior of the people we spend the most time with.
If you surround yourself with people who gossip a lot or people who are not the great performers of their game, you’ll subconsciously start performing like them because of the mirror neuron system in the brain.
That’s why people who surround you, play an important role in your success.
Another reason why it is important to surround yourself with a peer group of top performers is Emotional Contagion.
Emotional contagion says that we tend to pick the emotions of people that we surround ourselves with. So if you surround yourself with people who are inspired to do great stuff, people who want to be productive, innovative and creative, will allow you to adopt their energy.
Simplicity or Minimalism
This trick has allowed a lot of individuals to achieve greatness in various fields worldwide. It’s none other than “The Art of Minimalism.”
According to Robin Sharma, “One thing that is common in almost all of the top executives and billionaires is that they understand that the secret to genius is not complexity, it’s simplicity.”
Don’t fill your work and personal life with a lot of things, instead, try to focus on just a handful of things and try to achieve the best in those particular things. Most of the great achievers around the globe were only focused on the one thing which matters.
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