If you want to be successful or increase your productivity, you can steal the recipe from the 7 billionaires and 13 Olympians interviewed by Kevin Kruse for Forbes. Keep reading and let your BBB® guide you through these 10 clever ideas:
While most of us plan our activities for each hour, successful people make sure that all those 1,440 minutes in every day count. It makes sense if you think about it: money can be made and spent, but you never get back the time you lost. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller says: “To this day, I keep a schedule that is almost minute by minute.”
According to this study, working on the most important task with no interruptions is the way to do it. To determine which task has the highest priority, answer these questions: What would have the biggest impact on my customers? What would help me reach my goals faster? Which accomplishment will possibly get me a promotion?
Instead, schedule everything as thoroughly as possible and learn how to discipline yourself when it comes to managing your time. Highly productive people put everything in a calendar and then live their lives based on it.
Successful people know the importance of family time. As Andy Grove from Intel says: “There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.” If you schedule and plan everything that’s work-related, you’ll have time to give back, exercise and hang out with your family.
Most people push deadlines thinking that their future self will be able to work more, faster, better. Try to anticipate all the ways in which you could sabotage yourself! A good example would be: if you buy many vegetables thinking you’ll eat healthy salads that week but end up throwing away rotting mush, you need a plan.
As Greek magnate Aristotle Onassis would say: “Always carry a notebook. Write everything down… That is a million-dollar lesson they don’t teach you in business school!”. Writing everything down increases productivity, improves memory and activates your creativity centers.
If emails are interrupting your work and causing you to lose focus, try processing them in the morning, once again right before lunch and one last time before you go home.
While interviewing all these successful people, Kruse noticed that they all had morning routines. Some of them focused on nourishing their bodies, others on exercising and so on, but the point is: they all had a routine! In other words, if you want to be successful, eliminate chaos from your life.
Successful people like to finish what they started. They never open an email and leave it there thinking they’ll get to it later.
Stay productive, everyone!
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