Are you easily distracted and the hours’ flyby? Turn your time into productivity with these 10 habits
In today’s dynamic world, learning to get more done in less time is key to personal and professional development. Effective and successful people have several habits in common. And the best: you can also develop them. We share some of the qualities that will help you be more effective in your day-to-day and overall increase your productivity.
1. Say ‘no’ to distractions.
Successful people use their time better because they are disciplined and know how to set their goals. I also speak of those people who do not have low moments; yes, there is time for vacations and for family, but they know how to balance it and they do not let themselves have unproductive moments.
To be highly effective, you need to learn to focus and avoid things that distract you (like your gadgets, noise, chatting, social media, or emails). Surely there will be things that you do not enjoy doing, but you know you have to finish them. Therefore, being organized and disciplined is essential.
2. Read something new every day
Successful and creative people constantly read, and find mentors who teach them, valuing all the information they receive and may serve them in the future. In addition, the habit of reading will help increase your understanding, imagination, synthetic ability and other skills such as spelling and grammar.
3. Accept your mistakes and move on
Fail as many times as necessary. Everybody fails from time to time; It’s part of life. But when you do, don’t give up or waste your time. What separates successful people from ordinary people is the ability to get up and start over and over again, with a better plan to succeed. You must also learn to accept that there is no such thing as perfection. So don’t waste your time looking for it.
4. Get up early
5. Follow the 80/20 rule
Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of trying to spend their time attending to all the issues. However, it is important that you understand that, just like in sales, 20 per cent of your actions will produce 80 per cent of your results. That is why it is key that you establish priorities and work on the things that generate the most money or greater opportunities for the future.
6. Take care of your body
The body is the machine that allows us to execute and work; And like any machine, it requires maintenance. To have good energy levels and a good physical condition (which leads to a mental one) it is important that you: take care of your diet, drink plenty of water, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, and stretch every hour; and try to sleep well, trying to go to bed early and relaxing to get a good sleep.
7. Learn to delegate
This is an especially difficult point for entrepreneurs who treat their business like their “baby.” You must understand that you cannot do everything by yourself and that you need to trust others to complete your tasks and achieve your goals. A truly effective person knows how to surround himself with talented people, who can fulfil some responsibilities even better than himself.
8. Do not accumulate pending
Having your schedule full or your desk covered in post-its with slopes is a sign that you are procrastinating and procrastinating. Although it is important that you define priorities, try to accomplish certain tasks at the moment. This will avoid mental worries that only distract you and distract you from what is important.
9. Identify when to walk away
While highly effective people excel at working quickly and attentively, it’s also important to know when to take a break and briefly walk away from work. This will allow you to regain focus, refresh your mind, and avoid creativity and productivity stagnations.
10. Define goals
Effective people have well-established goals in the short, medium and long term. Even on a daily basis. Every day set new goals that challenge you and keep you motivated. For example, for today you could propose to make 10 calls to new clients and 5 to current clients. The idea is that you make it your own goal to be more effective every day.