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7 Habits of Highly Productive People

How do some people always seem to get stuff done on time and still have time to spare? It’s because they have adopted the 7 habits of highly productive people. There is no secret to unlock or some hidden wealth of energy that people can tap into to stay productive. It is simply a choice to include these habits into everything they do. That means these habits can also work for you.

#1. Eliminate everything but your needed tasks. Distractions limit your productivity. Even something as simple as an email notification is enough to take your focus away. To stay productive, it is important to eliminate everything you can that could distract your from your needed tasks.

#2. Use the best tools possible. You could write something on a typewriter. You could also write something on an Apple MacBook with word processing software in a complete office suite. Which will help you create something more quickly and with high quality? The best tools will help you create the best possible results every single time.

#3. Be ruthless. You’ve got to tell your co-worker to stop coming around at 8:30 with their coffee to discuss what was on TV. You need to tell your boss that your protected time means they need to leave you alone unless there’s an emergency. Put your foot down and lock your office door. Turn off your smartphone. Disconnect the internet if needed. This is a place where you compromise will only make you less productive.

#4. Keep the negative away. Focusing on the negative will only sap you of the energy you need to stay productive. That means staying focused on the positive things of life can help you stay more productive. Keep people who are negative or toxic at an arm’s length. When you are positive, you can see up to 50% more results than if you’re neutral or negative.

#5. Be proactive about your investments. If you spent an extra 30 minutes now to save 3 hours of work a week from now, would you do it? Taking time to find ways to delegate tasks, automate responsibilities, or discover a faster way to get something done is a time investment which is worth making. Sure – it costs more now, but it also means you’ll make up that time over the long run so you can be more productive.

#6. Make it simple. Often people are busy because they are choosing to be busy. This means you can also choose to simplify your tasks. Remove the clutter that keeps your mind active, but your productivity levels low, and you’ll find that simplicity can tremendously enhance your overall productivity.

#7. Keep an open mind. It’s nice to think that we know everything, but that’s simply not the case. Someone might have a better idea. By keeping an open mind instead of being insistent that things happen a specific way, you can always make sure your productivity levels remain consistently high.

These 7 habits of highly productivity are easy to incorporate into your own routines. To make them work, however, there must be at least some willingness to change. You must decide that you want to be more productive. If you’ve made that choice, then these habits are going to open up a brand new world for you to enjoy.

How To Turn Around Any Bad Day

Bad days are going to happen. It’s just a fact of life. What happens when the bad day strikes, however, is up to each of us. We have a choice to make: we can settle for the negative energy the bad day wants to give us… or we can choose to be happy. That’s right – happiness is a choice we can make even on our worst days.

How can you turn around any bad day to make it better? Here are some easy ways to make it happen.

1. Find the Source

Something has to be causing your bad day. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night for some reason. The morning commute might have caused a tension headache. There’s a deadline looming and you need to fit 8 hours of work into a 4 hour window and you don’t know how you’ll do it. When you can find the source of what is causing your bad day, you’ll be able to start working on turning things around.

2. Find Gratefulness

The problem we all tend to have with genuine gratefulness is that it requires a certain level of humbleness. There must be a willingness to acknowledge that there are other people in this world that are having days worse than the one you’ve got going on. If you’re getting 3 square meals per day, have a warm home at night, a loving family, money in the bank, a job you love, or the chance to watch your favorite movie tonight with your favorite ice cream – well, you’ve got something that others don’t have.  Choose to be content and a bad day will have less power over you.

3. Create a Plan

Once you’ve made the choice to not let the negative energy of a bad day get to you, then it is time to take action. Create a plan that will take you through the steps you’ll need to follow to overcome that energy. Choose a healthy snack over a candy bar. Take a different route home. Ask for an extra hour at lunch to take a walk through a local park. When you can embrace positive energy, the negative energy doesn’t stand a chance.

4. Find Solutions

Now that you’ve got a plan in place, it is time to take control. Find solutions that will help you continue to overcome the negative energy from the bad day. Place yourself into situations where you know a positive outcome will occur. Take time to focus on your breathing. Instant message a friend and talk about the good memories the two of you have shared. Remember: the bad day only stays in control because you allow it to be in control.

5. Be Realistic

A bad day gets worse if you try to choose happiness and fail in your efforts. Be realistic about what you can do. Your boss probably isn’t going to let you take a 3-week trip to Tahiti with a moment’s notice. You probably won’t be winning millions of dollars in the lottery today. What you can do is pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and take a successful step forward toward happiness in a way that works for you.

The most important thing we can do is learn from the experiences our bad days provide us. This knowledge can help us to prevent future bad days from getting their negative claws into us. Choose happiness, make it happen, and you’ll be able to turn around any bad day.

7 Ways To Know If You’ve Got an Amazing Boss

There are good leaders. There are great leaders. Then there are an amazing few who are the best bosses in the world. These elite few have specific traits they have developed and refined over the years and this helps them and their team accomplish great things. Here’s how to tell if your boss is amazing.

#1. They lead people instead of managing teams. Managers are essentially just workplace firefighters. They get told what to do and then they make sure their team gets the job done. The focus is always in the present moment. Amazing bosses make their teams great by being a leader at the individual level. They adapt to each personal need.

#2. They always look for the purpose. There are two ways to judge an action: 1) by making assumptions about why someone would do something a certain way; or 2) by asking questions to see why someone would do something a certain way. Amazing bosses don’t make assumptions. They ask questions.

#3. They value feedback. No one can get better at what they do unless they receive feedback. Amazing bosses realize that positive and negative feedback given to them from their team helps them become even more awesome. They also know that they must give consistent feedback to each individual on their team if growth is going to happen.

#4. They practice active listening. Nothing is more frustrating than having someone interrupt you constantly while you’re having a conversation with them. Amazing bosses know that more information can be gleaned when they are listening instead of talking over their team. This gives everyone the opportunity to offer new ideas, feel safe in leaving feedback, and fosters communication throughout the entire chain of command.

#5. They are consistent. The best leaders are able to separate their personal emotions and issues from their professional responsibilities. That doesn’t mean their feelings or their home life is unimportant. It just means they are able to set priorities for their day and stay consistent with them. A team should always know what to expect from their boss. If that isn’t present, then more time is spent making sure the boss isn’t offended by something and that means less overall productivity.

#6. They really have an open door policy. Being a leader means being there for your team. There will always be times when a boss needs to close their office door to have a private meeting. The best bosses, however, make sure that door stays open when there isn’t a need for privacy so that any concerns a team member may have can be addressed immediately.

#7. They create future leaders. There are many bosses who are afraid that they might lose their job one day to someone who directly reports to them. Or worse – maybe a team member will get a promotion that the boss feels is personally deserved. An amazing boss knows that part of their responsibility is to foster leadership qualities in others. They’ll encourage taking supplemental education credits, training seminars/webinars, and others specific tools for each team member to use so that everyone can maximize their potential.

Far too many people wake up every day and dread going to work because they don’t like their boss. Life is too short for that kind of daily stress. Use these traits to find the most amazing bosses in your industry [or become an amazing boss yourself] and work can become an exciting place to be once again.

Your First 10 Minutes Could Change Your Life

When everything is in its proper place, anything becomes easier to do. You’ll find this concept practiced in kitchens, large offices, and even at home when you’re trying to figure out what to wear in the morning. It’s kind of hard to wear a scarf when you can’t remember where you put it, right? And what happened to those keys that you’d swore were placed on the table?

We lose a lot of time every day trying to find things that are out of place. We also lose a lot of time jumping right into a project without creating a plan of action to accomplish the chores that need to get done. This is where the first 10 minutes you spend in the morning could become 10 minutes that change your life.

It’s Better To Plan Instead of Immediately Do

What’s the first thing you do when you first wake up in the morning? Or the first thing you do when you get to work? Many of us have developed the habit of getting to work immediately on our routines. A routine is our comfort zone. Having them is a good thing. Getting into them without a plan, however, may not be such a good thing.

When we have a plan that prioritizes everything that needs to get done during the day, we give ourselves the opportunity to be able to accomplish more. This is because we have willpower early on in the day thanks to our high levels of energy. When that energy level starts to decline, so does the desire to get work done.

And no – caffeine is not a good substitute to boost lacking energy levels. With up to a 12 hour half-life, you could wind up robbing yourself of sleep if you have an afternoon pick-me-up. Plan for your toughest tasks to get done right away. Put the easiest tasks at the end of the day. That way you’ll find your routines can make you more productive simply because you’ve got a plan to follow based on your natural energy levels every day.

It Is Important To Have Specific Goals

Just setting a task goal to complete isn’t good enough to maximize productivity. There must also be some specificity to the work that needs to get done. Instead of saying you’ll get through your emails by the end of the day, for example, you could say that you’ll read through all emergency emails at the start of the day before doing anything else.

Including specific tasks to complete is also important. You may need to collect sales figures for a presentation. There might be accounting numbers that need to be submitted for the monthly budget. Create as much specificity as possible and it will become much easier to follow the plans that are developed within the first 10 minutes of your day.

We all are tempted to hit the snooze button when the responsibilities of the day beckon. If we can resist that temptation and instead use that time to plan out what we need to get done for the day, each task will seem easier to complete… and that could lead to a lot fewer bad days on the horizon.

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