17 Habits of Highly Productive People

Many admire highly productive people because they are able to get so much done and sometimes appear to do it so easily. Make no mistake; this is not by pure luck or chance. They have spent time developing habits that set them up for success every day of their lives.

If you were to ask a group of highly productive individuals about their daily routines, there would be many common themes. They rely on systems to keep their focus on the bigger picture while getting the daily monotonous tasks done so life stays in balance. By studying and adopting these habits, it is possible to improve your own productivity, creating a fulfilling life.

1. Setting Clear Goals

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Highly productive people establish clear goals for themselves. They don’t make general plans for their future. Instead, they look at the big picture and create small, achievable steps towards their final goal. If you want to be a productive person, you must have a big goal and a plan to get there.

2. Prioritizing Tasks

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Almost everyone has a to-do list a mile long. Highly productive people take that list and prioritize what is urgent and what can wait. They spend their energy efficiently by making sure their energy goes towards high-impact tasks.

3. Managing Time Effectively

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Highly productive people use time management methods to maximize their time. These methods can include time blocking, the Pomodoro method, or other systems that allow them to specify the time in which they will do specific tasks. When the time is up, they move on to prevent delays in their goals.

4. Maintaining A Consistent Routine

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With so many decisions to make in the day, highly productive people rely on consistent daily routines to avoid decision fatigue. Keeping that consistent rhythm for the daily grind helps keep stress levels low and energy high to tackle the big tasks.

5. Saying No

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Highly productive people may seem to be doing it all, but they aren’t. They know when to say no to a request that conflicts with their current commitments if it doesn’t align with their bigger goals.

6. Minimizing Distractions

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When faced with an important project or task, highly productive people know to block out any distractions. They limit any outside influence whether emotional, physical, or environmental, to keep their focus strong.

7. Building Relationships

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Highly productive people invest in relationships both personally and professionally. Creating a network of people to rely on is critical to achieving balance and success.

8. Developing Resilience

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Everything in life will come with setbacks, and highly productive people’s lives are no exception. They face difficulties with a mindset that focuses on growth and learning, allowing them to adapt quickly and overcome.

9. Taking Breaks

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Highly productive people accomplish much more because they know they listen to their bodies and take breaks. They prioritize short breaks throughout the day to more extended vacations to recharge their batteries and keep the systems running smoothly.

10. Avoiding Multitasking

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It is impossible to do two things 100% at the same time. Highly productive people avoid the temptation to do two things simultaneously and instead rely on their ability to prioritize and take it one task at a time.

11. Delegating

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When looking at their to-do list, highly productive people quickly identify the tasks that they can delegate to others. Knowing what tasks they must do and what others can do allows them to focus their expertise and talent in the right areas for greater success.

12. Continuously Learning

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Highly productive people know that their learning is never done. There will always be a continuous flow of opportunities to improve upon their skills and new ways to handle tasks efficiently.

13. Practicing Gratitude

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It can be so easy to get caught up in ticking the boxes on a list and working towards goals that being thankful along the way gets forgotten. Highly productive people stop and notice all they have and express gratitude, keeping their drive to achieve high.

14. Staying Organized

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Highly productive people organize their homes, work spaces, calendars, and other personal items. This helps them stay on track by avoiding unnecessary delays and double bookings.

15. Using Technology Wisely

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Technology can be a help or a hindrance in many areas of life. Highly productive people use technology wisely, from automating tasks to helping them stay organized. They don’t allow it to distract from their task but use it to enhance their effectiveness.

16. Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

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Prioritizing a healthy lifestyle is essential to the success of highly productive people. They know that achievement requires a healthy body and mind. Eating a balanced diet, regular exercise and activities to calm their mind are all critical elements.

17. Reflecting and Revising

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Highly productive people regularly examine their systems and goals to determine what’s working efficiently and what’s not. They then make the adjustments needed to improve and keep moving forward.

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