I just came across a great article in Inc. magazine regarding the productivity secrets of some of the world’s most successful people and though I would share some of my favorites with you:
- Arianna Huffington – Get Some Sleep
She says: “My single most effective trick for getting things done is to stop doing what I’m doing and get some sleep.” There is so much great information out now about the importance of energy management. We can push ourselves for limited periods, but eventually you reach diminishing returns. Making sure that you stay energized in all dimensions – physically, mentally, creatively, emotionally, and spiritually – is the key to sustainable high performance.
- Steven King – Write every day
Be consistent. If you are chasing a goal and put consistent effort towards it every day, you’ll be amazed at the progress you’ll make over time. Schedule your time and follow through whether you feel like it or not. The author Chuck Close once said: “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.” For Steven King it is writing. What is it for you?
- Richard Branson – Work out
Mega-mogul Branson says that working out gives him at least 4 hours of productive time each day. This also is now supported by mountains of research. Not only is exercise (taking a break) a critical part of the creative cycle, but it also provides critical oxygen to your brain, energizes your body, and keeps the whole system health and in working order.
- Jana Eggers – Forcers
That is what she calls anything that “kicks your butt”; activities that requires focus, skill, and discipline. Engaging in hobbies that develop those skills will help you bring them to all of your other endeavors. Martial arts, music, and yoga come to mind, but it could be anything – cooking, art, or woodworking.
- Ram Shriram – Tracking
Another one from my personal list. “If it is worth doing, it is worth tracking.” Track anything and everything that is important to you. It only takes a minute or two each day. I use an Excel spreadsheet. It is easy and lets you easily track your progress and identify things that need more attention.
- Carol Smith – Quiet time
For her, it is working on Sundays – a time when no one else is around and there are no distractions. While I personally don’t recommend that, I do think that finding quiet time, outside of normal business hours yields a huge payoff – whether it is early in the morning, or later in the evening.
So what are your favorite productivity tips?
What is working for you?
What hasn’t worked?