Musthafa Ebadi
10 Habits of Highly Productive People!
by Musthafa Ebadi on August 28th, 2014

I have an online to do list and often times it brings a smile to my face at the end of the day when I look at it and its clean (or almost clean on some days).

Does that make me a productive person? Maybe or maybe not.  I always want to be productive, and I am not too big on sitting and doing nothing. I cringe at the thought of sitting around for an hour or two and nothing anything – unless its afterhours or weekends and I am spending time with family.
Over the years I have been able to put together a list of 10 Habits of Highly Productive People that I want  to share them with you:
1. Productive people can differentiate “fake” productivity from “real” productivity
Sometimes, we put off doing real work in favor of other non-essential tasks. These tasks might somehow resemble “real” work, and thus give us a false sense of productivity. For example, in lieu of doing important tasks, people might attend useless meetings, sort out emails, and chat with coworkers.
Productive people know that these things do not really constitute work and know how to avoid them.
2. Productive people know when to let go of the non-essentials
Sometimes, we do non-essential tasks by dint of habit. We need to learn how to let them go. It’s either we get rid of them or allocate them to others. Such as proof reading an email over 5 times.
3. Productive people do not multitask
This should be a shocker however I believe that productive people don’t multi task.
The brain is just not wired to juggle multiple things all at the same.  Productive people know that tasks are meant to be completed one at a time for maximum efficiency.
4. Productive people know how to schedule their work “blocks.”
Most of us are early-risers, with most of our productive time scheduled during the daytime, while some are night owls.
Productive people know how to sync their work blocks around these times of productivity.
5. Productive people power through boredom
Persistence pays off in the long run. This is what separates productive people from the unproductive ones.  Persistence, not procrastination, is the reason why things get done.
6. Productive people know when to unplug
Yes, too much technology is bad for you. Being connected 24/7 has its perks, but its really not good for a person’s overall mental health and well-being.
Meditate, commune with nature, or just take a little bit of time off from your computer- all of these can really help you increase productivity and jumpstart your way to success.
7. Productive people have regular sleeping habits
Lack of sleep does not equate to productivity. Your eyebags is not a sign that you’re a hardworking person, it just means that you have poor sleeping habits.
Regular sleep (six to eight hours per day, on a constant schedule) has long been scientifically proven to increase productivity.
8. Productive people workout
Going to the gym or exercising is always a win-win situation for all.
Not only does physical activity release endorphins (“feel good” hormones that can alleviate stress and keeps us happy throughout the day) it also helps us stay in tiptop shape, and contributes to good sleeping habits.
9. Productive people reward themselves
“All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” as the famous saying goes. Reward serves as incentives for productive work. It pushes us, and drives us to finish tasks. You don’t have to go on a vacation or go shopping for an extravagant gift for yourself but rewards such as eating a meal out, going to a movie, ordering food in and enjoying a TV show would rewire your brain to go and conquer the next challenge.
10. Productive people know how to allocate breaks
Breaks are essential for a productive lifestyle. Our bodies and brains are just not meant to work non-stop, so breaks are there to keep us refreshed. Some people need longish breaks after long work blocks, while some can make do with short breaks interspersed throughout the day.
Feel free to agree, disagree, or share your perspective using the comment section of this post.

Thanks for reading!

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