12 Daily Habits of Highly Productive People

Summer is here but that doesn’t mean everyone stops working. The weather may be nicer but it’s important to try to stay focused so that you can reach your goals by the end of the year.

People often make the mistake of setting lofty goals that are entirely unmanageable or attempt to take on too much at once. This leads to a lack of interest, or a rapid burnout. Both of these contrasting options happen all too often.

This year, choose to pursue your goals by first changing your habits. A reset of your bad habits will do wonders in helping you reach the goals that you’ve set for yourself in 2018. Even if you’re not actively pursuing a specific set of goals, resetting your habits can help you accomplish more, feel more rested and healthy, and connect on a deeper level with friends and family.

To learn more, read on for some tips on how highly productive people organize their lives.


1. They make lists

Making a list is one of the easiest things that you can do to help you stay on task throughout the day. It’s so easy to forget a task or get caught up doing something else without realizing just how much you need to get done. By making a list and putting it somewhere where you can refer to it often, you ensure that you never forget something important.

It’s OK to change the list or remove items, but just make sure that you make a conscious choice. It’s hard to be productive when you’re constantly flitting from one task to another with no sense of what you need to get accomplished in a day.

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2. They don’t mind taking a shortcut

Some people think that being productive means that you need to do everything yourself. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

People who are highly productive are comfortable taking shortcuts, and there are so many apps, tools, and little tricks now that have been developed specifically to help busy people manage their time. Whether it’s a service like Unroll.me that helps you unsubscribe from junk mail, or a daily email newsletter that summarizes the latest news stories, shortcuts can really help streamline your day.

Check the app store or tech blogs for the latest life hacks that you can use to help increase your productivity.

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3. They focus on the positive

One of the most useful things you can learn on your road to increased productivity is positive self-talk. People who enjoy a highly productive lifestyle are good at being their own cheerleader. They don’t beat themselves up when things don’t go their way; they view their mistakes as a learning opportunity, rather than a stumbling block.

A recent UK study found that happier people are 12 percent more productive in the workplace than those who are unhappy. It’s hard to focus on productivity when it feels like things in life aren’t going your way, so don’t be afraid to seek help from a therapist or mental health professional if you need some assistance.

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