3 Quick Productivity Habits

February 7th, 2012

by: Kelly Barnes

1) Wake up early. The Army used a slogan “we do more by 9 a.m. than most people do all day.” There is a lot of truth to that. Aside from the extra time you have while others are still in Ambiaville, there is also the benefit of the time you have with no distractions. Research shows that early birds really do get the worm. A 2008 study at the University of North Texas found that students who identified as morning people earned significantly higher grades. Similarly, biologist Christoph Randler found last year that early risers are more likely to anticipate problems and be proactive, which multiple studies have linked with better job performance, greater career success and higher wages

2) Book end your day. Once you get into the normal ebb and flow of the day there is very little that you can control. Voice mails, e-mails, small kitchen fires…these all cut down on your productivity. Make it a habit to accomplish specific things (book end) as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed. These are the times that you have the most control.

3) Be productive; not busy. It is a good idea to have a to-do list but it is more important to make sure your to-do list makes you productive. After you have written down everything you would like to get done, make a separate list with all the tasks you have to get done at the top, followed by the things you need get done and lastly the things you would like to get done.

Newton was on to something with his laws of motion… “A body at rest will stay at rest and a body in motion will stay in motion.” Approach your day on purpose and with a purpose.