In our world, we have distractions around us each and every day. We’re all faced with the same dilemma: how do we block out unwanted distractions while achieving our goals at the same time?
The good news is that we can absolutely block out everything around us and achieve optimum focus to complete whatever task we may be working on. It’s not as hard as you think– even if the concept of focus is entirely foreign to you. It only takes a small amount of effort to make a start and change your life for the better!
There are so many different techniques out there, however, after thousands of hours of practice, reading and understanding what makes us tick, I have found the following to be the most important techniques to high productivity!
1. They Wake Up Early
One thing that all productive people have in common is that they wake up early. I’m not talking 4am starts, although if you can handle that (and I’m sure you can), it wouldn’t hurt. I’m talking about getting up at 7am, or so, every day of the week– even the weekends.
We often decide that the weekend should be our time to relax and chill out, and the only way we can do this is to sleep-in or not get up as early as we usually do– this is certainly not the case!
The level of success you achieve depends entirely on the level of your commitment. If you decide to get up early every day, you not only will have more time to do the things you want to, but you will feel less sluggish because you didn’t sleep in and break your routine. Think of all the things you could do with an extra few hours in your day.
2. They Exercise Regularly
Among all sports legends, this is clear: it’s their job to be fit and active, and exercise is expected of them. Take Football players for example. They’re consumed by motivation, determination and a desire to succeed. There are so many exercises that athletes put their bodies through on a daily basis, that they have to set aside time each day, and make a habit of daily exercise.
Highly successful athletes, not only make a habit of exercise, but those same athletes often cook many of their meals from scratch and in bulk. It’s hard work, but they still manage.
Exercise clears the mind, alleviates stress, and helps those who make it a habit to achieve higher levels of focus than normal. I think they have found a life hack for us all. What do you think?
3. They Stick to a Schedule
Where would we be without a schedule? We would be lost. Whether we realize it or not, we all have a schedule. We carry that schedule with us everywhere we go, but this schedule is not tangible, it’s on our brain and it can weigh us down.
We all have plans which change from day-to-day and week-to-week. Some of us try to keep our plans only in our heads. Why tire yourself out? I recommend Google Calendar or a similar calendar tool, or app, to help you keep everything you want to do organized. You’ll find yourself with much more mental energy than before!
4. They Keep Their Day Job
What better way is there to stick to a schedule than keeping your 9-5 day job. Provided that you go to work around the same time and leave around the same time each day, you are already on route to achieving a useful schedule and creating a lot of structure in your day.
When we know that we’re going to get up at 7:30am each morning to have a shower, breakfast, and be in to work at 9 so we can leave at 5, we can easily plan in advance that we will get up an extra hour and a half earlier to hit the gym. We could just as easily decide that every day after work we will read for one hour when we get home, or visit family on the way home. Day jobs promote schedules.
5. They Never Let People Get In Their Way
One thing I have seen over and over again, is how a person’s network can have a huge influence on how they act. We should never let anybody dictate how we think. Ideally, we make a decision first, and then ignore anybody who has a problem with that!
“Productive people do what’s most important at the moment it is most important to do it. Forget the norm, create the future you deserve.”
6. They Take Short But Revitalizing Breaks
No matter how strong-willed you are, no matter how determined, focused, and motivated you are to succeed, you still need to take a break. However, the length, effect, and type of break, depends on your character, and will ultimately reflect how well you wish to do in life.
Instead of taking a two-week break in the Bahamas, why not take a four-day snowboarding trip? Instead of watching a movie while you eat dinner, why not read a book and improve yourself? Or watch a documentary? Or plan your following day?
There are countless ways we can be far more productive that we currently are. We are all capable of extreme levels of productivity, it’s only a matter of understanding what makes us tick.
We can all unlock our full potential, and be more productive in the process, we just need to focus on what is most important in our lives right now.
Bottom line: Productive people get up early, exercise during the day, perform well at work, follow their schedule and never let anyone dictate what they do with their time. They take short, but highly revitalizing and useful breaks. They never waste time and they never give up focus, no matter what.