7 Productivity secrets of successful people

Productivity

Do you ever wonder how prominent people accomplish so much?  I often attribute it to having access to lots of money and resources. However, what I discovered might surprise you. Their success and productivity has more to do with the simple things in life, things that you and I can access easily.

Here are the 7 ways successful people stay productive.

1. Wake Up Early
Getting a head start on your day gives you an advantage. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, starts his day at 5:45 am.

“Getting up and at it early gives me time to get on top of things, and chart my day effectively.”
Richard Branson

2. Say No More Often
Having the confidence to say No to other peoples’ priorities will move you closer to achieving your goals. Legendary investor Warren Buffet is an advocate of saying No more often in business.

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say, “no,” to almost everything.”
Warren Buffet

3. Don’t sweat the small stuff
Resist using your time and energy to make small decisions. Use your brainpower for decisions that make a real difference. Barak Obama follows this rule.

“You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions.”
Barak Obama

4. Let go of your control freak tendencies
As an entrepreneur, it may be second-nature for you to feel the need to do everything in your business. As Oprah has shown successful people spend the majority of their time doing what they do best.

“I try to surround myself with people who really know what they’re doing, and give them the freedom to do it,”
Oprah

5. Stop trying to do it all
It’s time for a reality check; you are not the Energizer bunny. You do not have limitless time and energy. As Lorraine Twohill, Senior VP of Global Marketing for Google said:

“You get older and wiser and realize you can’t do it all.
You can’t even begin to do it all. You have to be realistic.”
Lorraine Twohill

6. Read
Reading ignites your imagination and is a gateway to new ideas and creativity. Bill Gates, businessman and philanthropist, is an avid reader. He attributes part of his journey to success to his love of books.

“I really had a lot of dreams when I was a kid. And I think a great deal of that grew out of the fact that I had a lot to read.”
Bill Gates

7. Focus on tasks that drive business growth
The most productive people work on their most important task first thing in the morning. During this time they banish interruptions and distractions.

“Invest the first part of your day working on your number one priority that will
help build your business.” 
Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar

Try applying one or two of these tactics to your own life. You may be surprised by the results.

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