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Top Habits of the Most Productive People

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“It should go without saying that a good night’s sleep will help you be more productive the following day. Even then, many people continue to burn the candle at both ends.”

If you want to become one of those business owners who always seems to get everything done, no matter how busy they may be, it is time to change a few of your daily habits. A couple of adjustments here or there could go a long way in boosting your productivity.

When is Your Most Productive Time of Day? 

Some people are more productive in the morning. Others prefer to get most their work done in the afternoon. And of course, there will always be those night owls who don't ramp up until the sun goes down. Which group do you belong to?

If you don't know your most productive time of the day, there is no better time than now to learn more. Once you pinpoint this detail, you can adjust your work schedule accordingly.

  1. When do you have the most energy? Simply put, this is when you are likely to be most productive. There are people who feel most energized in the morning, as they just got a good night's sleep. Conversely, there are people who pick up more steam as the day goes on. They reach their peak sometime during the evening hours.

It doesn't matter when you have the most energy. What matters is that you know when this window will come around.

  1. When will I face the fewest number of distractions? Let's face it: you won't be productive if you are always being interrupted. It is no surprise that your most productive time of the day will correspond with the fewest interruptions.

Note: be aware of both planned and unplanned distractions.

  1. Do you track your performance throughout the day? You will never know when you are most productive unless you keep track of your results. Devote an entire week (or longer) to tracking everything you do throughout the day. Once the test period comes to an end, review the results. Don't be surprised when you find that some time spans generally lead to more productivity than others.

As a business professional, especially entrepreneurs, you need to know when you are most productive. This will allow you to adjust your schedule accordingly, ensuring that you pack as much into your day as possible.

Taking Action

Entrepreneur recently published an infographic detailing "35 Habits of the Most Productive People." While each and every habit could turn you into a more productive business professional, here are five to start with:

  1. Do not answer the phone, unless it's a true emergency. This may be a bit severe, but it proves one thing to be true: the most productive people don't waste time taking phone calls that aren't critical to the task at hand.
  2. Visualize your end product. This may take up more time during the planning process, but this technique allows you to get on the right path from the very start.
  3. Sleep more. It should go without saying that a good night's sleep will help you be more productive the following day. Even then, many people continue to burn the candle at both ends. Doing so eventually catches up with them, killing their productivity.
  4. Set a daily routine. Once you are familiar and comfortable with your routine, you will begin to shave time off of regularly scheduled tasks. Along with this, a routine helps you stay on track throughout the day.
  5. Treat time as your money. You have heard the saying before: time is money. The most productive people know this to be true, and will do whatever it takes to make the most of every minute of every day.

By implementing these five tips, it won't be long before you take your daily productivity to the next level.