6 Things Highly Productive People Do To Stay Focused

I know we all share time, but does it sometimes feel like other people have more time in the day than you? Some people seem to be able to achieve their goals faster and others can spend leisure time after running a full-blown business. While I’m positive their clocks have the same 24 hours, some people are simply more productive than others.

So what does it take to be highly productive, what is the secret everyone else is missing?

Highly productive people know what their priorities are, they are disciplined, they are focused on the task at hand, and they have established making it a habit. Fortunately, being productive is a learnable trait that anyone can adopt into their routine.

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By the end of this article, you will understand what being productive means and know what highly productive people do to stay productive.

What Does It Mean To Be A Productive Person?

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A highly productive person is a person who achieves all their goals. They know exactly what their priorities are and they are focused and determined to get there.

A productive person can sometimes be confused with a busy person. You can read here to know the difference. Being busy does not mean you are productive and being productive doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be busy. The main difference is that the productive person is working on the right things.

They know the difference between a high-value task that helps you reach your goals compared to a low-value task that keeps you busy.

What Do Highly Productive People Do?

If you want to become highly productive, then study the traits below and apply them to your routine.

1. They Prioritize

Prioritization is knowing exactly what is important in your life and what you want to do with it. What are your goals and ambitions? What you choose to put your time and energy in is what you choose to make important. If everything is important, then nothing is important. You have to take the time to sit down and write out what you want with your life and make it a priority. If you need ideas for areas in your life to improve, read here the 7 types of life goals.

Write down areas you want to improve or things you want to accomplish. It doesn’t have to be done in a day, this can take some time if you really don’t know what you want. My advice is to start small if you don’t know, start by writing down little things that brings you joy and then work your way up.

2. They Always Have A Plan

What comes with prioritization and goals? A plan. What is a roadmap to success? A plan. Successful people always have a plan. A goal without a plan is a wish. If you don’t have a plan then you’ll forget, you’ll feel lost, and then you’ll quit and feel like a failure. Don’t let this happen to you.

Write down your goal and write down all the tasks and projects you need to do to get there, and then do something every single day. It doesn’t matter how small or big the task is or how you feel, do it anyway.

Have a big vision for what you want your life to look like, and then write down your long-term goals, then break them down into quarters, then monthly, then weekly, and then daily. The smaller you break it down, the less overwhelming it will be and it will feel more achievable.

3. They Do The Most Important Task First

Not only do productive people get things done, but they get the right things done. That is the difference between productivity and busyness. Have you heard of the term Eat The Frog? It’s a book by Brian Tracy and basically explains that if you had to eat a frog, you would do it first thing in the morning to get it over with. Essentially, it means to tackle the biggest and most important task first thing in the morning. Once you’ve accomplished that, you should be feeling productive already.

It’s also the reason why productive people always seem to be able to accomplish their goals faster, they are always working on the tasks that take them there. They focus on high-value impactful tasks rather than low-value ones.

4. They Are Aware Of Time

Highly productive people know how valuable their time is, and how valuable time is in general. They limit their distractions, but they’re able to get back on track quicker if they do get distracted. They have better focus and they don’t waste time.

They are aware of their schedules and they make time. Once you plan and complete the most important tasks, you’re able to have more free time doing what you enjoy.

If you try to keep yourself busy to feel productive, then you’re more likely to burnout or feel drained by the end of the day. Then you’ll feel too tired to do anything else.

Staying focused will take practice, start with time-blocking and commit to not checking your phone or social media in that timeframe, and slowly increase the time. You can also set timers like this unique hexagon one, or something simpler like this visual timer, and keep it on your desk, avoid using your phone so you’re not tempted. Set your environment up for success, put distractions in a different room if you have to, and use noise-canceling headphones if you need to.

5. They Are Resilient

One of the best qualities to develop when you are chasing your goals is resilience. Acknowledging and accepting failure by learning from them and then picking yourself back up, is so important. When you become resilient, you are no longer the victim, you learn to take back control.

Most people who hit a roadblock give up, productive people get back up and keep going, that’s why they are productive, they don’t stop. They simply draw out a new plan and continue. If you always stop when you fail, then you won’t get anywhere. Failure is a learning opportunity, and the faster you realize that the easier your journey will be.

6. They Make It A Habit

Your habits are who you are. Highly productive people know that it takes repetition and consistency to get to their goals. This is your biggest hack to becoming productive, do it every day until it is part of your daily routine, and do it without thinking. One of the best books about habits is Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Have a dedicated workspace to be productive, set an alarm for the same time every day to work on your tasks, and do it right after another task like after you make your coffee or something. The point is to make it a routine and stick to it.

Hong Singer

I'm the creator of Ambition Forward. I keep things simple by focusing on the goal and being consistent in my actions to get the results I want, and I'm here to help you do the same. I encourage you to look for the things that bring you joy and go for it!

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