What productive people do differently

Productive people have their tips and tricks for leading a successful life. Being productive is not about doing more than needed but about efficiently doing things. We all have 24 hours in a day, but how we utilize those hours effectively is the key to our success. Unlike what most people think, being productive is not about one’s intellect or capability to do a particular work. Being productive is about practicing certain habits over other habits so that you can get the most out of your days and the hours in a day.

We all have the same time with us. But, how do the ultra-productive people deliver the best performances? What makes the difference? How do the super-productive get so well-productive?

It is a combination of factors, but we have separated them down into 11 key rules. Follow these rules, and you will see a difference, follow all of these rules, and you will be doing more work within less time.

Tips for working differently:

Stay on target and schedule

Meetings are often big time-wasters and can prolong forever if not adequately controlled. Every meeting should have a defined routine, and participants should be informed that they are sticking to it. Otherwise, the employees will try to procrastinate for the meeting and any other works related to it.

It would help if you did not allow that as a leader. Any minor concerns or ideas got to be addressed after a particular meeting. The issues and ideas should all be discussed at the end of the meetings. After all the employees give their suggestions, a standard solution with majority votes should be adopted.

Similarly, common and have a majority of votes should be implemented in action to better the organization. These rules limit distractions and motivate the opposite participants to be more focused on the meeting topic. Also, taking their suggestions would make them feel important to the organization, and they will also feel involved in the meeting and will not feel bored.

Manage your energy

You should know what drains you and what sustains you. Self-assess yourself and your activities. Try to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Try to recognize which activity brightens you up, .i.e. boosts your energy, and which activity drains your energy.

Classify your activities in the categories of energy-boosters and energy-drainers so that you can act according to them. You can work upon those actions which energize you and avoid the actions which drain your energy, and you feel worn out. For example, if your favorite recreational activity is gardening, then you should pursue that each day after you come from your office.

If you feel every day, you follow the same monotonous schedule and then try to change that schedule of yours. Try to do something different than the former day. Try switching between your leisure-time activities after some days.

Let you have 2-3 interests such as reading novels and playing cricket, then you can try playing cricket for a few days, then after some days you can read novels till the next few days, and then again you can switch to playing cricket.

After that, you will feel cheerful and relaxed. Doing this will help you to work more effectively and with more vigor. While working at your office, try to take some break between works if possible. That will make you feel rejuvenated, and you will be able to do your work with more strength. After taking a break in between your work, you will feel energetic and will be able to give your best performance.

Delegate and trust

There are many other intelligent and talented people in your workplace who can work effectively for the company. Learning to delegate means learning to trust others to do their jobs without doing surveillance.

If anyone in an upper hierarchy of a workplace tries to do too much surveillance on a junior-level team member, then he/she may not be able to focus on his/her work properly and may get distracted.

The boss himself may also get distracted, or much of his/her time might get wasted while trying to monitor the junior employees. This is not feasible. Surveillance up to some extent is good to check the performance and regularity in work and attendance of employees, but too much of it is not good.

Let them concentrate on their work so that you can also concentrate on your work. If a team member can do the same task at 90% of your level, give it to them. It is worth passing on the work so that you can concentrate on higher-level works for yourself.

Put technology to work

Technology can be a handy tool or a big distraction. Super-productive people know how to use technology to help them concentrate, and technology helps them do their work more effectively. Use email filters so that emails are organized and prioritized consequently. You can also use email tracking so that you will be notified of it when a person reads your mail.

You don’t need to constantly check your smartphone for notifications and other updates if it can tell you when an important meeting/event is there in the future. You can keep a reminder in Alarms for any important meeting/event on that particular date and time of the occasion so that you will not miss it.

Stop procrastination

Don’t procrastinate any work/studies. Many people often procrastinate their works by remaining idle, and thus, they waste their precious time. 

There is a famous quote for a time that is valuable in Hindi:

‘Kal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ab. Pal mein parlay hoyegi, bahuri karoge kab’.

The meaning of this famous proverb by the Great Kabir (a 15th-century Indian poet and saint) is, ‘Do tomorrow’s work today, and today’s work now. If the moment is lost, then how will you do the work.

Avoid multitasking

Multitasking is a natural productivity killer. People who constantly assess and work on multiple streams of information have difficulty paying attention, recalling particular information, and switching from one work to another effortlessly. As a result, more time is wasted while doing multitasking.

Even those who feel they have a talent for multitasking perform worse than those who focus on a single task and only move on only when finished. So, it’s better to do one task at a time.

Don’t let email take control

Set a schedule to check your email every day. Deal with any meaningful responses right away, and don’t open it again. Finish the email reply works as soon as possible. Don’t let the work stay behind.

Keep email alerts on so that high-priority mails from important customers come to your attention immediately. There won’t be any need to recheck the messages from hour to hour (or even within minutes for a few people). Prolific people don’t allow email to become a continuous obtrusion in their important day-to-day works.

Because checking emails continuously would be a great distraction from your high-priority works, and in turn, your time is also wasted. As a result, you cannot complete the necessary and essential tasks in time.

Stop overthinking

Don’t do overthinking about anything. You might have heard the line, ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ You should always engage yourself in one or the other work. Then, no negative thought will come to your mind. If you always do some work, then you will always have positive thoughts in your mind. Always have a positive approach and try to see the good in this world.

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”

– Mary Lou Retton
  • Believe in yourself: Always believe in yourself that you can do the best. Then you can surely achieve the best results in your work. Do what you love. And work with great determination. Motivate yourself. That will help you a lot in achieving your goal.

‘Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.’

– Maria Robinson

‘Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine’.

‘Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

How to believe in yourself?

The following are a few ways to believe in yourself:

Accept your current situation

To get up and start believing in yourself again, you need to accept your life’s current situation first. Only will you have the required energy to do hard work and change your current situation or make it better than before.

Think about your past success

You can think about those moments of your past when you had achieved success, whatever and in how much amount-small or significant it might be, that doesn’t matter. Those successful moments of your past can help you get motivated to work towards your future goals and eventually achieve success.

“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failure behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day.”

Bob Feller

Trust yourself

The most important fuel in believing yourself is trusting yourself. If you start trusting yourself again, you will get the required confidence, determination, and hopes to achieve your ambition. You can also be able to do the required amount of hard work to give your best performance. So, trusting yourself is very necessary.

Talk with yourself

If you do proper and positive self-talk, you will motivate yourself. If you are well-motivated, then you will work towards achieving your success. We don’t always need others’ approval in every situation of our life. If we trust our thoughts, we will be able to go in the right direction towards our goals.

Don’t let fear stop you

Fear stands for False Evidence that Appears Real. From the fear of failure, many people don’t try anything new or don’t try to start a task/ start working on a goal or ambition, whatever they have. Fear holds them back. Due to this fear only, they are unable to follow their dreams and achieve their goals. Due to this, many people are not as productive as they can be in work/studies. They are unable to give their best performance because of this factor.

‘Don’t wait for your turn. Bet on yourself and have the confidence to stand up and say, ‘My Time is Now’

– Robert F. Smith

Let yourself off the hook

You have to forgive yourself and stop regretting any past mistakes or failures. You should move on and look for doing better in the future. Have compassion towards yourself.

Go with a positive attitude

Have a positive attitude towards yourself and your life. Only you will get the required confidence and energy to perform your best in your work/studies. And, thus you can give your best performance.


Be strong and always hope you will give your best performance in life and achieve your goals. Always move on. Never give up on your life. Always have good habits and a proper schedule while working for achieving your goals, and regularly follow those practices in time. Soon, you will be able to fulfill your dreams.