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11 Ways Ultra-Productive People Do Things Differently

11 Ways Ultra-Productive People Do Things Differently

Do you feel that you aren’t nearly as productive as you would like to be? If so, don’t worry, because there are millions of us just like you. We all have our natural levels of productivity, and there are things that can greatly affect these levels. The trick is to figure out what is keeping us from being productive, and how to counter this problem. Your time is precious, so you need to find hacks that will make you more productive. Where to find such hacks? Of course from the already successful productivity geeks. So, check out these 10 ways to be highly productive:

1. Always Be Prepared

Before they leave the office for the day, productive people get things all set up for the next day, so they are ready to start work as soon as they arrive in the morning. Not only is this one less thing to do, it helps you to be more productive because you are ready to begin the day. Start your day off without distraction by being prepared.

2. Use Project Management Apps

Why spend a lot of time managing projects when there are apps that you can use to set reminders, schedule meetings, and more? If you want a project management app that is easy to use, check out everything you can do with Casual or Basecamp. The applications make it easy to track where you and every member of your team is in the process of completing a task.

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3. Delegate Your Responsibilities

Productive people know that they can’t do everything themselves, so they assign certain tasks to other people. When you do this, you can spend more time on the important tasks, and let others do the rest.

4. Set Aside a Specific Time for Emails

If you keep going to your email all the time, you are never going to get anything else done. Set up a time each day that you will devote to checking emails, and unless you are waiting for an important message to come through, don’t look at them for the rest of the day.

5. Prepare to Bite the Bullet

This sounds horrible, doesn’t it? That’s the whole point. This phrase means to do something you really can’t stand doing. Get the worst thing on your to-do list over and done with right away, and you don’t have to think about it again. Putting something off means you may end up wasting more time worrying about it than it would take to get it done.

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6. They Know When to Step Back

Not all little emergencies need your attention. The more attention you give to the little things, the less attention you will be giving to the important things. Know when to step back and stop worrying about those little things.

7. Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”

You don’t have to say “yes” every time someone asks you for something, to do something for them, etc. Saying “no” once in a while will leave you with more time to get things done.

8. Start to Do Things Now

Procrastination keeps you from being productive, so stop doing it and take care of things now. Respond to that email, return that phone call, or whatever else is demanding your attention.

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9. Don’t Try Multitasking

The more you try to do, the less you get done. Multitasking is actually not something to be proud of, because it means that you are never devoting your full attention to any one task. Do one thing at a time, get it done, and then move onto the next.

10. Get Rid of Distractions

With the exception of emergencies, set aside your phone and other devices for several hours each day. You will be surprised to see just how much you can get done when you aren’t looking to your phone and other devices every few seconds.

11. Don’t Waste Time in Meetings

Meetings can drag on for hours, often unnecessarily, and this is time you could be using to be productive. Let everyone know at the beginning of a meeting that you have every intention of sticking to a schedule and finishing the meeting as soon as possible. Don’t let the meeting veer too far off track or you may find yourself spending way too much time on useless topics.

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Featured photo credit: Kyle Van Horn via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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