5 Powerful Ways to Increase your Focus and Concentration

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The ability to stay focused will be the superpower of the 21st century” says Cal Newport, a Georgetown professor.

With the constant smartphone notifications, messages and all time connectivity with internet, focus and concentration have taken a beating like never before.

The amount of time people can spend on a task without getting distracted is reducing rapidly. But, focus and concentration are crucial for achieving success.

Anyone looking to maximize their productivity, achieve goals, and advance their professional growth must learn how to focus their attention and improve concentration.

We are all doing the same things, but the different levels of focus and concentration. It is the focus and concentration that differentiates the top professionals from the ordinary ones.

In a world of increasing interruptions and ever growing distractions, your ability to focus and concentrate will the among the most valuable traits.

Here we look at science backed ways that can help you to focus and concentrate better:

1.Meditation

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“Continued meditation practice is associated with enduring improvements in sustained attention,” Anthony Zanesco, a psychologist at the University of Miami, and his colleagues report in the seven-year study.

Meditation can help you to decrease stress, connect with your deeper self and improve your ability to focus over sustained periods. When you meditate, your brain goes into a relaxed state and gets much needed rest.

Siegfried Othmer, former president of the neurofeedback division of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, conducted neurofeedback research on meditation. Those who meditated for 20 minutes or more showed an average gain in IQ of 23 percent.

Meditation helps you to focus better, activates your brain in surprising ways that can improve your intelligence and focus.

2.Do Fewer things better

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Your brain works best when things are structured and organised. A todo list where you prioritise your focus areas for the day is a great way to kickstart things.

Planning and prioritizing your tasks will help you relieve stress, reduce burden on your brain to remember them and help you stay organized.

Studies have shown that multitasking lowers productivity. It is better to do one thing at a time and give your complete focus and attention to it.

Our attention is limited and when we are constantly switching between tasks, it depletes our focus. You can’t check facebook, texts and smartphone  and do quality work at the same time.

Undivided attention is a great force, use it well to accomplish great things.

3.Mental Energy

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Our energy reserves are limited. The harder the tasks, the more attention and energy they demand of us. It is better to schedule things in such a way so as to focus your energy on the toughest tasks.

A short break, coffee, casual walk or connecting with nature can help you to focus better too. When your mind is relaxed, it is easier to concentrate.

Relax your mind and conserve your energy reserves. Don’t be a slave of your gadgets, social media and smartphone, use them wisely.

4.Positive Outlook & Simplicity

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When you think positively, it releases endorphins, which give you more energy. A positive mindset increases our energy and enthusiasm for doing things.

This is the reason people who enjoy and love their work are able to go on longer hours than others. In the process, they accomplish amazing things that other people marvel at.

The greatest musicians, authors, scientists, programmers and other top professionals have very simple routines. They eliminate things which are not important and focus only on the core things.

A decluttered desk can be a great boon for you. It simplifies things, makes your mind free from distractions, where you can think more clearly and stay focused to do great things.

5.Mindfulness and Staying in the Present

Mindfulness and Staying in the Present

If you want to make a difference with your work, you have to develop deep expertise, knowledge and achieve excellence. You need to be agile and fully alert.

Present moment awareness is when your mind is focused on what you are doing, it is neither thinking of the past, nor the future. Being in the present allows you to do top quality work.

Scientists have found that you can improve your ability to focus by changing your behavior. You can reduce interference and distractions that might take away your attention from your current activity. For e.g. phone, social media, constant emails and chatter etc.

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

Bruce Lee

Inspirational Paul Allen Quotes to Remember the Legend

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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the pioneers in the computing industry passed away on October 15th in Seattle, USA. Allen, 65, was suffering from cancer. Paul was first diagnosed with cancer in 1982. The cancer was treated successfully then, but its recurrence in October 2018 caused his death.

Together with his childhood friend, Bill Gates, he started Microsoft in 1975. Microsoft became the leader in software industry and created a whole new world driven by computers. Allen left Microsoft in 1983 and the board in 2000.

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Bill Gates said, “Personal computing would not have existed without Paul Allen. He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously.”

Paul Allen had diverse business interests in technology, media companies, scientific research, real estate, private spaceflight ventures, and stakes in other companies. He also owned professional sports teams like the Seattle Seahawks and the National football league.

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At the time of his death, Paul Allen was the 21st richest person in the world with a net worth of $20.3 billion as per Forbes. Allen was instrumental in getting Bill Gates to dropout of Harvard and start Microsoft. He played a key role in the early days of Microsoft.

Paul Allen was an innovator, investor and a business legend. His philanthropic work includes setting up organisations like Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Institute for Cell Science.

Paul donated more than $2 billion for causes related to education, wildlife, environment conservation, arts, healthcare, and community services etc.

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Paul received many awards and accolades in his illustrious career in different professions. He also made it in the Time list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2007 and 2008. Paul Allen maintained a low profile and focused on his work.

Here are some words of wisdom and inspirational by the legendary Paul Allen.

“You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place.”

Paul Allen

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“The possible is constantly being redefined, and I care deeply about helping humanity move forward.”

Paul Allen

“Any crusade requires optimism and the ambition to aim high.”

Paul Allen

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“What should exist? To me, that’s the most exciting question imaginable. What do we need that we don’t have? How can we realize our potential?”

Paul Allen

“In my own work, I’ve tried to anticipate what’s coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people’s lives in a meaningful way.”

Paul Allen

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“I’m always interested in finding ways to innovate… It’s a blend; it’s not a point focus.”

Paul Allen

“For the most part, the best opportunities now lie where your competitors have yet to establish themselves, not where they’re already entrenched”

Paul Allen

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“I grew up around books. When I first held the book and it was a substantive, tangible thing, and I thought of all the work that went into it, not just my work but everybody else’s and the research and so forth, there’s a sense of really have done something worthwhile.”

Paul Allen

“When it comes to helping out, I don’t believe in doing it for the media attention. My goal is to support the organizations that need help.”

Paul Allen

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“In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success– if you are willing to learn from it.”

Paul Allen

 

Vision 2020

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My vision 2020 was a dream of a developed India. But, it’s 2018 and they are still fighting for temples and mosques

10 Ways to do the best Work of your Life.

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What you do and how well you do it, eventually determines who you are and what you become. Yes, your work is what best defines you.

Your work is an integral part of your life and it has the most compelling impact on it as well. If you do world class things, you attract world class opportunities in your life & grow no matter where you are.

Doing work that makes use of your talents, abilities, and constantly improving yourself is a surefire way to success. Here we look at some of the ways you can do the best work and take yourself to the next level.

1. Excellence and High Standards

Excellence and High Standards

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Will Durant

The most successful people set high standards for themselves. They take pride in their work. They know that excellence in anything brings its own rewards.

Excellence is an attitude & successful people are constantly driven to achieve it. Others are happy with mediocre results.

2. View Work as an Opportunity

Successful people view their work as an opportunity to learn, grow and do great things. They are never afraid of the hardest challenges. They view tough tasks as opportunities to excel and improve their capabilities.

Your work is an opportunity for you to showcase your true abilities and potential. It helps you attract greater possibilities in your life. If you look at the top artists, professionals, sports persons, and great achievers in any field, they owe their success to their work.

3. Priorities & Focus

Priorities & Focus

How you spend your time and day will eventually decide where you end up in your life. The best work requires attention and focus.

Identify and prioritise your day to finish your most important work. The best work requires ruthless prioritisation. There is a difference between doing everything and doing something extraordinarily well.

Meaningless things, distractions and low priority activities can wait. Focus your energies on the most difficult, but important activities for the day.

Follow a strong schedule and say no to anything that prevents you from giving your best. Great work requires focus.

4. Enjoy your Work

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

Steve Jobs

When you have a lot of passion and love for your work, it shows in everything you do. It inspires others around you and everyone accomplishes more in the process.

As per a study by Gallup, only 13% people like going to their work. This is the reason why most of the people end up doing mediocre work.

The most successful people are those who have a deep connection with their work. They use their strengths, continuously learn and focus on doing meaningful work. Successful people are driven by their work and it makes them happy.

5. Face Up to Your Mistakes

Face Up to Your Mistakes

Responsibility is never given to people, it is earned. Have you noticed how some team members take extra care to meet deadlines, client expectations and live up to their commitments? The others find it easy to pass the buck.

Mistakes are part of the learning cycle. It is important to admit mistakes, take the learning and keep moving forward. When you experiment, you make mistakes. But it is important to learn quickly, try again and eventually find a way that works.

Great work requires persistent efforts, massive commitment and taking responsibility for what you do.

6. Balanced Approach

Great work demands hard work, positive energy and extremely focused approach. All top professionals put in thousands of hours to improve themselves. They are always working, but do they get tired? Well, the most committed professionals and top achievers know how to unplug from work.

They have a morning routine, they go for a walk, meditate and spend time with the family. They spend time in the nature. It gets them in the right frame of mind. A balanced approach towards their work gives them energy to stay focused for longer periods than others.

7. Believe in Karma and Work Ethic

 Believe in Karma and Work Ethic

Do you believe in what you are doing? The way you do it reveals a lot about you. The top professionals believe in what they are doing.  They believe in Karma. It is the law of cause and effect. They know what they put in the universe will come back to them.

The work habits of great professionals, scientists, artists, programmers and designers are all the same. Achieving genius in your profession requires extreme dedication and hours of work.

Pritchett writes, “the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute.”

8. Staying Centered

You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.

John Wooden

There is no substitute to doing deep and meaningful work. When you derive pleasure from your work, you don’t let either praise or blame affect you.

When you put in your heart and soul into the things you do, it attracts great energy and blessings from the universe.

The top professionals are never distracted by the rewards, praise and blame, because the most important thing for them is the work they do.

9. Patience, Persistence & Positivity

Patience, Persistence & Positivity

Great accomplishments need great efforts and persistence. It cannot be achieved by everyone. There are often times when you have to deal with uncertainty, but the most persistent people are always the ones who find a way out.

Researchers have found that grit or persistence is more important in predicting success than intelligence and creativity.

Great work requires positivity and belief. It requires patient efforts in creating something remarkable and ultimately achieving the success you deserve.

Even the great companies like Apple faced many defeats and almost went bankrupt, before they succeeded. While it may take time, but the best work is always rewarded its due recognition.

10. Creating Impact

There is something strange about the work you do. It transforms you as a person too. Yes, your work can create a meaningful impact on things around you. We are living in times, when it is possible that small committed teams can create a big impact with the work they do.

In the digital age, it does not matter where you are, you can still do great work and build things that can shape the world. Your work can create much bigger impact than you can think. Your best work will bring out the best in your life too.

 

Britain set to invest US $ 1.7 billion in India and South Asia region reveals UK’s financial institution, CDC Group

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CDC group, UK government-owned development finance institution recently celebrated 30 years of investing in Indian businesses. The event was hosted by British High Commission in Delhi.

CDC’s Chief Executive Nick O’Donohoe said, “CDC aims to invest the US$1.7 billion in businesses and sectors that can change lives, but are short of capital. Our focus will be on job-creating sectors and on businesses that can makes goods and services more affordable for the common man.”

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A large part of the investment will be made in Indian businesses. The CDC’s investment will be boost Indian businesses.

The CDC group aims to invest in infrastructure, healthcare, agribusiness and financial services. The major focus will be reducing the cost for the common man and making the services available to a wider audience.

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The CDC group started working in India in 1988. They made their first investment then. Currently, the group is working with several Indian business leaders, government representative and plethora of industries. They have over 300 investments in their portfolio.

Over the last 30 years, the CDC backed companies have resulted in more than 350,000 direct jobs and an investment portfolio of over US $1.6 billion.

The CDC group remains committed to impact investing and has notable companies in its portfolio like Apollo Tyres, UTI Bank, IDFC, Equitas, and Glenmark Pharmaceuticals.

The CDC group also invested US $27.5 million in the ecommerce and apparel e-tailer Jabong in 2014 before it was acquired by Flipkart.

The CDC group is working with the likes of Kotak for affordable housing in Indian states. Nick O’Donohoe further said, “We’re doing this while generating financial returns for the UK taxpayer and encouraging outside investors into the region. A great example of the UK and India acting as a joint force for good.”

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O’Donohoe said, “The unique characteristic of India — its large population base, scarce quality resources, and mass tech adoption means that technologies such as artificial intelligence can be disruptive in a hugely positive way.”

As per CDC Chief, “India is a country that has enjoyed significant growth and in the next decade will leapfrog Europe’s biggest economies, to become the world’s third largest. CDC’s long term capital and expertise can help to overcome some of the development challenges in India.”

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Programs like UK-India Tech partnership were announced by Prime Ministers of UK and India in April this year. The aim of this partnership is to leverage UK’s expertise and India’s technological prowess for tacking growth challenges.

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The technology sector in India is drawing major funds and resources from around the globe. India is home to the third largest technology start-ups in the world now.

India’s growth is fueled by the second largest internet users in the world with over 460 million users. There is a large market and entrepreneurial culture geared to leverage technology for solving problems.

 

18 Great Quotes to Make Your Day

18 Great Quotes to Make Your Day

The following are some of the great quotes to make your day. An amazing collection of inspirational quotes that will brighten your day.

1. “Do everything you have to do, but not with greed, not with ego, not with lust, not with envy but with love, compassion, humility, and devotion.”

Lord Krishna

2. “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”

Abdul Kalam

Abdul-Kalam

3. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

Mahatma Gandhi

4. “Hard work never brings tiredness, it brings satisfaction.”

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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5. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

Michael Jordan

6. “We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”

Bill Gates

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7. “The best way of learning about anything is by doing.”

Richard Branson

8. “You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing.”

Dale Carnegie

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9. “Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.”

Robert Kiyosaki

10. “Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”

Swami Vivekananda

Swami-Vivekananda

11. “What you are will show in what you do.”

Thomas Edison

12. “Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work.”

David Grayson

David-Grayson

13. “Think Big And Don’t Listen To People Who Tell You It Can’t Be Done. Life’s Too Short To Think Small.”

Tim Ferriss

14. “If you work with determination and with perfection, success will follow.”

Dhirubhai Ambani

Dhirubhai-Ambani

15. “Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

Drew Houston

16. “Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.”

Evan Esar

Evan-Esar

17. “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

John Ruskin

18. “No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.”

Jessica Savitch

Jessica-Savitch

 

10 Incredible Lessons from Navy seals that will Improve Your Life.

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US Navy SEALs operate in the Sea, Air, and Land, & hence the common abbreviation SEAL is given to them. They are the special warfare combat forces.

The US Navy SEALs training is one of the hardest, demanding and grueling challenges. It tests discipline, hard work, grit, resilience and mental toughness of individuals.

Naval Admiral William H. McRaven describes it as “Basic SEAL training is six months of long torturous runs in the soft sand, midnight swims in the cold water off San Diego, obstacles courses, unending calisthenics, days without sleep and always being cold, wet and miserable.”

Here we explore some of the most incredible and fascinating lessons from Navy SEALs training:

1.Do Small Things Well.

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Every morning, the SEAL trainees are required to prepare their bed to perfection. It seems quite crazy. But it has a very useful lesson. Do small things right.

It also means paying attention to the little things we do and being present in the moment. Small things with right attention increase awareness and reinforce the fact that small things in life matter.

Small things done well lead you to bigger things.

2.Face Difficulties

Difficulties are inevitable. How you deal with them defines who you are. Navy SEALs are put through rigorous difficulties. They need to undergo land warfare training.  

During this training, the trainees are flown San Clemente Island.  This area has a lot of white sharks. To pass the test the SEAL trainees are required to complete a series of long swims.

The trainees are taught to swim in water where sharks and dangers are present.  They are told, “if a shark begins to circle your position, stand your ground. Do not swim away. Do not act afraid. And if the shark, darts towards you, then summon up all your strength and punch him in the snout and he will turn and swim away.”

3.Team Work

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During the SEAL training the trainees are broken down into small teams. The teams are then required to handle their boats. The crew has seven trainees. 

Every day your is instructed to get through the surfzone and paddle several miles down the coast. In extreme weather conditions, it can get very hard to paddle. The success of the crew members depend on their team work.

When everyone digs in, it becomes possible for the boat to make its destination. Everyone in the team is important and when the tasks get harder, it’s the team that matters the most.

4.Do Your Best in Difficult Moments

During SEALs training, the trainees are required to complete many difficult tasks.

Navy SEALs have to practice underwater attacks in full dark.

SEALs have to wear SCUBA gear and the instructors attack them. They try to destroy their equipment and keep them from breathing.

As McRaven says, “At the darkest moment of the mission is the time when you must be calm, composed—when all your tactical skills, your physical power and all your inner strength must be brought to bear.”

Stressful and difficult moments can either make or break you. Navy psychologists discovered that those who did well and passed the exercise used mental imagery to prepare for the success.

“They imagine themselves going through the various corrective actions and they imagine it while being attacked. When they are attached, the mind is ready and the SEAL is in full control of their physical and mental faculties.”

5.Head first

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SEALs have this exercise called “slide for life.”

Head first is the quickest way to finish this exercise. The name typically defines the attitude of the SEALs. They take everything head on and never shy away from challenges.

They keep pushing the limits, dare to go all the way and are never afraid of trying things with their full energy. You will never know what is possible, if you don’t try.

6.Be Hopeful & Happy

During  the training, the entire team is forced to stand in freezing cold water up to their necks. The instructors tell them they wouldn’t let them out until five trainees give up and quit.

James Waters, a SEAL Platoon commander says, “Many people don’t recognize that what they’re doing at SEAL training is assessing your ability to handle a difficult circumstance and keep going. It’s a game. If you want to be a Navy SEAL, you’ve got to play that game. You’ve got to have fun with it and you’ve got to keep your eye on the bigger picture.”

In life when we faced difficulties, it is important to see things in the right perspective. It is important to be happy in every situation and that can help you to do your best.

SEALs thrive on hope and happiness, it is what makes them complete their arduous journey.

7.Going the Extra Mile

Going the Extra Mile

“One of the key strengths of the SEAL Teams is the culture of constant self-improvement.  No one ever says “That’s good enough.” On almost every real world mission I was on – even the most successful ones – we spent 90% of our post-mission debrief focusing on what we did wrong or could have done better.” James Waters.

When you put in relentless efforts and go the extra mile, you are well prepared to succeed. The most successful persons are well prepared. They do more than others, prepare more than others and that is the reason they achieve more than others.

8.Keep Moving Forward

A Navy SEAL punishment is where you jump into the sea, roll around in the sand nad make yourself a “sugar cookie.”

In the SEAL training, there are several extremely hard tasks. But, there is nothing more uncomfortable than being a sugar cookie.

No matter how hard you try, how good you are, there are some things that don’t work out. The SEALs are taught to learn that one bad day doesn’t affect the rest of your days. The next day is a new beginning where they can still accomplish what they want.

Don’t complain. Don’t let failures affect you. Stand up and keep moving. The future belongs to those who move forward.

9.Don’t Quit

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One of the greatest strengths of a SEAL is incredible persistence. The successful SEALs don’t quit.

In SEAL training there is a bell. This bell hangs in the center of the training compound. All trainees can see it. When you want to quit, all you have to do is ring the bell.

Quitting is damn easy. But completing the training is very hard. It takes immense endurance and grit to do it.

Infact, when James Waters took the SEAL training. Out of the 256 guys in the batch, only 16 were successful. Rest of them quit. It means an attrition rate of 94%, only 6% candidates were successful in completing the training.  

Successful people never ring the bell. They persist and build on their success stories despite all the odds.

10.Be Humble to Learn and Grow

Success requires you to be humble and take the lessons when they present themselves. No one knows everything. It takes committed individuals to learn, grow and succeed as leaders.

Navy SEAL training presents new challenges everyday. Every hour, every minute and at times every second you need to be focused. Learning improves your chances of doing well and take on new challenges.

When you are put in difficult situations, it is not what you’ve done in the past, but how focused you are on the present that makes the difference.

The SEAL training creates leaders, who know they have to rely on other people, learn from them, ask for help, give help and eventually build a team that can take on the most challenging assignments to change the world.

Please share your Navy SEAL lessons in the comments below.

New Study on 9 Habits of Highly Productive People

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Let’s admit it. We are all under pressure to get more done in less time.

But, it is not always the length of time, but the quality and efficiency that determines what you achieve in that time. Productivity is a big deal.

What makes people highly productive and efficient? Well, several studies have shown some consistent habits and patterns of highly productive individuals.

Here we look at habits that make makes people super productive and efficient. It is often the small things that make a big difference:

1. Uninterrupted time

 Uninterrupted time

Interruptions are the biggest hurdles for getting things done. In a study done by Luxafor, 49% of people cited interruptions by colleagues and distractions (online and offline) as their biggest challenges for staying productive at work.

The productive people have a way to put in uninterrupted time on the most important tasks. They achieve more than others because they put quality time and concentrated efforts.

2. Focused Efforts

Focused Efforts

How do you define focus? Warren Buffet says “You say no to most things.” It is about deciding what the most important things are and then devoting your time to them.

The productive people are highly focused. They do fewer things but better. Constantly switching tasks and doing too many things at one time can be counterproductive for you.

3. Do the hardest things first

You don’t have the same energy levels throughout the day. When you have peak energy levels, you should crack your toughest problems for the day. This is what productive people focus on.

The work which requires less focus and energy can be scheduled after lunch or during your less productive times.

Productive people are consistent. They are reliable, because they get things done. They understand how they can focus their energies on solving hard problems.

4. Ruthless Priorities

The most productive people have great sense of prioritisation. They understand the most important & urgent things that need their attention. They plan well and make use of every available hour in their day.

The top productive people don’t check emails, social media and their smart phones compulsively.

Productive people schedule their tasks in order of priority. They get things on a roll by finishing off things quickly and accomplish more in the day.

5. Expertise & Skills

 Expertise & Skills

When you do well in an organisation, things don’t get easy for you. Infact, expectations from you keep rising.

How do you handle the growing demands from your work, family and become more valuable? The most productive people spend time to constantly improve themselves, learn new skills and keep themselves up to date.

Productive people understand that the skills and expertise constantly need refinement. What works today will be outdated tomorrow.

6. Organised Routine & Checklists

 Organised Routine & Checklists

Productive people spend time to re-energise themselves. They create routines which help them to stay charged and energetic. They make use of every possible help to improve their work ethic and performance.

When your work requires you to analyse lot of complex things, and requires diligence in everything. Checklists are very useful. Various professionals like doctors, pilots, programmers are all known to benefit from these checklists.

Checklists reduce the burden on your brain and organise things for you. They boost efficiency, save time, reduce mistakes and free up your mind for more creative work.

7. To do List with Time

To do List with Time

Creating a simple todo list of the most important things for the day can be a great start. Even in this smart phone driven world, a simple todo list on a piece of paper can do wonders to boost your productivity.

When you write your todo list for the day, schedule time for completing those tasks too. In that sense, it will give you a good sense on what you’ll be able to do for the day.

Cal Newport, an author and productivity expert says, “Scheduling forces you to confront the reality of how much time you actually have and how long things will take. Assigning work to times reduces the urge to procrastinate. You are no longer deciding whether or not to work during a given period; the decision is already made.”

8. Sense of Urgency & Self Driven

Sense of Urgency & Self Driven

You can simply spend time without creating value by being unproductive. But, it will be a great disservice to you and your time.

The most productive people are highly driven. They are proactive; they are self driven and understand that productive time creates value.

You can control your day or let the day control you. But every single day and every single hour is important. The best professionals work with a sense of urgency.

Productive people create value by getting things moving, solving problems and making the best use of their time.

9. Mission Driven & Pride in their work

Results speak for themselves. No one will ever ask you how much time you put into things; they will ask what you achieved. When the results are impressive, you become successful.

The most productive people take great pride in what they are doing. They benchmark themselves against the best and constantly work towards creating world class things.

When you’re involved with what you’re doing at a deep level, it makes you more productive and efficient.

Successful people enjoy what they do and take great pride in their work. They have a mission of doing their best. They know the things they are building will eventually build them.

Conclusion:

Productivity is a result of acquired skills and competence. You can be as productive and efficient as you want to be. There is nothing magical about people who get more done in the same time. It is something that you can achieve and acquire by putting efforts in the right direction.