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7 Good Habits of Highly Productive People at Work

July 15, 2019
HR Wisdom

You'd be surprised that a lot of successful people these days have certain habits to reach their optimal productivity. What’s more surprising is that these habits are a lot simpler than you think. Getting in tune with a routine of doing particular things, and learning from your mistakes can help you be more productive in the long run. In this post, we'll walk you through the seven good habits of highly productive people at work.

They start their day right

You'd be surprised to know, but a lot of successful people start their day early. Usually, between 4:00 to 5:00 in the morning. Therefore, it's crucial to take the time to be fully awake and mentally prepare yourself for the day ahead. It's also essential that you spend some quality time with your friends, partner or family.

They have a healthy routine and make time for fitness

Exercise does wonders both for the body and mind. While the most well-known health benefits are preventing diseases and losing weight, did you know that exercise brings a lot of cognitive benefits as well? Regular exercise boosts your energy levels. It also enhances your thinking and memory abilities. It's excellent if you want to clear your mind from negative thoughts and de-stress.

So, why not spend a small amount of time in the morning on an exercise routine?

 Don't forget to eat the most important meal of the day as well. Have a healthy breakfast, and make it a habit to drink a glass of water or two.

That way, you'll have sufficient energy to fuel you for the rest of the day and improve your focus as well.

They tackle the most challenging tasks first

In your to-do list, you probably have some tasks that are more important than others. So, if you don't focus on completing the most challenging tasks at hand, you're likely to finish less important tasks.

It also makes you prone to procrastination. You'll be spending the entire day checking off easy, unimportant to-dos, instead of dealing with the hard stuff.

The most productive people focus on tasks that are considered high-value, making sure that they're doing those tasks the best way possible.

So, learn to discern which tasks are considered high value. Let the other unimportant tasks go or delegate them to others.

They delegate the right way and are more conscientious with colleagues

Delegating tasks takes some practice. One of the first steps that you should take is knowing what tasks should be delegated.

 Here are some tasks that can be effectively delegated to others:

●     Tasks with procedures and results that are clearly defined

●     Tasks that are related to what your team and employees are doing

●     Repetitive tasks that fit the normal workflow

●     Tasks that employees can develop for themselves

Delegating effectively means that you have an excellent team and people management skills. It also frees up a lot of your time, leading to improved productivity and cost effectiveness for the organization.

 They mind their health and wellness

Healthier workers result in greater productivity. Similarly, absenteeism leads to the opposite effect.

In a 2017survey, 40 percent of medium and large businesses thought that sickness and absences had a detrimental effect on their organization’s productivity.

By taking care of your health and wellness, there is a lower probability you will get sick, ensuring a healthier and more productive workplace.

They are more motivated at work

It takes a lot of discipline and self-awareness to be motivated regularly. Despite that, the most productive people work to fulfill their goals daily, no matter what kind of obstacles they face.

It doesn't mean that they don't meet challenging situations from time to time. They do. However, they've learnt to embrace them, and they deal with them accordingly.

Sometimes, it's easy to procrastinate and make excuses about why you can't get things done. But to be successful, you have to push the bar to achieve the things that you want.

 So how do you do this? Plan ahead of time. Be organized so that it's easier to achieve your goals. Also, maintain a positive attitude by starting with positive self-talk. Don't forget to build a strong support group of positive people as well.

They have tidy workspaces

Research from the Harvard Business Review shows that keeping your workplace tidy improves productivity levels. Also, if the communal and outdoor areas of the organization are kept tidy, it leads to a boost of morale, ultimately improving productivity.

The best way to keep the workplace clean and tidy is to hire a cleaning company to take care of the maintenance. Cleaning professionals get the job done quickly and effectively. They also spot hazards and health and safety issues easily, before they can become a serious problem.

Over to You

For you to be successful and achieve great things, you need to maximize your productivity. For you to be efficient and productive at work, you can apply these habits and use them to overcome procrastination and other challenges.

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Raymond Chiu is the Director of Operations for Maid Sailors Office, a trusted office cleaning services in NYC. Maid Sailors offers its customers unrivalled office cleaning services that can address even the toughest cleaning needs. Matched with affordable prices, Maid Sailors is your best partner in helping you turn your office into a work-friendly workplace.

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