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3 Essential Approaches to Maximizing Your Productivity

3 Essential Approaches to Maximizing Your Productivity

Productivity is often spoken of in reverent tones by top business leaders, managers, and entrepeneurs. Can you truly say you’re fulfilling your growth potential at work, or that you know the best methods to do so? How does one reach this state of optimum productivity?

Whether you find yourself in a constant rush to complete the day’s tasks or are at a loss for understanding the larger direction of your work-life, take note of and absorb these 3 essential approaches. They will place you on the path to greater success and acheivement.

Learn about learning

In our fast-paced, technology-driven society, adaptability is becoming a more and more important trait for success. Productivity depends on our smart utilization of the latest breakthroughs in technology and psychology for efficiency.

The best way to prepare yourself for change is to equip your brain with meta-learning tools. Read books and blogs. Simply familiarizing yourself with the basics of speed-reading, mnemonic memorization, and general organization will upgrade your productivity for almost any task you face.

Know when to say “no”…

Every time you say ‘yes’ to something you don’t want to do, this will happen: you will resent people, you will do a bad job, you will have less energy for the things you were doing a good job on, you will make less money, and yet another small percentage of your life will be used up, burned up, a smoke signal to the future saying, ‘I did it again.’” – James Altucher, author of Choose Yourself.

Don’t just know your priorities, protect them. Whenever possible, it’s essential to say “no” to anything that is not in line with what you really want. Often, if you are feeling unproductive, it’s because you weren’t working on a central task in the first place.

… and when to say “yes”

Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.” – Martha Stewart

While saying “no” will allow you to focus all of your energy on your priorities, there will always be stages in your career when being open to new ideas is important for fine-tuning or upgrading your focus. Many successful and innovative marketing campaigns have been developed with the principle of ‘no bad idea’. So, while you need to limit distractions in your work life, an openness to creative solutions is a tool worth holding on to.

Use these 3 tools to upgrade your productivity level. If you strive for innovation in your personal approach to work, and remain aware of your choices and priorities, you will be bound to succeed.