17 Smart Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

17 Smart Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day

To be a productivity guru, you need a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort, according to Paul J. Meyer.

Here are 17 smart habits to adopt that will help you be your most productive self every day.

Are to-do lists ruining your life? Do your to-do tasks never actually get done? That's why I long ago ditched to-do lists.

Now, whenever I need to work on a high priority item (whether it's creating a deck or writing an article), I set an appointment with myself in my own calendar. Think of it as a meeting of one where you will focus 30 minutes, an hour, or a couple hours of your day solely to one important project or task.

Does that mean you have to get everything done in that block of time? No. Just create another appointment and repeat until your task is finished.

You've probably heard about the Pareto principle--that 20 percent of your effort will produce 80 percent of your results, while the final 80 percent of your efforts will product the last 20 percent of your results.

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Well, now let me introduce the Unicorn Principle.

In online marketing only about 1-2 percent of your stuff is really going to succeed. They will become what I call unicorns--magical content, ads, or offers that produce remarkable amounts of website traffic, engagement, and conversions.

The remaining 98 to 99 percent of your stuff are what I call donkeys--boring content, ads, and offers that most people really aren't interested in.

Whenever you find something that works well, learn from it. Figure out why it worked and how you can apply the Unicorn Principle to repeat that success.

This leads us to content marketing. Whenever you discover that you have piece of unicorn content, figure out how you can clone that awesome idea and turn it into 10 or 20 new pieces of content.

Did you publish a blog post that got 10x more traffic than usual? Consider turning it into additional articles, videos, a webinar, infographics, a presentation, social media updates and ads, or whatever other forms of content you can think of.

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Also, reuse a remarkable piece of content on other platforms, such as Medium or LinkedIn. Remember: even if your article does great, there are still many more people who haven't seen it.

Happy employees are more productive employees. But so many people are unhappy with their jobs.

Well, there's the 8-hour workday. Plus useless meetings, overtime, commuting, after-hours emails, and so on.

Maybe it's time for a paradigm shift where employees work less. We're already seeing some companies starting to experiment with five-hour workdays. Could we see more of this in the future?

All rich and successful people start their day around 4 a.m., right? Um, no.

Work when YOU are most productive, whether that's before the sun rises, right after lunch, or around midnight.

Just make sure to reserve those times every day for work. Start getting more stuff done!

I'm a procrastinator. That means I intentionally wait closer to a deadline before doing the work.

Doing things toward the end has two benefits: it forces urgency and focuses my mind. Procrastination helps me become a workhorse.

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Another big benefit of procrastination: sometimes tasks get changed, become a lower priority, or just go away entirely.

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