8 Practical Productivity Articles You Need to Read 67

8 Practical Productivity Articles You Need to Read

Productivity is closely related to success in every area of our lives.

We’re all after the right techniques, strategies and resources that can help us double our results, perform better and do it faster at the same time. And that’s absolutely possible.

Productivity, time management, personal organization – these are skills you’re developing at every stage of your life and you can always take it to the next level if you’re determined to achieve more and learn new things.

The main difference in those who succeed at becoming more productive, is that they’re constantly looking for a new approach to try, learn from the masters in the niche, listen to advice from others, are open to new techniques even if they sound too simple or too complex. The desire to try and do things differently is what makes you stand out.

So if you’re reading articles on productivity anyways, or are looking for a few new ones to check out, here are some that are worth your attention:

1. Have More Time by Answering These 12 Questions

The power of self-analysis is underrated. But often, there’s no better way to get awesome results and see ourselves more productive and successful, than to ask ourselves a few specific questions about what we do and how it can be improved, and to try to answer these as honestly as we can.

Also, it’s important to do it repeatedly, not just once. We change and grow all the time, so our way of thinking transforms too.

In this article on productivity and time management you’ll find 12 practical questions to ask yourself daily to exceed in life, assess your current situation, and – ultimately – make the necessary changes to see progress sooner.

2. Get Things Done from The Moment You Wake Up with The Right Morning Routine

It’s easier to build momentum and make sure you’ll hustle all day if you begin it right. In this case, a powerful morning ritual including the right activities can set you up for success.

Kickstart your day with the right morning habits, and you’ll have the energy, mindset and motivation to keep going till the evening.

3. How to Plan Your Ideal Day

I consider Taylor Pearson one of the smartest people I read online, one who’s constantly on the grow, experimenting with personal excellence, learning from the successful people in history, testing things to see what gives him best results, and optimizing his performance and behavior every single day.

That’s why he always comes up with super practical articles on productivity and how to do your work better.

In this post, he talks about finding the work only we can do, and moves on to exploring how we can do it more effectively. You can also see how his day goes, together with his exact morning ritual, daily habits, best practices, evening review, etc.

I suggest you take notes and then implement some of the things he discusses into how you do your work. You may find that planning out your day down to the last detail, and defining how a successful day looks like for you, is what you needed to maximize efficiency and double your results.

4. The Benefits of Daily Tracking

Start tracking everything you do, review the data you collect and brainstorm ideas on how to improve things, and your life will change forever.

In this post I discuss why tracking matters, how to do it properly, give examples of how some highly successful and productive individuals are doing it, and mention what areas of my life I’m tracking.

Writing things down and then going back to them to see the big picture and find our what needs to be eliminated, for example, can save you so much time in the future. Check out the article and start tracking things right away.

5. My Most Important Productivity Method

That’s an article on productivity from Leo over at ZenHabits. In it, he shares the simple steps to becoming more productive.

He considers fear one of the main reasons why we don’t get things done and gives practical tips on how to deal with it so that we can take action without overthinking.

6. The Power of Prioritizing

There’s too much to be done, but our time is limited. What do we do then?

We just choose what’s essential and do it first. That’s prioritizing and it’s how we can get closer to our goals sooner and be happy with our results.

In this blog post I give a simple step-by-step plan on how to prioritize, and list the areas in life that can be considered our priorities.

7. The Mistakes That Sabotage Our Productivity

It’s important to stop doing the things that make you less productive, before you move onto adding new habits and practices to get things done faster.

Here I’ve written about 6 things we do – often daily – that ruin our productivity, and what to do about each.

8. Practical Ways to Save Time by Doing Less

Who wouldn’t want to do less, save time but be even more productive at the same time?

Well, that’s what happens when you do things the smart way. Not all the tasks on your to-do list are necessary, not all the activities you do daily matter, and doing more usually leads to poor performance and wasting precious time.

Check out this productivity article to find out 9 ways to do less but get more in return.

These 8 posts should be enough to get you in the mood to develop a productivity mindset, give you ideas on what new approach to try next, and reveal to you some not-so-secret principles of efficiency and time management.

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 6

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.