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12 Tips to Build Highly Productive Personality - Unconventional Habits

Updated on November 10, 2012

Making small changes in the way you work and think can add enormous benefits to your productivity and the way you feel about your job, your future and even about yourself.

1. Use meditation techniques

This may seem like an unconventional approach but isolating yourself for a short period of time and mediating in a stress-free environment is shown by experts to be the top way of enhancing your willpower. It helps you to remain focused on your tasks for the day.

2. Start the day well

If your day starts badly, it's difficult to catch up. By starting your day well, you are a step ahead. Everyone will have their own ideas about what their morning routine should be and it's fine to tailor the first minutes of the day to your own personal needs.

3. Imagine the day ahead

Use the power of your imagination to see the day ahead in your mind's eye. Think about what you want to achieve. Set realistic goals for the day and imagine yourself completing these tasks well and smoothly. Give yourself a positive edge by simply spending a few moments imagining a successful day.

4. Be well-rested

In today's world, we seem to be busy all the time but our bodies and our brains need regular breaks from work. Working constantly without resting is against nature. Physically and mentally it’s essential to take a break to renew your energies and 'recharge the batteries'.

5. Add activity

Use your break periods to take mild exercise. If it's possible within your work environment, get out into the fresh air and breathe deeply as you take a gentle stroll. If you can, walk in pleasant surroundings for a few minutes. Let your mind relax and forget about your work.

6. Be focused

The more focused you are, the more productive you will become. It can be difficult to remain focused if your workplace has other people who might distract you so it's a good idea to create a 'to-do' list of the tasks you intend to achieve.

7. Take a break from technology

It seems that most people today spend their time peering at screens of various types. If we’re not working at a computer, we’re reading the news on a tablet or sending a text from our phones. Our bodies weren't designed for this activity so take regular breaks from all technology devices.

8. Organize your workspace

If your workspace is set up efficiently, it's much easier for your work to be equally efficient. Check when you're working that you are comfortable. Make sure that the lighting is good to avoid eye strain.

9. Aim to read quickly

We have so much to read and this can take up a great part of our day. Gradually teach yourself to skim effectively, gathering the salient points of the article or report you are reading. Don't be distracted by other items on the website or magazine pages you’re reading.

10. Give thanks

Did you know that studies show that a cheerful worker is more productive? When you take a break from your work, take a moment to think about the blessings you have in life. Be sure that you appreciate them. This positive attitude will carry through to your work.

11. Breathe correctly

Breathing is something we rarely think about and yet it's vital to our productivity. The brain needs oxygen to do its work so remember to take deep breaths. This aids relaxation and focus.

12. Accept assistance

No-one is super-human and by asking for help you're not showing weakness. In fact, asking for assistance is the sign of a person who is confident in their abilities. Your co-workers will be happy to share their skills and knowledge.


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      Aditya Soni 5 years ago from India

      Hii Kimberly Vaughn

      Its nice to see you here. And also thanks for the compliments. I must say that i read your hubs also and all the hubs were just fantastic but the best est hub which i felt was " Tips and Strategies for Motivating Students".......Do come on my future hubs :)

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      Sally Branche 5 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Good common-sense advice! Voted up and useful!

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Useful. The last tip is probably the best. Too many of us are unable to delegate or ask for assistance, because they haven't practiced their communication skills. It's too easy to take on too much work, "I can do that" is frequently turned against them by lazy bosses, who take advantage of eager staff, rather than look around for somebody else to give a job to.

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      Tamara Wilhite 5 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      Good tips. Here's another. I have found that making lists each day helps. It has to be important enough to write down on paper and limiting to one sheet keeps it short enough to be manageable in one day. I check things off as I go through the day. I found that if I had digital to do lists, I'd create a lot of "to do" items and accomplish few. Focusing on the top 10 helped me achieve them.

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      Sam 5 years ago

      I think you’ve covered almost everything here. But I’m wondering how to apply tip #6 since, in my case, I have my kids who love to roam around our house and scatter all books they love to read without putting them back on its place. Plus, the noise. Maybe I should live an apartment away from my kids. LOL. Anyway, I love reading all your tips and I’ll try applying them daily. Oh, one thing, If I may share an article about productivity this blog is a good read too.


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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Simple and sweet, gets right to the point, great read, thanks.

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      Kimberly Vaughn 5 years ago from Midwest

      All great suggestions! Thanks Writerscentro!