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7 Habits of Highly Productive People

Take breaks and set SMART goals

By Ashley PagePublished about a month ago 7 min read
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Productivity is never an accident. It's the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer

Being a highly productive person means taking pride in your ability to get things done, big or small. The hallmark of a highly productive person is the capacity to think ahead and plan for contingencies that can disrupt progress. It's about tackling big tasks head-on, but also breaking them down into smaller chunks that are easier to manage.

Most importantly, being a highly productive person involves actively looking for ways to use resources more efficiently, so you can make sure no time is wasted and everything goes according to plan.

This habit of constantly looking for opportunities to optimize allows you maximize results with respect to effort put in, which then greatly contributes to an overall sense of satisfaction.

Here, I’ll discuss the seven most significant habits of highly productive people:

1. They wake up early and get a head start on the day

Waking up early is one of the most impactful habits highly productive people have.

Not only does it give you more time to complete tasks, but it also helps to start your day off in the right frame of mind. It is proven that those who wake up earlier are more alert and focused throughout their day.

Rising one hour earlier each day can make a huge difference in productivity and certainly helps to maximize your potential! It is no wonder so many successful people start their mornings before sunrise; wake up early and join them on their journey for success!

According to Business Insider, Apple's CEO Tim Cook wakes up at 3:45 every morning to get a head start on e mails and other important tasks. Xerox CEO Ursula Burns is awake up by 5:54 am to workout and check emails.

You see, there's substance in the saying:

"The early bird catches the worm" because the early hours are not only best for deep work, it's also the best time to meditate, reflect, and journal.

2. Create a to-do list and stick to it

I like to focus on three "MITs" or "most important tasks" throughout the day. I rarely have more than three things to do because it keeps me focused and stops me from procrastinating.

Making a to-do list every day helps you to keep track of what needs to get done, and in what order.

Highly productive people have a system for managing their tasks; once they know the most important tasks, they prioritize them before anything else. It is also beneficial to break down big tasks into smaller chunks so that they are easier to complete.

Having a system in place also helps with time management. Time is precious, and having a clear plan of action helps you to use it efficiently.

Consider time-blocking if you want to stay laser focused. What is time-blocking?

It's a strategy where you allocate specific time blocks throughout the day to focus on each task. This technique helps to create an organized routine and keeps distractions at bay.

I use time-blocking when I'm working on large projects. For example, when I'm creating a course or ebook. I create time blocks using Trello or Notion. I'm often done by 3pm which allows me extra time in the evening to spend with my family and friends.

Also, remember that self-care is crucial, don't neglect it! Take regular breaks, leave your desk to get some fresh air, or take a walk. Doing this will give you more energy and allow you to stay focused important tasks.

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3. Take breaks throughout the day to stay focused

Taking frequent breaks throughout the day can boost mental clarity and focus.

Regular breaks give your mind a chance to reset and recharge, allowing you to approach difficult tasks with renewed stamina and enthusiasm.

They can also help boost productivity levels by allowing you time to reflect on what you've accomplished and shift gears when necessary.

Taking a few moments away from your tasks can help prevent burnout and put things into perspective by providing some mental distance.

Breaks should be used as an opportunity to step away from work-related pressures, refocus, and clear your head. Not only does the occasional break re-boost concentration levels – it's also a great way to take care of yourself!

4. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods

Hydration is key to a healthy body and lifestyle. Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water has many benefits, such as boosting energy levels and helping flush out toxins from the body. Eating the right foods can give your body the nutrients it needs for proper functioning and can help prevent illnesses, too.

Eating healthy isn't hard either - try swapping unhealthy snacks with fresh vegetables or making a nutritious smoothie for breakfast instead of grabbing a bagel.

Adding more water and wholesome foods into your diet will help you stay vibrant, energized, and feeling your best!

I like to drink at least eight large glasses of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and to increase my energy levels. I also like to consume five portions of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

Studies show that dehydration can reduce cognitive function and impair performance, so it’s best to keep your body hydrated and fueled with healthy foods.

Boost hydration by adding a homemade rehydration drink to your daily routine. Here's a delicious and healthy recipe to try:

Delicious and Nutritious Coconut Water Recipe


✅2 cups coconut water

✅3 tablespoons lime juice

✅1 tablespoon agave syrup (optional)


✅In a large bowl, mix the coconut water with the lime juice and agave syrup if using.

✅Stir until well combined.

✅Chill for at least an hour in the fridge.

✅Serve over ice for a refreshing hydration drink!


5. Set realistic goals and deadlines for yourself

I like to set SMART goals and once in a while I set difficult goals to challenge myself however, to get started, I prefer to set SMART goals.

SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely; setting goals that are SMART makes it easier to reach your targets by breaking big tasks into smaller chunks. This strategy helps break down intimidating projects or tasks into manageable steps.

For example, if I want to complete an ebook in 30 days, my SMART goal would be “Write 5,000 words every week for the next 6 weeks”. Breaking down a project into smaller parts with realistic deadlines helps keep you motivated and on track.

Finally, don't forget to reward yourself when you achieve your goals. Celebrating your milestones, no matter how small, will keep you motivated and inspired.

6. Organize your workspace for maximum efficiency

Years ago, I spent Fridays working at my mentor's house, I would marvel over her beautiful, well-organized workspace . She had a designated place for her laptop and phone, space for her notebooks and files, and everything was arranged in an orderly fashion.

Having an organized workspace can help to manage projects easily. Different people prefer different organizational strategies; it all depends on individual preferences. I like to have my bills, receipts and documents filed neatly in folders, with my to-do lists pinned on the wall.

Having an organized workspace also gives me a sense of control and comfort. It's much easier to focus when everything is in its place, so take some time out to organize your desk and tackle any potential distractions. Find what works best for you and keep it that way!

7. Practice self-care

Self-care is all about taking time to slow down and focus on yourself. It can be anything from reading a book, going for a walk or even just taking some deep breaths. Allowing yourself to spend intentional time alone is important; it helps you clear your mind and recharge your mental energy levels.

Here are some ideas for self-care:

✅1.Learn to say no

✅2.Take regular breaks

✅3.Start a gratitude journal

✅4.Practice mindfulness meditation

✅5.Spend time outdoors or in nature

✅6.Make time for hobbies you enjoy

✅7.Eat healthy, nutritious foods

✅8.Get enough sleep and rest


These simple tips can help you lead a healthier and more productive life. Eating healthily, setting SMART goals, organizing your workspace and taking time for self-care are essential steps to achieve success and live a balanced life. Don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goals and keep an open mind as there is always something new to learn.


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  • Moneygram9 days ago

    Great post 🔥🔥🔥

  • Kieran Dunn20 days ago

    This article is really amazing. Thanks for the sharing.

  • Furkan Ceylan22 days ago

    Nice work!

  • Great article, I think that anyone who follows this advice will be glad they did

  • Carlos Cross27 days ago

    Great post. Very useful and helpful article. Keep posting this kind of amazing post ever.

  • KEVIN FRENCH28 days ago

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  • Martin Thomas28 days ago

    Great post

  • This is so accurate! And really helpful 👍

  • suman mohan29 days ago

    Useful article 👌

  • Amber Annabelle29 days ago

    Congratulations on being featured as a top story, it is well deserved 👏🏼

  • Umer Durrani30 days ago

    Simple yet effective

  • Laura30 days ago

    Awesome Article!! Simply Written

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  • Alfiya30 days ago

    Great article, loved how you talked about hydration and I immediately reached out for my neglected water bottle! XD

  • Freshlight Money about a month ago

    Excellent tips. I find it hard to wake up early though. Do you have any tips for finishing big projects?

  • Allie Bickertonabout a month ago

    These are all goals I am aware of… the hard part is actually implementing them. Getting up in the morning is the most difficult part for me…everything in my day snowballs from there. I’m going to try my best to stay focused tomorrow. I have a painting I need to do for my Mom’s birthday coming up very soon. Thank you for the reminder! Congrats on making the front page!

  • Dana Stewartabout a month ago

    Great tips, I'll initiate most of these - except the wake up early bit. :)

  • Diani Alvarengaabout a month ago

    Im a college student and I’m so stressed out with my courses. Will definitely do some of these!

  • JDabout a month ago

    really helpful thanks for sharing

  • KJ Aartilaabout a month ago

    Excellent ideas that inspire me to go deeper to organize my own system - I do most of these myself, but need to break it down more for better focus. :)

  • KEVIN FRENCHabout a month ago

    Great tips for a healthier, more productive life: eat healthily, set SMART goals, organize your workspace, and practice self-care. Remember to reward yourself and stay open to learning. Check out my post on social media and building a successful online business for valuable feedback.

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