10 Productivity Habits to Steal From Other People

Here at SuperheroYou, we’re big believer in doing what works. So if something worked for somebody else, why not give it a shot? Here are 10 productivity habits to steal from other people.

1. Keep your promises.

Sure, this sounds like something your kindergarten teacher might say. But in fact, making a promise goes a long way towards keeping it – and keeping promises ensures you get things done and improves your relationships, which will help you get even more done. Learn how this can help you here.

2. Learn how to tell stories.

People aren’t moved by data – they’re moved by emotions, and more importantly, stories. Tell somebody a good story and they’ll remember you (or your company) forever! Telling good stories will also make others like you, so they’re much more likely to help you out when you need to get something done. So learn how to tell a good story and you’ll be golden.

3. Create a “Cone of Silence.”

Sure, it sounds silly – but it’s crucial for you to have time in your office when everybody knows they can’t interrupt you. That’s why Andrew Marsh, CEO of Fifth Column Games, has his employees put “cones of silence” on their desks when they need quiet time. Get your own symbol and make sure everybody knows what it means – a pair of headphones should do the trick.

4. Change the way you write your emails.

Many of us spend far too many hours going through our emails. But simply tweak the way you write your emails and you could halve your inbox in no time! Learn WorkHacks Founder Julia Roy’s tricks here.

5. Delegate.

Every real-life superhero from Al Roker to General MacArthur knows the power of delegating. It’s crucial to focus your energy only on the most important tasks and the ones that you can complete best. Learn to recognize when somebody else can complete a task better or more efficiently than you can, swallow your pride and hand it off.

6. Shorten your work hours.

Buffer’s first Content Crafter, Belle Beth Cooper, works for only 5 hours a day and consistently cranks out amazing original content. The key? She has firm deadlines and is laser-focused when she’s working. Try shortening your own work hours, knowing exactly what you want to accomplish, and see how much more you can get done.

7. Make decisions in 60 seconds. 

We’ve talked about decision fatigue – the more decisions you make throughout the day, the worse you get at making them. One way Neil Patel, founder of CrazyEgg, limits this is by giving himself a 60-second time limit for simple decisions. You’ll be surprised at how much mental energy this simple trick can save.

7. Carry around a notebook.

How much money might you have lost by forgetting all the amazing ideas you’ve ever had? That’s why several successful people carry around a small notebook to jot down all the random thoughts they have. Not all of your ideas will be gold, but some might be – and you might think of even more ways you can be productive.

8. Never say “I can’t.” 

Think the words you say don’t matter? Think again! Your brain wants whatever you say to be true – so it works to fulfill anything you say about yourself. That’s why business strategist Paula Onysko suggests saying, “How can I?” or “I don’t” instead.

9. Keep a clean desk. 

Several companies have a “clean desk policy” – you can keep your desk as disorganized as you want when you’re sitting in it, but it must be clean by the time you leave for the day. This is a great strategy to implement! Sure, a messy desk can promote creativity. But cleaning your desk every evening before you leave the office will help your brain reset from work mode to play mode, so you can enjoy your time off to the max. When you’re fully refreshed, you’ll return to the office ready to be as productive as possible.

10. Take notes on books.

When you read non-fiction books  to improve your life, what do you do with that information? Instead of forgetting it a few hours later, take notes so you can refer back to it and have it upgrade your life even more later on! Try Robert Greene’s notecard system for greater success.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Here at SuperheroYou, we’re big believer in doing what works. So if something worked for somebody else, why not give it a shot? Here are 10 productivity habits to steal from other people.

1. Keep your promises.

Sure, this sounds like something your kindergarten teacher might say. But in fact, making a promise goes a long way towards keeping it – and keeping promises ensures you get things done and improves your relationships, which will help you get even more done. Learn how this can help you here.

2. Learn how to tell stories.

People aren’t moved by data – they’re moved by emotions, and more importantly, stories. Tell somebody a good story and they’ll remember you (or your company) forever! Telling good stories will also make others like you, so they’re much more likely to help you out when you need to get something done. So learn how to tell a good story and you’ll be golden.

3. Create a “Cone of Silence.”

Sure, it sounds silly – but it’s crucial for you to have time in your office when everybody knows they can’t interrupt you. That’s why Andrew Marsh, CEO of Fifth Column Games, has his employees put “cones of silence” on their desks when they need quiet time. Get your own symbol and make sure everybody knows what it means – a pair of headphones should do the trick.

4. Change the way you write your emails.

Many of us spend far too many hours going through our emails. But simply tweak the way you write your emails and you could halve your inbox in no time! Learn WorkHacks Founder Julia Roy’s tricks here.

5. Delegate.

Every real-life superhero from Al Roker to General MacArthur knows the power of delegating. It’s crucial to focus your energy only on the most important tasks and the ones that you can complete best. Learn to recognize when somebody else can complete a task better or more efficiently than you can, swallow your pride and hand it off.

6. Shorten your work hours.

Buffer’s first Content Crafter, Belle Beth Cooper, works for only 5 hours a day and consistently cranks out amazing original content. The key? She has firm deadlines and is laser-focused when she’s working. Try shortening your own work hours, knowing exactly what you want to accomplish, and see how much more you can get done.

7. Make decisions in 60 seconds. 

We’ve talked about decision fatigue – the more decisions you make throughout the day, the worse you get at making them. One way Neil Patel, founder of CrazyEgg, limits this is by giving himself a 60-second time limit for simple decisions. You’ll be surprised at how much mental energy this simple trick can save.

7. Carry around a notebook.

How much money might you have lost by forgetting all the amazing ideas you’ve ever had? That’s why several successful people carry around a small notebook to jot down all the random thoughts they have. Not all of your ideas will be gold, but some might be – and you might think of even more ways you can be productive.

8. Never say “I can’t.” 

Think the words you say don’t matter? Think again! Your brain wants whatever you say to be true – so it works to fulfill anything you say about yourself. That’s why business strategist Paula Onysko suggests saying, “How can I?” or “I don’t” instead.

9. Keep a clean desk. 

Several companies have a “clean desk policy” – you can keep your desk as disorganized as you want when you’re sitting in it, but it must be clean by the time you leave for the day. This is a great strategy to implement! Sure, a messy desk can promote creativity. But cleaning your desk every evening before you leave the office will help your brain reset from work mode to play mode, so you can enjoy your time off to the max. When you’re fully refreshed, you’ll return to the office ready to be as productive as possible.

10. Take notes on books.

When you read non-fiction books  to improve your life, what do you do with that information? Instead of forgetting it a few hours later, take notes so you can refer back to it and have it upgrade your life even more later on! Try Robert Greene’s notecard system for greater success.

Liked this? Check out 10 Ways to Spend Less Time Online!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

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