For busy entrepreneurs, task overload is the new norm. With a barrage of emails, texts, calls, clients and employees constantly bombarding you, it’s near impossible to stay focused and productive. To survive and thrive as a leader in business in the coming year, you can’t be anything less than a productivity rock star
From productivity-amping morning and nighttime rituals, to Jerry Seinfeld’s daily procrastination crusher, to the hyper-efficient habits of the world’s wealthiest moguls, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a countdown of our top 10 most-read articles about productivity in 2016. Read them and tweak.
1. 5 Things You Should Do to Have an Insanely Productive Week
The pressure to get more done in less time constantly weighs on entrepreneurs’ minds. It’s a given. Working harder might sound like the answer, but often it’s not. In this post, Thomas Oppong, founder of Alltopstartups.com, discusses how avoiding busywork throughout the week can transform you into a productivity powerhouse.
2. The Zen of Waking Up Early: 10 ways to solidify a morning wakeup ritual
Get up earlier and master your own morning routines and find a way how to reward yourself for making progress. Waking up early is most definitely a keystone habit that has the potential to create a chain reaction to change and rearrange the other habits in your life.
3. 7 Insanely Productive Habits of Successful Young Entrepreneurs
From braving a brisk shower to taking a mindful hike, there are several small but mighty tweaks you can make to your schedule to boost your overall productivity. Empact co-founder Michael Simmons lists a smart septet of efficiency-building habits here. He them culled from an eclectic mix of successful founders from different industries. Try one (or more) and see what happens.
4. Golden Rules of Goal Setting – Five Rules to Set Yourself Up for Success
Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years’ time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today?
5. The 80/20 Rule and Listening to Your Inner Procrastinator
Whether you admit it or not, we all have an inner procrastinator. It’s a progress underminer, driving us to distraction and away from our goals. In this anecdote-anchored piece, author and online advertising pro Perry Marshall lets you in on how to recognize your inner procrastinator and — surprise — why you should actually listen to what it’s telling you.
6. How To Set, Plan, And Achieve Your Life’s Greatest Goals
Aspiring to be greater than the person you are today is the best way to push yourself in the direction you want to go. Sitting down and outlining your life’s goals will put you on the fast track towards success.
7. Let Go, Keep it Simple, Move Quickly: Secrets to Being a Productive Entrepreneur (Infographic)
Consume less. Walk more. Turn off your phone and your inner perfectionist. These are a few of highly productive entrepreneurs’ favorite things, well, most effective habits, according to this collection of infographics from Founders and Funders. Take some helpful productivity cues from them as you kick off the new year. Then, in the words of our own Catherine Clifford says, “let go of old habits and focus on becoming more efficient.” It does a bottom line good.
8. 50 New Year’s Resolution Ideas And How To Achieve Each Of Them
The New Year is slowly nearing, and with the holiday season already upon
us many people are indulging in retrospection and reevaluating some
of their life choices. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect
opportunity for all those who have failed to start making the changes
that they said they would make next week, next month, or perhaps when
9. Successful people share 11 ways to make 2017 your most productive year yet
Being more productive is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day. Experts share how they get
it all done. Round up the best productivity tricks.
10. Motivational Ideas To Kick Off Your Best New Year Ever
Do yourself a favor and take a moment between holiday madness to reflect
on the last 365 days. You’ve had some great successes, and you
should be proud of that. Write those warm and fuzzies down and put
them somewhere easy-to-reference on a proverbially rainy day.
11. 7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be More Productive in 2017
Now that 2016 is (finally) coming to an end, we want to make sure you
start the new year on the right note. All of those ideas, projects,
and new ventures that you’ve been putting off can get done no
matter how busy you think you are. It will just take some slight
tweaks to your daily schedule.
12. Why Slacking Off Can Speed Up Your Productivity
Being busy is very often a waste of time. Slacking off can actually get better results. It’s all about optimizing efforts. Think of the these as frameworks in which to optimize your own output. Try a few, keep the elements that work and ditch the rest.