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8 Daily Habits: What Efficient People Have in Common

By Mekari TalentaPublished 01 Feb, 2023 Last updated 20 March 2024

Are you typical procrastinate person who wish that your day be more productive and most importantly efficient?

Staying ahead of the curve, leading, and excelling in our jobs require high level of efficiency. That’s called efficient people.

Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose, reveals that efficient people do particular things to keep everything efficient.

Here are the things that efficient people do differently.

We’ve all known that person who always seems to be getting things done. Whether a friend or a colleague, this is the person whose work is always done early.

The one who somehow manages to finish hour-long tasks in 20 minutes.

The one people describe as a robot or machine, because surely no simple human could work as quickly as they do.

And yet these people exist, cranking away at maximum efficiency.

What do these highly productive people have in common? How do they do it?

1. They Learn Efficiently

They read something new efficiently. If they read, they skimming it. If they listen, they do it at faster speed.

When you’re learning, you’re growing. When you’re growing, you’re bringing new opportunities to yourself and to those around you.

A simple efficiency hack is to increase the speed of your reading 2x or more.

This may need training but when they training, they do it at faster speed as well.

2. They’re Remove Unnecessary Things

Deirdre Breakenridge, author of Social Media and Public Relations: Eight New Practices for the PR Professional, takes a step further by “As much as possible, when I’m in meetings, I remove unnecessary technology.

At times, this means no smart watch, smartphone, or laptop in front of me.”

Read too: Are You Just Jumping into Startup? These Books May Help You

3. They Listen More

Besides unnecessary devices, Breakenridge went on to share that, “When you listen to what people are saying, you eliminate the time-consuming guesswork that occurs after the meeting.

Listening carefully allows you to move forward with clear direction, purpose, and high efficiency.”

4. They Get Sufficient Sleep and Spare Some Time for Exercise

We all know that sufficient sleep is important.

But for some, they feel unrealistic.

Bill Arzt, co-founder of the hot startup FitReserve, offers a shortcut that’s helped him.

He suggests you “Replace networking with sweaty activity.

Combine your meetings with workouts.” By now, exercise is as important as good sleep.

5. They Live Simply

Living simply means knowing what it means to be productive. Efficient people are sculptors of their own lives.

They take away instead of add. They don’ say “yes” too much.

When they will help people, they will help to essential things that matter and say “no” more often if it’s unnecessary.

6. They Don’t Waste Time With Emotional Battles That Don’t Matter

Alex Baydin, founder and CEO of PerformLine, said that “I have found it very helpful to mentally assign the emotional battles of running a startup to one of two buckets.

Bucket A -the stuff that matters bucket. Bucket B- the stuff that doesn’t matters bucket.

Every time I am faced with an issue, my first course of action is to decide Bucket A or B.” He confessed that, “The vast majority will fall into Bucket B. The few issues that truly matter I then deal with head-on.”

7. They Throw Away To-Do Lists and Automate Menial Tasks

Efficient people don’t just determine how urgent something is.

They also determine how long something matters, it means: What can they do today that will have the greatest impact down the line? Success is no longer related to volume.

Success is determined by the significance the task in life. We can then investigate ways to automate those important yet time-consuming actions.

Rory Vaden, author of Procrastinate on Purpose, share a profound idea “Automation is to your time as compound interest is to your money.”

Read too: The Habits Which Millionaires Have in Common

8. They Prioritize Their Life

Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: Disciplined Pursuit of Less, speaks about the efficiency in his book.

He said that efficient people know what they want and put their goals first. Because if they don’t prioritize their own life, someone else will.

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