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The 7 impressive habits of highly productive people

The 7 impressive habits of highly productive people
The 7 impressive habits of highly productive people

I have had the good fortune to see more than a few from very close quarters over the years.

I remember when one of my former employers once introduced a 'most productive employee of the month' programme to recognise journalists who wrote the most stories in a 30-day period or sub-edited some jillion articles or designed the most number of infographic-powered pages. Besides the recognition, it also entailed a sizeable monetary reward - which meant that more than a handful of the staff was interested in it. A few months into the scheme, however, it was discontinued because only a few usual suspects benefited from it month after month as if the scheme was rigged in their favour (it wasn't). Among the 250-odd employees in that media house, two reporting team members, one infographic artist and a photojournalist came out head and shoulders above everyone else.

So, what did these 'favoured' four do that others did not?

Thing is, while some of us thrive in chaotic settings, there are those that are born with a method sheet in their minds, who can chisel down a mountain of workload in no time by breaking it down into manageable parts. In the time that you and me would take to assess the enormity of the task at hand and come up with plausible reasons as to why it may overshoot the given timeframe, these Konmari avatars, having figured out a way (and its backup) to beat the deadline, would already be halfway through the job.

While I can't claim to be one of the super productive people, I have had the good fortune to see more than a few from very close quarters over the years. The one common trait that every such individual has is that they are master planners - planning every part of their job in finite detail. And, perhaps as important, they're disciplined enough to stick to the plan. They prioritise their projects, don't spend a minute more in meetings than required, set personal targets, are crystal clear on the expectations - and most, if not all, finish off their assignments with minimum fuss. And last but certainly not the least, they seem to be aware of their limits and limitations - and never overcommit or under-deliver.

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