Habits for an effective, productive person

If you haven’t read Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, now is the time. This book has sold 10 million copies and continues to be a best seller. Stephen Covey is an internationally respected leadership authority and promotes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness. I’ve read the book 3 times and recommend it to students every semester since I’ve been teaching.

I recently read an article that supports the Seven Habits notion of being highly effective in everything one does. The article, Eight Habits of Highly Productive People, is also a must read.

The author states:

I think productivity is really how you manage yourself, and the habits you practice. By selectively practicing certain habits over others, you can get a lot more output for your time. Here, I’ll share with you my top 8 habits in productivity. Practice them and compare how your productivity changes afterward.

Read the article, but here is her take on productivity:

Habit 1: Ruthlessly cut away the unimportant (and focus on the important)
Habit 2: Allocate breaks strategically
Habit 3: Remove productivity pitstops (i.e. distractions)
Habit 4: Tap into your inspiration
Habit 5: Create barriers to entry
Habit 6: Optimize time pockets
Habit 7: Set timelines
Habit 8: Automate everything possible
Apply the 8 Habits of Productive People

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