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