How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done
Spending more of your time working doesn’t always mean you’ll be successful. The key to being a successful person is not working more, but working less and working smarter.
Accomplishing your professional dreams and having time for fun, family, and friends can seem like an impossibility. A 2015 CNN survey showed that Americans who were employed full time worked an average of 47 hours per week. That is one of the highest averages in the world.
More and more people are realizing that you don’t have to work 40 plus hours to be successful. In fact, you can work less than you ever have and get more accomplished. All it takes is discipline, a routine, a few life hacks, and a commitment to your vision.
If you want to be successful, get more done, and work less, take some time to learn from these 7 practices of successful people.
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1. Disconnect In Order To Reconnect
Either disconnect from your work email over the weekend or set a short period of time to check it. Spend your time connecting with friends or family and enjoying your hobbies.
2. Create An 80/20 Rule
Create a daily work schedule that allows you to spend 80% of your time on the most important tasks and 20% on the necessary menial tasks.
3. Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
Successful people have countless demands on their time. Know what it is that you want to accomplish and be willing to say no to other projects if you have to.
4. Work Out Your Body And Brain
Exercise keeps your body and mind healthy. Read something interesting every day.
5. Prepare For Each Day
Plan and prioritize by making a list of the most essential tasks you need to complete each day.
6. Use Shorts Bursts Of Energy
Use techniques like the Pomodoro Technique to manage your energy and focus. Breaking up your work day in short work segments will keep you feeling energized.
7. Reflect On Your Work
Set aside time during your week to reflect on yourself and your work. Reflection gives you the opportunity to see what has been working and what hasn’t.