Getting things done is a great feeling. There are few things more satisfying than making a big ‘to-do’ list and then being able to cross off every single item on the list. It’s comparable to other truly satisfying tasks like putting a USB in the slot the right way around the first time, or having exactly the right amount of Vegemite for your toast first time.
One of the benefits of being prepared and proactive is that you get more stuff done, which can put you in the zone of being a high achiever. If you’re thinking that you want to start kicking some goals you should probably start adopting these key habits which are used by high achievers all over the world.
Get plenty of sleep every night
A key part of being able to perform to your peak is ensuring that you get enough sleep every night for the tasks ahead of your day. All of your day’s performance depends on your ability to get enough sleep the night before. Part of getting a great sleep is ensuring that you have a great mattress to sleep on, so if you know that you have a terrible mattress, you should probably invest in a new one at some point or another. The guys at Oz Mattress have a great selection of quality mattresses at a great price, and I was lucky enough to find the perfect mattress with them when I needed to buy a new one last year.
Use your key performance times
While it’s a nice idea to think that every hour in the day is the same, the truth is that you have different levels of energy depending on what day and time it is. Some people are far more productive in the morning, and other people are better in the evenings. Other people still find it easiest to get a lot done in the dead of the night as the silence creeps in around them. It’s not better to be one or the other, it’s just different depending on what kind of work style you have. The point is that you embrace the way that you work and that you work to your style of productivity. Productivity isn’t the sum of your time management techniques – it’s more about working out what works best for you in a blend of the best kind of time and energy required to complete a task. Ask yourself if you’re wasting your most productive hours on Facebook – and if so, think about whether you can better organise your day.
Be vicious with your distractors
When you’re multitasking, you lose the ability to be as productive as you want to. You will be a rare person indeed if you can multitask and be productive when the phone is vibrating with messages, Skype and Facebook. High achievers are able to compartmentalise their tasks so that when something needs to be done there’s no messaging or anything else going on.A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. ~Bo Bennett #quoteClick To Tweet
Get the most important things done first
High achievers always work to a philosophy of getting the most important task out of the way first so that they can then focus on the less important (but still vital tasks) without the pressing and looming fear from the most important task. It’s very hard to focus on a task when you’re worried about getting something else done – so be sure to use this one to your advantage.
Make a list and check it twice
When you’re a high achiever, you know exactly what you have on to do today and what you have to do to get it done. The best way to understand what you need to do and when is to keep a big list of tasks and to ensure that you are ticking things off regularly.
Good luck being a high achiever – and all the best with your year of kicking goals.