PRODUCTIVITY

5 Things Productive People Never Do

Productivity is about doing less, rather than doing more.

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1️⃣ They never stop learning

After their formal education, these successful individuals keep absorbing knowledge throughout their entire lives. In contrast, the vast majority of those who succeed less rely solely on their prior knowledge to get them through life.

5 Things Productive People Never Do — Never Stop Learning
5 Things Productive People Never Do — Never Stop Learning

2️⃣ They don’t work hard for the sake of working hard

This is a flaw that so many of us make. Nowadays, society has started idolizing work. We work hard for the sake of working hard when in reality, we should only be working hard because the goals that we’re trying to accomplish need us to.

5 Things Productive People Never Do — Do Not Work For The Sake of Working Hard
5 Things Productive People Never Do — Do Not Work For The Sake of Working Hard
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3️⃣ The most successful never wander aimlessly

Here’s the catch. Most people think that there is such a thing as objective productivity. For example, meditation is productive, and watching TV or playing video games is unproductive. This is just not the case.

5 Things Productive People Never Do — Do Not Wander Aimlessly
5 Things Productive People Never Do — Do Not Wander Aimlessly
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4️⃣ Focus on the process

There’s this great book by Bill Walsh called “The Score Takes Care of Itself.”

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5️⃣ Stop saying YES!

Last but not least, on this list of things that super-productive and ultra-successful people don’t do is quite simple, but there’s more to it, so read till the end. This is the thing that people like Warren Buffet and Steve Jobs say make the difference between an incredibly successful person and just a kind of successful person. Most really productive people don’t often say “yes.”

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Bioinformatician at Oncobox Inc. (@oncobox). Research Associate at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (@mipt_eng).

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