21 Tips to Become the Most Productive Person You Know

21 Tips to Become the Most Producitive Person You KnowI wanted to help you create explosive productivity so you get big things done (and make your life matter).

Here are 21 tips to get you to your best productivity.

#1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.

#2. Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action.

#3. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes.

#4. Mess creates stress (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganized, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done.

#5. Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful versus doing the things that will get you to your dreams.

#6. Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life (the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm).

#7. Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.

#8. Get up at 5 am. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life.

#9. Don’t do so many meetings. (I’ve trained the employees of our FORTUNE 500 clients on exactly how to do this – including having the few meetings they now do standing up – and it’s created breakthrough results for them).

#10. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.

#11. Outsource everything you can’t be BIW (Best in the World) at. Focus only on activities within what I call “Your Picasso Zone”.

#12. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and drop our IQ by 5 points!). Be one of the rare-air few who develops the mental and physical discipline to have a mono-maniacal focus on one thing for many hours. (It’s all about practice).

#13. Get fit like Madonna. Getting to your absolute best physical condition will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity.

#14. Workout 2X a day. This is just one of the little-known productivity tactics that I’ll walk you through in my new online training program YOUR PRODUCTIVITY UNLEASHED (details at the end of this post) but here’s the key: exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. So do 20 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 6 or 7 pm to set you up for wow in the evening.

#15. Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy. And get less done.

#16. Work in 90 minute blocks with 10 minute intervals to recover and refuel (another game-changing move I personally use to do my best work).

#17. Write a Stop Doing List. Every productive person obsessively sets To Do Lists. But those who play at world-class also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.

#18. Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day – get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8 hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic books on audio + excellent podcasts and valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.

#19. Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save so many of them.

#20. Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days. And so they make mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mindset of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems.

#21. Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results.

I truly hope these 21 productivity tips have been valuable to you. And that I’ve been of service. Your productivity is your life made visible. Please protect it.

Stay productive.

Robin Sharma

P.S. I’m so excited to share that – after YEARS of requests – I’ve finally created a premium productivity program with my advanced strategies to get your most important goals done fast. It’s on sale at a very special price right now, but only UNTIL THIS TUESDAY AT MIDNIGHT so I strongly encourage you to get yours right now: http://www.robinsharma.com/yourproductivityunleashed

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76 Responses to “21 Tips to Become the Most Productive Person You Know”

  1. SREERAJ P says:

    I just completed reading “The Leader who had no title” ….And am following up on this website of yours…Thank You..:)

  2. Niteesh says:

    Cheers Robin!

    Thanks for the push.

  3. Aaron says:

    Thank you sir! These tips are awesome

  4. ben says:

    I thought this was a great article for almost everything. I could not help the fact that you said Thomas Edison was productive. He might have been, but he does not deserve the title. He is an immense jerk. He did not invent the light bulb. All he did was murder an innocent man, take undeserved credit, and publicly electrocute peoples house pets.

  5. Tiffany Dawn says:

    Thanks for these great tips! I have found it very helpful. I keep a “master weekly agenda” which outlines my daily routines and then I fill it in each night with the specifics for that particular week. I have made several changes to it based on some of your tips. For example, I will no longer check email before bed because of #21.

  6. frd says:

    Thanks but its seems quite impossible for me. I have tried like this way several time but nothing goes as i planned so i give up planning and doing this kind of thing. But your article is quit inspirational so i wanna try this one more time.

  7. K kundan yadav says:

    Thanks for being so specific.I love your ‘How to’ approach for better productivity..
    I am going to ponder and implement on ’10th point’ from today itself.

  8. janaki rama says:

    it was very usefull for life

  9. P.Espin says:

    I have read your book A LEADER WHO HAD NO TITLE, it is a fantastic book. thanq so much……..

  10. leonirobin says:

    hi sir

    hope u well, those tips are simple and

    valuable to me,

    thank you sir

    do well

  11. leonirobin says:

    hi sir

    hope u write well

    I had little settings pblm n my mobile

    I can’t see ur videos

    I’ll correct t soon

    do well sir

  12. Dadou says:

    Thank you for the tips! I think a great method to stick to this tips is to use the appropriate application on your laptop/Phone/Tablet. There are many apps that allow you to practice efficiently these tips. I use Beesy on iPad which is an all-in-one for productivity and I’m pretty good with it, above all it helps me prioritizing and keeping focus to one action at a time. I strongly recommend it!

  13. Student Of Life says:

    Thanks for the tips, very inspiring and useful.

  14. Dan Stark says:

    Great tips. I’ve used an app called “Business Messenger” that’s really helped me be more productive. bzm.gr. It adds text to my desktop office number, and I can send texts from my phone, computer or tablet. Seems to be more efficient with my clients and it’s free. Check out in app store or bit.ly/1qVQWYq.

  15. Allyson Gardner says:

    Agree with Dan. Business Messenger has completely changed the way that I work – much more efficient now and can easily separate my life between work texts and business texts.

  16. N Scholten says:

    Thanks for the amazing tips!

  17. Afghanistan(mfa.amin@gmail.com says:

    It’s very valuable article and can put this in our daily routine so that we can have the best outcome to control our entire irrelevant tasks for being productive person.

    Warm Regards,
    Farooq Amin

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  19. Sandra says:

    Robin, I absolutely agree with your point on the T.V. I hate it. It is my husband’s go-to and it drives me nuts. As I type this, I hope it breaks down.

  20. Michael Wayne says:

    I like the way you think Robin! Especially the tip about watching t.v. The working out and staying fit aspect of successful life is so true though. When I’m on my game physically, life is flowing so beautifully. Also the “quit waiting around for perfect conditions” tip seems as if it was directed at me. Anyway, thank you very much Robin. I’ll definitely be using the webpage and looking into other works that you created. Thx!

  21. Ashok says:

    dear guru….i read ur books but ……can u pls give tips to recover from past stigmas like love failure , death of loved one’s, humiliation moments… coz now a days tons of authors are available to teach SUCCESS but none teaches us how to restart again frm failures..i m very depressive person but after reading ur books a HOPE took birth inside me..ur books is not less than any psychiatric counseling… hoping ua help

  22. John Francis says:

    Very useful tips for those who want to increase their efficiecy

  23. esther says:

    veru helpful thanks a lot

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  25. Mustafa says:

    Its has always been a pleasure to read Robin Sharma’s writings. His sense of observation in minute details make the reader read farther and farther into the context. He is one of the prominent Indian writers of the 21st century providing people with boosts and (written tonics). I hope you never stop here and keep writing till you’ve broken the keypad of your laptop!

  26. Asha Kanta Sharma says:

    Thanks for this great article…learned a lot

    Keep up the great work….

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