5 Unorthodox Productivity Tips to Get More Done

It doesn't matter what you do for a living in or where you work - everyone is looking for productivity tips to get more done. Everyone is looking for ways to get their jobs done faster, easier, with fewer headaches. But, what if I told you that true productivity doesn't just come down to making a task list and checking things off when you finish. It takes more than that. True productivity lies not only in how you manage your time - but in how you manage your mind.

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So follow these 5 uncommon tips to become an all-around more productive person.

1. Clean Up Your Messes

First, clean up your messes. When you live in a state of mental and physical clutter, it’s likely that you won’t be very productive. Incomplete projects, unfinished business, and piles of cluttered messes can weigh you down and take away from the energy you have to move forward toward your goals. When you don't complete tasks, you can't be fully prepared to move into the present, let alone into your new future.

What this means is that in order to be productive, you must complete any unfinished business or tasks that have been holding you back.

2. Focus!

Next, focus! The most successful people create entire days dedicated to focusing. A Focus Day is a day in which you spend at least 80% of your time operating in your core genius, or primary area of expertise—interacting with people or processes that give you the highest payoffs for the time you invest. To be successful, you must schedule more Focus Days and hold yourself accountable for producing the results. The more you focus on your highest payoff activities, the more productive you’ll be.

3. Just Say No

Third, learn how to say no. If you are going to increase your results and your income, as well as increase the amount of free time in your life, you are going to have to eliminate those activities, requests, and other time-stealers that don’t have a high payoff.

You will have to structure your work so that you are focusing your time, effort, energies, and resources only on projects, opportunities, and people that give you a huge reward for your efforts. You are going to have to create strong boundaries about what you will and won’t do.

4. Practice the Rule of 5

Next, practice the Rule of 5. The Rule of 5 simply means that every day, you must do five specific things to move your most important goal toward completion. By committing to take meaningful daily actions to achieve your goals, you will accomplish more than you thought possible in a surprisingly short amount of time.

5. Meditate

Meditation is very important when it comes to productivity. In general, through meditation, you can do many things better. When your mind is clear, you make better decisions, you’ll be able to focus on your most pressing issues, you're more creative, you have much greater awareness of the world around you, and you ultimately get more done. All these are great benefits.Pick one of these productivity tips and begin implementing it today. Leave a comment below on which one you are choosing to implement first starting today, and I’ll be sure to follow up with you.

In order to be productive, you must also learn to plan and execute on your goals. Click the button below to download my free 12-month goal planner and get started.

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5 Leadership Traits of Great Leaders

Whether you’re climbing the corporate ladder, building a network marketing downline, working for social change, or even coaching a Little League team or organizing a civic event, knowing leadership traits of effective leaders will make you more successful in any role.

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Becoming a leader gives you the opportunity to magnify your impact in the world. It allows you to leverage the hearts and actions of others toward the achievement of goals and objectives that you care about. It allows you to produce bigger results faster than you could ever do on your own. And while we’re not all destined to become leaders on a level with John F. Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Steve Jobs or Mother Teresa, we can all learn to develop our leadership skills for positive impact in our organizations and our local communities.

Along the way, we can even transform the people we lead.

We can help them grow, expand and improve.

We can help them cope better, think bigger, and become more confident.

Growing people is what transformational leaders do every day. And there are really five key qualities that I think elevate someone to the significance of a great leader.

Great Leaders are Open to Feedback

The first is that a great leader is open to feedback. They aren’t afraid of hearing the truth. In fact, they pro-actively seek out feedback from their team, their peers, the marketplace, and their customers – in whatever form those individuals might be. They don’t argue with the feedback or get angry. They just take it in as information.

Leaders Create a Safe Space

Next, a great leader creates a safe space for people to voice their ideas, concerns, and solutions. Nothing should be off the table.

They Listen Without Prejudice

In fact, listening without prejudice is probably the greatest skill of a leader. It’s how new ideas get heard and gain traction. It’s how new products are invented, new methods are developed, and innovative solutions become mainstream solutions.

Leaders Use Sensible Responses to Different Situations

What’s number four? True leaders understand that they have the opportunity and ability to respond differently to every situation. When events arise – good or bad – leaders see these events as neutral. But they see their response to that event as crucial.

Good leaders know that the way they respond can save a situation or make it worse. They can turn a negative event into an opportunity for positive change. They can turn mistakes into teachable moments for their team. And they can use sensible responses as examples that transform their team members into smarter, more innovative and more collaborative participants in reaching the goal.

They Transform Other Team Members into Leaders

Which brings to my fifth quality of great leaders: they transform individual team members into people with leadership qualities who can take on greater responsibilty and begin leading key aspects of a project, business or initiative.

Mary Parker-Follett, who was a pioneer in organizational theory and behavior, once said that, “The most essential work of the leader is to create more leaders.”

The world is getting ever more complicated. As a leader, you’ll face increasing levels of uncertainty and complexity—that’s just how the world works. You can’t possibly know or control everything. So one way to overcome this is to coach your people to take a leadership role in their part of the project.

Growing people is something we in the transformational and human potential field have been doing for decades.

Over the past few years, I’ve worked with a number of emerging leaders to hone their skills and give them the tools and training they need to transform team members into smart, motivated, responsible and forward-thinking people who are focused and driven to achieve goals in their organization.

Learn How to Train Others Great Leadership Traits

For 40 years, I’ve been refining something we call The Canfield Methodology – a combination of personal transformation exercises and success skills that we’ve brought to literally millions of people in 108 countries. I’m now helping to develop the next generation of conscious leaders who are skilled not just at meeting organizational goals, but also at growing the next wave of leaders and innovators for their organization.