11 Insane Productivity Hacks That Will Change Your Life Forever

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Below is a collection of productivity hacks from world leading figures that are both motivational and inspirational. 

So without further ado...

 

Tim Ferriss - Entrepreneur and Author of The 4 Hour Work Week

~Plan your day.

"Just a few minutes each morning can save you hours of wasting time or scattering your effort each day. Get centered on what truly matters each morning."

"You can spend the whole of the day busy, but fail to tackle the most important items, which in many cases are the hardest things on your plate. So isolate the one or two most important things you need to accomplish today. One or two only."

Richard Branson - Virgin Founder

~Exercise daily.

Richard’s number one “secret” to greater productivity is to keep fit and exercise. Exercise increases energy levels, helps you to sleep better and improves your focus and concentration.

“No matter where I am, I rise early — usually around 5:00 a.m. If tennis isn’t an option, then I’ll go for a walk or a run, or jump on my bike. If I’m near the ocean, and there’s enough wind, I’ll go for a kitesurf.” 

Blake Mycoskie - Toms Founder

Inspirational art for constant re-inforcement

“I surround myself with inspirational quotations. This easy to follow piece of advice has played a huge role in my being able to get past my own fears and insecurities throughout my entrepreneurial career.” 

 

Seth Godin - Entrepreneur and best-selling author

~Be disciplined.

Seth avoids spending his energy and attention on distractions that don’t matter to his work such as e-mail browsing and social media. 

“What works for me of course won’t work for everyone. But for me, the issues are distraction and time management. If you’re like me, you’ll end up finding your energy and attention diffused into a maelstrom, lost to the winds of inanity, anger or trivia." 

Jeff Bezos - Amazon Founder

~Make decisions quickly.

“Most decisions should probably be made with somewhere around 70 percent of the information you wish you had. If you wait for 90 percent, in most cases, you’re probably being slow.”

“Many decisions are reversible, two-way doors— for those, so what if you’re wrong? If you’re good at course correcting, being wrong may be less costly than you think, whereas being slow is going to be expensive for sure.”

“High-velocity decision making environment is more fun too.”

 

Steve Jobs - Apple Founder

~Focus.

Steve Jobs believed a key to productivity is knowing when to say “no.”

“Focusing is about saying ‘no.” Focus means saying ‘no’ to the hundred other good ideas, so you have to decide what it makes sense to spend time and energy on, and what doesn’t".

Barack Obama - US President

~Cut down your choices.

"You'll see I wear only gray or blue."

"I'm trying to pare down decisions. I don't want to make decisions about what I'm eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make."

"You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can't be going through the day distracted by trivia."

 

Elon Musk - Tesla Founder

~Less meetings

"Excessive meetings are the blight of companies and almost always get worse over time. Please get rid of all large meetings, unless you're certain they are providing value to the whole audience, in which case keep them very short."

 

Oprah Winfrey - US TV star

~Don't multi-task

“I have learned that your full-on attention for any activity you choose to experience comes with a level of intensity and truth. It’s about living a present life, moment to moment … That whole thing about multitasking? That’s a joke for me. When I try to do that, I don’t do anything well.” 

 

Paolo Coehlo - Brazilian best selling author

~Walk in solitude.

"Walking is, for me, my way of thinking, my way of meditating. It is not that I’m thinking. But I’m in a kind of trance totally connected with the present moment."

"And when I arrive from walking, I sit here, and then, I start really connecting. So when you sit down to write, there is this process of purge, this process of cleansing that only the important things remain."

 

Larry Page - Google Founder

~Treat people well. 

‘Treat people with respect and they’ll return the favor to your company’.

"People are the most important asset for your Company, and this is something that you should never forget. If you treat your employees with as much respect as your clients and potential clients, you’ll see how they’ll act the same with your company." 

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