Seven Things Highly Productive People Do Differently

By: Darcy Juarez on: June 23rd, 2013 15 Comments

Earlier this week, the false rumor that Tiger Woods had died flooded the Internet.  The rumor spread when someone created a “R.I.P. Tiger Woods” Facebook page.

Clearly some people have more time on their hands than they know what to do with.  They must if they can afford to waste their time on something that produces no benefit for themselves or anyone else for that matter.

What that person did willingly is something we all fear…

Wasting time.                 

Unproductive spurts can sneak up on you and take hold of you at any point in any given day.

So today I’d like to focus on things you may be doing which are stopping your productivity dead in its tracks.  These are things that super successful people do differently than people who just get by.

And once you adopt them for your own business they will help you get much more done in your day than you may have ever thought possible—giving you the freedom to spend your extra time any way you like.

Here are seven things you can do to join the ranks of super productive and successful people:

  1. Get up early.One thing the most successful people in business and in history have in common is that they are early to rise. Dan Kennedy, Donald Trump, Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway—all make (or made) the habit of getting up early. Those who get up early tend to be more proactive and thus have a more productive mindset.
  2. Avoid multi-tasking. Do one thing at a time and avoid shifting from one thing to another, so you maximize your brainpower.  For example, avoid checking your email throughout the day and instead check your email and reply to emails once a day during an allotted email time only.Work on one project for a pre-determined amount of time before switching to another project.  In most cases multi-tasking will cause you to get a lot less done. In fact, there’s even scientific evidence that multi-tasking makes you less efficient and is linked to short-term memory loss.
  3. Don’t let fear stop you. Think about the last time you took much longer to finish a new project. Did you rationalize that it took longer because it was something new you’d never done before? Productive people find ways to keep moving and push forward even when they are apprehensive or nervous about the final outcome.
  4. Treat your business like a business. Sure you started your business to have more flexibility—so that you could take off during the day or go to your kids’ soccer game, but you need to set business hours and stick to them.  Set boundaries and communicate these to your family, friends and clients.  And make sure  they respect them.  This will result in fewer distractions during your day and make you more productive during your dedicated work time.
  5. Schedule time to work on your business. CEO Scott Lang says, “For me a big part of productivity is being agile. I like to leave blocks in my day open.” Lang says this allows him to have time to find out about new opportunities. When he doesn’t have unexpected meetings, he uses that time to catch up on industry reports and self-education.Plus he uses that time to focus on big picture thinking. If you don’t plan for this, your schedule can become overbooked, never leaving you time for these very important facets that will ultimately be responsible for helping you grow our business.
  6. Seek help. Don’t do everything yourself. Farm out the things you don’t like to do and the things that aren’t essential for you to do so you can focus on the things you do best.GKIC member Eric Dohner, M.D. manages multiple streams of income, four business locations, a busy practice and keeps his family of seven children in focus at all times. Dohner says a major breakthrough for him was when he realized there was a lot of stuff his staff could do that he didn’t need to do. Now he only does what he needs to do which mainly consists of doing initial consultations and the actual procedure. Everything else is handled by staff.
  7. Identify time wasters & eliminate them. Take time to identify what is sucking your time and make a plan for eliminating them. For example, if you have a lot of phone calls throughout the day, this can be a huge distraction. Turn your phone off and schedule a time when you will make and return all of your calls.

Part of securing more time while making more money is working smarter, not harder…and thinking a little differently. When you follow these seven ideas found in the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, you’ll be more productive which in turn will free on more time, creating the independence you’ve been searching for.

NOTE: Dan Kennedy is one of the most successful –and productive people I’ve ever met. He gets more done in one hour than most get done in an entire day. If you feel your day slips away without accomplishing as much as you’d like to, then you’ll want to find out what Dan has to say about how to break through the common barriers that are stopping you from extreme productivity.

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Darcy Juarez has created marketing systems in the direct response and information marketing world that have gained national attention. As the Director of Marketing for GKIC , Darcy has taught thousands of business owners her step-by-step strategies for creating their own success and obtaining more time and more profits. For more money-making marketing tips, tactics and strategies, go to

15 Responses

  1. Mike Martel says:

    I definitely have to agree with your 7 items. The common thread I see is taking action. By just stepping out into the game, you will be further ahead than 80% of the others out there.

  2. I agree with everything and i would add: HAVE DISCIPLINE. Because people must take all these actions and must HAVE DISCIPLINE to follow through.

    • Golda Smith says:

      I agree that they should have discipline, but discipline isn’t something you do, it’s something you have.

  3. Dy Wakefield says:

    I agree with your “Seven things you can do to join the ranks of super productive and successful people.” This lets me know I need to step up my game to be in the ranks with the best.

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.


  4. Dr Doodle says:

    I need to crack the early start – I tend to work later into the night. Any suggestions on how to kick start early?

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  5. Roger Risner says:

    Good morning, great article but don’t give up on the hard projects just because you run into roadblocks that slow you down, put more energy in it and complete the task.


  6. Your blueprint for being more organized and thus more productive is excellent! I struggle with finding a balance, however, between being more productive and doing what is best for my business and my clients. I have two income streams, and have allocated my weekday time into blocks for both businesses. In my law practice I feel that I must be more responsive to my clients than checking emails only once per day, or taking and receiving phone calls only at specified times. While there are times that I can’t be available, I find myself multi-tasking when I am. I am giving some thought, though, as to how I can cut down on that. Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Pablo says:

    Interesting article, and without doubt these 7 positive habits apply for anything we’re trying to accomplish. We really take for granted that simple things can make a huge difference in one’s
    success. Prioritizing is just one more thing highly productive people do very well.

  8. A very good piece. Multi-tasking is one of the most misunderstood myths and really isn’t possible to do with any great success. I would add that successful people shape their environment, removing negative influences and distractions. Performance is connected very strongly to environment.

    Also, choose your mentors. Learn from successful people and adopt their behaviour.

    Best wishes,


  9. Ben Solomon says:

    Fantastic article.

    I find that, me trying to multi-task in the name of ‘efficiency’, ends up costing me a lot of time due to distraction and loss of focus.

    Now I’m working very hard to correct this and I believe I will see positive results with my business and life in general due to this.

    I’m also in the process of identifying and eliminating time wasters.

    One thing I probably wouldn’t agree with is the early-bird theory. There are a lot of people who are evening people, and even trying to manipulate this by going to bed early and getting up early doesn’t always work as they (I’m one of them) don’t have clarity in though and focus till about 10 – 11 am.

    Thanks for the fantastic reminder.

  10. David Kyte says:

    Just spent the last 2 hours listening to you in the car : )

    As you just said – Successful people build marketing SYSTEMS!


    Thanks Dan

    Dr Doodle
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  11. Victor says:

    This is great stuff that you have shared with us, you have just reminded me of what I have been thinking that works well for me plus much more that I did not know. Thanks

  12. LC Thomas says:

    I enjoyed the article and for the most part agree. However, the article leaves out other important aspects of life,such as making time for God and physical exercise. Some of the hero’s you mention while being financially successful don’t look very physically fit.
    Beware of the man who is financially successful but has poor health.

  13. Carol M. says:

    I am taking this home to study. I agree LC Thomas that making time for the Supreme Being (God/ess) is the most important thing, and health is 2nd most important.

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