What makes the super-productive different from the rest of us? What goes on in their heads?
Not that you should spend a massive amount of time trying to ponder this question, but there are certain things to keep in mind when you want to super-charge your career simply by changing your philosophy and the ways that you approach business.
Here are some of the big things that the most productive people tend to stay away from, simply because they have a corrosive effect on productivity and tend to hurt a person’s reputation over time.
Giving in to Distractions
Most really successful people are able to withstand the temptation to get sidetracked from their work, and tend to keep their eyes on the prize. To gain from this principle, make sure to minimize your vulnerability to distractions, including gossip. It’s human nature to want some relief from operational details and policy questions and all of the rest of it, but the more an accomplished career professional can focus in and filter out what’s around them, the better chance they have of advancement.
Don’t be a Follower
Here’s another trait that a lot of really productive and successful people have in common — they’re not waiting for anyone else to lead.
It’s not that successful people can’t work together, or that they have to be in charge all of the time. It’s just that in a vacuum when nobody is taking any initiative or making any moves, the successful person will take that opportunity to move the ball forward.
Ward off Negativity
Negativity is another thing that kills productivity, and careers.
The most productive and successful people won’t spend time complaining about things they can’t change. If the job isn’t right for them, they’ll find something else, instead of staying and passively complaining for years (assuming such a move is possible or prudent for their families). They’re always looking for solutions to problems, not letting problems dictate the ways that they behave at work.
You Can’t Box Me In!
Another trait that very successful people often have is a healthy distaste for excessive rules and regulations. Again, this doesn’t mean they won’t follow policies — but it means they’ll be looking for ways to think outside the box and get things done. As a result, they’re likely to have some amount of resistance to excessive regulation or micromanaging.
Get Out of the Rut
As much as they will often resent being boxed in or restricted by others, productive people also won’t tolerate being restricted by their own limitations, or falling into a complacent and passive situation where they’re not struggling for change. While some careerists will allow themselves to settle into a comfortable rut, super-productive individuals will always be looking for that next step and the next rung on the ladder.
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