- Begin with the end in mind and be a completionist. To be an exceptionally productive person, the leader must set out with a clear vision of what he/she wants to accomplish and what the future they desire will look like when they get there.
It is that singular habit of grave determination a leader uses to complete whatever they set out to do. Being an exceptional productive person means you complete all the task on your daily to do list. It means you are a completionist, thus leaving nothing undone. No abandon projects or push over assignments.
- Do what others fear to adventure. When a leader goes into terrains others fear to get into and commits to making a difference, their activities set them apart as exceptional people. It is usually difficult for individuals to shine in a field where many other individuals are regarded as great achievers.
- Wake up early and win your first battle. The reason why a lot of people are largely unproductive and cannot be exceptional in what they do is that they fail to win their first daily battle. The first battle everyone faces each day is the battle of the bed, the time they wake up and face the challenges of the day.
Many fail to win the battle of the bed because of poor preparation. When an individual has no gainful plan for a new day, they struggle on their bed and contemplate whether to wake up is the right thing to do or have more sleep every morning.
- Delegate. Delegating responsibilities to team members while the individual focuses on more challenging and important core functions is a great way for a leader to be exceptionally productive.
- Automate your processes. The introduction of technology to drive processes and workflows helps a leader to remove operational inefficiencies from their daily routines.
- Reduce the number and hours spent in meetings. No matter the benefits derivable from holding meetings, the rule should be that the meetings should not hinder the ability of team members to perform their daily responsibilities.
- Have time to reflect. Reflection helps a leader to think through their actions, processes, people, results and future.
It is that time the leader steps back and says wait a minute, what happened to us? Reflection helps the leader to evaluate results against plan, detect deviations and probe why they happened.