Super productive people never become like that in one day. It takes years of preparation, practice, and a disciplined lifestyle. There are tons of books available in the market to learn about how to make real changes in your life. Here I have collected the best 15 books of all time and their lessons to become the best version (0.2) of yourself.
“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” – David Allen, Book: Getting Things Done
Time is the most precious thing in this world. And the most misused tool as well. Don’t waste your valuable time by doing unnecessary works. Maintain a list and give priority to your most important task first, starting from morning to evening. In the morning time, you will feel fresh, and you can do the hectic work on a high priority level easily.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey, Book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Proper listing quality increases your productivity into a whole new level. But unfortunately, 90% of the people don’t listen properly. When you receive a task, or someone is giving you something, pay your 100% attention to them, what they want to tell what they need from you. Say yes! Only when you understand your task properly. Otherwise, ask them again. Remember asking again is not shameful; shameful is when you don’t deliver the product for which you are appointed.
“A lot of people wait for their moment of inspiration before they start, but what they don’t realize is that simply by starting, the inspiration can follow. It’s” – J.D. Meier, Book: Getting Results the Agile Way
There will be no perfect time for any work. Don’t wait for that imaginary time, start your work from where you are, or with what you have, grab your raw qualities, work day and night gradually you will become an expert. Luck only happens to them those who work theme hard. If you do your work properly, you shall be blessed by what you deserve.
Decisions made during periods of panic are likely to be the ones we want to forget about. – Graham Allcott, Book: How to be a Productivity Ninja
Always don’t be in a hurry to make any decision, take your time to think about your options, talk with your support stuff, make an outline, then take your decisions. Avoid being in chaos in the workplace.
“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” – Jim Loehr, Book: The Power of Full Engagement
Always keep your energy level up. Do regular exercise; take part in meditation and yoga. These things not only increase your ability to work but also increase your life expectancy. By keeping a cool and peaceful mind, you can do 2 x times of works. Take a look at the Benefits Of Meditation:
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the level of blood lactate.
- Improve your immune system
- Decrease any tension related problems. Read this full article here
“The majority of people who claim to be overworked work less than they think they do, and many of the ways people work are extraordinarily inefficient. Calling something “work” does not make it important or necessary.” – Laura Vanderkam, Book: 168 Hours
It is now proved that multitasking is harmful to your work. You cannot do three, four works at a time, it divides your attention, reduces your efficiency and perfection. Do one work at a time; give your full attention to the most important work first. Disadvantages Of Multi-Tasking:
- Reduce the expert touch from your work
- Increase the chances of doing the same work again.
“Change might not be fast and it isn’t always easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” – Charles Duhigg, Book: The Power of Habit
If you want to change your bad habits, then it will take some time. You cannot expect that in one day you will change your 20-year long habit, it’s completely impractical. Give the time it required. Practice it until it adopted in your lifestyle. Laziness and bad habit don’t need your hard work, but good habit does. Don’t be quite until you achieve what you want.
“you can do anything but not everything” – David Allen, Book: Making It All Work
Except that, you cannot accomplish all of your work only of your hand. If there is anything that requires experts hand gives it to them. It will save your precious time. You will be able to focus on your niche work.
“Self-awareness: the ability to realize what we are doing as we do it, and understand why we are doing it.” – Kelly McGonigal, The Willpower Instinct
The very first thing when it comes to starting a new work is to ask yourself whether it is important or not, or else you will waste your time. Aware of the situation, aware of your abilities, then do the work.
“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but the way out is through.” – David Allen, Book: Ready for Anything
Who don’t face problems in their work, everybody does, but it takes the character to handle them properly, some people lose their motivation some people turn it into inspiration. Those who turn it into inspiration easily pass through the dark hours. So, Don’t lose your faith, believe in your work, believe in yourself, then you can do anything in your life.
“What is needed, however, isn’t just that people working together be nice to each other. It is discipline.- Atul Gawande, Book: The Checklist Manifesto
Discipline is the most important part of any work. But it is the hardest one to develop. It takes years of practice to develop a quality disciplined life. But it’s worth too. Discipline increase your productivity, you consume less time to accomplish a task than the others. Create a routine for your everyday work.
“Before the rest of the world is eating breakfast, the most successful people have already scored daily victories that are advancing them toward the lives they want.” – Laura Vanderkam, What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast
Make a ritual wake up early in the morning. Normally the early morning time is the best one to concentrate on your life. You will find a space to think about your work. You can create your routines; you can set your goals. You can also practice mindfulness at that time. Morning, ours brings the energy into the heart.
“Don’t be the person who misses out on opportunities in life” – Chandler Bolt, Book: The Productive Person
Sometimes you need to create your opportunity by yourself. Opportunity doesn’t come to you; you have to create them. Build something unique that is never done by anyone before. Open your eyes, look for the space that needs to be fulfilled. Fill that one with your creative ideas. Let the world know what they missed out.
“When you say you fear death you are really saying that you fear you have not lived your true life.” – Steve Chandler, Time Warrior
Your best work depends on your love for that work. Most people don’t love their work so they aren’t able to produce the best of it. Find the purpose of your work. What you want from your life. What gives you the solid reason to built something. What makes you happy in your life. Once you find that one, stick to it, I am sure then you will succeed in your life.
“You can’t always choose what happens to you, but you can always choose how you feel about it.” – Danielle LaPorte, The Desire Map
Sometimes days go wrong, you do mess up, but at the end of the day that doesn’t matter. What matter is how you feel about it, do you take your lesson from it or not. Nobody is perfect in this world. Mistakes are done by those people who constantly try to improve themselves. Improve yourself, be a better version (0.2) of yourself for the future.