I do a bit of work on PeoplePerHour (PPH) and this came up on their blog. Have a read its great stuff for artists out there.
10 Productivity Lessons From Successful Entrepreneurs
n between juggling clients, pitching for new work, updating your portfolios, taking meetings, not to mention having a social life, it can sometimes feel like there’s just not enough hours in a day. Or is there?
Being busy is not the same as being productive, but don’t take our word for it. We’ve managed to track down 10 lessons on productivity from some of the most successful people in business:
1. Tim Ferris – The 4 Hour Work week author applies the 80/20 formula approach to staying productive. Identify the 20% of activities in your business that lead to 80% of the results you want. Everything else should be eliminated or outsourced. ”When you focus on the right things, and eliminate time spent on unhelpful tasks, you become more effective.”
2. Steve Jobs – The man who changed the way connect and communicate often asked himself if what he was doing at that moment was worthwhile if he were to die at that exact moment. The lesson here is to make sure what you’re doing day to day is focused and in line with your long term vision.
3. Mark Zuckerberg – “Move fast and take risks”. This quote is definitely something we agree with. Don’t sit on tasks; move fast to get them done.
4. Bill Gates – This one’s down to personal preference but being the chair of Microsoft it’s no wonder Bill is not a huge fan of to-do-lists. Instead he prefers to complete tasks online as it allows him to be more efficient with his work. Paper is no longer a part of his day and 90% of his work is done online. Even in meetings he has his tablet with him.
5. Brian Tracey – “Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution. This gives you a 1000% return on energy.”
6. Evan Williams – The Twitter co-founder says “Exercise is great for energy levels and I believe it makes me more productive no matter what”
7. Stephen King – The successful author says we must set clear goals and make the effort to meet them.
8. Warren Buffett – Mr Buffett believes learning to say no can be one of your biggest weapons. In order to stay productive you must “take control of your time, you can’t let people set your agenda.”
9. Oprah Winfrey – “I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.” If there’s one thing you should take from Oprah it’s to take accountability for your actions daily that way you’ll spend your time wisely.
10. Deborah Meaden – “Get on and do it, because nobody else is going to do it for you.”
Have you got any productivity secrets that keep you on top of things? We would love to hear how you stay productive.