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Ultra-Successful People Don’t Use To-Do Lists

Are you drowning in emails and meeting requests? Working long hours every day? Feeling guilty when you (don’t) work on Sundays? Then, keep reading.

We live in a culture that values and promotes hard work. And to a lot of us, working hard means working 24/7 . . . but maybe there’s a better, smarter way. In the age of information overload, it’s more important than ever to tackle time management and focus. Let’s stop maundering and do some real work!

Kevin Kruse – New York Times best-selling author and LEADx CEO – combined his skills as a CEO and a journalist to search for common bonds of success by surveying people of great accomplishment. The product is his best-selling book, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management.

Back in the day, Kevin was working 7 days a week, 18 hours a day. And his first companies failed. Later, he learned that it’s more about bringing one’s best self to a limited number of hours, than trying to work in a weakened state every hour of the day. As he got better at “extreme productivity,” his companies did better, and he ended up selling several multi-million-dollar companies. After he sold his last business, he decided he wanted to share the message that there’s a better way. He interviewed Olympic athletes, students, entrepreneurs and other highly successful people, discussed their productivity secrets and wrote a book about it.

As it turns out, no matter the profession, many people share the same productivity secrets. The fundamental thing Kevin discovered is that highly successful people truly understand the value of time down to a single minute. With money, you can make it, lose it, and make it back again. But with time, you can never get it back.

“A lot of people book an hour here and there without thinking about it, but extreme productivity people think in minutes. They schedule their days in small chunks.”

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The age-old productivity question: To-do or not to-do?

The one productivity secret that is most powerful and the one that most people reject as impossible is to throw away your to-do list. When Kevin talked to highly productive people, he was surprised to learn that none of them uses a to-do list. If they want to do something, they schedule it. So, if you want to be more productive and less stressed, try this: Put everything on your calendar. You can decide how many minutes a day or a week you will invest in what is important to you.

“You need to design your life – think about your ideal week, month and year – to get the life you want.”

Your calendar should include a morning routine in which you work on your most important task of the day. Creating this habit is certainly not an easy task to undertake, but working smart is more important than working hard!

Do you want to be more productive and manage your time wisely?

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