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Small Skills for Success


Reggie Thrower

Apply these skills to boost your productivity

7 skills successful people do every day


Looking for ways to boost your productivity? At Hamlyn Williams, we have a variety of different ways to boost our productivity in the work environment. We host regular training, meetings, lunch and learns and more for our team to be the best and exceed expectations to set them up for success. We are constantly looking for ways to develop and grow. A prime example is the ability to learn from successful people, in particular, entrepreneurs.

So here are 7 key skills we’ve identified from successful people, to see what makes them tick, what makes them so productive and how you can use them to boost your productivity for your own career.

Instead of hours, focus on minutes- The majority of people schedule in long, set blocks of time, for work or meetings. Highly successful people have identified that there are 1,440 minutes in a day, time is of the essence. Frequent, 15-minute checks, keeps them focused as well as keeping a routine, ensuring that they complete all of their objectives within the allocated time that has been set.

Focus on one thing- Prioritise what’s important and stick to it. Super productive people know what they must complete first and focus only on that until it is achieved. Without interruption, they will finish the objective they have set before prioritising the next. This is usually done as soon as the working day commences.

Focus on the present, not the future- To avoid procrastination successful people start on future goals and plans straight away, as opposed to organising work at a later date. If you were to create a to-do list weeks into the future and were unable to complete it, your confidence and self-esteem could take a hit. Stay productive and work on plans in the present.

Use a notebook- Seems obvious right? Not to some. Most people would associate notebooks with organising events and creating schedules. However, a simple notebook can be carried with you everywhere. Richard Branson said it had become a vital tool for starting the brand Virgin. Ultra-productive people will write down their ideas on the go and go back to it when required.

Follow the 80/20 rule- Work smart and follow the Pareto principle. In the majority of cases, 80% of results come from only 20% of activities. The key is to know what activities will yield the greatest results and focus your efforts on that. This will also help with time management.

Delegate, to complete tasks- Instead of taking a task on by yourself, ask who can help you to get the job done. Highly productive people will oversee a task and delegate, they are not micro-managers, this will reduce time and also boost relationships with team members.

Create and maintain a consistent routine- Most successful people will often have a consistent morning routine. This will vary from one person to the next, but a morning routine keeps them organised and delivers for them a structure they can adhere to. For them this sets them up for success for the day ahead, becoming a time-efficient technique that boosts their productivity. At Hamlyn Williams, we encourage.

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