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21 Productivity Tips by Robin Sharma


Robin Sharma knows a thing or two about being productive. He wants to help you create explosive productivity so you get big things done. Here are his 21 top tips to increase your productivity dramatically.


  1. Check email in the afternoon. This way you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work.
  2. The time is now. Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action.
  3. Set goals. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes.
  4. Keep it clean. Mess creates stress (I learned this from tennis icon Andre Agassi who said he wouldn’t let anyone touch his tennis bag because if it got disorganised, he’d get distracted). So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done.
  5. Sell your TV. You’re just watching other people get successful in lieu of doing the things that will get you to your dreams.
  6. Stay positive. Say goodbye to the energy vampires in your life (the negative souls who steal your enthusiasm).
  7. Run routines. When I studied the creative lives of massively productive people like Stephen King, John Grisham and Thomas Edison, I discovered they follow strict daily routines. (i.e. when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.
  8. Get up at 5:00am. Win the battle of the bed. Put mind over mattress. This habit alone will strengthen your willpower so it serves you more dutifully in the key areas of your life.
  9. Don’t do so many meetings. I’ve trained the employees of our Fortune 500 clients on exactly how to do this – including having the few meetings they now do standing up – and it’s created breakthrough results for them.
  10. Don’t say yes to every request. Most of us have a deep need to be liked. That translates into us saying yes to everything – which is the end of your elite productivity.
  11. Focus on your talents. Outsource everything you can’t be BIW (Best in the World) at. Focus only on activities within what I call “Your Picasso Zone”.
  12. Stop multi-tasking. New research confirms that all the distractions invading our lives are rewiring the way our brains work (and dropping our IQs by as much as five points!). Be one of the rare-air, mentally and physically disciplined few who can focus mono-maniacally on one thing for hours on end. It’s all about practice.
  13. Get fit like Madonna. Getting to your absolute best physical condition will create explosive energy, renew your focus and multiply your creativity.
  14. Workout twice a day. This is just one of the little-known productivity tactics that I’ll walk you through in my new online training program, Your Productivity Unleashed, but here’s the key: exercise is one of the greatest productivity tools in the world. So do 20 minutes first thing in the morning and then another workout around 7:00pm to set you up for wow in the evening.
  15. Drink more water. When you’re dehydrated, you’ll have far less energy, so you get less done.
  16. Block your time. Work in 90-minute blocks with 10-minute intervals to recover and refuel. This is another game-changing move I personally use to do my best work.
  17. Write a stop doing list. Every productive person obsessively sets to-do lists. But those who play at the world-class level also record what they commit to stop doing. Steve Jobs said that what made Apple Apple was not so much what they chose to build but all the projects they chose to ignore.
  18. Use your commute time. If you’re commuting 30 minutes each way every day, get this: at the end of a year, you’ve spent 6 weeks of 8-hour days in your car. I encourage you to use that time to listen to fantastic audiobooks, excellent podcasts, or valuable learning programs. Remember, the fastest way to double your income is to triple your rate of learning.
  19. Be a contrarian. Why buy your groceries at the time the store is busiest? Why go to movies on the most popular nights? Why hit the gym when the gym’s completely full? Do things at off-peak hours and you’ll save a great deal of time and energy.
  20. Get things right the first time. Most people are wildly distracted these days, which leads to mistakes. To unleash your productivity, become one of the special performers who have the mind-set of doing what it takes to get it flawless first. This saves you days of having to fix problems.
  21. Get lost. Don’t be so available to everyone. I often spend hours at a time in the cafeteria of a university close to our headquarters. I turn off my devices and think, create, plan and write. Zero interruptions. Pure focus. Massive results.

Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership in business and in life. He is the author of numerous books, including the #1 international bestseller The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari; its bestselling sequel Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari; Family Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari; Who Will Cry When You Die?; The Saint, MegaLiving, and The Surfer, and The CEO. Sharma is also in constant demand across the globe as a keynote speaker for organizations dedicated to developing leaders at all levels and as an executive coach to people ready to create extraordinary work and personal lives. Clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, FedEx, Networks, as well as health-care firms and public sector organizations. A former lawyer who holds two law degrees, including a master’s of law, Robin Sharma is the CEO of Sharma Leadership International (SLI), a widely respected training firm that offers a range of services and products to help employees realize their highest potential for exceptional professional and personal results amidst relentless change, including The Elite Performers Series™, a remarkable four-day leadership transformation program. SLI also runs the highly acclaimed Robin Sharma Life Coaching Program™, a strikingly effective coaching process that shows individuals and corporate teams how to create the personal lives they want while becoming a star at work. In addition, Sharma Leadership International offers the Monthly Coach program—the acclaimed book/CD-of-the-month club where Robin personally selects a life-changing work that will enhance your growth and enrich your life. He will send it to you every 30 days for continual improvement.

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