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7 Tips to be More Productive

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on February 26, 2019

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on February 26, 2019

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Throughout the course of a day, how much do you accomplish? Your answer may depend on your daily schedule, but odds are you get a lot done in one day. In other words, you’re productive. It’s nice to look back on the day and acknowledge all of the things that you’ve completed. 

But what if you could be more productive? What if you could get more done, be more successful, and be more focused? Would you want that? I know I would. So, with that in mind, here are seven tips to help you do just that. 


1. Limit Your Yes’s 

Do you have a hard time saying no? I know I do. But to make sure that you stay on track throughout the day, sometimes you have to say no. This may mean turning down a lunch outing, waiting to start on a new business initiative, or being honest with your clients about when you can get back to them with answers to their questions. The point is: don’t automatically say yes to everything. Keep your other commitments and priorities in mind before you respond. Sometimes it’s okay to say no, in order to stay in control of what you’ve already said yes to. 


2. Forget Perfection 

Here’s a myth buster for you: perfection isn’t real. There is no such thing; it’s a lie that we tell ourselves. We’re all humans with a fallible nature. We can make mistakes and can be error prone at times. What we think is perfect may not be, and if perfection is what you always strive for, you’re setting yourself up for failure or disappointment. So, don’t aim for perfection. Instead, aim for quality. Recognize that your work won’t be perfect, but at the same time, make sure that it’s good work. This can help you let something go and stay productive, instead of holding on to it to try and make it perfect. 


3. Think about the End Goal 

Another key to staying productive is to think about the end result. Don’t focus on the issues or problems, but keep the finish in mind. Remind yourself why you are doing this and why it will be worth it. Don’t ask yourself “what if?” statements that can add to your problems and stress. This not only slows you down, but it can lead you down rabbit holes that can leave you trapped.  


4. Think Positive 

Thinking about the end goal keeps you positive, which is key. Positivity not only keeps you productive, but it can also refocus your attention and keep you self-controlled. Sometimes this comes naturally, sometimes it doesn’t. If your day feels unproductive, try to identify one positive thing that happened, and focus on that. The goal here is to stay positive and focused, even when negativity rears its head.  


5. Be Healthy 

Believe it or not, how you eat, sleep, and treat your body matters to your productivity and work life. Eating regularly and healthy, sleeping, and exercising lead to mental and physical benefits. Studies show that a neurotransmitter, called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), can boost your “mental fitness”, meaning it helps you effectively respond to mental challenges.1 This GABA neurotransmitter is increased by (wait for it) exercising. So, exercising, getting enough sleep (where your brain literally recharges and categorizes the day’s memories), and eating right can help keep you productive and mentally fit.  


6. Crush Negativity 

We all have bad days. You know, the ones where nothing goes right and you’re in a bad mood all day. When this happens, it can be easy to throw in the towel and give up on the day. Don’t do it. Crush whatever negativity you’re feeling.  

But that’s easier said than done, right? I’ve found it helpful to get those thoughts out. Say them out loud, type (or write) them out, and then delete them. Forget about them and clear your head. Then, when those are out and gone, what’s left? Hopefully, only happier, more positive thoughts.  


7. Push Past Failure 

Like I said earlier, we aren’t perfect. At some point, we’re going to fail. It’s reality. But you don’t have to view failure as a negative. Failure can be a good thing, as it allows you to learn from your mistakes and grow. So, when failure comes, don’t let it defeat you. Push past it, learn from it, and move forward with a better understanding of what you need to do to be successful and productive. 

Staying productive and on task can be difficult, but with these tips you can work to become a more successful and focused you. A lot of these tips aren’t natural, so take it slow. Refer back to these when you need to, and keep on growing your business and yourself.  



1. Domonell, Kristen. “How workouts give your brain a boost.” CNN. 2017.  


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Brian Aukes

President, Brokers Financial

Brian Aukes is the President of Brokers Financial. With 22 years of experience in the financial services industry, Brian is focused on growing advisors’ business and driving exceptional customer service. Prior to join the Brokers family, he oversaw various operations for ING Financial Partners, and previously served as an advisor for 12 years.

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