9 Habits To Develop Extreme Productivity

9 Habits To Develop Extreme Productivity

9 Habits To Develop Extreme Productivity

Based on a book about the remarkable story of the author’s Erica and Mike Schultz and their Son’s five year fight for life.

Sometimes our most productive times can come during a period of adversity, as it did for the authors.

During a study of thousands of extremely productive people, they came up with 9 habits based on the use of something we all have in equal amounts, time.


Erica and Mike Schultz found a method of breaking down time into distinct segments during each day:

  • Treasured Time – cherished time most special to them on a personal level.
  • Investment Time – generates returns that exceed the work you put in.
  • Mandatory Time – time doing day-to-day thing you must do.
  • Empty Time – wasted time, surfing web, social media doing nothing.

Key message.

Maximise Treasured and Investment Time – Minimise Mandatory and Empty Time.

Extremely productive people manage their time better and so can you.

Develop these 9 habits to become extremely productive and happier.

  1. Recruit Your Driving Force – Your WHY.

Motivate yourself by finding your true driving force.

Write down goals and break them into annual, quarterly and weekly goals and manageable chunks or tasks.

This might sound familiar to you, but are you doing it?

  1. Ignite Your Proactivity

Fill your daily calendar with Investment Time activities. Prioritise your Greatest Impact Activity or GIA – the activity with the greatest long-term return on your detailed concentrated effort.

Develop better habits to put more of your time into GIA activities to turbocharge your productivity.

This reminds me of the 80/20 rule – 80% of your productivity probably comes for 20% of your tasks.

  1. Re-engineer Your Habits

Identify unproductive habits, such as spending hours on social media or doing nothing on your daily commute and upgrade them. For instance, you could upgrade your time on social media to learn a new skill or listen to a productive podcast during your Mandatory Time commute to and from work.

As Brian Tracy said, the average person in America today spends enough time in their cars each week to study for a degree. Instead of listening to the radio for hours, they could listen to audio recordings and literally take a degree in three years or learn a new language.

Our cars, Brain said, can be turned into !learning machines”. The same applies to smartphones through which you can access millions of audios, audiobooks on platforms such as Audible and podcasts on every subject all at very little cost.

Another tip is to turn off unnecessary notifications on your smartphone, which distracts your mind away and breaks your concentration, or train yourself to not instantly react to them.

Changing your environment can also affect your concentration. Fix the problem or work somewhere that makes you more productive.

  1. Obsess Over Time

Obsessing over your TIME means working out where every activity fits within that structure.

Make sure your priorities are reflected in your daily routine.

Take Treasured Time

Increase Investment Time

Minimise Mandatory Time

Eliminate (as much as possible) Empty Time.

Successful and wealthy people value and seldom waste time, like when I spoke to John Assaraf and met the likes of Jim Rohn and Brian Tracy. They were helpful, but quickly and politely moved on.

Its not just about what you do, but what you don’t do…

  1. Say No

Have a clear idea of what’s really important.

When someone asks you to do something that doesn’t fit in with your priorities, have the courage to politely, but assertively to say “no”!

That doesn’t mean saying no to your boss by the way!

It does mean saying “no” to things that do not serve your purpose at that moment.

The more successful you become, the more others want a piece of you, so you must learn to manage your time and schedule.

  1. Play Hard To Get

Concentration. Distractions are everywhere these days, especially our inbox and numerous message boxes. Does every message need to be dealt with immediately?

Don’t try to be always available to everyone. Block out time to concentrate on your schedule and your most important GIA tasks. Your time is your own.

  1. Get In The Zone

Learn to get in the zone and stay there. An athlete or performer can look relaxed an hour before a game or concert. But once they get on that stage they are instantly in the zone.

Set aside 90 minutes of work and break it down into short sprints with breaks in between.

  1. Develop Energy

Take care of your body by eating nourishing food, getting enough sleep and exercising.

All the successful people I have known and met seem to have boundless energy whatever their age.

Don’t waste mental energy on unnecessary things. For instance, have set meals for each day of the week rather than spending hours wondering what to have for dinner.

  1. Right The Ship – Get Back On Track When Life Knocks You Down

No matter how successful or rich you are, things go wrong and can knock you off course. You have learn to pull yourself together and ‘right the ship’ time and time again when storms come and blow you off course.

Identify bad habits like ordering another beer or glass of wine to constantly checking your phone.

You have free will and free won’t.

Break down large, seeming impossible tasks, into smaller manageable chunks.

Make a contract with yourself to achieve something important to you like losing weight or getting fit.

I would add ‘Systems’ to Erica and Mike’s great habits.


The difference between a small one-man-band, mom and pop business and a larger more scalable business is systems.

Scalable business have systems and processes in place covering everything admin to sales. Most small businesses don’t. That’s why they stay small. The owners can never scale their business because they are spending 60-80 hours  week in the business.

You can apply systems to your personal, family and business life.

Efficient, organised households are run on systems.

The above habits do not require any harder work or effort than you are putting in now.

It’s the same with becoming financially free. You can become wealthy and financially free without working any harder than you are right now. In fact, it could be less.

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