Productivity Strategies of “Superachievers”

WBECS  2013 is a great opportunity to listen to some of the best minds in the world of coaching.

The Pre-Summit webinars provided a preview but enough food for thought. In this post I’m going to share excerpts of the webinar by “ Darren Hardy “on Productivity Strategies of Superachievers”  

It covered insights, behaviours and practices of superbly successful people and extracts of various discussions and summarised them into applicable ideas and strategies that every person can apply.

If applied it promises multiple benefits such as achieving more in less time, higher levels of energy and lower levels of stress. And to top it all, you spend less time at work.

We all have the same number of hours at hand but some of us manage to achieve a lot more as results.

Distinguish between Super achiever and Over achiever

Over achiever -someone who is over worked, over stressed and over scheduled;

Super achiever- someone who manages stunning results with less effort, less stress and still has time   for hobbies and interests.

The above distinction makes a massive difference.


Point 1

Saying “No” 

Achieving what you want to is less about what you do and more about what you say ‘No”to.

No is the master skill of success.

Darren interviewed some of the most successful people and here’s what they had to say:

Warren Buffet: “No”is the number one key to success -” I say “No” to 99 out of 100 things- “For every 100 great opportunities that are brought to me, I say “No” 99 times.

Steve Jobs :  “Ï’m as proud of what we don’t do as I’m of what I do”

He states it in his book, “Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do, its true for companies and its true for people”

Mark Parker: “What “crappy stuff” do you need to stop doing to focus on the good stuff

Kenneth Cole : “Success has less to do with what we can get ourselves to do and more to do with keeping ourselves from doing what we shouldn’t.”

Peter Drucker : “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently, that which should not be done at all”

Take aways

Study your “To Do List” of  last week: and Identify “What should you have said “no”to?

Look at all the activities in next week’s “To Do List” and mark out “What should I say “no” to?

It requires courage to delegate/say “No”to things that you know you can do and can do better than others.


Point 2

Doing fewer things as against many

As Darren puts it,” Its better to be world-class at a few things than mediocre at many things”

Identify Vital few Functions that you do that make money

Take aways 

Identify few important things that make a significant impact on your short term and long term goals.


Point 3

How do you do these few things?

If you don’t have a boss, “Boss Yourself”

Ask yourself “Would I pay someone (my hourly rate) to do what I’m doing now?

“Delegate everything” anyone else can do at a lower rate.

Take aways 

Move from Labour to Leadership- “stop doing all that is keeping you from doing what you should be doing”


Point 4 

What’s better than a few?


Goal: Do fewer things, Do more often, Get better at them, Master them

If you have more than three priorities, you probable do not have at all?

The greatest Challenge of our times- To say “No” and doing fewer things”


Darren says, “We are addicted to distraction” and distraction provides us a form of relief . It saves us from doing the difficult tasks and takes our attention to new things which makes it difficult to resist.

The result is we remain over stimulated, over-worked, unproductive and unfulfilled

Research says, we are distracted every 3 minutes in a normal work situation and it takes 11 minutes to regain concentration.

Stop multi-tasking, as 28% productive focus is wasted on multitasking and switching between taskes makes us dumber and not smart.

Key takeaways, “Focus, Concentration and Control on your attention” is the key higher success.