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November 25, 2018

Persistence Pays in Positive Productivity

“Persistence: a firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”   Oxford Dictionaries

If you have ever tried to break a habit, you know it takes work. Success depends on persistence—your commitment to making the new habit stick. Being positively productive requires you to focus on your highest priority tasks. It can be tempting to tackle other work first since the most important activities often are demanding and challenging. It’s easier to do the other stuff first. However, that’s the path to frustration and stress. You must accomplish your performance goals to be successful, and the more you focus on less important tasks, the less successful you will be.

This is where persistence comes in. It’s the ability to focus and stay focused on a task until completion, or you take it as far as you possibly can at that time. So, how do you cultivate persistence?

  • Be realistic about how much time your important tasks will take. Generally, a task will take 25% longer than you think it will.
  • Schedule time on your calendar to focus solely on the important work.
  • Keep your goals in mind and tie tasks to their successful completion.
  • Minimize distractions and interruptions. Be firm about how you use your time. See my blog post Take Charge of Interruptions.
  • Reward yourself when you complete a major task.

Persistence can help you be more positively productive, achieve your performance goals, and accelerate your career. See my blog post Your Habits Can Make or Break Your Productivity.

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”  Napoleon Hill

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