An Astonishing Harvard Study Exposes Why Some People Are More Productive Than Others

If you’re looking to boost your productivity and accomplish more each day, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey conducted by Harvard Business Review (HBR), nearly 20,000 professionals from six continents are interested in improving their productivity habits. For me, I can easily say that productive days are the most fulfilling days.

The survey identified seven key habits that contribute to higher productivity:

  • Developing daily routines
  • Planning schedules
  • Managing messages
  • Getting a lot done (duh)
  • Running effective meetings
  • Honing communication skills
  • Delegating tasks.

One key takeaway from the survey is that working longer hours doesn’t necessarily equate to higher productivity. This is certainly one that I struggle with. In fact, the survey found that working smarter is the key to accomplishing more of your top priorities each day. This means focusing on the habits that drive productivity and finding ways to work more efficiently.

Another interesting finding was the correlation between age and seniority with productivity. The survey showed that older and more senior professionals tend to have higher productivity scores than younger and more junior colleagues. This could be due to their greater experience and knowledge, as well as their ability to prioritize and plan their work effectively.

While the survey found minimal differences in productivity scores between male and female respondents, there were some notable gender differences in certain habits. Women scored higher in running effective meetings, while men scored higher in managing high volumes of information and tasks.

So what do highly productive professionals have in common?

According to the survey, they tend to:

  • Plan their work based on top priorities
  • Act with definite objectives
  • Develop effective techniques for managing high volumes of information and tasks
  • Understand the needs of their colleagues

It’s important to note that the survey had its limitations, including self-assessment ratings of habits rather than objective measures of productivity. However, the results provide valuable insights

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