3 phrases highly productive people never use (and what they say instead)
September 14,2020 at 10:34PM UTC
Highly productive people not only get their work done efficiently, but they do so in a way that prioritizes what's most important — all while impressing their boss, making their work days better, and preserving their mental health. Here are some common phrases they never say, and what they said instead.
1. Yes, yes, and yes.
What they said instead: yes, yes, and no.
Highly productive people don't always say yes to everything. They know what's most important to reaching their goals and set boundaries. They know if their plate is too overwhelmed, they won't do their best work.
2. I need to get to this immediately.
What they say instead: I'll get to this when I'm able to best address it.
Instead of checking and addressing their emails immediately, the most productive people budget their time to maximize their efficiency. They schedule specific time to tackle certain tasks rather than being overwhelmed by every new message.
3. I can do it all by myself.
What they say instead: I can do X. Can we collaborate on X?
Productive people can definitely get big projects done, but they also succeed when they get help from others! While they may take the lead on a project, productive people also collaborate with others — in an efficient, timely manner (not last minute!) to make a team effort.
Do you use any of these phrases? What other phrases do you think highly productive people avoid — or ones they use often?
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