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There are four main steps to high productivity, and they cannot be repeated too often:

First, set clear goals and objectives in writing. Think through what you are trying to accomplish before you begin. Ask, “What am I trying to do? How am I trying to do it?” Whenever you experience frustration of any kind, go back and repeat these questions.

Second, develop a detailed plan of work and action for achieving your goal. Setting clear goals answers the question: “What am I trying to do” and making detailed plans of action answers the question: “How am I trying to do it?”

Third, set clear priorities with each of your work tasks organized in a hierarchy of value and importance to the desired result.

Apply the 80/20 Rule over and over, day by day and hour by hour, before you embark on any task or activity. Discipline yourself to work on your highest priority before you do anything else.

Fourth, concentrate single-mindedly, without diversion or distraction, on the most important thing you can do to achieve the goal. This is the real key to getting things done.

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