The technology professionals represented by 10x are exceptionally productive, but that doesn’t mean they work nonstop. What truly distinguishes a 10x’er is the ability to think and work smarter by optimizing their time, energy and work/life balance. In this sense, being a 10x’er is simply achieving one’s optimal state of efficacy, which is something that can be learned and improved.
Do the math: when you’re feeling and functioning at your best, you don’t have to work as hard or as much as when you’re not. 10x’ers know that it’s better to invest their energy in things that maintain their “10x state of being”, rather than doggedly perform more work at suboptimal performance levels. The crux of the challenge is learning to unplug.
Travis Bradberry is the award-winning author of the book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0. In his article for Inc.com, How Successful People Work Less and Get More Done, he discusses 10 things that highly successful workers typically do that others do not.
1. They disconnect.
2. They minimize chores.
3. They Reflect
4. They Exercise
5. They Purse a Passion
6. They Spend Quality Time With Family
7. They Schedule Micro-Adventures
8. They Wake Up At The Same Time
9. They Designate Mornings As Me Time
10. They Prepare For The Upcoming Week
Read more about each of these ‘global lifestyle pracrtices’ in Bradberry’s article. And to learn more acute practices for optimizing your output, check out our previous article: 10 Ways “10x” Tech Pros Maintain Their Creative Power.