10 habits plucked from Benjamin Franklin’s daily to 2x your productivity

  1. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
  2. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
  3. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  4. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
  5. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
  6. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  7. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  8. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  9. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
  10. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

#1 Keep it simple

One thing everyone who knew Franklin could figure out that his life was full of simplicity. He would divide the day into 6 blocks, of which one block would be for sleep. It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that he’d sleep only for four hours a day.

#2 Sleep & wake up at the same time

One of the most heard saying while we grew was “Early to bed and early to rise, makes you healthy & wise”. Franklin definitely lived up to this saying. People who’ve seen him in person have noted and passed onto their generations that he would wake up by 5 am every single day.

#3 Spend quiet time alone regularly

I have personal experience of this. Whenever I run out of inspiration for topics for blog posts and even when I’m thinking for the content of blog posts. I turn off my phone & PC, take a notepad and pen, move out and think.

#4 Have an intention to plan your day

Every day before going to work, Franklin would set an intention to an important question for the day, “What good shall I do today?”

#5 Invest time on learning

Learning has been the core element of human evolution. Be it learning to use fire or the wheels, humans have evolved only with the help of learning.

#6 Create time blocks for your working hours

Time is malleable.

#7 Put things back in order after work

I understand that tiring day when you had an endless day when you are at the verge of the end of the day. You leave the workplace as it is, disordered and only to find that it is no more in order the next morning.

#8 Have a downtime regularly

The last part of Franklin’s day would including listening to music, read books, spend time with friend and relax doing simply nothing.

#9 Look back at your work in the evenings

When Franklin would lay down in his bed, just before he dozes off, he’d go back in time and ask himself and ask an important question to himself, “What good did I do today?”

#10 Don’t be a perfectionist

In his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Currey explains that Franklin would himself struggle to keep up with his daily schedule. Even when there where no distractions like the internet & mobile back then, he would struggle to keep up with his daily schedule.

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