5 habits of Successful People
We all have our own definition of what constitutes “success” at work but when looking at CEO’s, MD’s and other leaders of companies showing annual growth, then one would be inclined to agree that these individuals have garnered some measure of success.
Here are 6 habits maintained by successful people:
1. Plan Your Day:
Whether it is in a diary, on a notepad or on your reminder calendar, make the effort to list what you need to tackle during the day and tick it off once complete. Some advice that the best time to do this is in the morning but let’s be real, the morning is not the most quiet of times for everyone, especially since many people have meetings as soon as you get to the office.
If you generally have quiet time in the morning, then create your to-do list first thing. Otherwise, if you’re like me with a busy morning, plan it before leaving your office, the day before.
2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast:
Too busy to grab a bite for breakfast? We have all been there. Unfortunately, we have also suffered the consequences of not eating the most important meal of the day. We are grumpy, hungry by 9am and we start seeing our overall fatigue levels increase while our overall health levels decrease.
Personally, I cannot eat very big or heavy meals in the morning, so my breakfast is generally small. It includes all the components of a healthy kick-start: fruit salad, yoghurt and of course, a generous cup of coffee.
3. Visualise your day:
Many articles concentrate on our physical health whilst overlooking our mental health. It’s important to take a moment to visualize your day ahead, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.
4. Make Your Day Top Heavy:
We all have that one item on our to-do list that we dread, hanging over us all day (or week) until we finally buck down and tackle it after procrastinating.
The easiest way to save yourself on stress for the day ahead is to do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of your task from the time you get to the office, get it done as soon ASAP. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around.
By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to-do’s and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success! 🙂
5. Don’t just be a go-getter. Be a Go Giver
Go-getters are people who take action. Rather than waiting for circumstances to go their way, they create circumstances that go their way. But as great as it is to be a go-getter, Bob Burg co-author (with John David Mann) of bestseller, “The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea” believes that being a go-giver is even better.
Being a go-giver means you add value to others in a way that helps them significantly while at the same time increases your own sense of joy and improves your bottom line, both in your business and your personal life.
6. Schedule family time.
If you get caught in the trap of working 20-hour days, your company may thrive, but at what cost? Make time to spend with family and loved ones, so that you are able to enjoy the benefits of the hard work that you do.
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