Everyone wants to excel and be successful at something. Some of us want to be effective role models for our children, others want to be leaders at their professions, while others want to perfect their craft or hobby.
Then there’s those individuals who want to be successful at everything they commit to. But in order to be effective leaders, parents or role models, we need to develop the skill sets necessary to achieve our true potential.
Those who have been successful before us can lead us through their trials and tribulations and carve out a path we can emulate. We can look at the techniques and strategies they used and determine the least path of resistance.
One of the best places to start your journey to success is by learning time management skills. We get so busy being busy; browsing the internet, taking care of emails, spending time on social media, our time management skills suffer.
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Then at the end of the day we’re frustrated by our attempt to have a productive day but 5 pm rolls around and we contemplate what did we really accomplish?!
Today we are going to look at some of the top time management habits that successful people have used to power their efforts and be leaders in their industry.
Be Early, Not On Time and Not Late
One of the first things people need to understand, in order to become successful, is to be early. Planning to be on time leaves too much room for error. What happens if you get stuck in traffic, forget an item or get delayed in a parking structure? The stress and anxiety will increase and you will appear disheveled and winded when you arrive at your destination.
Remember this famous quote: “To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is to be forgotten.”
When you plan to be early, you have time to remain calm, take a few deep breaths and prepare yourself . From parties to work events, interviews or meetings this is a great habit to develop.
Some of the most influential people set their watches five minutes early to create a routine of showing up early at any event.
Get Enough Sleep
Does sleeping less allow you to become more successful? No! Plenty of people who are trying to become successful skip sleep in order to be more productive throughout the day. When you sacrifice even an hour or two of your sleep, you are harming your success.
Your sleep allows your body and mind to recharge and rejuvenate itself. Without a recharge, you will not be operating at 100%.
Successful people know sleep is essential and are committed to ensure they get enough rest each night. They also make their bedroom a sanctuary where they have a place to escape, relax and rest peacefully.
Successful people know the connection between productivity, happiness, and exercise. They plan an exercise routine each day to fuel their mind and body. A lot of successful people begin their day with an exercise routine, this allows them to get their mind going, and their body energized.
Exercise is a loose term. You can do just about anything to release those endorphins. It can be power walking, yoga, riding a stationary bike, walking on the treadmill or hitting the weights.
Some individuals who need to stay committed take morning fitness classes. Decide what works best for you and stay focused on keeping your mind and body fit.
Turn Your Electronics Off
Cell phones, desk phones, and the internet are constantly distracting us and keeping us from performing at an optimal level. The average office worker spends a large portion of their day reading emails and texting on their cell phone. All of this time takes away from being productive.
At the start of your day, read through only the most important emails and respond to the most important calls. Then turn your electronics off.
If you need your computer in order to complete tasks make it a habit to keep the internet browser closed. It takes just under 25 minutes to refocus on a task after you have been distracted. On the road to success, you don’t need this distraction.
Get back to your less important digital distractions after you have accomplished the main tasks of the day.
Learn To Plan
Planning is important when it comes to success. Planning involves coming up with a one year, three year, five year and ten year plan. Don’t just plan it out in your head, write those goals down on paper.
Goals take on a whole new meaning when they appear in front of you in black and white. Then Commit.
Also write down how you plan on getting there. Without a roadmap, you just may repeat the same cycle over and over again. Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan.
While planning is important remember to stay flexible. Life is dynamic and to change is to progress. When we adjust to it, we gain knowledge and wisdom. Stay open to change and allow it to come through.
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Your priorities may change and you may fall behind but use is as motivation to get back on track and follow this new path to success.
Successful people also plan on the micro level, planning their days out to the hour. Sometimes to the minute. Learning to keep a calendar/scheduler can be a big productivity booster.
Even planning out time, such as when you will work on each task can be a significant benefit.
Read Books to Get Inspired
Reading is an essential element for success. Books contain a wealth of knowledge and wisdom from the individuals who authored them.
It’s about recapturing the fire and rediscovering your “WHY”? There is always a reason why we started in the first place but sometimes life throws us a curve ball which discourages us and makes us believe we are not capable of achieving our goals.
Take a step back and gain inspiration from a famous author. Anyone who has been successful has had failures, obstacles and roadblocks. However, the difference between a successful person and unsuccessful person is the person who came through the trenches and never gave up!
If your are feeling a little discouraged today; start an inspiration book and get your mojo back!! I want you to Stand tall, Stand proud and know you are unique and amazing!! Show them whose BOSS!
Remember: forming a daily reading habit will expand your knowledge and help you on your journey to success!
Time management is one of the most important skills you will learn. Unfortunately, most schools don’t prepare us to manage our time in the real world. Take these tips to mind and join other successful people by adopting these positive habits.
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