15 Small Things You Can do Every Day to Become Highly Successful

15 Small Things You Can do Every Day to Become Highly Successful


The secret to success cannot be distilled down to one single thing. It is a result of many daily habits repeated over time. Here are 15 small things you could do every day. Weave them into your routine and enjoy the results!

 

  1. Define Your Priorities. Define your top three priorities. Now check if the time you spend most is aligned with these priorities. If it does not turn out so, you will need to put an extra effort and intentionally spend time on activities which match with your priorities. Think carefully on how you want to spend your life.
  2. Schedule the Following Day. Take time in the evening to schedule the following day. Time is the most precious resource. You don’t want to waste it, right? Thus, you can maximize every hour you have awake.
  3. Do the Most Scarring Task First. “Eat a live frog first thing every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” – Mark Twain. People tend to procrastinate things they find daunting and difficult. Still, having such pending tasks affects your consciousness and the ability to concentrate on current stuff. Postponing the task additionally builds up tension, because you have time to imagine all worst scenarios about it. Go ahead and eat the frog.
  4. Be Honest to Yourself. One needs to have realistic expectations about what could be done. To achieve that, be aware of your personal traits. Be honest to yourself. For example, if you are not a morning person, do the bulk of your tasks, or the “frog” tasks at the most productive time of YOUR day. Successful people set goals and schedules based on their most productive time.
  5. Set Deadlines. According to Parkinson’s law, work will expand to fit the time available for completion. That is simply far beyond optimal most of the times. Effort increases if you have limited time. Be careful and have realistic expectations though. Pushing too hard could exhaust you for the next hours of the day. But it is up to you to find the optimal pace and not to waste more time than necessary. You can use a time-blocking technique. Go for a 50 minutes work session and take 5 minutes planned break.
  6. Minimize Distractions. You need to get rid of as many distractions as possible. You could shut off your phone, use software to block certain websites.
  7. Take Time for Yourself. Plan your time off. Set aside time blocks for a break once in every working hours. Set also larger time blocks for relaxation, exercise, chill-out and hobbies.
  8. Plan Backwards. Suppose you have a large or complex task. Set an appropriate time limit for the whole task and then break it down to smaller tasks. Subsequently split up the whole time and schedule each small task within the time available. That way you will plan in as much as possible details and you will know exactly how to achieve the big goal.
  9. Write It Down. Writing down your goals increases your chance of achieving them. The act of writing and the possibility to review them enforces the impact they have on your actions. Your notes will keep you on the right track.
  10. Find a Partner for Accountability. This is a great way to get support and feedback on what you are doing. Someone to be accountable to is better than doing it for yourself. Find a partner to help you check your progress and review your work. The person you choose is good to have similar goals. Thus, he will be interested in supervising you. And you could do that for him as well.
  11. Be Inspired by Other’s Success, Not Discouraged. Being envious of other’s success and achievements only decreases your happiness and productivity. Comparing yourself to a successful person should be done out of admiration and respect. Use such people to learn from them. What values do they share? What daily habits do they have? Emulate their behavior in order to get closer to them. Comparison could help you realize what are you doing wrong or suboptimal. Take one small step at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Thus, you will fuel your determination towards success.

  12. Seek for a Mentor. Choose a successful mentor for an area in your life you want to improve. There might be different mentors for different life aspects. Consider hiring a coach. There is also something else: “When the student is ready, the teacher comes up”. If you put enough conscious effort and passion about what you are doing, you could gradually build a fertile environment for your activities. So, there you could eventually find friends, partners and mentors.
  13. Delegate Tasks. Your time is limited. It is important that you give up control and delegate part of the workload. Thus, you can focus on your priorities and the things you do best. Build trust and relationship with people you delegate to. The tasks you delegate still need to be done by someone. The result would be that you free up time and energy for the most important tasks.
  14. Choose Your Company Wisely. “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. Think about what people you spend most of your time with. Are they positive and supporting or are they creating unhealthy environment? Spend your time with people who inspire you.
  15. Read. Read frequently. It opens your mind towards ideas and opportunities. You can gain knowledge and inspiration. Reading helps you grow constantly!

 

Source: http://www.lifehack.org/293676/15-small-things-you-can-every-day-become-highly-successful