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7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do To Make Themselves Insanely Productive

7 Things Successful Entrepreneurs Do To Make Themselves Insanely Productive

We tend to look at world-famous entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and just assume they have something that we don’t that has made them as successful as they are. While that might be true, it’s not because they were born with that special something; they have cultivated it within themselves through the way in which they live. Successful businessmen approach each and every moment of their time on Earth much differently than most people do. In doing so, they set themselves apart from the common man in many ways.

They eat well

How many of you grab a banana or granola bar while running out your front door on your way to work? Successful entrepreneurs don’t do this; they wake up early enough each and every day so they can start their day off on the right foot with a healthy breakfast. Eating a breakfast full of fruits, grains, and proteins can benefit your body and lifestyle in many ways, and busy businessmen know this. By eating well first thing in the morning, they fuel their bodies in preparation for the hectic day to come.

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They plan

Successful entrepreneurs know exactly what they’re going to be doing each and every day of their lives. They take time the night before to plan out the following day; some plan right down to the very minute. Many entrepreneurs plan too much to accomplish in one day. However, they do so as a contingency plan in case they happen to finish a project early, or a meeting gets canceled. That way, they always have some other activity to fall back on if they suddenly have a free block of time. They also schedule breaks throughout their day in order to recharge before hitting the ground running once more.

They set a purpose

Since they have a plan for every day, successful entrepreneurs know exactly what they intend to accomplish at any given time throughout their day. They stay focused on their goals, and keep the end in mind while working on specific projects. They also set aside distractions, such as emails and text messages, until they complete their current task. As previously mentioned, they’ll have scheduled time to check these nuisances, but they never let a buzzing cell phone distract them from attaining their goals.

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They visualize

Entrepreneurs visualize themselves succeeding at every turn. Doing so is one part optimism, one part motivation, and one part realism: They approach each challenge optimistically, believing they can accomplish whatever task is set before them; they motivate themselves to be able to accomplish the task; and they know it can be done. As mentioned before, they list their goals on paper, and sometimes sketch a picture of what their success will look like. In this way, they make their abstract ideas come to life in a tangible and reachable fashion.

They say “No”

While you might think that a budding entrepreneur would be open to each and every idea that they’re approached with, this would completely overwhelm them. Instead, they must be incredibly selective with the ideas they choose to pursue. Because of this, they have to learn to say “no” to many of their own ideas, as well as most of the ideas others come to them with. Not even Warren Buffett can create a fortune by investing in a terrible idea. Instead, the successful entrepreneur knows when to decline an opportunity that he knows will end up going nowhere in the long run.

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They value their time

Going along with the last point, successful entrepreneurs don’t waste their precious time on anything that could stop them from achieving their goals. They usually find shortcuts or come up with creative ways to reduce the time spent on daily routines. For example, one of their common struggles is dealing with the trivial yet complex technical problems of their mobile devices that they rely on to handle daily tasks. Instead of letting these technical problems eat up their time, the driven businessmen would choose to install tools like Bushel to their mobile devices. So they can simplify the processes in managing their devices. With higher productivity, they can devote more time and energy on growing their businesses.

They listen and learn

From the budding entrepreneur to the richest businessmen in the world, they all stay successful by being life-long learners. They actively seek out help and guidance from mentors and peers, and continue to keep an open mind when it comes to how they approach their business. And they never stop reading, keeping new trends constantly in mind. As the world around them continues to grow, they know the only way they can keep up is by growing, themselves.

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

The Power of Ritual: Conquer Procrastination, Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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