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Discover the Routine That Empowers Super-Achievers

Discover the Routine That Empowers Super-Achievers

Achieving goals and attaining success by reaching multiple goals seems like a mountainous challenge at the outset. The truth is that nothing great comes easy. It takes resilience, adaptation and vision.

However, successful people do not procrastinate or let the task of becoming successful overwhelm them. They understand the challenges and limitations ahead; thus, they know what they can do to maneuver their way and become successful. This is why successful people are often called “super-achievers”. In a very real sense they are like every other person. But most days, they are more productive and result-oriented. To achieve this, they set a daily routine that guides them to achieve their goals.

No matter how big the project before you or how daunting the task may be, consistency will help you achieve more and be more productive. That’s the secret to super-achievers accomplishing what they do: They are consistent in their routine.

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So how do they get so consistent? Super-achievers do the following:

They set goals

Every achiever knows what he wants to accomplish in a day and how such goals will affect larger, long-term goals. They don’t concern themselves with “staying busy”. Busyness is not the same as productivity. Super-achievers are concerned with results.

And before you have results, you need a goal.

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They prioritize

Super-achievers know what is important and what isn’t. There is always a scale of differentiation between what is important and what is urgent. What is urgent may not be important and what is important may not be urgent.

Super-achievers have the ability to prioritize and set a balance with their daily activities.

They create to-do-lists

Whether written in a journal or as a set of reminders on their smartphones, super-achievers are organized. They structure their days. They don’t allow clutter with their time. They know what they have to and what they do not have to do. Thus, they schedule their time to maintain a balance in every area of their lives.

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They have time to network, build relationships, exercise and get the needed rest to achieve those things they set out to do. Simply put, they are structured and have a written plan on how to get their day accomplished.

They measure progress

The thing about it is that you can be doing so much and you do not realize how much you are accomplishing or how far you have come. You may be distracted by the fact that you are taking tiny steps or feel that you are not stepping in the right direction.

Do not be tempted with this fallacy; super-achievers measure their progress. They always look over their shoulder to see how far they have come. They also make sure they are headed in the right direction, on the right track.

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They do not focus on the future without taking a thing or two from the past.

They learn

People may take this for granted, but achievement stems from strategizing, commitment and dedication. Any achievements gained without learning are short-lived and lack value.

Super-achievers learn from their failures. They seek expert guidance through mentors, books or audio CDs. They are focused on learning as they move on. Such knowledge nourishes them and helps them to navigate the obstacles and challenges that come their way.

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Remember: You have to be consistent and build on daily successes if you want to be a super-achiever. Super-achievers are more daring yet they remain consistent and solid as they surge on to their long-term goals. They are not distracted; rather, they remain focused on taking the tiny steps and maintaining an accurate routine to achieve their goals.

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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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