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What Self-Made Millionaires Do When Others Are Wasting Time on Social Media

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What Self-Made Millionaires Do When Others Are Wasting Time on Social Media

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
― Anthony G. Oettinger

Let’s face it, spending so much time on social media has its hazards. It is easy to say that doing so is an ideal way to relax your nerves and catch up with all the drama with what is happening with your “friends.” Yet many self-made millionaires understand why spending such time on social media may not be beneficial to their goals. Since time is such an important commodity, self-made millionaires will rather spend their time somewhere else.

They read

“Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.”
― Dave Eggers

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It is important that self-made millionaires continue building their reading skills. They know that reading remains a lifelong skill that will build and sharpen their minds to the world around them. Through reading they can build their verbal and comprehensive abilities. This is important to a self-made millionaire since he or she will be making pitches to investors, speaking to an audience every now and then and communicating their vision or goals to their team.

They connect with their friends and family

“One day spent with someone you love can change everything.”
― Mitch Albom

Self-made millionaires understand the importance of relationships. They are always busy building their businesses and careers and whatever time they have between that should be used to connect with their family and friends. Climbing the corporate ladder should not be engaging enough for you to neglect your family and genuine friends. Such relationships are vital to the success of a self-made millionaire as this affects an all-round outlook of his or her well-being.

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It goes beyond connecting passively, self-made millionaires actively connect with their family and friends.

They have hobbies

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Yes, while many advise that the best route to success should be a fast tracked one, self-made millionaires try not to burn themselves out. Hobbies have a way of offering us a breath of fresh air to keep us grounded and relieve stress. It could also be an avenue to develop other life skills and networking opportunities.

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They network

“Being with you and not being with you is the only way I have to measure time.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

A lot of networking activities occur outside the realm of corporate hours. Instead of simply networking on social media, self-made millionaires go above the virtual into the real world of weekend breakfasts, cocktail hours, and after-hours gatherings for conversations. For them it is not about meeting people to land new sales or to find a new employee; rather, it is about talking to people and meeting people and partaking in exciting discussion that will propel more success.

The more people you have in your network, the more opportunities will emerge. Every self-made millionaire knows these.

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They learn something new

“Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre

Millionaires know that they don’t need to get stuck. Life is constantly changing and it is necessary for them to adapt to such changes by improving their knowledge and skills. Many think that education in a formal institution is what defines success. But self-made millionaires know that this assumption is wrong; success is about facing the real world and offering solutions to problems. To be fit for this, self-made millionaires move ahead by learning new skills or enrolling for professional classes.

There is no point in reducing their productivity or getting caught up in the endless drama that takes place on social media. Self-made millionaires are pursuing more success and doing well to attain it.

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Last Updated on October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer 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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