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

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 August 16, 2018

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

16 Productivity Secrets of Highly Successful People Revealed

The same old motivational secrets don’t really motivate you after you’ve read them for the tenth time, do they?

How about a unique spin on things?

These 16 productivity secrets of successful people will make you reevaluate your approach to your home, work, and creative lives. Learn from these highly successful people, turn these little things they do into your daily habits and you’ll get closer to success.

1. Empty your mind.

It sounds counterproductive, doesn’t it?

Emptying your mind when you have so much to remember seems like you’re just begging to forget something. Instead, this gives you a clean slate so you’re not still thinking about last week’s tasks.

Clear your mind and then start thinking only about what you need to do immediately, and then today. Tasks that need to be accomplished later in the week can wait.

Here’s a guide to help you empty your mind and think sharper:

How to Declutter Your Mind to Sharpen Your Brain and Fall Asleep Faster

2. Keep certain days clear.

Some companies are scheduling “No Meeting Wednesdays,” which means, funnily enough, that no one can hold a meeting on a Wednesday. This gives workers a full day to work on their own tasks, without getting sidetracked by other duties or pointless meetings.

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This can work in your personal life too, for example if you need to restrict Facebook access or limit phone calls.

3. Prioritize your work.

Don’t think every task is created equal! Some tasks aren’t as important as others, or might take less time.

Try to sort your tasks every day and see what can be done quickly and efficiently. Get these out of the way so you have more free time and brain power to focus on what is more important.

Lifehack’s CEO has a unique way to prioritize works, take a look at it here:

How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

4. Chop up your time.

Many successful business leaders chop their time up into fifteen-minute intervals. This means they work on tasks for a quarter of an hour at a time, or schedule meetings for only fifteen minutes. It makes each hour seem four times as long, which leads to more productivity!

5. Have a thinking position.

Truman Capote claimed he couldn’t think unless he was laying down. Proust did this as well, while Stravinsky would stand on his head!

What works for others may not work for you. Try to find a spot and position that is perfect for you to brainstorm or come up with ideas.

6. Pick three to five things you must do that day.

To Do lists can get overwhelming very quickly. Instead of making a never-ending list of everything you can think of that needs to be done, make daily lists that include just three to five things.

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Make sure they’re things that need to be done that day, so you don’t keep putting them off.

7. Don’t try to do too much.

OK, so I just told you to work every day, and now I’m telling you to not do too much? It might sound like conflicting advice, but not doing too much means not biting off more than you can chew. Don’t say yes to every work project or social engagement and find yourself in way over your head.

8. Have a daily action plan.

Don’t limit yourself to a to-do list! Take ten minutes every morning to map out a daily action plan. It’s a place to not only write what needs to be done that day, but also to prioritize what will bring the biggest reward, what will take the longest, and what goals will be accomplished.

Leave room for a “brain dump,” where you can scribble down anything else that’s on your mind.

9. Do your most dreaded project first.

Getting your most dreaded task over with first means you’ll have the rest of the day free for anything and everything else. This also means that you won’t be constantly putting off the worst of your projects, making it even harder to start on it later.

10. Follow the “Two-Minute Rule.”

The “Two-Minute Rule” was made famous by David Allen. It’s simple – if a new task comes in and it can be done in two minutes or less, do it right then. Putting it off just adds to your to-do list and will make the task seem more monumental later.

11. Have a place devoted to work.

If you work in an office, it’s no problem to say that your cubicle desk is where you work every day.

But if you work from home, make sure you have a certain area specifically for work. You don’t want files spread out all over the dinner table, and you don’t want to feel like you’re not working just because you’re relaxing on the couch.

Agatha Christie never wrote at her desk, she wrote wherever she could sit down. Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up. Thomas Wolfe, at 6’6″ tall, used the top of his refrigerator as a desk. Richard Wright wrote on a park bench, rain or shine.

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Have a space where, when you go there, you know you’re going to work. Maybe it’s a cafe downstairs, the library, or a meeting room. Whenever and wherever works for you, do your works there.

12. Find your golden hour.

You don’t have to stick to a “typical” 9–5 schedule!

Novelist Anne Rice slept during the day and wrote at night to avoid distractions. Writer Jerzy Kosinski slept eight hours a day, but never all at once. He’d wake in the morning, work, sleep four hours in the afternoon, then work more that evening.

Your golden hour is the time when you’re at your peak. You’re alert, ready to be productive, and intent on crossing things off your to-do list.

Once you find your best time, protect it with all your might. Make sure you’re always free to do your best uninterrupted work at this time.

13. Pretend you’re on an airplane.

It might not be possible to lock everyone out of your office to get some peace and quiet, but you can eliminate some distractions.

By pretending you’re on an airplane, you can act like your internet access is limited, you’re not able to get something from your bookcase, and you can’t make countless phone calls.

Eliminating these distractions will help you focus on your most important tasks and get them done without interruption.

14. Never stop.

Writers Anthony Trollope and Henry James started writing their next books as soon as they finished their current work in progress.

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Stephen King writes every day of the year, and holds himself accountable for 2,000 words a day! Mark Twain wrote every day, and then read his day’s work aloud to his family to get their feedback.

There’s something to be said about working nonstop, and putting out continuous work instead of taking a break. It’s just a momentum that will push you go further./

15. Be in tune with your body.

Your mind and body will get tired of a task after ninety minutes to two hours focused on it. Keep this in mind as you assign projects to yourself throughout the day, and take breaks to ensure that you won’t get burned out.

16. Try different methods.

Vladimir Nabokov wrote the first drafts of his novels on index cards. This made it easy to rearrange sentences, paragraphs, and chapters by shuffling the cards around.

It does sound easier, and more fun, than copying and pasting in Word! Once Nabokov liked the arrangement, his wife typed them into a single manuscript.

Same for you, don’t give up and think that it’s impossible for you to be productive when one method fails. Try different methods until you find what works perfectly for you.

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