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15 Habits That Put You On The Fast Track To Success

15 Habits That Put You On The Fast Track To Success

We all want the answers on how to be successful. We all want to enjoy our jobs and earn lots of money every week. Knowing how to get there is often the hard part. Here are 15 habits that can help put you on the fast track to success.

1. Be Determined

In order to be successful, you must first be determined to be successful. Know what your idea of success is, set your mind to it, and don’t turn back.

2. Maintain Discipline

Setting your mind to be successful is one thing, but maintaining the thought is another. It’s easy to get distracted or fall into a sluggish mode. You must discipline yourself on a daily basis and continually work hard for it.

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3. Set Goals

Whether it’s arriving 5 minutes early every day or becoming the company’s vice president, set a goal, and don’t give up until it’s achieved. When that goal is accomplished, set a new one. Always give yourself something to work towards, big or little.

4. Dress for Success

It sounds so cliché, but it’s very true. Even if your position allows casual wear, it’s important to maintain a neat and clean appearance. Not only will it impress your boss and your clients, but it will also help you to feel good about yourself.

5. Learn Something New

Whether it’s going back to school for your bachelor’s degree or simply just watching a webinar on the internet, any form of additional learning is beneficial.

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6. Meditate

End your evening or start your morning with meditation. Even take a few minutes on your lunch break to sit quietly in your car. Meditation is a great way to help clear your mind of stressful and negative thoughts.

7. Stretch

Stretching is an effective way to help relax your muscles and body, especially if you have a desk job. Get up from your chair to walk around the office. Learn stretching exercises that can be done from your desk area.

8. How to Be Successful? Be Happy!

Being happy is one of the most important factors to success. Being unhappy will hinder your ambitions, therefore hindering success. Talk to management if there are issues that need to be resolved. Perhaps it’s even time to re-evaluate yourself and your career path.

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9. Open Communication

Keep the lines of communication open with management, co-workers, and clients. Discuss problems with your manager. Seek help from your co-workers, and converse with your clients. Questions won’t get answered if you don’t ask them. Problems won’t get resolved if you don’t mention them. Tasks won’t get done if you don’t delegate them.

10. Leave Work at Work

This is usually easier said than done sometimes, but it’s very important to ‘clock yourself out’ at the end of every work day, and don’t allow yourself to clock back in during personal hours. Do not bring the stresses of work into your home and around your family.

11. Keep Your Desk Organized

Avoid clutter in your office and on your desk top. Too much clutter will leave you feeling unorganized and overwhelmed, potentially hindering your work performance.

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12. Decorate Your Office Space

Have a bowl of your favorite candy on your desk. Frame your family or pet photo. Display your “lucky” figurine. Having a few personal items in sight during the work day can make your smile and feel good, even if only for a brief moment (but as mentioned above, don’t over clutter).

13. Start Each Day with a Positive Affirmation

Start each day with a positive thought, a meaningful quote or a funny joke. Tell yourself that it is going to be a great and productive day!

14. Give Compliments

Thank your co-worker for bringing in donuts. Tell your client that their new hairstyle is stunning. Tell yourself “great job” for meeting the deadline. Compliments will bring a ‘feel good’ aura throughout the entire office.

15. Be Yourself

Don’t feel like you have to be something you’re not just to climb the ladder. Stepping outside of your comfort zone to try something new is one thing, but altering who you are is not.

We don’t always have the answers for how to be successful, and most of us can agree that we don’t find them overnight. However, incorporating a good attitude, hard work, and these simple tips into your daily work routine will help you on your way to a successful career.

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Last Updated on July 8, 2020

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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    Image source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

    Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

    The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

    But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

    However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

    This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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    Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

    We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

    Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

    Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

    The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

    When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

    When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

    How to Make Decision Effectively

    Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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    1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

    You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

    Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

    Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

    2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

    You don’t have to choose all the time.

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

    Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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    3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

    You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

    The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

    Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

    Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

    So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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