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8 Signs Foretelling You’re Destined To Be Successful

8 Signs Foretelling You’re Destined To Be Successful

It’s rough out there trying to make your mark in the world. At some point or another we come across people, situations, quotes, that inspire us. What we do with that inspiration is up to us. We can either make the choice to be average, or make the choice to become something much, much greater. We often relate success to careers or finances, but it’s much more broad than that. You define what success is to you and these traits show you’re on the right track.

1. You’re action-oriented

You’re one of those people who likes to take on a task and get things done. You’re not afraid to make mistakes along the way because in your eyes, you’d rather get things moving and adjust your approach after seeing some results. You’re a leader, you like to be in charge. Some may look at this as a bad thing, but sometimes with you, it’s an “it’s my way or the highway” kind of deal.

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You may also at times find yourself being mildly stubborn in some situations. You’re the complete opposite of indecisive. You take on leadership roles with ease, and you actually enjoy the responsibility that comes along with it. What is patience? You know little to almost nothing about it. You often find yourself becoming impatient with those around you who aren’t like you.

2. You keep an open mind

One of the most important characteristics of successful people is learning to keep an open mind about literally anything and everything, but you know that already. You notice that the more you learn, you realize how little you know. This mindset allows for you to take advantage of opportunities that present themselves to you. You’re always open to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and you’re constantly challenging your own beliefs.

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3. You have the habit of setting goals

Most think that setting goals means “what do I want five years from now?” But you realize the importance of setting daily, achievable goals. You understand that by sometimes setting long-term goals you can lose your vision, so you establish small daily goals that will help you achieve that vision much easier. You’re a realistic optimist.

4. You aren’t stuck in the past or failure

You know that what’s done is done and you can’t go back and change anything in the past. You use your past as a vital tool for your future. Everything from your past has brought you to the present and you don’t waste any of your time wallowing in the could’ve, should’ve, would’ve beens. You know that by getting stuck in the past you’re robbing yourself of the present and future. You’re completely adaptable and you fully embrace change. You’re comfortable with the unknown and you’re always ready to take it head on.

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5. You can delay gratification

You have an uncanny ability to wait it out for the big reward for all your dedication and hard work. You take a look at what you have and what you want, and you’re able to avoid making impulsive decisions. For example, if someone told you that you could have one cookie now, or you could wait 20 minutes and receive two cookies, you’re smart enough to wait it out and reap the larger reward.

Delayed gratification truly applies to all aspects of life. Whether it be with your career, finances, relationships, health, etc. You have acquired the ability to ignore the temptations of instant gratification because you know that it is an essential element when you’re trying to reach your ultimate goal.

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6. You work on maximizing your strengths

“Successful people maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. They know what they are good at.” – Alan Stein

You use your strengths as your foundation to success. You rely on the skills in which you are proficient and use them to do what you love. You’re fully aware of your weaknesses and look to others for their knowledge and skills in areas in which you lack. You know that you can’t do everything on your own so reaching out to others for assistance when needed isn’t a difficult task for you. You use your strengths as your prime resource to reach your goals.

7. You’re ambitious

You can clearly see yourself being the best of the best. You wake up every day ready to tackle anything and everything thrown your way. Why? Because you know in the long run it’s going to help you achieve your end goal. You know that it isn’t just about working longs hours and seeing a journey to its end. Ambition is truly the reason for existence. It’s your soul telling you where the meaning in life is found. You’re extremely persistent and nothing stands in your way.

8. You have passion for improvement

You have this deep desire and craving to always want to improve yourself and often times you can be too hard on yourself. You’re constantly wanting to change and improve so you can become the best version of you. You’re never satisfied and you’re your own worst critic, in every aspect of your life.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

How to Create a To-Do List that Super Boosts Your Productivity

How to Create a To-Do List that Super Boosts Your Productivity

It’s 6:00 am. You have just woken up and are ready to take a shower. After the showering, it’s time to eat breakfast, catch the news by reading the morning paper, and then start your work.

You are feeling wonderful, relaxed, and happy. You have very high expectations for the day and you want to be as productive as possible.

Fast forward to 2 pm the same day. You are working in a rush and you barely had a chance to take a lunch break.

You start to feel a bit stressed and tired because of the busy schedule. Besides, it seems that you have to go back to certain tasks and fix them, because you didn’t have time to focus on them properly.

The day which started so fine has turned into a stressful one. You just jump from one task to another – as quickly as possible – without doing anything properly.

You wish you’d find a reset button, so that you could start your day from all over – with a different strategy.

What you probably experienced was this: you planned your day the night before and you felt you were on top of your tasks.

However, things started to go wrong when you kept adding tasks after each other to your list and finally your task list was many miles long. Your to do list also contained tasks which were pretty much impossible to get done in one day.

The other point which contributed to your hectic and stressful day was not understanding how much time completing a particular task would take and when to execute the task. If you had this information, it would have been easier to figure out the right timing for executing the task.

Finally, there really wasn’t any flexibility in your plans. You forgot to add a buffer between tasks and understand that certain tasks are much larger than what they seem outside.

But you know what – these reasons alone weren’t the main reason for your stress and busyness …

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What People Are Wrong About a To-Do List

Do you really know what you are supposed to do?

How much time did you actually spent on planning your day – was it just 5 minutes while the television set was distracting you?

If so, then this was probably the biggest reason why your day became so stressful.

When you plan your days, you should truly understand the tasks you are about to do – and what it takes to accomplish them. This is necessary especially with important tasks, because you are able to make progress with the tasks that matter the most.

The lack of time spent on planning will also be shown as too many big tasks stuffed to your daily list. If you haven’t broken down the task into smaller pieces, it’s probable that you are not going to get them done during the day. This in turn makes you to beat yourself for not completing your task list.

Finally, don’t treat creating a task list just like some secondary thing that you try to do as quickly as possible. In fact, when you pay more attention to your next day’s task list, the more likely is the list going to be realistic and less stressful for you.

Components of a Good To-Do List

When I talk about a good task list, I consider these characteristics to be part of it:

Balanced

The task list contains both important and less important tasks. Let’s face it: although we all would like to work on just important tasks ( e.g. goal related ones), we have to take care of the less important tasks as well (like running errands, taking care of your household or other everyday stuff).

Enough Flexibility

What happens when you have planned a task, but you are unable to take care of it? Do you have a plan B in place? If not, try to figure out the alternative action you can take in these scenarios.

Time for Transitions

Understand that transition times also eat your time. Make sure that when you plan your task list, this time is also included in your plans. Adding some extra buffer between tasks will make your list more flexible and realistic.

Not Too Many Tasks for One Day

Giving you an exact figure on how many tasks you should have on your daily list is difficult. It depends on your situation. But I’m willing to say that anything between 5-10 tasks should be enough for a day.

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Understand that certain tasks are very quick to take care of, so it’s easier to include more tasks on certain days. Just make sure that there are also important tasks on the list so that you are able to move on with your bigger projects.

Shield of Protection

Build a shield of protection around your task list, so that as few tasks as possible can land to your list and that the number of items on your list won’t increase during the day.

In the first case, try to eliminate the sources for your tasks. This is done by reducing your commitments and limiting the projects you have. The fact is that the more commitments (or projects) you have, the more likely they are going to end up as tasks for your daily list.

In the second case, make your list a closed one. I learned this concept by reading Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management by Mark Forster. In order to create a closed task list, all you have to do is to draw a line under the last task on the list. When you have done this, you are not allowed to add any new tasks to your list during the day. This ensures that the number of tasks is actually decreasing as the day goes on.

How to Create a To-Do List That Boosts Your Productivity

To make a list that you can actually accomplish the next day, do the following:

1. Eliminate the Tasks

Go through your commitments and decide if you really need each one.

For instance, I was an active member of our local computer club in my hometown, but then I realized that I don’t have enough time for that activity anymore. Although I’m still a member of the club, I don’t participate in its activities anymore. This has eliminated the tasks related to that commitment.

2. Take Your Time to Plan the List

Don’t rush creating your task list – spend some time on the planning phase. If required, “isolate yourself” for the planning part by going to a separate room in your home (or even going outside your home). This way, you can actually think the tasks thorough before you enter them onto your list.

Try to spend at least 15 minutes with your list when you plan it.

3. Move Important Tasks to the Beginning

When planning your day, make sure that the important tasks are at the beginning of your list. This ensures that you get those tasks done as quickly as possible.

For instance, as a blogger, I make sure I have the content creation tasks at the beginning of my list. As soon as I wake up, I attack those tasks immediately and they get done before I go to work.

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4. Track the Recurring Tasks

You might have recurring tasks on your list, but do you know how much time they take to accomplish?

If you don’t, make sure you do some time tracking to figure it out. This helps you to plan your day better, as you know how much time a task takes and if there is a certain time slot in your daily schedule, when the task could be executed.

5. Batch Similar Tasks

Look at your list and find out if there are similar tasks that you can batch-process. This way, you can get certain tasks off your list faster and easier.

6. Define the Tasks in More Detail

Don’t just include a task like “build a website” on your list; make sure you have broken the task to smaller pieces. The smaller the tasks are, the easier it is to take accomplish them.

7. Do Some Prep Work in Advance

Make sure that you prepare for certain tasks in advance.

For instance, I write the outlines for my guests post on Sundays, so that it’s easier (and faster) for me to start writing the actual posts when I wake up. With a little bit of prep work, I speed things up and make sure tasks get done when the right day comes.

8. Automate the Maintenance

Naturally, you could use a pen and paper approach to your task list, but try to take advantage of technology too. In fact, try to find a tool that takes care of the maintenance of your task list for you. My preferred tool is Nozbe, but there are other task management applications that you can try too.

9. Know Your Task Types and Your Schedule

Finally, when you plan your day, ask yourself these questions:

What else do I have on the schedule?

This question refers to your personal schedule. For instance, if you are traveling, make sure that your list reflects to this fact. Don’t try to “overstuff” your list with too many tasks, since it’s more likely you get only a fraction of them done.

Is the task a gatekeeper?

This question asks if the task is blocking other tasks to be executed.

Every once in a while, we might have a task, which has to be taken care of first. After you have done that, only then you can take care of the sequential tasks.

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When you focus on creating your task list in a focused manner, you’ll be able to spot the gatekeepers easily.

Do I have icebergs on my list?

This question asks if your task is actually much bigger than what it seems. Sometimes when you start working on a task, you’ll soon realize that it’s much bigger than what you initially thought (compare them to icebergs, where only the tip of the iceberg is above the sea level, but the majority of the ice is below the water).

Once again, when you focus enough on your task list during the creation phase, it’s easier to spot these “icebergs” and split the tasks into smaller, much more manageable chunks.

Is the task distraction-proof?

This final question asks if the task is distraction-proof. Not all the tasks are created equal: some tolerate more distraction, while others require your full attention.

For instance, I can check my Twitter stream or do simple blog maintenance even when I’m around my family. These tasks are distraction-proof and I can take care of them – even if I don’t have my full attention on them.

The Bottom Line

If you still have a hard time of achieving your daily tasks, make sure that you analyze the reasons why this happened. If anything, do not beat yourself up for not finishing your task list.

No one is perfect and we can learn from our mistakes.

It takes a bit practice to create a “smiling” task list. However, once you learn to put all the pieces together, things are going to look much better!

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