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10 Simple Things Successful People Do To Achieve Great Things in Life

10 Simple Things Successful People Do To Achieve Great Things in Life
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When we think about the lives of successful people, we always wonder, what could have they done differently? How did they live each day? They say success is a mixture of hard work, perseverance, and desire. To achieve all your aspirations, you have to put in your best effort. To surmount all the challenges that come your way, you have to know how to persevere. And to make everything worth your while, you need to desire whatever it is that you do.

Many  researchers who have studied the lives of successful people have found similar patterns in their habits and perspectives that could have contributed to their success. The following are 10 simple things successful people do every day to achieve their goals in life:

1. They do the most important things early in the morning

Successful people set their first hours of the day to work on the top priority activities. They discipline themselves to wake up early and follow a healthy morning routine. According to Roy F. Baumeister, a social psychologist, and professor of psychology at Florida State University, “willpower is a limited resource and it gets depleted as people perform various acts of self-control throughout the day.”

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You don’t have the same willpower and clarity in the evenings as you do in the mornings. Mornings are the best time to focus because it is in the early mornings when we have a fresh supply of willpower. It is also in the mornings where we may tend to feel more energized, fresh, and optimistic.

2. They follow routines

A morning jog after a cup of coffee. Sunday movie time after dinner with family. Routines make up the lives of successful people. While it does sound fun to spend each day spontaneously, successful people save time and energy by reducing decision-making through incorporating simple routines. For example, instead of thinking what to cook and eat for each meal, successful people create meal plans that last for the entire week.

3. They make lists

Whether it’s digital or on paper successful people like to make lists. They like to make lists of their goals, tasks, and a list of improvements. How can you surpass yourself and do better if you don’t keep track of your progress? How will you create a second plan of action if you fail the first time without some form of record to review your efforts? Successful people like to review their lists to see how far they’ve come or how well they’ve gone in accomplishing what they were supposed to do.

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4. They know how to spend money to make money

Successful people are not insanely frugal. They know exactly when to cut expenses and when to invest for a big return. People who are looking to increase their revenue think they will save more by cutting expenses all the time, but as it turns out, the best opportunities to earn more come from investing and putting your money out for profit. By spending money to make more money, successful people increase their income and savings.

5. They keep learning

Successful people never stop learning. They try to squeeze out as many life lessons as possible in every experience they get. They also make use of their free time well by reading, watching the news, or attending seminars that widen their knowledge.

6. They treasure great friends

Every successful person understands the importance of networking. They like to connect and befriend people in their community, work group, or industry. They treasure their connections well and value every opportunity as it arrives.

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7. They take good care of their health

You can’t enjoy the fruits of your success if you’re always sick. Successful people take good care of their health by maintaining a balanced lifestyle. This includes eating healthy, giving themselves time to relax and making sure they get the right amount of exercise every day.

8. They engage in productive hobbies

Successful people take hobbies that get their mind off work. Whether it’s painting, writing, or golfing, they make sure that time spent will be fun and engaging. These hobbies not only provide entertainment, they also contribute to the well-being of the person.

9. They live their schedule

Successful people know the value of time and how important it is to their own success. They follow their schedules by heart and make sure that every commitment gets done exactly on the exact hour. When plotting their schedules, they make sure it’s realistic and doable.

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10. They learn from failures

Successful people don’t repeatedly bash their heads at the same mistake. They acknowledge their mistake, plan a better action, and triumph on their next try. Failures never discourage them but only foster their will and passion to do it right the second time.

As Winston Churchill says “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm”.

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

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