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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

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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Last Updated on September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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