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

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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 October 21, 2021

How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

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How to Create Your Own Ritual to Conquer Time Wasters and Laziness

Life is wasted in the in-between times. The time between when your alarm first rings and when you finally decide to get out of bed. The time between when you sit at your desk and when productive work begins. The time between making a decision and doing something about it.

Slowly, your day is whittled away from all the unused in-between moments. Eventually, time wasters, laziness, and procrastination get the better of you.

The solution to reclaim these lost middle moments is by creating rituals. Every culture on earth uses rituals to transfer information and encode behaviors that are deemed important. Personal rituals can help you build a better pattern for handling everything from how you wake up to how you work.

Unfortunately, when most people see rituals, they see pointless superstitions. Indeed, many rituals are based on a primitive understanding of the world. But by building personal rituals, you get to encode the behaviors you feel are important and cut out the wasted middle moments.

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Program Your Own Algorithms

Another way of viewing rituals is by seeing them as computer algorithms. An algorithm is a set of instructions that is repeated to get a result.

Some algorithms are highly efficient, sorting or searching millions of pieces of data in a few seconds. Other algorithms are bulky and awkward, taking hours to do the same task.

By forming rituals, you are building algorithms for your behavior. Take the delayed and painful pattern of waking up, debating whether to sleep in for another two minutes, hitting the snooze button, repeat until almost late for work. This could be reprogrammed to get out of bed immediately, without debating your decision.

How to Form a Ritual

I’ve set up personal rituals for myself for handling e-mail, waking up each morning, writing articles, and reading books. Far from making me inflexible, these rituals give me a useful default pattern that works best 99% of the time. Whenever my current ritual won’t work, I’m always free to stop using it.

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Forming a ritual isn’t too difficult, and the same principles for changing habits apply:

  1. Write out your sequence of behavior. I suggest starting with a simple ritual of only 3-4 steps maximum. Wait until you’ve established a ritual before you try to add new steps.
  2. Commit to following your ritual for thirty days. This step will take the idea and condition it into your nervous system as a habit.
  3. Define a clear trigger. When does your ritual start? A ritual to wake up is easy—the sound of your alarm clock will work. As for what triggers you to go to the gym, read a book or answer e-mail—you’ll have to decide.
  4. Tweak the Pattern. Your algorithm probably won’t be perfectly efficient the first time. Making a few tweaks after the first 30-day trial can make your ritual more useful.

Ways to Use a Ritual

Based on the above ideas, here are some ways you could implement your own rituals:

1. Waking Up

Set up a morning ritual for when you wake up and the next few things you do immediately afterward. To combat the grogginess after immediately waking up, my solution is to do a few pushups right after getting out of bed. After that, I sneak in ninety minutes of reading before getting ready for morning classes.

2. Web Usage

How often do you answer e-mail, look at Google Reader, or check Facebook each day? I found by taking all my daily internet needs and compressing them into one, highly-efficient ritual, I was able to cut off 75% of my web time without losing any communication.

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3. Reading

How much time do you get to read books? If your library isn’t as large as you’d like, you might want to consider the rituals you use for reading. Programming a few steps to trigger yourself to read instead of watching television or during a break in your day can chew through dozens of books each year.

4. Friendliness

Rituals can also help with communication. Set up a ritual of starting a conversation when you have opportunities to meet people.

5. Working

One of the hardest barriers when overcoming procrastination is building up a concentrated flow. Building those steps into a ritual can allow you to quickly start working or continue working after an interruption.

6. Going to the gym

If exercising is a struggle, encoding a ritual can remove a lot of the difficulty. Set up a quick ritual for going to exercise right after work or when you wake up.

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7. Exercise

Even within your workouts, you can have rituals. Spacing the time between runs or reps with a certain number of breaths can remove the guesswork. Forming a ritual of doing certain exercises in a particular order can save time.

8. Sleeping

Form a calming ritual in the last 30-60 minutes of your day before you go to bed. This will help slow yourself down and make falling asleep much easier. Especially if you plan to get up full of energy in the morning, it will help if you remove insomnia.

8. Weekly Reviews

The weekly review is a big part of the GTD system. By making a simple ritual checklist for my weekly review, I can get the most out of this exercise in less time. Originally, I did holistic reviews where I wrote my thoughts on the week and progress as a whole. Now, I narrow my focus toward specific plans, ideas, and measurements.

Final Thoughts

We all want to be productive. But time wasters, procrastination, and laziness sometimes get the better of us. If you’re facing such difficulties, don’t be afraid to make use of these rituals to help you conquer them.

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