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3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

3 Simple Ways To Be Successful in Life

Success” and “failure”. These are the two terms that can be used to divide people into two distinct groups.

Nobody wants to be called or seen as a failure. No matter how hard and painful it is, we can all admit that we have failed in something in our lives.

How was the feeling? And does failing once or twice actually mean you are a failure in life?

Numerous institutions both private and state-owned have done a great job in educating (seminars, blogs, motivational speech, books…) general public on ways to adopt in order to succeed in life. But these efforts are all in vain if you do not take transitional steps towards success.

So, what does it take to be successful?

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  • Do I have to come from a rich background family?
  • Do I have to get straight A’s at school?…

Look no further for the answers to these questions: here are some of the ways to adopt in your life from constant failure and disappointed to being a successful maniac that every kid would look up to.

Heck yeah! You can be someone’s role model.

1. Savings

“Money: Save me today, I’ll save you tomorrow.” Hadn’t you heard this phrase before? Now you have.

It’s tempting to think that there is no need to save, after all, if I got this today I shall surely get it tomorrow. Why should I limit myself in the name of saving? If that’s how you think then failure will be a constant shadow in your life.

Life is full of uncertainties. Hey, you will get old one day, won’t you? You need to start saving for your retirement. Now!

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Young people find it a joke when you ask them to start saving for their retirement. “I am still in my 20s/30s, why should I save for my retirement? It’s not even certain I shall live to see the fruits of my savings.”/

I agree, we might kick the bucket before we enjoy the fruits of our savings. But, on the other hand, what if you age gracefully and reach to an age that you can’t work anymore? You have to retire and due to your ignorance you had not made any savings? This is the time you start claiming “life is too harsh.” The truth is: you are to blame. Yeah! You are the one who decided to take this path of failure.

Despite the fact that you are healthy today you should save for your health. Isn’t that wishing yourself a bad omen? No! You should save for your health. “Life is full of uncertainties”, remember? And you are not planting a bad omen; it’s just a precaution to protect yourself from financial strain in case of any health epidemic.

2. Determination

You must know that success is not served on a silver plate. You have to work hard for it. You need to have a never give up attitude. If you fail once, that’s not the end. Try it again with a different approach.

Do you want to have a private jet, live in a mansion, and have your own helicopter?… Have you ever wondered why they don’t advertise these extremely expensive luxuries on commercial televisions?… The answer is simple, “people who can afford these luxuries aren’t just seated watching TV.” They are busy making money.

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You don’t have to come from a rich family to be successful, in fact, research has it that most of the world’s richest people had a very humble beginning but worked their selves up to achieving a successful life, because they never stopped doing what they loved. They were determined to go through any obstacles that come their way.

3. Planning

“Failure to plan, is planning to fail.” In order to be successful, you need to have goals in life and a plan of how to achieve these goals. Hey, they need to be realistic plans and goals. You can’t be riding a bicycle and wake up one morning and say “before the end of the day I will buy a private jet.” It’s a good objective but hardly realistic and will only lead to disappointment. Of course, not unless you are planning for “an easy grab and get away” but it will only land you in prison.

You need to start with realistic plans, execute them well and you will find yourself earning a lot of money and respect.

Conclusion

It’s every kid’s dream to be successful in life. But, it’s so unfortunate that these dreams don’t come true to many. There is a difference between saying “I want to be a doctor” and “my passion is being a doctor and I am working hard so that I can be a doctor.”

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How many people attend seminars or read on how to be successful? Of course, it’s a handful. Most of the times, all it takes is a slight motivation to find the right track, rectify mistakes and march towards success.

Like I said earlier, success is not served on a silver plate. You have to make sacrifices. It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed or how many times you have been called a failure. If you do not stop on this journey, you surely will taste the success.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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