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Daily Routine of Successful People That Will Inspire You to Achieve More

Daily Routine of Successful People That Will Inspire You to Achieve More

Do you want to be more successful? Many successful entrepreneurs share similar ideals and routines which play an intrinsic part in their success.

If you look for the ultimate daily routine for success, look at these routines and beliefs successful entrepreneurs use every day. Learn from the daily routine of successful people and gradually build your own habits, stick to them and get closer to success!

1. They have a morning routine.

Author Laura Vanderkam extensively studied the schedules of various high achievers. She found one thing that they had in common: they got up early, and almost all of them also had a morning routine. Richard Branson is also an advocate of embracing the morning.

Getting up early has lots of benefits. You get the chance to be available and present before demands are made of you, and before you need to start working on your goals. This can improve your mood, as you feel in control of your life.

Getting up and completing your morning routine will help you to feel confident and in control, ready to handle the challenges that the day throws at you.

How to adjust your schedule:

Consider scheduling tasks you would normally do in the evening in the morning instead. For instance, try exercising before you go to work to help you feel revitalized and productive.

Or you can try this Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day.

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2. They work when they don’t have to.

First thing in the morning, the evenings and the weekend are all times that most people are not working. However, you could be wasting your productivity.

Many successful entrepreneurs will work whenever inspiration strikes as they know they will be more productive then than later.

If you have a great pitch for work, strike while the iron is hot and get working – even if you’re not in work.

How to adjust your schedule:

Plan two hours work you will do during your free time, from replying to emails to making important calls. This will help you to get ahead and stay ahead.

3. They do important work first.

Many people arrive at the office and start their day with the little tasks, like emailing and admin. However, our brains are sharpest earlier in the day, so this is the best time to tackle the more creative work that challenges you.

If you don’t get the opportunity to work on your chosen tasks first thing, take matters into your own hands; do the work from home or come into work early.

How to adjust your schedule:

Set your schedule for the next day while you are still at work. Plan your most important tasks for first thing in the morning and schedule only a specific time for emails checking to guarantee a productive day.

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4. They keep their full schedules in one place.

Instead of planning parts of your schedule on your phone, laptop, work computer and notepad, gather everything together on one device. Alexandra Weiss, a partner at CA Creative in New York says:

“It’s crucial to make sure you record all your meetings and appointments in one place instead of having them scattered throughout different calendars, notebooks, and apps.”

It won’t seem intimidating – it will seem clearer and easier for you to understand. You don’t have to worry about fitting everything in as you can see your full schedule and arrange it as you please.

How to adjust your schedule:

Choose the device you are most comfortable with and use the most, whether it is your smartphone or a notebook. Keep it on you all day while you are at work, so you can adjust your plans accordingly throughout the day.

Not sure what apps to use? Pick one or two from this list of 40 Top Productivity Apps.

5. They take every minute of their work seriously.

Successful entrepreneurs truly believe in their work and see value in what they do. It is difficult to work productively and become successful if you don’t believe in your work.

It is important to stay motivated and not to get side tracked by people who don’t believe in you – remember that if you believe in your work, you shouldn’t need the reassurance of others.

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How to adjust your schedule:

At the end of your working week, set aside half an hour to review your goals and dreams, and see how you are progressing towards them. This will help you to achieve your goals, but more importantly – it will encourage you to truly believe in your goals.

6. They relax when they’re done.

Worrying about work while you’re not there can run you down and actually make you less productive when you start again. Author Tim Ferris recommends writing down your working goal for tomorrow when you finish work as this will help you to feel motivated for the next day – so you can actually switch off for now and enjoy your evening.

How to adjust your schedule:

Write down three goals you want to achieve during your next working day. Write down how you will achieve them too as this will help you to feel focussed, so you can switch off and enjoy your down time.

7. They understand teamwork boosts efficiency.

Many of the most successful companies in the world were started with teamwork:

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Apple was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and Paypal was started by a team of five.

Being successful is rarely about being completely independent – successful people are able to work with others, delegate, compromise and accept other ideas.

How to adjust your schedule:

If you work in a team alongside others, schedule an email chain with your co-workers. Make a note to email your co-workers at lunchtime if you do work on a project for feedback. Encourage them to share their opinions and get involved and this will engage them more.

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8. They don’t panic when things don’t go as planned.

Many people start to feel stressed and anxious when things don’t go exactly to plan, but these things can happen on a daily basis. Successful people realize they cannot control everything and anticipate mistakes.

Dealing with problems is a big part of being a successful entrepreneur. Plan for mistakes and you will deal with them rationally and efficiently as they arise.

How to adjust your schedule:

Factor in time every day to help you deal with any problems that arise. Half an hour at the end of your working day is ideal as it means you can focus on the tasks you want to complete during the day.

So here they are, 8 habits you can add to your daily routine to achieve more and become more successful.

If you struggle to build habits that stick, I recommend you to check out this guide:

6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick

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The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

The Productivity Paradox: What Is It And How Can We Move Beyond It?

It’s a depressing adage we’ve all heard time and time again: An increase in technology does not necessarily translate to an increase in productivity.

Put another way by Robert Solow, a Nobel laureate in economics,

“You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

In other words, just because our computers are getting faster, that doesn’t mean that that we will have an equivalent leap in productivity. In fact, the opposite may be true!

New York Times writer Matt Richel wrote in an article for the paper back in 2008 that stated, “Statistical and anecdotal evidence mounts that the same technology tools that have led to improvements in productivity can be counterproductive if overused.”

There’s a strange paradox when it comes to productivity. Rather than an exponential curve, our productivity will eventually reach a plateau, even with advances in technology.

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So what does that mean for our personal levels of productivity? And what does this mean for our economy as a whole? Here’s what you should know about the productivity paradox, its causes, and what possible solutions we may have to combat it.

What is the productivity paradox?

There is a discrepancy between the investment in IT growth and the national level of productivity and productive output. The term “productivity paradox” became popularized after being used in the title of a 1993 paper by MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson, a Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business.

In his paper, Brynjolfsson argued that while there doesn’t seem to be a direct, measurable correlation between improvements in IT and improvements in output, this might be more of a reflection on how productive output is measured and tracked.[1]

He wrote in his conclusion:

“Intangibles such as better responsiveness to customers and increased coordination with suppliers do not always increase the amount or even intrinsic quality of output, but they do help make sure it arrives at the right time, at the right place, with the right attributes for each customer.

Just as managers look beyond “productivity” for some of the benefits of IT, so must researchers be prepared to look beyond conventional productivity measurement techniques.”

How do we measure productivity anyway?

And this brings up a good point. How exactly is productivity measured?

In the case of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, productivity gain is measured as the percentage change in gross domestic product per hour of labor.

But other publications such as US Today, argue that this is not the best way to track productivity, and instead use something called Total Factor Productivity (TFP). According to US Today, TFP “examines revenue per employee after subtracting productivity improvements that result from increases in capital assets, under the assumption that an investment in modern plants, equipment and technology automatically improves productivity.”[2]

In other words, this method weighs productivity changes by how much improvement there is since the last time productivity stats were gathered.

But if we can’t even agree on the best way to track productivity, then how can we know for certain if we’ve entered the productivity paradox?

Possible causes of the productivity paradox

Brynjolfsson argued that there are four probable causes for the paradox:

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  • Mis-measurement – The gains are real but our current measures miss them.
  • Redistribution – There are private gains, but they come at the expense of other firms and individuals, leaving little net gain.
  • Time lags – The gains take a long time to show up.
  • Mismanagement – There are no gains because of the unusual difficulties in managing IT or information itself.

There seems to be some evidence to support the mis-measurement theory as shown above. Another promising candidate is the time lag, which is supported by the work of Paul David, an economist at Oxford University.

According to an article in The Economist, his research has shown that productivity growth did not accelerate until 40 years after the introduction of electric power in the early 1880s.[3] This was partly because it took until 1920 for at least half of American industrial machinery to be powered by electricity.”

Therefore, he argues, we won’t see major leaps in productivity until both the US and major global powers have all reached at least a 50% penetration rate for computer use. The US only hit that mark a decade ago, and many other countries are far behind that level of growth.

The paradox and the recession

The productivity paradox has another effect on the recession economy. According to Neil Irwin,[4]

“Sky-high productivity has meant that business output has barely declined, making it less necessary to hire back laid-off workers…businesses are producing only 3 percent fewer goods and services than they were at the end of 2007, yet Americans are working nearly 10 percent fewer hours because of a mix of layoffs and cutbacks in the workweek.”

This means that more and more companies are trying to do less with more, and that means squeezing two or three people’s worth of work from a single employee in some cases.

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According to Irwin, “workers, frightened for their job security, squeezed more productivity out of every hour [in 2010].”

Looking forward

A recent article on Slate puts it all into perspective with one succinct observation:

“Perhaps the Internet is just not as revolutionary as we think it is. Sure, people might derive endless pleasure from it—its tendency to improve people’s quality of life is undeniable. And sure, it might have revolutionized how we find, buy, and sell goods and services. But that still does not necessarily mean it is as transformative of an economy as, say, railroads were.”

Still, Brynjolfsson argues that mismeasurement of productivity can really skew the results of people studying the paradox, perhaps more than any other factor.

“Because you and I stopped buying CDs, the music industry has shrunk, according to revenues and GDP. But we’re not listening to less music. There’s more music consumed than before.

On paper, the way GDP is calculated, the music industry is disappearing, but in reality it’s not disappearing. It is disappearing in revenue. It is not disappearing in terms of what you should care about, which is music.”

Perhaps the paradox isn’t a death sentence for our productivity after all. Only time (and perhaps improved measuring techniques) will tell.

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