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Last Updated on December 11, 2020

10 Habits Of People Who Are Highly Successful At Work

10 Habits Of People Who Are Highly Successful At Work

Getting promoted at work or making crucial achievements in your career doesn’t just happen or fall into your lap. Many times, everything you attain needs to be earned and worked for. Earning your success means committing yourself to hard work, a great attitude, and dedication. For this reason, it’s important to develop the right habits at work.

Successful people build habits that make them get more out of their time and hit top performance. Here are some of the habits of people who are highly successful at work. Once you know what they are, you can also work at developing them!

1. They Schedule Everything

Scheduling means keeping to a set time and not deviating from what should be accomplished. Successful people know there is no room to delay what has to be done now. They act according to a plan and are realistic about meeting and keeping to their schedules.

Successful people know that procrastination is one of the biggest disruptors of a productive day. Instead, of putting things off, try making a list of all the things you want to get done in a day. Checking things off will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you visualize the time you’ll need for everything else.

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2. They Prioritize

They focus on being excellent at what they do. They do not multitask. Multitasking has its ills[1] and can down your work performance. Knowing that multitasking often gets in the way of productivity, successful people rather prioritize and eliminate what will not gear them towards their success.

3. They Don’t Take Themselves Too Seriously

The life of a perfectionist can be depressing. Successful people are humans like you and I and can be prone to mistakes, too. Rather than focus on their flaws, they do well to get better at what they do by engaging in more work. They look upon themselves realistically and develop habits at work that reflect their true abilities.

4. They Plan

Not much can be done without adequate planning. Successful people know this. That is why they make it a habit to plan their activities. Planning does not have to be daily or hourly. Adequate planning can be done weekly or even monthly. The point is that you should have an idea of what you want to get done and when.

Try using one of the many apps out there that are made to keep you on track. This list is a good place to start.

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5. They Hold Themselves Accountable

It is one thing to make a commitment. It is another thing to be accountable for such commitment. Successful people hold themselves accountable for how their time is spent. They could have a journal to ascertain this or spend time analyzing the day backwards to know how they fared at committing themselves to the day’s activity.

This also means taking responsibility for what you get done (or don’t). People who are successful at work are not afraid to face up to the consequences of their actions. This also means that they are ready to receive praise when it’s due.

6. They Focus

This goes beyond attentiveness. They focus on the deep and most challenging tasks of the day. They understand how important the deep and rigorous task could affect their success, so they throw their energy at their top priorities first. Things like checking emails, preparing meeting notes, and passing information around doesn’t take most of their energy.

Getting better at focusing while at work may take practice. Successful people have various go-to techniques to train their brains. These may include meditation, exercise, visualization, or journaling.

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7. They Exercise Regularly

To make sure they get the most out of their day, many successful people have the habit of tasking their brain in other ways than just work. Furthermore, according to extensive research, various forms of exercise can act as an anti-depressant, improving mood and performance along the way[2].

In the end, when your body feels good, so does your mind. Getting exercise regularly helps you focus, gives you an energy boost, and makes you feel better about yourself and the work you do.

8. They Get Enough Sleep

Successful people know that to get the best out of their performance, they need to get adequate rest[3]. The body needs to be recharged and reactivated to get going for the next day’s work. They do not deter themselves from the needed rest, which will get them re-energized.

It’s important to know the things that can stand in the way of a good night’s sleep. Using electronics while lying in bed, eating foods high in sugar before sleeping, or maintaining high stress levels throughout the day can all get in the way of a good night’s sleep. Take care of these before settling in for the night.

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9. They Keep a Positive Attitude

They know that negativity can weigh you down and drag out the energy you need in order to offer your best at work. Therefore, they maintain a positive attitude and see solutions rather than problems, opportunities rather than failures. Successful people are constantly developing habits at work related to positive thinking and gratitude.

10. They Are Grateful

Being successful means you are connected to others, too. Successful people boost their self esteem and self worth by appreciating the people around them. They can say thank you and show appreciation for anything good they have received. Doing this helps their confidence and activates their brain to enjoy and make the best use of their environment.

Being grateful can be tough during hard times. To get started, try working with a gratitude journal. Every evening, write down three or more good things that happened during the course of the day. This will help your brain get oriented toward the good and away from all the downers of the day.

Final Thoughts

There is no magical list of qualities or habits that create a successful person, but these are often seen as some of the most important to get you on track toward working at your best. Try developing one or two of these first and see where they take you. It’s likely that you’ll see a boost in your work performance just by developing a couple of these habits at work. Get started today!

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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