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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
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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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Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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