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Last Updated on May 6, 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 September 23, 2020

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

Most People Already Know Their Passion

So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

How to Do What You Love

There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

Final Thoughts

If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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