7 habits of successful people
Just staying busy doesn’t necessarily ensure your success. It’s what we do with our time and how we perform that counts. There’s satisfaction in a job well done and choosing quantity over quality doesn’t cut it.
Even in this mad world of cyber speed, we need to be careful not to spread ourselves too thin. Remember –there’s always tomorrow.
Seven tips for working smarter:
Put First Things First
Identify your priority tasks and make sure to get them done first thing. It’s worth it to take time at the end of the day to make a list of the next day’s priorities. Tackle the most difficult priority task first but don’t leave out the most important ones either.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting your regular 7-8 hours is vital to help with focus and creative thinking. For best mental clarity, stick to a normal bedtime. Don’t burn the midnight oil or you’ll pay for it the next day.
Get Up Early
Waking early will help to form a regular sleep pattern. By getting up good and early, you’ll feel more ready for sleep at bedtime. The early bird isn’t wrong. And, he’s got the worm to prove it.
Give Each Task Your Best
Multitasking tends to diminish the quality of our work by dividing our attention between multiple streams of interest, but the truth is that one-thing-at-a-time often works better. Try to limit distractions and concentrate fully on one task at a time.
Don’t be Obsessive
Try not to second-guess yourself and get hung up on insignificant details. It can waste time. Trust your instincts.
By setting an alarm at 20 minute intervals, you can compete with yourself to see how much you can accomplish in that time frame. It’s also a good way to find out what’s taking up too much of your precious time. Go full steam ahead for those 20 minutes and then stop.
Pause for Refreshment
Your batteries need to be recharged sooner or later. If even to change your focus or for a change of scenery, don’t forget to take a break. Don’t just grab and coffee and keep going. Take a real break. Breathe. Think about something other than the work at hand.