In a recent article in the Huffington Post, Kevin Kruse interviewed over 200 of the most successful people in the country. His research included 7 billionaires, 13 Olympians, and a host of entrepreneurs, successful leaders in business, etc. He asked them a revealing question:
“What is your number one secret to productivity?”
Their answers provide insight to some of the daily habits that are consistent with highly effective people. These daily habits can be incorporated into your daily life and may make a significant impact in your mood, productivity, and overall success at home, school and work.
Time is money and nothing is more valuable than time. A lot of people will plan their day by segments, or hours, but successful people take each minute into consideration and don’t waste time they don’t have. Because of their focus on time management, they only check their emails a few times a day and don’t respond to every ring, ding, vibration, or beep.
They keep control of what they are doing and when rather than allowing others control them. They also avoid meetings at all costs, which are a notorious time waster. They don’t give away their time by doing things they can’t, won’t, or don’t want to do. According to billionaire Warren Buffet, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.”
Surprisingly, the most effective people are not multi-taskers. They focus on one thing at a time. Decide what is most important, and how you’re going to achieve that and then focus on that item without interruption. Because they understand they can’t do everything, successful people are excellent delegators. Instead of thinking, “How can I do this?” think, “How can this get done?”
Calendars, not lists.
Replace your to-do- list with a calendar and instead of making a list of things to do, write down when and where you’re going to do them. This is a much more effective way to actually get things done.
Successful people know what is important, and what is not. Despite popular belief, they are not always workaholics. They know what is important, and they split their time each day to focus on what is most important. They don’t skip meals or skimp on sleep. They take appropriate breaks to rejuvenate themselves. This often means that they make time to be home for dinner, spend time with family, and focus on their personal lives just as much as their professional life.
Most successful people have a set routine that they try to follow on a daily basis. Mornings are very important because they determine how the rest of the day will go. Many successful people also have a “touch it once” routine, which means you don’t get to put something down and come back to it later, you touch it once, deal with it, and put it away.