The Power of Habits: 3 Most Important Habits of Successful PeopleEston Swaby
Our habits define who we are as they are the things we do most often. Our habits can either take us off the path of success and lead us downhill, for example going to the club each week and spend all your money on alcohol, or drinking 5 bottles of sodas each day, or our habits can lead us on the path to success, for example feeding your mind by reading an inspirational book for 1 hour each day, or reading your Bible.
It is said that 70% of things that we do in our daily lives are habits. We are what we repeatedly do; therefore people with ‘successful’ habits turn out to be successful whereas people with ‘destructive’ habits turn out to live a destructive life.
Our habits are as a result of our choices, everyone of us have the power to make choices, it is call free-will. It is very interesting, we make our choices, and our choices in return make us.
The most successful people have all develop certain habits that is apart of their daily routines. These habits help to contribute to their success and can be considered good habits to form for yourself.
It could be talking a walk for one hour 3 times per week, or reading your Bible for one hour per day, or listening to an inspirational message for 1 hour. The point is, if you want to be successful you have to develop some daily habits, if something is not a habit then you will be left to sail to the direction of whatever wind that may blow each day.
Daily Routine of Successful People
The daily habits of successful people varies, but one thing is constant is that they all make a list of what they want to accomplish each day. As they say if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Making a list of what you want to be accomplish each day gives you a sense of direction, a sense of purpose as you are not running around trying to figure what to do next, you know exactly what you want to be done each day and at the end of the day you will go home feeling a sense of accomplishment.
Here are the 3 steps to planning and making your daily list.
1. Plan Your Day The Night Before
Brian Tracy, a leading success expert, said ‘Every minute spent in planning saves 10 minutes in execution’ and I do agree with him. When I plan my day from the night before each morning I wake up with a sense of direction as I know exactly what I want to do first thing in the morning and the main things I want to be accomplish throughout the day. Some times I even wake up with ideas on how to accomplish certain task or what to change. Every night, sit down with a piece of paper and write down everything that you need to do the next day. We know that at times things will happen, so if for whatever reason you don’t get the chance to plan your day, this should be the first thing you do every morning. When you write a list you have a sense of direction.
When you write your list it helps you to clarify what your goals are and forces you to think about your day and life in general
Brian Tracy also said that by making a list and working from it you will be able to increase you output 25% each day. Want to accomplish more? Start writing your list and do what the successful people in their field are doing
2. Set Priorities On Your List Before You Start The Day
What on your list or the most important things you will have to accomplish and will help you to be more productive or achieve your overall goal(s)? Using the 80/20 rule, if you have 10 items on your list, two out of the 10 will be the more important than all of the other items put together.
To see which ones are more important, go down your list and answer the question, “If I were to be called out of town for a month, what are the most important tasks that I must accomplish?”
Once you identify these most important tasks, it brings us to the final step in starting your day.
3. Complete The Most Important Task First
If you do accomplish nothing for the day, ensure that the most important task(s) are done. If possible, begin your day by focusing on completing the most important task(s) that you have to do for the day and focus on it and only it until completion.
If you want to be successful you have to work on completing task that will move you forward in your relationship(s), business, education, church ministry, or any other area of your personal life.
Some projects or task will have multifple tasks to them, what you should do in these cases is to break down your major project into several smaller jobs to complete the larger job. To get this done, organize your jobs by sequence in a checklist and start on you most important project until every task has been completed.
Some tasks can be delegated to someone else, get a capable member of your team to do complete some of the task so that you can focus on what is more important on your list.
You can increase your productivity by 50% by planning, starting and completing your most important tasks every single day.
By developing these habits you will realise that you will get more done and faster, your day will feel more fulfil, you will have a sense of direction and you will not be wasting time on meaningless activities. Plan your day from the night before by making a list of things you would love to accomplish, organize your tasks in order of importance, and complete your most important task first thing during your day.
What habits do you start your day with an on average that is helping you to be successful, or not so successful? Leave a comment below and share my post.