It is Monday….following a wet and dreary weekend as we brace for the impending hurricane. Did you get everything done you wanted to do this weekend? How many things did you scratch off your to do list?
Whether you have your own business, work a JOB or a mom managing a household – we all want to be successful. Our definition of success may be different but that is our goal. Did you know that successful people are successful because they have taken little things and built them into habits?
Here are some things that successful people do:
First, they plan. I don’t mean an endless to-do list because let’s be honest, that really isn’t a plan. Before falling into bed or sometimes as soon as they wake up – before the craziness of the day takes over – they determine THREE things they want to get done. They are the things that they will set out to accomplish no matter what. What would your 3 things be?
Next, they focus. I know we have all be under the misconception that multi-tasking is good. Guess what? That is far from true. If you want to be successful especially in completing your 3 priorities each day, you have to focus. I always used to say “I am great at multitasking” but when I look back, things always got half done. It would have been so much easier if I just focused on one thing at a time. Be in the moment instead of figuring out what else needs to be done or planning out the next thing to cross off the to do list.
Successful people read. I can hear the groans around the world at this one. Who has time to read, right? I am guilty of saying it so I totally get it. Let’s start with finding just 15 minutes in our day and add reading to our habits. Why is this so important? It forces you to focus – stepping away from what you are doing. How many times when you read do you get new ideas and I don’t mean adding to the to do list. Now that books are on audio, you can listen to a book while driving. This is great for those “mom-taxis” who spend countless hours shuttling kids. Or maybe it is a long commute to work.
Successful people unplug. They spend time with family and friends doing fun things, in other words leisure activities. When was the last time that you “unplugged”? Maybe it was gathering friends together for some coffee (or wine or lunch). Maybe it was just playing with the kids. Maybe it was turning off your electronics for a few hours. Yes, I did go there! When work is demanding, “unplugging” for successful people is there even if only in small bites.
Take a minute and think of TWO people that you know well and consider to be successful. What do you see them do all of the time? They don’t have to be big things, but they need to consistently do them. Make a list of those things and see if any of those things will work for you. Don’t discount them BEFORE you even try them. Give them an honest try FIRST. Remember that it takes 21 days to make a habit!
“Giving myself away so others smile”