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We’re all after success, though it will look different to each of us. Our vision of success may even change on a day-to-day basis. Our goals and outcomes are fluid and variable, but there are a few habits which can apply to anyone, for any goal, anytime.
Forming helpful habits can transform your life, even (maybe especially) when the habits take only a few minutes. What you do every day matters quite a bit more than what you do only some days. So what should you be doing today?
3 Basic Habits For Greater Life Success
1. Wake Up Earlier
“The sun has not caught me in bed in fifty years.” – Thomas Jefferson
It doesn’t sound all that appealing, we know. But adjusting your morning alarm can have serious benefits for your mood, productivity, and goal achievement. How much earlier you wake is up to you, but give it a try tomorrow.
Set your alarm 5, 10, maybe 15 minutes early and see where you go from there. You can keep everything else in your routine the same, or you can designate those extra minutes for something like meditation, planning, reading, or inspiration. It’s a great way to take control of your day from the first second.
2. Intentionally Prioritize
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
Make it a habit to prioritize your day. Whether this means a planner, to do list, sticky note, or simply verbally prioritizing items in your day, it’s critical that you make it absolutely clear what items or tasks are most important to you for that day.
Successful people don’t lose time on things that don’t matter, or get caught up in meaningless tasks. Successful people know exactly what their most important priority is, each and every day. Find a way to intentionally prioritize each day and you’ll find success.
3. Take Breaks
“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” – Alan Cohen
For many of us, it’s habit to keep plugging away at something until it’s done. That can be effective, but it can also wear us down and force mistakes. Successful people learn how to build breaks into their schedule.
Set timers or alarms to remind you take breaks as you work. Stop to stretch, get a glass of water, chat with a friend, or listen to some music. You’ll return with a clear head and renewed purpose for your work.
You can increase your productivity and success by starting with just one of these habits today. Practice it as best you can, and then slowly add in more habits as you master them.
Self-improvement habits are well worth the effort, and you’ll reap the benefits of success.