Most people think it requires destiny or fate to succeed; or that you have to be the most talented person in the room to be the most successful, and that’s not the case. It takes work, perseverance, and dedication mixed with a clear vision and massive, consistent action. Anyone can start by adding these five success hacks to their daily routine:
- Early Bird Gets The Worm
What do Benjamin Franklin, Tim Cook, and Condoleezza Rice have in common? All three are not only pioneers in their respective fields but they are all also notoriously early risers. It’s not a coincidence that most CEOs and successful entrepreneurs start their days before everyone else is driving to work. Little things like social media, constant text messages, or email alerts don’t distract people who wake up early because they have those few quiet hours to themselves to work on their own goals without distractions.
It’s easy to press the snooze button and fall back asleep, but you’d be missing out on those extra hours to move the needle in your own life before having to tend to others. If you’re consistent with your sleeping routine, waking up early will come naturally after a while and you’ll be finding yourself getting more done by noon than most people get done all day. Work while they sleep, learn while they party, save while they spend so you can live like they dream!
- Give Back
A lot of people fail to realize that it doesn’t take landing your first IPO to give back. It doesn’t even take your money or substantial amounts of time. All it takes is a couple of kind words. Fill your conversations and your social media presence with positivity. Begin your day with a cup of coffee and a quote from someone who motivates you or a message to encourage others. Create a positive environment not only to fuel those around you but also to motivate yourself.
- Health is Wealth
The benefits of exercise on productivity are well documented but it doesn’t take years of research to figure out that your mind and your body are linked. When your body is functioning at its highest level, your mind follows suit. A good workout feeds your motivation, making you feel accomplished and ready to take on the world. Start your day with a challenging workout to clear your mind and create a feeling of accomplishment for the coming day. Not only will a morning workout drive you to continue your success throughout the day, but it can also provide the energy to accomplish your goals. And if you can’t find the time to workout in the morning, making an effort to exercise at some point in the day is the first step.
- Create a Daily To-Do List
One of the keys to productivity is staying prepared and organized. At the end of your day, take ten minutes to create a to-do list for the next day. Think about what you’ve accomplished and then set logical and realistic next-steps. Get granular with your list rather than conceptual. The list should be broken into simple steps that can be checked off throughout the day and easily achievable within the confines of a workday. It’s important to write your list the night before so you can jumpstart your productivity in the morning by allowing yourself to pick up exactly where you left off the previous day.
- Reflect on Your Day
Before turning in for the night (or the afternoon), take a moment to look at the to-do list you made the day before. What did you accomplish? What tasks turned into bigger projects? Which tasks weren’t completed? Take stock everyday of what you did and what didn’t get done. This holds you accountable to your success and allows you time to reflect about how your daily goals feed into your larger goals for success.
Success requires hard work and perseverance but just paying lip service to those ideals won’t get you there. You need a strategic plan and daily system to lay the foundation for your future success. These five daily tasks are easy, quantifiable ways to get you headed in the right direction every single day. Dedicate a small portion of every day to waking up earlier, giving back to your social circle through motivational and inspirational messages, making your body as strong as your mind, and using a daily to-do list to keep yourself achieving your goals. While these tasks may not take a lot of time, they have a big impact on your goals.