We all have role models who have achieved incredible success, but how often do we study them to a tee?
Are you aware of the habits they exert on a daily basis that contributes to their success? It could just be that the following nine practices are the key to start jumping the journey to a successful career. Try it for yourself.
Wake up early
When reading about a number of professionals across politics, tech and media, one common thread that linked them all was that they were all early risers. Marissa Meyer, CEO of Yahoo! Only needs around four hours of sleep while Mark Zuckerberg has been known to go to sleep in the early hours of the morning. For the majority of us though waking up early can give us that extra time to get our day started right. Set your alarm to wake up 15 minutes earlier and slowly adjust to a new norm.
Check email/social media
Some may say it’s not a good idea to check emails and social media in the morning, but whatever your opinion on this is, it’s something everyone does. Checking your email and social media can help you ascertain how the rest of your day will go and help you prioritise your task list. We have a number of social media based courses that can help you make the most of these valuable networks.
There was once this idea that breakfast wasn’t necessarily important, however if you’re aiming to have a productive day, you need sufficient fuel to keep you going. A number of successful entrepreneurs start their day with a breakfast bursting with the right nutrients that will keep them going during probably one of the most productive times of the day. Not a whiz in the kitchen? You can help yourself by enlisting on one of our cookery courses that will equip you with all you need to feed your way to success.
At the end of the day we are all working for a comfortable life – one that most will share with a family. So why not spend time with them? A lot of successful people in the world opt to spend a part of their mornings eating breakfast as a family and getting their children ready for school. These moments are often cited as the most precious of the day.
Read the news
It doesn’t matter what area you work in, staying abreast of news and developments within your field is important. The news gives you perspective and insight into competition. Whether you consume your news on a smart device on your way to the office or at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee, carve out some time to catch up with the rest of the world.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to work out or meditate for hours on end. A quick 30 minute workout or 10 minutes of meditating can get you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. Exercise wakes your body up and stimulates your brain, while meditating alleviates stress and allows you reflect in silence ahead of a day that can be quite chaotic.
Write down things you’re grateful for
Whether it’s a ‘gratitude’ journal, or just an ideas journal, this is a great way to keep track of your thoughts, ideas, inspiration and things you’re grateful for. It’s always good to look back and reflect on how far you have come and give you the optimism to work for more and have a better outlook in life. It’s all about that positive energy!
Do your biggest task first
It’s also known as ‘eating a frog’. Weird terminology, I know. However there is logic to it. Mark Twain said if you start the day by eating a live frog, you can go through the day knowing the worst is behind you. This isn’t an order to actually eat a frog, but instead pick the most difficult or important task on your list and get it done first thing in the morning. By doing this, you are less likely to get distracted by others and can get on knowing your most dreaded task is firmly behind you.
Work on a personal project
A personal project is something that doesn’t involve work, but rather engages your passion. It could stretch from car restoration to writing a novel – spending time on something that you enjoy doing allows you to switch off and puts you in a good mood, especially after the odd strenuous day and helps you to maintain a healthy balance.
A lot of these habits are simple changes you can make to enjoy a full, productive day. If you’re on the search for a course or qualification that can bring you one step closer to that dream career, then look no further and start your search on Training and Courses today.