Do you ever watch someone online, or view someone super successful, and think… how? How do you look so organised? How have you not got stressed, or feel overwhelmed with everything you have to do? More importantly… how do you keep it together?
Spending a lot of time on Linkedin and on social media myself, it has become a bit of a habit checking out what others do, how others construct their daily routines, and how others manage their time, especially successful people. I am a business student, I am on placement, it has become a part of me to become successful. But it doesn’t just start with learning skills or working hard – anyone can do that. What do successful people really do differently?
They read. And read. And read some more.
Successful people never stop wanting to better themselves. They do their research, they read up on news, trends, articles, and even things that may seem irrelevant. They read books and they never stop the need to learn. There is no limit to the information your brain can indulge on – make the most of it!
They leave their work at work
Ever heard of the term ‘work-life balance’? Successful people know their limits, and they know that working hard during the hours of work and balancing that with their social and family time. It is not only key to being productive in the hours of work, but they are really in the moment when they are away from the office, enjoying time without becoming overwhelmed or distracted with things to do. They have planned out their days ahead of time, and they know how to achieve exactly what they need to in the time frame provided. This time out also means they can be 100% more focused, and also much more happy and content at work when they are there, being fully committed.
They make health their priority
I touched upon this in my post 5 easy ways to look after yourself, but at work it can be easy to let yourself fall into the trap of ‘I need to get this done’ and ‘I can’t take time off’. Work-related stress can cause anxiety, depression, and even serious illness, accounting for increased time spent away from work which also means a decrease in productivity. Give your body time to heal, rest well, eat properly, look after yourself and take your holiday days if you need to. No amount of work can account for the importance of your body.
They don’t get distracted
Whether this be minimising distractions from emails, social media, or avoiding a comparison with others who seem to be doing more than you, you put strain on your time. What does comparison do other than increase stress or damage productivity? It also means that you stray away from what is really important. Yes, it is crucial to take some breaks, but becoming distracted with unnecessary things that take your eyes away from the prize are not needed in your life!