Ever wondered why some entrepreneurs get so much done in a day, while others don’t? What makes them over achievers? Do they work 18 hours a day? Successful entrepreneurs around the world, says research, follow some routines that make them super successful at what they do.
Here we look at 8 routines and beliefs successful entrepreneurs use every day, which you too can bring into your schedule and live a more productive life.
- Have a morning routine
Author Laura Vanderkam extensively studied the schedules of various high achievers. She found one thing that they had in common; they got up early, and almost all of them also had a morning routine. Getting up early gives you a clear head up to the day. You spend quality time focusing on your goals, getting your space before the world around you makes demands on your time. Getting up and completing your morning routine will help you to feel confident and in control, ready to handle the challenges that the day throws at you.
- Stay calm
Many people start to feel stressed and anxious when things don’t go exactly as per plan, but these things can happen on a daily basis. Successful people realize they cannot control everything, and anticipate mistakes.Dealing with problems is a big part of being a successful entrepreneur. Plan for mistakes, factor in time to correct them, and you will deal with them rationally and efficiently as they arise.
- Work when you don’t have to
First thing in the morning, the evenings and the weekend are all times that most people are not working. However, successful entrepreneurs will work whenever inspiration strikes, as they know they will be more productive then than later. If you have a great pitch for work, strike while the iron is hot and get working – even if you’re not in work.
- Do important work first
Many people arrive at the office and start their day with the little tasks, like emailing and admin. However, our brains are their peak in the morning, so this is the best time to tackle the more creative work that challenges you. If you don’t get the opportunity to work on your chosen tasks first thing, take matters into your own hands; do the work from home, or come into work early.
- Keep all your schedules in one place
It’s crucial to make sure you record all your meetings and appointments in one place instead of having them scattered throughout different calendars, notebooks, and apps. It won’t seem intimidating – it will seem clearer and easier for you to understand. You don’t have to worry about fitting everything in, as you can see your full schedule and arrange it as you please.
- Together. Everyone. Achieves. More – T.E.A.M
Many of the most successful companies in the world were started with teamwork; if you work in a team alongside others, schedule an email chain with your co-workers. Make a note to email your co-workers at lunchtime if you do work on a project for feedback. This will help your team to feel involved, encouraging them to share their opinions and get involved.
- Take your work seriously
Successful entrepreneurs truly believe in their work and see value in what they do. At the end of your working week, set aside half an hour to review your goals and dreams, and see how you are progressing towards them. This will help you to achieve your goals, but more importantly – it will encourage you to truly believe in your goals.
- Relax when you are done
Worrying about work while you’re not there can run you down, and actually make you less productive when you start again. Author Tim Ferris recommends writing down your working goal for tomorrow when you finish work, as this will help you to feel motivated for the next day – so you can actually switch off for now, and enjoy your evening.
Follow these eight simple yet effective routines and see a quantum leap in your progress in a few months down the line. These systems and routines are proven to work, so get them working for you today!