To be successful in business, you need a good business acumen, an idea that fills a need, and an ability to manage people and projects.
But you also need good habits.
Yes, habits are the centerpiece of successful people’s daily lives. If you build up a series of good habits, you will be more effective in business.
Create A List Of Important Items
The easiest way to get organized is to create a list of tasks which need to be accomplished for the day. Create the list first thing in the morning.
The list doesn’t need to be created in a fancy app, you can do it in an email draft or a notepad document. Just do it (as Nike famously says).
The list should reflect all the tasks, both personal and professional, that you need to get accomplished during the day. The thing is, picking up dry cleaning may sound like a non-essential list item, but truth be told, its clutter in your brain. Putting everything down on one list will unclutter and unstress you.
Make Sure The List Is Weighted By Importance
Put the most important tasks you need to accomplish at the top of the list.
This will make your list even more productive. It also allows you to shift un-accomplished tasks to the next day if you need to without hurting that day’s core needs.
Communication Should Be A Priority
Even if its just 15 minutes a day, make sure you alot time to go through your emails. Reply where needed, even if you’re just updating someone on progress (or non-progress).
Often times, we end up stressed over projects that if we just communicated their statuses over, we would feel better about.
There are fancy apps that can help you along the way. The new Gmail app on iPhone automatically reminds you to respond to emails that are days old.
But it isn’t just emails you should be concerned over…
If you have open projects, make sure you solicit concerns and updates over it from those you manage.
Managers may be waiting for your blessing on new phases or approvals on spending budgets. Leave no stone unturned.
When you communicate with others, both personally and professionally, you eradicate confusion in your life.
Communication is the driver behind being influential.
Remove Social Media Distractions
Social media is the biggest distraction in our modern lives. It is an all-consuming and addictive platform that disintegrates productivity. No one is immune to social media’s hindrance to our efficiency in the workspace.
But it isn’t just work where social media takes a toll, it’s our home lives as well.
Sometimes, we don’t realize how much we are looking at our phones. We get so absorbed that the world just happens around us.
If you can, start by deleting social media apps from your phone (unless they are essential to your business). The smartphone is one of the worst offenders of social media distraction.
On your computer, just make sure to turn off Facebook and Twitter in your browser tabs when you need to focus. You might be surprised by just how much you can get accomplished.
Work Out Daily
Don’t skimp on your health. Work out, eat right, and make sure your body runs as optimal as possible.
Energy, concentration, and emotions are all fueled by what you put into your body. Put crap in it, expect crap results.
You don’t have to work out two hours a day, even as little as 15 minutes can do the trick.
Listen And Absorb
One of the most highly effective habits of the successful is the ability to listen.
You’d be shocked by just how many people have poor listening skills. The ability to listen can help you learn faster. But it can also help you decipher between good and bad intentions of others. When you listen to people, you are learning.
Most people like to talk more than they like to listen. If you are a good listener, you can extract essential information.
Another benefit of being a great listener is that it helps improve your likeability factor. Again, people love to talk, if you listen to them, they will want to talk to you more.
The Internet allows us to constantly be learning, even for free.
Youtube is full of free educational videos. Beyond that, there are many online schools that offer amazing courses in marketing, business, and even writing.
The more you learn, the more you know, the more success you can have.
The biggest issue with education is that many people feel they are too busy to take any time out from their business for it. That’s why you need to organize education into your schedule.
What’re 15 minutes a day of learning?
Yep, wasting brain function on picking out a wardrobe takes up brain capacity. If you don’t need to dress up for work, keep your fashion simple. You don’t want to waste valuable brain space first thing on the morning on something that doesn’t matter.
Now, I’m not suggesting you show up at a big client meeting looking like a teenager going to a party. Hopefully, you catch my point on this.
Being highly effective in business means creating solid, beneficial habits. Successful people often do the same things ever single day.