9 routines of successful people

If you are like me, you have probably wondered many times what exactly is that makes successful people…successful, what sort of principles they apply or what secrets they know that help them be the kind of people we admire; or maybe you have simply asked yourself what you can do to develop a richer life, one that would ultimately include your goals and dreams made real. And if you do take some time for research, which I did, you will actually learn that there are indeed some simple routines all those who have made it to the top have implemented into their lives. It’s all about having a game plan and sticking to it because once your understanding of habits and routines goes past automation and obligations, you will tap into a new type of power and freedom able to fuel your motivation and willpower in a spectacular way.

Whatever perspective you set for yourself you may want to integrate some of the routines we are presenting here in its development because we guarantee you that your life will be changed to the better once some of these habits become part of it:

1. Set/review your goals

Goals are divided into short, medium and long. Each of these types, however, when poorly managed or planned is going to affect the others. It is therefore highly recommended that you start your day by reviewing or rewriting your goals so that you reinforce daily both the motivation and the awareness they need in order to grow. Making decision will become much easier and results will start matching your desires sooner.

2.Exercise daily

It goes without saying that working-out has tremendous health benefits. Successful people, however, are also aware of and want to take full advantage of the benefits physical exercises bring in terms of stress level reduction and brain function optimization.

3. Set what matters for you most as top priority

So often we neglect exactly those things we love doing and we dream about; if, for example, dancing is what makes you happy then probably dancing should sit at the top of your daily to-dos because otherwise you will never allow it to become as important to your life as you need it to be. You could incorporate it as part of your morning work-out routine.

4. Develop some principles and stick to them

Developing principles based on your determination to lead a happy, fulfilled life which implies helping and serving others as well, is an extremely powerful and often overlooked tool on your path to manifesting your dreams. They will become deeply connected to your sense of identity and purpose.

5. Work passionately

Most of us don’t respond well to working hard or harder rule, that’s why replacing the notion of “hard” with that of “passion” may be one of the first things we can do to make sure we are putting in the necessary work our success requires. When you employ passion, you employ time and dedication and success is always their fruit.

6. Respect your commitments. Daily

Remember that we are talking about habits and routines so the fact that you kind of apply them or that you apply them periodically does not count as a strategy or as devotement to your goals. Only by pushing yourself every single day to keep yourself motivated and “in the game” counts as staying productive and focused.

7. Get proper sleep

One of the most important aspects when striving for productivity is maintaining mental and physical freshness. That means we should always pay attention to the balance between the energy spent and the energy recovered so we don’t find ourselves speeding up on the highway with an empty tank.

8. Unwind and have fun

Remaining permanently attached to your work and connected to a blatantly buzzing world can take its toll on you drastically. Successful people not only know how to work but they have a pretty good idea on how to relax too. Reserving one day a week for mental and spiritual cleansing where your computer, mobile phone and other such devices become irrelevant is beyond recommendable. Believe me, you will thank yourself for this once you restart work.

9. Cultivate solid relationships

Whether it is our business or our life altogether that we set out to improve, we need to understand how relevant are our relationships to building our way to success. Genuine contact with people can be a huge ramp for your career or business. The first principle you will learn is reciprocity. When trying to reach your goals, you’ll have to pay attention to others’ needs and be ready to help them and you will see how your relationships will be redefined as a turbo engine under your willpower hood.

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5 key stress management tips for work

No matter where you work, it’s likely that you experience some level of work-related stress. Even if you love your job, there are still some situations where you’re going to get stressed out. Workplace stress is pretty ubiquitous, but here are some suggestions to alleviate workplace-related worry and stress:

1) Avoid interruptions.

In addition to in-person visitors, the modern worker is bombarded by phone calls, instant messages, and emails. When you add in regular appointments and meetings, sometimes there is just so much to do that you can’t get anything done! One way to avoid this is to be stricter about managing your interaction with co-workers. You might want to designate certain times of the day for managing emails or returning phone calls. Or maybe you’ll want to start closing your office door when you need to work uninterrupted. After all, interruptions can seriously decrease office productivity and leave you feeling constantly behind the 8-ball.

2) Get enough sleep.

It’s probably a no-brainer that sleep deprivation can make you feel way more stressed. It’s not just major sleep deprivation that can affect your mood, but also chronically getting just not quite enough hours of shut eye. According to the Center for Disease Control, at least 60 million Americans aren’t getting enough sleep – do not be one of them!

3) Eat properly.

If you eat poorly, your overall mood and stress levels will be significantly affected. No, you don’t need to start a non-gluten, non-GMO, vegan, macrobiotic diet – but just don’t make McDonald’s French fries your main food group. After all, eating poorly can cause you even more stress down the road if you end up with premature health problems.

4) Calm down.

When you’re angry or frustrated, it’s easy to just dwell on your feelings. Don’t. Even if you are not the type of person who finds that things naturally roll of your back, you can still try to be cognizant of your emotional state and step back to take a deep breath when a situation arouses your ire. Not allowing aggravating situations to stay with you throughout the day will go a long way toward relieving workplace stress.

5) Stop stressing yourself out.

A surprising amount of stress is actually self-induced. Internal negativity can stress you out as much as or even more than external events. Having the right attitude can go a long way toward reducing your workplace stress.

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9 things you should do in the morning

What is it that successful people do that distinguishes them from the crowd? The differences start early in the morning, as it turns out. Here are some of the things that successful people do every morning:

Get up early.

Ugh – who wants to get up earlier than absolutely necessary? Whether or not they want to, many successful people do get up early to get a head start on the day. If you feel like you’ve already been productive by the time you get to work, you’ll feel like you’ve started the day off on the right foot and you’ll be more likely to let that productivity carry over into work. One poll found that 90 percent of executives said that they wake up before 6 a.m. on weekdays – so if you start getting up early you’ll find that you’re in good company.

Exercise.

Exercising actually helps amp up your energy, so starting off the day with an exercise routine can help you be more energetic throughout the day. Exercise is also something that is shown to generally help your mood, so for that reason it is great to do any time of day. When you are already into the routine of a busy day, though, it can be hard to stop and make time to exercise – so getting it done early in the morning may be the best way to make sure that you actually have time to do it.

Planning your day.

Task lists are a critical part of productivity and planning, so creating or reviewing your task list first thing in the morning is a great way to make sure that you maximize productivity throughout the day by starting off with a concrete plan. Of course, the day will probably throw some curve balls into your schedule, but having a goal and sticking to it as much as possible will help you be much more productive than if you begin the day with just a vague idea of what you plan to do.

Eat breakfast.

Study after study have shown the value of eating breakfast. Kickstarting your metabolism early in the day is good for weight loss, but eating breakfast also helps you focus better throughout the morning. Whether it’s a simple bowl or cereal or an omelet, breakfast is a great way to start your day off on the right foot.

Respond to email.

First thing in the morning is a great time to respond to all those non-urgent emails that are piling up. It can be easy to ignore emails that don’t have high priority content, but if you let them pile up it can be hard to motivate yourself to sort through them all. Like with exercising, responding to non-priority emails is something that it gets harder to make time for as the day goes on. Instead, just set aside some time first thing in the morning to respond to all your unanswered emails and maybe you can even start the day with an empty inbox!

Work on personal projects.

Maybe you’re trying to write the Great American Novel or maybe you have an art passion that you’re trying to make time to pursue. Whatever it is, your personal passion project is a great thing to start the day with. It’s one of those things that it can be hard to take the time and concentration to work on once the day gets hectic. First thing in the morning, though, before distractions start to pile up, is the perfect time to concentrate on doing the things you really want to do.

Spend time with family.

Sometimes crazy work and school schedules can make it difficult to spend the time you want to spend with your family. If you get up early, though, you can make breakfast your family meal. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone – getting a good breakfast in and having some quality family time.

Meditate.

Once the day gets going, it’s hard to find time to stop and slow down. Meditating in the morning gives you the opportunity to start the day with a clear mind. It doesn’t have to be a long meditation session; some people find that 5, 10, or 20 minutes is more than enough. It’s a great way to get yourself centered and mentally prepared for the day ahead.

Read the news.

Nobody likes to be the person who’s out of the loop, but catching up on national and world news is a great thing for the early morning hours. This is an early morning activity that you can actually combine with other activities on this list – like eating breakfast or working out. It’s a great way to make sure that you start the day feeling productive and informed.

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4 tips for a better work-life balance

Happiness is sometimes an elusive goal. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in working to have a good life that you don’t have time to actually spend living. Don’t worry, though, because happiness isn’t necessarily something that comes naturally, so even if you don’t have it in your life right now, that doesn’t mean you’ll never have it. Here are a few tips that can help you achieve happiness both at home and at work:

Exercise.

Even before exercise begins to have any effect on your body size or weight, it already begins to affect your body image, which generally makes people happier. Also, though, exercise releases endorphins and proteins that cause happiness. If you’re too busy to spend a lot of time at the gym, there are great workouts of all lengths and difficulty levels available on YouTube.

Move close to work.

You might think that having a larger house or living in the country is great, even if it means a long commute to work. In fact, long commutes can have a hugely negative impact on your happiness. Commuting might not seem like something that would hugely affect your happiness – it’s a pain in the butt, but it’s just a fact of life, right? Actually, over time that pain in the butt can build up and have a serious impact on your happiness. So in general it’s better to forego a larger house in favor of living closer to work.

Make time to be with friends and family.

Not staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five things that people regret on their deathbeds. As Harvard professor Daniel Gilbert, an expert in happiness, says, “We are happy when we have family, we are happy when we have friends and almost all the other things we think make us happy are actually just ways of getting more family and friends.” So make time to spend time with your friends and family.

Be outside.

Spending time outside has been shown to boost good moods as well as improve memory. That may seem like a difficult thing to do if you’re a busy person, but if you begin running or taking walks outside, then you can kill two birds with one stone by getting in exercise while you’re outside. (Actually, if you move closer to work, you can kill three birds with one stone by being outside while you walk to work!)

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Why it is important to take short breaks and naps at the office

It is important to work every day in today’s world in order to earn a living and we have to work twice as hard given the level of competition that exists today but that does not mean one cannot take a break. Everyone’s looking at their clocks, getting up for coffee breaks and hoping to get that little shut eye.

We are pleased with a break after putting in hours of hard work as we feel rewards are ours after the effort we put in. Resting periods can vary from between working hours to a vacation after a few months of hard work. Yet, we all crave that little coffee break, where we go and stand at the tropical social coffee machine. The importance of this break is that we feel more rejuvenated and fresh after such breaks and our productivity level rises. Different countries have different laws and regulations regarding rest at work. There is a certain amount of hours that a worker has to work and then he/she is allowed a 15 minute or 30 minute break. On daily basis a worker can have 11 straight hours of rest.

The idea of taking short breaks is spreading with such fearsome velocity and this is definitely a good news for people around the world. Experts have concluded that small breaks fuel productivity. Our creativity and processing capacity starts to wan when our circuits are heated due to over-use for long hours that is to stay our brains need these short intervals to reboot and hit back with full potential.

Often our mind is so over-worked with pressure and duress at work, that it takes a toll on our health, not to mention where we feel like a trapped without a solution to present as conclusive ending to a monthly meeting. It is necessary to take time for reflection, a breather to realize our day is broken up into different chunks (which makes it a whole lot easier to tackle) and these micro-breaks allow us to get our little tasks done as well. The trend of quick lunches now allows us to incorporate workout time in our work days. The minute breaks don’t mean just reflecting and stopping yourself from doing a task, it could be anything from switching tasks to discussing how the project is coming along over a little break down on the 7th Floor. It is really good to plan these in the day.

Different cultures have different concepts when it comes to rest. The Japanese allow their workers to take a nap and sleep during work but they have to sit up and appear as if they are not asleep. Sleeping at work is so common in Japan that there’s a word for it in Japanese — Inemuri (居眠り).  Most workers prefer to take a power nap and the duration of this nap is less than 30 minutes. These power naps restore wakefulness, performance and learning. These techniques can be used by employers to get the most productive output from their workforce. And I believe for people, like me who may suffer the somnolent restlessness syndrome, the quiet room is an amazing innovation. Not that I encourage sleeping at work but there are days when you are drained, completely and guess what you need, a quick 10 minute power nap.

Some managers and lower level employees see fit to work through the lunch breaks, in order to get more done but forego the nutritional and psychic energy their lunch provides. Hence, it is quite unadvisable to do so. From my work experience, I learnt the best were working lunches, where you work while you have lunch (if the need actually arises for working without a break), planning your work gets you more productivity and allows you time to spruce up and not look like a spit-up cabbage roll, run over by a drunk driver.

This is a unique way that is becoming common around the world and firms are taking measures to ensure that a balance is maintained and that the workers feel healthy, fit and happy at work.

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Find work-life balance in little things and avoid holiday stress

Have you been complaining how your life is stressed out and how you never have any more time for just enjoying yourself? Do you realize that you have been working hard and deserve a break, but just cannot afford one?

The age-old work ethos stating reaping what you sow, and hard-work getting you there is all too familiar. In fact, it is the very essence which drives you and motivates you to get up every morning, take that coffee every 2 hours and keep churning, giving out performance that puts you at the top. The important question is how long does it last. Forever? Not likely.

We all realize that our lives grow incessantly busier and busier by the day. A kid of 12 years has to get up in the morning, eat breakfast (but that he can just skip or grab on the way), attend all his classes, keep his focus, socialize at lunch and during outdoor activities and then get back home. He then may have to throw out the garbage, do his homework and help his siblings with theirs, get some physical exercise playing games outside or just waste his mind with the addictive computer games. This goes on until he gets called to go wash up (shower preferably a second time, if I was his mother) and come for dinner. After which he can be allowed to watch a little TV or be sent straight to bed, or he may have to change and refresh his playlist on his iPod.

Whew! Imagine if that’s what a child’s day is like, what yours must be… a single parent or a family person attending to old ailing parents, helping plan a sister’s bridal shower and assisting the surprise event team on your best friend’s birthday party. This and remembering that as a grown up, you have to look after your own laundry and cook your own meals, along with tending to the grooming of your dog and paying your own bills, while constantly trying to get that promotion by being ever winning at the work place. Juggling multiple deadlines, arriving early at work and staying late would mean missing your work-outs and hitting the gym, probably for which you are already too tired.

In between all this you may catch the flu or get a case of stress-induced hives (okay, that could be tad dramatic but I have been there and done that), does it really make your life any easier? Ever stopped to wonder why it is that you are going all cross-eyed over the whizzing tasks flying around your demanding life?

The key to understanding what is required to maintain the balance in our lives is organization. As simple as that, it is about personal management, and accepting change. People often say, “I need a vacation.” Personally, that’s my favourite line but when I reflect on it with a nice smoothie in my hand on a Sunday afternoon, I see that it has flaws. Great big flaws. Vacations are an excuse, you run away from responsibilities for a while and think you are having the time of your life in a tropical shirt, beach shorts and sandals, whilst really all you are trying to do is experience life in oblivion for a few days. Once you come back from it, you will realize, sadly that not only has the work not been completed, it has piled on even more.

Unlocking your happiness more frequently and channelling it to give you productivity is different from the fleeting moments of relaxation from your cruises and skiing trips. It is found in the little things you do every day, in no rush, at your own pace and enjoying yourself. It stems from the fact that to enjoy your time, you have to plan it. Making the most of your weekends whilst being able to check off all your weekly chores needs discipline and organization. Most of us feel like we have no time, on the contrary, nobody is short of time. We just need to prioritize, learn to say no, tune out distractions, pull in happiness and build ourselves an active and simple work-life balance plan to get started.

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