You don’t need to wake up at 5 am every day or have super powers to reach peak efficiency every day. You just need some healthy habits and a change in perspective.
1. They forget about finding the perfect time
Let’s admit it. Waiting for the perfect time to send a proposal, address your team, start a project, etc is just another way of procrastinating. There’s never a perfect time, especially if you want to accomplish something great. It doesn’t matter if you feel inexperienced or unprepared, what’s important is that you jump into the situation. Yes, there will be roadblocks, yes, you might need help, but for now at least get the ball rolling. If you wait for all the elements to come together perfectly you’ll never get started on anything significant.
2. They believe in making their own fate
Success and destiny is not a matter of luck, but a matter of hard work. Successful people don’t really have ‘days off’. They’re constantly trying to better themselves, learn more, experience more, discover more—not just in their professional lives but in their personal lives too. There’s always an urge to keep moving forward. But a word of caution, don’t take on too much too soon or you’ll burn out. Stagger your to-do lists into manageable chunks.
3. They take more breaks
Those 10-minute breaks spent walking around the office every few hours are as important as the big yearly break you take. While at work remember to stand up and walk around every few hours. This gives your mind a chance to stop thinking on hyper drive, and unwind for a few short minutes. It also gives your body a chance to lose some of the stiffness brought on by sitting at a desk for hours. A short walk outside, talking to someone or just eating a quick snack away from your desk are easy ways to refresh yourself. This way you’ll come back recharged and be able to work more efficiently.
4. They start their mornings by focussing on themselves
If you start your morning at home checking emails and messages, stop. This is a big productivity drain as you’re allowing others to set your tasks for you. The first hour or two of your day should be just for yourself. An opportunity to mentally and physically gear up for the day ahead. Have a good breakfast, read the newspaper, go to the gym/play a sport/practice yoga/meditate. Do things that will charge you up for the day ahead.
5. They automate whatever is possible
Yes, technology (Emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) can be a distraction, but it can also be a boon. Make technology work for you. Use apps, email filters, etc to clear the clutter. If you check emails or social media compulsively, plan time slots to manage both. Set schedules for recurring events so that you don’t have to worry about missing them. Automate regular payments. The idea is to eliminate elements that lead to procrastination so that you can concentrate on accomplishing bigger tasks throughout the day.