The business world is more competitive and cut-throat today than ever before. There are numerous resources available to professionals to help them get ahead of the curve and I have read my fair share of them.
Here is my list of the 10 habits that I've found to be the most helpful in my day-to-day life to keep me on track for success.
Create a routine & stick to it religiously. don’t let anyone or anything distract you!
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. You will have more energy, better focus, and much more stamina throughout the day.
Go to bed early, wake up earlier
My day starts at 4:50am so it is important that I give myself a head start to tomorrow today…the night before I prep my coffee pot, I know what I am having for breakfast and packing for lunch, my gym bag is packed, and I know what the day’s schedule consists of. My bedtime is 9pm on the nose.
Find two or three mentors. Mentors are just as important as credentials. Not only will they help you navigate sophisticated transactions but also open doors, make introductions, and provide you with valuable knowledge from their own experiences.
Workout and meditate. It is imperative that you exercise regularly. It doesn’t matter the activity just get out and do it! Get your heart rate up, break a sweat, and get fresh blood and oxygen flowing throughout your body. Meditation takes practice but once you are familiar with how to do it properly it makes a huge difference mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Never stop learning! Be a sponge and listen more than you speak. Seek out different books, thought leaders in your industry, websites, case studies, market reports, etc. Be certain to maintain a balance between news and books. Remember, news provides you with information. Books provide you with knowledge.
Carve out time for you to spend time with friends and family. You will burn out easily if you don’t.
Stay organized…your contacts, your calendar, active deals, prospects, networking opportunities, etc. Your life will be a lot less stressful and allow you to reserve brain power for more important activities.
I use Microsoft Outlook and ClientLook. Without them I don’t know how I would function.
If you have a substantive conversation with someone at a networking event follow up with them! Don’t just add their business card to your database, send them an email and get together every couple of months.
Segregate each day for specific business activities. Always schedule time for revenue generating activities. It’s way too easy to get distracted by emails, active deals, colleagues, etc. I suggest you reserve the mornings for the toughest projects.
10. Turn off social media at work! Perhaps the most important for today's young professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs is to eliminate the endless barrage of social media distractions. Guess what? It will still be there when the day is done and your priorities have been accomplished.
Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, it is imperative that you play to your strengths. The 10 habits listed above help me operate at the highest level and stay focused on my short and long-term goals. Finding your own routine isn’t going to happen immediately, it takes time and practice. Don’t get frustrated, it takes 28 days to create a habit.