8 Daily habits that will make you and your business explosive in 2015
23 January 2015
Posted by: Author: Entrepreneur Magazine
The new year is here and most entrepreneurs
are looking at how they will raise their game in 2015. Many of you may want to
ramp up your personal development and productivity to a whole new level to
reach some major goals.
When it comes to finding success and
achieving your goals, many times the most important struggle is the one that
you encounter in mundane daily life. To truly find success in your life, it is
important that you take the time to do the little things that matter most.
Small changes to your daily routine can translate into monumental success in
all of your endeavours.
Get up early
Getting up early is about more than just
getting up on time. When you get up early, before most people, you have a quiet
and relaxing time to get things done.
Imagine being able to sit down and go
through emails or handle daily tasks without your message notification buzzing
or your phone going off.
By getting up early, you are not only
giving yourself some extra time in the morning, but you are giving yourself
some extra valuable time that will allow you to get even more done.
Read to stimulate your brain
You should be reading every single day.
Never let a day go by that you don’t grow in some area of your life. This
doesn’t necessarily mean crushing an entire novel in a few hours, but put aside
a little time to read, preferably 20 to 30 minutes.
When you read you help stimulate your
thought processes, and may be surprised by the ideas that you come up with.
Reading things such as magazines or newspapers can also help you stay abreast
of the world around you, a trait that can only be helpful, no matter what
industry you work in.
Even if it is just for 30 minutes, it is
important to start exercising daily. Exercise can help release endorphins that
can naturally boost your mood and your energy levels. Not only will you feel
happier and more energised but those who work out regularly report lower levels
Don’t forget to say ‘Thanks’
This can be a hard one for some people and
it’s something that unfortunately many of us need to consciously practice. When
our lives get consumed with work and personal demands it can be hard to
remember to show gratitude to those that we interact with. Try to make a
conscious effort to practice this.
As it starts to become more natural, you
will be surprised by how many doors open and how many new relationships you can
form by showing sincere gratitude to those around you.
Do your To Do List at dawn
Having a set schedule is a powerful tool
when it comes to making the most of your day and being as productive as
possible. To have the biggest impact with your time, try making your schedule
the day before. This way the moment you wake up you will know just what is
Don’t put off today
Many people actually often put their
high-priority tasks on the backburner and end up saving them until the last
minute. This may be because the task is daunting, or because they think they
will have more time to dedicate to the endeavour.
No matter what the reasoning is, challenge
yourself by starting with focusing on your high-priority task. Get it done
first and then focus on smaller things. After being in the mind-set of tackling
a high-priority project, your less demanding tasks will be easier to complete.
It’s a small change but one that can improve your effectiveness drastically.
Go the extra mile
Do a few extra (meaningful) tasks every day
that go beyond what your actual requirements are. This can mean just a few
extra sales calls beyond your quota, or working for an extra 30 minutes before
By putting in a little more effort than
required you can start getting the attention of your superiors or clients, get
more done during the workday and feel a new energising sense of motivation and
This area can be something small or large
and it can be in your personal or professional life, but make it a goal to
improve in one area of your life every day. This can be improving your jogging
speed while you work out, getting more emails done in a certain time period or
improving on your elevator pitch.
No matter what it is, take the time to
really try to improve one small thing, and before you know it the improvements
in your personal and professional life will surprise you.
article first appeared on entrepreneur.co.za