To steer yourself towards having a successful and productive life, whether you are running a startup or you have a regular job, having a balanced and healthy lifestyle can be achieved if you develop impactful daily routines. It’s not about waking up at 4 am or working out every morning but it is all about finding the best routines that work best for you, improves your productivity, promotes your success every day and most importantly, religiously following and sticking to the routines. After reading up on countless successful business owners and executives about things they do to make them highly productive, I was able to capture the best and common habits which help them get ahead in life, business and at work.
Be in control of your body clock
It might be something anyone rarely thinks about, but each of us has a body clock that plays a big role in our sleep-wake cycle and even controls the times of the day you are most productive and active. We all try to set the time we should wake up, however, we should also always set the time we should sleep. Now, having an unstable sleeping pattern, whether due to work, hormones, travel, medication, late night binging or other factors, they can affect your productivity and scientists have proven that it can decrease brain function. It is not about whether you are sleeping for 8 hours or 5 hours, but having a consistent body clock to maximize your productivity potential.
- Set a morning routine
Your mornings act as your anchor in setting the tone of your day. Studies have proven that people who wake up early are often more productive and reported to feel happier and more in control of their lives, this is because willpower is highest in the morning, so always start strong. Start by building a habitual morning routine that you must follow even during the weekends. This routine can include time for meditation, exercise, naming three things that you are thankful for, reading and determining the day's big win. Note that you don’t have to be an early riser to have a morning routine; you just need to be conscious of how you spend your morning in order to be productive, to feel calm, in control and to have a positive ripple effect on your mood and focus for the rest of the day.
- Always plan your day the night before and assign priorities
It’s common to feel mentally overwhelmed by all the day’s tasks that you have to complete and one can easily get stuck dwelling on what to do first and how much you have to do especially in the morning. This can eventually lead to feeling unorganized, missing deadlines or losing focus on the main goal. It’s very critical to take time just before leaving work, in the evening or before bedtime to list down a to-do list and assign priorities. This will allow you to wake up with a plan and purpose for the next 8 hours and it makes it harder to stall or hide from making you productive. If you have tight deadlines, remember it’s OK to skip low-priority tasks or even delegating them. Always deal with the most challenging tasks in the morning and the tasks that align with your top goals. Staying organized and ticking off the to-do list will help you to focus on the big picture, stay on track and you will help you reach your goals.
- Workout & Exercise
According to scientific research, exercising every day for just 20 minutes not only increases the amount of Oxygen that goes into your brain-boosting brain functions such as processing and memory but also increases the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways increasing your productivity levels. A good workout will leave you feeling fresh, energized and ready to take on any project that comes your way. It also gives you renewed self-confidence. Always remember, a strong body equals a strong mind.
- Meditation and Positive Affirmations
Setting aside a few minutes in the morning to meditate helps you to clear your mind, improves your awareness and helps you to focus on the important things to you. Meditation will also reduce stress or anxiety, help you to approach situations with much more clarity and focus and increases your productivity. Positive affirmations right after meditating can be a powerful way to inspire you to have more confidence in yourself. Whether you are saying a few positive affirmations in front of the mirror, reading motivational quotes or articles or even listening to motivational speakers as you drive to work, it can have a dramatic positive effect on your mindset.
- Unplug & learn something new
New technology has offered us great platforms to increase our productivity at work. However, it also comes with interesting platforms such as social media, books, and games that can divert our focus and productivity. It’s always good to set aside specific times throughout the day to go through your social media, but sometimes it’s also good to ditch the habitual social media scrolling during your commute, lunchtime and your breaks and learn something new. Set your routine to success and shift your focus from reading Facebook posts to reading a book that will help you grow a skill or from getting stuck on a YouTube Hole to watching curetted talks that will boost your thinking in a positive way. Sign up for an online course and add a skill.
- Take breaks & get a hobby
It’s important to take a break every day and week to unwind and decompress. You will be able to absorb all you learned that day and help you think about your next steps as well as get to relieve the day’s stress, but y. Go for dinner, catch up with friends, go to game night, play a game, draw or paint, go for a walk in the park, watch a movie or even go to a dance class. Successful people tend to be ‘workaholics’ but this can lead to burnouts and depression and that’s why it’s always important to take a break and let yourself breathe. Your goals can be in great shape only if you are, too.