Do you ever feel that you aren’t accomplishing enough in your day or your career? It’s easy to look at successful people around us and wonder how they got to their position. Luckily, research has found that most successful entrepreneurs have common habits instrumental in their success. If career success is something you strive for, it’s essential to start with a plan.
- Develop new and improved processes
First, take time to incorporate new and improved processes into your work and home life. Use instructional design principles to guide your new policies, a way of designing, developing, and tailoring education and training to your specific environment. Think carefully about what you want to accomplish this year in work and life, and work toward these goals with a single-minded focus.
- Create metrics to measure progress
Measuring progress is vital to both meeting goals and staying motivated. Set financial, business, or personal goals, and carefully track your progress. This is also great for entrepreneurs hoping to motivate staff with positive reinforcement.
- Build strong network
All your networks must be strong and resilient if you want your business to be successful. Your network will support you emotionally outside business hours, while your solid network of co-workers supports you at work. The relationships you build today could be the new products and services of tomorrow, so prioritize building good relationships built on honesty and integrity in both your home and work life.
- Keep learning
Did you know that 86% of wealthy people read daily? Make time to learn each day, and create goals for yourself. For example, learning to speak a new language might open up new business avenues, while reading books on finances might bring you new ideas of profit centers for your business. Think of your mind as a sponge, and soak up every bit of knowledge that comes your way!
- Work better, not harder.
With more remote working positions, many people are rediscovering how to work smarter, not harder. However, since we sometimes can’t control our work environment, consider investing in a pair of high-quality wireless earbuds to block out ambient noise and focus on the task at hand.
- Make yourself approachable
Business owners are often intimidating to employees due in part to the position they hold. You must make yourself approachable to all employees and customers to ensure you hold your finger on the pulse of your business. Each employee or customer could be a valuable source of information on improving your products and services. Being honest, transparent, and open with your staff means better communication, better business, and a better company atmosphere, at the very least.
- Regular communication
Making yourself approachable will undoubtedly result in increased communication. However, you must ensure that this communication is clear, honest and comprehensive, by asking the right questions and knowing when to listen. The more open your team and colleagues are with you, the more they will share, organically creating a more fluid and cohesive work environment.
- Mind your health and meditate
Many business owners forget to prioritize their health over the business, forgetting that they often can’t survive without the owner! Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist, said in her 2013 TED talk that changing how you view stress can lower anxiety and make you happier. Take time each day to focus on yourself and your health. Many CEOs and highly successful people spend time in meditation each day or at the gym, focusing on strengthening their bodies and thus their minds.
- Manage your time better
There are only so many hours in your day, and as a business owner or entrepreneur, you might find you are running out of your most precious resource. Manage your time better by prioritizing more critical tasks and delegating less important ones to your subordinates. For example, if you find you are a slow starter in the morning, get up an hour earlier and enjoy your coffee. If you find yourself working late into the night, set a cut-off time to ensure you get relaxing and healing time with family and friends.
Entrepreneurs work hard because they love the challenge but can’t forget to prioritize themselves, their minds, and bodies. The world’s most successful people have discovered this balance and the massive benefits of implementing most of these habits. So take time to reconsider your daily habits and how you can improve them to make yourself happier, more peaceful, and more successful.