It’s easy to look at entrepreneurs and wonder what they have that we don’t have. So how do they fearlessly take on business situations that leave the rest of us uneasy or overwhelmed? Luckily, there is no secret to success here, other than a commitment to living a life full of success-building habits and choices. So let’s explore a few of the daily habits common with the most successful entrepreneurs and see how you can incorporate them to meet your own goals.
- Wake up early
Did you know that 90% of executives get up before 6 AM? Research clearly shows that a lack of sleep leads to increased stress and opens you up to issues like depression or burn-out. So get to bed early to ensure you are up early, with an excess of energy for the start of the day. The earlier you rise, the more productive hours you have for work, and the earlier you can justify knocking off work for a bit of rest.
- Daily routine
Most successful entrepreneurs have a daily routine that ensures that they are getting everything done, and statistically, they tend to stick to this routine militantly. Plan out your daily routine to ensure you are most productive by dedicating your most productive hours to work and essential tasks. Planning out your free time is also a great way to prioritize your health – so set aside time to read, relax and reconnect with yourself daily.
- Stop multitasking
Multitasking might sound like a productive strategy, but multitasking often leads to confusion and lacks of finished products. Leadership development programs recommend abandoning multitasking in favor of a more targeted approach. The most successful entrepreneurs tend to focus on one task at a time and follow it to its logical conclusion before moving on to the next task.
- Take time to be mindful.
Successful entrepreneurs typically are very mindful of their mental and physical health. Adjusting your diet to make it healthier is a common habit of highly successful people. Unfortunately, some find that a rapid diet switch can bring on flu-like sibo symptoms. What is sibo? Sibo is the process of all the unhealthy or toxic elements in your body working their way out when you start filling your body with nutritious foods. They usually subside after a day or two, leaving you healthier and more energetic than before.
- Listen to uplifting music.
Successful people sometimes look like they walk on air, feeling self-assured and confident. If you aren’t a big fan of “fake it till you make it,” pop in a pair of wireless earbuds and listen to an uplifting and motivational playlist at work or on your commute. Happier, more energetic music triggers a happier and more productive part of the brain, making it easy to keep moving and creating as you listen.
- Keep learning and improving their knowledge as leaders.
Visionaries and leaders are committed to learning and read 4-5 books per month, on average. Be smart enough to know that you don’t know everything, and commit yourself to improving your knowledge and education throughout your entire life. Try this list of 30 Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs, or decide on a topic that interests you and seek out ways to learn about your chosen topic.
- Money management
Did you know that housing patterns of successful people often find these people living below their means or sometimes sleeping in their own offices to save money? We don’t advise this drastic measure, but it’s essential to think about money as an entrepreneur. Read up on smart money management, or approach an accountant to get some advice on saving, preparing, and spending responsibly.
- Review daily tasks and progress
Take some quiet time to go over the day’s tasks and review yourself on your progress. Take a close look at why you could not finish tasks, and make adjustments for the next day. This quiet time will help you stay focused after a long day of activity and is a favorite of the most successful of us, who typically need time to rejuvenate after a long day.
We look up to entrepreneurs and admire their bravery, but few see this same bravery within ourselves. A hedge fund manager or CEO has more in common with a small business owner than they realize. Both positions require careful curation of only the most successful and productive habits. Focus on yourself, and adopt an attitude of success in everything you do, every single day, and watch as these successes bleed over into your business.