Why do some people waste time when others use it to their advantage?
We’re all guilty of getting involved in activities that don’t contribute to our success and in reality are just time-wasters, but what do successful people do differently to the rest of us to make the most of every day?
In my experience, successful people have learned to value and devote their time to activities that grow their skills or business.
We’re all looking to be successful in life, but sometimes we are wasting our time doing things that are holding us back from reaching our full potential.
And, often, we don’t recognise those things until someone points them out.
It’s important to analyse how we spend our days and regularly look for ways to work smarter and ways to eliminate time-wasters.
So, to get started, here are six things that successful people never waste their time doing (and you shouldn’t either).
1. They don’t go through the day without a plan
Successful people have a purpose, a laser-focused plan of they want to achieve on a particular day.
They do this by writing down their goals for the day — often only the top two or three priorities they need to accomplish that day.
An exhaustive list is not useful when aiming for the completion of daily tasks as it can become overwhelming and unrealistic.
So, write down your top priorities and break down those large tasks into more reasonable steps and you’ll soon see yourself wanting to cross each one off the list.
2. They don’t worry about things they can’t control
Successful people understand that worrying gets you absolutely nowhere in life, especially if you can’t do anything about a situation.
So they turn their thoughts to action-based activities and they focus on things you can get done, not on things that they can’t.
3. They don’t engage in emotionally draining activities
Successful people don’t waste their time on things that can be emotionally draining.
Before they commit to activities on their schedule, they consider whether the activity will positively add to their lives.
If they believe it won’t, then they think about saying no to it.
Also, they generally don’t feel obligated to give an answer right at the time they’re being asked to do something because they like to think before they say yes and know that it’s OK to say no to requests for their time.
4. They don’t hang out with negative people
It’s said that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, and in general that’s true.
So if you want to be your best, you have to surround yourself with the very best people.
Successful people understand the importance of hanging out with like-minded souls and eliminate any negative or toxic energy around them.
If you want to soar in life, you need to unload what is weighing you down.
5. They don’t dwell on past mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes, even successful people.
Boy…I know I’ve made more than my share!
The big key to being successful in life is not making the same mistake twice.
Successful people learn and grow from their mistakes and become a better person through the process.
So when you make a mistake, get into a mindset that the mistake is done with and you can’t go back to the past.
Instead, focus on what you learned and design a strategy to positively move forward from it.
6. They don’t put themselves last
We all go through times that we don’t get enough sleep or exercise because we need to work on a big project, but for long-term success and happiness, you must put yourself first on the priority list.
Some great ways to do this is to kick-start your day by doing something you love to do — maybe it’s completing a great workout, meditating, journaling or reading your favourite book.
The most important thing is to do what works for you because when you start off your day doing something you love and that is good for you, you’ll feel happy, focused
and strong the rest of the day.
So hopefully now you understand a little more about how time can be a valuable commodity to us all and especially to those people who aim to get the most out of life and to become a success.
If you want to know more so you can join their ranks I strongly recommend you read my book Michael Yardney’s Guide To Getting Rich, where I share my studies of how the rich and successful became so and how you can join their ranks.
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