For those striving for success, check out what some executives do to succeed every day. Below is a list of 20 tips shared by executives on how to be successful, and one is consistency. No matter what the tip is, these executives consistently go through their day-to-day lives, both at home and in the office.
- Start the day with a workout.
Working out early in the morning helps the body wake up, and it’s a great way to de-stress – building energy for the day ahead.
Just like working out, meditating or taking time to relax with a cup of coffee before the chaos of the day begins provides a great way to ensure a successful day. It allows the mind and body to clear, de-stress and mentally plan for the day ahead.
- Make a game plan.
Before leaving home, take time to plan the day. Prioritize tasks and set goals. Executives swear by this for staying organized and focused. Having a game plan and goals in place helps make the day more productive and meaningful.
- Unwind with a good book in the morning.
Just like working out, meditating, and making a plan for the day are important, it’s a great idea to get lost in a book for 30 minutes or so first thing in the morning. It’s just another way to wake the brain and prepare it for the day, without getting swallowed by work before even leaving the house.
- Take advantage of lunchtime.
Whether it’s researching how to be a better leader, or spending time with clients, co-owners, employees, or even friends, don’t spend lunch time alone. Take advantage of the time to learn, network, or spend time with employees. Executives say this keeps them informed on the day-to-day operations of their business, and readily available if a problem needs addressing. Moral of the story? Don’t spend lunch holed up in an office alone – doing work.
- Be present.
Be careful about multitasking, it can lead to poor business decisions. If the day is packed with meetings, take one step at a time. Focus on one meeting at a time and avoid thinking about what’s coming next. Staying focused on the task at hand prevents poor decision making due to tuning out or missing key information.
- Be seen.
Don’t get stuck spending time alone in that big corner office. Doing so separates CEOS from the rest of their team and employees. It’s better to be seen. Spend time with employees and team members. Executives who spend more time with their employees than in their offices say they’ve become more effective leaders, and employees feel more comfortable approaching them with questions or concerns. This contributes to the overall success of a business.
- Be a teacher.
Teaching helps keep employees at the top of their game, and executives claim, by leading workshops and training new employees, it helps them stay at their game while providing a sense of purpose.
- Plan ahead for tomorrow.
It’s never too early to make a game plan for the next day. Just like it’s important to plan for the day to come, it’s just as important to prioritize tasks for the next day. Doing so helps stay focused and on track.
- Be positive.
Don’t let the day’s challenges take control. Be positive. Start the day with a positive attitude. Start the day ready to conquer the world! Look at each day as an opportunity to do something great.
- Get proper rest.
It’s difficult to have a successful, energized day when sleep-deprived and lethargic. Go to bed at a decent time. Invest in a comfortable mattress, bedding, and pillows. Limit screen time – stopping an hour before bedtime and turning off mobile devices, including cell phones, before even getting into bed helps ensure a restful night sleep. Also, try getting to bed at approximately the same time every night.
- Change things up a bit.
When mapping out the week, schedule busy days and less busy days. On the busy days, spend a large chunk of the day on bigger, critical projects and areas of the business. Reserve these days for team management, important meetings, networking, and overseeing business operations. On less busy days, unplug a bit. Take a longer lunch and work on less stressful aspects of the job. This helps prevent the dreaded burn-out.
- Keep meetings short.
The likelihood of everyone staying focused for an hour long meeting is slim. Instead of the traditional hour-long meeting, opt for keeping meetings no longer than 30 minutes. There are very few instances where things can’t be covered and discussed in 30 minutes or less. Keep meetings direct and to the point, so they’re productive and meaningful.
- Take time for team building.
A big part of a successful business is a cohesive, happy team. Do team building exercises or events. Whether it’s an office 5K or a company picnic, taking time to create a sense of teamwork and team spirit goes a long way in retaining top-notch talent. Besides, happy employees are more productive employees.
- Focus on one thing at a time.
Let’s face it, multitasking rarely leads to productive results. Rather than trying to juggle multiple tasks at once, focus on one thing at a time and do it well. Then, move on to the next thing. This a more productive approach and ensures quality work.
- Give feedback, but request it, too.
Don’t shy away from dishing out feedback and constructive criticism. Skip ineffective annual reviews, and instead, get in the trenches. Being hands on and present in the daily operations presents plenty of opportunities for feedback and constructive criticism leading to meaningful employee and business improvements.
Likewise, request feedback from employees. Sometimes they might see things or have questions and concerns unknown to upper management. It’s good to regularly ask for feedback. Business leaders can learn a lot from their employees that can contribute to the ongoing success of the business.
- Simplify things.
If a task can be automated, do it. Automating repetitive tasks saves time that can otherwise be spent on more important, productive matters.
- Remember the business mission statement.
It’s easy to get lost in the daily grind and chaos that comes with running a business but never forget the mission statement, the reason for the business’s existence. Do research on current business trends and take into account customer feedback whenever it feels like the business might be veering from its mission.
- Keep things balanced
Don’t let work negatively impact other aspects of life. Keep work separate from family time. Keeping things balanced helps eliminate stress at home and at work, making it easier to be successful in the business world.
- Take time to breathe.
At the end of the day, take time to breathe and have some “me” time. Do something fun and enjoyable, whether it’s a hobby, hiking or swimming. It contributes to a successful day and also helps prevent burn out.
By following these tips, anyone can succeed every single day!
Roman Temkin is a real estate developer from NYC.