Follow The 80/20 Rule
The 80/20 rule, otherwise known as the Pareto rule, has been optimized by the most successful people for decades. The principle is that you should apply 80% of your energy to the most important 20% of your tasks. You can’t do everything and be everywhere, so prioritise. The principle suggests that two out of every ten items on your to do list will be more valuable than the other eight items put together. These are usually the two tasks you procrastinate on and that’s why you don’t accomplish everything you should.
From now on, make a list of everything you need to do and prioritize the most important ones first. Avoid the habit of getting through ‘quick wins’ first. Successful people know that the quick wins aren’t the tasks that get you that big client or promotion. Leave them until you’ve completed the important work.
Practice Gratitude And Know What You Enjoy
Write a list of the things that you enjoy doing. It can be spending time with a significant other, exercising, going on mini-breaks – anything you love. Then, make sure that you plan time for these things.
Doing what you love boosts endorphin production in the brain – the natural pain and stress reliever. This makes you more productive, and you’re more likely to enjoy your time at work if you have things to look forward to.
Successful people know that planning these things in is vital to your overall well-being.
Do you ever feel like there’s too much internal chatter in your brain for you to properly focus on a task? Whether it’s constant negativity or worries about what you need to do next, these thoughts stop us from reaching our full potential.
There’s a reason that highly successful people like Jeff Weiner (CEO of LinkedIn), William Clay Ford Jr (Chairman of Ford Motor Company) and Oprah Winfrey have turned to meditation. As little as 10 minutes a day is enough to lengthen attention span, enhance self-awareness and get things done.
That’s how successful people think – by clearing their minds first.