Habits of Successful People
Think you’re going overboard with your routine? Not sure what kind of productivity routine or attitude to create for yourself? Here are a few habits of successful people, taken from Time.com:
Read a lot
According to Time.com, Tom Corley, an accountant and financial planner, surveyed 233 wealthy individuals, mostly self-made millionaires, and found interesting patterns among them. A huge majority of these rich people, 88 percent, say they devote 30 minutes or more each day to reading, according to CNBC . Most of those prefer nonfiction works like biographies, history, and self-help books. Billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett reportedly once said that reading is the most important habit he’s picked up. “I just sit in my office and read all day,” he told The Week.
You don’t need to be a yoga guru to like meditating. Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey wakes up at 5 a.m. every morning and immediately meditates. Oprah is a fan of the practice, too.
Get up early
Almost 50 percent of the wealthy people researched by Corley, say they wake up at least three hours before their workday starts. They use the time to tackle side projects, work out, or plan.
Get enough sleep
Albert Einstein said he needed 10 hours of sleep a night to function at his best. Millionaire media maven Arianna Huffington has preached “sleep as a performance enhancer.” Corley found that 89 percent of self-made millionaires sleep seven or eight hours a night, or even more.
Research shows that the kind of working out that “gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping,” according to Harvard Health Publishing, actually improves memory and learning. Corley reports that 76 percent of his wealthy survey respondents say they spend 30 minutes or more each day on aerobic exercise like running or biking.
They’re always improving their communication skills
Whether or not you’re the best public speaker in the city, there’s always more to learn about communication. Branson has said that “communication is the most important skill any leader can possess.” In what ways can your communication with individuals, online, and with groups improve?