Unless you just get really damn lucky, success doesn’t come easy for most. In fact, doing well in your career, whether you work for someone else or for yourself, takes a lot of hard work and dedication.
Still, we often make things harder than needed on ourselves by doing things we know we shouldn’t… like zoning out in front of the TV night after night instead of, you know, mixing in a book once in a while.
Not anymore. We’ve identified three simple ways you can use your time more efficiently to become a more successful and inspired person today.
Check out three essential keys to success below — and don’t worry, they’re fast, easy, and effective fixes!
1. Set Some Goals – and Share Them with Friends
Wait, what else did I need to get done today again? Oh, well, I can’t remember. Time to browse Reddit until my eyes bleed. **This may or may not be an actual thought I had recently.
The above productivity-killing scenario is one that can often occur when you don’t set goals for yourself. (Just replace Reddit with your guilty pleasure of choice.)
It’s a fact that when you set goals and write them down you’re much more likely to, for lack of a better phrase, get shit done.
According to Entrepreneur.com, when a group of students were given four weeks to complete a goal they had set for themselves, they performed best when they not only wrote their goals down, but also shared them with friends.
Here’s the percentage breakdown of who achieved their goals (and how):
- 43% no written goals
- 64% written goals
- 76% shared goals with friends
Whether it’s daily, weekly, or monthly, writing out your goals (and letting a pal or two know about the loftier ones) will make you much more likely to successfully complete them – and keep you inspired and productive throughout each month.
2. Eliminate Excuses From Your Life
Be honest: Are you a little too easy on yourself? If any of the following statements sound familiar, the answer to that question is yes:
- I’ve had a hard day… I think I’ll skip that work out.
- I’m pretty tired… I’ll work on that marketing plan tomorrow.
- My back hurts… I’ll worry about starting my own business next year.
Sorry, folks, but goals – and dreams – don’t achieve themselves. To be successful at whatever it is you most desire, it’s going to take self-discipline in mass amounts.
I think the easiest way to start working on replenishing your self-discipline levels is by putting an end to all the excuses you’ve been telling yourself. It’s quite easy to tell the difference between being too worn out to complete a task and avoiding it due to laziness — or even fear.
Remember, pushing yourself consistently so you can grow, learn, and achieve more every day is one of the keys to success — but it’s also one of the easiest things to slack off on.
No matter what it is that you want to get done, whether it’s brainstorming ideas for a new business, writing a business plan, or finding time in your day to get a workout in, getting into a routine will be the fastest route to success.
Set a certain time of a day to accomplish the task in question and get it done no matter what. After a few weeks your new routine will start to feel like a normal part of your day, and you’ll probably even wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
3. Start Reading (On a Regular Basis)
Want to be more successful? Start reading. This good-for-you habit is linked to some of the most successful people in the world, including Bill Gates, Beethoven, and Ben Franklin.
In fact, Entrepreneur.com says reading on a regular basis offers a variety of great benefits, including:
- Increases verbal skills
- Increases concentration
- Helps articulate thoughts
- Improves writing skills
- Enhances problem-solving skills
- Improves memory
All of the benefits above are ones that can help you become more successful in your career by teaching you to become a better leader, networker, co-worker, etc.
Plus, if you make it a point to read blog posts and books related to your business, you’ll become more knowledgeable about your industry and be able to stay up to date on current trends, both of which can help you acquire new business and establish you as a thought leader.
Even if you can only spare 15 minutes per day to get a little reading in, it’ll still expose you to over 1 million words per year, says Entrepreneur.com, expanding your vocabulary and keeping your mind sharp.
Becoming More Successful One Day at a Time
Setting realistic expectations for yourself is going to be the key to successfully implementing one or more of the above changes into your life.
Reading an entire book in a week might be too ambitious for you at the moment, but… how about swapping 15 minutes of television each night in favor of spending that time reading?
With a few simple adjustments to your daily routine, you’ll be on the road toward a more successful and happier you in no time at all!