The following excerpt is from the article 9 Easy-to-Steal Habits of the Super Successful, written by Miles Kohrman and published on FastCompany.com. We've listed four of our favorite strategies below. Read his full article for some more great insight on how to be productive and successful in your daily life.
Wouldn't it be great if success was simple?
But it isn't.
There's no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, but we will do our best to steer you in the right direction.
Here's a list of helpful habits of some highly successful--and wildly productive--people to get your started. On your mark, get set, and...
Get Up Insanely Early
It sounds scary, we know, but consider what would happen if instead of watching reruns of bad movies at night, you went to bed at a reasonable hour, thus allowing yourself to wake up early and be SUPER productive?
Waking up before anybody else allows you to work out the logistics of the day to come, track your time, and (most importantly) unplug for a few hours.
Take Paul Dejoe, who gets up at 4 a.m. (you heard that right) for maximum productivity:
What I was depriving myself from was time in the day where there was no pressure and no expectations. For the same reasons that I felt most creative on Saturday mornings and on planes, 4 a.m. has become a place of productive peace. That feeling is why I love what I do. I don't need a vacation. I don't need to step away. I just need a couple hours a day before anyone else is up.
After all, the early bird catches the worm--and much more, apparently.
Don't Be Afraid -- Or Embarrassed-- Of Your Mistakes
Sir James Dyson, creator of the famous Dyson vacuum (who recently came by and vacuumed the Fast Company offices), is no stranger to failure. In fact, he embraces it.
I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That's how I came up with a solution. So I don't mind failure. I've always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they've had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
Dyson's point: If you want to discover something new, you're bound to fail a few times (or in his case, 5,126 times), and that's okay. It's also okay to quit something your heart isn't into, in order to get somewhere better.
Ask Questions, A Lot of Them
It turns out Albert Einstein would have made a great entrepreneur:
To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
What is your purpose on this earth?
What should you stop doing?
What is your petri dish?
You've got all the answers, right?
Here at Fast Company, we devoted an entire month to Unplugging, or taking a breather from the endless hum of the digital world.
You don't have to completely unplug, but the effects of removing yourself for a few days, hours, or even weeks, can do wonders for your sanity and enable you to refocus your aspirations.
A perfect example: Stuck on an idea? Take a walk.