Rushing to work, yet again
without breakfast and in a
Whether you’re a data analyst
or pursuing a master of
business administration, no
matter what field, you
probably want to be a
But a word of caution:
Big city dreams are tripped
up by personal
There’s just one question you need to know the answer
How do successful leaders stay productive?
You don’t have to guess how they do it!
From the horse’s mouth, here are 7 habits that successful
leaders practice each to stay at the top of their game.
#1 Mapping out the day
A fantastic way to maximize your potential is
listing out the day’s:
Mornings are the best time to do this as it allows:
Sevetri Wilson, CEO of Solid Ground Innovations,
time-blocks not just her meetings but even the
time she spends on social media!
Remember – plan short breaks during the day!
As Benjamin Franklin cleverly said, “If you fail to
plan, you plan to fail.”
#2 Eating breakfast
While it doesn’t take a genius to
figure this one out, the importance of
eating breakfast cannot be overstated.
Get your body ready for the day ahead
sitting down to a fulfilling breakfast.
This is the perfect time to connect
with your family before you begin the
long work day.
Good company and a satisfied
stomach will keep your productivity
Exercise gives you:
A sense of achievement
Both of which help prep the mind for the
If you simply cannot relish the thought of
a 5 am jog, start with waking 20 minutes
Use the time to do a quick set of stretches
This will get your blood flowing and your
body ready for the day.
#4 Waking up early
One common trait found in influential folks, CEOs
and top officials?
You guessed it, they’re up before dawn!
Robert Iger, Disney’s CEO, wakes up at 4.30 am
Margaret Thatcher, UK’s former PM, awoke at 5
am each day
CEO of Square, Jack Dorsey was also up at 5 am
You may say, “But I work best at night!” That’s not
necessarily true. According to an Inc. Magazine
article, early risers are more proactive and
The road to productivity isn’t easy, but there sure is
gain with the pain!
Need more proof? Check out what happed when
busy people tried waking up really early for a
#5 Continually learning
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each
John F. Kennedy’s succinct words are ones to live by.
Make it a point to learn something new and relevant
about your business everyday.
A leader out of touch with what matters cannot expect
to remain productive.
#6 Hitting restart
Many times, things at work don’t go as you anticipated.
Whether you’re a junior employee or a CEO, you will
struggle with losing focus during the day.
When that happens, Brian Scudamore, CEO of 1-800-GOT-
JUNK? and You Move Me, mentally restarts his day.
And you should too!
Put aside all current tasks
Take a blank sheet a paper
List out your commitments
Circle the top three that have the biggest impact on the
Leave the rest behind!
Studies have shown that writing down tasks keeps people
from becoming mentally preoccupied.
It’s no wonder successful leaders write out their priorities!
#7 ‘Eat that frog!’
Brian Tracy’s famous book compares the big task of the day
to eating a frog – most people will procrastinate such an
But the sooner you do the least desirable task, the better.
The rest of the day can go by without the dread and
apprehension the task would have caused.
James Clear, successful living author and seminar leader,
advocates doing the painful things first in order to succeed.
Biting the bullet will conserve your mental and physical
energy, so eat that frog!
Whether you’re doing your MBA in Bangalore or
beginning the career of your dreams in London, these
habits work! It is never too early to prepare for
Take it from those who have been there and done that,
develop these habits, see your success come to life!
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