How Successful People Plan Their Days: 6 Habits to Emulate

Successful people always have a full and well organized schedule.
And you should emulate their habits starting today, if you want to feel fulfilled and satisfied.

1. They wake up early
Of course they wake up early, they have to review the to-do list they wrote the night before, and fix it well in their mind.
And they have the breakfast ritual, to boost their energy and start their exciting and challenging day.

2. They exercise in the morning
They know how physical activity is good for their body and health, and how it helps them stay focus throughout the day. So they exercise, even if for only 15 minutes a day.

3. They meditate in the morning
We already talked several times about the great influence of meditation on our mind. But, do we apply this to our lives?
I do that, because I really believe in it.
And successful people do it too, because they know how important regular meditation is to their brain. And what about you? 😉

4. They are not late at work or at school
No excuses. Being late is a clear sign of a bad time management. And people who use to be late are usually seen as unable to take care of themselves, and unreliable.
They also feel a sense of lack of control, and they get nervous because they’re late, affecting negatively their day.
This is why successful people are never late, they know how important punctuality is.

5. They focus on what they do
Since they know how to manage their time, successful people know how to concentrate their efforts on their job during a certain period of time, without letting anything nor anyone distract them.
They have some time for their friends, colleagues, family, hobbies and other distractions, but not during work or school time.

6. They spend time on learning something every day
They are successful because they never stopped learning.
Usually the people we are talking about are curious and humble, and they know that there is always something to learn.
They want to improve and to add always something good to their lives, and they always find the energy to do that (maybe because they had breakfast in the morning 😉 ).

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9 Things you Should Do Every Day

There are some habits that can significantly improve the quality of our lives.
In particular, today I want to share with you the 9 things that I find incredibly helpful for our challenging days.

1. Read

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Joseph Addison

It’s important to “feed” our mind with books, it keeps our brain fit and young, and it prevents dementia.
Also, it makes us wiser!

2. Exercise

We already talked a lot about the benefits of exercise.
Being a form of preventing diseases, it improves our brain performance, and keeps our body healthy.
So, it benefits both mind and body, which are strictly related.

3. Meditate

Regular meditation is one of the best habits you could ever develop.
As exercise, it’s extremely good both for your body and for your mind.
Plus, research showed that meditation develops some parts of our brain and strengthens the connections between neurons, in the long run.

4. Eat every 3 hours

This is very important, it gives us the right energy to perform appropriately all our tasks throughout the day, and helps accelerate our metabolism.

5. Eat one apple

Eating one apple a day is a rule. It’s a very healthy habit and it helps preventing diseases and to boost your brain performance.

6. Take a walk

Did you know that Steve Jobs used to walk every day for 1 or 2 hours?
Not only is it good to control your weight and tone your legs, but it benefits your mental performance and your mood.

7. Spend time on a hobby

Hobbies are a good tool to reduce stress and a good way to invest time in ourselves.
It’s important to spend time on something we really like to do, and I believe that not having hobbies in our life may affect our happiness.

8. Listen to music

Listening to music has the power to instantly change our mood.
This is why we should use it every day to add more energy and passion to what we do.

9. Drink green tea

This is obviously a very healthy habit.
Green tea contains B vitamins, magnesium, potassium and other antioxidants.
Also, it seems that it has a very positive impact on some kinds of cancer, even though it has not been demonstrated that green tea prevents so far.

You don’t need to do all these things every single day, but you should make sure to include all of them in your week and to spend some time on 3 or 4 of them every day.
However, some of these habits, such as eating every 3 hours, meditation and eating one apple a day, should be included in your daily plan.

Also, there are some habits that you can alternate, for example you can take a walk one day and exercise the other.

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21 Examples of Original Hobbies

Spending time on a hobby that you really like and that makes you feel good is very important, and it can add a lot to your life.
It is also very good for your mind and it helps reduce stress.

In this article, you will find a list of nice and original hobbies that can accompany you throughout your challenging week and that can make you feel an interesting and unique individual.

1. Rowing

2. Flying Yoga

3. Archery

4. Partner Dances

5. Playing the Harp

6. Learning a New Language

7. Writing on a Blog

8. Playing the Harp

9. Hiking

10. Photography

11. Chess

12. Ice Skating

13. Diving

14. Glass Art

15. Pottery

16. Wine Sommelier

17. Fruit and Vegetables Carving

18. Skydiving

19. Rock Climbing

20. Mosaic Art

21. Volunteering

Do you have any original idea?
Feel free to leave a comment.

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How to Plan your Day: 5 Steps

A goal properly set is halfway reached.
Zig Ziglar

1. Plan your day the night before with a to-do list
The energy that we have early in the morning is precious and we should use it only for important tasks.
Plus, the advantage of planning your day in advance is that it helps saving your time and energy.
This way you will start your day with a list of tasks ready to be followed, without wasting time and energy on the daily planning.

2. Review the plan in the morning.
Reviewing the plan in the morning, while having breakfast for example, is the second step, because you need to have clear in your mind which are the tasks that you are going to perform throughout the day.
Plus, it’s a very good way to fix the to-do list in your mind.

3. Put the hardest things first.
It’s better to perform the hardest tasks in the morning when you have more energies, and leaving easier and lighter activities for the rest of the day.
Starting with more challenging activities will help you feel satisfied and motivated during the rest of the day.
This way, you will feel juiced and you will be productive.

4. Always balance productivity and self-improvement. 
This step is crucial for your daily planning.
It’s important to give priority to productivity, without leaving self-improvement aside.
This means that you should dedicate 80% to what you do every day to achieve your life goals – that is working or studying – and 20% to your self-improvement – reading self-development books, learning a new language or attending personal growth seminars.

5. Always include exercise.
Regular physical activity is vital to your day and to your health, because it boosts your energy and delivers oxygen to your tissues and your brain, preventing many kinds of diseases and helping control your weight.
So the advantages are both short and long-term, and 30-40 minutes a day are sufficient to get all the benefits you need.

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Success: 2 Simple Habits

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle
Napoleon Hill

We have talked about success in several articles, and we talked about good habits related to success in life.
The big question: which are the best habits one should have to succeed in something in particular?

1. Practice
The most important thing to do when you want to be better at your job, a sport or something you enjoy doing, is to practice.
It’s extremely simple, the more you do something, the better you become.

2. Learning new skills
This is, you have to improve yourself and your competencies every day, if what you want is success.
Imagine two people with the same job, same academic background and same age. The first one invests at least half an hour every day in learning new things, reading and improving his/her skills, while the second one is satisfied with his/her job and doesn’t feel the need to grow.

Now, try to imagine these two people after 10 years. I bet you can see a difference.
The first person has probably become an important manager or, who knows maybe the CEO of a company.
And he/she has probably a very high level of self-esteem, and a good quality of life.
Meanwhile, the second one has probably grown in his/her profession, but he/she gets a quarter, or less, the salary of the first person, being likely to experience a sense of frustration not having achieved a lot during the last 10 years.
As you can see, everything we do today affects what we will be in the future, especially in the long-term.

As Napoleon Hill said, remember that any effort you make to develop your skills, or to develop yourself as a person, must be continuous.

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3 Ways to Improve your Self-Discipline

I don’t stop when I’m tired. I only stop when I’m done.
Marilyn Monroe

Self-discipline is everything if we want to successfully complete something we began. But it’s not always so easy to respect a schedule.
It’s our ability to resist to bad conditions, and our mental toughness that make us strong. And this strength that we see in successful people can be learned and developed.

1 Write your to-do list while you are having breakfast
This is a good habit, and as soon as you will get used to it, you will find it pleasant and challenging. Plus, you will realize how something so simple can be so useful.
You don’t like to have breakfast in the morning? Well, I strongly recommend you to have breakfast, because it’s not just “important”, it’s vital, if you want to be productive!

2 Cross all the items off your list
This will make you feel good and satisfied, and when you won’t be able to cross an item, you will feel a bit “guilty”.
Sounds sneaky? No, it’s only an efficient way to train yourself and your self-discipline.

3 Visualize what you will be in the future thanks to what you are doing today
The most important point. It’s a bit difficult to work hard when you don’t have a purpose in your life.
In other words, you need something to desire so much that you will feel motivated and you will be productive.

When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.
Eric Thomas

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Mental Toughness

Mental toughness is a collection of attributes that allow a person to persevere through difficult circumstances (such as difficult training or difficult competitive situations in games) and emerge without losing confidence.
[Wikipedia]

Very interesting!
But, how can I develop my mental toughness?
It’s not easy, and it’s not something you will build overnight.

Anyway, if you really want to succeed and you are learning to think big, it might be much easier than in normal conditions.
The important thing – or even better, the vital thing – is that you never give up, believe in what you armountaine doing and strongly desire to reach your “holy destination”, this is, your life goals, or your personal mission.

As Stephen Covey, said in his masterpiece “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, you need to begin with the end in mind, and visualize what you want in the future so that you know exactly what to make a reality.

When you really want to achieve a goal or realize a dream, and you have the right tools, the right habits and a strong motivation, believe me, nothing will stop you.
And you already know that, you only needed me to remind you that 😉

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The Importance of Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification, is the ability to resist the temptation for an immediate reward and wait for a later reward.
Generally, delayed gratification is associated with resisting a smaller but more immediate reward in order to receive a larger or more enduring reward later. (1)

This concept is really important, and you should apply this in your everyday life, especially if you are working on your personal growth.

Everytime you are tempted to postpone one of your daily tasks, in order to relax or to watch tv, you are letting procrastination control your life and weaken your self-discipline, decreasing your productivity.

So, be careful, focus on your real goals, and always remember the concept of delayed gratification: it is better to receive a larger reward later, than a smaller but more immediate one.
And keep in mind this quote:

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
Og Mandino

delayed gratification

(1) Carducci, Bernardo J. (2009). "Basic Processes of Mischel's Cognitive-Affective Perspective: Delay of Gratification and Conditions of Behavioral Consistency"

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5 Secrets to Increase your Productivity and to See Results

Have you ever thought that being productive and attain success could be simpler than you imagine?

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
Lao Tzu.

This is, you only have to go towards what your goal is, step by step.
But you have to do it. You have to…

1 Take action.
Every minute you’re wasting your time checking the social networks or your mobile phone, you’re not taking action getting you closer to you dreams.
Sometimes we prefer immediate and temporary pleasure instead of consistent and permanent success – which in psychology is also called “delayed gratification” – and we procrastinate.

2 Do not procrastinate.
Procrastination is the worst enemy of productivity.
Every time you are looking for an excuse to postpone a task you should do – and every time you find an excuse to postpone your daily tasks – you are giving space to procrastination.
This is the worst error ever, and you should eliminate this attitude from your routine if you really want to increase productivity and attain success.
Remember the to-do list? If you plan every day your list and you stick to it, it will be the best tool ever to avoid procrastination.

3 Find the right motivation.
If you don’t have the right amount of motivation, it will be really hard to be productive, and it will be easier to procrastinate: you have to know exactly where you want to go, and you have to walk every day towards what I call your “holy destination”.

4 Have a plan.
You should know exactly what you have to do every day, every week and every month.
You should plan your activities in advance in order to efficiently manage your time – instead of wasting it.

5 Never give up.
Remember that real success takes time.
And that giving up is the worst enemy of success and self-esteem.
Sometimes it happens that, after days, months or years of efforts and work, we give up, just because we can’t see results. Sometimes it happens that, in the very moment success is right around the corner, we can’t see it, and since we are exhausted, we decide to give up.
This is why I want you to understand how important it is to never give up.
I want you to look at this image and download it if you want to, because it represents exactly the importance of being resilient and insist on your goals.
I have it in my cell phone and I look at it every time I need to feel motivated and it always makes me feel energized.

Never give up
So, don’t forget to print out this article, and to look at it every day.
Hope it will accompany you in your travel towards success!

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