Being a successful entrepreneur in today’s highly demanding business world is undoubtedly a challenging task. Besides having a particular set of skills, extensive knowledge and experience, most big leaders have a specific daily routine that distinguishes them from the general public. Daily routines can truly make a difference to not only our productivity but to our happiness as well.
Here are some of the most frequent daily habits of the most influential leaders that have changed the face of entrepreneurship and continue to do so.
1. Keep your routine flexible
While having some general rules for organizing your schedule is a must, you need to keep your routines flexible and adapt to the changes that you need to face on daily basis. Scheduling every single thing for a specific day can create a stressful situation and make you do multitasking. The ultimate goal is to spend a minimum time to maximize our output.
2. Write down your ideas
There are a number of things that can trigger some inspiring and outstanding ideas during our working day, that’s virtually impossible to keep them all safe and sound in your mind. Instead of focusing your efforts onto memorizing them, take a piece of paper and jot down everything that comes to your mind and that you think will contribute to your current or future work. Rather than letting your creativity and inspiration go down the drain, write everything down.
3. Practice mindful yoga
Keep your mind fresh and your energy at a high level by doing yoga early in the morning. It will help you find your peace and focus on the daily tasks that await you during the day. Besides yoga, you may consider doing meditation at the beginning or at the end of the day. It will clear your thoughts, help you come up with solutions and brainstorm ideas more easily.
4. Never stop reading
One of the essential things that almost every successful entrepreneur does is reading. To be able to expand your knowledge and gain insight into different fields that could help you broaden and upscale your business you need to read as much as possible. One of the biggest and the most influential entrepreneurs of today, Bill Gates, says that he reads 50 books per year, which means that he reads approximately one book a week. Set some time aside and read quality books, texts, newspaper articles. It will not only keep you updated but stimulate you to work on your self-development.
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5. Create to-do lists
Most entrepreneurs get easily overwhelmed by multiple tasks they need to juggle every day. While most of us tend to neglect our priorities and things we need to do on a daily basis, the most important leaders of the world create a to-do–list an evening before and ensure they get the most important things done the following day. Although things can quickly get out of hand due to a number of reasons or circumstances we find ourselves in, it’s important to try to stick to the list as it will make our day less stressful and undoubtedly more organized.
6. Plan meticulously
It’s no brainer that we all have to set some meaningful goals before diving in a business venture. However, this is only the first step on the road we are about to take. The crucial part of any successful business project development is creating a meticulous plan where we clearly define all the obstacles we might have to face and try to come up with all the possible solutions to the problems we may encounter. Achieving your goals is much harder if you fail to plan your route to those goals.
7. Organize a team building event
Once you start running a company, tasks keep piling up and suddenly you find yourself struggling to keep everything under control. Despite our efforts to micromanage things, running a business as a one-man show is a challenging task. Creating a team, nurturing a teamwork and building a real team culture should be your top priority if you want your business to succeed. By organizing team building events you will encourage team bonding and bring the team’s communication to a whole new level. Another way to maintain successful team communication is to invest in an efficient project management tool and help your team workers exchange their ideas and maximize their potential.
Running a successful team isn’t all about organizing team building events. It’s not enough just to set high standards and expect everyone to work by the rules. Leaders should motivate their workers to become an integral part of the team and participate in creative and decision-making processes equally and efficiently. Leaders should not only inspire but also aspire their team to work towards the same goal and deliver the best possible results.
9. Turn your obstacles into assets
One of the secrets of the biggest entrepreneurs is their ability to turn obstacles into assets. Since it’s inevitable that you will have to face a number of challenges on your path to success. You need to find the way or a technique how to fight them and ensure your business growth. By keeping a positive attitude and being innovative, you will realize that everything happens for a reason and that every cloud has its silver lining. Keep your spirits high and keep in mind that everything is a part of a learning process and that all of us must experience it to reach success.
10. Be positive
Finally, no matter how hard it is to keep everything and everybody in the loop, you must always look at things at their bright side. This will open some new wonderful opportunities and help your business thrive. If things still don’t go according to the plan, view things from a different angle or simply change them.
Author: Rachel Mcpherson
Rachel is currently working as the vice president of communications at ActiveCollab. After finishing her master’s degree in Communications she pursued a career in the digital industry, most notably in marketing and public relations.