Wake up, be productive, repeat. That is essentially the tagline that every successful person that we see in the media lives and breathes. But is it really all that simple?

Many elements go into the daily routines of people deemed “successful,” and some may be more common than you think. What habits do “successful” people do differently to conquer the day?

Success means different things for different people, but there is a lot of common ground to be found in how they go about their days and their lives.

Here are 10 things that successful people do to put their best foot forward each day.

1. They plan what the following day will look like the night before

It’s important to have a game plan in place to tackle each day head-on. It doesn’t need to be planned down to the very last detail, but having a rough outline of the tasks you need to complete on a given day will make life a lot easier.

Personally, I really benefit from physically writing my to-do list rather than typing it into my phone. I try to write down the things I need to accomplish for the day the night before and add any I forgot the next morning. 

It’s also incredibly satisfying to cross tasks off the list one by one.

2. They have a designated workspace 

It doesn’t have to be the exact same workspace every day of the week, but having some structure in that sense can provide some stability.

During the day, I always work at my desk. It is my special space and I always feel productive when sitting down to work there. 

If I find myself working past dark, I will sit in bed with my laptop and write from there. Sometimes changing your environment can increase creativity, too, so long as you are there to work.

3. They do their best to eliminate distractions

Sometimes this is easier said than done. Distractions are all around us, but successful people minimize them. 

Phones are probably the biggest distractor of all time as most of us feel the constant need to check them. At the very least, put it on silent but it also may help to put it out of your sight. 

When I write, I love to listen to piano music. It makes me feel relaxed and more focused. I enjoy listening to podcasts as well, but I’ve discovered that listening to them while writing is too distracting for me, so I know to avoid them during work.

4. They have a solid sleep schedule

Are you an early riser or a night owl? I’m mostly a morning person, and it feels as if there’s this stereotype about morning people being more successful than night people. However, that is not the case. 

Everyone’s internal clock is different and everyone feels more productive at different times of the day. If someone feels they produce their best work at 8:00AM and someone else feels they do so at 11:00PM, so be it. 

No matter if you’re an early riser or a night owl, a consistent sleep schedule is important to ensure you’re well-rested and ready to take on the next day.

5. They have an established morning routine

I’m calling it a morning routine for brevity, but for all the non-morning people, it can be referred to as a “whenever you wake up” routine. 

This routine can really set the tone for your day and can consist of a multitude of tasks. For my morning routine, I wake up, make coffee, make my bed, check my email, and finish up any small household tasks before beginning my work. 

6. They know how to recognize their most important tasks

Obviously, meeting the deadline of a huge project or presentation is more important than doing laundry, for example. Setting adequate time aside to finish important tasks is crucial.

Successful people think ahead about what needs to be done and in what order. In this case, it may help to write your to-do list in order of importance, color code it, or use highlighters. 

Also, it always feels amazing to get the most important task done and out of the way first. It makes the rest of your day feel way easier! 

7. They know not to try and multitask 

Juggling multiple tasks at once might seem like the most efficient way of doing something, but I disagree.

Multitasking often takes our attention away from other tasks that might be higher up on the priority list. It’s impossible to fully focus on a task when your mind is racing and you’re trying to do so many things at once.

Taking on one task at a time allows your full attention to be set on that task. You’ll likely produce better work, too.

8. They take time for themselves

Careers can be hectic, along with life in general, and it’s very healthy to take a step back from all the chaos every now and again. Not only is it healthy, but sometimes it is necessary. No matter how much we love our career, sometimes we need to disconnect to reconnect. 

There are endless possibilities of “me time” examples. Take a bubble bath, read a book, relax on the patio with a glass of wine, or go for a hike. 

It’s normal to feel stressed from time to time, but identifying the source of the stress and taking time to unwind is vital. Whatever taking time for yourself means for you, never feel ashamed for indulging in it.

9. They don’t sweat the small stuff

Everyone has their days where they just feel off or nothing feels like it’s going the way they want it to. It’s normal to feel a bit annoyed when another driver cuts you off in traffic or you spilled your latte by accident.

However, successful people know not to let things like that get to them, especially if they don’t have to do with work. We are all human and humans make mistakes. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

10. They reward themselves for all their hard work

It’s important to treat yourself! Hard work should be rewarded and such rewards can even help you feel more motivated in future endeavors, too. Recognizing efforts can also boost self-esteem and contribute to a happier lifestyle overall.

So go ahead and pop that fancy bottle of champagne or buy yourself that new pair of shoes you’ve been eyeing. You deserve it! 

Everyone strives to achieve their goals and be successful whether it is relative to work, school, or life in general. With careful planning, dedication, perseverance, and bits of rewarding yourself sprinkled in, anything is possible. 

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