6 Things Ultra Successful People Do Differently
By Sandy Schroeder
When we see people like Warren Buffet or Bill Gates being interviewed, most of us pay attention. I frequently tune in to Charlie Rose’s shows on PBS to catch observations from legends like Henry Kissinger, or Jann S. Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone magazine.
Recently Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that services 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, spotlighted Kevin Kruse’s interviews of over 200 ultra successful individuals, including billionaires and entrepreneurs. See what you think of their tips on productivity for daily living.
Never touch things twice – Don’t pick up a bill, check it, and then toss it into a pile of mail to do later. As the pile grows, things may get lost. If possible, deal with it when you pick it up. I know people who do this at home, pausing by the trash to eliminate junk mail before it even makes it in the door.
Start with the most important – Know what counts the most in your affairs, and focus on one aspect of that in the morning, using a block of concentrated time to move it forward.
Switch from ‘to do’ lists to one calendar – I am not sure I could successfully do this, having lived most of my adult life with ‘to do’ lists, but it may be the most efficient way to get everything done. The idea is to maintain and live by one master calendar, entering everything. At a glance you can see if you are double booking anything, and you won’t have to keep worrying about it because it will all be visible in one spot.
Hang onto your priorities – Successful people know there will always be more projects to do, but other things like family and friends, health, and helping others count, too. Pausing to talk, setting aside time for dinner, and making room for rest and relaxation will give you a better edge in the long run.
Focus on minutes – Time can never be reclaimed. What you are doing right now cannot be recaptured. Make sure it is what you want to do, and do it right. It can be too easy to dismiss minutes here and there. Savor them all, choosing your activities wisely.
Keep a notebook – Jot down the specifics, people, resources, ideas. Keep a running record of your progress, encounters, and conclusions, whatever is valuable to your activities. When you fill up one notebook, label, date and file it. Then start a new one. This frees up your mind as you write everything down.
See if some of these tips work for you and discard the ones that don’t.
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