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Want to Be Super Successful? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things
We all have the same amount of time. That's why people who are more productive -- and successful -- use their time more effectively. And that's why my colleague Chris Winfield is such a great resource for entrepreneurs. "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

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Having No Routine

Having no routine or structure is so much more draining mentally, physically, and emotionally than any routine could ever be.

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Why You Need a Routine

  • It gives you structure, builds forward-moving habits, and creates momentum that will carry you on the days when you feel like you don't have the strength to carry yourself.
  • F...

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Start the day with a mantra

... to get you into a positive mood for the day ahead. Put your mind in a good state right away, because left unchecked it will try to tell you the things that are wrong.

Pick...

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Don't check emails first

Checking your email first thing in the morning means spending the best part of the day on other people's priorities.

Start your days focused on you and you will be in a much bette...

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Visualize your success

Simply close your eyes and imagine yourself excelling and being the best you. 

Put yourself in situations where you shine, visualizing the best possible outcome. Include as much d...

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Read a book

... even if just one page at a time. It can boost your intelligence, increase your brainpower and even strengthen your ability to empathize with other people.

Make your reading ha...

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Make yourself accountable

Find a partner or mentor you trust who can be your accountability partner, someone to hold you to your word.

Making a commitment to your accountability partner about your goal will ma...

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Prime yourself for creativity

Spending time writing every day helps you become a better communicator, improves your ability to recall important information, and enhances your creativity. 

Write in a diary form...

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Make a daily to-do list

One great way to be fully prepared for the day ahead is to make a to-do list.

Keep your daily to-do list small, so that it's manageable and not overwhelming. To make sure you keep it this ...

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Take regular breaks

Taking regular breaks keeps you from getting bored and losing focus, increasing your brain's function at the same time. 

It also forces you to reevaluate what you're working on, e...

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Break your day into chunks

Too much time spent doing one thing can cause you to lose focus, and interest. 

And if you're working on something you don't really want to do, it makes it easier because you only...

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Theme your workdays

Set aside different tasks for different days of the week.

This can give you the time you need to make headway in those particular areas...without putting your brain on overload.

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Learn something new

... even if it's stressful. Mastering a new skill means more stress now but more happiness later.

The key is to choose the right new skill to master, a challenge to undertake, or ...

Friends near you

Geographically close friends (and neighbors) have the greatest effect on happiness.

Individual happiness cascades through groups of people, like contagion. So make friends with people who live near you.

Embrace opposing feelings

Happiness can come from noticing and embracing a wide spectrum of emotions--both good and bad. 

So don't ignore negative feelings. Embrace them--and then actively work toward overcoming whatever issues you face.

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Anticipate Setbacks

Behavior change is hard. Slip-ups are common, so when they happen, don't beat yourself up or retreat into negative self-talk. Instead, anticipate your failures and plan for them.

Commit To Change And Tweak as You Go

Make achievable commitments to test new routines and approach it as a series of experiments.

Try your new routine for a while and tweak it or switch to a new one if it doesn’t suit you.

Explore Alternatives

Once you have a clear breakdown of what's happening at each stage of your habit loop, brainstorm healthier routines that will produce the results you want.

Create a list of options of alternatives that might provide comparable reward to the one you are trying to eliminate. Focus on new routines that will help you decompress after a stressful day (the cue) and leave you in a positive frame of mind to get freelance work done (reward).

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Hedonic adaptation

It explains our tendency as human beings to chase happiness, only to return back to our original emotional baseline after getting what we want. 

We run on a hedonic treadmill...

Tal Ben-Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar

"Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak."

Cultivate More Happiness

  • Find your right fit or match, both personally and professionally.
  • Appreciating life’s small moments.
  • Smile more, even if you don’t feel like it.
  • Perform random acts of kindness.
  • Spend money on experiences versus things.
  • Avoid comparisons.
  • Build and maintain close relationships.
  • Make little changes in your daily routine: getting more sleep, exercising, getting out into nature, and meditating.