Aaron over at Today is That Day tagged me to participate in a project he is putting together. In the end, he will compile a master list successful habits we can use every day.
Like Aaron I believe it’s not some fly by night trick that gets results, success is the application every day of certain habits – consistently.
So here are 5 of my habits I practice every day. Ok, I do skip a day or two here and there – but overall, I do shoot for everyday.
1. Exercise – I have gotten consistent aerobic exercise since my sophomore year in college. It helps clear the mind and helps keep the pounds off as I rapidly enter my middle age stage of life. Added side benefit…the women I know say I need to put on a few pounds – hey! at least they are looking… right?
2. Plan - Every day, I start out by reviewing my plan for the rest of the day. I spend probably 10 minutes prioritizing my tasks and hone them down to 4 of the most important. From there, I move tasks to the calendar where I have reminders set. Not always does my plan fall into line like clockwork – in fact, rarely does it go exactly as expected. But having a plan that gets off course is better than having no plan at all. To give an example, a commercial airplane is off course 90% of the time, but since the pilot has a destination registered (plan) it always gets there.
3. Solitude – I try to get at least 1/2 hour of quiet “think time” each day. During this time I take notes about my thoughts, I write down ideas. Although I’ve been doing this for years, I still find myself amazed at the calming effect and clarity of mind that occurs after these sessions. It’s tough sometimes to get in my solitude sessions, considering there are so many distractions these days, but it is important enough for me that I do it consistently 3-5 times per week.
4. Learn – I spend a good hour or two reading every day. This came from the advice of Jim Rohn who considers daily research and reading to be the cornerstone of a successful life. I want to learn as much as possible. So I read as much as I can.
5. Make Progress – Every day I work to make some progress on my top 3 goals. Some progress…any progress. After all, Superbowls aren’t won because every play is a 50 yard pass. No, it’s the consistent progress down the field that wins the game. My personal motto is a day without progress is a wasted day.
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