Think about the most successful people in life that you know. You may notice that they all have some similar traits that can give hints as to why they are so successful. One of the things that most successful people have in common is that they create daily habits that help them to earn and maintain the success they have in life. The time is now for you to start utilizing these daily habits to help you to attain the success that you desire.
Identify Potential Issues
Start your day by identifying any potential issues that you may have throughout your daily routine. This could be a huge project that you are having a hard time handling, calling back a patient that makes you uncomfortable, or anything else that needs to be done but might cause you to procrastinate. Knowing what may cause your schedule to derail in advance can help you to find ways to keep your day running on time. Often, these tasks may make you feel overwhelmed, so it’s a good idea to create a game-plan on how to lessen the emotional and physical impacts of these projects.
Make Time to Reflect
Not only do you need to identify these issues that can crop up, but you need to spend some time at the end of the day reflecting on what you accomplished. You can evaluate how you handled those issues, think about things that you dealt with well, and what you are looking forward to the next day. Being honest in your reflection time is important because this can help you to turn little stumbling blocks into big successes.
Create Time Blocks
Many people love multitasking, but research shows it is not effective, and in fact, may be dangerous for your well-being and career. Instead of trying to get several things accomplished at once, set aside blocks of time for each task. Try to get all of your emails completed in one set amount of time. Use another block of time to make important phone calls, and so on throughout your day. This time blocking helps you get into the mindset of one particular task, get into a rhythm, and stay focused.
Kill Time Wasters
You can probably think of several things that you do during the day that are a complete waste of time. Stop letting them become impediments to success. Set limits on how often you use social media in a day for personal and professional use. There is nothing wrong with using social media on occasion, but you don’t want it to kill your schedule. The same is true for your cellphone. If you happen to use your cellphone as a distraction during your day, consider locking it in your desk. You might try putting your cellphone in airplane mode as well.
Set Learning Goals
Physicians often get into a bad habit after residency. After years of constant studying and reading we sometimes put it off all together. But that is certainly not ideal if you want to have the success you have dreamed of achieving. Successful people always look for ways to better themselves. Take a class to discover a new talent you want to develop. Read a book from a respected authority in your field. Hire a coach who can help you develop the skills you need to succeed.
Physical exercise is a powerful habit to create in your schedule. Getting active helps you focus more on the day ahead and relax after a long day. Exercising releases endorphins, and endorphins make you feel good. Feeling at the top of your game can help you to stay at the top of your game.
Schedule Quality Time
Successful people are not only successful at work, but at home as well. They give their all in the workplace, but then they make time for the people in their personal life. Taking time to be happy by being around loved ones means that you are helping yourself by being less stressed and anxious.
It is time to start adopting the same types of daily habits that successful individuals use to keep themselves moving forward in a positive manner. It’s hard to make huge lifestyle changes that you keep long-term, so it’s a good idea to start small. Make a few changes at first, such as setting reading and exercise goals until these new tasks become habits. Then add new daily habits to your to-do list. As you start expecting more out of yourself, you’ll find that your success is just beginning.