The most successful people on Earth – how do they do it? What are they doing that has given them opportunities to earn a ton of money and continually better themselves?
Is there a secret formula?
Can you do it too?
Of course you can. You just need to adopt the habits of success.
Successful people are obviously hard-working by nature, but they also make their habits work for them. They do things each day that allow them to take steps forward in self-development and their career. Things that you can adopt with relative ease during your time at university making you not just more productive, but chances are, more successful too.
So what are these habits?
Here we’re going to let you in on the daily habits of incredibly successful people.
Habit one: Create to-do lists
No, to-do lists aren’t exciting. They aren’t fun. But they’re something that all successful people recognise the importance of. Most prepare a to-do list at the end of each day for the following day. This helps them stay on-top of the tasks at hand and ensures that everything gets done.
Top tip – Prioritise, prioritise, prioritise. If you want the list to work for you, prioritise the tasks by numbering the list. Completing the bigger tasks first will mean your day from there on in is easier. Plus, you’re much more alert and awake in the mornings, helping guarantee you do the big jobs to the best of your ability.
Habit two: Rise early
For successful people, time is everything. If you’re a late riser, you may want to consider switching your sleeping pattern. The more time you have in your day, the more time you have to get stuff done. It’s easy in student life to fall into the routine of waking late, and working well into the night. Why not get ahead on your fellow students, rise early, have everything done in the morning. Then you can enjoy your evening.
Top tip – Never, EVER, hit the snooze button. Doing so is getting your body used to the idea of waking later than planned. The key is to stick to your wake time, and wake up the same time every day. Even weekends. If your body becomes conditioned to waking at a certain time, it’ll regulate your sleeping pattern, making early rises easy as pie.
Habit three: Read. A lot
Think reading’s a waste of time? Can’t find time to do it? Would you rather stick the TV on?
Know this – Mark Cubain (a billionaire tech investor) reads for three hours a day, Bill Gates reads an hour a night as part of his bed time routine, Obama’s a booklover, as was Einstein. All unbelievably successful people. All regularly got stuck into a book.
Why read? Well it can teach you a whole lot. You could for instance, read up on the industry you want to move to after university. Or you could read up on History. Or if you just like fiction, that’s fine too. It’s going to make you a better writer.
Top tip – Make reading a ritual. As we said, Bill Gates made it part of his bed time routine. So if you want to read more, set aside an hour each day, and read for an hour at that time every day. Before bed is a great time to do it too. Plus, it’ll help you sleep better than staring at a screen.
Habit four: Self development
To be successful you have to become worth something. But chances are, the industry you’re looking at entering is a crowded one. That’s why you need to become the best you can be, and that means spending a lot of time learning each day. Remember that there’s always more to learn. Don’t think of yourself as an expert in any subject, otherwise you will stop learning.
Do as Einstein said: “That is the way to learn the most, that when you are doing something with such enjoyment that you don’t notice that the time passes.”
Top tip – If you travel by bus or train into university, use that time to learn. Download industry related podcasts, pull open your smartphone to look at industry relevant articles – do whatever it takes to learn more.
Habit five: Network
“Your network determines your net worth” as the saying goes. And how many times have you heard that it’s not what you know, but who you know?
Make networking with the relevant people a necessity. Build new bridges with people in your classes, collaborate on projects, get involved in extracurricular stuff. And yes, head to the pub with them. You never know what skill set you may need to call on, and your network of friends and colleagues may offer it.
Top tip – Try and meet someone new every day. We know that this isn’t always possible, so if you don’t meet someone knew, get in touch with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while.
Habit six: Exercise
You don’t need us to tell you that exercise is going to benefit your health. But did you know it can help make you more successful too? Regular exercise will increase your energy levels & health, and keep your stress at bay.
If your workload is getting you down, and you’re struggling to get into gear, throw on your running shoes and head out for 20 minutes. We guarantee it’ll help.
Top tip – If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to hit the gym then ask a friend to join with you. There are two things that’ll work for you here. One is that you’re paying for a membership, so you may as well use it. Two is that it’s a time to hang out with your friend, discuss your work, and get motivated. Win, win.