7 Habits of a Highly Effective Person

There is never a guaranteed path to success, but there are certain habits that will make us become more effective in the workplace (and perhaps also in our personal lives). As we are constantly on the quest to improve ourselves, here are some tips which will help make your worklife more productive and successful.Effective people

  1. A “To-Do List”

Always start your day with a “to-do list”. Writing down what needs to be done and what you wish to accomplish by the end of the day helps you to prioritise the most important tasks. Start the list with the most important, more urgent tasks.

  1. It’s all about priorities

It is not always possible to complete everything on your “to-do list”, we are only human after all. Always prioritize the tasks that you need to accomplish in the day so that you always make sure you are completing the most important tasks.

  1. Don’t Procrastinate

Never, never put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Effective and successful people do not procrastinate in completing their tasks, even the less glamorous tasks.

  1. “Go and clean your room”

A messy desk is not always a sign of creativity. It’s probably more a sign of a lazy person and is never conducive to being productive. Having an organised desk, a clean working environment (as well as a clean living environment) means you are never wasting time searching for ‘lost items’ and procrastinating in completing your “to-do list”.

  1. Visualisation is not just for the ‘new age’

Visualisation is a mental technique that uses the imagination to make dreams come true. Highly successful people use visualisation to attract prosperity and make their career goals come true. Each day, visualise what you want to accomplish that day, and then think of the steps that are necessary to achieve those tasks. Repeat this every day.

  1. Never stop networking

In today’s social media world, connecting with people has never been more easier. For highly successful people, connecting and networking is as important as eating and drinking. It’s necessary for business survival. Networking can open many doors. Do not be discouraged if the results are not immediate, networking takes time and we all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

  1. Breathe and Recharge

To be effective and successful, every-one needs to fit in some time to recharge the batteries and boost their energy levels. A life of all work and no play is not sustainable long-term. Whether it be exercise, meditation, cooking, photography, always make time for relaxation and hobbies.

Conversely, bad habits that make us ineffective set us up for failure. Here are my top 3 ineffective habits to get rid of sooner rather than later.

  1. Not setting goals

It is important to establish goals, think about what you want and the direction your life is taking.

  1. Refusing Advice

You should always be appreciative of sound advice from experts, family or friends. Highly ineffective people rarely do. Even though in the end you may not follow their advice, thinking of as many pros and cons means your decision making would have been a well thought out process and you will be comfortable with the decision. Highly ineffective people ignore sound advice at their own peril.

  1. Overanalysing Everything

Highly effective people are doers. Highly ineffective people spend too much time thinking and overanalysing and not enough time doing. Always take time to plan, prepare and set goals. Then put the plan into action. Don’t worry about what others may think of your goals. Don’t overanalyse. Just put your goals into action.