Are you busy?
Do you want to achieve something?
Cynthia Bazin identifies 8 things successful people should not do because they can sabotage success, especially when time is limited. She discusses those 8 things in her post to the Success Blog. Essentially these are about what you control. The more control you have over what you do the more you can achieve.
- Over Use of Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, all of them, they suck time. If you are constantly checking them all day long or responding to notifications you will waste a huge amount of time and so fragment your productive time as to make it useless.
It is not necessary to abandon social media, it is essential to control it and not let it control you. The first thing to do is to turn off notifications. You decide when to look at it, do not let it decide when you look at it. Second thing you do is set a limited amount of time each day to look at social media. If you have to set an alarm.
- Not Having a Plan for Your Day
Bazin writes, “Successful people have a purpose, a laser-focused plan of things they want to achieve on a particular day. I believe in writing things down—but only the top two or three priorities I need to accomplish that day, not a long list of things.”
Keep a To-Do list and follow it. Plan your day the night before or in the morning first thing. If you plan it you control it.
- Doing What Emotionally Drains You
Successful people avoid things that will emotionally drain them. You need to know what does emotionally drain you and avoid those things. When asked to do them decline. It will be different for everyone. If you have to do emotionally draining things at times try to limit them.
- Worry About What You Cannot Control
This can be easier said then done but it is important. Successful people learn not to spend time and energy worrying about things they cannot change. When those thoughts come up you need to refocus on what you can influence.
- Associate with Negative People
Negative people can be toxic. They can suck your energy away and depress you. Avoid the complainers and the negative people. Surround yourself with positive people. We are all affected by those around us. Take some control.
- Dwell on Past Mistakes
Everyone makes mistakes. When you make them learn from them. Analyze what went wrong and avoid repeating it. Then let it go. You cannot change the past (See #4) so there is no point dwelling on it. Refocus on the future where you can influence what you do.
- Focus on What Others Are Doing
It is OK to be inspired by what others do. It can be OK to occasionally observe others to see how they do what they do. But do not let that consume your time and energy. Focus on what you need to do.
- Put Yourself Last in Priority
This is about taking care of yourself. You cannot serve others if you do not get enough rest, eat right, get exercise, etc. You need to meet your own needs before you can help others. You need to meet your own needs if you want to be successful. It is not about being selfish, it is about being pragmatic.
Avoid these common mistakes that suck your time and your energy and take away your control over your own life and you enable yourself to do so much more.
Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.
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Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.