If you’re like me, you’re in your 20’s and don’t really know what you want to do with your life; you may have some ideas, but you’re not sure which direction you should choose. That’s fine, as your twenties are the time where you figure all of that out, but while you search the cosmos for some direction, you should develop these 7 habits that lead people to success, no matter what you do in life.
These 7 things are are activities that people do to get an idea of where they’re headed, and if you turn these activities into habits, you’ll find yourself having a clear vision and plan for the future, and everything will be a lot less murky, and every decision you make will be made with confidence. Why don’t we get right into it, and dive in; here are 7 things that successful people do in their 20’s.
Get Enough Sleep
Pulling all nighters might not seem so bad when you’re in your twenties, but it’s a recipe for disaster in the long run. When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re tired all day and far less productive than you would’ve been had you gotten the 8 hours your body needs.
If you’re staying up late to have some fun, keep doing you, but try to get at least 6 or 7 hours of sleep every night. You may be able to pull off late nights when you’re young, but in the next decade or so you’re going to see significant changes in how your body feels after long nights.
If you want to get ahead of people your age, go to sleep at a reasonable hour and get some decent shuteye.
One Thing At A Time
You might think that doing multiple things at once is highly productive, but in reality, you’re just doing multiple tasks very poorly at the same time; instead, put your focus directly into one task at a time, and you’ll get more done in less time. If you have a tight schedule, assign a time limit to each task— even if you run out of time for one task, keep moving.
Dividing your focus among multiple things at once prevents you from putting your entire effort into a single task, which is actually a better use of your time; if you’re on a deadline, do all of the important tasks first (and one at a time, of course), rather than try multitasking.
Daily To-Do List
If you have a plan of action for the day, you’ll actually get stuff done; if you’re sitting at work or at home thinking of what you should do, you’re just wasting precious time. To help minimize time wasted, take ten minutes or so in the morning to create a short to-do list for the day, and limit the number of tasks in your task tracking app to 4 or 5.
Instead of having a huge list that just overwhelms you, keep it small and even if it’s three big tasks, it’ll seem far less daunting than a list of 12 small things to do (and be a far more efficient and effective use of time).
R & R
When you’re in your twenties, one of the things you’re best at is relaxing. Taking some time to relax is important if you want to be successful; if you don’t recharge your batteries, you’ll just burn out.
Now, don’t take a four hour nap mid-day just because you wrote half a blog post, but you can take a short, 5-10 minutes break from work a couple times a day to ensure you stay focused. On the weekends, take some time to yourself and do a fun or relaxing activity.
If you’re working through the weekend, you’re just going to exhaust yourself and your productivity will tank, so remember to take some time each week to recharge.
Short Work Breaks
As just mentioned, taking short breaks at work will help you find success; after you’ve completed a task, take a short break to regain your focus and essentially palette-cleanse your brain, allowing you to take on the next task swiftly and without distractions.
If you’re rooted into a chair at work, take a short break every hour or so and walk around, get some water (don’t refresh your cup of tea or coffee), or have snack. If you’re constantly on the grind, you’re going to feel more stressed, and your health will deteriorate.
Weekly Review/ Plan Ahead
At the end of the week, successful people go over what they’ve done (and haven’t done) to ensure they’re using their time wisely; if you see any discrepancies, act upon them. This is a great way to see how you’ve progressed, and you can see if you’ve met your goals.
Having a plan of action for the next week, or even the next month will help you be more productive, as you’re not wasting time creating a plan for what you want to do. When you review the plan at the end of the week to see how you did, you’re getting an idea for what’s working and what isn’t; if you keep up this practice during your career, you’re going to become a productivity master, and you’ll be the envy of everyone you work with.
There’s a lot that you can do to be successful in life, but if you follow these seven habits that successful people do in their 20’s, you’ll be setting the foundation for a long and prosperous career.
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