Here's The Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day
Eric Barker stashed this in Diabolical Plans For World Domination
1) The Morning Ritual
Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? They rise early. Almost all have a morning ritual.
You need to wake up before the insanity starts. Before demands are made on you. Before your goals for the day have competition.
Having concrete goals was correlated with huge increases in confidence and feelings of control.
People who construct their goals in concrete terms are 50 percent more likely to feel confident they will attain their goals and 32 percent more likely to feel in control of their lives. – Howatt 1999
Research comparing students of similar ability finds that the distinguishing feature between those who maintain a strong work ethic in their studies and those who give up is a sense of control. Those who express a sense of control receive scores that are a full letter grade higher than those who do not. – Mendoza 1999
For more on morning rituals, click here.
Get your goal and get in control.
2) Important Work First Thing — With No Distractions
Many people arrive at the office and immediately get busy with email and meetings, leaving real work for later in the day… Rookie error.
Research shows that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking is when your brain is sharpest.You want to waste that on a conference call or a staff meeting?
Studies show that alertness and memory, the ability to think clearly and to learn, can vary by between 15 and 30 percent over the course of a day. Most of us are sharpest some two and a half to four hours after waking.
The longer people have been awake, the more self-control problems happen. Most things go bad in the evening. Diets are broken at the evening snack, not at breakfast or in the middle of the morning. Impulsive crimes are mostly committed after midnight.
But does this really work? In studies of geniuses, most did their best work early in the day.
“But why did you say I need to hide somewhere?”
Because distractions make you stupid. These days it’s hard to do much real work at work.
Jason Fried explains the modern workplace is an endless stream of interruptions. (Short on time? Watch the first 5 minutes):
Can’t do the work of your choice when the day starts? Get in early or work from home before you head into the office.
For more on using your peak hours right, click here.