By Wes Germain
In an age where information travels so quickly and will only get faster, I constantly wonder what it takes to be successful in such a competitive world. I have read numerous blogs, books, and articles of some of the most successful people in the world today including, but not limited to: Steven Jobs, Timothy Ferris and Ben Franklin. I have been trying to find a routine for success; a good starting point is The Four Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris. However, the problem is I haven’t found an exact routine, and that’s because there isn’t one.
Throughout my findings I have read that successful individuals in each industry do things differently, and I mean very differently. At first I was surprised by my findings but then I dug a little deeper. The umbrella thought of these findings is that everyone is different by nature. Simplistic thought yes, but it prefaces what is similar between these individuals and it all starts with the concept of time.
Time is a unique facet of life – something we are aware and take into account every single day. To those who are successful it means much more than that. Time is more valuable than currency, in other words you spend it and never get any back in return. This is a fundamental concept and we can deduce that doing the most with your allotted amount of time is extremely important.
A common argument in today’s society is that we don’t have enough time to accomplish all that we would like to in one day. While for some tasks this may be true it is more often than not an excuse. Schedule a block of uninterrupted time in the morning to work on the biggest project of the day. This means: no e-mail, no texts or calls (unless they’re emergencies), and no surfing the web leisurely. If it sounds like a difficult task, think back to college when you were cramming for a test or procrastinating on a paper. Why is that we can get so much done in a shorter amount of time? Focus.
Intently focusing on the largest product of the day will boost productivity and efficiency. Especially when others are involved on a large project, communication and indecisiveness can lengthen the projects life span. Eliminating these during your time of work will shorten the project length and alleviate the indecision.
How does this relate to a routine? Completing the most important task for five days each week means continual progress, a reality that escapes most due to interruptions, multitasking, meetings, and calls just to name a few. The success stories continually make progress and ignore the distractions. What is your routine for success and progress? Let us know!