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10 Habits of Happy & Successful People

There is much we can take away from the habits of people who are happy and successful. There are many tips and tricks they use in the time outside of the workplace which can help you improve efficiency and productivity, as well as increasing your overall quality of life, to hit that ideal work/life balance.

The morning is a time of day many of us dread, but by using these 5 tips you can turn your morning into one of the most productive parts of your day.

1. Get up an hour early

While this may seem very difficult at first adding this extra hour into your day can make it feel like there are suddenly 25 hours in the day. Studies have shown early risers tend to be more optimistic and conscientious. This hour will give you the chance to add in some exercise, make a thorough to do list or just take some time to focus on your mental wellbeing.

2. Map out the day

Think through the day you’re about to have. Make notes about what you want to achieve and write a to do list. This will improve your mood and give you some clarity to take on the day ahead.

3. Eat a proper breakfast

Breakfast has often been called the most important meal of the day. So take the time to make a healthy and filling breakfast, sit down with your loved ones, don’t just stare at your phone or check your emails. This energy boost in the morning will give you a steady focus for the rest of the day.

4. Get moving

It is proven that by exercising in the morning you are less likely to come up with an excuse not to get moving later on. This early rush of endorphins will keep you energised and motivated to tackle any problems that may arise throughout your day.

5. Plan you snacks

It is essential for your focus, productivity and memory to keep fuelled throughout the day. By planning and packing your snacks in advance you can ensure you’re getting the right kind of fuel your body needs. It also means you won’t rely on sugary snacks for a quick energy fix.

The weekend is another time where we might find it difficult to keep on track of our targets, or immediately start to dread the week ahead. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of those treasured weekends.

6. Don’t multitask

Trying to do too many things at once can actually reduce our efficiency and effectiveness. Instead try and focus on only 2 or 3 tasks. By ensuring you complete these properly you will keep your productivity and accomplishments in alignment.

7. Prioritise

Weekends are the perfect time to ensure that your work/life balance is kept in check. Take this time away from work to spend some quality time with your loved ones. This will improve your overall happiness, which will in turn benefit your working life as well.

8. Practice stillness

Weekends can sometimes feel busier than the working week. We often try to cram in all our socialising and hobbies and end up feeling exhausted. So take some time each day to be still, sit and be mindful for at least 20 minutes per day, with no distractions. This has been proved to improve our productivity and facilitate creative thinking.

9. Prepare for the rest of the week

One way to get the most out of your week is to make Sunday the day for reflection and strategising for the week ahead. This way you will hit Monday feeling ready to make the most out of the week in front of you.

10. Give back

It’s important to take some time to focus on issues outside of your own life. Many highly successful business persons spend a few hours in their weekend to volunteer for organisations they feel passionate about. By doing this you can put your own worries in perspective.

By following these habits and tips you too can make the most out of your time outside of the workplace. These habits will increase your productivity and efficiency when you are at work, as well as improving your own mental health and happiness.

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