Focus on 24
There are countless things you can do in a day – wash your car, hike a mountain, watch a movie. Each of those things may or may not help you succeed tomorrow, but what matters is that you did them on that day. “The 24 hours you are currently living in determine your level of success. You have the ability right now to make choices to curate and drive your goals. That opportunity does not exist in yesterday or in tomorrow,” said Randi Levin, a transitional life strategist. Today is the only time to gain traction and take necessary steps to achieve what you desire, Levin said. Start by asking yourself what you can do now.
No matter what, don’t get too comfortable. Your job might not exist in 25 years.
Make success a habit
You can change your behaviour in just 66 days, according to a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology. If 66 days seems like a long stretch for you, consider taking it week by week. “Every week, take a second on Sunday to focus on what went well over the course of the past week. As humans, we tend to highlight what did not go right, so flipping the script to document what did reprogram your thoughts to think in terms of achievement, no matter how small,” Levin said. That achievement can be anything from getting a promotion to mastering your mother’s sweet potato recipe. It just matters that you thought of it in a positive light, and that thinking will soon become contagious.
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Put themselves first
You can’t solve world hunger or become the world’s youngest CEO without first knowing who you are. To-do lists aren’t exclusively for work tasks. They can be fun, too, as Levin points out. “Make sure that your to-do list contains a clear time to thrive. Schedule yourself in first, creating a meeting time for the gym, friends, hobbies, or to do nothing at all,” he said. “This will help you to balance your relationship to yourself and to your job.” Extra time away from work may help your relationships, too. A study looking at hours worked by romantic partners found that long hours affect romantic relationships. So do yourself, your job, and your relationships a favour and tap out once in a while.