MY DAILY HABITS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL CEO

May 2014

MY DAILY HABITS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL CEO:

1. I Wake up early.

I wake up between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m & never hit the snooze button.

There’s something about those quiet, meditative moments in the morning that help leaders identify what their priorities really are—not just for that day, but for the long term.

And as far as work-life balance goes, there is an important truth to remember: The more you get done when people are asleep, the more time you can spend with people when they are awake.

2. I exercise.

If you are getting up early, mornings are the perfect time to exercise.

I am in the gym or on the road running by 4:30am everyday.

Aside from the primary purpose of better health, there are many unexpected benefits of exercise that will help you be a better business leader. Some of these include a sharper memory, a reduction in stress, improvement in self-confidence and greater overall productivity.

Remember, you can’t take care of others without first taking care of yourself.

3. I meditate.

Setting aside an actual time to meditate, pray, or even just quietly reflect once or twice a day for 5 minutes may not solve all your life’s problems, it certainly helps keep things in perspective.

Studies show people who meditate have lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and even longer lives.

4. I cut back on meetings.

You’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking this is out of your control, but is it really?

Most meetings are habitual and unnecessary. Before scheduling a meeting, consider if an email, a phone call, or some other form of communication would save more time. CEOs who are productive are CEOs who cut back on meetings.

If you absolutely have to have a meeting then stick to the allotted time. And only schedule in-person meetings when it’s necessary.

5. I keep to-do lists.

This might be the most important habit for business leaders to establish. Our lives are much too complicated to not write anything down.

When it comes to focusing on what matters, remember that successful people have short to-do lists when it comes to the most important things they want to accomplish each day.

Above all, as you prioritize remember that people are more important than to-do lists. The best daily habit for any leader is doing what’s best for the individuals they lead.

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