Setting Routines Lead To Success in Personal & Business Life

Routine Lessons From A Friend

Many years ago a business friend of mine, from a very warm sunny place with a beach, taught me about routine. His name was James and he taught me about routine in the way he fed his pets. Every morning at 8 a.m. he would set out tuna on small pieces of foil for each cat. He would do  the same thing at 4 p.m.

What was really interesting is that I realized is that up a routine for each cat. While he was feeding his cats, he told me that with routine, cats live longer. The specific reason for this had to do with cats developing a biological synchronization with their diet. Their body expected food at the same time every day. As a result, their bodies knew that food would be coming and they could prepare.

Humans Need Routine Too!

Humans, like cats, are animals and biologically our bodies respond to routine. For example, eating every day is one routine. Sleep is another routine that our body demands in order to recuperate and revitalize ourselves. But what most do not realize is that routine sets us up for success. is very important.

Routine sets us up for habit forming, whether they are good habits or bad habits.

Business Routines

In business, routine and schedule define the way the business operates. Especially in accounting cycles, scheduling is tremendously important. We also know that fiscal year end sales cycles could impact weather a business make money or lose money in a year.

Zeroing in from the macro level and looking at the day to day routines are also important. Setting up a daily morning routine will set you up for consistent success. Learn how to knock out the most important thing early in the morning as the first priority.

What are your routines? I’d love to hear about your personal routine and business routines in the comments or on social media!

Help Others

Help Others

Help Others

Give give give.

Help Others Through Generosity

Be a generous person. Living a life of generosity is much more rewarding than you might expect. Have you ever heard the advice, “Are you feeling down, well uplift someone else.” So why does that work?

It’s all about gratitude and being thankful for your blessings. Lifting up another person sends positive thoughts through your subconscious mind and that positivity, for lack of other words, “bounces back” to yourself.

Living In A Selfish World

The same is true about helping others. If you find a way to help others, you will eventually be helped out as well. In this selfish world, it doesn’t take long for anyone to realize if you are a good person and whether or not you are helping others.

So if you have a chance to help others, why not help them? If you are truly helping them, then you are helping yourself. At the very least, you will learn about someone’s problem. Learning about someone’s problem helps you understand the struggle of another person.

Finding Purpose and Fulfillment

I want to live a fulfilled, purposeful life. Finding happiness is finding your purpose. From the people who have peace in their life, helping others is one very important component to a purpose driven life!

Routine Requires Discipline and Accountability

You may have noticed that the blog has not been updated in the past week. I have to say it’s been an extremely busy week for me.

Although I haven’t blogged, I have been thinking about a number of topics to post about and I plan to do that in the next day or two and over the weekend. I’ve been in complete learning mode. I’m learning from my mentors and advisors, my friends and peers, and the people that I follow and listen to. Alongside that I’ve been doing a lot of reading and learning about these topics.

This post is about routine and how developing good habits requires both accountability and discipline. In order to stick to the commitment you need someone or something to keep you accountable. What this means is that someone holds you responsible for the actions that you have promised. Discipline is the effort and perseverance it takes to continue to do those action day in and day out.

Because the United States of America is built on a society of instant gratification, this discipline might be much harder than in a nation where the citizens work hard and regard working hard highly. I was listening to a psychology podcast the other day about business leadership and goal setting. Some bloggers proclaim that sharing their goals on their blog is what keeps them accountable because they are now responsible to their audience to complete the actions they committed to.

However the expert psychologist that I listen to said that the feeling of accomplishment came from talking about the goal instead of actually doing it. For example posting about a goal to complete a marathon is just as rewarding as actually accomplishing the goal itself. As a result people post their goals on their blog but they never actually do the action that they have committed to.

Perhaps that is maybe what happened to me. Although I do not have a large readership or reader base on my blog yet, I realize that the goal setting was primarily for myself. However writing is very difficult and doing something consistently for the same on a time during the same period of the day is very difficult.

What I further realize is that sometimes in order to get something done you just have to get started and that often starting is much more difficult than you ever imagined. In a world where social media and e-mail rule our lives, it is very easy to get distracted in start doing something else when that is less important than the task at hand. .

So instead of striving to make every single post on this blog perfectly written, I will continue to write but I’m learning about business, marketing, start-ups, and finance.

 

5 Steps To Doing Things Right The First Time

Do Things Right The First Time

Do Things Right The First Time

I wrote a blog post yesterday about doing things right the first time and so I thought maybe I should write a very prescriptive outline of how to actually do things right the first time.

1. Pick The Right Things

Pick the RIGHT things to do. This means prioritize correctly and choose things that truly matter. If you are having a hard time doing this, make a list of the top 10 things you need to do, and then prioritize them.

Lifehacker posted a really great article about how to prioritize when everything is important. Check it out if you are looking for a good list of ways to prioritize. In other words, prioritization is the first step to doing things right the first time.

2. Take Your Time

It is so easy to rush through your to-do list or the activities that you have prioritized. Instead of rushing, take a huge deep breath and slow down.

Sometimes, after drinking a nice cup of coffee, it might be really hard to slow down to do things right. But you will be surprised how a little extra thought goes a long way.

So how do you do this? Next time you have a task, once you have completed the task, take some extra time to completely review your work and go over it with a fine tooth comb. Even if it is something you do every day or that you are an expert in, review anyways.

The extra time that you spend reviewing your work will help you increase the quality. It’s kind of like reading a text message for a second time before you send it. You usually end up finding something you can edit before sending it off!

3. Do Your Research

I cannot tell you the importance of research  in order for doing things right the first time. Research has so many forms.

  1. Hit up Google, Bing, and Yahoo and search for 3-4 keywords related to your topic.
  2. Talk to your family, coworkers, and people on social media. Everyone has an opinion.
  3. Read journal publications and articles from credible sources such as Harvard University.

For example, if you want to write a good blog post or set up your blog right the first time, why not do your research. This blogger wrote an awesome post on how to do exactly that so why not take tips from people who post about it which leads me to my next point.

4. Consult With Experts

You may have heard the statement as a kid, “Practice makes perfect.” Well, according to Wisdom Group, it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert in anything.

So if you want to do something really well and you want to do it right, reach out to an expert in whatever you want to get done. For example, if I wanted to become an expert wake boarder, I might reach out to the best wake boarders in the Pacific Northwest that might be able to point me in the right direction.

Finding the right expert could be a whole blog post in itself, but the point is to find someone who has put in the time, research, and practice to be an expert in a specific area. It could be as easy as tweeting to them on Twitter, sending them a package, or reaching to them with a video post. Think of a unique way to capture their attention.

5. Validate Your Work

Consult with people that you are doing things right. For example, if you need to paint an accent wall, why not talk to everyone you know about painting a wall and how to do it right. Then once you’ve actually done the work, have some review your work and critique the work you’ve done.

The best way to do this is to consult with one of the experts you previously consulted with and ask for them to critique your work. I am going to do that with my blog and with the work I do in my every day life.

One entrepreneur once told me, “Find someone who is doing something better than you and copy them.” So if you want to be really good at something, break down how someone else is doing it so you can understand it. Then replicate it.

Most importantly though, make sure you follow up on the feedback and constructive criticism so you can continue doing things right the first time. As you learn this process you will start to figure out how to do quality work.

Stay Open To Everything

Always stay open to everything. Change is hard, but change is good. Fail fast and fail often. The more you make mistakes, the more you can learn and grow for the next opportunity. Keeping your eyes open is so important in doing things right the first time. Focus on open doors and you will find success.

Remember, it’s all a mindset! So what do you think? Am I onto something or is this “complete rubbish” as my Australian friends would say. Leave me a comment below because I want to hear what you think!

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Soak Up Opportunities To Learn

Have you ever met someone who wants to learn something new every day?

The question than is how do you set yourself up to learn something new?  Well, you have to have an open mind and always be ready and willing to learn something when the opportunity arrives.

Ask Questions

Always ask questions to open the door to people explaining something. It never hurts to ask questions and always be eager to learn.

To be successful in life, business, and relationships, asking the right questions is certainly one way to get there.

How are you helping other people think when you ask the right questions? I remember a story about a friend telling me about a PhD psychology program and the final exam had one question on it. The question was “why?” and gradate students had an two hours to answer the question.

At first, you might think that the correct answer is some philosophical answer to the meaning of life. But the professor was looking for his students to think outside of the box and interpret the question in their own way. The student who got the best grade, how did he answer? He answered with the simple question, “Why not?”

The ingenuity of this response has started many intriguing conversations ever since I heard about this story.

Self Start Learning

Change is hard. People like the easy path. But in order to really learn, you have to start things yourself. Being a self-starter is a quality that those people who frequently learn.

Something I recently had a difficult time with was learning about was SEO and how the major search engines have updated their algorithms for ranking high in search engines. In other words, if I want to search for the best motorcycle review, what determines the first page that I see in the search results after the advertisements.

Google searches only get you so far, so I looked to podcasts. These podcasts, or mini online radio shows, are a great way to learn something new. You can go to iTunes and look up popular podcasts in a certain category. You can even go to an app called Stitcher and find podcasts that might align with your interests.

Listening Helps You Learn

In all areas of life, if you just listen, you will come to realize that you can learn a lot. Just listen to people. People like to talk. After you listen to people, listen more.

Just don’t hear what they say, and focus on what you want to say. Intently listen to what they say, how they say it, and their body language.

If you can’t see them because you are  on the phone or listening to a podcast, then hear the fluctuations in their voice and do your best to make an emotional connection to the words they are speaking.

Read! Learners are Readers!

Not that long ago I really didn’t like reading. In fact, during my entire college career I don’t think I read an entire book. (If you are one of my professors, reading this, don’t worry I always listened in class!)

So if you don’t like to read, why is reading still important or what can you do? Well, I also found out about audiobooks. Guess what, you can buy an audiobook and someone will read it to you! Once I found out about these, I became addicted to reading books. Most people have heard about Audible, but if you havent, check them out!

They are a really cool company that host a lot of great books on audio which you can download immediately after you buy the book. You can even subscribe to their membership service and receive an audiobook of your choice EVERY month!

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