10 Productive Habits of Highly Successful People

Updated: Nov 10, 2021

Success is often thought to take a lot of time and effort. While it is true that achieving large success like a promotion at work, paying off debt, or starting a business does take a lot of time, effort, and planning the importance of daily success is often overlooked.

As a society, we have placed a lot of pressure on ourselves to consistently achieve great things, but we easily overlook the small productive things we do each day that help us reach those large success! Perhaps we do this because we want others to falsely believe we have our life together all the time, or maybe we just want to share our highlight reel with others. Whatever the reason may be, it must be understood that no large success is achieved without the daily use of productive habits.

I am sure you have heard the popular saying by Calvin Coolidge “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence”, but do you believe it? Unfortunately, we falsely believe that we can put forth a small amount of effort and reach our goals and dreams. The only way to really reach our emotional, physical, personal, or financial goals is to persistently incorporate productive habits into our daily routines.

Here is a list of the 12 productive habits of highly successful people that you should start using today!


1. Wake up when your alarm goes off – the FIRST time!

This is a hard one, but possibly one of the most important ones. Typically, our day starts with the sound of an obnoxious alarm startling us awake. Soon thereafter most of us hit snooze and continue the cycle another 2-5 times. Instead of starting our day with such an unsatisfied and procrastination-centric mindset I encourage you to wake up when your alarm goes off the first time. Doing so will immediately start your day with a success and typically the rest of your day will follow suit.


2. Establish a Morning Routine

After you wake up, what do you typically do? If it’s the work week, perhaps you rush out of bed, throw on some clothes and head out the door. In comparison, if it’s the weekend perhaps you wake up, lay in bed for hours and scroll through social media. Either way, both morning routines are highly unproductive. Instead of rushing or wasting your time in the morning, try to establish a consistent morning routine. When your alarm goes off, start with a stretch session, move to the kitchen to make your coffee, journal while you drink your coffee/tea, listen to your favorite music while you get ready, etc. Incorporating these tasks into your morning routine will fill your morning with happiness instead of gloom.


3. Organize your week ahead of time!

Sunday scaries is a real thing and we have all been there. Just as Sunday comes to an end you realize how much you must do during the upcoming week. The thought of your work schedule, practice schedule, school schedule, errands, cleaning, etc. that all need to take place in the upcoming week overwhelms you and fill you with negative anticipation. Instead of this, try taking just 30 minutes on Sunday to schedule out your week. Writing down all the activities you need to complete and assigning time to each one will help everything feel more accomplishable.


4. Have Healthy Snacks Available!

When we have a lot to do, it is easy to forget to fuel our bodies correctly. Instead of taking the time to prepare a healthy snack for the day, we grab for those chips or cookies that take no prep. To avoid this type of scenario, I encourage you to take some time to purchase or prepare healthy grab-and-go snacks for the upcoming week. Doing this will save you time throughout the week while also providing your body with the fuel it needs to get through the day.


5. Drink lots of Water!

This tip goes together with the health snack tip. For our body and brain to work correctly we must be hydrated. But when we work or when we are on the move it is easy to forget to drink water. When we don’t drink enough water, we become dehydrated, have less energy, develop headaches, and our mood drops drastically. By ensuring that you are drinking enough water and staying hydrated throughout the week you will have more energy and will therefore be more productive.


6. Do the Dishes after Dinner!

Picture this, you just finished eating dinner and instead of cleaning up the kitchen you just place all the dishes in the sink. You tell yourself you will take care of them in the morning, or tomorrow when you get home from work. Then, after dinner the next say you do the same thing. This process goes on and on until eventually you have no choice but to spend 30+ minutes doing dishes because your either out of dishes or your sink is overflowing. Instead of approaching this necessary chore with procrastination I encourage you to conquer the task as soon as you are done eating. Not only will this save you time later on in the week, it will also end your day with the feeling of accomplishment for doing something you didn’t want to do.


7. Make a Daily to-do List!

This one goes without saying, but one habit of highly successful people is creating daily to-do lists. Each day, I encourage you to create a list of the things that you want and need to get done. Then, schedule your day accordingly so that you can get all of those items done. Not only will the list encourage you to get things done, it will also help you plan your day so that you are more productive.


8. Make your Bed!

This one is like doing the dishes before you go to sleep each night. When you wake up in the morning, make your bed. Doing this task will ensure that you start your day with a productive task instead of an unproductive task. Those that start their days off more successful are more likely to remain productive throughout the day. Not to mention, when you get home after a long day it feels great to get into an already made bed rather than a jumbled pile of blankets.


9. Move your Body!

Sometimes when we work desk jobs, or we are working from home it is easy to forget to move our bodies. Moving our bodies gets our blood pumping and our brains working. When our brains are working efficiently, we are more likely to be more productive and therefore we are more likely to be successful. Not to mention, if you find the time to move your body for at least 30 minutes each day you are more likely to live a healthier lifestyle. When you live a healthier lifestyle you are better equipped to handle daily stressors and still be successful.


10. Get Outside

Often overlooked is the importance of fresh air and sunlight. Most of our day is spent in our own homes sleeping, cooking, or cleaning and at work. During all that time we do not get fresh air or sunlight. Finding the time to get outside and enjoy these things helps us feel relaxed. Fresh air and sunlight often also help us feel grounded which relives stress and helps us be more successful and productive.


While on the surface success and productivity may seem like it takes a lot of time and effort, it really doesn’t have to. The secret ingredient to success and productivity is persistence. The easiest way to persistently be productive is to incorporate the 10 habits into your daily routine. By using these 10 productivity-boosting habits your day will be filled with little successes rather than little obstacles. With each little success we get one step closer to reaching our larger and more dauting goals.

Let me know which of these daily habits you already use or are considering incorporating into your daily routine!! Thanks for reading!



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