One of the old clichés that we’ve all heard is that “The devil is in the details.” That is really true when it comes to the habits of successful people. You might think the differences between successful and unsuccessful people have to do with large chunks of their lives. On the contrary, success is generated from little things that are built into habits. Here are four of the important ones.
Successful people plan. Successful people might not have a to-do list, but you can bet on them creating a top priorities list before they go to bed or very soon after they get up. Setting goals and accomplishing tasks is a daily activity. While they may have several items to “work on” they will have 2-3 top prorities to accomplish every day.
Successful people focus. They don’t multitask. If anything, the opposite is true. They compartmentalize. Work is on one thing at a time. There is a focus on the task-at-hand.
Success people read. Reading is a habit that forces you to step away from doing and become mental (in a good way). Reading gives you new ideas and connects old ones in new permutations. Listen to someone you consider successful on YouTube or live. You will hear several references to what they are reading or have recently read.
Successful people spend time away from work. They unplug. No one on their death bed says, “I wish I had spent that free weekend at the office.” Successful people know that. They spend time with loved ones in leisure activities. When work is demanding, leisure may come in small bites, but it is there.
Think about two of the most successful people that you know well. What are the little things that they do often? Spend a little time making a list that can become delightful details for success.