By David Henzel, co-founder of Job station—we support sales and marketing teams with personalized lead research and outbound campaigns.
Our habits are everything because whether it’s in our professional, personal or social role, the way we spend our time and energy can define who we are. So many entrepreneurs like me tend to prioritize our professional roles and hone all their habits accordingly. But when we do this, not only does our health tend to suffer, but our social relationships can be negatively affected, resulting in a lack of peace of mind and the clarity and focus you could have.
There are some healthy habits that we can cultivate in our personal lives that may not seem directly related to our professional roles, but in fact they can be the most important habits that will actually lead to a more productive and focused professional life. Don’t learn this the hard way like I did after gaining weight and feeling stressed, because I wasn’t committing myself to the healthy habits I wanted, but always pushing them aside and prioritizing professional obligations. Since then I have learned that if I stick to the healthy routine that works for me, everything in my life is in harmony, resulting in more focus: all factors that have a huge positive impact on professional life.
While every routine we have in our lives is actually a “habit,” important habits or “cornerstone” habits — good or bad — are the ones that have a ripple effect. An important habit can inspire the formation of additional habits on top of the original one, or the main habit itself can affect multiple areas of our lives. What’s important is to make sure that our most important habits—in other words, those habits that we do without thinking and consistently—are actually the right habits that work best for us and that we want to have in our lives.
Sweat every day
For example, like many people, you may think that you don’t have enough time to run regularly or go to the gym because your work is occupying you or always tends to take precedence. You may feel guilty about taking the time to not focus your professional commitments solely on your health. But when I – finally overweight and burned out – started forcing myself to go to the gym and start a run, I immediately felt better physically. What I didn’t realize was that while exercising, I had the mental clarity to find solutions to what seemed insurmountable problems at work. Not only does exercise give you the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, but it can also give you more focus throughout the day, meaning that by taking the time to exercise, you actually get more things done and faster.
“Sweating every day” has now become an important habit of mine and it is preferably done as early in the day as possible. Here are a few ways to make this happen for yourself: First, set aside time and schedule a workout like you would a work meeting. Book a trainer to give you that extra sense of responsibility to help you rise to the challenge. Another healthy habit you could pick up when you exercise in the morning is to stop eating after 9pm so as not to ride that extra surge of nighttime energy, which would mean you’re getting less sleep. Just as you can make exercise easier by having a personal trainer knock on your door at 6 a.m., you can make it harder to eat unhealthy snacks by not even having them around the house.
eat the frog
Another important habit that I strongly recommend sticking to is “eating the frog,” which means completing the most important task you have for the day as early as possible. We all have these urgent tasks that, whether we like it or not, run through our minds until we get them done. The longer you hold on to something, the heavier it is, and the “eat the frog” productivity concept eases that burden by advising you to finish the day’s most challenging task first. You should factor this into your planning and encourage your staff to do the same. If there’s an urgent project that needs to be done quickly, our team takes part in 15-minute ‘stand-up’ meetings as early in the day as possible so that everyone is on the same page and feels supported and motivated to get the job done. to take themselves. hand.
Start by clearing any blockages and have everyone share what each of their respective “frogs” is for the day to build a solid foundation for rapid progress. Granted, most of us take time, but when something needs to be done, I make room to do it ASAP, which brings me to my third important habit, which is planning.
plan your life
It’s impossible to successfully complete a project if you don’t plan it, and the same rule applies to how we live our lives. Fortunately, there are two methods to make planning more efficient. The first is to plan every Sunday night for the next week, and the second is to plan the next day the night before. When you can clearly see your schedule for the week, you can then plan well for each day that follows. This means not only scheduling work commitments, but also putting aside the personal and quality social time we all need to deliver peak performance.
Practice, execution, and planning are the top three habits that keep me on my personal and professional A-game. Each of these habits, whether it’s running away or just getting something done, can have positive effects that permeate every area of life and certainly bring peace of mind, which basically allows us to perform at peak performance as professionals. .