Whether your business goal is to be a best-kept-secret restaurant or the next big tech startup, you can learn a lot from the highly successful people who came before you. It might be hard to imagine now, but someday your fledgling enterprise could be booming – and you could be really busy. Establishing good habits now will lead to greater productivity and satisfaction as your business grows and changes.
With that in mind, we scoured the internet to find some sage advice for you today. Let’s take a look at 10 habits and philosophies of successful businesspeople and leaders that you can take with you on your journey to bigger and better:
1. Allow your role to change.
Greg Schott, CEO of MuleSoft, advises that at a certain point, the team you’ve put in place is really responsible for running the company. “Your job is to be a servant–to make sure people have the resources to do the job, to eliminate friction, and to drive the strategy that sets everyone up to succeed.” (Inc.)
2. Practice discipline with your to-dos
As your company grows, you will have endless options for what to tackle on your to-do list. Be like Suzanne Solsona, CEO of MyMayu, and choose the one important thing you really don’t want to do and get it out of the way first thing in the morning when you’re fresh. (From Founder to CEO)
3. Decide to have good days
Dan Teran, CEO of Managed By Q, feels that having a bad day is a choice you make, and therefore you can always choose the opposite. Relentless positivity can be tough when things are hectic, but remember the old adage: you can’t control what happens, but you can control your reaction to it. (Inspire More)
4. Have fewer meetings
In order not to become so busy that he forgets to actually grow, Matt Godard, CEO of R2Integrated never accepts more than five meetings, and tries to keep it at two or three. If you’re in tactical meetings all day long, you don’t leave yourself time to look at the bigger picture. (Inc.)
5. Make the most of the meetings you do have
Going into a meeting blind causes you to waste time getting everyone on the same page. Craig Boundy, CEO of Experian North America, advises to always get some prep document in advance and really read them. That way every first meeting is really a second meeting. (Inc.)
6. Eliminate mental clutter
While you might not take this advice as far as say, Mark Zuckerberg, who wears the same outfit each day to save his mental energy for innovating rather than dressing, it’s a good one to keep in mind. As your business gets bigger, you’ll need to make space for it in your life. This will mean editing out some things that aren’t serving your greater goals to make room for the things that do. (The Telegraph)
7. Make time for reflection
As you hire more people to grow your business, you might find yourself spending less and less time with your own thoughts. People need leadership, and they’re going to come to you for it. Make sure that you still take time for yourself each day, even if it’s only a little. Even Oprah Winfrey sets aside 20 minutes twice a day to sit in silence and get back some mental clarity. (OPEN Forum)
8. Find your center
If this sounds like a new-age, hippie waste of time to you, then you might be just the right candidate for this tip. John Swanciger, CEO of Manta, reported feeling the same way about the role of yoga in business success, but he gave it a shot and changed his mind. He (and many others) reports that practicing yoga makes him clearer, more focused, and more patient. (Inc.)
9. Unplug from your devices
Highly successful people are in-demand, and therefore find if hard to separate themselves from communications. But people and other distractions will take up exactly as much of your time as you allow them to, so it’s important to set limits. Even Arianna Huffington reports that every night before she goes to bed, she actually puts her phone in another room so she won’t be tempted to be connected to it. (Lifehack)
10. Multi-task the right way
Search for productivity tips anywhere these days and you’re likely to find the advice that multi-tasking is bad for business. This is certainly true in the case of doing multiple projects at once while you’re at the office, but if you’re combining the right tasks, then it can really work. For example, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi combines her morning power walk with thank-you calls, staff discussions, and filling out her to-do list for the day. (OPENforum)
Has your business already started to blossom? What advice of your own can you share for staying focused and productive as things evolve? Share in the comments below!
About the Author: Sarah Matista is the Marketing Communications Manager for Webs and Pagemodo. Loves marketing, small businesses, whales (not necessarily in that order). Get more from Sarah on the Webs Blog, Pagemodo blog, and Twitter.