17 Jan 19 Habits to Start in 2019!

1. Don’t check emails first thing.

This may seem counter intuitive, but many successful people avoid checking emails in the morning. Turns out they might be onto something since it forces you to be more reactive/responsive than forward thinking.

 2. Take long lunches.

While this goes against the old adage “time is money,” most successful executives understand the key is to work smarter, not harder. They also recognize that breaks can help them feel more refreshed and productive. Taking either smaller breaks throughout the day or one long break (over an hour), depending on personal preference, has been proven to fend off fatigue, increase job satisfaction and help drive motivation.

3. Refrain from saying what’s on your mind.

You might find it hard to believe that some of the highest paid executives or most powerful entrepreneurs/business owners typically don’t say what they’re thinking. In fact, they’re very methodical with their emotions and the words they use. They also recognize maintaining good relationships is key for success and speaking their mind may result in a burnt bridge.

4. Know when to stop.

It’s a common misconception that highly successful people are often burning the midnight oil. Truth is wealthy individuals recognize after a certain amount of hours, they’re no longer productive, efficient, and therefore, unable to produce worthwhile results. So they know when to call it quits – typically powering down by 5 or 6 p.m. and not returning till the next morning.

5. Have a primary objective.

The wealthy are laser-focused on achieving one large goal. Every decision and action they make usually is done with this primary objective in mind. It’s important to remember that even high powered executives realize large goals can only be achieved when they’re put into bite sized steps. For instance, writing a novel may seem like a lofty initiative. But writing 3-5 pages a day or week? Now, that’s a little easier to tackle.

6. Write it down.

Setting and recording specific goals is proven to be a winning habit. So, it probably comes as no surprise that  high powered individuals put their goals into writing. Here’s the thing, though: successful goals should be actionable and deliberate. “Increase my savings by $10,000 by June 1,” is a much more obtainable than “get rich quick.”

7. Keep a task list.

Another unexpected habit of the wealthy: daily to-do lists. Over 81 percent of highly successful people maintained an active task list. The key is to only write down things that have an 80 percent chance or higher of being accomplished and set specific deadlines to tackle them. Create goals all the time and daily goals are represented in their daily to-do lists

8. Network each month.

Successful people probably understand more than anyone that in order to thrive in work and business, you need to surround yourself with other successful people. They also understand the key to business and advancement is often centered on relationships, not transactions. This explains why the majority of wealthy individuals network at least five hours per month. If networking seems like a daunting task, here are a few easy tips to get you started.

9. Listen more, talk less.

Fun fact: most self-made individuals spend roughly five minutes listening for each minute they speak. Trust us when we tell you that listening is something you want to excel at, especially when it comes to creating your own success.

10. Carpe diem.

Yes, Oprah Winfrey, Tim Cook, and Richard Branson all start their day by 4 or 5 a.m. The reason? An early start enables them to deal with minimal distractions, prioritize their to-do list, clear their mind, or even exercise before diving into the day. The biggest predictor of success is having a steady routine – and this usually includes maximizing mornings.

11. Avoid junk food. 

Roughly 70 percent of the rich eat fresh foods and limit their junk food intake completely. Be aware of the negative effects of high fat, processed foods, and are educated on the benefits of fresh fruits and veggies. In addition to several health advantages, eating clean can improve concentration, memory and focus – key ingredients for a high powered career.

12. Go for four or more.

Yes, even the busiest individuals in the world carve out time for fitness.  Regular exercise is not only proven to benefit overall health, but can relieve stress, increase productivity, sharpen the mind and boost creativity. So make fitness a key part of your daily or weekly routine.

13. Read often.

Many wealthy executives and business-owners continue their education by reading daily. What do they read, you might ask? Well, fiction isn’t on their book du jour, unfortunately. But self-improvement and business related books are!

14. Watch less TV.

This probably doesn’t come as a surprise given their passion for lifelong education, but 67 percent of highly successful people watch one hour or less of TV per day. What’s more, they avoid reality shows altogether. They instead spend their time in more productive ways (i.e. reading).

15. Give back.

Most rich individuals tend to be generous with their wealth. Obviously, not all of us can afford to donate large sums of money to charities. But sometimes giving back (e.g. volunteering, helping out causes) can actually pave the way for success instead of success paving the way for giving back.

16. Recognize time is precious.

The wealthy break down their time into how much they earn an hour, and look at commitments or requests through the lens of how much money they would lose by engaging in said tasks. This allows them to avoid time and money wasting obligations most people engage in on a regular basis. So skip the after-work happy hour and instead do something that forces you to learn or better yourself.

17. Don’t play the odds.

Rich people rarely gamble. They recognize that gambling often leads to a lose-lose situation and is surefire way to waste money. If you haven’t lost by now, you eventually will. What’s more, it’s zero sum game, meaning winning profits only come from other people’s lost wages. Doesn’t really seem like a great way to build good karma, does it? Successful individuals know luck doesn’t fall in your lap; luck is what you create.

18. Take planned risks.

This is not the same as going to Vegas and putting your savings on “red.” Wealthy people understand that risks lead to rewards, and as a result they’re more inclined to take calculated ones. If you’re looking to take a risk yourself (like launch a business or invest in a start-up), here are a few tips you might want to consider.

19. Be frugal.

It may come as a surprise, but many self-made millionaires and billionaires live relatively understated lives.  The point is they don’t throw their money away on glitz and glam, but look for opportunities to invest their money on items that will generate a return or provide longer term benefits. The more you save, the more potential you have to earn, so spend your money wisely.


Austin Ellis