There are a lot of articles about habits and about the things that successful entrepreneurs do on a daily basis. We clearly know this is something a lot of people search and obviously they want to adapt to be successful in their own lives. I am one of them! I like those type of articles that talk about the daily routines of CEOs, successful entrepreneurs, women that have it all, etc.
But, I have to say that not all of those habits apply to all the personality types. I’ve rounded up 8 habits I know I can adapt in my own life just with a little more effort, and probably, if you are an introvert and creative like me, you can too.
8 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS
1 | WAKE UP EARLY
I know this is a hard one for a lot of young entrepreneurs, but I’ve found that I do my best work in the morning. I love getting up way before my boyfriend and my friends. That means I get a few hours for myself and this little creative mind of mine.
Actually, I’m writing this post at 5:15 a.m. because it is when I have time to think about what I want to say without any interruption. I have to admit that I wasn’t always like this. I was one of those people that hated getting up early and I was NOT a morning person. As a matter of fact, I only started to be a morning person almost three years ago when I started training for my first half-marathon.
If this is something you don’t see yourself doing, not to worry! You can also be a night owl and be successful. I’ve realized it’s most important to block 2-3 hours when no one else in your house is awake so you can focus on the important tasks that need your attention most.
2 | EXERCISE
Successful entrepreneurs are not always working. They understand that in order to accomplish tasks, they need to find time to exercise. This is also something I started implementing again almost every day.
I used to be a cheerleader in college so I was always working out. I was happy, healthy and fit. Once I left college, I became an expert couch potato and didn’t work out for almost four years. FOUR YEARS!!!! Like changing my routine to waking up early I changed my exercise routine, too. Now, I run 3-4 miles almost every day and if I don’t run, I go for a walk at least for 30 minutes. This is something that has helped me with my health and my emotions. I’m happy the days that I work out because I feel I’ve accomplished something. That sense of accomplishment early in the morning is what keeps me motivated to accomplish the rest of my tasks for the day.
3 | WRITE LISTS
There is nothing better (at least for me) than writing down your to-do list or ideas on paper. I love the feeling of crossing off things from the multiple lists I have. I always keep my journals around to write down whatever I need to do or my ideas and inspirations. I’ve found that if I write things down, I’m more capable of accomplishing those tasks.
4 | WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Successful entrepreneurs know that they need time to unwind and spend with their families and friends. This is something that I need to work on. I’m extremely passionate about my art and new blog and can easily spend more than eight hours a day working. This is NOT healthy and it has been hard for me to adapt. Thank God for my wonderful boyfriend because he is the one that gives me wake up calls and makes me take long breaks.
To be honest with you, I don’t mind staying home the whole weekend painting or creating content. But, breaks are extremely important for the creative process. It is not easy to find a balance, but you have to do it. You have to take breaks in-between and spend time with family and friends.
It is a great opportunity to refresh and come back to your creative piece with clear ideas.
5 | TIME FOR YOURSELF
Like spending time with my family and friends to refresh and get a clear mind, I need to spend time by myself. No cellphone, no TV, no people around, nothing. Just me and my mind.
I’ve found that my best ideas come when I’m by myself and not thinking about that creative piece I’m working on. Sometimes this happens when I’m cooking, reading a book or just walking around the neighborhood. It is so interesting how our brains work, huh?
6 | READ
This is also something that I’m working on. As an artist and designer, I’m a visual person. It is hard for me to spend time reading every day, but I know that this is important.
I’ve been trying to make it a habit of reading at least 30 minutes every day. It usually happens at night when I’m ready to go to bed.
Read about what is happening in the world, read about how to become a better person, read about how to improve your creative mind, etc.
This is also a reason why I started to blog again. This forces me to read other blogs, articles, and news to stay in the loop.
7 | SLEEP
Ohhh another hard one for me! Sleep… this is something I’ve been working on for the last couple of years. I don’t get enough sleep every night and I think it is because of my creative/entrepreneur brain. My brain is always thinking about how to improve my art, how to create a better journal, how to be a better entrepreneur, and the list goes on.
Sometimes I wish I didn’t need to sleep so I could be working on my business all day. #WorkaholicAlert. But I know this is not healthy and decided to take action. Now, I track my sleeping time! If I see that I’ve only slept for four hours, I try to go to bed early the next day. I’m forcing myself to sleep at least 6-7 hours every day, and if I don’t sleep well enough during the week, I force myself to sleep more during the weekend.
8 | POSITIVE MIND
This is something I’ve improved over time and I’m still working on it. I used to be a negative person, always complaining and criticizing, but I’ve found that since I changed my thoughts, great things started happening to me.
This changed when I read The Secret* for the first time and it is something that I like to implement every day. Having positive thoughts in this negative world it is a gift and something we can all do. We just need to switch our thoughts every time we think negatively and instead, remember all the blessings and great things we have in life. Don’t compare yourself to others and be positive and optimism that you are going to accomplish great things in life only if you put your mind and heart to it.
Like everything, this is a journey and I’m trying to improve every day. Like everyone else, I do have bad days, but I try to not think about it a lot and I try to be better the next day.
Do you think that I missed something important? Is there anything else that you do to be a successful entrepreneur? Leave me a comment below or share your thoughts on Twitter. I would love to know what you think!