October 2016

Posted by Anton Murray Consulting on . Posted in 2016

10 Habits of Successful People

To get ahead in financial services it’s worthwhile to pause and consider some of the traits of successful professionals, no matter what industry they’re in.

1. Count minutes rather than hours
To successful people there is nothing more valuable to them than time. Money can be made quickly but can disappear just as fast all in the same day. Deals are won and lost; clients come and go. But time can never be reveresed or reclaimed. Successful people are cognisant of this and of the importance of making each minute count.

2. Only check email a few times per day
So many of us have become slaves to our inbox. We leave it open all day and check it incessantly, responding to emails as soon as they appear. Successful people are aware of this intrusion and deliberately schedule specific times of the day to check and respond to emails. And avoid checking emails first thing in the morning or before bed in the evening. Give yourself some well-deserved ‘me’ time.

3. Avoid lengthy meetings
Everyone’s experienced a meeting when you’ve wondered why on Earth you’re there. Successful people don’t have meetings for the sake of meetings, and they keep them brief and to the point. Give yourself the opportunity to actually get work done, and minimise the time spent in meeting room chairs.

4. Ditch your to do list
A handy tip for more success and focussed work is to throw away your to do list. Lists can be overwhelming and counterproductive. Schedule everything in your calendar and set reminders and deadines for work. Your calendar will be your one port of call for everything work-related.

5. Carry a notebook:
Behind every successful person is a notebook (or a few) full of ideas, musings, concepts and thoughts. Carry one, keep one in the office, beside your bed, next to the loo. When a good idea comes to mind, write it down. It may be your best idea yet. Writing down thoughts unburdens your mind and allows you to work more effectively. If it’s good enough for Richard Branson and Aristotle Onassis, then it’s good enough for you.

6. Delegate, delegate, delegate
The idea of delegation sounds simple, but so many of us take on more work than we need to, and don’t let go of work someone else could be doing. If you have a team of people to help you, put them to good use. Acknowledge their help and enjoy not feeling overworked when you can avoid it by sharing the work around.

7. Don’t make excuses
“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure”. Successful people just get stuff done. They don’t waste time making excuses. Don’t be someone that has multiple reasons for not seeing their dreams come to fruition. Stop making excuses and just go for it!

8. Be healthy
You’ve heard the phrase ‘healthy body, healthy mind‘. Well, it’s not just words. If you keep active and eat and sleep well you’ll feel more energised, more positive and are more likely to reach your goals. Successful people need energy. So look after yourself, inside and out, and see if you notice a difference in your mental wellbeing and desire to achieve whatever you have your heart set on.

9. Surround yourself by other successful individuals
There’s no greater way to urge you to push forward with a new idea than surrounding yourself with successful people who inspire you. It’s also a great opportunity to brainstorm and throw ideas around.

10. Make it home for dinner
People in financial services know all too well that long hours are often just a part of the job. But it’s so important to remember everything, and everyone, else. At the end of the day your family will remember the moments you spent together at home; the nights you were home for dinner; the weekends when you didn’t work. Spend some time with your family and try to reach that work/life balance we all dream of.

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