What Successful People Do Every Week


Ever looked at a #girlboss and thought how does she do it? What’s her secret? Sometimes, I feel like we’re just going through the motions and everyone else is achieving something while we're stuck eating their dust and wondering what the hell just happened! So I did some research, namely studying the schedules of various high achievers - how they go through their day, what routines they follow and what tasks they do without fail each and every single day. And, what do you know? The secret to success is all about getting into a routine and making it work for your schedule!


1. They All Have A Morning Routine

A morning routine is super important. I feel like when I don't have my lunch prepared, my clothes set out and I'm busily trying to blow-dry my hair whilst eating my breakfast - my day is starting off in a crazy, hectic place and it'll just keep going down that path! Getting organised and getting tasks done early can improve your mood and will make you feel like you're more in control. Once you have a bit more time freed up in your mornings you'll be able to plot out a brilliant morning routine that sets you up for the day, whether that means you have more time to make a coffee at home instead of buying one or you have the time to cook a nutritious breakfast - whatever works for you!

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

Start by setting your alarm five minutes earlier than normal. Gradually change your wake up time (try using the Sleep Cycle app) and soon you’ll have an extra hour in the day.

2. They Don’t Panic When Things Go Wrong

Stress and anxiety start to creep up super fast when things deviate from our perfectly organised plans, but issues like these will happen on a daily basis. The only constant in life is change and successful people anticipate this. Plan for mistakes, deal with them rationally and efficiently and move on. You'll need to incorporate a bit of flexibility and patience into your life to achieve this though. Practice it with small things and work your way up. Your bus might not turn up on time so take a few deep breaths and just go with the flow - think back to these moments when a big problem hits your desk and you'll cope much better.

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

Make time every day to help you deal with problems that come up. Half an hour at the end of your workday is ideal – you can work on your daily tasks during the day and fix any problems before you leave. Ideally, work on any low-level anxiety you might have that contributes to that sense of overwhelming panic you start to feel when things are spiralling downwards. Try out yoga, in particular yin yoga which focuses on breathing and calming the mind and body. Or even give meditation a go - my favourite app for guided meditations is Buddhify.

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3. They Work When They Don’t Need To

Early mornings, evenings and weekends are times where most people aren’t even thinking about work. But many successful businesswomen will work whenever inspiration strikes. If you have a great pitch for work, strike while the iron’s hot and get working on it – even if it’s a Sunday! Plus it's always a good idea to think about Present You and Future You. If Future You has a big presentation coming up at work this week along with a number of evening events then Future You is going to be pretty stressed out - especially if this go wrong (see Number 2 above). Now if Present You has an unbelievably quiet weekend, it may be worth sacrificing a bit of your Netflix time to get that presentation finished. That way Future You can enjoy the evening events and nail the presentation at work!

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

Got a lot of work happening or coming up? Plan a few hours in your free time when you’ll do work, from replying to emails to making important calls. You’ll realise how far ahead you are on Monday and will feel so much better for it!

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4. They Understand The Power Of Teamwork

Many of the most successful companies were built on teamwork. Being successful is very rarely about being completely independent. You need to work with others, compromise and accept other ideas. Plus you never want to be the person who stands up after the presentation and says "The reason it's not that good is because [insert colleague's name here] didn't actually do any work". The major difference between teamwork in uni or college and teamwork at work is that at college your lecturer will generally know when someone isn't pulling their weight and they (and you) will be marked accordingly. At work, you're all being paid to be there. No one is technically 'marking' you per se, but your boss doesn't have time to work out who put the most effort in! You're simply going to have to work around it.

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

If you work in a team, schedule an email chain with your co-workers. Make a note to email regularly to ask for updates on any group project, making it easy for you to quickly get an idea of where everybody’s at. This is especially important if you're working with people who are a touch flakey. If they're not pulling their weight - chase them up like you would with any supplier or external company! Better yet, inform your boss but don't act like a tattletale or gossip amongst colleagues - go straight to your boss. Tell them that your co-worker is bringing down team morale by delivering their responsibilities late or not at all and instead of complaining, try to empathise with the co-worker - maybe they've had a death in the family? Let your boss find out the actual answer and don't say another word. This interchange will make you look like a nicer person and will (hopefully) get the problem solved! Win-win!

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5. They Take Their Work Seriously

Successful millennials truly believe in their work and see value in what they’re achieving. It’s difficult to work productively and become successful if you don’t believe in what you’re doing. Many studies have been done on what fuels high performance from millennial workers and, interestingly enough it is fairly balanced between intrinsic values (mission or purpose in your job including the company's purpose) and extrinsic values (salary, job title, etc) with a slight skew to extrinsic. Figure out what fuels you. Is it working for a company that's doing amazing things? Is it a super professional job title and a 6 figure salary? Once you can sort that out you'll be amazed at how much more seriously you'll take your work - and that alone will help you succeed further!

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

Schedule half an hour at the end of your working week to review your goals and dreams and see how you’re progressing towards them. This will help you to achieve your goals and, more importantly, it will help you believe in your goals. Also make sure your career goals are lining up with your life goals. If you want to be saving for a house deposit, then you may have to reevaluate your career goals to line up with that life goal.

6. They Relax When They’re Finished

Worrying about work while you’re not there can run you down and make you less productive, successful people actually know when to switch off – even if it’s harder than normal. They take a break and don’t let their work life bleed into their personal life. They also know how to relax and this one is especially important. What do you think of when you picture yourself relaxing? It could be so many different things - a tough gym workout, a candlelit bath, Netflix and pyjamas. Next time you're feeling completely chilled out and calm, take note of what you're doing and you'll be well on your way to figuring out how to relax. Seems like an easy question to answer but different people relax in very different ways!

Make It Part Of Your Schedule

Write down three goals you want to achieve during your next working day. Write down how you will achieve them too, as this will help you to feel focused so you can switch off and enjoy your downtime. Figure out how you relax. Try a few different things - a warm calming bath, a walk in your local park, a little bit of Netflix! One of them will work, I promise!