5 daily rituals of successful people

Success means something different for every business leader. While these successes might not mean anything to others, on a personal level the feeling of accomplishment is undeniable.

Often these small tasks turn into rituals that shape our daily life. This structure gives successful people a sense of discipline that is then highlighted in their business performance.

5 daily rituals of successful peopleBy creating daily rituals to base your life around, every business leader can be successful. However, the trick is not to feel imprisoned by these tasks. Every completed ritual is another step towards your goal, so embrace it!

Here are three famous examples of successful daily rituals.

1) Jack Dorsey (CEO of Square & Founder of Twitter)

Jack Dorsey is a busy man. Not only is he one of the founders of social media giant Twitter, he is also the CEO of payment platform Square. For many people, running one business is stressful enough (let alone two), but Mr Dorsey’s commitment to both is outstanding as reflected in his daily routine.

Each day, Mr Dorsey spends eight hours at both businesses focusing on one specific aspect of corporate development. For example, on Tuesdays, he dedicates the day to product development and on Thursdays it is all about developers and partnerships.

In a 2011 CNN article, Mr Dorsey explained that every minute of his day is planned through these themed days.

•    What can we learn from this?

The overriding key of Mr Dorsey’s daily ritual is around planning. While many Australian leaders have a schedule of meetings and briefings, a considerable amount of time is wasted through unplanned hours. Daily themes keep the focus on the important factors and ensure your business has the best chance of achieving success in the future.

2) Barack Obama (U.S. President)

Being the leader of the free world is a long way removed from Australia’s business environment, but the principles of President Obama’s daily rituals remain important nonetheless. The leader of the free world starts the day with a mix of cardio and weights in the White House gym before having a healthy breakfast.

Even when Mr Obama is away from Washington DC, he still tries to get this exercise and healthy eating into his routine.

•    What can we learn from this?

While we can’t dream of the pressure and responsibility that is associated with being U.S. President, the value of early morning exercise and a good breakfast can’t be understated. According to US News, those that exercise before work can experience better mental clarity for up to 10 hours a day.

It is also important to get the endorphins and blood flowing early in the morning to help with alertness and starting the day in a positive manner. By eating a good breakfast, you can offset those higher calorie business lunches and corporate functions which can derail the best of intentions.

3) Ernest Hemingway (Author)

Ernest Hemingway was one of the leading authors of the 20th century and, like any literary success story, kept his life tied closely with daily rituals. In this case, Mr Hemingway only wrote passages for his books during the morning.
Any ideas that he then thought of in the afternoon were instead saved until the next morning. This is a ritual that he continued throughout his own writing career and relates well to the way that our brain works.

•    What can we learn from this?

According to the University of California, as cited by Forbes, a person’s productivity begins to lift in the late morning (11 a.m.) until around 3 p.m. From a planning perspective, these successful business leaders understand how and when they work well and schedule hard tasks during this time.

As a daily ritual, completing difficult business as soon as possible can ensure you can use the rest of the day to work on other important areas of your enterprise.