Ev­ery­day peo­ple

Daily habits that ex­ec­u­tives swear by

Albuquerque Journal - - SUCCESS - By Christina Des Marais

Suc­cess­ful ex­ec­u­tives and en­trepreneurs likely didn’t get where they are by ac­ci­dent. Typ­i­cally, achiev­ing great things in­volves hard work, per­se­ver­ance and dis­ci­pline. But some­times a daily habit also proves to be a valu­able friend.

Here, some ex­ec­u­tives share the daily habits — some big, some small — that helped them reach suc­cess and stay there.

Keep a grat­i­tude book

“Hav­ing a grat­i­tude di­ary of things in your life you are grate­ful for fo­cuses you on be­ing thank­ful for all the good in your life. This is im­por­tant to wake up and take charge of your state and fo­cus (while) keep­ing your mind off of neg­a­tive thoughts.”

— Bryan Slovon, founder and CEO of Stu­art Fi­nan­cial Group, a fi­nan­cial plan­ning firm that spe­cial­izes in re­tire­ment and es­tate plan­ning

Do 10 by 10

“I like to get 10 things done by 10 a.m. Not just any 10, the most im­por­tant 10 things of the day. Pri­or­i­tize, tackle the big one first, then go down the list.”

— Marco Ko­zlowski, en­tre­pre­neur, au­thor, real es­tate in­vest­ment train­ing and CEO strate­gist

Keep track of what gets done

“Through­out the day, I jot down all of my daily ac­tiv­i­ties, phone calls, meet­ings, re­lated notes and to-dos and check them off if there is no fur­ther ac­tion re­quired. Any open items can be moved to the next day’s to-dos. It’s a great ref­er­ence tool for phone num­bers, com­mit­ments and data needed else­where.”

— Paul Ratoff, au­thor of “Thriv­ing in a Stake­holder World, Pur­pose as the New Com­pet­i­tive Ad­van­tage” and CEO of Strat­egy De­vel­op­ment Group Inc.

Don’t waste time on so­cial me­dia

“Use it as it prop­erly suits your busi­ness needs and move on.”

— Ben­jamin Lupu, cer­ti­fied fi­nan­cial plan­ner at Kens­ing­ton A.M.I., which ed­u­cates the pub­lic about the virtues of the Blue-Chip-based div­i­dend driven in­vest­ment process

Get eight hours of sleep

“There are many hard-work­ing in­di­vid­u­als who stay up late and get up early, but I be­lieve this ac­tu­ally re­duces pro­duc­tiv­ity and in­creases in­ef­fec­tive­ness. When I pay at­ten­tion to get­ting eight full hours of sleep and go­ing to bed at the same time and get­ting up at the same time each day, my energy im­proves, I have more fo­cus and am more pro­duc­tive . ... I ab­so­lutely wouldn’t give up my eight hours of rest for any­thing.” — Ann Van­der­slice, pres­i­dent and CEO of Re­tire­ment Plan­ning Strate­gies, which helps fed­eral em­ploy­ees un­der­stand their ben­e­fits and plan for re­tire­ment

Check the com­pany’s pulse

“I al­ways sit down ev­ery day to check that day’s reser­va­tions for fu­ture moves, that day’s rev­enues and that day’s to­tal la­bor costs. Now that doesn’t en­com­pass a lot of re­port­ing met­rics. That doesn’t get me a net profit mar­gin nor take into ac­count any of our over­head. It cer­tainly doesn’t get me a re­turn on eq­uity nor a re­turn on as­sets. But I’m a typ­i­cal en­tre­pre­neur that does a few mil­lion dol­lars a year in rev­enue. I have great sup­port staff, but I don’t have the lux­ury of a team of con­sul­tants to tell me what next quar­ter’s rev­enues are likely to be. So that’s why I re­view my com­pany’s pulse on a daily ba­sis.”

— Nick Bau­com, founder and owner of Two Marines Mov­ing and the au­thor of “On the Move: A Marine’s Guide to En­tre­pre­neur­ial Suc­cess”

Pri­or­i­tize your to-do list

“Each evening, I write a to-do list, or­ga­nized by or­der of im­por­tance, and I make sure to ac­com­plish the first two items at the start of the next day. An­other daily habit is pri­or­i­tiz­ing so­cial me­dia. I set aside an hour ... al­low­ing me time to con­nect with oth­ers and share some­thing of value.” —Ni­cole Smartt, au­thor of

“From Re­cep­tion­ist to Boss” and share­holder and vice pres­i­dent of Star Staffing, which is in­cluded on Inc’s 5,000 Fastest-Grow­ing Com­pa­nies list

Sched­ule all calls af­ter lunch, back to back

“This al­lows you to get them out of the way and fo­cus on the of­fice and ac­tual in­ter­nal work in the morn­ing when the cof­fee is work­ing.”

— Ed­die Mee­han, CEO of fan en­gage­ment agency Won­der­ful Union, which helps celebri­ties, in­clud­ing Justin Tim­ber­lake, Taylor Swift and Drake

Have a per­sonal con­nec­tion with each em­ployee

“I try to make it a point to en­gage with as many em­ploy­ees daily as my sched­ule will per­mit ... from a quick ‘hello’ to an in-depth meet­ing, and I meet with ev­ery new hire that joins us. Great com­pa­nies are only as good as the peo­ple that power it, so I en­cour­age open di­a­logue and in­put.”

— Ron Dick, founder and CEO of Cedato, a dig­i­tal video ad­ver­tis­ing com­pany.

Ask “I won­der” ques­tions sev­eral times a day

“Start­ing with ‘I won­der’ as­sumes I don’t know the an­swer, and pushes those around me to think dif­fer­ently about a prob­lem, open their minds to an­other ap­proach and leads to in­no­va­tion.” — Tamra Ryan, CEO of Women’s Bean Project, which pack­ages and sells bean soup mixes and other dry food prod­ucts while teach­ing im­pov­er­ished women ba­sic life skills and job readi­ness skills


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