Wealthy people have better habits

This morning I slept in late, something I’ve been doing the last few days. Occasionally I have insomnia and occasionally I just stay up too late on Facebook. This is because I don’t have a lot of time to be on Facebook during the day.

I don’t function well without sleep. But a responsible, mature adult would wake up early anyway (sunrise) – and a wealthy one, too, so I need to stop this.

Tim Corley’s study of rich people for 5 years found that 44% of wealthy people are early risers, waking up 3 hours before their 9-to-5 job. In those hours they focus on self improvement, reading educational material, like trade journals or an industry blog. (Although Jason Kottke of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard says blogging is dead.) Wealthy people also work out.

Other things wealthy people do, according to this study:

  • They don’t waste time. They keep a daily to-do list and check off 70% of them. These include short-term and long-term plans. I’m in good company here. I love to-do lists, and if I do something that isn’t on the list, I put it on the list and check off that, too. I’m quirky that way. 
  • They don’t take long lunches. Instead, 55% of them network.
  • They count calories. Wealthy people are healthy people because that way they make more money, have fewer sick days, exercise, have more energy, and maintain health their entire lives so they can have a longer career.
  • They don’t gossip.
  • They have limited internet. They network, volunteer, and socialize instead of watching t.v., surfing the net, or hopping on Facebook. 

I don’t usually waste time, I keep a daily to-do list and check off the items, I don’t take long lunches, I don’t watch t.v., and I don’t gossip. Hey, looks like with adding a couple more intentional daily habits, I’m on my way! 🙂

What are your daily habits?

Which of the above habits could you add to your daily routine?

Are you reaching your goals and dreams this year?  If not, consider adding these habits of the wealthy to see if it begins making a difference in your life and business. 

“Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism.” ~ Proverbs 18:9, The Message

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