4 Ways Successful People Don’t Waste Their Time

There’s a lot to be said about the positive habits that successful people seem to have in common. So what do they avoid to ensure their time is being used wisely?

While no two people are ever the same, the crossover in habits of successful people comes down to one major theme: prioritising. So what can you do today that will give you more time you can use towards hustling?

No phone drama

That’s right. It can be really hard to tear yourself away from your device, but something successful people always do is ensure they’re not being a slave to vibrating pockets all day.

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The phone drama is two fold: the first aspect of this revolves around utilising you smart phone for work, without allowing yourself to drown on account of the fact that you’re always accessible. The second revolves around ensuring you’re not becoming too easily distracted by the brainless virtues of your device. Yes, Instagram is fun – no you shouldn’t be scrolling through it for 15 minutes of every hour.

Top tips:

  • Tackle emails at your laptop or desktop wherever possible.
  • Put your phone on “airplane mode” when going into meetings or when you need to focus.
  • Download an app that limits your use of social media.
  • Try a phone detox.

They move on

Dwelling is useless. It’s important to acknowledge why something hasn’t worked, and constructively find a way to learn from it and move on. Prioritise the lesson, not the failure. Otherwise, you might find it difficult to embrace the next big thing.

Top tips:

  • Try and have a ‘plan b’ so that if mistakes are made, you’ve got alternatives.
  • Have a sounding board, be it friends, a partner of therapy – get your feelings out, then move on.

They’re not pessimists

Bad things will happen in life and in business, but they don’t define us. There are some people that lean towards pessimistic tendencies naturally, and we’re not saying you need to turn yourself into a perpetual optimist – but what successful people tend to do is be realistic.


For example, instead of saying “I’m not going to apply for that job, I’ll never get it” try “My chances of getting the job aren’t super high, but I can always ask for feedback on how to improve my application, so it’s worth applying.” Easy? No. Vital? Yes.

Top tips:

  • Try befriending or working with optimists – you might just balance each other out and you can take a leaf out of their book.
  • You don’t need to operate in a land of optimistic make-believe, but think about situations in terms of action-oriented results.
  • Try and have an open mind to the way you see yourself.
  • If you can’t shake your pessimistic tendencies, consider these tips.

They hardly ever overthink

Overthinking things can overwhelm you, create stress and put in roadblocks to your success. Overthinking is the middle ground between an idea and action, and most success stories centre around action. Don’t let thoughts of ‘what if’ muddy your waters and stop you from going for things.

Top tips:

  • If you break large projects or tasks into small steps, you’re a lot less likely to engage with the overthinking part of your brain. Multiple smaller decisions are much easier to take on than one big one.
  • Have a deadline – you’ll prioritise important info out of necessity.
  • Never forget that no one has all the answers! If you stop putting insane pressure on yourself, you’ll achieve more.

[h/t: Career Girl Daily]

Esther is a freelance writer, editor, publicist, content maker and dog patter. She has written for Interview Magazine, New York Press, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and local titles Broadsheet, Beat and Tone Deaf. Please tag her in photos of dogs @esthersaurus