1. They ask the right questions.
Albert Einstein once said, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on it, I would use the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes." Take it from the Nobel Prize winner and slash your workload in half.
2. They rarely complain.
Ranting may seem like a good stress reliever, but it’s actually a waste of time and energy. When you complain, you put yourself in a bad mood and affect your creativity and productivity at the same time. Our tip: Focus on what you can actually do rather than how unfair the situation is. We're not saying you have no right to complain, just that there's a right time and place for everything.
3. They don’t blame others when something goes wrong.
Efficient people have better things to do than point fingers.
4. They are proactive.
In his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains that you should take charge of your life and be responsible for it. To spark your proactivity, set your goals and work hard to achieve them; apply your personal principles when making decisions, and create opportunities instead of waiting for them.
5. They allow themselves to be mentored.
Every leader once had a mentor to teach them, correct them, and help them grow. Barbara Walters had Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey, in turn, had Maya Angelou. These women had someone who saw their potential, looked out for them, and connected them with the right people. Ask yourself who could serve as your mentor. Reach out to them, learn from their mistakes, and be inspired by how they were able to reach success.
6. They don’t dwell on setbacks.
Stop wallowing in self-pity if you fail. Instead, get up, dust yourself off, and do better next time. The time you spend dwelling on what you missed or failed to do is better served making up for it. Remember: if you fall down seven times, get up eight.
7. They have a to-do list.
Whether it's on your smartphone or it’s written down, make sure you have a list of tasks you need to accomplish before the end of the day. This helps you keep track of everything on your plate. Our tip: Jot down the high-priority tasks first, so you don't forget them!
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