Welcome to purposeful living today. Hope you have been productive this week? You are created to succeed no matter the obstacle on your way. You are a success.
Highly successful people know that meetings are inefficient time wasters, and time is our most valuable resource.


Redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).

Highly successful people don’t just wait and hope to achieve their desired results. Success is never accidental for them, to them it is the direct result of preparing, planning, and aligning their time with their most important goals. Here are eight ways that successful people make the most of their time:

1. They save their decision-making muscles for important issues not trivial ones:
Most people can spend so much time thinking of what they want to wear, food to eat etc, and spend less energy on thinking on how to fulfill their dreams. Highly successful people simplify their wardrobe, they minimize the amount of decisions they make on trivial matters.
They don’t think about whether they will go to the gym. They don’t deliberate about what they will eat for breakfast. They workout at the same time every day. They eat the same breakfast every day. They use their willpower and flex their decision making muscles on the highest impact decisions they face each day.

2. They have a consistent morning routine:
They create momentum at the start of the day through consistent morning routines . Successful people complete a combination of the following activities in the morning: pray, study the bible, meditate, read, exercise, prioritize their day, envision a successful day, and eat a nutritious breakfast to fuel their day.
What we focus on expands in our minds.
A precise formula that produces an effective morning routine doesn’t exist. Highly successful people experiment with different activities until they find the morning routine that fits their lifestyle and sets them up for a successful day. Don't try and copy someone else's routine that does not suit your personality.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success”. Alexander Graham Bell

3. They have a consistent night routine
Successful people don’t wait until the morning to prepare for a successful day.
They start the night before. They unplug from their devices, read, meditate, and plan for the next day. They wake up relaxed and stress-free because they have already designed the blueprint for a productive day. However, they don’t start planning the night before, they plan ahead.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Abraham Lincoln

4. They plan ahead thoroughly:
Most people work before they think and end up achieving very little output.One of the major differences between highly successful people and average performers is their detailed and strategic planning. Successful people spend more time thinking about their big picture goals and ideas.
Average performers make decisions in a reactive mode while they’re in the thick of the forest of their lives. Successful people plan thoroughly and reap the rewards down the road.
Their detailed planning provides clarity on what they should be working on at any given time. They produce at high levels because they separate the planning and production processes. They don’t plan when they feel like it.

“People of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” Leonardo da Vinci

5. They systematically plan:
While Bill Gates was the Chairman at Microsoft, he secluded himself from the distractions of daily life twice a year during Think Week . Visitors were banned during the week. He read many papers (his record was 112) about Microsoft as well as new ideas in technology during Think Week. The space and time he carved out during the week allowed him to take a step back to review the projects and ideas at Microsoft.

What doesn’t get scheduled, doesn’t get done. Successful people regularly schedule time to review their priorities, goals, and road maps to achieve them. They schedule time to monitor their progress on key objectives and iterate their plans based on results and lessons learned. They schedule their projects on a daily and weekly basis. They set aside time to plan and strategize as well as time to execute those plans.

6. They prioritize:
Successful people understand that if they don’t prioritize their projects, they will be swayed and pushed around by the agendas of others. They consistently evaluate their priorities and re-organize the order as circumstances change.
Since their priorities are crystal clear, they quickly assess whether a request fits into their big picture plans or not. They cultivate the habit of turning down requests that don’t align with their most valued goals. They learn to say no in a firm and graceful manner to requests that don’t fit their plans.
Effectiveness trumps efficiency for successful people. They focus on working on the right things over getting more done. They strive to produce at their highest quality for their highest priorities.
7. They focus on important projects:

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” Stephen R. Covey
In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People , Covey lays out a quadrant with the following categories: urgent and important, not urgent and important, urgent and not important, and not urgent and not important. The quadrant where you spend the majority of your time determines your life’s destiny. Average performers live in the urgent quadrants. They are constantly putting out fires.
On the other hand, highly successful people focus on activities that are important and not urgent. These activities don’t yield instant results. However, they produce massive long-term results.

8. They work on the most important project first:
Willpower is a limited resource. As we make decisions, run errands, and work on various projects throughout the day, our willpower is depleted. Successful people leverage the full tank of willpower in the morning by working on their most important project first.
In the morning, the stresses and obstacles that arise throughout the day haven’t cluttered their mind yet. They take advantage of their fresh and clear mind. In addition, they take advantage of the lack of distractions in the early morning. They get a head start for the day by making progress towards their most valued goal in the morning.

Above all Successful people put God first because they know that their measure of success is in how God sees them not just in what they have achieved with his ability in them.

You can begin a relationship now with the lord Jesus Christ and experience His love for you by saying this prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ I acknowledge that I am a sinner, I believe in your death and resurrection. I ask you to forgive me my sins, I reject the devil and all his works and l welcome the Holy Spirit into my life. I declare today I am born again and I am a child of God in Jesus name.

If you just said that prayer I welcome you to God's family. Look for a Bible believing church where God's word is taught and fellowship there.

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