(CreditDonkey) Success doesn't happen overnight, but by making some tweaks to your routine, you will be more likely to reach your goals. Here are things successful people do on a daily basis.

1. Wake up with the birds
You won't catch successful people hitting the snooze button. A study of college students found that those who got up earlier in the morning tended to be the most proactive and productive throughout the day. If you're not a morning person, you can ease your way towards becoming one by bumping your wake-up time ahead in 5-minute increments over a couple of weeks.

2. Get moving
Research shows that exercising for as little as 2.5 hours a week can make you more productive overall and decrease your likelihood of getting sick -- giving you more time in the year to actively tend toward your goals. Whether you're spending an hour at the gym or just taking a 15-minute stroll around the block, you're storing up energy that you can put toward your work.

3. Always have a plan
If you're not a list person, you may be holding back your ability to accomplish as much as you'd like each day. Successful people know that the key to getting more done is mapping out the day ahead with an organized to-do list. It keeps them on track (just one list will do the trick -- spend all day putting lists together and you'll get off course).

4. Prioritize the workload
It's not enough to know what it is you need to do on a given day; you also need to decide in which order you're going to tackle each task. When there's something particularly difficult or bothersome you've been dreading, it's easy to put it off. Jumping on it first thing instead means it's not lurking around in the back of your mind and distracting you from everything else that needs to be done.

5. Pursue a labor of love
While it's true that many successful people have turned their passions into a profitable company or product, that doesn't mean they're focused solely on their work 24/7. Investing time in a side project or hobby, whether it be writing a novel or learning to knit, is a great way to nurture your creativity and release work-related stress.

6. Spend time with family
Hopefully your definition of success doesn't involve just status and fortune. What's the point of making huge strides professionally or raking in big bucks if you don't have someone to celebrate with? To reach the true pinnacle of success -- happiness -- we need to be surrounded by loved ones, and that requires carving time out for them and not working around the clock. Some might consider this a priceless activity, but according to one British study, the payoff of being socially involved can be quantified -- it's the equivalent of earning an extra $100,000 a year.

7. Keep in touch
Whether they're heading up a large company with hundreds of employees or they run a small business from home, successful people know that they can't go it alone. They take the time to nurture relationships from all angles. Reconnecting with people in their network, providing clients with a status update on a project or just providing a word of encouragement to an employee are all things that people who have made it to the top take the time to do.

8. Set specific goals
Mapping out your goals and writing them down allows you to keep your eyes on the prize. A study of collegiate rugby players showed that those who went out onto the field with definitive goals in mind performed at a higher level. If you've got some big aspirations, breaking them down into manageable steps ensures that you don't lose sight of the finish line.

9. Visualize what success looks like
Do you have a clear visual of what success looks like? Take a mental walk-through of what's involved in achieving your goals, and you could push forward toward the end game. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found that people who carried out a weight training routine in their heads saw a 13.5% increase in muscle mass without ever hitting the gym.

10. Be willing to take risks
Daring to make the leaps that no one else will is what sets successful people apart from the pack. Being innovative and not letting fear keep you from stepping outside the box is a must if you want to up your success factor.


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