Simple but Practical Ways to Live a Successful Life

Simple but Practical Ways to Live a Successful Life


By Joseph Theophilus                                                   email:


Success connotes different things to different people. To some, it is graduating with the best grades, making some good money, getting high-paying  jobs, becoming rich, etc. while to some, it is  simply fulfillment in their career and other chosen endeavours. However, in all of these relative definitions and meanings, one thing is repetitive and that is satisfaction– the joy of being fulfilled after achieving a thing or attaining an altitude in life. So, if success is satisfaction, how can one  become satisfied? What practical ways can lead to that yearning in every individual?

In case you don’t know, it’s been proven that every individual unconsciously does over a thousand and one things that would never bring about satisfaction. The most common of these are: time wasting, disorganization and disorientation which I call ‘mental clutter’. It distracts you, preoccupies your mind and wears you out. David Allen says ‘If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves’.

As I have stressed earlier, success is relative and there are no fixed practical ways to it neither are there fixed practical ways to satisfaction. But, there is a lifestyle that is shaped and conditioned by the most proven effective success oriented habits that you could try forming. They are listed below.


  1. Have a Schedule

Keep a short to-do list for each day. Don’t include every tiny miscellaneous item you need to do like running the dishwasher or collecting the mail. Just the big stuff. In fact, the fewer items, the better. The goal here is to focus on your biggest must-complete tasks. Organize these tasks into a schedule. It doesn’t have to be all that precise; you probably can’t predict exactly how long a task will take anyway. But it helps tremendously to know the order in which you’re going to complete your tasks for the day.

Generally, it’s best to start with the most important tasks and work your way down so you can handle the big stuff early while you have the most mental energy. One exception: if you have a hard time getting started, put a very small to-do at the beginning of your day to give yourself a quick win and get the ball rolling.


  1. Keep your Alarm Clock on the Opposite Side of the Bed

If you have even a little bit of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, put your alarm clock on the opposite side of the bedroom so that you’re forced to get up to turn it off. That small amount of physical activity will go a long way toward waking you up. When it does go off, turn on the lights in your bedroom before deactivating the alarm clock; the light will also help to wake you up. You may even want to set the alarm clock outside your bedroom, if your living situation makes that practical.


  1. Do a LittleExercise every Morning

As soon as you’re out of bed, perform at least one minute of fast-paced, body-weight exercise. A simple circuit of ten press-ups, twenty squats, and a 30-second plank would be ideal. This small amount of exercise will prime your nervous system and immediately bring up your energy level, helping you to get the day off to a running start. Performed immediately after the last habit, walking across the room to shut off your alarm clock, it also guarantees that you won’t go back to bed.


  1. Meditation

Meditation is one of the most proven, time-tested ways to clear out mental clutter and improve cognition and emotional well-being. Incredibly, as little as two minutes a day can be enough to produce noticeable benefits. Meditating is as simple as anything could possibly be. Just sit down in a comfortable chair, in a quiet place, close your eyes, and relax. Quiet your mind and focus on breathing as deeply as possible. Most importantly, do this every day for at least two minutes, not less often for longer times. Consistency beats duration here.


  1. Clean up Messes as soon as you Make them

Make your bed as soon as you get up in the morning–not later that day. Clean up the kitchen immediately after cooking. Don’t wait until right before the next time you cook. Clean your desk before you leave it. Messes have a way of occupying our minds. A cluttered environment produces mental clutter. By keeping your environment clean and organized, you free up more mental processing power to think about the things you want to focus on. As an added bonus, keeping your tools and work space clean and organized reduces the psychological friction of getting started on something. It’s easier to start working if your desk is clean. It’s easier to cook if your kitchen is clean.

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