8 Habits You Should Practice Every Day to Run a Successful Business

Updated on June 14, 2016
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“We are what we repeatedly do.”

These wise words from Aristotle are particularly true for business owners: they know that the surest path to success comes from the day-to-day repetition of healthy habits, necessary tasks, and best business practices.

What kind of habits lead to success? Here are 8 suggestions from successful founders and entrepreneurs that every small business owner can start practicing today.

1. Start your day with your most important task.

Got this one here.

“Do your one most important thing the first thing every day, because that will make you feel productive from the start. No multi-tasking. One screen at a time. No notifications.”

– Stephanie Liverani, COO of Crew

2. Swap your daily “to-do” list with a “success” list.

Got this one here.

“To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. One is a disorganized directory, and the other is an organized directive.”

– Gary Keller, author of The One Thing

3. Group tasks to improve focus.

Got this one here.

“I theme my days. On Monday, I focus on management and running the company. Tuesday is focused on product. Wednesday is focused on marketing, communications, and growth.”

– Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter

4. Be your team’s #1 cheerleader.

Got this one here.

“Make your team feel respected, empowered, and genuinely excited about the company’s mission.”

– Tim Westergren, co-founder of Pandora

5. Celebrate small wins.

Got this one here.

“By making it a habit to celebrate the little successes, you’re allowing yourself to recognize progress, which is key for continued growth, motivation, and inspiration.”

– John Lee Dumas, founder of EOFire

6. Practice receiving constructive criticism.

Got this one here.

“Really pay attention to negative feedback and solicit it, particularly from friends.”

– Elon Musk

7. Remember to slow down.

Got this one here.

“Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive. Capacity, interest, and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly.”

– Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

8. Touch base with your mentor.

Got this one here.

“You’d spend less time—not waste weeks—when you have someone who has already been there and done that to say, ‘Hey, this isn’t actually that important. You might as well make a decision now and move on.’”

– Sulaiman Sanni, co-founder of WeDidIt

Ben Rashkovich

Ben is a former content strategy manager at Fundera. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University and is currently enrolled in Yale Law School. Ben has also written for eBay's curatorial team.
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