Four Things To Do Everyday For Top Performance

Living your best life is not always easy. Things constantly come up that compete for our attention, and setting priorities becomes a challenge. How do you maintain balance, happiness, and top performance when there is so much going on in your world?

Outside has looked at four things that top performers tend to do on a daily basis. Consider incorporating some of these into your day to stay focused no matter what is happening around you.

Avoid decision fatigue

Most days are filled with a number of decisions. What do I wear? Where do I eat for lunch? What about dinner? When should I finish that project? These are just examples of decisions we make that impact us specifically. The decisions we need to make that impact others are often more taxing.

Creating an environment in which the only decisions we need to make are the ones that matter, is a key to avoiding burnout from decision fatigue. Whether we realize it or not, small decisions add up. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that when forced to make decisions about things like which magazine to pick, pen color to select or t-shirt color to choose, consumers with a plethora of options performed worse on a series of tests than consumers who were given no option at all.

Where possible, don't focus your energy on decisions that don't matter in the grand scheme of things.


Know when to get things done

Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals broke down a typical day for performers across a number of areas (e.g. artists, writers, musician, etc) and found that almost all of them were minimalists who followed fairly strict routines. However, despite all having routines, the timing of their routines varied widely.

Some people are geared for their best work in the mornings. Some geared for their best work in the afternoon or evening. Every person has a biological rhythm, and no rhythm is exactly the same. Take the time to identify when you're most capable of peak performance, then use that information to plan your day. Not a morning person? It may not make sense to schedule your most challenging and demanding tasks bright and early. Push that complicated work task to mid-afternoon, when you're likely to have more brain power and to be more alert.


Choose your friends wisely

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The people that we surround ourselves with are important to our wellbeing. A study from the National Bureau of Economic Research showed that motivation is contagious. The study tracked the fitness of cadets over a period of four years and found that within groups, the motivation of the least fit person directly impacted the motivation of the rest of the squad. In terms of improving their fitness, the more motivated and enthusiastic the least fit person in the group was, the more motivated and enthusiastic the group was as a whole.

Whether it's fitness or happiness/sadness, the people we surround ourselves with have an impact on our actions and emotions.


Show up

Attitudes follow behaviors. By creating an environment that prepares you for optimal performance, you free yourself to be engaged in the things that you need to. Create a routine that allows you to show up consistently for whatever the task is at hand.

For more insights into Four Things Top Performers Do Everyday head over to Outside, or better yet, pick up "Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success".

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