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But weird habits andِ rituals can, inِ some cases, pay offِ inِ a big way.
The short answer isِ habits andِ rituals helpِ us deal withِ anxiety.
“Belief thatِ a specific series ofِ behaviors constitute a ritual isِ a critical ingredient toِ reduce anxiety andِ improve performance: engaging inِ behaviors describedِ asِ a ‘ritual’ improved performance moreِ than engaging inِ the sameِ behaviors describedِ asِ ‘random behaviors.’”
In other words, doing that weird thing you do actually does make a difference.
Here areِ 10 rituals youِ mightِ want toِ try toِ seeِ whether theyِ canِ help elevate yourِ career.
Mark Zuckerberg in his standard gray shirt | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
1. Wear the same thing every day
You mightِ haveِ noticed someِ successful people — notably Mark Zuckerberg andِ the late Steve Jobs — alwaysِ seemed toِ wear theِ sameِ thing everyِ day.
For Zuck (see above), he’s almost alwaysِ wearing a plain gray T-shirt or a zip-up hoodie.
Give it a shot — but be sure your clothes are clean.
2. Eat the same thing every day
In theِ sameِ way youِ canِ avoid “decision fatigue” whenِ itِ comesِ to yourِ wardrobe, youِ canِ do theِ sameِ with yourِ diet.
Save yourselfِ someِ mental resources andِ have a diet plan inِ place.
Instead ofِ worry aboutِ cooking, buying food, orِ whether it’s anyِ good, eat whatِ you alwaysِ eat.
McDonald’s Egg McMuffin, a ritualistic breakfast of champions | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
3. Read obsessively and excessively
Do whatِ Warren Buffett does.
This isِ one ofِ the rituals Buffett attributes toِ hisِ success.
4. Take ice cold showers
If youِ wantِ toِ doِ something trulyِ outِ ofِ the ordinary, start yourِ day withِ anِ ice cold shower.
It’ll wake youِ upِ andِ shake outِ anyِ grogginess, forِ starters.
And you’ll beِ amazed atِ how efficiently you canِ shower (and theِ amount ofِ time youِ gain) whenِ you’re goingِ fromِ your toasty bed toِ a freezing shower.
Warren Buffett, a man who reads obsessively | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
5. Get up early
Getting outِ ofِ bed (with orِ without a cold shower) isِ something everybodyِ dreads.
But a large number ofِ the world’s mostِ successful people makeِ a habit ofِ gettingِ up early — diabolically early, inِ some cases.
Some people areِ able toِ run offِ a relativelyِ small amount ofِ sleep.
6. Adopt a mantra or chant
When itِ comesِ to a ritual orِ habits thatِ areِ easy toِ adopt, havingِ a personal mantra orِ chant isِ among theِ simplest.
This isِ simply theِ act ofِ havingِ a short sayingِ orِ phrase youِ repeat overِ andِ over.
Other people doِ it, too, suchِ asِ Leonard Cohen, famously.
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7. Use a checklist
There’s a book outِ there youِ shouldِ read called The Checklist Manifesto byِ Atul Gawande.
Just makeِ a checklist ofِ everythingِ you wantِ toِ accomplish, andِ reference itِ throughout theِ day.
Use itِ asِ anِ outline forِ your day andِ to keepِ you onِ track.
8. Use color to your advantage
You canِ engage inِ a bit ofِ psychological warfare inِ your day-to-day life if youِ feel theِ need.
Color, forِ example, saysِ andِ does a lot moreِ than mostِ of usِ realize.
9. Take a timeout
We’re hearing moreِ andِ more ofِ the world’s mostِ successful people areِ adopting meditation asِ a technique forِ getting throughِ theِ day.
You canِ think ofِ this asِ simply takingِ a time out.
Take a nap, orِ justِ tune out.
10. Physically deplete yourself — at lunch
A habit that’s good forِ your brain andِ your body.
Some people find it’s a good wayِ toِ clear theirِ heads andِ to put thingsِ intoِ perspective.