It’s not just you, we all strive to become the best versions of ourselves. We are constantly in pursuit of the habits, tools and tips that help us to maximize our potential at home, work and in virtually every other area of life.
If you’re a WordPress designer, developer, blogger or entrepreneur looking for the habits that will help you to get the most out of your day, this article is more of an inspiration piece than a bible. We list 7 habits that help you to succeed in any avenue, not just WordPress. Enjoy!
Always Plan Ahead
First things first, you will achieve a whole lot more with a solid plan that guides your efforts, motivation and resources. Surely, how do expect to succeed without a plan. Take it from me. Not long ago, I started a WordPress blog without a plan. Long story short, I took way longer to cash my first check. Now I know better.
You’ll be surprised just how many people start and run their WordPress businesses without a plan. Don’t be one of these guys. Start with a sound plan, and always have a plan up your sleeve. This is one of the best habits you can form in all areas of your life, not just WordPress.
Main Takeaway: A plan allows you to stay on top of your progress and remain consistent. If you fail to plan, you’re simply planning to fail.
Whatever you do, it’s important to remain consistent. If you’re a WordPress blogger for instance, you most definitely need a posting schedule. Ana, a web designer at BitestoBrand, says that being consistent “…will not only help you stay accountable with your project but it will also help your readers know when to expect a post.”
To create a brand that will propel you to the next level, you need consistency. Just be consistent in every aspect of your WordPress business. I am talking about the design of your website, marketing, content, product creation and so on. If you’re a developer, make sure your code is consistent (readable) too.
Main Takeaway: Just be consistent already or risk confusing your prospects, which leads to dismaying results.
Knowledge is power they say, and it is power you can use to your advantage. Ignorance can quickly kill a dream. If you’re a WordPress professional, you simply can’t afford to shoot out of the blue. You need factoids and solid info that informs your every move.
Take the time to learn, but if you can afford it, just buy knowledge by hiring people. Take advantage of all the knowledge you gained via experience (the best teacher), own study or a course. With the fast-paced environment that’s the internet, you can’t afford to slack as far as learning goes.
Main Takeaway: Buy a course, a book and focus on the lessons you learned via experience. Just keep learning hombre, or you will be ghost.
It’s called stepping out of your comfort zone my friend. According to Dr. Stephen R. Covey, the author of the insanely popular book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, being proactive fosters courage to take risks and accept new challenges to achieve goals. You must be prepared to take the leap of faith more times than you’d like.
After all, you are a self-aware human being, meaning you have the ability to evaluate and learn from others’ experiences as well as your own. Being self-aware is what helps you to make or break habits, and taking risks sounds like one of the good habits.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. — Henry David Thorea
Now, there are countless tools out there to automate or at least streamline your workflow as a WordPress professional. While other habits revolve around what you can do at a personal level, automating processes takes away the spotlight from you but boosts efficiency while eliminating redundancy.
Or as Bill Gates once said:
The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.
Make Takeaway: Make use of the tools at your disposal to boost productivity. All tools that help you achieve more without necessarily breaking the bank fit here.
Network & Collaborate Like a Mad Man
There is great value in networking and collaborating. For starters, you can quickly build a reputable brand as a WordPress professional if you reach out to the right people. Your network is your greatest asset as far as achieving your goals go. How do think the largest steel corporation in America was born?
Secondly, collaborate with others on your projects whether your team is reviewing code or simply brainstorming content ideas. Collaborating opens your eyes to other possibilities that would have otherwise remained hidden. In other words, a network or team allows you to achieve your goals faster.
Make Takeaway: Love your network and your team.
Form the Habit of Forming Great Habits
Usually, it takes about a month to make or break habits. While this list does not cover all the habits you need to become a successful WordPress professional, the few things we’ve listed here will mean absolutely nothing if you don’t actually form the habits.
If you chance upon a habit that drives you closer to your goals, wouldn’t it make sense to reinforce said habit? But we are all human and a whole month of trying to form a new habit is no joke. Yet, you need to sacrifice what you are for what you will become. Just decide what you want to achieve. Just decide.
Main Takeaway: Eliminate all poor habits and replace them with all the habits that drive you closer to your goals. Even if this means watching TV a little less in favor of a project that could be your golden goose.
Which habits take you closer to your goals? Share in the comments!