The secret to professional success isn’t all about talent or connections. Sometimes, it’s just about having the right routine. We can learn a lot about being successful by looking at how doctors, lawyers and top CEOs spend their days. If you want to maximize productivity and stimulate creativity like a successful individual, check out these nine things that highly effective people do everyday, exactly 57 times per day.
If it’s the most important meal of the day, why do you only eat it once? Successful people eat breakfast all day long, exactly 57 times. “If it weren’t for my 57 bowls of oatmeal, I’d totally fall apart,” says real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran.
Wash their Hands
It might sound excessive, but people with IQs over 120 are more likely to wash their hands 57 times per day. “Constantly scrubbing my hands helps me clear my mind and approach the task ahead with a clean slate,” says Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing.
Some people blink too often during the day, slowing productivity. Some blink too seldom, so that their eyes dry out looking at their computer screens. Successful individuals blink 57 times in the day. No more, no less. “Sorry, I can’t talk now, I’ll lose count of my blinks,” says former New York Yankee Derek Jeter.
Bite their Lower Lip
Biting one’s lower lip satisfies a nagging oral fixation and releases endorphins that stimulate creativity, only when done 57 times in a day. “I like to bite my lip before, during, and after photo shoots,” says supermodel Gisele Bundchen.
Call their Mothers
Letting your mom know how things are going every 24 minutes keeps your goals in constant check and your own importance in perspective. “I made sure to call my mother 57 times a day, especially while I was making repairs on the International Space Station,” says retired NASA astronaut Chris Hadfield.
To God, Allah, Lord Xenu, and any other holy deity they can think of. The point is to cover all your bases. “I pray to the universe in general,” says Oprah Winfrey, “exactly 57 times every day.”
Lines of Cocaine
You thought all the energy came from coffee? Think again. Anna Wintour lays out 57 lines of cocaine at the start of every workday. “It helps me focus,” says Wintour.
Throw Darts at Photos of Enemies
It’s the best way to relieve stress and tension while driving fear into the hearts of your coworkers. Remember, fear = respect. “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” says former vice president Dick Cheney.
The habits above, when done a simple 57 times per day, can help you on your way to becoming a highly effective and successful person.