the rich and the poor, tracking more than 200 activities of 233 wealthy people
and 128 people living in poverty. This research became the basis of his book,
Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy
Individuals. When it comes to planning their day and
getting things accomplished, there are vast differences in the daily habits of
the two groups, according to Corley, who has shared his findings on The Dave
Ramsey Show and Yahoo Finance’s Financially Fit.
An estimated 67 percent of the wealthy put their goals into writing, while
only 17 percent of the poor make this a habit. Approximately 81 percent of the
wealthy he researched maintain a daily to-do list, while less than 1 percent of
the poor create such lists.
“The daily to-do list is one of the tools the wealthy use to avoid
procrastination, accomplish their goals and maintain control over their day,”
The group Corley identified as wealthy set a goal of accomplishing 70–80
percent of the tasks on their daily to-do list. Why? His research found three
1. To-do lists give the wealthy control over their day.
2. These lists help accomplish an individual’s short-term and long-term goals.
3. Lastly, following a to-do list helps deter procrastination.
“The wealthy understand that procrastination can lead to faulty products or
services and this creates unhappy customers/clients or a loss of
customers/clients or, worse, litigation,” Corley says. “In short,
procrastination causes a loss of income. Wealthy people understand that you
cannot become wealthy if you procrastinate.”
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