The "top secret" of their success is Time management, and here are some effective ways to make optimal use of your time:
1) Setting Priorities
Every journey leads to destiny. Similarly, an aim or objective is very crucial to set a tone. You can only accomplish something if you are dead straight about what you want to do or accomplish. If you don't have a motive or a target, every effort to succeed will go in vain. Therefore, set a target and start with smaller ones. Then, strategize your efforts and resources to pursue your objective effectively.
2) Organize Yourself
Organizing small things can have a massive impact on your "road to success." That said, if you do not have an organized routine, you are more likely to waste a lot of precious time. If you were to leave for a long journey early in the morning and you are unable to find your car keys, how much time will you lose? However, if you have organized everything in advance, it will save you a lot of time as well as energy. Therefore, try to use your time and resources optimally.
3) Minimize the Distractions
They say, "You cannot throw stones at every barking dog in your way," and that is exactly what you should do. Distractions are one of the biggest hurdles in success. Keeping your focus towards your goal is very important. Avoid those things which reduce your productivity. Maintain a social circle where people cherish you and support you to reach your goal rather than sitting with those who pull you back.
4) Start Early
"Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." An early start to anything has undeniable importance. Starting your day early has so many benefits, and productivity stands at the top of the list. Our mind works better in the early parts of the day because a good night's sleep gives us a fresh start. Successful people always start their day early to make the best use of their minds.
5) Plan your Day
There is a "game plan" for every game, and chances are very bleak if you hit the ground without proper planning. Every day you get is a chance to move towards your goal, and it is up to you that how you make use of it. If you have planned your day before going to bed, it will bear fruit.
You have 24 hours a day, and so do others. Some use it optimally, while many of us make lame excuses. Only you can make things better for you, and if you keep wasting your "24 hours", things will never work out.