We all could use tips from time to time on how to be more productive. The noise and busyness of everyday life make it challenging to focus on the tasks that are really important.

And who better to consult on building habits to stay focused than highly successful business executives? In a new article, Inc. writer Christina DesMarais gathered advice from several execs to hear what daily rituals they practice to get primed for success. Among those she spoke to was Cielo CEO and Founder Sue Marks, who championed looking to different industries to develop your own unique business concepts.

From the article:

"My most creative and successful ideas have been formulated by looking at best practices and successful innovations in industries that are totally unrelated to mine. When you're successful, it's easy to get complacent. And too often, looking only at your competitors will give you only incremental improvements and perpetuate 'good enough' results. By looking outward, you not only draw on your own ingenuity and motivation as a leader, but it also gives you the power to drive key innovations that have the potential to transform your business and leapfrog the competitors, whether they're traditional or non-traditional."

Visit Inc. to read the full article, “23 Daily Habits Practiced by Highly Successful People.”