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Forming habits is one of the most important things we can do when trying to improve our productivity.
It doesn’t matter how much time the new technique, tool or device will save us, if we don’t make a habit of using it we will go nowhere
Habits are not just about starting something, its about stopping things as well
We all have those little habits that we want to stop.
Why not make a new habit to stop the old one!
Join me now to discuss how you can create new habits, and then use them to drive your productivity
We all try to form new habits.
Many people come up with some New Year resolutions.
They start out with a bang, but do they really succeed?
What most people don’t realise, is that resolutions often fail.
Studies have shown that after 30 days less than 25% of people are still committed to their resolutions.
And only 8% of people accomplish them
This is a shocking statistic.
You may then be asking “why is this so”?
I see three main reasons for this
The first is a lack of clarity in the resolution.
A lot of people would make a resolution “I want to lose weight”, or “I want to get fit”
These are both excellent resolutions in terms of what they want to do
But this also leads to mistake 1 – they are not defined very well
How are you going to know you’ve succeeded?
When do you want to complete it by?
Why are you doing it?
When setting resolutions you should use the SMART goal method.
This techniques helps you to fully define your goal, or resolution
You make it Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and time-bound
This understanding makes it easier for you to see progress
It helps you to stay on track and complete the resolution
Taking one of our examples you may re-write your lose weight resolution to be more like
By 30 March I will loose 6kg of weight. This will allow me to be healthier and better fit into my clothes.
The second thing people make is they just come up with, and possibly write down the resolution.
They don’t spend the time to come up with a plan for achieving the resolution
Here it’s best to remember the 6 p’s
Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance
Most goals and resolutions fail because people don’t spend the time to come up with a plan
They just jump straight in and start doing something
When they hit the first roadblock they throw up their hands, say it’s too hard and then stop
With our lose weight example, they start out by buying all the low-calorie food
They keep control of what they are eating for the first few days
Then they start to feel hungry, or they go fo a meal with friends
Things start to slip
They phrase “I’ll start again tomorrow” starts being said
And bang – the resolution has failed
Spending a bit of time planning means they can avoid some of these issues
Rather than buying the low-fat food they can change existing food for healthier alternatives
Rather than meeting for meals, they can instead meeting for coffees or drinks
Planning and preparation helps you succeed
A really good way to do this is by preparing for your activities
Don’t wait until you are going to start the activity
If you do that you’ll always find something to stop you
Something that you could easily fix with a small amount of planning
Spend a few minutes each evening preparing for the following day
Get everything you’ll need ready
This means when you come to it you have everything you need.
You take away the excuse “I can’t do that because I don’t have what I need”
You’ve prepared everything so you can get straight into the work
An example of this, you want to go for a jog when you get up
Rather than leave everything in the wardrobe, get it out the night before
Put the exercise clothes where they’ll be the first thing that you see
Put your trainers by a chair
Put your water in the fridge
That means you have no excuse to not putting them on the clothes, so you pout them on
You find your trainers by a chair so you can easily put them on
You’ve got a cool bottle of water in the fridge that you can quickly grab
You’ve removed the blocks that could stop you going for a jog
You head on out and do your exercise
The result, you planned to do something
You prepared what you needed
You did it
Do as much preparation as you can and that makes it easier to get the task done
This leads into the third issue, they do not make the changes into a habit
People think they can quickly pick up a new habits
Unfortunately this is not so.
It’s harder to establish a habit than most people think.
You don’t suddenly wake up one morning and think “I’m going to start eating less”
We’ve all tried that – it doesn’t work.
What you need to do is look at how you can make it a habit
This is where routines can come in useful.
We all have routines, and most of us have multiple different routines
These can include
Morning routines – the things we do when we first get up
Workplace routines – the things we do at various times when we are at work
Evening routines – the things we do when we get home from work
Bedtime routines – the things we do before going to bed
Sunday morning routines
Kids activity routines
And the list it goes on
These routines are key in how we do things
They are often so automatic that we don’t even think about them when doing it
Can you think of some routines that you have?
Spend a couple of minutes to think about them
Try and identify what your routines are
Write them down, and also write down what you do as part of each of them
Can you share some of the routines in the comment below?
Doing this is likely to help trigger other people who may have similar routines
I am drawing attention to routines as these are they key things that you can use to develop new habits
What you need to do is to add, or remove, the habit from one of these existing routines
For example, if you want to stop smoking
Part of your morning routine may be when you hav your first cigarette of the day
You would then alter that routine so you do not have the cigarette
This could be by moving your cigarettes to somewhere you wont easily see them,
or changing the activities you do so you don’t go to the place you smoke
If you want to eat more healthy you may add to your evening routine to prepare the meals for the following day
This means the meals are there for you to grab rather than reaching for the unhealthy alternative
You may decide to start ordering your groceries online rather than visiting the supermarket
We pick up most of our unhealthy food when in the supermarket because of they way it is displayed and us thinking “that looks nice, I’ll grab one of them”
By ordering the groceries online we reduce that impulse buying
This changing of routines links t the planning
We decide on the changes we want to make
Look at the ways we are doing things now
Then make small changes to our routines to enable the new behaviour or habit.
Remember, small changes to things we already do are easier to keep than starting to do large new things
Have you had any success with forming new habits?
What are the tips that you can share to help others to be successful?
Can you drop those into the comments below
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We all set resolutions or want to form new habits
The majority of these fail
To help us to be successful with these new habits we need to
Define them using SMART goal setting
Make a plan to achieve them
As part of the planning do as much preparation as you can to remove things that may block you from doing the task
Adapt your existing routines to include the new habit
This helps them to become a pattern that can be maintained
The start to get the habits rolling
Start to see the changes
Start to get the results you deserve
Are you struggling to set an maintain new habits
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