“Good habits are hard to develop but easy to live with”
“Bad habits are easy to develop but hard to live with”,
according to Brian Tracey,
a well-known motivational teacher.
The first step in breaking a bad habit is to be aware that the particular behavior you are exhibiting is detrimental to your life in some way.
Secondly, you have to decide to make a change. Think about what new behaviors you’ll encourage in the place of the old one.
For example – you feel overwhelmed with the amount of work you have and discover that email is taking up many hours of your day. You may decide you want to spend less time on your email – but the first thing you do every morning is open your email and loose an hour or two of your time. You decide to change the structure of your day. You spend the first two hours of the day (email and cell off) and focus on an important task that will make a big difference. Then you look at mail – limiting your time to half an hour.
After a week you discover that you have achieved an enormous amount.
This way of working is worth turning into a habit…
How do you do that?
Three elements to creating a new habit
Create an awareness of how you are doing each day.
At the end of the day take time to ask yourself, “Did I spend two hours working uninterrupted on an important task?”
Keep a record of the number of YES days and NO days.
Start each day reminding yourself of your intention to be more productive and that a solid two hours of uninterrupted work makes a huge difference.
3. Repeat Repeat Repeat.
If you slip up for a day of two – don’t beat yourself up – rather acknowledge your humanness and then get back in line the next day.
If you decide you can’t do this, and you’re useless, you’ll give up and you’ll remain stuck.
If you keep going back to the more beneficial behavior, you WILL WIN.
3 steps to a new habit – start today!