Do you have trouble making new habits stick?
A lot of people have been to a gym and never gone back. Sometimes we tell ourselves it’s a lack of motivation. But it’s really about not being able to build new habits.
Tricking the mind into thinking something is second nature takes time and patience. If you’re after a good book that can help, a great one to start with is Atomic Habits.
But if you’re not into reading books, then these tricks will also help.
One of the most natural habits to start with is making your bed every day. It’s considered the one practice that all successful people do, even if they have employees who do that sort of thing for them.
Suppose you want to start an exercise habit. Start with something small and easy. After you start completing this activity a few days in a row, then start building on it. For example, go for a jog to the end of your street. After a few days of doing this, run to the next block. Keep increasing the distance, and eventually, you’ll be running further than ever.
Aim For Consistency
Try to aim to complete your new habit at the same time every day. For example, perhaps the first moments in the morning are the best time to get all of your admin work done and set a plan for the rest of the day.
Why not block out the first hour in your calendar to dedicate to this task. Then you’ll always have the rest of the day to execute the plan that you come up with.
Form A Trigger
What can help build a new habit is to link it with a trigger. If you’re trying to use the first hour of your day for reports and setting a plan, why not accompany it with a cup of coffee or tea.
Combine a habit that already exists with the new one you’re trying to establish. So while you’re sipping your tea or coffee, set yourself a goal of having your reports and plan ready by the time you need a refill.
Don’t expect to nail your new habit to stick immediately. You might miss a day or two here or there. Think of the consistency of performing a new habit like a chain.
Challenge yourself to see how long it would take before you break the chain. Then if you happen to skip a day, reset the counter and try to beat your previous record.
Get A Buddy
If you know someone else looking to create their own habit, it can be worth teaming up to keep each other accountable.
You could even create a squad and set goals together to achieve. Knowing that you don’t be to be the one letting the team down can help you keep your habit alive.
What New Habits Will You Start?
It’s important to continue evolving as a leader, and part of this involves learning new habits. It could be a coaching method or learning a technical skill. Regardless, it should be something that helps you improve and is beneficial for your direct reports.
If you need ideas for new habits, then make sure to follow the Better Boss Blog. You’ll find tips, tricks, and advice on how to improve your leadership skills. Follow pwf services on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook, so you never miss a post.