How You Can Form Good Habits In Your Business
Following on from yesterday I would like to continue with this mini series on productivity by talking about how the formation of good habits will drastically help you not only in your business but also your personal life.
So in this post I hope to give you valuable tips on how to create these good habits. What I will say is that you don’t have to suddenly think that you have to create multiple good habits all at once.
My recommendation is to focus on 1 maybe 2 maximum per month. The result is that you will master the habit if you just concentrate on this number. So that in say a years time you will have created 12 good habits minimum.
Habit Gravity Escape Velocity
This is the process of creating good habits. It all starts with gravity which you have to defy.
Think about a rocket. It is recognised that 87% of it’s fuel is used in the first 2 minutes of it’s mission. Basically propelling the rocket up and defying the laws of gravity. It take a lot of power and force to get it off the ground.
This is the same process for creating good habits. At first it takes a lot of energy on your behalf but a you keep performing a habit it will after a certain amount of time become effortless and completely natural. Once you reach this stage you will feel that you don’t have to try so hard.
It is a common myth that some people have more willpower than others. We have on average the same amount. It is all about how you use it, in other words how you channel it.
The first 10 days are the hardest. This is where you are using your willpower to in effect defy gravity and get it off the ground.
You will find that the first couple of days you have high levels of motivation and in some respects it is quite easy. By day 6 the doubts start creep in and it is the time when you maybe start making excuses not to carry on. The result of this is that you are back to square one.
Once you realise that you are just making excuses then it is time to give yourself a kick up the backside and reengage yourself to just why you are creating this new good habit.
This relates to things like quitting smoking, losing weight and getting fit. This is the hardest stage but once you get to day 11 you start to realise that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
So the good news is that when you reach day 20 the habit, ritual whatever you want to call it is starting to form. By day 30 I would not say you have cracked it but at this point it is starting to become effortless which is where the escape velocity meaning comes in.
Therefore in the days to come you don’t have to think about it. The habit has been created.
So this relates to anything in your business or personal life. Obviously it is upto you to decide on what habits you need to adopt.
Sit down and analyse what could make you more productive. It could simply getting up half an hour earlier before you start work to increase your energy levels.
It could be systemising your routine so that you check your emails first before getting onto the phone for conference calls.
It could simply going for a walk in the morning before you do anything else. I am sure you get the point by now.
So In Summary Of This Excercise
- Whatever habit you decide to form then the first 10 days are the hardest where excuses to give up come in.
- Day 11-20 you find the process starts to become easier and then by day 30 the process becomes effortless and the habit is well on the way to being formed.
- When it comes to willpower it is all about channelling it and think about what the reasons are for creating this new good habit.
I hope that you have enjoyed this post and taken some value from it and tomorrow we will talk about the importance of creating a morning ritual which goes hand in hand with creating good habits.
As always I wish you well.
Digital Marketer & Home Business Consultant