Success (or the lack thereof). will largely be due to our habits! We all know what it's like, however, to think to ourselves: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Procrastination. The word drives a chill down my spine. I hate it. I’ve been guilty of it. We all do it. Some of us just fall prey to it less than others. How can you escape procrastination when it comes knocking?
Decide to take action.
What do you need to start doing? What do you need to be more consistent about? What changes do you need to make? What needs to be done that's not getting done?
Establish the WHY.
Why is this action important? When we forget why we do what we do, we eventually lose our passion. Remembering WHY will keep you going when you don't feel like it.
Establish a system.
Establish a daily routine for the first hour and last hour of your day. Routine is not negative. Routine is a system. S
Write it down and keep it in front of you.
There’s power in simply writing it down. It’s not a system until it’s written. Write down what you’re going to do, and place it front of you on a daily basis. Utilize technology like the MOMENTUM Habit Tracker app which allow pop up reminders on a daily basis.
Place it on your calendar.
Block it off on your calendar. What gets calendared gets done (more often).
Never cheat and and never skip a day.
There’s no such thing a ”Just this one time.” If you skip or cheat, you’re off the wagon. Refuse to cheat. Ten minutes every day is better than 30 minutes twice a week. Refuse to skip a day.
Ask for accountability.
We all need accountability. If you really want to be held accountable, ask your spouse to hold you accountable.
Accomplish the important before the urgent.
What are your Fab Five: Your five most important responsibilities? Place the most important things on the calendar first so they won’t get crowded out by urgent things. Block of important categories of your time that align with your PRIORITIES?
Initiate rather than respond.
Don’t be available to everyone all the time. Allow your calls to go to voicemail and your emails to land in your inbox and stay there until the appointed time. Schedule times of the day when you respond to phone calls and email. No one ever change the world by incessantly responding and reacting to everyone else’s crisis.
Start early. End early.
The least interrupted time of our day is early in the morning. Go to bed earlier and get up early. How do you go to bed early? Get up earlier. You’ll be exhausted earlier! Rob your sleep rather than robbing your family. Does it cost to rob your sleep? Yes. Does it cost more to rob your family? You bet!