When I started writing again, I made a choice to post daily. So far, I think I’ve skipped only a day. That’s not quite an achievement as it’s been less than a month I’ve started writing.
Some of you might be thinking that it’s about quality not quantity. I truly believe that too! That’s why I try to post things that fit into what I believe to be quality – stuff that people would read and find helpful.
However the consistency of posting daily helps me discipline myself. This is my accountability to myself (and to you!) that I’m constantly checking myself if I’m growing, if I’m keeping to disciplining myself to form new habits and remove
bat bad ones.
What I posted earlier about routines and baby steps, I seek to apply in my own life.
Here are some ways I apply them in writing;
- Make it a routine to post daily.
- Start small by posting simple articles (without much research).
- Save links to read and share later (I use Pocket for this. Incredibly useful).
- Make it a habit to clarify what I’m thinking and reduce it to its irreducible minimum.
- Remind myself to jot down ideas every time. (I use the Notes app on my Macbook and iPhone for this)
Small start but it gets the job done so far.
How would you apply routines and baby steps into new habits?
Remember that cupboard full of old clothes that you said you wanted to clear out? How about the desk full of books and scraps of paper? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to clear that 1,039,458 emails in your inbox.
Think of all the stuff we’ve procrastinated to do but never got done yet.
It’s now the end of the week and we’ll have plenty of free time over the weekend. So, let’s be intentional.
All of us are victims of the plague of procrastination. I too have drawers and shelves that I’ve never touched in months (and years!). But it’s about time we make use of our free time and it’s time we put procrastination in it’s place. Enough is enough!
That’s all you need to know. You have to make the time and do what you have to do. To help you with that, here’s some ideas to help you kick procrastination out of your life:
- Make a list of specific actions. Put everything you need to get down down on paper (or a to-do list app). Be specific and be clear about what needs to be done. Make it actionable, like “Clear all scrap/junk paper” or “Remove clothes I don’t wear anymore from the cupboard“. Don’t generalize it, but be specific.
- Choose what you want to work on this weekend. Maybe it’s just one thing, like clearing your cupboard. That’s okay, start with that one. Start small and you’ll find you get lots of things done.
- Work at it until you’re done. Try not to be too distracted while you’re getting the task done. If you’d like to play music, that’s okay. I found when I tried playing a movie as I got things done, I usually don’t finish the task. You’ll need to focus.
- Check it off the list. There’s some satisfaction in having done something productive. Reward yourself later. Try not to go for the double chocolate ice cream. But treat yourself to something nice.
That sounds easy doesn’t it? Things only get done if you start doing them. Sometimes the work seems to daunting because it’s been left there to pile on and on.
As simple and practical the steps above are, sometimes it’s about having a change of mindset that’s most important. Just like someone I know who said “Enough!” to his unhealthy lifestyle, we got to say “Enough!” to our bad habit of procrastination.
Renew your mind and make this your aim this week;
I will not PROCRASTINATE. I will START and I will FINISH it.
I’ve closed a big deal recently and felt pretty good about myself. It’s the biggest deal in my career so far in real estate, and I’m thankful for God’s provision.
Yet my business mentor said something that stuck with me for a while. He said that it’s not enough to close a big deal, you have to be consistent. A producer is consistently producing. Not just once, or twice, but consistently.
As I was thinking about it, it’s so obvious that I thought about other areas in life where consistency is also important. Consider this:
- A football team that wins one game are not successful. You have to win consistently to be considered a champion.
- It’s not enough to have spent 1 hour in quiet time in the Word. Consistency in keeping a daily quiet time makes it a habit and discipline.
- So, you’ve kept your diet and haven’t had unhealthy meals this whole week. But the next week, you’re back to your usual diet of junk food. Are you a healthy person? No, unless you consistently eat healthily.
These are just 3 areas of life – vocationally, spiritually and physically – that show us the importance of consistency.
Consistency forms habits. Good habits are one of the keys to an intentional life.
So, what areas in your life do you need to be more consistent?
Randomness is the enemy of intentionality.
Read this on Facebook. Striving for the balance between what we can control and what is out of our control is the challenge of an intentional life.
I’m not a disciplined person. I think that includes many of us.
But it’s okay, because we can learn from others.
No man is an island.
Here’s two big things that I’ve learned recently to help me get going in leading a disciplined and productive life.
The Power of Routines
A routine is a plan. You plan your routines and stick to them. This is the easiest way to form habits. Start with a morning routine (eg. What do I do when I get up?). Be as detailed as possible and stick to it. You can use a tool like Trello or iOS Reminders app to keep the list that you can review as soon as you wake up.
Take Baby Steps
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Don’t be overly ambitious about changing your habits overnight. It just won’t work. Instead, take baby steps. Wake up 15 minutes earlier every day. Run just a little bit further or faster. Break your own records daily. It doesn’t get easier, but you get somewhere.
Think about these two things and apply them.