How to Stick With It

21.03.2016 |

Episode #7 of the course “How to make better decisions with the Matrix” by Kari Beaulieu

 

Before we get started today, I’m here to give you another pat on the back. You’ve been kicking butt in this course; I bet you’re feeling more productive already.

Taking it in stride. You’re a star.

 

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That euphoric feeling you’re experiencing right now is just one of many benefits you’ll receive when you put your faith in the matrix.

Let’s explore a few more:

  1. A clear sense of direction—you’ll always know where to start

  2. Less work for you—you know what to delegate and what to throw out

  3. More forward progress—quickly identify which projects will advance your goals and tackle them

  4. Save time—as per my analysis, you could save 15 hours a month

  5. Office superstar—the more you accomplish, the more you’ll stand out

However, It’s Going to Take Some Work

One reason that productivity solutions often fail us is because they require a certain amount of discipline. Once you find a strategy that works, you must make a conscious effort to stick to that routine.

Here are six tips to help you build up your discipline, inspired by this article in Forbes:

  1. Remove Temptation: If you’re following the touch-it-once rule, for example, leave your phone in the other room when you sit down to work on a task.

  2. Don’t Wait for It to “Feel Right”: Growth is not always comfortable, and sometimes it’s necessary for us to force ourselves out of our comfort zone to make a change. Don’t start next Monday. Start today.

  3. Schedule Breaks: Growth is also incremental. As you grow, give yourself time to breathe. This will keep you refreshed and allow you to continue making forward progress.

  4. Forgive Yourself. It’s okay to make mistakes along the way. Forgive yourself quickly for failures and get back in the game rather than letting small obstacles deter you.

  5. Tell People About Your Goal. Telling others around you about your goal helps you hold yourself accountable. If you know your co-worker or classmate is aware of the change you’re trying to make, you’ll be more vigilant about monitoring yourself.

  6. Make It a Habit. Studies show that forming a new habit takes about two months. Challenge yourself to stick to your new time management routine for at least 60 days. Before you know it, you’ll be following it subconsciously.

 

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Well, go make yourself a cup. You’ve earned it, champ. See you tomorrow!

 

Recommended book

“The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg

 

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