The thing that makes wearing a FitBit so effective is that it constantly reminds you of your daily exercise goals (and whether or not you are close to achieving them or completely slacking off). The net effect is that on days you are meeting or exceeding your goals, you feel even more excited about achieving or bettering them the next day, and on the days you slack off, you feel guilted into doing better the next day (or if there is enough time left in the day, cranking out a few extra laps up and down the stairs to make up for your poor efforts).
If only there were a FitBit for productivity. One that continually reminded you of your task goals for the day, and if you achieved them, gave you a big digital pat on the back. It got me to thinking that there should be some little gems that we can take from the FitBit wearing frenzy and apply to our daily momentum habits. Here they are in no particular order:
5 Productivity Lessons Learned From Wearing a FitBit
#1: Focus on Effort — Instead of worrying about the results, focus on your efforts. So, for example, just as your FitBit asks you to focus on a step goal, not a weight-loss or fitness goal, set a goal to do one momentum building activity each and every day rather than worrying about the outcome of said activities. Not every activity will yield the big results, but the cumulative effect of doing one thing each and every day will get you to where you want to go!
#2: Consistency is Key — Make it your goal to be consistent with what you do in your business to create momentum. Just like it doesn’t work to try to make up for a week of missed steps in a single day, you can’t cram an entire week’s worth of work into a single night (no matter how much sleep you deprive yourself of). The important thing is taking steps forward each and every day.
#3: Reward Yourself — Give yourself positive feedback for achieving even the smallest daily milestones. What makes wearing a FitBit fun is the little bits of encouragement you get for each and every achievement (who knew a smiley face next to your step count would be so addictive?). Build rewards into your regular productivity routine and take the time to stop and enjoy them.
#4: Discourage Cheating — Don’t give into the temptation to slack off by saying to yourself that you will make it up the next day or the day after that. Part of sticking to your commitment is coming up with a self-imposed punishment for not achieving your daily milestones (like making up for missed steps by doubling them the next day). Holding yourself to a promise is the key to staying motivated.
#5: Keep Going Higher — Once you have gotten good at achieving your stated goals, set higher and higher ones. So just as you up your step count goal once you have established your new fitness habits, do the same for your task goals. As you become more effective at getting things done, set a few stretch goals for yourself to gradually increase your daily productivity (within reason, of course).