If daily habits were superpowers, mine would be consistency. Yes, I admit that it doesn’t sound like a superpower. It’s kind of boring and ordinary, but if you think about it, it’s what delivers the most results. For me, consistency is singularly responsible for every success in whatever I do — whether it’s launch an online magazine for mompreneurs or get back into shape following an extended hiatus.
The reason is simple: you can’t catch up to the slow and steady pace of just showing up everyday and getting it done. Yes, you can sometimes leap ahead after a marathon session or pull an all-nighter to get through the final push, but neither of those approaches are sustainable or effective in creating long terms results (and certainly not fun from a stress management perspective).
If you want to get more done, take a look at your daily habits instead of wishing for a magic get-everything-done superpower:
#1: Show Up Ready to Go — It’s easy (and very tempting) to get a slow start to your day, but what you gain by starting right away is all the momentum that goes with getting going. How you start your day, your week, your month sets an important tone for what comes next.
#2: Start With Purpose and Focus — Instead of starting your day by deciding what you are going to tackle that day, start with a concrete list of what you are going to accomplish. That means taking time at the end of every day to map out your plans for the next so you can start that day with purpose and focus.
#3: Set Yourself Up for Success — Don’t leave things to chance! If your goal is to get a workout in tomorrow, have your workout gear ready to go and waiting for you by the door as a visual reminder of that goal. The same goes for whatever project you are working on. Organize all the tools you need to finish your tasks ahead of time so all you have to do is sit down and start.
#4: Turn Off the Distractions — Switch off all those annoying alarms and alerts that pull your attention away from your core task. You do not need to know when every single email arrives in your inbox because you are only going to look at your email when you have the time to handle them (and not a moment before)!
#5: Reward Yourself for Good Work — Don’t forget to celebrate those small victories. Yes, checking 3 things off your to-do list counts because truthfully, that’s all you should be focusing on each day (the catch is that you have to finish each of the 3 tasks that you start that day). If you start feeling discouraged with your slow progress, take a look back at where you were just 3 months ago.