“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
When we think of habits, we often think of the bad ones which we think we should give up such as smoking or over indulging in drink or food. But habits can also be positive and get us through the day. Just think of your morning routine, where you are almost on autopilot - get up, brush teeth, shower, dress, breakfast...
I have set up some work habits which help me manage my business and make me more effective. These include:
These habits provide me with a bit of structure and stop me worrying about when I am going to get these jobs done.
In the case of finances, a job which is vital but which I hate, it means I don’t have it hanging over me all month. I know when I am going to do it and I don’t have to worry about it until then. (It also stops me avoiding it!)
You can set up habits for the day to day management stuff, but also for the creative part of your work, whether these habits be writing standing up or in a hotel room.
Developing habits isn’t difficult. If you are a car driver, you know that when you start out, you think very carefully through all the steps - mirror, signal, manoeuvre. Once you have been driving for a while, those steps become automatic. The same can happen with other habits.
I am currently working on creating the habit of reading a business book for an hour a day to support my work. I am 6 days in and it is going well! (Also check out my blog about my 100 Day Project.)
Which habits do you want to develop to support your practice?
If this has struck a chord with you and you want to find out if coaching will support you, book for a Light the Blue Touchpaper session.