Let’s start out with a story about my gym habit, and the process I went through to actually go to the gym consistently on my own, 3-4 times per week. It wasn’t easy and it took almost 6 months.
So, like everyone else I know, I like the results of going to the gym, but getting up, putting on my gear and doing the exercise… not nearly as much. I’m pretty sure that makes me normal. Right?
We’re all excited to see results; BUT putting in the consistent work to actually get the results we desire, is where we really need to be focusing our energy.
This relates, of course, to health and wellness goals and also to business development goals!
When I started to revisit some of my health and wellness goals back in 2012, I bought shiny new running shoes and gym gear. I got a nice new gym membership. I even got a new combination lock to keep all my gear safe.
And I was pretty gung ho for the first, you know, two weeks.
When I started to lag on my gym habit, I hired a personal trainer. I’ve done this in the past when my health and wellness goals start to lag, because I know putting down a financial investment helps keep me accountable at first, especially when the results I desire are a bit slow on the uptake.
My trainer kept me accountable, kept me on track and working hard during each of our sessions, and he also helped me build up the momentum to make going to the gym a habit 2-3 times per week. I worked with him for a few months until we created a routine that I could stick to.
Of course, over time, life got in the way and I needed to build a new routine.
So I hired a personal trainer again.
I’ve brought on a personal trainer three times in the last six years or so. Each time, I revamped my routine to suit my life while making sure I took care of my health (and fit into my jeggings).
When it comes to creating habits, having the tools isn’t enough and motivation can be borne from momentum.
I’ve begun reviewing my year and I noticed, throughout all my diverse clients, accountability is the #1 thread. We’ve got all the right tools and these great businesses, we just need a little help to create routine and build momentum.
It’s easy to get snowed under in the details of our services and products. We show up for everyone and everything else in our life.
In the middle of the madness, and the ups and downs of life and business, it’s incredibly empowering to have someone in your corner, reminding you that building your business or taking care care of yourself (or both!) is important too.
Put your own mask on first, and you can serve your clients, friends, and family as the best version of yourself!
I know that having the tools and equipment and motivation needs momentum behind them to work.
Building habits is the best way to build sustainable momentum for maximum productivity.
I’ve got to break it to you, though, habits take much longer than three weeks to develop. It can take over two months of repetitive prioritization. Although it sounds discouraging, think of how productive you’ll become just building that productivity habit.
Habit development is a loop, according to James Clear: cue, craving, response, reward and around again. So, we need to make the habit obvious, attractive, easy, and rewarding.
When we focus on creating a habit of productivity for our business, we can use these tips:
- Define the behaviour you want to see simply as possible.
Set your goal and break it down into easily-chewable bites.
- Make it a priority with easy-to-see results.
When we’re specific about what we want to see, it makes it easier to identify when it’s accomplished. And it feels pretty awesome to see those tasks crossed off the list!
Set yourself up for success by setting this priority on a recurring basis and honour it.
- Don’t go it alone.
Let someone in on your goals, find an accountability buddy or work with a coach who will help you stay on track and focused on productivity and efficiency over busyness.
For more resources on habit creation, especially those around health and wellness, check out Healthy Habits, Happy Moms. I loved these podcast episodes on hacking your habits and the five habits of behaviour change.
So, how do you make productivity a habit for your business? Share your best tips in the comments!
Whether it’s the gym or it’s business, we will all likely benefit from a coach to train our success muscles off and on. If you’re looking for a workout that doesn’t leave you aching the next day, consider my CEO Sessions. We co-work every week, do private strategy & accountability sessions each month, hang out socially twice per month via zoom, and we get things done! Participants say they are hitting targets, finishing projects, growing their business, and feeling incredibly satisfied doing it. Learn more.