Have you ever seen someone show up in the most professional snowboarding gear on the planet, on his first lesson? Had an intern who insists he needs a MacBook Pro to properly write his graduation report? Or observed a 6 year with a tennis racket, more expensive than your iPhone?
What they have in common, is a belief having the very best tools will instantly improve their abilities. But as any true professional will confirm, awesome equipment only starts to count when you know how to use it. First, you need understanding of the game, the right technique, good practise habits and so on. A world-class player with shitty tools will still beat an amateur with excellent gear any day.
When it comes to how we approach our daily work, most of us are like the guy with the shiny Burton snowboard on his first day. We use a fancy computer, download a bunch of productivity apps and maybe buy a book or two on time-management (which we don’t end up reading, because we don’t have time). But have you given much thought to what is driving your behaviour throughout the day? Do you even know how your brain works? When it comes to doing great work, we shouldn’t start with the tools. We’re much better off taking a closer look at our brain and the force driving our daily routine: habits. More than 40% of actions we perform each day are not actual decisions but habits.”* Before we decide what tools to use, it pays off to have some understanding of our auto-pilot and how we can adjust his course. Therefore, let’s look at four common habits of habits:
Are we completely powerless? No, there is a hope. If you want to change your habits, here are some suggestions from experts from around the web:
In “The 3 R’s of Habit Change: How To Start New Habits That Actually Stick“, James Clear suggests you start with an easy habit and “attach” it to an existing habit. For example, if you want to start flossing, always do it after you have brushed your teeth. This way brushing your teeth will become an automatic “cue” for your brain to floss your teeth afterwards;
One last word of warning: take it one step at a time. After going through all the expert advice above, you might feel empowered to change ten habits at once. Don’t! As you go about your day-to-day, changing even one habit forever will prove hard enough. Start with a simple one and use The Saent free Daily Checklist Template to ensure it sticks for the long-term, then build on that success. You’re in a marathon, not a sprint!
So, would you like to get started today? Or tomorrow..? Stop procrastinating!