What’s the secret to making change ‘stick?’
Habits reinforce behavior.
Behavior maintains focus.
Focus creates consistency.
Consistency is how change sticks.
You and you alone are accountable for what you do and what you fail to do.
- How productive or unproductive are you? A result of your consistency.
- How in shape or out of shape are you? A result of your consistency.
- How happy or unhappy are you? A result of your consistency.
- How successful or unsuccessful are you? A result of your consistency.
The power of consistency in the business world is profound and under-appreciated.
Anyone can do anything—once. The harder challenge for you and your team is to maintain consistency, especially when driving change.
Try this for consistency:
- Create a Weekly Flight Plan: Setting priorities helps you allocate your time wisely. The best time to do this? Sunday night. Why? The time to plan the week is before the week begins. Leaders who have a weekly flight plan consistently get the right stuff accomplished and free up time for themselves.
- Block Time For Important Tasks: Too many distractions? The most effective distraction-management technique I leverage is the concept of a POWER BLOCK where I dedicate time to focus on my High-Impact Tasks. I turn off all communication devices when I have something important to do. My brain prefers to focus on things right in front of me. It requires less unnecessary effort and is way more productive.
- Establish a Communication Framework: Back-and-forth email conversations or games of phone tag can eat up valuable time. Designate a specific time to answer non-urgent emails and return calls. Schedule a daily huddle or weekly meeting with direct reports and/or clients. Creating a communication routine with those you need to collaborate with makes it consistently easier for everyone to stay on the same page.
- Develop a Morning Routine: The most effective leaders have a consistent morning routine. What you do first sets the tone for the day ahead.
Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. Success comes from what you do consistently.
Do you want help becoming more consistent? Maybe someone on your team could use a little extra support. If so, let’s schedule time to connect. In the meantime, check out this week’s episode of the Getting Results podcast: Create a Consistent Rhythm and Routine to Get Stuff Done