Did you know it’s estimated that 40% of our daily actions are based on habits? That’s pretty significant!

We talk to our clients about making changes to their habits all the time. We cover habits like adding in whole foods, getting regular exercise and practicing self-care.

Just as our clients have to evaluate the habits that are keeping them stuck, we as business owners need to do the same thing.

Are your daily habits keeping you stuck? (Keep reading for my habit confession below).

I know we can all relate to half the day going by and before you know it you realize you haven’t been very productive. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Where your attention goes, energy flows?” Maybe you spend a few hours on social media or other low-priority tasks when you know you have a long list of other things to do. Your energy was focused on a few mindless tasks, and suddenly it’s time for dinner. Come on, admit it…I’ve done it too.

It’s easy to spend a lot of time on the not so important stuff when we know we should be doing other things to build our business. Sometimes, this comes from the habits we have in place without even being aware of it.

I recently took a look at two habits that were not serving me (or my business) very well:

  1. Checking Facebook first thing in the morning. You know how it is…you can get dragged into the FB vortex, and before you know it an hour has gone by! And then you’re left thinking, “What happened to my morning??”
  2. Answering non-urgent emails before I had made any progress for the day. Some days, I would spend 30 minutes to an hour responding to emails that I knew could wait until later in the day. (Why, oh why??).

These two habits were really messing with my day. (Insert big “DUH” here). Does this ever happen to you (please tell me I’m not the only one!).

It’s easy for habits like these to sneak up on us – and that’s exactly what happened in my case. When I tried starting my day differently, I felt less stressed and more focused (not to mention much more productive). I decided to be more proactive and less reactive. I made my to-do list the night before so I knew what I needed to get done the next day. I like to prioritize projects so I know the most time-sensitive ones are getting done first.

I have noticed a BIG difference in how much I get done during the day, and I feel more organized and intentional – it’s a good feeling!

Remember –

We’re bombarded with distractions every day. We are most productive when we take control of our environment and learn when to take action. [TWEET IT]

I’d love to hear if this resonated with you at all.

What habits do you think may be hindering your business progress?

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Wishing you a super productive week!

KL

 

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