Good morning Loves,
It’s currently 5:43am and I’m sitting in our living room preparing this blog post. So far I’ve had a pretty productive morning, starting at 5am with morning devotion (got to give thanks for the blessing of a new day!), made a cup of tea, prepared mine and hubbys breakfast for work, replied to my emails, and took some photos for some content I’m currently working on. Not too bad for a Monday morning start right?
It occurred to me last week, and I shared this on one of my social media accounts, that my hustle game
is weak was weak.
As many of us do, I have dreams and aspirations, hopes to work for myself in the near future, empower and inspire my generation, and leave a legacy behind. But again, as many of us do, I’ve become a ‘dreamer’ statistic. A collective of people with great ideas and a lot of potential, who aren’t making any progress because… their hustle game is weak.
Fact is, some of us with dreams already know that we are not hustling hard enough. It could be we are not making enough time to work on our dream, we are not disciplined enough, or perhaps we are not motivated (usually a result of previous failures). If you fall into either of these categories then this post is definitely for you, because I’ve found a formula that actually works that will help you get closer to doing the things you have dreamed of doing for so long.
What am I talking about? A Habit Formula. Creating habits that will get you closer and closer to your end goal.
If discipline, effective time management, motivation, hard work etc. become habits, well, need I state the obvious?
Let me put this into perspective. I decided last week to work on creating a better time management habit. Being more conscious and meticulous about how I manage my time. My biggest issue since returning to work was finding the time to blog and work on my side business. Doing this before work was not an option because I was waking up just in time to catch my train, and after work was a hit and miss because often I would spend this time cooking or spending quality time with hubby.
So, I decided to put end to my struggle by putting on my big girl pants and choosing to wake up at 5am everyday. This would give me enough time to whip up a new blog post, attend to my emails, pray and do anything else blog and business related before heading off to work.
Have I noticed any changes? Of course I have, who wouldn’t?! Due to the extra time I’ve had to post on the blog and its various social media platforms, a brand I’ve admired for some time came across one of my most recent Instagram photos and asked to partner with me on a paid project!
I could go on and on about the other benefits of my decision to create a time management habit, but I’m sure you want the scoop on the juiciest part of this post:
THE TRIPLE THREAT ACTION PLAN THAT IS HELPING ME DEVELOP LIFE CHANGING HABITS
Before You Get Started – Set Your Objectives
Knowing what it is that you want to achieve on a daily/weekly/monthly basis is the perfect starting point during the habit forming process. Making a list of 2-3 big goals or 5 mini goals for the day is a great way to give your day more focus without giving yourself too much to do. I usually like to take 5-10 minutes the night before to put together a list of things I would like to achieve the following day. Of course this step is not enough by itself. The next step is to plan exactly how you will achieve the goals you have set out.
Take this for example:
Goal: Blog post on ‘The Triple Threat Action Plan That Is Helping Me Develop Life Changing Habits’ by September 12th
Plan: Dedicate an hour to writing and editing post from 5am – 6am
Goal: Go to the gym on September 14th
Plan: Set three reminder alarms and go to the gym for 30 minutes.
The more specific you are about your goals the easier it is to achieve them.
1 – Set A Cue
An alarm clock, a calendar entry, a friendly reminder from a friend, a vision board on your bedside table.
You may have noticed in the gym example above that I mentioned an alarm. Whatever it may be, setting a cue such as an alarm, is an important step in encouraging a new or better habit. In my case all I need is an alarm or two or three! As well as a calendar entry, to get me into action mode. As for three alarms, well I personally need several, this is because I know this many will annoy me and remind me that I have something I need to do! I also like to have a calendar reminder because I get a huge sense of fulfillment from ticking an item off my to-do/goal list.
Unfortunately the cues that work for me may not work in the same way for you, and this is where you have to be creative. Which cues get you into action mode? You may need a variety of cues for different goals but no matter what be sure to do one thing… set that cue!
2 – Routine
Depending on the goals you have set yourself you’ll most likely also need to create a routine. Let’s take the example on someone wanting to developing a better money management habit:
Objective : Save £10 a week
Plan: Take packed lunch to work twice a week (based on meals costing you £5 a day if you buy food at work)
Cue: Making dinner
Routine: Twice a week make extra food for dinner that can be used as packed lunch for work.
Whilst this cue may not be as basic as an alarm or reminder, it is still a cue. If you make dinner every evening then this is the perfect cue to remind you to make extra food to use as packed lunch to help you achieve your weekly savings goal.
3 – Reward
Treat yourself! This step is crucial and without it your habit may not last longer than a few days. Positive reinforcement is something we all desire in life no matter how confident we may be in ourselves. Now rewards can be quite dangerous depending on our goals. If for example you’re working on better money management then treating yourself to a designer buy every time you achieve a goal may not be the best idea. Unless of course the objective was indeed to save for a designer buy.
My principle is to give myself a small daily reward such as watching a movie, doing my nails, having a bubble bath (things I don’t do enough) and then treat myself big time once or twice a year when I’ve hit some of my bigger goals.
So there you have my new take on life and how I’m revving up my hustler game. Each and every one of the steps above were inspired by this amazing book ‘The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do & How To Change‘ that I started reading a few weeks back. It’s a must read for those wanting to make some positive changes in their lives and an absolute must read if you want to change old habits or create new ones.
Which habits are you currently working on getting rid of or improving? Let’s share & grow together!