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How to change habits to benefit your business

 

Which daily business habits do you have? Driving to work the same way? Parking in the same spot? Having a cup of coffee as soon as you get to work? Checking your emails as soon as they arrive? Having the same meeting at the same time every day?

These are probably, until now actions that you had not recognised as habits, but you can see that you do them habitually.

Research tells us that without even realising it, most of what we do every day is habitual – we do the same things in the same order at roughly the same time – EVERY DAY.

If you want to changing the fortunes of your business it’s essential to recognise these habits and to change them…

Let’s change tack for a minute…

To make real habit change work in your business you first need to change a personal habit.

Practice on a personal habit change first as with each habit change we get better at changing habits.

There are only 5 signs, 5 triggers, 5 cues you must be aware of to get the habit change and the results you want.

When you recognise these 5 triggers you can control your actions and change your habits and improve your results.

For example – change the way you brush your teeth…

All 5 triggers are at play:

  • 1. Same location – your bathroom
  • 2. Same time – first thing in the morning
  • 3. Same people – just you
  • 4. Same preceding action – putting the toothpaste on the brush
  • 5. Same emotional state – tired – just got up

Change a trigger and see what happens…

Put the toothpaste on in a different location, change the direction you brush your teeth, brush them with someone else, brush them for a minute longer…

Then translate this to a business habit – again keep it simple to start with – remember with each habit change we get better at changing habits.

Start by making ‘planning your day’ a habit – even if you freewheel from job to job – this is a good habit you can develop.

The most productive people have a plan for each day, a list or diary time scheduled for everything they plan to do that day.

Less productive people rush from job to job, moving from the phone, to emails and then other urgent matters…

Which one are you?

If you could benefit from some personalised business advice, or fancy some suggestions about great habits to improve your business, contact us for an informal chat.

 

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