Habits can be a pain in the ass depending on what it is. From binge watching Netflix for several hours to snacking, there’s a lot of habits out there that don’t serve us at all.
But over the past several months, I’ve been working on some of mine. I used to be pretty bad with watching Youtube and playing video games.
In fact, when I first opened my business, I did a lot of that.
I still play games from time to time and there’s a lot of benefits to gaming, but I’m more in control of it while it’s the same case with Youtube too.
The reason why I’m starting to slowly shift my habits is because of my awareness of my triggers.
It’s the sort of things that lead us into performing a certain activity. It’s a precondition that forces us down that particular path.
By exploiting that particular activity we prompt ourselves to go through the sequence of activities that the habit comprises of.
For example, every single morning I get up, go to the bathroom and then immediately after, boot up my laptop. This is a trigger reaction because as soon as I come back to my room, my laptop is right there and it’s the first thing I see.
Thankfully from there, I’ve trained myself to start writing as soon as I open it up but that wasn’t always the case at the beginning.
The thing is though that the triggers that I have right now I could change them to shift my habits. If I placed my weights where my laptop is I might exercise immediately in the morning rather than after an hour of work.
In other words, I can condition myself to do something based solely on shifting the environment I’m in.
It’s why I work so well in cafés now because I trained myself to like it.
It’s the same reason why I can work now while listening to music. Before I would get distracted and it was hard to stay focused.
My point is that our triggers force us down these paths and to change our environment can change the sequence of events.
- If you want to work better, find a better work space and make an environment around it.
- Have a tendency to snack too much? Have your work space further away from the kitchen.
- Want to exercise more? Prepare your workout stuff the night before and have it in a spot you’ll see it immediately.
Being aware of your triggers can set you up to sticking to habits easier than before. This is vital as an entrepreneur and as a person as the daily activities we do from day to day slowly build an impact on our lives.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
I’ve been managing my client work pretty nicely to the point that I can get it all done in the early morning. I’m pretty happy about how on point I’m getting with this work and staying focused on it.
Yesterday I spent a lot of time writing, mainly in preparation for what I plan to do today. I’ll tell you more about it in tomorrow’s post.
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