4 Quick Changes You Can Make in Your Routine Today to be More Consistent
You’re probably thinking “Uh… it’s that word again, consistency!”, but we all know it’s one of, if not the most vital part of our success and achievements.
I am here to guide you through some of the smaller, less obvious changes you can make to help you create more consistency in your life.
Let’s read on.
Why do we need to be consistent?
Every successful person on this planet would tell you that if they had failed, given up and been inconsistent with their efforts, they wouldn’t have the life they do now. Consistency is what builds up momentum. It’s the drive behind your success.
So why is it so hard to be consistent when it’s something we want?
Remember the saying “Nothing worth having comes easy”? Well, not everything comes easily. Being consistent is hard, even if it’s something you really want. However, your reason for staying consistent needs to be strong, so you can make it through the rough patches. You’re not going to work hard for something you don’t want? Are you?
Let’s dive into some strategies that have worked for me and will potentially help you too.
Have you ever sat down at your desk, ready to start work, without a to-do list or action plan to go from, but a mountain of work to do and think “So… where do I start?!”. It’s going to be hard to be consistent if you don’t know what tasks you need to complete, to reach your expectations.
Just take a moment now, jot down what you need to do to complete your next task.
For example, I have “Prep and draft blog post for my website” on my to-do list. This job is made up of so many little tasks that if I didn’t plan it out or schedule any time to do it, it wouldn’t get done in time or at all for that matter.
So, my to-do list would look something like this:
Brainstorm blog title ideas (5mins)
Draft out the layout for my post (10mins) *Sarah PJ White Blogging Course*
Research my topic for any new information (10mins)
Draft the first heading (30-40mins)
Draft second heading (30-40mins)
Draft third heading (30-40mins)
Draft opening and closing paragraphs (30-40mins)
Add links and images to blog post (20mins)
Complete SEO for blog post (10mins)
Create a blog cover photo using Canva (10mins)
Edit and proof-read finished blog post (15mins)
Schedule to post out on social media with captions and hashtags (5mins)
Upload new blog post on website (5mins)
As you can see, that roughly 3 ½ hours of work for one blog post! Some jobs are made up of loads of different processes and without planning your time, it would feel quite overwhelming to get it all done. I have used lots of different scheduling/planning apps to simplify this for my business.
Here are some of my favourites that I recommend:
Whatever you decide to use to help you plan out your time, make sure you are consistent with it. I use the same blog post template every time I draft a post and I adapt it from there. I always do my processes in the same order, so that my work flows, and it’s made easy. Consistency is key to working effectively.
Distractions are a part of life. As a first time Mum, distractions from can be the biggest hinderance on my progress. But what does it have to do with consistency? Let me give you an example from my personal situation.
When my daughter was a new born, she would sleep for hours in the day, meaning I could get loads of work done. Winning! However, as she got older, the naps started getting shorter and some days non-existent (I’m sure Mum readers can relate to this!) which meant I had less time to work than before.
So rather than feeling all defeatist about it, I realised that I needed to change my work hours to a time with less distractions. First thing in the morning when she’s asleep, her afternoon nap, during bath time when Dad takes over, an hour in the evening when she’s gone to bed, etc.
So, I managed to get back my original working hours and actually get things done without a toddler grabbing my laptop or flinging Weetabix at my notepad. I also made sure that the space I was working in was completely distraction free. No TV, phone was put on silent and my desk was tidied with only what I needed out.
Getting rid of my distractions helped me to be consistent and create a routine that works. Don’t let distractions tamper with your consistency, otherwise your momentum will come to a grinding halt.
“We’re only human”. There are going to be times when your routine falls apart and your consistency suffers for it. I actually look at these situations as a positive because sometimes you need to recharge, realise how much you really want what you’re working towards.
Perhaps you know someone who is really good at staying consistent? Or they are working towards a similar goal to you? This would be a great opportunity for you to reach out and ask them if they would help you be accountable to your goal.
I found this to be really helpful! Check out my book review on ‘Better Than Before’ by Gretchen Rubin for more tips on accountability.
Habits are actions that we do repeatedly over time and become a part of our routine. Change your actions, change your habits, change your routine. It all sounds simple but in practice we can sometimes find it quite challenging.
A classic example is the New Year resolution. Statistics say that a whopping 92% of people give up on their resolutions. I can admit I have been part of that 92%.
But how can I change my habits to be more consistent?
Firstly, you need to choose just one thing. One habit. One goal. What do you want to get better at? Do you want to learn a new skill? Make it as specific and realistic as possible.
One of my goals was to go for a daily walk for a minimum of 20 minutes, to get more exercise and take a break from my computer screen.
I set an alarm on my phone to remind me (schedule it!).
We would walk a route that didn’t have cafes or shops so we wouldn’t be tempted to stop (distractions!).
I would meet up with a friend to walk with (accountability!).
Whatever it is, make sure you’re not trying to change too much at once. Focus and clarity will help you to be consistent in achieving you goal.
From personal experience, consistency is a skill that takes work and practice. It won’t happen overnight but your results from staying consistent will always pay off in the end.
I welcome your thoughts and stories on this topic. How have you helped yourself to be more consistent?
Help someone you know today and share this post with a friend. Sharing knowledge is how we learn! You can also ping me an email if you have any questions or would like advice. I’m happy to help.