Today I wanted to give a technique I used to start developing some of the positive habits I have now. It works by giving you a series of small wins every day which keep you motivated and on your way!
I made a bunch of tickets for myself. I leave space for the date and 3 more spaces for 3 tasks. These 3 tasks are things I want to get done THAT DAY.
Three whole tasks?
Yes. However, these tasks could be anything that moves me toward my ideal self. If I feel like my kitchen is becoming a mess, I put “Clean Kitchen” as one of my goals. It doesn’t have to sparkle when I’m done, just to have things put away or cleaned out of the sink!
I have a bunch of physical copies of books I know I want to offload. So I put down “Read 30 pages” which is a reasonable amount of reading. It’s not trying to destroy the book in one sitting but it’s inching along toward finishing the books!
These tasks are meant to be reasonable for 1 day of work. Sometimes you can put in one pretty big thing with a couple of small tasks.
Start every morning by filling out a ticket with all three tasks you want to complete for that day. Don’t bother pre-filling them out for the week or anything. Just think about that one day and fill it out. Then, as you complete the tasks, write a check mark. It gives a pleasant little satisfaction. When you check off all three tasks, write something encouraging on it like “Victory!” or “I did it!” Save the tickets and watch the pile of them grow!
Eventually, some of those repetitive tasks will become habits and you’ll do them automatically!
Hope this helps so whip up some tickets and fill them out and get productive!